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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Dr. Emeritus Jim Murphy

Dr. Jim Murphy, emeritus Professor of English, received an honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland, Galway, on Oct. 18, “for his dedication in bringing an inter-disciplinary focus to the study of the history and culture of both Ireland and Irish-America.”

Visit the link below to watch the video!

“The award recognises Professor Murphy's lifetime dedication to celebrating Irish culture, developing transatlantic links, and promoting the transformative effect of studying abroad.”

Visit the university's Twitter post to see some of Dr. Murphy's advice for students starting college.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Dr. Crystal Lucky

On May 18, 2015 Dr. Lucky presented a paper at the American Literature Association Conference in Boston, Massachusetts titled "'Ashes for a Heart': Problematizing Black and White Women's Solidarity in Valerie Martin's Property, Sherley Anne Williams' Dessa Rose and Toni Morrison's Beloved."

Monday, October 5, 2015

Dr. Lauren Shohet

Dr. Shohet, Lucklow Family Professor of English, recently published:

  • "Othello's ipad" in Shakespearean Echoes, ed. Adam Hansen and Kevin Wetmore. Palgrave, 2015. 108-119;
  •  "Filles perdues, formes retrouvées dans le Pericles de Shakespeare et l'Urania de Mary Wroth" [Lost daughters, found forms, in Shakespeare's Pericles and Mary Wroth's Urania] in Enfants perdus, enfants trouvés: Dire l'abandon en Europe, XVIe-XVIIIe siècles dans l'europe de l'ancien régime. Ed. Florence Magnot-Ogilvy et Janice Valls-Russell. Paris: Garnier, 2015, 125-139; and
  • "Forming History, Inhabiting Form in Marvell's 'Upon Appleton House,'" in Poetic's Today 34:5 (Fall 2014), 655-684.

Dr. Shohet has also recently presented the following presentations:

  • "Queering Place in The Faerie Queene," International Spenser Society Conference. Dublin, June 18-20 2015;
  • "Pericles and the Romance of Restoration," Shakespeare Society of America Conference. Vancouver, April 1-3, 2015; and
  • "'Read it for Restoratives': Renaissance Society of America Conference. Berlin, March 25-29, 2015.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Dr. Kamran Javadizadeh

Dr. Javadizadeh was awarded and recently completed a two-month Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowship in the Humanities a the University of Texas in Austin. He was at the Harry Ransom Center for May 2015 and the fall of 2014, spending most of his time researching their Ezra Pound, Anne Sexton and Robert Lowell manuscript collections. He is now finishing a draft of the resulting manuscript, which has the working title Institutionalized Poets: Madness & Lyric at Midcentury.

Below is a video recorded by the Harry Ransom Center where Dr. Javadizadeh discusses his research in their archives.

Dr. Alice Dailey

On April 1-4, 2015 at the Shakespeare Association of America Conference in Vancouver, Dr. Dailey presented her paper "I See Dead People: 2 Henry IV and the Corpse of History."

Dr. Dailey was also awarded the Villanova Summer Research Fellowship to work on her new book project, Shakespeare's Effigies: Staging Histories of the Living and the Dead.

Dr. Chiji Akoma

On December 5, 2014, Chiji Akoma gave the keynote speech, "The Space Between: Re-Imagining Africa in Latin America," at the Conference on Latin American Studies and Open House, sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Latin American Studies Consortium at Villanova University.

Dr. Akoma also presented a paper, “Rewriting the Confessional: African Diaspora Narrative Aesthetic and the Problem of ‘Global Citizenship’” at the Canadian Association of African Studies conference held at University of Ottawa, June 3-5, 2015.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Dr. Brooke Hunter

Dr. Hunter's article "Boethian Humor and the Pseudo-Beothian De disciplina scolarium" just came out in Viator 46.1 (2015): 161-79. She also has another article forthcoming in Carmina Philosophiae.

Dr. Hunter just awarded the Katherine F. Pantzer Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography at Harvard's Houghton Library, where I'll be resident for four weeks looking at early printed editions of De disciplina scolarium. She also received a research grant from Villanova to go look at another collection of early print editions of De disciplina at the Library of Congress.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Dr. Hugh Ormsby-Lennon

Dr. Hugh Ormsby-Lennon recently published "Pinching Snuff: Dean Swift as Paralytic Gnomon in James Joyce's 'The Sisters,'" in Swift Studies 29 (2014), 89-129.

Dr. Megan Quigley

On Saturday November 8th at 3:30 at the Modernist Studies Association annual Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, Dr. Megan Quigley participated in a round table on Weak Theory, joining scholars including Wai Chee Dimock, Eric Hayot, and Paul St. Amour, in presenting a vigorous investigation into this new approach to literary studies. She also chaired a panel earlier that day entitled "The Confluence of Breakdown."

Dr. Joseph Lennon

Joseph Lennon, PhD, published an essay, “‘Antiquity and Futurity' in the Writings of James Clarence Mangan” in The Man in the Cloak: Essays on James Clarence Mangan. (Palgrave MacMillan, Nov 2014. pp. 53-83). Dr. Lennon also published a suite of poems, “Flatland Haiku Summer” in The Midwest Quarterly 55.2, (Winter 2014, pp. 78-80). He presented a paper at the 2013 American Conference for Irish Studies, Dublin, Ireland, “Old Hungers, New Politics: Late 19th Century Fasts and Food Strikes” (June 14, 2014). He delivered a lecture at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin “Irish Orientalism: From Origin Legends to Celtic Revivals” (June 26, 2014).

Dr. Lauren Shohet

Lauren Shohet, Luckow Family Professor of English, published “Caroline Court Drama: Forming History,” in Yearbook of English Studies 44: Caroline Literature, ed. Rory Loughnane, Andrew Power, and Peter Sillitoe (2014), 69-86.

Dr. Travis Foster

Dr. Travis Foster published an article, “Campus Novels and the Nation of Peers,” in the Fall 2014 issue of American Literary History.

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).