Barrenechea Presents at Literature/Film Association

Antonio Barrenechea, Professor of English, recently presented “Fear and Loathing in São Paulo: Trash Metaphysics in the Cinema of Jose Mojica Marins” at the Literature/Film Association's annual conference, entitled "Reboot Repurpose Recycle" this year and held in Portland, Oregon. … [Read more...]

Goldman Co-Edits Special Issue of The Journal of Hip Hop Studies Devoted to Kanye West

Adria Goldman, Assistant Professor of Communication, is one of three guest editors of a special issue of The Journal of Hip Hop Studies devoted to Kanye West. According to the abstract, “The goal of this project, ‘I Gotta Testify: Kanye West, Hip Hop, and the Church,’ is to add a new perspective to the scholarly discourse on Hip Hop and Christianity within classrooms, religious institutions, and popular culture by focusing on Kanye. We chose to focus on Kanye because he has been one of Hip Hop’s most influential artists in the past decade. Furthermore, Kanye is one of the most polarizing celebrities in America and across the globe. His music, fashion, political views, and family (which includes the Kardashians) dominate discourse on social media, blogs, television, and other forms of mass media. With the exception of Julius Bailey’s 2014 edited book, The Cultural Impact of Kanye West, there has been little scholarly work published on Kanye. Bailey’s book contained just one essay, … [Read more...]

Dasgupta Presents at Memory Studies Conference

Shumona Dasgupta, Associate Professor of English, recently presented a paper titled  “Everyday Trauma: Memorializing the Indian Partition” at the 3rd annual Memory Studies Conference (MSA) at the Complutense University Madrid, Madrid, Spain (June 25-28, 2019). … [Read more...]

Foss Publishes Book Review

Professor of English Chris Foss has published a 1500-word book review of Jay Timothy Dolmage’s watershed work Academic Ableism: Disability and Higher Education in Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, one of the top two scholarly journals in the field of disability studies today. The book’s charge is “not just to recognize where and how ableism happens, but to ask what the impact will be of exposing it, what the cost might be of assigning blame, and what the forces are that make it imperceptible, what the euphemisms are that disguise it, and how it comes to be normalized, even valorized in academia” (58). Dolmage sets up his argument in a superb Introduction that exposes “the university as a rhetorical space that holds a history of injustice in its architecture” (9). After noting higher education’s inextricable imbrication with the shameful histories of eugenics and colonial science, Dolmage transitions into a disheartening assessment of the state of the … [Read more...]

Rochelle Publishes Short Story

Professor of English Warren Rochelle recently  published  his flash fiction short story “Ever After”  in Migration, a queer science fiction annual flash fiction anthology. … [Read more...]

Whalen Presents at Two Conferences and Continues Undergraduate Research

Among other activities, Zach Whalen, Associate Professor of English, gave two professional presentations over the summer. In June, he gave a talk titled “Against Blogging” at the Domains 2019 conference. He reflected on the decline of blogging as a digital writing assignment and speculated on possible futures for digital writing in the classroom. In July, he went to Cork, Ireland for the 2019 conference of the Electronic Literature Organization. There, he presented about his ongoing research on computer-generated text, specifically the "National Novel Generation Month" community of practice (NaNoGenMo). He will be continuing that project this fall as a URES 197 project with the help of undergraduate research assistants.   … [Read more...]

Scanlon Guest Edits Humanities Journal Issue

Mara Scanlon, Professor of English, served as invited Guest Editor for a special issue of the journal Humanities called “The Sister Arts Since 1900: Poetry and the Visual Arts.”  The issue is prompted by the fact that the relation of poetry and visual art to each other, to imitation, mimesis, and the “real,” to pleasure and analysis, to ethics, to the senses, and to craft prompted rich dialogue and debate through at least the 18th century but is oddly flagging in contemporary critical conversation, possibly replaced by or transformed into an emphasis on multimodal and multimedia writing.  Inviting essays on ekphrastic poetry and its opposite, photos or art inspired by poems; illuminated text and the art of the book; illustrated poetry for adults and children; the work of artist-poets; collaborations between artists and writers or installations, exhibits, and volumes that combine poetry and photography/visual art; broadsides; concrete and visual poetry; and unique conceptions like the … [Read more...]

Fallon Presents Linguistics Paper in Paris

Associate Professsor of Linguistics Paul D. Fallon presented at the 47th North Atlantic Conference on Afroasiatic Linguistics (NACAL), held in Paris from June 24-26, 2019. His paper, entitled “An assessment of Bender’s Proto-Cushitic,” was a scholarly evaluation of the late M. Lionel Bender’s unpublished reconstruction of the ancestral language of many of the languages of the Horn of Africa, including Somali, Oromo and Blin, Dr. Fallon’s special area of focus. His work was supported by a Faculty Research Grant. … [Read more...]

Barrenechea Presents Invited Comparative Literature Paper

Antonio Barrenechea, Professor of English, was an invited speaker at the Associação Brasileira de Literatura Comparada in Brasilia, Brazil. His paper was titled “Hemispheric Literary Studies: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.” … [Read more...]

Whalen Publishes Essay of Media Archeaology in Digital Studies

Zach Whalen, Associate Professor of English, recently had his article “Teaching with Objects: Individuating Media Archaeology in Digital Studies” published in The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy. Whalen's article describes a Digital Studies 101 assignment where students take apart old technology and endeavor to map the origins of individual components. … [Read more...]