Department Inducts New Members into Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society

The Department of English and Linguistics, which sponsors a chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the most prominent national literary honor society that recognizes students’ achievements in literary studies, inducted new members on April 30, 2021. Professor Gary Richards, Chair of the Department of English, and Linguistics, campus sponsor for Sigma Tau Delta, welcomed the new members. For membership in Sigma Tau Delta, one must be a major in English or English: Creative Writing with at least twelve credit hours in literature with a major GPA of at least 3.5 and an overall GPA of at least 3.0.     The new members inducted: Alyssa Brown Rachel Cooper Sydney Dahl Elizabeth Devine Vanessa Pauline Fickes Liz Foster Georga Hackworth Dylan Lassiter Chloe Martin Mary-Gayden Morrill Rosemary Pauley Anna Perdue Maddie Reilley Emily Renner Madison Roberts Katia Savelyeva Keaton Sayers Faith Thorpe Rebecca Young Sarah Lindsey … [Read more...]

Graduates and Alumni Pursue Graduate School

The Department of English and Linguistics congratulates several graduates and alumni, who have shared graduate school acceptances and plans:  Congratulations to Elizabeth “Beth” Kelly! A May 2021 graduate with a special major in Psycholinguistics, she has been accepted into the University of Colorado Boulder's Speech-Language Pathology Prerequisite Program (SLPP). This one-year program offers eight different courses that will allow her to finish all of the requirements for her anticipated SLP graduate program. Starting this June and running through the summer, she will be taking a phonetics class and a speech science class. She also received acceptances from programs including NYU and Northwestern. Congratulations to Mackenzie King! A December 2020 graduate with a special major in Linguistics and a minor in English Literature as well as a member of the Honors Program, she will be attending the Master of Science degree program in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Longwood … [Read more...]

McAllister Publishes Article and Review

Marie McAllister, Professor of English, recently published “Rhetoric, the Pox, and the Grand Tour,” which appeared as the lead article in the April 2021 issue of Eighteenth-Century Life. She also recently published a review of Itch, Clap, Pox: Venereal Disease in the Eighteenth-Century Imagination, by Noelle Gallagher, in Journal of the History of Sexuality. … [Read more...]

Mathur Co-Leads Workshop at Howard University

Maya Mathur, Professor of English, recently co-led the workshop “Intersectionality and Inclusion in the Early Modern Classroom” with Elisa Oh of Howard University. The workshop was part of the annual conference of the Shakespeare Association of America, which was held virtually from 30 March to 4 April 2021. The workshop drew on Kimberlé Crenshaw’s theory of intersectionality to examine how the overlapping axes of our identities and those of our students shape our pedagogy. Participants were invited to develop a teaching philosophy and lesson plan that focused on early modern women writers, writers of color, and non-Western texts; the historical and contemporary contexts of race, class, gender, disability, and sexuality; or critical race, postcolonial, feminist, queer, and Marxist analyses of early modern texts. … [Read more...]

Barrenechea Presents at American Comparative Literature Association

Antonio Barrenechea, Professor of English, recently presented “A Hemispheric World of Differences: Luis Alberto Sánchez and Stanley T. Williams” at the meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, which took place virtually this year. … [Read more...]

Mathur Publishes Encyclopedia Entry

Maya Mathur, Professor of English, recently published an encyclopedia entry “Twelfth Night (Dir. Tim Supple, UK, 2003)” in the online edition of the Palgrave Encyclopedia of Global Shakespeare, edited by Alexa Alice Joubin. The encyclopedia entry examines the role of immigration in the production history and reception of Tim Supple’s adaptation of Twelfth Night, which was made for the British television channel ITV. … [Read more...]

Lee Presents to UMW Student Education Association Conference

Janie Lee, Associate Professor of Linguistics, recently gave a presentation “Zoom Tips and Tricks” in the annual conference of the UMW Student Education Association. … [Read more...]

McClure ’96 Featured in CAS Newsletter

Mark McClure of Brooklyn, NY, a '96 English major, was recently featured in the College of Arts and Sciences newsletter: Mark spends every day using what he learned at Mary Washington trying to make the internet a more humane and productive place (especially for soccer fans). He is currently the Director of Content and User Experience for Major League Soccer. Prior to joining MLS, he was a digital media consultant for news companies like The Washington Post, Charlotte Observer, and Sacramento Bee and for places like the National Education Association and U.S. Dept of State. Before all of the digital media work, he was an Assistant Dean of Admissions at Mary Washington from 1990 to 2002 and an Admissions Counselor from 1996 to 1997. But his very first job at MWC was as a student manager of food services at Seacobeck Hall (#indigestion). … [Read more...]

Datner ’20 Selected as Assistant in the Meddeas program

Chloe Datner, a December 2020 grad with a major in English: Creative Writing and a minor in Linguistics, has been selected as a Language and Culture Assistant in the Meddeas program. As such, she will be teaching English language and grammar and the basics of US culture to elementary school children in Spain for the next year while completing her TEFL certificate. … [Read more...]

Spring 2021 Flywheel Reading Series Announced

Ray Levy, Assistant Professor of English, has announced the Flywheel Reading Series, which features literary readings and Q&A conversations with contemporary writers of poetry and prose. Flywheel is supported and facilitated by the Department of English and Linguistics at the University of Mary Washington. The Spring 2021 Reading Series will be conducted virtually. Events are free and open to the public. If you’re interested in a Zoom invitation to a particular reading, please follow the registration links or contact Ray Levy. Warren Rochelle | February 25, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. EST Register here. Warren Rochelle is the author of four novels and a collection of short fiction. His recent books include The Werewolf and His Boy and The Wicked Stepbrother and Other Stories, both published by JMS Books in September 2020. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, and has just retired from teaching English at the University of Mary Washington. Never Angeline Nørth | March 11, 2021 at 5:00 … [Read more...]