Recent Achievements in English (Fall 2013):
Dennis Allen presented two papers recently, “Midnight in Paris: The Repression of Temporality in Modernist Cartography,” American Comparative Literature Association, April 4-7, 2013, Toronto, and “Speculating on Queer Theory,” MMLA, Nov. 8-11, 2012, Cincinnati.
Rudy Almasy presented a paper on John Knox the Early Years at one of the sessions sponsored by the Society for Reformation Research at the May International Congress on Medieval Studies. He's also been selected as a reviewer for ALAN Picks Online. And Almasy is now certified as a QM (Quality Matters) peer reviewer. Finally, Rudy has a chapter on Richard Hooker in the recently published Oxford Handbook on English Prose 1500-1640, edited by Andrew Hatfield.
In May, Sandy Baldwin took four PhD students to the University of Bangor, Wales, where they presented research and participated in meetings on the British Council-funded project "Computer Gaming Across Cultures." In August, Baldwin took three MFA students to the University of Bergen, Norway, where they participated in an intensive short course (co-taught by Baldwin) on "Collaborative Creativity in New Media" (sponsored by the government of Norway). In July, Baldwin published "The Idiocy of the Digital Literary" in Digital Humanities Quarterly 7:1.
David Beach wrote and directed the short play Say Hi to Mick Jagger which took first place at M. T. Pockets Ten-Minute Play Festival. He also directed Glenn Clifton's short play Souvenir in the Ten-Minute Festival, directed Fully Committed in June and will directed Art in September. He also published the first edition of My Morgantown.
Cari Carpenter was invited to speak to the Society for the Study of Women Writers Midatlantic Study Group in Washington, DC this September about her edited collection Selected Writings of Victoria Woodhull: Suffrage, Free Love, and Eugenics (U Nebraska, 2010).
Patrick Conner published "The Exeter Book" in Medieval Studies: Oxford Bibliographies. Ed. Paul E. Szarmach. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. [Completed article of 12,300 words with embedded links to many items named therein is out now from OUP] http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/obo/page/medieval-studies.
Conner's theatrical credits include the following: Select Theatre: Head Priest, Oedipus Rex (Throughline Theater); Friar Laurence, Romeo and Juliet (South Park [PA] Theatre); Pat also functioned as dramaturg for both of these productions.
Lowell Duckert’s article "Exit, Pursued by a Polar Bear (More to Follow)" was published in Upstart: A Journal of English Renaissance Studies (Clemson University Press). Full URL if anyone's interested: http://www.clemson.edu/upstart/Essays/exit-pursued-by-a-polar-bear/exit-pursued-by-a-polar-bear.xhtml. Lowell and Jeffrey Jerome Cohen signed a contract with University of Minnesota Press for a collection of essays they're editing together, Elemental Ecocriticism. Lowell will contribute "Earth" and co-write the introduction. And finally, Lowell served a plenary speaker at the 30th Alabama Symposium on English and American Literature, and gave papers at two conferences: the International Congress on Medieval Studies and the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment.
Katie Fallon’s essay, "Rebirth," is in the fall's issue of River Teeth. It's about vultures and babies, but don't worry--no babies are eaten by vultures in the essay!
Melissa Ferrone’s essay, "An Unusual Thing" was published in Brevity's May issue.
WVU alumnus Robert Long Foreman has received a Pushcart Prize and is scheduled to be published in this year's Pushcart Prize edition. http://therankings.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/pushcart-2014-scan.pdf
Marilyn Francus published a brief essay entitled "Shaping a Legacy: Alicia Lefanu's Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Mrs.Frances Sheridan" in The Female Spectator (Volume 17, Winter 2013). Marilyn presented three papers in July 2013: "Trying to Set the Record Straight: Alicia Lefanu, Frances Burney D'Arblay, and the Limits of Family Biography" at the Chawton House Library 10th Anniversary Conference in Chawton, UK; "Austen in Cyberspace: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries" at the Locations in Austen Conference, which was held at the University of Hertfordshire; and "Learning to Mother: Frances Burney Becomes a Parent," at the 5th International Conference of the Burney Society of Great Britain, at the University of Cambridge.
Kirk Hazen had a Research Experience for Undergraduates proposal funded by the National Science Foundation. This grant will support Emily Vandevender, a Foundation Scholar, for the 2013-2012 year while she does research with the West Virginia Dialect Project.
Kirk also has had a co-edited book published by Wiley-Blackwell. The book, Research Methods in Sociolinguistics: A Practical Guide, is a comprehensive how-to book for sociolinguistic researchers and students, and Kirk was very fortunate to work with his co-editor, Janet Holmes (Victoria University of Wellington, NZ). The 21 authors in the book come from a wide-range of countries, including Finland, South Africa, New Zealand, Germany, England, Switzerland, the US, and even Canada.
John Jones' article "Networked Activism, Hybrid Structures, and Networked Power" was published in August by Currents in Electronic Literacy. His article "Switching in Twitter's Hashtag Exchanges" has passed the editing stage for the Journal of Business and Technical Communication and is now available in the journal's Online First section ahead of its print publication.
Xin Tian Koh’s poem "Sea Burial" appears in the Seminary Ridge Review's Autumn issue this year.
Renée K. Nicholson’s book of poems Roundabout Directions to Lincoln Center will be published Spring 2014 by Urban Farmhouse Press (in Indianapolis).
Renée also recently started writing a weekly column for the career advice and employment resource Career Thoughts. She also accepted a position as Teaching Assistant Professor in the Multidisciplinary Studies Program at WVU starting with the 2013-2014 academic year. SummerBooks, the book podcast she co-created and co-hosts with Natalie Sypolt, was featured at the Press 53 Gathering of Writers in early August 2013 and will be featured at the Winter Wheat Writing Conference sponsored by Mid American Review in November 2013.
Sadie Shorr-Parks’s essay "The Language of Boxes" is in the next issue of Defunct.
Tom Sura published “Reconsidering Our Products: The Use of Engagement Portfolios in Service Learning Courses” in the journal WPA: Writing Program Administration 36.2 (2013): 59-74.
Natalie Sypolt has been asked to be the guest prose editor of the journal Banango Street Literature. The issue will be out sometime this month. Natalie has also been added to the book review staff of Fjords Review. Her story "Watching" was a finalist in the fiction contest (judged by Chris Offutt) and will be published in the magazine this fall. Additionally, Natalie will be teaching an Appalachian Literature class for WVU Extended Learning this October.
Harrington Weihl will present his paper “The Horror of the New: Tradition And Novelty in H.P. Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu” at the 2013 Midwest MLA Convention in Milwaukee in November. He also has two entries -- Elizabeth Bowen and Henry James -- forthcoming in the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, and a book review -- Antonio Negri's Trilogy of Resistance -- forthcoming in The Marx and Philosophy Review of Books.
Clint Wilson reports the following recent publications: