Sunday, August 31, 2014

Dr. Chiji Akoma

Chiji Akoma has been elected President of the International Society for the Oral Literatures of Africa (ISOLA), at the Society's 10th biannual conference at Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire in June 2014. Akoma also presented a paper at the conference titled "Language, Orality, and Nigerian Popular Music."

Akoma was also in Nigeria this summer for research on Igbo popular theatre. While in Abuja, Nigeria's capital, he made two television appearances: one in the Igbo language show, "Ugegbe," where he was interviewed on his research work on Igbo drama and on the subject of Igbo as an endangered indigenous language. He also appeared on the English language Sunday breakfast show, "A.M. Express," on that country's national television network, to speak on the publishing challenges facing younger writers in Africa.

Dr. Megan Quigley

In July, Megan Quigley's article, “Why ‘East Coker’ is Still Shocking: The Annual East Coker Lecture” was published in The Journal of the T. S. Eliot Society. (2014) 34-49. http://www.eliotsociety.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Journal-2014-contents.pdf

Dr. Joseph Lennon

Joseph Lennon, PhD, published a suite of 23 haiku, "Flatland Haiku Summer" in Midwest Quarterly (Winter 2014 (55:2) pp 78-80). He also presented a paper at the 2014 American Conference for Irish Studies, entitled "Old Hungers, New Politics: Late 19th Century Fasts and Food Strikes" (June 14) and delivered an invited lecture at the Chester Beatty Library, entitled "Irish Orientalism: Origin Legends to Celtic Revivals" (June 27).

Friday, April 11, 2014

Dr. Joseph Lennon

Dr. Lennon published an essay, "The Starvation of a Man: Terence MacSwiney's Hunger Strike and Famine Memory" in the final volume of the four part book series: Memory Ireland: Explorations in Irish Cultural Memory (2014).

He published an essay, "The Starvation of a Man: Terence MacSwiney's Hunger Strike and Famine Memory" in the final volume of the four part book series: Memory Ireland: Explorations in Irish Cultural Memory (2014).

He published three poems in the "Literary Miscellany" in the Ulster Tatler (July 2013) "Ophthalmologist’s Ring," "Circle," and "Spree."

He also presented a paper at the 2013 American Conference for Irish Studies, entitled "Staged Authenticity in Marina Carr” and another "Unfixable Antiquity in the Writings of James Clarence Mangan" at the 2013 Southern Regional American Conference for Irish Studies at Emory University, where I also sat on a panel on contemporary Irish poetry.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Dr. Lauren Shohet

Dr. Lauren Shohet, Luckow Family Professor of English, led two seminars for scholars, on "Forms of Time," at the Shakespeare Association of America conference in April. She published an essay entitled "Macbeth: The State of the Art," in Continuum Renaissance Drama: Macbeth, ed. John Drakakis and Andrew Hiscock (Arden). The i-pad app of Othello she edited for Luminary Shakespeare was released in fall 2013; it includes her commentary stream “What is a Self?” and a swipe gallery of Othello images from the Folger Shakespeare Library, plus commentary, curated and authored by Shohet and Peter Holland. She also delivered an invited lecture to the Northeast Milton Seminar on "Eve as New Media Scholar" at the University of Connecticut (November) and a paper on "The Fragrance of the Fall" at the Conference on John Milton in Murfreesboro, TN, in October. As a member of the Shakespeare Association of America Program Committee, she recently completed a term planning the 2015 conference.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Dr. Megan Quigley

Megan Quigley presented a paper at the annual Modern Language Association Convention in January in Chicago. Her paper, entitled, "Woolf, Wittgenstein, and Nonsense: The Voyage Out as Therapy," was chosen for the International Virginia Woolf Society sponsored panel. Dr. Quigley also published a book review on Carrie J. Preston's Modernism's Mythic Pose: Gender, Genre, and Solo Performance in Modern Drama.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Dr. Chiji Akoma

Chiji Akoma presented “Frederick Douglass, Diaspora Identity, and the American Colonization Society Project” at a special panel marking Frederick Douglass Week at West Chester University’s Frederick Douglass Institute, on September 30, 2013.

