Spring 2012

Faculty Updates

Several members of the English Department have won important fellowships and prizes this spring. Jane Alison has been awarded a faculty fellowship for AY 2012-2013 from the Center for the Humanities for her project, “Stories of Sexual Metamorphosis from Ovid.” Robert Casillo has been named a College of Arts & Sciences Cooper Fellow. Ranen Omer-Sherman was awarded a Frenkel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies Fellowship, “Borders of Jewishness: Microhistories of Encounter” (University of Michigan) for Fall 2012. John Paul Russo won the Faculty Senate’s Outstanding Teaching Award. Peter Schmitt has been awarded the Julia Peterkin Poetry Award for 2012

Renée Fox published an article, “Robert Browning’s Necropoetics” in the Winter 2011 issue of Victorian Poetry. Dr. Fox also gave a seminar paper, “Mark Twain and Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee,” at the North American Victorian Studies Association conference in Nashville in November and presented “Wild Irish Libraries: Sydney Owenson and the Gothic Archive” at the American Conference for Irish Studies Annual Meeting in New Orleans in March 2012. 

Pamela Hammons published a review of Edith Snook’s Women, Beauty and Power in Early Modern England: A Feminist Literary History in Renaissance Quarterly, 65.1 (Spring 2012): 270-71.

Pat McCarthy’s most recent publications are “Naming and Not Naming in Joyce’s ‘Eveline,’” in A Joyceful of Talkatalka from Friendshapes for Rosa Maria Mollettieri Bosinelli, ed. Delia Chiaro et al. (Bologna: Bononia University Press, 2011), 65-74, and “A Retrospective, Recycled Volume,” a review of Karen Lawrence’s Who’s Afraid of James Joyce?, in English Literature in Transition 55 (2012): 124-27.

In March 2012, Brenna Munro gave an invited lecture, “Selling Dystopia: Contemporary South African Crime Fiction,” at the Contemporary South African Literature: Modernity, Futurity, Banality seminar held at the American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting at Brown University.

Ranen Omer-Sherman gave an invited lecture, “Paradoxes of Identity: Jewish/Muslim Interpenetration in Almog Behar & Sayed Kashua,” at the forum, “New Israeli Literature in the 21st Century,” held at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign on March 5, 2012.  He also presented, “Not Quite Kosher: Secular Jewish Writers from Kafka to Chabon,” at the Posen Foundation Professional Development Seminar at Florida International University (February 26-27, 2012).  In addition, Dr. Omer-Sherman gave a paper, “Atallah Mansour’s In a New Light (B’or Hadash): Palestinian Memory in a Kibbutz Novel,” at the Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. on December 19, 2011. Finally, he published reviews of Sayed Kashua’s novel Second Person Singular in the Forward (April 16, 2012), and Kinereth Meyer and Rachel Salmon Deshen’s Reading the Underthought: Jewish Hermeneutics and the Christian Poetry of Hopkins and Eliotin Style 45.4.

Frank Palmeri published “Satire and the Psychology of Religion in Swift and Nietzsche” in Swiftly Sterneward: Essays on Laurence Stone and His Times in Honor of Melvyn New, ed. W. B. Gerard, E. Derek Taylor, and Robert G. Walker, 143-62.

In March 2012, Patricia Saunders gave a paper, “Outta Order, or Out in the Open?: Shifting Power, Gender and Sexuality Dynamics Through Performance” at “II Congreso Internacional sobre el Caribe: Cartografías de Género(s)” at the University of Carlos III in Madrid, Spain.

Jeffrey Shoulson published “Man and Thinker:  Milton, Saurat, and the Old New Milton Criticism” in The New Milton Criticism, edited by Peter Herman and Elizabeth Sauer for Cambridge University Press (2012). Dr. Shoulson also gave two invited lectures: “Alchemies of Conversion: The Science and Drama of Jewish Transmutation” at the University of Connecticut in April and “Daughters and Ducats:  Conversion in The Merchant of Venice” at Dickinson College in March.  Finally, he presented a paper,  “Converso, Convert, and Christian:  Marranism in Early Modern England,” at the Association of Jewish Studies Annual Conference in Washington, DC in December 2011.

