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...]

Barrenechea Publishes Book Review in Top American Studies Journal

Antonio Barrenechea, professor of English, recently published a review of Richard Cándida Smith’s “Improvised Continents: Pan-Americanism and Cultural Exchange” in the prestigious Journal of American Studies. The review is available online.   … [Read more...]

Creative Writing Graduate Alexandria Riker Publishes First Short Story

Alexandria Riker just published her first short story "Coming  Home" in the online magazine The Literary Garden, Issue 4 and can be read online. A December 2018 magna cum laude graduate, Alexandria was an English: Creative Major who worked with Professor Warren Rochelle and was part of the study abroad program that he led in the summer of 2018 at Bangor University in Wales, UK. … [Read more...]

2020 Graduate Krista Beucler Publishes First Short Story

Krista Beucler '20 recently published her first short story, a piece that originated in her first creative writing class at the University of Mary Washington with Professor Warren Rochelle. Krista completed her degree this spring with a major in English: Creative Writing and minors in Spanish and Museum Studies. While at UMW, Krista was the recipient of the Laurie Mansell Reich '79 and Henry E. Reich Jr. Scholarship and was a finalist for the Barbara Thomas Phillips Creative Writing Scholarship. Krista was the Editor-in-Chief for Issue 7.2 of the Rappahannock Review, the literary journal published by the University of Mary Washington. Working with Professor Rochelle as her advisor, Beucler's graduated in Spring 2020 with departmental Honors by completing the Honors project "Introduction to the Publishing Industry." Krista's story "Rooks Mate for Life" is available online in From Whispers to Roars: An Arts & Literary Magazine, Vol. 3, Issue 1. … [Read more...]