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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. Richard Sha's book, Imagination and Science in Romanticism, has just been awarded the Barricelli Prize.
  • 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. David Pike's article "Haunted Mountains, Supershelters, and the Afterlives of Cold War Infrastructure" was published in the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture.

    Prof. David Pike's article, "China Miéville’s Fantastic Slums and the Urban Abcanny," was published in Science Fiction Studies.
  • 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.

    David Pike published his article, "City Settings: American Urban Mysteries from Film Noir to Steampunk," in Medías19.
  • 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 publications are "The Sceptic's Surrender: Believing Partly" in The Routledge Companion to Shakespeare and Philosophy (2018) and  “Cultural Memories of the Legal Repertoire in Richard III and Richard II: Criticizing Rites of Succession” in The Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Memory (2018).
  • 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).
  • Prof. Kyle Dargan 
    Kyle Dargan's book of poetry, Anagnorisis, has been awarded the Academy of American Poets' 2019 Lenore Marshal Prize, and was featured in the "New & Noteworthy" section of the New York Times Book Review.

    Kyle Dargan's poem, "Olympic/Drive", has been featured on DATEBOOK.

    Kyle Dargan has been featured on Poetry Daily.
  • Prof. David Keplinger
    David Keplinger's poem, "The Seven Spheres", has been featured as the poem of the week on the Missouri Review.

    David Keplinger's poetry collection Another City has won the 2019 UNT Rilke Prize.

    David Keplinger has been featured with his new book on Poetry Daily.
  • Prof. Dustin Friedman
    Dustin Friedman's monograph, Before Queer Theory: Victorian Aestheticism and the Self, has begun being distributed by Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Prof. Sarah Trembath
    Sarah Trembath has been awarded the American Studies Association's Committee on Gender and Sexuality Studies 7th annual Gloria E. Anzaldúa Award for Independent Scholars, Contingent or Community College Faculty.
  • Prof. Dolen Perkins-Valdez
    Dolen Perkins-Valdez appeared on the Kojo Nnamdi show to discuss the passing of Toni Morrison.
  • Prof. Lacey Wootton and Prof. Glenn Moomau 
    Lacey Wootton and Glenn Moomau published a chapter in Contingency, Exploitation, and Solidarity: Labor and Action in English Composition, which has been chosen as the Council of Writing Program Administrators Best Book of 2017. Wootton and Moomau's chapter is titled “Building Our Own Bridges: A Case Study in Contingent Faculty Self-advocacy.”
  • Prof. Edward Comstock
    Edward Comstock published his book, Connections Between Neuroscience, Rhetoric, and Writing: A Plastic Pedagogy for the Digital Age, with Routledge. The book is a part of the Routledge series on Educational Psychology.
  • Prof. Rachel Louise Snyder 
    Rachel Louise Snyder has been awarded the J. Anthony Lukas Work-In-Progress Award from the Columbia Journalism School.
  • Prof. Andrew Bertaina
    Andrew Bertaina has a poem selected to appear in The Best American Poetry 2018 anthology coming out in September.