McAllister Presents Paper at Health Humanities Consortium

Marie McAllister recently presented "Race and Medicine in the Physician Memoir: Stories and Silences" at the March 2023 Health Humanities Consortium national conference. McAllister's research addresses the intersections between literature and medicine. She teaches in the Department of English and Linguistics such courses as Writing about Medicine, Birth of the Novel, Jane Austen, and more. Her Literature of Death and Purpose will be offered in Fall 2023.   … [Read more...]

Alum Kate Leboff ’14 Announces Poetry Chapbook

Alum Kate Leboff, a 2014 English:Creative Writing graduate and Production Coordinator at Cornell University Press, has announced the publication of her first book with Finishing Line Press. It is a poetry chapbook she plans to entitle “Kintsugi” (the Japanese art of mending broken pottery with lacquer mixed with gold, silver, or platinum), based almost entirely of her own life experiences. Among those she thanks in her announcement are her “Creative Writing & Lit professors at University of Mary Washington.”       … [Read more...]

Barrenechea Produces Videos in Simpson Library Partnership

Professor of English Antonio Barrenechea has produced two videos on rare books in the Special Collections at the UMW Simpson Library. Barrenechea's work with Special Collections is featured in a story that appears in this week’s  The Weekly Ringer. The first two videos in the series focus on twentieth-century literary works: 2023: Rare Books Spotlight #1, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four 2023: Rare Books Spotlight #2, James Joyce’s Ulysses Barrenechea's project aims to highlight the resources of UMW’s special collection, the oldest book of which dates to 1496.  Barrenechea states, “I would also love to have more outside scholars be aware of how strong our collections are—particularly in Joyce studies.” Barrenechea's work with UMW's Special Collections connects with his research into rare books. Last year, Barrenechea received the William Reese Fellowship at the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley for his research project on rare books. For 2023-24, Barrenechea … [Read more...]

Lorentzen Presents Conference Talk on New Dickens Course

Eric G. Lorentzen, professor of English, recently gave a talk entitled "Interdisciplinary English as Social Justice: Dickens, Disney, and Popular Culture," at the Virginia Humanities Conference. The talk was based on a new class Lorentzen taught in fall semester of 2022, in which the goal was to mark, as an intellectual community, the tremendous on-going, and often not readily perceived, influence that Dickens’ work has on a multiplicity of genres in the 21st century. The course included materials as diverse as: 20th- and 21st-century literary texts, such as Sarah Waters’ Fingersmith, John Irving’s The Cider House Rules, and the Harry Potter books. films/shows like Ridley Road, It’s a Wonderful Life, About Time, The Game, The Time Traveller’s Wife, The Last Tree, and Disney’s Christopher Robin. literary societies, reading groups, social clubs, and online serial novel projects. Dickens festivals, holiday fairs, walking tours, and other elements of literary tourism that … [Read more...]

Fallon Serves as Pronouncer for Local Spelling Bee

Associate Professor of Linguistics Paul Fallon served as the pronouncer for the Fredericksburg Regional Spelling Bee, held Saturday, Feb. 25, at James Monroe High School. Read more in The Free Lance-Star. … [Read more...]

Alum Chelsea Krieg ’10 Appointed Asst Director at NCSU

Alum Chelsea Krieg (2010) has been appointed Assistant Director of the Creative Writing Program at North Carolina State University, where she earned her MFA in 2016. In addition to her work advising and working with Creative Writing as a faculty member in the NCSU Department of English, Krieg has also worked with the NCSU library on integrating Citizen Science into the First-Year Writing classroom (ENG101). … [Read more...]

Barrenechea Wins Fellowship

Antonio Barrenechea, Professor of English, was awarded an M.C. Lang Fellowship in Book History, Bibliography, and Humanities Teaching with Historical Sources at the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia for 2023-2024. … [Read more...]

Sydney German ’22 to Attend Emerson for Graduate Studies

Congratulations to Sydney German, an English and Linguistics-Creative Writing major, who received multiple offers for graduate study! German, a December '22 graduate, has accepted the offer from Emerson College’s Master's Program in Publishing and Writing and will begin studies there in spring 2023. … [Read more...]

Richards Leads Discussion for 75th Anniversary of ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

To mark the 75th anniversary of Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire, Gary Richards led the discussion of that play in the One Book, One Festival series at the Louisiana Book Festival on Saturday, October 29, 2022, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This was his tenth time to participate in that series at the festival, having also led the programs on Robert Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men, John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces, Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory,” and Ernest Gaines’s A Gathering of Old Men, among others. His appearance was made possible in part by a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. … [Read more...]

Mathur Presents Paper at Shakespeare’s Globe

Maya Mathur presented the paper, "Strange Fish: Laughter and Race-Making in The Tempest" at the academic symposium, "Shakespeare and Race: Spoken Word(s)," which was held at Shakespeare's Globe, London, on November 4-5, 2022. The conference was organized by the Shakespeare Center, a collaboration between Shakespeare's Globe theater and King's College, London. … [Read more...]