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The Graduate Colloquium

This joint M.A.-Ph.D. program sponsors lectures and gatherings throughout the academic year. In recent years, the Colloquium has taken the form of thematic evenings, each with a keynote lectures by one faculty member and then papers delivered and responded to by our graduate students. Contact colloquium organizers.

Ph.D. students in their third and fourth years also participate in a pedagogy seminar. All students are welcome. Pedagogy seminars occur periodically.

Recent Student Activities and Accomplishments

We like to keep a running list of recent accomplishments by students in our program. If you have something to contribute please email Tracy Downing.

Requests for applications to the doctoral program should be sent to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

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Doctoral Student News

Articles, Books, Book Chapters, Creative Works

Atwood, Emma. article on the history of Arundel House is now available on the Map of Early Modern London.

Atwood, Emma. Emma's short pedagogy article, "Teaching Early Modern Poetry with Homer's Iliad," appears in the December 2013 edition of This Rough Magic, an open-access peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the teaching of medieval and renaissance literature. article

Atwood, Emma.  Emma's article "Fashionably Late: Queer Temporality and the Restoration Fop" appears in the spring 2013 issue of Comparative Drama 47.1.

Atwood, Emma. Her 10-minute play, a comical look at the backstage shenanigans at a college production of Hamlet called "Something is Rotten," was performed by the After Hours theater company at BC as part of Spring 2013 ArtsFest.

Atwood, Emma. “‘All Places Are Alike’: Marlowe’s Edward II and English Spatial Imagination” appears in the Winter 2013 issue of the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 43.1

Atwood, Emma. Her original 10-minute play titled "Putting on a Wedding Dress" was fully produced by the After Hours student theater company at Boston College in November 2012.

Atwood, Emma. 'Will Fisher, Materializing Gender in Early Modern English Literature and Culture (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2006)'. Early Theatre 14.1 (2011): 152-5 (paper). Article 10.

Daily-Bruckner, Katie. “Rewriting Master Narratives: Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies.” Rebecca Harrison and Emily Hipchen, Eds. Inhabiting La Patria: Identity, Agency, and Antojo in the Work of Julia Alvarez. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2013.

Heitzman, Matthew. “‘The Devil’s Code of Honor’: French Invasion and the Return of History in Vanity Fair” is forthcoming in Victorian Literature and Culture.

Kuhn, Andrew. “Ciaran Carson’s Books: A Bibliographic Mapping of Belfast.” Eire-Ireland 45.1-2 (2010).

Puente, Lorenzo Alexander. "Dictee as Testimony." In Prowess and Grace: A Festschrift for Edna Zapanta Manlapaz. Ed. Maria Luz Vilches, Rica Bolipata-Santos and Ana Marie Fernandez. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2010. 50-61.

Recent Conference Presentations and Talks

Emma Atwood presented a paper, "Architectural solitude and the three Hamlets," on a panel sponsored by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women at the Sixteenth Century Society conference in New Orleans on Sunday, October 19, 2014.

Emma Atwood participated in the Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research at Harvard University in June, 2014.

Emma Atwood presented her paper, "Material Mistakes in Marlowe's Massacre at Paris" at the Seventh International Marlowe Conference, held at the American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, VA, June 25-28, 2013.

Alison Cotti-Lowell delivered a paper, "A Pleasure Fit for a King: The Pineapple in Henry Neville's The Isle of Pines," at the British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies annual conference at St Hugh's College, Oxford, UK, on January 8, 2014. The paper has been nominated for the President's Prize, awarded to the best paper given by a graduate student at the conference.

Katie Daily-Bruckner, “I’m Outta Here: Novels of Post-9/11 Emigration.” Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, March 2013.

Katherine Kim presented at NeMLA for the "Remembering and Recreating the Self in 19th- and 20th-Century Fiction" panel.

Eric Pencek gave a presentation at the New Eyes on the Eighteenth Century V: Dinner Symposium at Harvard on February 10, 2014. The title was "Science, Entertainment, and the Strange Career of Gustavus Katterfelto."

Scott Reznick, presented a paper entitled "'Living in Other Lives': The Problem of Surveillance Amidst the Knot of Dreamers" as part of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society panel at the American Literature Association conference in Washington, D.C., May 2014.

Scott Reznick, "'The American Practice of Democracy': W.D. Howells's Enlightenment Conception of Social Class in Annie Kilburn," at the American Literature Association conference in Boston, May 2013.

Alice Waters, “Englishing” Utopia in London: Translation and print in the sixteenth century." MLA Annual Convention, Boston, January 2013. Translation Discussion group panel, "Materialities of Translation."

Lauren Wilwerding delivered a paper, " 'Hovering Between': Louisa May Alcott’s Sensational Gothics, The Governess, and Women’s Work" at the Graduate Music Society's 7th annual conference, "Tracing the Goth/ic: Viewing Culture Through Barbarism" at Boston University on February 8, 2014.

Other News

Emma Atwood received a Citation of Special Recognition from the Graham Foundation as part of their Carter Manny award for her in-progress dissertation. This annual award program recognizes outstanding doctoral-level work on architectural topics. Press Release

Alyssa Bellows was awarded the 2013 Andrew Von Hendy Prize for Graduate Writing at Boston College for her essay "Story-Making Minds: Mary Garth as Fictional Representation of Realism in Middlemarch."

Alison Cotti-Lowell has been awarded The President's Prize by the British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies for her paper, "A Pleasure Fit for a King: The Pineapple in Henry Neville's The Isle of Pines."  The President's Prize is awarded to the best postgraduate paper at the Annual Conference in January, as adjudicated by a special panel, which assesses for evidence of originality, rigour and presentational skills.

Amelie Daigle won the 2015 Mitchell Prize for Best Graduate Student Paper awarded by the Northeastern Pop Culture Association.

Scott Reznick won the 2014 Andrew Von Hendy Prize for Graduate Writing for the essay "'The Right of a Man to Be a Man': Masculinity, Sentiment, and Political Ideals in Uncle Tom's Cabin."

Scott Reznick was awarded a graduate fellowship by the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy for the upcoming academic year 2014-2015.

Scott Reznick was awarded the 2013 Andrew Von Hendy Prize for Graduate Writing at Boston College for his essay "The Poetics of 'Unaccountable' Minds: Theory of Mind in "Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street.'"