Monday, October 15, 2012

Recent Achievements October Edition

Recent Achievements in English (October 2012):

Under Sandy Baldwin’s direction, the Center for Literary Computing just published the second book in its series "Computing Literature." The only scholarly series devoted to digital literature, and featuring renowned authors and an international peer review board, books are entirely developed by students in the CLC, from copyediting through layout and ePub conversion.

The CLC continues to publish and host Electronic Book Review, one of the oldest all-online peer-reviewed scholarly journals. Sandy Baldwin is Executive Editor of the journal and works with an editorial team of scholars from around the work. Graduate and undergraduate students in the CLC keep the journal running, including copyediting and markup, and also work with authors and other aspects of the editorial process.

In September, Sandy Baldwin was asked to lead the Consortium for Electronic Literature, an agreement between eight research teams at universities in seven countries, all with databases dealing (in part or in whole) with electronic literature. The current goal of the consortium is synchronization of databases and a shared metadata/name authority enabling search across the databases, and - more broadly - enabling the first authoritative "vocabulary" for the field.

In October 2012, Sandy Baldwin's essay "Pervy Intimate Avatars," dealing with embodied performance in Second Life appeared, in the edited collection Intimacy Across Visceral and Digital Performance (Palgrave Studies in Performance and Technology).

Sandy Baldwin and CLC graduate interns Ben Bishop and Dibs Roy are participating the "crossed perspectives" project funded by the LabEx (laboratory of excellence) at the University of Paris 8, a collaboration by teams at four universities to understand cross-cultural perspectives on electronic literature. Data collection for the project is almost complete and will lead to a collaborative publication.

Gwen Bergner gave an invited talk on Oct. 1 at University of Texas--Austin, sponsored by Women's and Gender Studies and African and African Diaspora Studies, titled: "One and One is Three: Edwidge Danticat's Vodou Transnationalism."

Mark Brazaitis's short story "Cancer is a Killer, and So Am I" appears in Talking Writing: His short story "The Meet" is forthcoming in Mid-American Review. A kind stranger reviewed his short story "Blackheart" on line: He is in serious study for his role as Cinderella's father in the on-ice version of the fairy tale, scheduled for March 9 and 10 at the Morgantown Ice Arena. It's the role of a lifetime. Or two-and-half minutes of terror.

Amanda Cobb’s "You Owe Me a Coke," a poem, will appear this winter in The Boiler Journal.  Her poems, "Dummy," and "Because I Said So," will appear this Fall in a special print edition of Temenos journal, themed "Trap Doors and Little Triggers."  Excerpts from, "Low-Self Esteem: My Jesus Year," a memoir, will appear this winter in Spittoon.

Lowell Duckert moderated a panel ("Ecomaterialism") and gave a paper ("Do Glaciers Dream?") at cruising in the ruins: the question of disciplinarity in the post/medieval university: 2nd Biennial Meeting of the BABEL Working Group, Boston, September 2012.

Lara Farina's article, "Once More with Feeling: Tacility and Alterity, Medieval and Modern," was published in Postmedieval 3.3 (Fall 2012).  She also organized and chaired  a panel, "Synaesthetics" (on sensory organization and academic disciplines) at the 2nd Biennial conference of the BABEL Working Group in September:

Marilyn Francus presented "'Where does discretion end, and avarice begin?': The Mercenary and the Prudent in Austen" at the national conference of the Jane Austen Society of North America, in October in New York.  Her panel was mentioned in the New York Times' article on the event:

John Jones presented papers at the 2012 Computers and Writing Conference and the 2012 Rhetoric Society of America Conference in May, 2012. He had a paper, titled "Creating Networks Through Search: PageRank, Algorithmic Truth, and Tracing the Web," accepted for inclusion in the conference proceedings, Selected Papers in Internet Research, and another paper, "Programming in Network Exchanges," accepted for publication in the journal Computers & Composition

Jim Harms has a poem, “The New Moon Economy,” in the current issue of Shenandoah and a long poem, “Orpheus Beach,” in the current issue of Ping-Pong.  His essay, “Jean Valentine:  Remnants and Recognition,” has just been reprinted in Jean Valentine:
This-World Company, published by the University of Michigan Press.

Kirk Hazen travelled on September 12-14, 2012 to Centre College (in the now wet Danville, KY) to give an invited-talk entitled “The Competing Myths of Appalachian Speech”. The talk was for a convocation at the college, and it drew 180 people. It was Kirk's first private, liberal arts college, and it was a learning experience. Kirk also spoke to three classrooms of Centre students, including an introduction to language and two cultural anthropology courses.

Sarah Neville been invited to deliver a seminar lecture on "Reassessing the Reprint in the Early English Book Trade" in the Open University's Book History Research Group Seminar Series in London in January. Amongst the 9 speakers of established/emerging scholars discussing recent developments in new theatre history and Shakespeare, I'm the only North American who was invited to take part. (

Renée K. Nicholson’s essay “Coda: Partnering” is forthcoming in Blue Lyra Review and her essay “Hair: A Short History” is forthcoming in Switchback.

Renee Nicholson and Natalie Sypolt will present “Radio Girls: Our Journey in Book Podcasting” at the annual Winter Wheat Writers’ Conference sponsored by Mid American Review at Bowling Green State University. Their podcast, SummerBooks, went from idea to over 700 hits in three months.

Morgan O’Grady’s poem "Elegy to R.M.O, Not Yet Dead" has been accepted by the Susquehanna Review and will be featured online and in their next print issue.

In August, Katy Ryan and Ryan Claycomb both presented at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference on a panel on Political and Protest Theatre Post 9/11.  Katy's paper was entitled "A View of the Brig: From the Cage to the Street," and Ryan's was entitled "Voices of the Other: Documentary and Oral History Performance in Post-9/11 British Theatre."

Mary Ann Samyn published three poems—"Flute-like, or You Didn't Know Me Then," "Another Christ or Two," and "Desire"—in Eleven Eleven (Cal Arts) and two poems—"Stupidity, Crabbiness, Moorings & Love" and "Long Sunday"—in The Kenyon Review.  

Nevena Stojanovic's article "'Like a Dazzling Curtain of Light': Fanny Assingham's Performances of Jewishness in The Golden Bowl" has been accepted for publication by the Henry James Review.



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