Alum, Professor Emeritus Publish Book Reviews

Sunday's Free Lance-Star featured book reviews by Ashley Riggleson, UMW '18 with a major in English, and Dan Dervin, Professor Emeritus of English. Riggleson's review of Finna by Nate Marshall is available online. Dervin's review of Things in Jars by Jess Kidd is also available online. … [Read more...]

Joey LoMonaco ’13 Wins Outstanding Young Journalist of the Year

Joey LoMonaco '13 has been named 2019 Outstanding Young Journalist of the Year by the Virginia Press Association for his work at the Free Lance-Star. Joey was an English: Creative Writing major at UMW and graduated cum laude in 2013. The press release for LoMonaco's award reads:      In nominating LoMonaco for Outstanding Young Journalist of the Year, his editor said “Joey has a knack for finding and telling stories that appeal to all readers, regardless of their interest in the sport itself … Joey’s storytelling skill shines.”     LoMonaco has been a sports reporter at The Free Lance-Star since 2016, and has worked at several other news outlets since graduating from the University of Mary Washington with a bachelor’s degree in English in 2013.      Articles in LoMonaco’s portfolio covered brothers who were born in a refugee camp and who became soccer standouts at their high school, a swimmer who refused to let being born with essentially one leg stop him from … [Read more...]

Rafferty Book on Presidents Scheduled for Publication

Colin Rafferty, Associate Professor of English, has his second book, Execute the Office: Essays with Presidents, scheduled for publication on February 9, 2021, by Baobab Press. Rafferty's book is described on the Baobab Press website: Colin Rafferty’s Execute the Office uses lyric prose and formal invention to explore the humanity, or lack thereof, that thrived in each of the forty-five American presidents. Whether these powerful individuals were celebrated for infamous deeds and heroism, or forgotten as placeholders in the annals of American history, too often presidents are commemorated by the sterility of simple fact. Execute the Office builds upon factual accuracy with essays that are equally invested in lyrical writing and experimental forms. To balance these factions, Execute the Office uses constraint, metaphor, allusion, and epiphany to explore not just the facts and artifacts of history, but describe the connections between those facts and human nature in thought-provoking … [Read more...]

Casey Pherson ’08 Alum Graduates with Doctor of Physical Therapy

Casey Pherson, a class of 2008 UMW graduate with a BA in English, earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Emory & Henry in August 2020. After UMW, Casey earned an MA in Applied Linguistics: Sociolinguistics from Old Dominion University in 2010 and worked for several years as a physical therapy technician. The Department of English & Linguistics congratulates Casey on her achievements and wishes her well. … [Read more...]

Foss Publishes Book Chapter in The Routledge Companion to Literature and Disability

Professor of English Chris Foss has published a book chapter entitled “‘Here There Be Monsters’: Mapping Novel Representations of the Relationship between Disability and Monstrosity in Recent Graphic Narratives and Comic Books” in The Routledge Companion to Literature and Disability, a significant new collection of essays edited by Alice Hall that according to the press “brings together some of the most influential and important contemporary perspectives in this growing field” of disability studies. Notable names among the contributors include Elizabeth Donaldson, Chris Gabbard, Leon Hilton, Petra Kuppers, David Mitchell, Michael Northen, Sami Schalk, and Jess Waggoner. Foss’s chapter argues that three recent comics texts each present an instructive range of ambiguous, disabling, but above all enabling possibilities where the nexus of disability and monstrosity is concerned: the highly praised comics collections Monstress [Volumes 1 and 2] by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (2016-17), … [Read more...]

Barrenechea Publishes in Review of International American Studies

Antonio Barrenechea, Professor of English, recently published "Dracula as Inter-American Film Icon: Universal Pictures and Cinematográfica ABSA" in "Review of International American Studies," the flagship journal of the International American Studies Association. The publication is available online. … [Read more...]

Blevins Publishes Book Chapter on AR and Literacy

A book chapter by Brenta Blevins, Assistant Professor of English, was recently published in Modern Language Association's Writing Changes: Alphabetic Text and Multimodal Composition, a collection edited by Pegeen Reichert Powell. Blevins’ chapter, “Of Writing and the Future: An Essay on Augmented Reality Composition,” makes the point that Augmented Reality (AR) not only incorporates but depends upon traditional alphabetic literacy. That link between traditional and emerging literacy practices suggests prior knowledge can aid those composing in unfamiliar media, including in media that do not yet exist. This chapter further argues that contemporary AR functions within essayistic traditions begun hundreds of years ago with Michel de Montaigne.     … [Read more...]

Mathur Publishes Book Chapter

Maya Mathur's book chapter “Identities” was published in the volume A Cultural History of Comedy in the Early Modern Age by Bloomsbury Academic. The chapter examines the literary origins of early modern comic characters and considers how their representation is informed by the sexual, economic, and religious mores of their time. … [Read more...]

Lorentzen Presents on Dickens and Contagion

Eric G. Lorentzen, Professor of English, was one of six international Dickens scholars who took part in a roundtable presentation and discussion on Dickens and Contagion.  The roundtable was part of a virtual global conference which took place on 9 June, which was the 150th anniversary of the Victorian writer's untimely death.  #Dickens150 featured Dickens scholars from 10 different countries, and linked many participants around the world, through synchronous time zone presentations that stretched from the London morning until evening in America.  The specific roundtable on Dickens and Contagion, along with a few other selected parts of the conference, was filmed live, and is available for viewing on the #Dickens150 YouTube channel. … [Read more...]

Richards Presents Lecture for COVID-19 in Context Course

Professor Gary Richards delivered a lecture for UMW's COVID-19 in Context summer 2020 course. His lecture addressed literature's ability to speak to readers at moments of cultural uncertainty and provide them with models of how imagined others have dealt with similar crises. The lecture examined in particular U.S. fiction to see how novels dealing with the end of the Civil War (William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! and Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind), the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression (John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath), and Hurricane Katrina (Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones) may resonate with and even inspire contemporary readers during COVID-19. Richards' lecture is available online. … [Read more...]