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...]

Barrenechea Interviewed

Antonio Barrenechea, Associate Professor of English, was recently interviewed for two articles published in the web magazine MEAWW.  The first was on the relation between summer and romantic comedies. The second probed the link between intelligence and dark humor. … [Read more...]

Haffey Publishes Book

Professor Kate Haffey has published the book Literary Modernism, Queer Temporality: Eddies in Time​. This book explores the intersection between the recent work on queer temporality and the experiments of literary modernism. Haffey argues that queer theory’s recent work on time owes a debt to modernist authors who developed new ways of representing temporality in their texts. By reading a series of early twentieth-century literary texts from modernists like Woolf, Eliot, Faulkner, and Stein alongside contemporary authors, this book examines the way in which modernist writers challenged narrative conventions of time in ways that both illuminate and foreshadow current scholarship on queer temporality. In her analyses of contemporary novelists and critics Michael Cunningham, Jeanette Winterson, Angela Carter, and Eve Sedgwick, Haffey also shows that these modernist temporalities have been reconfigured by contemporary authors to develop new approaches to … [Read more...]

Finkelstein and Mathur Lead Shakespeare Seminar

Professors Richard Finkelstein and Maya Mathur led the seminar “Shakespeare and the District” at the annual convention of the Shakespeare Association of America, which was held in Washington DC from April 18-20, 2019. The participants included representatives from the Shakespeare Theatre, a playwright, and scholars. … [Read more...]

Finkelstein Publishes Article

Professor Richard Finkelstein's article “Amicitia and Beneficia in Timon of Athens is forthcoming in a 2020 issue of Studies in Philology, published at UNC-Chapel Hill. His essay “Dormitory Shakespeare on YouTube” will appear in a Festschrift for Christy Desmet, edited by Robert Sawyer and Matt Kozusko, to be published by Farleigh Dickinson. … [Read more...]

Department Inducts New Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society Members

The Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, 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 26, 2019. Professor Gary Richards, Chair of the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication and campus sponsor for Sigma Tau Delta. 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: Emily Adele Blow Katherine Brown MaryMargaret Burns Amelia K. Carr Emily E. Cottrell Sarah Ebsworth Rhonda Lynn Fowler Olivia Fae Havlin Christine Houchins Maria Joy Lopes Meaghan McIntyre Rebecca Messier Alexander Carter Rudenshiold Clara Antoinette Sigmon Mallori Sorensen Allison Stanich James … [Read more...]

Foss Presents Conference Paper

On April 17, Professor of English Chris Foss presented a paper entitled “My Favorite Comic Is Monster Girl: Helene Fischer’s Crip Re-appropriation of Monstrosity” as part of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association national conference at the Wardham Park Marriott in Washington, DC.  In his paper, Foss argued that for all the well-deserved accolades which have greeted Marjorie Liu’s Monstress and Emil Ferris’s My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, Helene Fischer’s humble and unheralded Monster Girl most fully realizes the transformative potential of a crip re-appropriation of monstrosity.  Monster Girl features an autistic artist’s rendering of an autistic protagonist.  It not only is explicitly engaged in illuminating the lived experience of disability, but it further constitutes a generative starting point for the further exploration of the metaphorical assumptions about disability and monstrosity while reaffirming the crucial role of the genre’s own hybridity in … [Read more...]

Barrenechea and “Groovy Gothic” Course Visit Poe Museum

Antonio Barrenechea, Professor of English, took his students on a trip to the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, VA.  The excursion was funded by a competitive UMW grant, and was part of the spring 2019 ENGL 394A course, "The Groovy Gothic."  The course explores the intersection of sensational nineteenth-century gothic fiction (Shelley, Stoker, and Poe) and the shock aesthetics of the 1960s counterculture (cinema, music, fashion, painting, and drug culture). … [Read more...]

LaBreche Coedits Special Issue of Marvell Studies Journal

Ben LaBreche, Associate Professor of English, along with Ryan Netzley of Southern Illinois University, recently coedited a special issue of Marvell Studies, which publishes the leading edge of research on Andrew Marvell, his texts and readers, words and worlds. This most recent issue is on theoretical approaches to Marvell’s poetry and contains essays by John Garrison (on object-oriented erotics in Marvell’s verse), Jason Kerr (on vulnerability as an ontological feature of humans), and Brendan Prawdzik (on the limits of eco-criticism for Marvell studies and the concept of "greenwashing"). In addition, this issue contains reviews of Brendan Prawdzik’s Theatrical Milton: Politics and Poetics of the Staged Body and Alex Garganigo’s Samson's Cords: Imposing Oaths in Milton, Marvell, and Butler. … [Read more...]

Richards Facilitates Conference Discussion

Professor Gary Richards recently facilitated the discussion of John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces at the Books and Beignets program of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival in New Orleans, LA. This program has become a tradition at the festival, and Gary has been leading it now for over a decade, since 2007. … [Read more...]