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James Smith

Rite and Reason

Associate Professor of English James Smith reflects on the death of an inspirational survivor of Ireland's Magdalene laundries, who helped spark both a successful campaign for redress and his own advocacy role with the Justice for Magdalenes Research group. Irish Times

Aeron Hunt

Aeron Hunt's book Personal Business: Character and Commerce in Victorian Literature and Culture was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2015.

Joseph Nugent

Arts and Crafts...and Digital

Associate Professor of the Practice of English Joseph Nugent and a team of students have added an extra dimension to the McMullen Museum of Art's new exhibition "Making It Irish": an interactive digital guide that provides historical, social and artistic background to the Arts and Crafts-era items on display. BC News

James Najarian

Honored for Poetry
The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics and Writers has honored Associate Professor James Najarian, who specializes in Romantic and Victorian poetry and nonfiction prose, with its Stephen J. Meringoff Writing Award in Poetry.

Poe statue

Poe Now in Boston "Evermore"
A statue of native son Edgar Allan Poe was dedicated in Boston, the culmination of a weekend of Poe-related festivities and years of campaigning by Professor Paul Lewis, to bring the author to a permanent place of prominence in the city of his birth. New York Times | WBUR "The Artery" | Boston Globe | Boston Herald | Boston Innovation | Time | BC News Release

Suzanne Matson

The Story of "Pie"
Set in post World War II America, "Pie" depicts the thrill and danger inherent in the American dream of unrestricted liberty. Written by Professor Suzanne Matson, the story has been published as part of the Ploughshares Solos series. BC Bookmarks

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Recent Faculty Publications

The Life of Wallace Stevens

Paul Mariani

The Whole Harmonium: The Life of Wallace Stevens
Simon and Schuster,
April 2016

Golden Delicious by Christopher Boucher

Christopher Boucher

Golden Delicious
Melville House,
April 2016

Dogs of Littlefield

Suzanne Berne

The Dogs of Littlefield
Simon and Schuster, January 2016


Caroline Bicks and Michelle Ephraim
Cocktails for Your Everyday Dramas: Shakespeare, Not Stirred
BC Bookmarks

September 2015


Kevin Ohi 
Dead Letters Sent: Queer Literary Transmission 
Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015



Maia McAleavey
The Bigamy Plot: Sensation and Convention in the Victorian Novel
Cambridge University Press, 2015   Interview

Children, Childhood and Irish Society

Maria Luddy and
James M. Smith (eds.)
Children, Childhood and Irish Society, 1500 to the present
Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2014

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Robert Polito

Dispatches on English major alumni
Robert Polito
, appointed President of the Poetry Foundation in Chicago.