Dasgupta Presents Conference Paper

 Shumona Dasgupta, Associate Professor of English, presented the paper “Memory, Trauma, and Violence: The Partition in Indian Cinema​” at the 28th annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies conference in Savannah, Georgia, on February 16, 2019. … [Read more...]

Richards Presents Paper, Participates in Welty Reading

Professor Gary Richards presented the paper “Eudora Welty and Tennessee Williams” at the latest conference of the Eudora Welty Society, “The Continuous Thread of Revelation: Eudora Welty Reconsidered,” held at the College of Charleston, Charleston, SC February 21-24. The conference also featured a staged reading of “Moon Lake,” adapted from the Welty short story of the same title and directed by Brenda Currin. Fourteen Welty scholars made up the cast, including Richards as the narrator. … [Read more...]

LaBreche Edits Special Journal Issue

 Professor Ben LaBreche recently co-edited with Jason Kerr of Brigham Young University a special issue of the Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies on “The Varieties of Political Theology.” … [Read more...]

Richards Presents on Panel about Published Essay

 Professor Gary Richards was a member of a panel discussion of contributors to the collection of essays Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty Twenty-First-Century Approaches, edited by Mae Miller Claxton and Julia Eichelberger, held at the Eudora Welty House and Gardens in Jackson, MS on February 7. His essay in the collection is “Queering Welty’s Male Bodies in the Undergraduate Classroom.” … [Read more...]

Foss Publishes Article

Professor Chris Foss has published a peer-reviewed article entitled “Ann Yearsley, Earl Goodwin, and the Politics of Romantic Discontent” in the most recent number of Romanticism on the Net.  RoN was one of the pioneering international open access journals when it was founded over thirty years ago now in 1996, and is by now of the most established venues for scholarship on British Romantic literature. The few substantial critical studies of Ann Yearsley’s tragic drama Earl Goodwin leave unexplored the ways in which Yearsley simultaneously is clarifying and extending her anger at and frustration with the class- and gender-based discrimination she experienced firsthand in the fallout with her mentor Hannah More over the profits from her first book of poetry. This article aims to fill this gap by delineating the many ways in which Earl Goodwin represents, on one level, her ongoing response to the defamation she suffered in the wake of More’s public campaign to ruin her reputation. … [Read more...]

Johnson-Young Publishes Article

Professor Elizabeth Johnson-Young and a research partner recently published the article "The CSR paradox: when a social responsibility campaign can tarnish a brand” in the peer-reviewed journal, Corporate Communications: An International Journal. The article looks at instances when a social campaign can hurt a brand even though it may successfully raise concerns for the campaign issues. The paper presents results of an experiment looking at prevention v. promotion-framed messages in a real-world CSR campaign to understand differences in concerns for the campaign issues and attitudes towards the sponsoring corporate brand. Results indicated that, even when message framing produced strong concerns for the issues, negative effects of the message framing were directed at the brand itself. The publication is now available online and will be in the next printed journal as well. … [Read more...]

Barrenechea Presents at Conference

Antonio Barrenechea, Associate Professor of English, recently presented “A Brazilian Cinema of Cruelty: The ‘Coffin Joe’ Trilogy (1964-2008)” at the annual conference of the Literature/Film Association in New Orleans. … [Read more...]

Rao Presents on Conference Panel, Wins Hobgood Service Award

Anand Rao, professor of communication, recently attended the National Communication Association annual conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he was part of a discussion panel titled “Communication at Play: Creating Strategic Partnerships between the Basic Course and First Year Experiences.” He talked about UMW’s QEP/FSEM, how it serves as a basic communication course for new students, and how the Speaking Center helps to support the FSEM. He also finished his year as Past Chair of the Communication Centers Division for NCA, helped run the annual business meeting, and, most significant, was the recipient of the 2018 Hobgood Service Award for “dedication to excellence, commitment to the profession, concern for others, appreciation of diversity, and vision of what could be.”​ … [Read more...]

Rochelle Story Accepted for Publication

Professor Warren Rochelle's story “Mirrors,” a gay-themed retelling of “Beauty and the Beast,” was accepted by Cuilpress and will be published in their forthcoming queering romance anthology So You Think You Know Love? … [Read more...]

Foss Presents Conference Paper on Wilde

Professor Chris Foss recently presented a paper at the “‘Hideous Progeny’: The Gothic in the Nineteenth Century” conference hosted by the Loyola University-Chicago Victorian Society on October 27, 2018. The talk, entitled “Gothic Mutations of Pity in Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Star-Child,’” aimed at a critical reconsideration of pity through a reading of Wilde’s fairy tale, exploring the ways it replicates stereotypically pejorative assumptions about disability but also contains empowering possibilities as well. Through the gothic mutation of its disability-aligned titular protagonist (initially the embodiment of physical perfection, but eventually transformed into a scaly toad-faced freak), this text requires one to grapple with the extent to which its employment of pity reinforces a hierarchical division between the fortunate and the unfortunate and/or encourages a more progressive conception founded upon love, reciprocity, and action. The paper is part of the larger book manuscript project … [Read more...]