Johnson-Young Publishes Article in Journal of Health Communication

Elizabeth Johnson-Young's co-authored manuscript "Understanding Pediatric Residents' Communication Decisions Regarding Anticipatory Guidance About Firearms" was recently published in Journal of Health Communication. The article is now available on their website and will appear in the next print version. The study was co-authored with emergency pediatricians and investigates decisions of pediatricians to counsel on firearm safety during well-child visits, as recommended by organizations, such as the AAP. Using concepts from the Theory of Planned Behavior and the Health Belief Model, ordinary least squares regression testing and a path analysis demonstrated the impact of several variables on the prioritization of firearm counseling, including pediatrician sex, perceptions of parental viewpoints on, self-efficacy, perceptions of training, and comfort discussing firearms. Future plans include further study, as well as training material for residential programs. … [Read more...]

Bylenok’s ‘With Good Reason’ Episode Rebroadcast Starting on March 27

Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Laura Bylenok will be featured in a rebroadcast of With Good Reason on public radio stations across the country.  An award-winning poet who stitches together her love of science with her passion for the written word, Bylenok read from her recent collection on WGR’s Poetry That Heals last spring. The rebroadcast will air starting Friday, March 27. “In college, [Bylenok] was fascinated with genetic engineering. Now, she manipulates language, not DNA,” says the show’s description. “Her recent book turns familiar forms into poetic laboratory experiments.” Sharing selections from her book Warp, winner of the 2015 T.S. Eliot Prize, Bylenok describes her fascination with molecular biology and genetics, explaining her use of the words and concepts they conjure to put the human condition into prose. An inspiration for her poem Genome, she tells WGR host Sarah McConnell, before reading the piece on air, is a haunting image left by a past … [Read more...]

Barrenechea Publishes Review Essay

Antonio Barrenechea, Professor of English, recently published a review essay in the journal American Literature. The review discusses recent developments in the literature of the Americas field, with attention to three recent books: The Poetry of the Americas: From Good Neighbors to Countercultures (Feinsod), Anxieties of Experience: The Literatures of the Americas from Whitman to Bolaño (Lawrence), and Whiteness on the Border: Mapping the U.S. Racial Imagination in Brown and White (Bebout).   … [Read more...]

Foss Publishes Article, Receives Advance Book Contract

Professor of English Chris Foss has published a refereed article entitled “Reconsidering the Role of Pity in Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Star-Child’” for the current number of Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, one of the top venues for scholarly work on disability and literature. This piece will serve as the basis for the second content chapter in Foss’s Waple Professorship book project tentatively called The Importance of Being Different: Intersectional Disability and Emotional Response in Oscar Wilde's Fairy Tales, and on the basis of this and other work already completed on the manuscript Foss recently has been offered an advance contract for his book from the University of Virginia Press. The article aims at a critical reconsideration of pity through a close reading of Wilde’s fairy tale “The Star-Child,” exploring how it seems both to replicate stereotypically pejorative assumptions about disability and to contain more progressive aspects. Through the … [Read more...]

Barrenechea Publishes Review Essay

Antonio Barrenechea, Professor of English, recently published a review essay in the journal American Literature. The review discusses recent developments in the literature of the Americas field, with attention to three recent books: The Poetry of the Americas: From Good Neighbors to Countercultures (Feinsod), Anxieties of Experience: The Literatures of the Americas from Whitman to Bolaño (Lawrence), and Whiteness on the Border: Mapping the U.S. Racial Imagination in Brown and White (Bebout). … [Read more...]

Foss Publishes Book Review

Chris Foss, Professor of English, has published an approximately 1600-word book review of Chris Gabbard’s A Life Beyond Reason in the most recent number of the journal Eighteenth Century Studies. Gabbard was hired out of Stanford by the University of North Florida because of his expertise in the literature of the British Enlightenment. His book, however, is no scholarly monograph on the Age of Reason, but rather a moving personal memoir chronicling his family’s life and times in their own very different Augustan Age, a period which commenced with the birth of his son August. This amazing boy lived for 14 years facing a litany of diagnoses stemming from the complications of an obstructed labor: “cerebral palsy, spastic quadriplegia, profound mental retardation, cortical visual impairment, microcephaly, seizure disorder, osteopenia—and the list went on” (35). There is pain and suffering aplenty in this narrative, along with understandable doses of anger and frustration, but above all … [Read more...]

Whalen and Students Receive Grant to Present at Conference

Zach Whalen, Associate Professor of English, and his students Cristina Montemorano, Alexander Rudenshiold, and Aleksandra Shtabnaya recently received an Undergraduate Research Grant to travel to Harrisonburg, VA, in March to present on "NaNoGenMoCat: Documenting Computer-Generated Fiction."   … [Read more...]

Whalen and Wolfgang Receive Grant for Digital Graphic Novel Research

Zach Whalen, Associate Professor of English, and student Katelyn Wolfgang recently received an Undergraduate Research Grant to enhance Katelyn's research project "Educational Digital Studies and the Graphic Novel."   … [Read more...]

Crosby, Johnson-Young, and 23 Students Receive Grant for Conference

Emily Deering Crosby, Assistant Professor of Communication, Elizabeth Johnson-Young, Assistant Professor of Communication, and twenty-three of their students recently received an Undergraduate Research Grant to travel to the Virginia Association of Communication Arts and Sciences conference in Fairfax, VA, in March. … [Read more...]

Richardson Publishes Review

Gary Richards, Professor of English, recently published “Taking Steps to Understand Jim Grimsley and Randall Kenan,” a review of David Deutsch’s Understanding Jim Grimsley (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2019) and James A. Crank’s Understanding Randall Kenan (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2019),  in North Carolina Literary Review Online (2020): 108-111. … [Read more...]