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...]

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...]

Foss Presents Paper on Oscar Wilde

Professor of English Chris Foss recently presented a paper, "‘We are the zanies of sorrow’: Oscar Wilde's Post-Prison Relationship to Mental Disability,” on Sat. Oct. 15th at the Anniversaries and Auguries: The Victorians Institute’s Golden Jubilee Conference in Spartanburg, SC. … [Read more...]

Barrenechea Presents Conference Paper

Antonio Barrenechea, Professor of English, recently presented "Alucard and Alucarda: From Universal to Hemispheric Horrors” at the Literature/Film Association Conference in New Orleans, October 20-22, 2022. … [Read more...]

Barrenechea Presents Comparative Literature Paper

Antonio Barrenechea, Professor of English, presented “‘Una América Total’: New World Encyclopedism in the 1970s” at the American Comparative Literature Association conference, held online June 15-18, 2022.     … [Read more...]

Fallon Publishes Review

Associate Professor Paul D. Fallon of the Department of English and Linguistics was invited to review The Oxford Handbook of African Languages, edited by Rainer Vossen & Gerrit Dimmendaal, and published by Oxford University Press in 2020. His review appears online in The Linguistic List vol. 33, number 2209. The Linguist List is a major online linguistic resource and listserv with thousands of subscribers worldwide. … [Read more...]

Mathur Receives Simpson Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching

The University of Mary Washington presented the Grellet C. Simpson Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching to Professor of English Maya Mathur at the general faculty meeting on August 16. This award, for which all full-time continuing faculty members are eligible. Simpson, UMW’s fourth president, is celebrated for his emphasis on academics and belief in the liberal arts tradition. Dr. Kyle Schultz, chair of the University Sabbaticals, Fellowships & Faculty Awards Committee, announced the award, noting: During the six years since earning associate professor rank, Dr. Mathur has created six new courses, including two popular First Year Seminars (FSEMs), tailored to the interests of 21st century students. Her courses, including Shakespeare and Popular Culture and From Cinderella to Harry Potter: Fairy Tales and Fantasy Literature, blend canon with modern topics and bring intellectual rigor by challenging students to examine issues of class, race, gender and power within … [Read more...]

Scanlon Talks about Class Tour of Whitman’s Home, Literary Tourism on ‘With Good Reason’

Professor of English Mara Scanlon appeared on an episode of With Good Reason radio called “Beyond the Book-Whitmaniacs.” Scanlon told the show’s host about taking her class of self-proclaimed “Whitmaniacs” to the Walt Whitman house in Camden, New Jersey. She says her students were awestruck by being in the intimate spaces where Whitman lived and breathed … including his bathroom. The episode can be found online on: https://www.withgoodreasonradio.org/episode/beyond-the-book/?t=665&autoplay=1#s665   … [Read more...]