Bean Accepted to Creative Writing M.A.

Congratulations to Kylie Bean '19 (English: Creative Writing with a minor in linguistics)! Working with, among others, Professor Warren Rochelle, she has been accepted into the M.A. Program in Creative Writing at Bangor University, Wales, UK starting in 2020-2021. We're so proud of and happy for Kylie as she continues her education in this international context! … [Read more...]

Lorentzen Gives a Talk on Victorian Serial Fiction at George Mason University

Eric Lorentzen, Professor of English, was recently invited to George Mason University to speak about Victorian serial fiction, Dickens, and elements of popular culture that continue in that tradition today, such as film chronicles, soap operas, teen dramas, and the telenovela. He also discussed Dickens and Victorian literary traditions that survive beyond the realms of visual culture in the twenty-first century. … [Read more...]

Barrenechea Publishes Essay

Antonio Barrenechea, Professor of English, recently published the award-winning essay “Hemispheric Studies beyond Suspicion/Estudos hemisféricos além da suspeita” in Revista Brasileira de Literatura Comparada, the premier journal of comparative literature in Latin America. … [Read more...]

Goldman Quoted in Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Adria Goldman, Assistant Professor of Communication, was quoted multiple times as an expert in African American women and popular culture in the opinion piece “Is Gabrielle Union’s truth really that different from Julianne Hough’s?” in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. … [Read more...]

Foss Presents Paper on Wilde at SAMLA Conference

In November, Professor of English Chris Foss presented a paper entitled “'He remembered that the little Mermaid had no feet and could not dance': The Nexus of Power, Identity, and Relationships in Oscar Wilde's 'The Fisherman and His Soul' as Seen through the Lens of Disability Studies” as part of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association conference at the Westin Peachtree in Atlanta, GA. In his paper, Foss argued “The Fisherman and His Soul” offers a fascinating trawl of entangled elements relative to its two main disability-aligned characters, a little Mermaid and a young Fisherman (the latter only becoming so after he cuts away his Soul from his body). The story offers a clear undermining of the sort of monstrous identities those in power insist upon assigning to those different from them in an attempt to limit any new understandings of or relationships with any groups or individuals upon whose othering their authority and privilege depends. This paper represents the first … [Read more...]

Lee Presents Conference Paper

Janie Lee, Associate Professor of Linguistics, presented at the 2019 meeting of the American Anthropological Association and the Canadian Anthropology Society in Vancouver. Her paper was “Migrants as Language Experts and Subtitles as Listening Subject in South Korean Television” and was part of the panel “Redefining the Language Professional: Shifting Duties and Changing Institutional Climates.” The paper investigated the way Korean ethnonationalism was enabled in entertainment media through the use of unconventional subtitling practices for migrant speech. … [Read more...]

Johnson-Young Presents at and Chairs Panel at NCA Conference

Elizabeth Johnson-Young, Assistant Professor of Communication, presented at the 2019 National Communication Association’s annual conference in Baltimore, Maryland. She presented on a research paper titled “Communicating about Safety: Understanding Pediatric Residents’ Communication Decisions Regarding Anticipatory Guidance about Firearms” during a panel titled Factors that Prompt Interpersonal Discussion about Health. The paper presented descriptive statistics regarding how pediatricians in the Baltimore area communicate about anticipatory guidance with patients and parents. Ultimately, the research presents a path analysis model that demonstrates the factors leading to pediatricians’ prioritization of firearm counseling during well child visits. While at the conference, she also chaired a panel titled Beyond the Journal: Discussion of Media Narratives about Youth and Race and a Call for Media Literacy. This panel included presentations from UMW colleagues Adria Goldman and Emily … [Read more...]

Rao Presents on Speech-Anxious Students at National Communication Association Conference

Anand Rao, Professor of Communication, presented last Friday at the National Communication Association conference held in Baltimore, MD. The title of his presentation was "Helping Speech Anxious Students Survive and Thrive" and was part of a panel about speech apprehension and the basic course. In the presentation, he discussed what UMW has done to help address communication apprehension for first-year students at UMW through the FSEM, as well as the special sections of COMM 205: Public Speaking that he has offered for highly apprehensive students. Anand reports that the panel had a great turnout--approximately 35 in attendance--and a wonderful discussion after the panel. … [Read more...]

Crosby Presents Two Papers at National Communication Association Conference

Emily Deering Crosby, Assistant Professor of Communication, presented her research last Thursday and Friday at the National Communication Association Conference in Baltimore, MD. The title of her research presentation in the Feminist and Women's Studies Division was "'She went too far': Exploring Patriarchal Critiques of Feminist Comedians Michelle Wolf and Samantha Bee," which discussed patriarchal themes of manufactured catfights, double standards, and protection in critiques of feminist comedy. Crosby's second presentation was titled "Framing Racial Innocence: Media Literacy and the Cases of Brock Turner and Owen Labrie" in the African American Communication and Culture Division, which used visual rhetoric scholarship to analyze news media bias and call for media literacy in communication and digital studies curriculum. Her second presentation was alongside leading panelist and fellow UMW faculty member Adria Goldman, Assistant Professor of Communication. Their well-attended panel … [Read more...]

Goldman Presents on Images of Young Black Females in Reality Programming at National Communication

Last Friday, November 15, Adria Goldman, Assistant Professor of Communication, presented at the National Communication Association's 105th Annual Convention in Baltimore, MD as part of the session "Beyond the Journal: Discussions of Media Narratives about Youth and Race and a Call for Media Literacy." Her presentation, titled “From Cartoons to Reality Television: Examining Images of Young Black Females in Reality Programming,” was a review of her analysis of two competition reality shows with child/adolescent casts--Bravo's Top Chef Jr. and Lifetime's The Rap Game. In her dissertation research, she found that representations of Black women in reality television were more flattering when the cast was predominately Black. The goal of the current study was to (1) identify how young Black females are presented in reality television programming and the implications of such, (2) identify similarities and differences between the two competition shows, noting the different racial background of … [Read more...]