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Caroline Bicks

Bicks gave the Janet Grayson Lecture in Literary Studies at Keene State College on April 24th. Her talk was entitled, "Shakespeare's Brainy Girls: Seeing Beyond the Hysterical."

Caroline was an invited speaker at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario.  Her talk, “Trifles for Holy Writs,” was part of a symposium, “Honest Villains, Noble Killers.” She also received the Ruth and Lillian Marino Award for Excellence in Teaching this summer from the Bread Loaf School of English.


Amy Boesky

Boesky appeared on the BBC's Healthwatch to discuss The Story Within and the role of genetic mutations in people living with heritable disease. The program aired February 12, 3:30 PM GST.

The Story Within: Personal Essays on Genetics and Identity, Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 2013.

Amy is among "the leading campus celebrities who are filling real and virtual classrooms this year," identified on "The Hottest Seats in Class" list by Time Magazine

Amy published an essay, "The Ghost Writes Back," on Kenyon Review Online.

Boesky published "Tae Kwon Do" (creative nonfiction)  in Gulf Coast, Vol. 25, Issue 1, 117-122.

Boesky recently published two pieces of creative nonfiction: "Herculaneum," in the spring 2012 issue of The Michigan Quarterly Review, and "What We Talk About When We Talk About Risk," in the Summer 2012 issue of Memoir (and)."


Bob Chibka

Delivered, at the biennial Society for Novel Studies Conference (Salt Lake City, 4/4-4/6), a paper titled "'And Italy': A Pentimental Journey, Or, Off the Map with Imlac and Yorick."

Chibka organized a panel, "The Art of Henry Fielding: Violence, Romance, Fraud," for the annual meeting of the North East American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and, on October 12, as part of that panel, delivered a paper entitled "'A violent Surprize': Crabsticks and Crania, Hearts and Minds in Joseph Andrews."

Chibka delivered a talk entitled "Of writing Minds in general, and particularly of Joseph Andrews: Finer Thoughts and Coarser Dears” at a joint meeting of the Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the Aphra Behn Society, in Hamilton, Ontario, October 27.


Mary Crane

At the 2013 MLA Conference, Mary participated in a roundtable discussion on "The Past, Present, and Future of Cognitive Literary Studies." Mary also gave a talk, "Science as Magic, Magic as Science" in a session on "Supernatural Shakespeare."

Crane gave a talk, "Spenser's Problem with Endings," at the Durham University Balzan Workshop on "Literary and Cognitive Ends."

Mary Crane co-directed a seminar on "The Past, Present, and Future of Shakespeare Studies" with Emily Bartels of Rutgers at the recent Shakespeare Association of America conference in Boston.


Paul Doherty

Professor Emeritus of English Paul Doherty is this year's winner of the University's Community Service Award, given each year to an employee whose actions exemplify the Jesuit spirit of service to others.


Rhonda Frederick

Rhonda will be lecturing on her book, Colon Man: Mythographies of Panama Canal Migration, at Amherst College on September 24, 2013.


Elizabeth Graver

Graver will spend the fall 2014 semester at Brandeis as a Helen Gartner Hammer Scholar-in-Residence at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. 

Graver's novel, The End of the Point, will be out in paperback and audiobook on 4/22.  She has upcoming readings around New England, including ones at the Melrose Public Library (4/24); Newtonville Books, with Jamie Quatro (5/1); Walden Woods Project in Lincoln (5/15); Tatnuck Booksellers in Westborough (5/18); Parker Hill Branch of the BPL (5/22), Aha! New Bedford, with Amy Brill (5/13); and elsewhere. Schedule of events

Graver gave a reading at Grinnell College on February 6 and at Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City on February 7.  On February 7, she gave a videotaped craft talk for a new MOOC, "How Writers Write," at the International Writing Program at the U. of Iowa.  

Graver read from her work and discussed setting in fiction on 9/19 at "Americana: Readings in the Forum" at the Boston Book Festival.  She spoke on a panel at the Swampscott Public Library on 9/23 about combining a career as a teacher and writer.  On October 5, she gave a talk, "Writing Past Self," at "Music and More: Award Winning Authors" in New Marlborough, MA.    

