Whalen and Students Receive Grant to Present at Conference

Zach Whalen, Associate Professor of English, and his students Cristina Montemorano, Alexander Rudenshiold, and Aleksandra Shrabnya 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...]

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...]

Foss Publishes Book Chapter on Oscar Wilde

Chris Foss, Professor of English, has published a book chapter entitled “The Importance of Being Green: Pen, Pencil and Poison as a Study in Close Reading and Color Decoding” in Critical Insights: Oscar Wilde, an essay collection from Salem Press/EBSCO edited by Frederick S. Roden. Oscar Wilde is indisputably one of the most colorful literary figures of the past 150 years, perhaps in no small part owing to his own awareness, appreciation, and application of color across his life and work. Given the heyday Irish writers currently continue to enjoy (in both academic and more popular circles) as part and parcel of the general ascendancy of all things Irish in the 1990s, it may seem self-evident that green might serve as one of the most significant pigments on Wilde’s palette. It is, though, perhaps somewhat more provocative to suggest one must turn to his largely overlooked prose piece “Pen, Pencil and Poison”—a piece republished and newly minted with a green subtitle during his golden … [Read more...]

Rochelle Publishes Short Story

Professor of English Warren Rochelle recently published his short story “Mirrors” in Once Upon a Green Rose, edited by Michon Neal and released from Cuil Press. … [Read more...]

Lorentzen Gives a Talk on Victorian Serial Fiction at George Mason University

Eric Lorentzen, Professor of English, was recently invited to George Mason University to speak about Victorian serial fiction, Dickens, and elements of popular culture that continue in that tradition today, such as film chronicles, soap operas, teen dramas, and the telenovela. He also discussed Dickens and Victorian literary traditions that survive beyond the realms of visual culture in the twenty-first century. … [Read more...]

Barrenechea Publishes Essay

Antonio Barrenechea, Professor of English, recently published the award-winning essay “Hemispheric Studies beyond Suspicion/Estudos hemisféricos além da suspeita” in Revista Brasileira de Literatura Comparada, the premier journal of comparative literature in Latin America. … [Read more...]

Goldman Quoted in Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Adria Goldman, Assistant Professor of Communication, was quoted multiple times as an expert in African American women and popular culture in the opinion piece “Is Gabrielle Union’s truth really that different from Julianne Hough’s?” in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. … [Read more...]

Foss Presents Paper on Wilde at SAMLA Conference

In November, Professor of English Chris Foss presented a paper entitled “'He remembered that the little Mermaid had no feet and could not dance': The Nexus of Power, Identity, and Relationships in Oscar Wilde's 'The Fisherman and His Soul' as Seen through the Lens of Disability Studies” as part of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association conference at the Westin Peachtree in Atlanta, GA. In his paper, Foss argued “The Fisherman and His Soul” offers a fascinating trawl of entangled elements relative to its two main disability-aligned characters, a little Mermaid and a young Fisherman (the latter only becoming so after he cuts away his Soul from his body). The story offers a clear undermining of the sort of monstrous identities those in power insist upon assigning to those different from them in an attempt to limit any new understandings of or relationships with any groups or individuals upon whose othering their authority and privilege depends. This paper represents the first … [Read more...]

Lee Presents Conference Paper

Janie Lee, Associate Professor of Linguistics, presented at the 2019 meeting of the American Anthropological Association and the Canadian Anthropology Society in Vancouver. Her paper was “Migrants as Language Experts and Subtitles as Listening Subject in South Korean Television” and was part of the panel “Redefining the Language Professional: Shifting Duties and Changing Institutional Climates.” The paper investigated the way Korean ethnonationalism was enabled in entertainment media through the use of unconventional subtitling practices for migrant speech. … [Read more...]