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Publications & Presentations

Much Ado

The department is proud to announce the publication of our Alumni newsletter, "Much Ado". First published in Spring 2008, the newsletter was developed as a way for our graduates to stay up-to-date with what is happening in the department, as well as with each other. The department hopes to publish a new issue each semester.

We want to hear from you! If you have had any works published, presented papers, received an award or new position, or participated in anything else that you think may be of interest to our Alumni, please let us know.

Also, let us know if you would like to be included on the newsletter mailing list.

Contact: Nora McBurney, at (412)396-6420 or mcburne655@duq.edu

English Graduate Student Publications, 2012-2015

Higa, Jade. "My Lover, My Son: Gothic Contagion and Maternal Sexuality in Horace Walpole's Mysterious Mother." Stage Mothers: Women Work and the Theater, 1660-1830. Eds. Laura Engel and Elaine McGirr. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefeild and Bucknell University Press, 2014

Holohan, Marianne.  "British Illustrated Editions of Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Race, Working-Class Literacy, and Transatlantic Reprinting in the 1850s." Resources for American Literary Study 35 (2012). Forthcoming.

Rutter, Emily. "‘the story usually being': Revising the Posthumous Legacy of Huddie Ledbetter in Tyehimba Jess's leadbelly." South Atlantic Review 77.1-2 (2015): 58-78.

---. "The Blues Tribute Poem and the Legacies of Gertrude ‘Ma' Rainey and Bessie Smith." MELUS 39.4 (2014): 69-91.

Vickless, Matthew. "Apprehending George Dyer in ‘Amicus Redivivus': Charles Lamb on Miltonic Visionary Poetics," Charles Lamb Bulletin 159 (spring 2014): 20-32

Young, David. Book Review of The Last Laugh: Strange Humors of Cinema edited by Murray Pomerance. The Journal of American Culture 37.1 (2014): 111-112

English Graduate Student Presentations, 2012-2015


Anzalone, Marla. "Getting the War in the Books: Representation of Trauma and Complexity of the Idyllic Good Death in Alexander Gardner's Civil War Photography." Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association. Baltimore, MD. November 2014.

Ali, Samina. "Negotiating the Conceptualization of Black Femininity in Lil' Kim's Album Hard Core." University of Massachusetts English Graduate Organization Interdisciplinary Conference. Amherst, MA. March 2012.

Butcher, Ian. "The Pale King of Capitalist Realism." The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900. Louisville, KY. February 2012.

---. "History, Nationalism, Gardening: The Question of Exile in J.M. Coetzee's Life & Times of Michael K." The American Comparative Literature Association's 2012 Annual Meeting. Providence, RI. March 2012.

---. "Reading Theory: Academic Novels and the Plot to Abolish the English Department." American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting. New York City, NY. March 2014.

---. "From Straight Man to Invisible Man: The 'Admin-ification' of the Academic Novel." MLA Annual Convention. Vancouver, BC, Canada. January 2015.

Collins, Jennifer. "The Property of Self: Embodiment and Possession in Valerie Martin's Property." Northeast Modern Language Association 43rd Annual Conference. Rochester, NY. March 2012.

---. "Dying Out of Life: The Exile's Body of Catastrophe." The American Comparative Literature Association's 2012 Annual Meeting. Providence, RI. March 2012.

---. "Art and Gravity: The Reworking of Memory in the Short Stories of Anthony Doerr." Midwest Modern Language Association. Milwaukee, WI. November 2013.

Foschia, Robert. "Exile and the Politics of Space in Dinaw Mengestu's The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears." The American Comparative Literature Association's 2012 Annual Meeting. Providence, RI. March 2012.

Gallagher, Maureen. "Conspicuous Waste: Inversions of Waste and Wealth in Mina Loy's Late Poetry." Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900. Lousiville, KY. February 2012.

Heilman, Matthew. "'The Shaping of Unstable Material': Antonia White's Modernist Appropriations of the Gothic." The 43rd Annual Conference of the College English Association. Richmond, VA. March 2012.

Higa, Jade. "Lady Di and the Countess of Narbonne: Hiding and Showcasing a Mother's Deviant Sexuality." American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference. San Antonio, TX. March 2012.

---. "Charlotte Clarke and Mr. Brown: Cross-Dressing, Alter Egos, and Celebrity as Self-Perception." Aphra Behn Society Biannual Conference. Tulsa, OK. October 2013.

---. "'that I may fancy you him': The Hidden Pleasures of Mary Crawford and Fanny Price." East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Newark, DE. November 2014.

Holohan, Marianne. "Haunting the Master's Library: The Bondwoman's Narrative, Plantation Libraries, and Slave Literacy." From Text(s) to Book(s). Nancy, France.  June 2012.

Kisbaugh, Justin. "Evolving Images: Richard Aldington and the Development of Imagist Principles within the Imagist Anthologies." Third International Imagism Conference. Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-mer, France. June 2012.

---. "'In the Center is Juniper': Ezra Pound's Concretization of the Image." The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900. Louisville, KY. February 2014.

Kunsa, Ashley. "Recuperating the Meta-narrative: Post-modern Grace and Commodity Culture in George Saunders' Pastoralia," "The Physics of Grief," and "A Woman's Glare." The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900. Louisville, KY. February 2012

---."'Betwixt and Between': Liminality, the Vietnam War, and Tim O'Brien's Going After Cacciato." International Conference on Narrative. Las Vegas, NV. March 2012.

