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Literature Faculty News

  • Prof. Fiona Brideoake
    Fiona Brideoake published a new book, The Ladies of Llangollen: Desire, Indeterminacy, and the Legacies of Criticism, from Bucknell University Press in April 2017.
  • Prof. Richard C. Sha
    Prof. Richard C. Sha was elected to the Executive Forum of the Modern Language Association for English Romanticism from 2017-2021.
    He was also invited to give a keynote lecture at the "Lost Romantics" Conference in Vechta, Germany in May 2017. His lecture will be called "Mary Shelley's Abortion."
    Prof. Sha's article, "The Turn to Affect: Emotions without Subjects, Causality without Demonstrable Causes," is forthcoming in the Palgrave Handbook of Affect Theory and Textual Criticism, ed. Donald Wehr.
    He also published an essay, "Slum," in A New Vocabulary for Global Modernism.
  • Prof. David Pike
    Prof. David Pike published "Commuting to Another World: Spaces of Transport and Transport Maps in Urban Fantasy," in Popular Fiction and Spatiality: Reading Genre Settings.

    He also published "Steampunk and the Victorian City: Time Machines, Bryan Talbot, and the Center of the Multiverse," in Like Clockwork: Steampunk Pasts, Presents, and Futures.
  • Prof. Erik Dussere
    Erik Dussere's latest book, America Is Elsewhere: The Noir Tradition in the Age of Consumer Culture, published in November 2013 from Oxford University Press, won the 2014 Edgar Award for Best Critical/Biographical work.
  • Prof. Despina Kakoudaki
    Despina Kakoudaki's book, Anatomy of a Robot: Literature, Cinema, and the Cultural Work of Artificial People, was published by Rutgers University Press in July 2014.
  • Prof. Lindsey Green-Simms
    Lindsey Green-Simms's most recent publications include "What's New in Africa?: African Writing in the 21st Century." Journal of Postcolonial and Commonwealth Studies. Vol 1.1, Spring 2013, pp 3-12.; "Occult Melodramas: Spectral Affect and West African Video-Film." Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies. Vol. 27.2 80, 2012, pp 25-59.; "Hustlers, Homewreckers, and Homoeroticism: Nollywood's Beautiful Faces" Journal of African Cinemas. Vol 4.1, 2012, pp 32-49 (with Unoma Azuah).