Reviewed Dennis Mahoney's debut novel, Fellow Mortals, in the New York Times Book Review (4/7/2013).

Set in a fictional summer community on Massachusetts’ Buzzards Bay, The End of the Point, the latest novel by English Professor Elizabeth Graver, is 'a beautifully orchestrated family symphony,' according to the Boston Globe. | She discussed the book on the 'Leonard Lopate Show' on NPR-WNYC and with the Mass. Cultural Council.

New novel, The End of the Point, will be out from Harper on March 5. Elizabeth will give a reading and talk about the book at a Dean’s Colloquium on March 14 at 4:30 in the reading room of O’Neill Library. She will read with Brian Sousa—whose debut collection, Almost Gone, is just out—at Newtonville Books on March 19, 2013.


Lori Harrison-Kahan

Harrison-Kahan’s essay, “Passing for Black, White, and Jewish: Mixed-Race Identity in Rebecca Walker and Danzy Senna,” was published in Passing Interest: Racial Passing in U.S. Fiction, Memoir, Television, and Film, 1990-2010, ed. Julie Cary Nerad (SUNY Press, 2014). In June, Lori gave a talk “It Just Makes Beauty: Black-Jewish Relations in the Early Civil Rights Movement” at Brandeis University’s American Studies conference on Blacks, Jews, & Social Justice in America, and her paper, “‘As ‘catchy’ as ragtime’: Miriam Michelson, New Womanhood, and the Politics of Ethnic Recovery,” co-authored with Karen Skinazi, was presented at the University of Oxford’s conference on Cosmopolitanism, Aestheticism, and Decadence, 1860-1920. 

Review essay on Caroline Rody's The Interethnic Imagination: Roots and Passages in Contemporary Asian American Fiction and Cathy Schlund-Vials's Modeling Citizenship: Jewish and Asian American Writing appeared in a special issue of MELUS (Spring 2013) on cross-racial and cross-ethnic collaboration and scholarship.

Lori also presented a paper, "Emma Wolf and the Deghettoization of American Jewish Fiction," at the 2013 NeMLA convention in March 2013.


Dayton Haskin

In June Dayton Haskin gave the Hilda Hulme Memorial Lecture, on John Donne, at London University’s Institute for English Studies.  This year’s lecture was lodged within the University’s celebration of the 400th anniversary of Heythrop College, founded by the Jesuits in Belgium in 1614 and incorporated into London University as a constituent college in 1970.

Haskin gave a paper called "Paradise Lost at an Inhospitable Moment" at the Hospitable Text Conference held at Notre Dame's London Centre in July.

Haskin contributed an essay called "The Love Lyric" to the newly published Oxford Handbook of John Donne, ed. Jeanne Shami et al. (Oxford University Press, 2011): 180-205.


Tina Klein

Klein gave a guest lecture, titled “Madame Freedom,” in Miryong Shim’s class “Woman in Modern Korean History, Literature, and Film” at Harvard on April 7, 2014.

Presented a paper titled "Cold War Cosmopolitanism: Period Style in 1950s Korean Film" at UC San Diego on February 24, 2014. It was part of a symposium on the "Cultures of Hot War Korea" that launched UCSD's new program in Transnational Korean Studies. 

Presented a paper, "The Diasporic Dimension of Ang Lee's Cinema," at a Harvard symposium on the director's work, "Ang Lee and the Art of Transnational CInema," on October 25, 2013.

Presented a paper, “Budae Jjigae Cinema,” at the "Beyond the Korean War" conference in Chicago, June 2013.  She taught a one-day seminar for public school teachers on “America’s Cold War in Asia: Culture and History,” at Primary Source in Watertown, Mass. on July 2013.

Gave a lecture titled "Black Markets and Golden Age Cinema: The 8th U.S. Army as a Cultural Institution in Korea" at Indiana University's Americanist Research Colloquium on April 8, 2013.


