Levy Publishes Two Stories, Releases Issue 22 of Literary Magazine

Ray Levy, Assistant Professor of English, recently published the short story “Autobiographical Animal” in Anomaly and the short story “The Use of Pleasure” in Territory. In addition, they released Issue Twenty-Two of their literary magazine, Dreginald, this week.   … [Read more...]

Barrenechea Publishes Lead Essay in Collection Honoring Lois Parkinson Zamora

Antonio Barrenechea, Professor of English, recently published “A Hemispheric World of Differences: Literature of the Americas, 1982-2000,” the lead essay in the collection Essays in Honor of Lois Parkinson Zamora: From the Americas to the World, edited by Monika Kaup and John Ochoa and issued from Lexington Books. … [Read more...]

Levy Publishes Story

Ray Levy, Assistant Professor of English, recently had a new short story “Autobiographical Animal,” published in Anomaly. Their story can be found online at Anomaly's website. … [Read more...]

Foss Presents Conference Paper on Oscar Wilde

On October 22, Chris Foss, Professor of English, presented a paper entitled “Reflection and Refraction in Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Selfish Giant’ and Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant” at the annual conference of the Victorians Institute in Charlotte, NC. Foss first examined Wilde’s literary endorsement of fantasy over realism as a valuable entry point for considering Victorian reflections on disability and freakery, in particular where the nexus of poverty and disability-aligned difference is concerned. Seeing the Giant’s peculiar body as aligned with other nonnormative ones, especially freakish bodies, opens a new appreciation for how the story stands out relative to many other Victorian literary representations of disability. Wilde’s prison literature testifies to the extent to which Wilde’s own enfreakment and enfoolment in jail provided profound personal experiences of physical and psychological illness/disability that led him to refract but ultimately retain the tenor of his fairy … [Read more...]

Richards Presents as Part of Louisiana Book Festival

Professor Gary Richards presented “One Book, One Festival: A Gathering of Old Men by Ernest J. Gaines” on Friday, November 5, as part of the Louisiana Book Festival, held virtually this year because of the pandemic. For details about the festival, see the festival's website. … [Read more...]

Barrenechea Publishes on Melville

Antonio Barrenechea, Professor of English, recently published "The Jungle and the Whale: Vortices of Nation in Moby-Dick and La vorágine" in Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies, the flagship Melville journal. … [Read more...]

Mathur Presents at Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Conference

Professor Maya Mathur recently participated in the session “Sustainable Small Networks: Creating a SoTL Scholars Program at a Teaching-Focused University” at the virtual conference for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL), which was held from October 26-28, 2021. She discussed her ongoing research on the intersectional teaching of Shakespeare along with UMW's first cohort of SoTL scholars, including Cate Brewer, Gonzalo Campos-Dintrans, Alex Dunn, Kevin Good, Melissa Jenkins, and Robert Wells. The session was convened by Melissa Wells, a teaching fellow at UMW's Center for Teaching … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]