Summer 2016 Research Resources Newsletter

Sep. 1, 2016

This summer has been busy and productive for the Department of English. Several new works authored by our faculty and graduate students have appeared in just the past few months, and more are soon forthcoming. Be sure to check out the pieces below before the fall semester gets underway!


            Department Chair Gary Totten penned the Afterword (“Edith Wharton and the Promise of Cosmopolitanism”) to the new book Edith Wharton and Cosmopolitanism, edited by Meredith L. Goldsmith and Emily J. Orlando (Gainesville: UP of Florida, 2016), pp. 251–66. Gary attends to Wharton’s travel narratives—In Morocco (1920) in particular—to get a sense of her complicated “willingness to participate in the global interchange of ideas and influences.”


            Professor Claudia Keelan recently saw into print three new, interconnected poems: “The Sorrows of Separation Were Shifted,” “Her Name Was Rape,” and “Who Is God Is Ourselves.” These verses showcase (among other things) the complexities of relationships in an online age: “Social in our surveillance / The difference multiplies / Though the record shows / Friends in the thousands.” The poems appear in the most recent issue of The Cincinnati Review 13.1 (Summer 2016): 180–182.


            Be sure to peruse the most recent number of the Ben Jonson Journal 23.1 (May 2016), co-edited by Professor Richard Harp. This special issue on “Jonson and Shakespeare” features articles illuminating several different facets of what one contributor calls “a spirited friendship.”


            “Broken Hearths: Melville’s Israel Potter and the Bunker Hill Monument,” an essay by Assistant Professor John Hay, was published in the New England Quarterly 89.2 (June 2016): 192–221. John explores one of Herman Melville’s less-popular novels to reveal the author’s attitude toward the process of postapocalyptic memorializing.


            Instructor Brittany Bronson, who contributes regularly to The New York Times, recently authored a piece explaining “Why Las Vegas Is a Great Place for Working-Class Women” (August 17, 2016). Unionized labor in the casinos operates under a veritable “matriarchy,” and Nevada “boasts one of the smallest gender pay gaps in the country.” Brittany also wrote “Clinton’s Day Care Plan: A Good Start, but Not Enough” for the June 27th issue of the Times.


            This summer saw the publication of two poems by MFA student Autumn Widdoes. You can listen to Autumn read “Teenage Kicks,” which appeared in Words Dance (July 28, 2016). Her heart-shaped poem “The Human Condition” appeared in Fourth & Sycamore (August 5, 2016).


            Instructor Pamela Cantrell has co-authored (with Mohammed Miah and Sushma Mishra) a paper titled “Leading Students to Limitless Learning,” which was published in the Conference Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Innovating Education, Youth Entrepreneurship and Skill Development (May 2016). The conference was sponsored by the Association for Innovative Education.


            Finally, Instructor Gary Pullman has been busy publishing seven new articles for the online venue Listverse. Don’t miss “10 Passengers Forced to Become Pilots—in Midair”!


            And there’s lots of great stuff on the horizon! Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for forthcoming articles from Assistant Professor Emily Setina (PMLA) and Instructor Kim Idol (Interdisciplinary Literary Studies). And the newest issue of the Popular Culture Review, edited by Professor Felicia Campbell, will be out in September. It will feature an article by PhD student Dorothy Vanderford.