Robert Lehman

Lehman presented a paper, "The Poetry and the Prose of the Future," in a three-day seminar titled "Twists of the New Aesthetic Turn: Contemporary Continental Thought and the Sense of Place," at the ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association) Conference in Toronto, on April 6, 2013.


Paul Lewis

Poe Statue Update: The Poe Foundation of Boston, chaired by Paul Lewis, has finished raising the money needed to install and maintain Stefanie Rocknak’s sculpture Poe Returning to Boston in Edgar Allan Poe Square: the intersection of Boylston Street and Charles Street South. Installation will take place in September; the unveiling is scheduled for Sunday, October 5, 2014.

At a conference of the International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS), College of William and Mary, July 5-9, he presented a paper on humor scandals and humor research and chaired a panel on the The  Australian Radio Prank: Tact and Humor in the Digital Age.

In June and July, the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston, which Paul chairs, passed milestones on the way toward installing a permanent work of art in Poe Square (the intersection of Boylston Street and Charles Street South). Following final approval of the design of the proposed statue (Stefanie Rocknak’s Poe Returning to Boston) by the Boston Art Commission and of the installation plan by the Public Improvement Commission, the Browne Trust Fund awarded the foundation $75,000. This brought the funds raised to over $150,000 or 3/4ths of the total needed to fabricate and install the sculpture. 

Lewis spoke on “Literary Boston in the 1790s” at the AWP Conference at the Hynes Convention Center, March 9, 2013.

At the 2013 MLA Conference held in Boston, January 3-6, Paul Lewis chaired a session on Poe and Mystery and co-chaired a session on Poe, Hawthorne, and the Conventions of Antebellum Fiction.


Paul Mariani

Gave a lecture on Tuesday, September 30, 2014, Thompson Room, Burns Library. 
The Mastery and Majesty of It: Jesuit Spirituality in the Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins. “Luca Signorelli’s Self-Anointed Ones,” SpoKe 2 (Fall 2014), p.88.

“A Prose Encounter in Key West: Wallace Stevens vs. Hemingway,”SpoKe 2, Fall 2014 (I, 2), pp. 145-154. Mariani reads and comments on the poetry of Wallace Stevens, October 2014, YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1p1OHan69bM

Review of The Collected Works of Gerard Manley Hopkins. Vol I: Correspondence 1852—1881 and Vol II: Correspondence 1882—1889. Ed. R.K.R. Thornton and Catherine Phillips, Ox-ford University Press, 2013, pp. ciii + 1057, Journal of Jesuit Studies, I.3 (April 2014), pp. 504—510.

“Manhattan,” “Pietà,” and “Then Sings My Soul,” in St. Peter’s B-List: Contemporary Poems Inspired by the Saints, ed. Mary Ann B. Miller, Foreword by Ron Hansen, Ave Maria Press, Notre Dame, IN, 2014, pp. 109—110, 181—182, 186—187.

“Catalpa,” Poetry Daily. February 6, 2014. 

“Wallace Stevens, New York, 1913—1916: An Explosion in a Shingle Factory,” The Hopkins Review, Winter 2014 (New Series 7.1), 1—39.

Charism and the Literary Imagination,” Integritas: A Publication of the Boston College Roundtable: Advancing the Mission of Catholic Higher Education. Volume 1, Issue 2 (Spring 2013), pp.1-19. Also: www.bc.edu/integritas.


Paula Mathieu

Mathieu was a Keynote Presenter at the 2013 Thomas R. Watson Symposium in Rhetoric and Writing at the University of Louisville.  One of seven scholars chosen from across the profession, Paula presented work on inner rhetoric and teacher preparation that will appear in a forthcoming issue of The Journal of Advanced Composition (JAC) on rhetoric and responsivity.

Mathieu presented a talk, “Intergenerational Interviewing as Public Research for Networked Undergraduates,” at the College Composition and Communication Conference in Las Vegas, March 2013.


Suzanne Matson

Matson’s story, “Your Best Yet,” was published in Harvard Review 45.  Her story, “Pie,” was published in the Ploughshares Solo series, for sale as a Kindle Single.  The free Kindle reading app is downloadable here

Matson was elected the Creative Writing delegate to the MLA Delegate Assembly for a three-year term.

