McAllister Publishes Article and Review

Marie McAllister, Professor of English, recently published “Rhetoric, the Pox, and the Grand Tour,” which appeared as the lead article in the April 2021 issue of Eighteenth-Century Life. She also recently published a review of Itch, Clap, Pox: Venereal Disease in the Eighteenth-Century Imagination, by Noelle Gallagher, in Journal of the History of Sexuality. … [Read more...]

Mathur Co-Leads Workshop at Howard University

Maya Mathur, Professor of English, recently co-led the workshop “Intersectionality and Inclusion in the Early Modern Classroom” with Elisa Oh of Howard University. The workshop was part of the annual conference of the Shakespeare Association of America, which was held virtually from 30 March to 4 April 2021. The workshop drew on Kimberlé Crenshaw’s theory of intersectionality to examine how the overlapping axes of our identities and those of our students shape our pedagogy. Participants were invited to develop a teaching philosophy and lesson plan that focused on early modern women writers, writers of color, and non-Western texts; the historical and contemporary contexts of race, class, gender, disability, and sexuality; or critical race, postcolonial, feminist, queer, and Marxist analyses of early modern texts. … [Read more...]

Barrenechea Presents at American Comparative Literature Association

Antonio Barrenechea, Professor of English, recently presented “A Hemispheric World of Differences: Luis Alberto Sánchez and Stanley T. Williams” at the meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, which took place virtually this year. … [Read more...]

Mathur Publishes Encyclopedia Entry

Maya Mathur, Professor of English, recently published an encyclopedia entry “Twelfth Night (Dir. Tim Supple, UK, 2003)” in the online edition of the Palgrave Encyclopedia of Global Shakespeare, edited by Alexa Alice Joubin. The encyclopedia entry examines the role of immigration in the production history and reception of Tim Supple’s adaptation of Twelfth Night, which was made for the British television channel ITV. … [Read more...]

Lee Presents to UMW Student Education Association Conference

Janie Lee, Associate Professor of Linguistics, recently gave a presentation “Zoom Tips and Tricks” in the annual conference of the UMW Student Education Association. … [Read more...]

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...]

Barrenechea 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...]