    Green-Simms has also co-edited a special edition of Journal of Postcolonial and Commonwealth Studies, been invited to speak at Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, and Wesleyan, and served as guest blogger for Africa is a Country--"On New African Writing." June 17, 2013.
  • Prof. Keith Leonard
    Keith Leonard published an article entitled "'Which Me Will Survive': Rethinking Identity, Reclaiming Audre Lorde" in the journal Callaloo, volume 35, issue 3 (Summer 2012). He was a featured speaker at the Celebrating African American Literature conference, October 25-26, 2013, at Penn State University. And he had the great pleasure of appearing on the Bob Edwards Show, Sirius XM radio, on August 27, 2013, to discuss the legacy of the civil rights movement for contemporary African American literature and culture.
  • Prof. Jeffrey Middents
    Jeffrey Middents recently co-edited (with Tamara Falicov, University of Kansas) a special issue of the Journal of Spanish and Latin American Cinemas (9.2) called "Voices of the Small Cinemas," featuring new translations of critical work written originally in Spanish about contemporary Latin American cinema from under-represented countries. He also has a forthcoming article for Transnational Cinemas entitled "The first rule of Latin American cinema is you do not talk about Latin American cinema: Notes on discussing a sense of place in contemporary cinema." In September, he was invited to join a panel discussing the state of "World Cinema" at the ACL(x) conference at Penn State University.
  • Prof. Marianne Noble
    Marianne Noble published Emily Dickinson and Philosophy (2013), coedited with Jed Deppman and Gary Lee Stonum. Noble has also been recently appointed to the editorial board of the most prestigious journal in her field, American Literature.
  • Prof. Deborah Payne
    Deborah Payne has forthcoming a book chapter on seventeenth-century drama in The Wiley/Blackwell Encyclopedia of British Literature, 1660-1789 and an article on Samuel Pepys accepted in Review of English Studies. She won a Fulbright Fellowship to lecture on early modern drama at the Universidad de Sevilla in Spring 2014, where she worked with Spanish faculty on the EU-funded "Restoration Comedy Project."
  • Prof. David Pike
    David Pike's recent articles and essays include "The Bunkerization of Albania," Cabinet 50, "Quatermass in Space," in The Twilight Language of Nigel Kneale (Circadian Press), "Fun in Victorian London Today," in Journal of Victorian Culture 18.4, "Slum," forthcoming in Global Modernism: Towards a New Lexicon (Columbia University Press), "Hitchcock's Underground," forthcoming in Modernism/modernity 22.3 (2015), and review essays on the films The Stories We Tell (2012) and Underground (1928). His essay, "Introduction: Headlong into Futurity," appears in History and Technology 29.3, a special issue on the relationship between literary studies, history, and technology for which he served as guest editor.
  • Prof. Roberta Rubenstein
    Congratulations to Roberta Rubenstein on the publication of her most recent book, Literary Half-Lives: Doris Lessing, Clancy Sigal and roman à clef (2014).
  • Prof. Richard C. Sha
    Richard C. Sha was invited to give the Ian Fletcher Memorial Lecture at Arizona State University in April. The title of his talk was "Romantic Science and Romantic Imagination." He also participated in a panel sponsored by ASU's Center for Science and the Imagination. Please be sure to congratulate him on the publication of his latest book, coedited with Joel Faflak, Romanticism and the Emotions (2014).
  • Prof. Anita Sherman
    Anita Sherman's most recent article is "Poland in the Cultural Imaginary of Early Modern England," published in The Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 15.1 (2015): 55-89. She won a short-term Folger Institute Fellowship to research her chapter on "The Skeptical Imagination of Margaret Cavendish," part of a longer work in progress. She attended an NEH-funded Summer Institute on Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy, 1300-1700 in July 2015.
  • Prof. Kathleen Smith
    Kathleen Smith published "Language and Authority in Julian of Norwich's Showings" in Mulieres Religiosae: Shaping Female Spiritual Authority (Europa Sacra series, vol. 13), eds. Imke de Gier and Veerle Fraeters (Brepols, 2013).
  • Prof. Linda Voris
    Linda Voris has recently published several articles on the work of Gertrude Stein. Her article, "Shutters Shut and Open: Making Sense of Gertrude Stein's Second Portrait of Picasso" appeared in Studies in American Fiction 39.2 (Fall 2012): 175-205. She published "Interpreting Cézanne: Immanence in Gertrude Stein's First Landscape Play, Lend A Hand or Four Religions" in Modernism/modernity, 19.1 (2012): 73-93. Her essay, "Reading the Background in Gertrude Stein," is forthcoming in the volume Primary Stein, Lexington Press. Prof. Voris presented on "Using A Painterly Analogy In Teaching Stein," for a Roundtable Discussion organized by the Gertrude Stein Society at the American Literature Conference in May 2012 and served as chair for another Stein panel at the conference. She was invited by the Smithsonian Institute to give an evening lecture on Stein's experimental writing and the visual arts as part of the programming for the exhibition, "Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories," at the National Portrait Gallery, January 2012.
  • Prof. Li Wong
    Li Wong's research pays close attention to the politics of affect/emotion, gender and sexuality, as well as media formations of transpacific Chinese, Sinophone, and Asian American communities. She has published in journals including Asian Cinema, Pacific Affairs, Chinese Literature Today, and China Review International, as well as book chapters in World Cinema and the Visual Arts (Anthem Press, 2012). Her chapter, "Sinophone Erotohistories: The Shaw Brothers' Queering of a Transforming 'Chinese Dream' in Ainu Fantasies" appeared in the book anthology Queer Sinophone Cultures (Routledge, Nov. 2013). Her article, "Moving Serenades: Hearing the Sinophonic in MP and GI's Longxiang Fengwu," was published in Journal of Chinese Cinemas (2013). She gave two talks at the Modern Language Association's 2014 convention: "Hacking Chineseness: Affective Governance and Queer Risks," and "Moving Serenades: Hearing 'Sinophone Geographies of Affect' in Rose, Rose, I Love You". In February, Wong spoke on her book project, Deflowering Attachments: Prostitutes, Popular Culture, and Affective Histories of Chineseness, at the Triangle East Asia Colloquium (North Carolina State University, UNC Chapel Hill, and Duke University).