Matson gave a fiction reading as the invited speaker at the Women and Gender Studies special event at NeMLA, and also conducted a creative writing workshop at the conference.

Matson spoke on a panel celebrating the 40-year history of Alice James Books at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference in Boston on March 9, 2013.


Maia McAleavey

McAleavey delivered a paper at the North American Victorian Studies Association annual conference in Pasadena, CA October 25: "'The True Literary Patent': Plot as Evidence."

Published an article, “The Plot of Bigamous Return,” Representations 123 (Summer 2013): 87-116. 

Delivered a paper at the Northeast Victorian Studies Association, April 5-7 in Boston, entitled "Aurora Floyd (1874)."

Delivered a paper at the 2013 MLA Convention in Boston, "Destiny and Bigamy: The Problem of Choice in Victorian Marriage."

Gave a talk at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard on Thursday, October 11, titled "The Improper End: Aurora Floyd and Jude the Obscure."

Gave a paper at this year's North American Victorian Studies Association conference in Madison, Wisconsin: "Network Plot in Aurora Floyd."


James Najarian

Published a review of Mike Goode's Sentimental Masulinity and the Rise of History (Cambridge. 2009) in Studies in Romanticism 53: 2 (Summer 2014): 275-78.

Presented a paper, "Charles Kingsley, Alton Locke, and Military Masculinity," at the NEMLA convention in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania this weekend, where he also met PhD alumni Heather Braun (now Assistant Professor at The University of Akron) and Trevor Dodman (now Associate Professor at Hood College).

Najarian gave a paper, "Matthew Arnold's Afghanistan," at the joint North American Victorian Studies Association/British Association of Victorian Studies/Australasian Victorian Studies Association conference in Venice, Italy.

Published an article, "Verse Versus the Novel" in The Oxford Handbook to the Victorian Novel, edited by Lisa Rodensky, (Oxford UP, 2013) 589-505. and reviewed Poetics of Luxury in the Nineteenth Century: Keats, Tennyson, and Hopkins by Betsy Winakur Tontiplaphol (Ashgate, 2012) in Victorian Studies, 55:3, (Spring 2013) 561-563.

"England: Literature and Culture" in the Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, vol 6.: The Nineteenth Century 1830-1914. ed. M.A.R. Habib (Cambridge University Press, 2013) 172-187.

Published an essay, "Sexual Politics and the Performance of Gender in Romantic Poetry," in A Companion to Romantic Literature. ed. by Charles Mahoney (Blackwell, 2011). James also gave a talk at UMass-Boston" How Buddhist is Western Buddhist Literature?" and one at the Victorians Institute Conference this November: "Harold Skimpole Once More: Gender and Romanticism in Bleak House." He published a poem, "Longed-For Rain," in "The Mennonite" 14.5 (May) 2011, p. 9; and another, "Church on the Block" in Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2011).


Joe Nugent

Won the Teaching with New Media award this year. This is his second year winning!

iPhone app JoyceWays won the Gold Medal for design and production at the recently-announced "Appy" Awards. It's available from iTunes.

His article Clerical Errors: Reading Desire in a Nineteenth-century Painting was published in the recent edition of Éire-Ireland.

The Third Annual D'Arcy Magee Lecture at St Mary's College, Halifax, NS, was given by Joe Nugent on March 1. His presentation was called "Dirty Irish: Olfaction and the National Stereotype."


Kevin Ohi

Published a review of Whitney Davis, Queer Beauty: Sexuality and Aesthetics from Winckelmann to Freud and Beyond (Columbia UP, 2010) in Victorian Studies 55:4 (Summer 2013), pp. 693-95.

Recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship award for 2013-2014.

He gave a paper at the SCMS conference in Boston on March 22. Speaking in a workshop—"Belly of the Beast: Queer Cinema and Media Studies on Conservative and Religious Campuses"—his paper was entitled "Rubbing the Belly of the Beast: Obedience Training and Positive Reinforcement," and it presented a reading of Plato's Symposium.

