Richards Presents, Leads Discussion at Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival

Gary Richards recently attended the 38th annual Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival where, on March 22, he was one of four panelists on “A Truman Capote Reading and Discussion,” organized to mark the writer’s centennial. Other panelists were actor Brenda Currin, socialite Anna Christina “Tina” Radziwill, and novelist Colm Toíbín. On March 23, Richards also led the festival’s breakfast reading group, which explored the short stories of Eudora Welty, including “Lily Daw and the Three Ladies,” “Why I Live at the P.O.,” “A Curtain of Green,” “Powerhouse,” “Moon Lake,” and “No Place You, My Love.” He has led this event since 2007. … [Read more...]

Lorentzen Publishes Article on UMW ENGL 251TT: Dickens, Disney, and Popular Culture Course

Eric G. Lorentzen, Professor of English, published "A Wisdom of the Head and a Wisdom of the Heart: Dickens, Disney, and Popular Culture" in the recent "Dickens and His Publics" special issue of Dickens Quarterly.  The article examines the two sections of the Fall 2022 course that Lorentzen taught for the first time at UMW, English 251TT: Dickens, Disney, and Popular Culture, and the cultural studies methodologies that allowed his classes to connect with the ongoing influence that the author has in the twenty-first century, particularly with regard to social justice. Lorentzen argues that only by recognizing that Dickens’s novels not only teach us a great deal about Victorian England, but also about our lives in the here and now, can we remain vibrantly one of Dickens’s “publics.”  We must transcend the usual “wisdom of the head,” the traditional academic study of his novels, and connect with the “wisdom of the heart” as well, the meaningful student-centered ways that his texts … [Read more...]

Levin Essay on Pragmatism to Appear in The Cambridge History of the American Essay

Jonathan Levin is pleased to share that his essay “American Pragmatism: An Essayistic Conception of Truth” appears in The Cambridge History of the American Essay, edited by Christy Wampole and Jason Childs (Cambridge UP, 2024). The essay looks at essays by American pragmatists and literary figures influenced by pragmatism as well as at the relationship between what William James described as the “pragmatist conception of truth” and the prevailing temper of the essay, from Montaigne to the present … [Read more...]

Fallon Presents Linguistic Poster and Talk

Associate Professor of Linguistics Paul D. Fallon recently presented a poster, "Where do Central Cushitic Ejectives Come From?" at the Centennial Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Jan. 4-7, New York City, NY. He also gave a talk to the LSA sister society the North American Association of the History of Language Science on "The undead nature of the term 'Hamito-Semitic'" … [Read more...]

Barrenechea Presents on Panel at Modern Language Association (MLA)

Antonio Barrenechea, Professor of English, was a participant in "Mapping the Maximalist Novel: A Roundtable" at the annual convention of the Modern Language Association (MLA), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 4-7, 2024. … [Read more...]

Mathur Publishes Book Chapter

Professor of English Maya Mathur recently published a book chapter “Intersectionality, Inclusion and the Shakespeare Survey Course” in Inclusive Shakespeares: Identity, Pedagogy, Performance, edited by Sonia Freeman Loftis, Mardy Philippian, and Justin P. Shaw (Palgrave Macmillan, 2023). … [Read more...]

Haffey to Serve on Journal Editorial Board

Associate Professor of English Kate Haffey was recently invited to serve a three-year term on the editorial board for the journal WSQ (Women's Studies Quarterly). The journal focuses on the interdisciplinary field of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and has been in publication since 1972. … [Read more...]

Richards Leads Louisiana Book Festival Discussion

On October 28, Professor of English Gary Richards led the 45-minute discussion of Truman Capote’s Other Voices, Other Rooms to mark its 75th anniversary at the Louisiana Book Festival. He also moderated the 45-minute panel “Autofiction: Life Meets Fiction” featuring Christie Gabour Atwood’s Calling Home, Teresa Tumminello Brader’s Letting in Air and Light, and Jeffrey Dale Lofton’s Red Clay Suzie. The festival is an international gathering of creative writers and scholars held each year at the state capitol complex in Baton Rouge, LA. Gary's appearance was made possible in part by a Strategic Partnership Grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. … [Read more...]

Foss Presents Paper on Wilde

On October 8, Professor of English Chris Foss presented a paper entitled “‘The secret of life is suffering’: Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis as Hard Times Survival Guide” at the Victorians Institute annual meeting, held this year in Raleigh, NC. … [Read more...]

Levy Publishes the Novel ‘School’ with University of Alabama Press

Assistant Professor of English Ray Levy's novel, School, comes out this week, on October 12, with the University of Alabama Press. More information and links to purchase the book can be found here. … [Read more...]