Accomplishments: Department of English

May 27, 2021
Matthew S. Dentice (English) has written an opinion piece, "Anglo Saxonism and America's History of Racial Injustice" for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Religion and Ethics portal. This article explores the ways in which a persistent idealization of and identification with the Anglo-Saxons has fueled the United States' long history of racist policy-making and examines the contemporary debate surrounding the recent revival of political Anglo-Saxonism in America. He is a graduate...
May 25, 2021
Jessica Teague (English) has published a book with Cambridge University Press, Sound Recording Technology and American Literature, from the Phonograph to the Remix. Phonographs, tapes, stereo LPs, digital remix — how did these remarkable technologies impact American writing? This book explores how 20th-century writers shaped the ways we listen in our multimedia present. Uncovering a rich new archive of materials, this book offers a resonant reading of how writers across several genres, such as...
May 24, 2021
The Great Works Academic Certificate (GWAC) program has been awarded a grant of $150,000 from the Teagle Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities to make core texts in the humanities more widely read by UNLV students. The grant program is called Cornerstone: Learning for Living. Co-principal investigators on the project are David Fott of political science, director of GWAC, and John Hay of English. GWAC is advised by a committee of 13 faculty, whose names may be found on the...
March 23, 2021
John M. Bowers (English) will have his book Tolkien's Lost Chaucer (Oxford University Press) featured as the subject of a session at the conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) to be held in Las Vegas in November.  PAMLA will host Bowers for a "creative conversation" during this session.  
March 22, 2021
David J. Morris (English) was interviewed about apophenia and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for the NPR podcast "Throughline."   
March 11, 2021
P. Jane Hafen (English) appeared in a PBS webinar, "Unladylike2020: Elevating the Hidden History of American Women: Indigenous Changemakers."  
February 26, 2021
Evelyn Gajowski (English) published the chapter, "'As if a Man were Author of Himself': Fantasies of Omnipotence and Autonomy," in the essay collection, Coriolanus: A Critical Reader. The chapter analyzes the resonances between Caius Martius Coriolanus and Donald Trump, interrogating the emergence of the Roman republic, on the one hand, and the threat to the fragile experiment known as the U.S. democratic republic, on the other. The Arden Shakespeare published the volume in its series, the...
February 5, 2021
David J. Morris (English) wrote an opinion piece for CNN.com about PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and the military veterans who took part in the Jan. 6 attack/insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.    
November 6, 2020
Timothy Erwin (English) chaired the opening panel of The Intermedial Eighteenth Century: Textual and Visual Arts, 1660-1832, a virtual conference hosted by Northumbria University in the United Kingdom.  Tim was recently named to the Advisory Board for the Centre for the Study of Text and Print Culture at Shanghai University in China, and his essay “Alexander Pope and a Carracci Venus at the Court of James II and Mary of Modena” appears in the current Huntington Library Quarterly.
October 16, 2020
P. Jane Hafen (English) was interviewed about Zitkala Sa on South Dakota Public Broadcasting in connection with Indigenous People's Day 
October 14, 2020
Evelyn Gajowski (English) has published The Arden Research Handbook of Contemporary Shakespeare Criticism, a comprehensive guide by an international team of leading scholars to those critical practices that dominate Shakespeare studies today. It includes chapters on 20 specific critical practices, each grounded in an analysis of a Shakespeare text. A seismic shift occurred in the 1970s and 1980s: feminism, cultural materialism, and new historicism challenged traditional liberal humanism....
September 22, 2020
P. Jane Hafen (English) delivered the keynote address for the John Whitmer Historical Association Conference. Additionally, her book, Essays on American Indian and Mormon History, co-edited with Brenden Rensink of Brigham Young University, won the association's award for best anthology of 2019.