---. "The Sinister Side of the War Story: Beyond Trauma Theory in Vietnam War Narratives." American Literature Association Symposium on War and American Literature. New Orleans, LA. October 2013.

---. "Breaking Down Students' Defenses: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk in the Undergraduate Literature Survey." American Literature Association National Conference. Washington, D.C May 2014.

LaCava, Danielle. "Where Da White Women At? Women as Status Symbols in Selvon's The Lonely Londoners." The American Comparative Literature Association's 2012 Annual Meeting. Providence, RI. March 2012.

Luckenbill, Rachel. "Exile, Culture, and Christianity in Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart." The American Comparative Literature Association's 2012 Annual Meeting. Providence, RI. March 2012

---. "Confession and Community in Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior." Conference on Christianity and Literature and Festival of Faith and Writing. Grand Rapids, MI. April 2012.

---. "Crossing Boundaries and Seeking Reconciliation in Louis Erdich's The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse." MultiEthnic Literatures of the United States. Oklahoma City, OK. March 2014.

---. "Sowing Seeds of a Radical Peace: Story and Love in Joy Haigo's Poetry." Midwest Conference on Christianity and Literature. Perceville, VA. October 2014.

Mukherjee, Shreyashi. "What Fragments Shore My Ruins: Writing the Palestinian Exile in Liana Badr's Eye of the Mirror." The American Comparative Literature Association's 2012 Annual Meeting. Providence, RI. March 2012.

Panutsos, Marcie. "'Remake the Wild': An Ecocritical Approach to Percy Jackson and the Olympians." Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Boston, MA. April 2012.

Powell, Willard. "A Hermaphrodite Christology: Imaging God's Transcendent Gender in Flannery O'Connor's 'A Temple of the Holy Ghost.'" Southeastern Conference on Christianity and Literature. Anderson, SC. April 2012.

---. "Reconciling Éireann: Parker's Pentecost in the Chaos of 'the Troubles.'" The Thomas H. Olbricht Christian Scholars' Conference. Nashville, TN. June 2012.

Read, Cheryl. "Why Read the New American Novel?" Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900. Louisville, KY. February 2014.

Reznik, Alexandra. "Migration Melodies: Music in Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House Series." Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Boston, MA. April 2012.

---. "Popular Music and Pedagogy: Harmonizing Composition/Rhetoric and Literature Classrooms." Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association. Atlantic City, NJ. November 2013.

---. "Listening, Reading, and Performing Decolonization: Music in African and African-American Literature," Emerging Paradigms: New Methodologies in Word and Music Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark, November 11-14, 2014

---. "Posing Brunis and Selfies: Developing the Postcolonial Gaze in the Twenty-First Century," Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference, New Orleans, LA, Apr. 1-4, 2015

Richter, Shannon. "'Live But Cripple': The Seductive Perils of Identification in Marie Irene Fornes' Fefu and her Friends." The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900. Louisville, KY. February 2012.


Rutter, Emily. "'MOST YOUNG KINGS/GET THEIR HEADS CUT OFF': To Repel Ghosts and the Legacy of Jean-Michel Basquiat." The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900. Louisville, KY. February 2012.

---. "'her long secret road': Fred Moten's Revision of Billie Holiday's Legacy." Celebrating African American Literature. State College, PA. October 2013.

---. "Archiving and Improvising in Harmony Holiday's Negro League Baseball." Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900.  Louisville, KY. February 2014.

Smith, Michael. "Paterson and Paterson: The Literary Cartography of City and Text as Revealed through GIS." 130th MLA Annual Convention: Negotiating Sites of Memory. Vancouver, BC. January 2015.

Stoyanoff, Jeffrey. "Eat Your Heart Out: Re-Engendering Harlequin in Gaiman's 'Harlequin Valentine'." The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900. Louisville, KY. February 2012.

---. "Interpretive Anxiety: Reading the Margins in Book II of Confessio Amantis." Third International Congress of John Gower Society. Rochester, NY. June 2014.

---. "An 'English' Knight Abroad: Selective Narrative Memory in The Romance of Sir Beues of Hamtoun and Its Implications at Court." MLA Annual Convention. Vancouver, BC. January 2015.

Sullivan, Johanna. "'We Are Standing on the Brink of a Stange World': Liminal Laboratories as Battlegrounds for the Sexual, Scientific, and Supernatural in the Nineteenth-Century Gothic." International Gothic Association Conference: Gothic Technologies/Gothic Techniques. Guildford, United Kingdom. August 2013.

---. "Reading Gothic Medecine: Fluidity of Sexual, Scientific, and Generic Classifications in Nineteenth-Century Britain." Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. Dallas, TX. October 2014.

---. "Clitoridectomies, Chlorosis, and 'Transcendental Medecine': Sexual, Scientific, and Generic Classifications in Arthur Machen's The Great God Pan." North American Victorian Studies Association. London, Ontario, Canada. November 2014.

Young, David. "Can There Be Photography After Auschwitz?" Trauma, Aesthetics, and Narrative in The Irreversible." Northeast Modern Language Association Conference. Harrisburg, PA. April 2014.

---. "Practice before Theory: Montage, Precisionism, and Strand and Sheeler's Manhatta" Seminar on Modernism and Cinema. Modernist Studies Association Conference. Pittsburgh, PA. November 2014

Wehler, Melissa. "The Public Jordani Actresses, Caricatures, and Chamber pots in the Eighteenth Century." American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference. San Antonio, TX. March 2012.