Whalen and Students Receive Grant to Present at Conference

Zach Whalen, Associate Professor of English, and his students Cristina Montemorano, Alexander Rudenshiold, and Aleksandra Shrabnya recently received an Undergraduate Research Grant to travel to Harrisonburg, VA, in March to present on "NaNoGenMoCat: Documenting Computer-Generated Fiction."   … [Read more...]

Bylenok and Students Receive Grant to Promote Rappahannock Review

Laura Bylenok, Assistant Professor of English, and her students Amanda Smith, Emma Yerly, and Kelly Donaghey recently received an Undergraduate Research Grant to promote the Rappahannock Review, UMW's student-edited online literary magazine, at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference and bookfair in San Antonio, Texas, in March. The latest edition of Rappahannock Review can be found online. … [Read more...]

Whalen and Wolfgang Receive Grant for Digital Graphic Novel Research

Zach Whalen, Associate Professor of English, and student Katelyn Wolfgang recently received an Undergraduate Research Grant to enhance Katelyn's research project "Educational Digital Studies and the Graphic Novel."   … [Read more...]

Kuliasha Recognized by UMW Staff Advisory Council

Susie Kuliasha, Office Manager for the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, has been designated the Excellent Eagle for the month of February by the UMW Staff Advisory Council. Susie is at the far right of the photograph, which includes several of the other past and present office managers without whom the University could not function. … [Read more...]

Richardson Publishes Review

Gary Richards, Professor of English, recently published “Taking Steps to Understand Jim Grimsley and Randall Kenan,” a review of David Deutsch’s Understanding Jim Grimsley (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2019) and James A. Crank’s Understanding Randall Kenan (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2019),  in North Carolina Literary Review Online (2020): 108-111. … [Read more...]

Foss Publishes Book Chapter on Oscar Wilde

Chris Foss, Professor of English, has published a book chapter entitled “The Importance of Being Green: Pen, Pencil and Poison as a Study in Close Reading and Color Decoding” in Critical Insights: Oscar Wilde, an essay collection from Salem Press/EBSCO edited by Frederick S. Roden. Oscar Wilde is indisputably one of the most colorful literary figures of the past 150 years, perhaps in no small part owing to his own awareness, appreciation, and application of color across his life and work. Given the heyday Irish writers currently continue to enjoy (in both academic and more popular circles) as part and parcel of the general ascendancy of all things Irish in the 1990s, it may seem self-evident that green might serve as one of the most significant pigments on Wilde’s palette. It is, though, perhaps somewhat more provocative to suggest one must turn to his largely overlooked prose piece “Pen, Pencil and Poison”—a piece republished and newly minted with a green subtitle during his golden … [Read more...]

LaMonica ’09 Successfully Defends Dissertation

Congratulations to Cle LaMonica, class of '09, successfully defended her dissertation at the University of Stockholm. Entitled "A Combined Perceptual and Acoustical Account of US Dialect Distance," the dissertation abstract and download link is available online. LaMonica was a linguistics special major and one of the students who took Professor Paul Fallon's seminar on Accents of English.   … [Read more...]

Rochelle Publishes Short Story

Professor of English Warren Rochelle recently published his short story “Mirrors” in Once Upon a Green Rose, edited by Michon Neal and released from Cuil Press. … [Read more...]

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...]