“The Consummation of the Swallow’s Wings: A Zoo Story,” The South Atlantic Quarterly 110: 3 (Summer 2011), 715-43; “Second Thoughts: Queer Maud-Evelyn,” in Kimberly Reed and Anna Despotopoulou, eds., Henry James and the Supernatural (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), 137-48; “Queer Intervals.” Review of Kathryn Bond Stockton, The Queer Child (Durham: Duke UP, 2009) in GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies 17:2-3 (2011), 438-441.

Kevin gave two talks in July: “Tradition in Fragments: Swinburne’s ‘Anactoria,’” at the Decadent Poetics Conference, University of Exeter, UK, and “Lessons of the Master: James’s Queer Pedagogy,” at the International Henry James Association Conference, Rome, Italy.


Frances Restuccia

Retuccia's essay "Intimate Volver" came out in A Concise Companion to Psychoanalysis, Literature, and Culture published by Wiley Blackwell, edited by Laura Marcus and Ankhi Mukherjee (2014).  

Restuccia was elected to the MLA Division Executive Committee on Psychological Approaches to Literature. 

Restuccia's essay "Sebastian's Skull:  Establishing 'The Society of the Icon'" has been published (Chapter 4) in a volume titled Kristeva's Fiction, edited by Benigno Trigo, SUNY Press.

Presented a paper, "Nudity:  Agamben vs. Lacan," in a three-day seminar titled "Twists of the New Aesthetic Turn: Contemporary Continental Thought and the Sense of Place," at the ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association) Conference in Toronto, on April 7, 2013.


Alan Richardson

Richardson was invited to Neuchatel, Switzerland, to serve as external examiner in the doctoral defense of Markus Iseli, "The New Romantic Unconscious: Thomas De Quincey and Cognitive Science," at the University of Neuchatel.

Richardson gave an invited lecture, "Sympathy Theory in the Long Eighteenth Century: A Neural Perspective," at the Huntlingon Library conference, "Aesthetic Englightenments: Cultures of Natural Knowledge."

"Reimagining the Romantic Imagination," European Romantic Review 24.4 (August 2013). This essay also serves to introduce a special "cluster" of related essays on imagination in the Romantic era that Alan guest-edited.

National Jesuit Book Award: Alan has received a National Jesuit Book Award for The Neural Sublime: Cognitive Theories and Romantic Texts.

At the 2013 MLA Conference, Alan spoke in a roundtable discussion on "The Past, Present, and Future of Cognitive Literary Studies."


Carlo Rotella

Rotella presented a paper, "Profiling 'Money':  Boxing and Celebrity Culture," on November 1 at NYU's Institute for Public Knowledge.  Along with Kevin Cullen of the Boston Globe, he read from Our Boston:  Writers Celebrate the City They Love at Newtonville Books on November 13, 2013.

Rotella contributed an essay, "The Landscape of Home," to Our Boston:  Writers Celebrate the City They Love, ed. Andrew Blauner (Houghton Mifflin, 2013).  

On October 11 he gave a lecture, "Hollywood on the Charles:  A Provincial Backwater Goes Global," in the Road Scholars series at Clemson University.  

On October 17 he will give a lecture, "'The plan of the city was all that you saw':  Chicago Stories in Music and Literature," at Oklahoma State University.

"No Child Left Untableted," New York Times Magazine (September 15, 2013):  pp. 26-32, 53.

Rotella's profile of Kacey Musgraves, “With a Rebel Twang,” appeared in the New York Times Magazine on March 17. His memorial essay about Hector "Macho" Camacho appeared in the New York Times Magazine on December 30. An excerpt from his most recent book, Playing in Time, is in the winter issue of Boston College Magazine. “Sense and Sensitivity,” a review of Emily Bazelon's Sticks and Stones, is in the March/April issue of the Yale Alumni Magazine.

Rotella's new book is Playing in Time: Essays, Profiles, and Other True Stories (University of Chicago Press). Also recently published is “The Case Against Kojak Liberalism,” in "The Wire": Race, Class, and Genre, ed. Liam Kennedy and Stephen Shapiro (University of Michigan Press). His review of Charles Portis's Escape Velocity appeared in yesterday's New York Times Book Review.