Mihoko Suzuki published “Recognizing Women’s Dramas as Political Writing: The 1701 Plays of Wiseman, Pix, and Trotter,” Women’s Writing 18.4 (Nov. 2011), 547-64. She organized a session at the MLA for the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women on “Transnational and Transcultural Approaches to Early Modern Women.”  In March, Suzuki took up a research fellowship at the New York Public Library to work on her book project, “Antigone’s Example.” At the Renaissance Society of America conference, she presented “Jacobitism and the Fronde in the Works of Jane Barker.” 

Graduate Students and Alumni

Ann Marie Alfonso-Forero has accepted a tenure-track position as an assistant professor of Anglophone postcolonial literature at St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, and Jennifer Slivka has accepted a tenure-track position as an assistant professor of 20th-century British and postcolonial literature at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia.

Jessica Damián, an associate professor of English at Georgia Gwinnett College, will serve as a Wye Fellow with the Apen Institute in Summer 2012.

Nicole Hospital-Medina has been selected as the MFA Program’s Outstanding Teaching Assistant, and Stephanie Selvick has been named the PhD Program’s Outstanding Teaching Assistant for AY 2011-2012. 

Several current PhD students have won important grants and fellowships. Claudia Amadori has been granted a 2012 Summer Graduate Award from the College of Arts & Sciences. Marta Fernández Campa and Stephanie Selvick both won dissertation fellowships from the Center for the Humanities, and Fernández Campa has also been awarded a Graduate School Dissertation Summer Fellowship for International PhD Students in the College of Arts & Sciences. Finally, Jennifer Garçon won a Center for Latin American Studies Distinguished Fellowship for AY 2012-2013.

Marta Fernández Campa presented a conference paper, “Archiving Marginalized Histories: Making Space for Counter-memory” at “II Congreso Internacional sobre el Caribe: Cartografías de Género(s)” at the University of Carlos III in Madrid, Spain in March 2012.  She has also written a review of the visual arts exhibition, Wrestling with the Image, in Anthurium (Issue 9, 2012) and has a forthcoming publication of an interview with visual artist Roshini Kempadoo in ARC magazine (Issue 6, September, 2012)

On March 30, 2012, Barbara Hoffmann presented a paper, “The Positive Use of ‘Chat’ in Students’ Academic Discourse” at the “Innovations and Anxieties” conference at the University of Rhode Island.

Joe Mendes presented a conference paper, “Irishness, Identity, and Outcasts in Elizabeth Ashbridge’s Account,” at the 2012 meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies.

Brad Rittenhouse gave a paper, “Error, Error, Does Not Compute: Identity Performance in the Age of Cylon Replication,” at the “Innovations and Anxieties” conference at the University of Rhode Island.

Stephanie Selvick’s essay, “Beyond the Binary: Same-Sex Desire and Gender Defiance in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions,” has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Postcolonial Writing.

Jennifer Slivka’s article, “History and the ‘I’ Trapped in the Middle: Negotiating the Past in Roth’s The Ghost Writer and The Plot Against America” is forthcoming in Philip Roth Studies. She also presented a paper, “Home Is Where the Hurt Is: Trauma, Alienation, and Identity in Kate O’Riordan’s The Boy in the Moon,” at the American Conference for Irish Studies in New Orleans.

Josune Urbistondo presented a conference paper, “Bodies Scared Sacred at the Crossroads: Vodou and Sacral Intelligibility in Mayra Montero’s The red of his shadow” at “II Congreso Internacional sobre el Caribe: Cartografías de Género(s)” at the University of Carlos III in Madrid, Spain in March 2012.

Carolina Villalba presented “Playing Border Games: The Transnational Figure of the Child in the Works of Henry Roth and Ernesto Galarza” at the annual MELUS/USACLALS conference in April 2012.