Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Alumni News: Dom Ashby

The Tenants were all sitting on the back veranda this afternoon, trying to stay cool in all the heat and humidity, and young Miss Queener was just beginning her description of the Multidisciplinary Studies Ball last weekend, which was fancy dress, with the guests asked to come as various fields of study, when a telegram arrived from an old friend of the Tenants, Dom Ashby (M.A. 2001).

It seems to be quite the summer for Dom since he announced that he has an article,"Uchi/Soto in Japan: A Global Turn," that has just come out in Rhetoric Society Quarterly. You can find the link to access it here. Even better, Dom said that he'll be defending his dissertation in July and receiving his Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric from the English Department at Miami University of Ohio, where, this coming year, he'll be a Visiting Assistant Professor in Composition. The Tenants heartily congratulate him on both accomplishments.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Breaking Jane Austen News

Since we seem to be on an Austen kick this summer, the Tenants were excited to learn that Jane Austen may be on the new 10 pound note in England. While Elizabeth Bennett would probably find this vulgar, we're sure Lydia would thoroughly approve.

Monday, June 17, 2013

A Day in the Life of Jane Austen

Who among us wishes they could experience life through Jane Austen’s eyes for just one day? Thanks to What Jane Saw, a website by Professor Janine Barchas (The University of Texas at Austin), now we can. The website is an interactive “walk” through a retrospective of Sir Joshua Reynolds’s works at the British Institution at Pall Mall, London; according to What Jane Saw, Austen visited the retrospective on May 24, 1813. 

Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827), British Institution, Pall Mall, 1808. Aquatint on paper. "Pub. 1st April 1808, at R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts." From What Jane Saw.
Aside from being just plain cool, this website is a fabulous resource for those among us interested in British Romanticism, museum culture, and/or Austen and Reynolds specifically. Make sure you “walk” back to the South Room (West Side) to take in Reynolds’s Portrait of Dr. Charles Burney, Frances Burney’s father. Enjoy! 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Doctoral Student Publications 2012-2013 (and forthcoming)

The Tenants are not quite sure how they find the time to do it, but, when they weren't presenting at conferences, a number of the doctoral students also managed to publish essays in academic journals and edited collections this past year or to have their work accepted for future publication. We suspect that they're skipping their naps, but the results seem to justify it.

Not counting reviews and encyclopedia entries, here is this year's tally:

Sreya Chatterjee:
 “Begetting Wayward Sons: Naxalite Insurgency and Revolutionary Motherhood in Mahasweta Devi’s Mother of 1084”. Critique of Naxalism: Poststructuralist Perspectives. Ed. Pradip Basu (Routledge, India). Forthcoming.  

“Gender and Literature of the Underground: Examining Naxalite Women’s Literary Representation”. Radical Left Movements in the Indian Sub-Continent. Ed. Pradip Basu. (New Delhi: Cambridge University Press). Forthcoming.   

“Beyond Barriers: Chandra Talpade Mohanty and Transnational Feminist Solidarity”. Modern Social Thinkers. Ed. Pradip Basu. (Kolkata: Setu Prakashani, 2012).
Jim Greene:

“Ethan Allen and Daniel Shays:  Contrasting Models of Political Representation in the Early Republic.” Early American Literature 48.1 (2013):  125-51.
“Military Service and Racial Subjectivity in the War Narratives of James Roberts and Isaac Hubbell.” Forthcoming essay in edited collection, Warring for America, 1803-1818. Eds. Fredrika Teute, Nicole Eustace, and Robert Parkinson. University of North Carolina Press.
Kayla McKinney:

“’In that Bony Light:’ The Museum Economy in Charles Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend.” Victorian Review. Forthcoming, 2014.

Susan Lantz:
“Take Your Parents to Work Day.” CUPA-HR News. October 18, 2012.

Courtney Novosat:
“Outside Dupin’s Closet of Reason:  (Homo)sexual Repression and Racialized Terror in Poe’s ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue.’” Poe Studies: History, Theory, Interpretation 45.1 (2012): 78-106.
Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang:

Rituals of Distrust: Illicit Affairs and Metaphors of Transport in Ama Ata Aidoo’s “Two Sisters” and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “Birdsong,” Research in African Literatures 44.3. (2013) Forthcoming in autumn.
Katherine Richards:
“Her mind had the happy art:" The Creation of Alternative Space and Performance in Ann
Radcliffe's Romance of the Forest. Forthcoming in SLI: Studies in Literary Imagination.47.2
(Fall 2014).
Erin Johns Speese:

“Aren’t We Guilty Too?: The Censorship of D.H. Lawrence in the Ivory Tower.”  Rhizomes.  Forthcoming.
“‘Our feelings become impressed with the grandeur of Omnipotence’: Mary Somerville’s Feminine Scientific Sublime.”  Prose Studies: History, Theory, Criticism.  Forthcoming.
Valerie Surrett:
“’Always better, less rude, to talk about things that were the same’: The Necessity of Otherness to a Functioning Public Sphere.” Journal of Contemporary Thought No. 36 (2012): 139-57.
Jeff Yeager:
The Social Mind: John Elof Boodin’s Influence on John Steinbeck’s Phalanx Fiction: 1935-1942.”  The Steinbeck Review 10.1 (Spring 2013). Forthcoming.
“How This World is Given to Lying!”: Orson Welles’s Deconstruction of Traditional Historiographies in Chimes at Midnight.  Selected Papers of the Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference 4 (2013): 80-94.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

May Graduate Student Graduates (in May)

The Official List of May Graduates:

Alexander, Whitney


Petts, Ashleigh
Schussler, Christine
Swisher, Jillian
Wardell, Eric


Atkinson, Melissa
Bishop, James
Pan, Connie
Stout, Andrea
Stricker, Shane
Thomas, Rebecca


Dennis, Phillip (Scott)
Green, Amy
Greene, James
Johns-Speese, Erin