Kalpana Seshadri

Was invited to give a lecture at Princeton University by the Postcolonial Studies Colloquium in the English Department. Her talk was titled “Opting Out: A Marginal Ethics.” 

 Has been appointed to the Editorial Board of the PMLA for a two year term beginning July 2013 to July 2015.

Kalpana was invited to participate April 5 and 6 in a two day symposium on "Life: In-Between Discipline and Control" organized by The Humanities Center at Syracuse University where she presented her new research on Bio-Politics in a Global Frame. The symposium was the inaugural meeting of The Society for the Study of Bio-Political Futures.

Kalpana's article "Animal Pedagogy and Learning by Heart" in the latest issue of Environmental Philosophy Volume IX, Issue II, Fall 2012.

Presented a paper on November 3rd entitled "Animal Pedagogy and Learning by Heart" at the annual conference of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP) at Rochester, New York.

Kalpana's essay "Colonial Trauma and Literary Silence" has just been published in a special issue of Parallax, 18:4 (67-77) on Imperial Affect.


Maxim D. Shrayer

LEAVING RUSSIA by Professor Maxim D. Shrayer is a finalist of the 2013 National Jewish Book Awards.

Published "Dunes of Happiness: Fifteen Summers in Estonia" in "Baltic Worlds" and "Sites and Sounds of Pomerania in Nabokov's World" in "Nabokov Online Journal."

Selected for 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship; to support a research project designed to bring a new perspecitve to Holocaust studies through exploration of the experience of Jewish-Russian poets during World War II.

Delivered "Ilya Selvinsky and the Price of Bearing Witness to the Shoah" at Jewish Life and Death in the Soviet Union during World War II, an international conference at the University of Toronto. Shrayer's article "After Rapture and Recapture: Transformations in the Drafts of Nabokov's Stories" was reprinted in "Short Story Criticism, SSC-163" (Detroit: Gale Cengage Learning, 2011).

Delivered "Nabokov and Soviet Literature" and "Ilya Ehrenburg and the Price of Writing Poetry about the Shoah" at the annual conference of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies in Washington, DC.

Published "Rescuing a Jewish-Russian Boy: Nabokov’s Stories in Anticipation of Catastrophe" in "Nabokovski sbornik" ("Nabokov Collection," St. Petersburg).

Gave a master class and a reading at Reed College where his book "Yom Kippur in Amsterdam" is on the syllabus of a Russian Short Story course. Shrayer also delivered "Jewish-Russian Poets Bearing Witness to the Shoah" at Portland State University.


James Smith

Reflected on Taoiseach Enda Kenny's  apology to victims of the Magdalene laundries in an op-ed in the Irish Times, and in interviews with the Los Angeles Times.

A new report that sheds light on the extent of state involvement with Ireland's Magdalene laundries ultimately will be remembered for whether the government responds with measures that bring justice, writes English Associate Professor James Smith, long-time advocate for the victims, in the Irish Times | He was interviewed by numerous news outlets about the report, including the New York Times 1 & 2 | BBC Radio 4 | BBC Radio 5 | Irish Central | Scotsman and AP.

The advocacy group seeking justice for survivors of Ireland's Magdalen laundries, represented by English Associate Professor James Smith, has filed a report alleging widespread state involvement with the notorious workhouses. Irish Examiner | the Irish Times | Belfast Telegraph | Time Magazine


Andrew Sofer

Sofer gave an invited talk, "Hamlet's Dark Matter," at the Free University of Berlin on May 16th. He taught at the Mellon Summer School for Theater and Performance Research at Harvard in June; this year's theme was "Locations of Theater." Andrew's book Dark Matter: Invisibility in Drama, Theater, and Performance received Honorable Mention for the 2014 Outstanding Book Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.

