Bylenok Wins Backwaters Press Prize in Poetry for 2021

Dr. Laura Bylenok, Assistant Professor of English and current coordinator of UMW's Creative Writing program, has just been announced by the University of Nebraska Press as the winner of the Backwaters Press Prize in Poetry for 2021. The book based on her manuscript Living Room will be published in the fall of 2022. For more information, see the University of Nebraska Press's announcement. … [Read more...]

English & Linguistics Students Pursue Individual Studies and Internships in Fall 2021 Semester

This semester, English and Linguistics students continue to pursue high impact learning opportunities through independent studies and internships. Each semester and in summer, the Department of English and Linguistics offers juniors and seniors the opportunity to take individual studies in highly specialized courses that are designed by students in close collaboration with sponsoring faculty. Throughout the year, the Department supports juniors and seniors pursuing professional practice and learning opportunities through internships.   Individual Studies, with faculty sponsors : Kira Frazee, ENGL 491: Queer Children’s Literature with Professor Richards Vanessa Fickes, ENGL 491: O’Connor and Christianity with Professor Richards Summer Reardon, ENGL 491: Creating a Graphic Novel with Professor Whalen Michael Campbell, LING 491: Italian Phonology with Professor Fallon Matthew Nelson, LING 491: History of Latin with Professor Fallon   Internships, … [Read more...]

’18 Alum Alexandria Riker Publishes Story

Congratulations to alumna Alexandria Riker ’18! Alexandria’s dystopian horror short story “Weighing In” was just published in The Yard: Crime Blog online magazine. Alexandria is a December 2018 magna cum laude graduate who majored in English: Creative Writing and studied under Dr. Warren Rochelle and participated in his study abroad program in 2018 at Bangor University in Wales, UK. … [Read more...]

Mathur Presents at Two Conferences

Professor Maya Mathur presented her research on global adaptations of Shakespeare at two virtual conferences this summer. The first paper, “Cross-Cultural Casting and Queer Desire in Global Adaptations of Twelfth Night,” was presented at a conference organized by the European Shakespeare Research Association June 3-6, 2021. The second paper, “Eat the Rich: Race, Class, and Caste in Bornila Chatterjee’s The Hungry,” was presented at the World Shakespeare Congress, held July 19-24, 2021. … [Read more...]

Lorentzen Presents at Dickens Symposium, Develops New Course

Professor Eric Lorentzen presented over the summer a paper as part of the “Dickens and Education” panel of the annual Dickens Society Symposium. His talk, “Happy Shepherd-Boys and Closing Prison-Houses: The Importance of Connection in Wordsworth, Dickens, and Tolstoy,” originated in a UMW Faculty Development Summer Grant and detailed, in part, the creation of a new course that he is planning to offer at UMW during the 2022-2023 academic year. The course will examine a philosophical genealogy of the “continuity of the self” that begins with Wordsworth and other Romantic poets, continues through Dickens and other Victorian novelists, later spreads globally to writers like Tolstoy, extends to contemporary short stories of the late 20th and early 21st century, and finally permeates many forms of popular American culture, from Disney films to teen dramas. The course will also include aspects of popular culture in the form of literary tourism, a component about which Lorentzen plans to … [Read more...]

Dasgupta Presents at Conferences

Professor Shumona Dasgupta presented “Subaltern Pasts: Other Archives of the Indian Partition (1947)” at the thirtieth annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies conference (BCPSC) hosted by the Georgia Southern University, GA (February 15-19, 2021) and held as a virtual conference. She also presented “A Geography of Crisis: Memorializing the Partition (1947) in Indian Cinema” at the fifth annual Memory Studies Conference (MSA) hosted by University of Warsaw, Poland (July 5-9, 2021) rescheduled from 2020 and held as a virtual conference. … [Read more...]

’08 Alum Gwynne E Mapes Publishes

Congratulations to alumna Gwynne E. Mapes,’08! Mapes’s book Elite Authenticity: Remaking Distinction in Food Discourse was published in June 2021 by Oxford University Press in their distinguished Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics series. Oxford University Press describes the book: "In Elite Authenticity, Gwynne Mapes integrates theories of mediatization, materiality, and authenticity in order to explore the discursive production of elite status and class inequality in food discourse. Relying on a range of methodological approaches, Mapes examines restaurant reviews and articles published in the New York Times food section; a collection of Instagram posts from @nytfood; ethnographically-informed fieldwork in four renowned Brooklyn, NY, restaurants; and a recorded dinner conversation with six food-enthusiasts. Across these varied genres of data, she demonstrates how a discourse of 'elite authenticity' represents a particular surfacing of rhetorical maneuvers in which distinction … [Read more...]

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...]