Dr. Travis Foster

In September, Dr. Foster gave a talk titled "Case Studies in Queer Ecology: Jewett to Freud" at Columbia University's Women & Society Seminar, arguing that Sarah Orne Jewett uses her 1884 novel, A Country Doctor, to apply Darwinian biology to Freudian questions about the diversity of human sexuality. And in November, he will present a work-in-progress, "Campus Novels and the Nation of Peers," at the University of Pennsylvania's Americanist Reading Group. The paper analyzes popular novels of student life published between the Civil War and World War I, arguing that this genre played a key role in reconciliation between the white North and South and the accompanying resubjugation of recently freed slaves.

Dr. Jean Lutes

Jean Lutes gave a talk titled, "Nellie Bly's Trip: A Stunt of World-Class Proportions," at Villanova on June 10, 2013, as part of Falvey Library's "Paper for the People: A Conference on Dime Novels and Early Mass-Market Publishing," which was organized to celebrate the recently discovered collection of dime novels and other late-nineteenth-century popular materials.

Dr. Hugh Ormsby-Lennon Publishes Essay on Swift

Dr. Ormsby-Lennon's essay "Of Late a Tabu: Newer light on Darker Authors" appears in kirsten Juhas, Patrick Mu[umlaut there]ller, and Mascha Hansen eds, "The First Wit of the Age": Essays on Swift and his Contemporaries in Honour of Hermann J. Real (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2013), 149-166.

Dr. Megan Quigley

Dr. Megan Quigley delivered the annual East Coker lecture on July 14th at the T. S. Eliot summer school in the UK entitled, "Why East Coker is Still Shocking."  This lecture, part of a new project on Eliot and his influence on twentieth-century fiction, stems from archival work completed on two recent fellowships: at the Huntington Library in Pasadena, CA and at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, TX.  Dr. Quigley also organized a panel, "'That is not what I meant at all': Literary--Philosophical Correspondents,"for the annual Modernist Studies Association Conference, which took place at the University of Sussex.  Dr. Quigley's paper for that panel, delivered on September 1st, was called "Rebabelization & Nonsense: Finnegans Wake in Basic English."

Dr. Crystal Lucky Moderates Conference Panel

Dr. Lucky served as a moderator for the panel "Rethinking Scholarship and Knowledge Production" at the Black Doctoral Network Conference held at the Philadelphia Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, October 3-5, 2013.

Dr. Deborah Thomas Publishes Dickens Essay

Deborah A. Thomas, Ph.D., published “Vibrations in the Memory: Bleak House’s Response to Illustrations of Becky in Vanity Fair” in Dickens Studies Annual: Essays on Victorian Fiction, 44 (2013), which appeared this summer. 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Dr. Megan Quigley's Huntington Library Research Trip—A Tool for Graduate Teaching?

Assistant Professor Megan Quigley just returned from a month at the Huntington Library in Pasadena, CA. (You can read about her ‘adventures in the archives’ here). While the primary purpose of the trip was to conduct research for an article on Wallace Stevens, such rich library archives also provided plenty of food for thought for her course on the Modern British Novel in the Fall. Quigley notes: “Wallace Stevens was a bibliophile; he collected many first editions of contemporary novels and literary journals that he thought would become valuable. Seeing many now canonical works in their original formats, whether pre-revisions or in literary magazines such as The Little Review, The London Mercury, The Athenaeum, Poetry, etc. really highlights the importance of context. There is no doubt that in my fall graduate class I’m going to try out a project where we choose one text that we read in different editions. Focusing on revision, alternative versions, and publication history will help to bring the works and the time period alive as well as to encourage students to think about their own writing processes.”

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Dr. Chiji Akoma

Chiji Akoma attended the African Literature Association conference in April at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, where he presented a paper entitled, "Between Politics and Narration: Isidore Okpewho's Novels of Nigerian 'Disturbance.'"