Sofer’s article “Absorbing Interests: Kyd’s Bloody Handkerchief as Palimpsest” has been reprinted in European Theatre Performance Practice 1580-1750 (Ashgate, 2014), a volume that presents “foundational and representative essays of the last half century” on theatre performance practice during the period. Andrew’s article “How To Do Things With Demons: Conjuring Performatives in Doctor Faustus” was recently cited by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) for having been downloaded on JSTOR at least 500 times over the past two years: http://www.athe.org/news/168128/Whos-Been-Reading-Our-Journals.htm

Sofer gave a talk, “The Phenomenology of the Closet: Hamlet’s Dark Matter,” at the Harvard Drama Colloquium on February 12.

Sofer was interviewed by poet Doug Holder about his books Wave and Dark Matter for the Somerville Community Access Television series "Poet to Poet/Writer to Writer" (recorded January 7 2014).

Sofer’s book, Dark Matter: Invisibility in Drama, Theater, and Performance, has been published by University of Michigan Press.  His article “Absorbing Interests: Kyd’s Bloody Handkerchief as Palimpsest,” is reprinted in The Spanish Tragedy: A Norton Critical Edition, ed. Michael Neill (Norton, 2013).

Taught the two-week Faculty Publication Workshop at Harvard’s Mellon School for Theater and Performance Research in June. Participants in Andrew’s workshop included faculty from the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Turkey, and Serbia. The theme of this year’s Mellon session was “World Theater.”

Published an article, “Spectral Readings,” in the current special issue of THEATRE JOURNAL on Theatre and Material Culture. Some of the material is drawn from his forthcoming book, Dark Matter: Invisibility in Drama, Theater, and Performance  (University of Michigan Press, 2013). On February 9, Andrew read from his poetry book WAVE for the Chapter and Verse Reading Series in Jamaica Plain.


Min Hyoung Song

Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award, Song has won a 2014 Alpha Sigma Nu Award recognizing excellence in publishing in the humanities for his book The Children of 1965: On Writing, and Not Writing, as an Asian American. BC News Release

Song’s The Children of 1965: On Writing, and Not Writing, as an Asian American received Honorable Mention in the 2014 ASAP (Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present) Book Prize.

Song gave the keynote address at the symposium Marvels and Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in US Comics, 1942-1986, held at Stony Brook University on Weds., April 23.  It was entitled, "Korean Americans and the Visual Field of Asian American Graphic Narratives.” 

Song gave an invited lecture entitled “Ruin Porn” at the University of Connecticut, Storrs on Weds, March 26, 2014.

Song gave a talk at NYU entitled “What Does It Mean to Be an Asian American Writer?”on Thursday, February 6, 2014.

Song's essay “Between Genres: On Chang-rae Lee’s Realism” appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books (January 9, 2014). 

Present a paper entitled "Ruin Porn" at the fifth annual meeting of the Association for the Study of the Arts in the Present (ASAP), held in Detroit. 

A Generation of Asian-American Writers:
In his new book, The Children of 1965: On Writing, and Not Writing, as an Asian American, English Associate Professor Min Hyoung Song focuses on more than 100 works by new Asian-American authors. BC Bookmarks


Robert Stanton

Gave a lecture "Tristan and Isolde: Opera and Forbidden Love" along with dramatic readings and operatic selections for the Boston Lyric Opera at the Boston Public Library on October 21, 2014.

Stanton gave a talk entitled "Natural Naming: Isidore of Seville's Biopolitical Order," at the conference Knowing Nature in the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds at the University of Maryland College Park on October 25, 2014.

Gave a talk entitled "The Bovine Imaginary in Anglo-Saxon Riddles" at the Medieval Doctoral Colloquium at Harvard University on November 14, 2013.

Presented a paper, "Mimicry, Subjectivity, and the Embodied Voice in Old English Animal Riddles" at a conference entitled "Voice and Voicelessness in Medieval Europe and Beyond" at Boston University.

Presented a paper entitled "Authority and Anxiety in Old English Biblical Translation" at a symposium on "Translating the Bible in the Middle Ages" at the Real Colegio Complutense, Harvard University, on April 20.

