Spring 2016 Research Resources Newsletter

May. 10, 2016

Spring 2016 Research Resources Newsletter


            This past semester has been a very productive one for the Department of English. Several new works authored by our faculty and graduate students have recently appeared, and more are on the way. Be sure to include the titles below on your summer reading list!


            An article by Professor Richard Harp, “Virtue Is Not Boring: Shakespeare and the Moral Life,” has just appeared in Modern Age 58 (Spring 2016): 19–29. Richard argues that, for Shakespeare, “virtue is not so much a static state of character to be achieved as it is a dynamic activity to be continually renewed.”


            Readers who pick up a copy of The World’s Shakespeare, 1660–Present, the second volume of The Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare, edited by Bruce R. Smith, will find an article on “Subjectivity and Identity” by Professor Evelyn Gajowski (pp. 178–90). You can also listen to Lynn discuss Shakespeare and contemporary theory in a recent podcast interview conducted by Neema Parvini.


            Professor Charles Whitney is also represented in The Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare. He’s responsible for Part XIV: “Shakespeare’s Early Reception (to 1660)” in the first volume, Shakespeare’s World, 1500–1660.


            And for even more on Shakespeare, check out “400 Years Later, Shakespeare Is Still Relevant,” an article by John Przybys in the Las Vegas Review-Journal (April 30), which features comments by—and video footage of—Professor John Bowers. John has also recently authored an entry on “Geoffrey Chaucer” that will soon appear in the Encyclopedia of British Medieval Literature, edited by Siân Echard and Robert Rouse (forthcoming from Wiley Blackwell).


            Moving on from the Bard—you can check out the entire archive of the Popular Culture Review, which has now become freely available online. The journal, edited by Professor Felicia Campbell, is currently in its twenty-seventh year and still going strong.


            “Pericles,” a new poem by Professor Donald Revell, was published in Poetry magazine’s December 2015 issue. Don also received a special tribute at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference in April.


            Associate Professor Beth Rosenberg takes a cosmopolitan view of identity politics in her newest article, “The Postcolonial Jew in Anita Desai’s Baumgartner’s Bombay and Caryl Phillip’s The Nature of Blood,” which appeared in the newest volume of Synthesis 8 (2015).


            For a fascinating look into the tenth-century marginalia methodology of Aldred the Scribe (AKA “Aldred the Glossator”), check out Associate Professor Philip Rusche’s “The Glosses to the Lindisfarne Gospels and the Benedictine Reform: Was Aldred Trained in the Southumbrian Glossing Tradition?,” in The Old English Glosses to the Lindisfarne Gospels: Language, Author and Context, edited by Julia Fernández Cuesta and Sara M. Ponz-Sanz (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2016), pp. 59–75.


            In February, Associate Professor Anne Stevens’s essay “Ten Common Misconceptions about Literary Theory” appeared in The Huffington Post. (Misconception #8: That it’s all about “deconstructing” things.) The essay stems from Anne’s book, Literary Theory and Criticism: An Introduction, which was published last year.


            “Rain’s Drumbeat Sets Poetry in Motion,” an essay by Assistant Professor Emily Setina was published online (February 2) at Zócalo Public Square. Emily also edited a collection of six essays on “Teaching Modern Poetry” that appeared in the inaugural issue of Modernism/modernity Print Plus. In her introduction, Emily asks a key question: “How might we cultivate a sense of adventure, of pleasure as well as challenge for students reading modern poetry now?”


            In “When People of Color Are Discouraged from Going into the Arts,” an article that appeared on The Atlantic online (February 28), Assistant Professor Julia Lee argues for the importance of minority representation in the humanities. Over 200 readers have commented on this essay! Julia’s book Our Gang, published last semester, has continued to receive positive reviews from sources such as LA Weekly and CBC Radio.


            Assistant Professor-in-Residence Andrew Nicholson responds to lines from Donna de la Perrière’s poem “Emergency” in his personal essay “While Death Ticks On,” appearing in the current issue of Aspasiology.


            Postdoctoral Scholar Jessica Teague’s “Black Sonic Space and the Stereophonic Poetics of Amiri Baraka’s It’s Nation Time appeared in the inaugural issue of Sound Studies 1.1 (2015): 22–39. Jessica argues that stereo LP technology allowed Baraka to theorize a new black space within the dimension of recorded sound.


            Congratulations to recent Ph.D. recipient and current Instructor Molly O’Donnell! She has received The Gaskell Journal Joan Leach Memorial Graduate Student Essay Prize for 2016. Molly’s award-winning article will be published in the journal later this year.


            And our Creative Writing students have enjoyed a flurry of publications in the past few months:


            Olivia Clare, who will be taking her just-acquired PhD to a tenure-track position at Sam Houston State University in the fall, authored two recently published short stories: “Two Cats, the Chickens, and Trees” in ZYZZYVA No. 105 (Winter 2015), and “The Visigoths” in the Boston Review (January/February 2016).


            Aurora Brackett, also newly minted with a PhD, has two recent short story publications of her own: “Beginnings,” in the Spring/Summer issue of Glimmer Train, and “I Wrote a Story about a Boy Who Was Dead,” in the Spring issue of the Bellingham Review.


            Congratulations to MFA student Christine Bettis! Her poem “Ecotone” took first place in the Helen Stewart Poetry Contest and has been published in the Spring 2016 issue of Helen.


“Oppositional Thumb (After Xun),” a short story about a phantom phalanx by MFA student Kayla Miller, was published in The Collapsar in January.


            MFA student Becky Robison has just seen her short story “Puff Piece,” a brief depiction of young love, appear in the Spring 2016 issue of Pinball.


            Our MFA alumni have also been busy. “Three Calls,” a story by Dan Hernandez, was published in January by Day One for Kindle, and Rebecca Bosshart’s story “The Door Saga” appeared in Hobart (February 16).


            Finally, Instructor Gary Pullman’s erotic short story “Devilish Delights” was published by the Wild Rose Press, under the pseudonym Leigh Paul.


            For a more extensive list of the awards and accolades garnered by our students past and present, check out the “Accomplishments” page on the Creative Writing Program Blog.


            All around, it’s been a great semester. Don’t miss our Summer 2016 Newsletter, in which we’ll provide information for all the new faculty and student publications that appear in the coming months.