Rafferty Publishes Two Essays from Forthcoming Book in The Rumpus

The Rumpus has published two essays written by Colin Rafferty, Associate Professor of English. The essays are excerpts from Rafferty's forthcoming book Execute the Office: Essays with Presidents. The first, “Preamble,” is the first essay of the book, while the second, “Dissolve To,” considers the Reagan presidency through the lenses of film scripts and John Wayne movies. … [Read more...]

Lee Leads Linguistics Teach-In

Janie Lee, Associate Professor of Linguistics, recently led a teach-in in the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. The teach-in was part of the workshop "Room at the Table: Locating Asian Identity in Linguistics and the LSA." In it, Lee gave a short presentation on teaching Asian American linguistics and facilitated an informal discussion. The conference was held virtually from January 7 through January 10, 2021. … [Read more...]

Barrenchea Presents on Novelist Leslie Marmon Silko at MLA

Antonio Barrenechea, Professor of English, recently contributed to "Poetics of Persistence in Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the Dead: Perspectives on the Thirtieth Anniversary," a special session of the virtual Modern Language Association conference in January 2021. The MLA is the flagship organization for literary studies in the United States. … [Read more...]

Rafferty Publishes Essay, Participates in Discussion

Colin Rafferty has published an essay on Dwight D. Eisenhower, “Kansas, She Said, Is the Name of the Star (#34),” in the newest issue of Bennington Review. He also participated in a discussion regarding nonfiction writing, historical commemoration, and monuments through Fountain Bookstore in Richmond with Connor Towne O'Neill, author of Down Along with That Devil’s Bones: A Reckoning with Monuments, Memory, and the Legacy of White Supremacy. The video of the talk is available here. … [Read more...]

Rafferty Book on Presidents Scheduled for Publication

Colin Rafferty, Associate Professor of English, has his second book, Execute the Office: Essays with Presidents, scheduled for publication on February 9, 2021, by Baobab Press. Rafferty's book is described on the Baobab Press website: Colin Rafferty’s Execute the Office uses lyric prose and formal invention to explore the humanity, or lack thereof, that thrived in each of the forty-five American presidents. Whether these powerful individuals were celebrated for infamous deeds and heroism, or forgotten as placeholders in the annals of American history, too often presidents are commemorated by the sterility of simple fact. Execute the Office builds upon factual accuracy with essays that are equally invested in lyrical writing and experimental forms. To balance these factions, Execute the Office uses constraint, metaphor, allusion, and epiphany to explore not just the facts and artifacts of history, but describe the connections between those facts and human nature in thought-provoking … [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...]