Presented "Teaching Medieval Mystics to Catholic Undergraduates and Semi-Catholic Graduate Students" in a roundtable on "Medieval Studies in Catholic Universities" at the Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America in St Louis, MO on March 23.


Laura Tanner

"Uncomfortable Furniture: Inhabiting Domestic and Narrative Space in Marilynne Robinson’s Home." Contemporary Women's Writing 7.1 (2013): 35-53.

Recently recorded an interview on 9/11 that is serving as the inaugural podcast for a new program at Brandeis called Literature Lab, which is designed to introduce the broader public to the work of literary scholars.


Lad Tobin

Published two new essays: "My Fifty-Minute Hour" in the August 2013 issue of The Sun and "After a Fashion" in The Rumpus.

"Let the Bad Times Roll" has been reprinted in the current issue of Utne Reader; that essay, which was originally published in The Sun in August 2012, has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Presented a paper, "Narrative Transitions: Taking and Teaching the Reflective Turn," at AWP (The Conference of the Associated Writing Programs) in Chicago.


Elizabeth Kowalski Wallace

At the annual meeting of the American Society for 18th Century Studies in Williamsburg, Virginia, Beth chaired a panel entitled “Reconsidering Women in the Public Sphere” and gave a paper entitled “Jane Austen and Italy.” 

Beth gave a keynote address entitled “Traveling Shoe Roses:  the Location of Things in Austen’s Works” at a conference entitled “The Locations of Jane Austen” sponsored by the University of Hertfordshire, July 12, 2013. Her essay entitled “’Penance and Mortification Forever’: Jane Austen and the Ambient Noise of Catholicism” appears in the current issue of Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature (vol. 31, no. 1 & 2). This is a special, double issue devoted to the topic of 18th century Women and English Catholicism.

Beth also gave a paper entitled “What did Italy Mean to Jane Austen?” at the Fourth Anglo-Italian Conference on Eighteenth-century Studies, in Viterbo, Italy, September 6, 2013. 

On November 3, Beth was an invited speaker at a symposium entitled "Bodies, Inc." at Texas A and M University. Her Talk was entitled "At Last Something Beautiful You Can Truly Possess: Thing Theory and the Female Body."


Eric Weiskott

Gave a lecture on Thursday, October 23, 2014, "Alliterative Meter and the Alliterative Tradition after 1450," under the auspices of the Harvard English Department Medieval Colloquium. Eric’s essay, "Alliterative Meter and the Textual Criticism of the Gawain Group," has been accepted for publication in the Yearbook of Langland Studies.


Chris Wilson

Wilson's essay, "Finding Emma Larkin," has been awarded the Susan L. Greenberg Research Prize, given annually by the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies. The prize will be awarded at the Association's convention in May 2014.

Fall WIP talk has now been published: "'He Fell Just Short of Being News': Gatsby's Tabloid Shadows," American Literature 84 (March 2012): 119-149.

"The Underwater Narrative: Joan Didion's Miami," Literary Journalism Studies 3 (Fall 2011): 9-29.

Wrote a review of Robert Redford's "The Conspirator" in the December 2011 issue of the Journal of American History.


Judith Wilt

The BC Association of Retired Faculty has awarded Judith Wilt a $500 grant for developing and teaching the one-credit discussion based 8-week course "Fictions About Catholics."

Her review of Audrey Jaffe's The Victorian Novel and the Stock-Market Graph and Tamara Wagner's Financial Speculation in Victorian Fiction will be published in the May 2013 issue of Modern Philology.

Essay "Ernest in Town and Jacques in the Country: Wildean Perspectives on A Tale of Two Cities" will be published in the June 2013 issue of Dickens Quarterly.


Cynthia Young

Cynthia Young was recently interviewed on video about her article "Black Masculinity and the War on Terror," American Quarterly. Vol. 66, No. 1 (March 2014): 35-67. The interview was part of BC Libraries' Faculty Publication Highlights series.

She also published the essay “Civil Rights and Rise of a New Cultural Imagination” in the exhibit catalog for the exhibit Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties at the Brooklyn Museum of Art from March 7- June 6, 2014.