English News and Achievements
Kimberly VanEsveld Adams, associate professor in the Department of English, presented papers at three conferences in 2017: “Antigone and Stowe: The Problem of Tragedy in Uncle Tom’s Cabin” at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference in July in Bordeaux, France; “The Fallen Woman as a Family Problem: Austen’s Persuasion and Earlier Novels” at the Northeast MLA (NEMLA) Conference in March in Baltimore, Maryland; and “Incest, Memory and Memorial in George Eliot’s Romola” at the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association Conference in February in Charleston, S.C.
Tara Moore, visiting assistant professor in English, has coauthored the article “Awakening the Learner Within: Purposeful Prompts and Lifelong Learning Measures in a First-Year Composition Course.” The article appeared in the Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. This project results from research using the Effective Lifelong Learning Initiative and growth mindset practices in the first-year writing classroom.
Suzanne Webster, associate professor of English, has written an essay, titled “Coleridge, Contemplation, and the ‘triple Ichheit’.” Her essay appears in Coleridge and Contemplation, recently published by Oxford University Press.
Tara Moore, visiting assistant professor of English, presented “Lotteries, Sortings and Choosings: Accepting and Rejecting an Assigned Future in Young Adult Literature” in June at the Children’s Literature Association conference in Tampa, Florida.
Mark Harman, professor of English, had a review-essay about a monumental new biography of Franz Kafka, “Lesser-known Kafkas,” published in the February 6, 2017, Los Angeles Review of Books.
Richard Fellinger, a Fellow in The Writing Wing, is a finalist for the Somerset Novel Award for his forthcoming novel, “Made To Break Your Heart.” The novel is due out in June from Open Books.
Tara Moore, visiting assistant professor in the English Department, presented “Coaxing Lifelong Learners from Within: Getting to the Heart of the Matter” at Lancaster Learns, along with her co-author Suzanne Shaffer. This presentation stems from research on the Effective Lifelong Learning Initiative and its application in college teaching.
Jesse Waters, director of Bowers Writers House, will have his collection of short stories, titled “So Let Me Get This Straight,” published by Paycock Press.
Tara Moore, visiting assistant professor of English was interviewed by NPR’s Weekend Edition about “Victorian Christmas Ghosts.”
Tara Moore, visiting assistant professor for English has edited a book of Victorian Christmas ghost stories. “The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories” contains a collection of 13 eerie tales originally intended to feed the 19th-century desire for ghostly experiences at Yuletide.
Tara Moore, visiting assistant professor of English, traveled to the Chestnut Hill Harry Potter Conference in October to give a presentation and conduct research into fandom for her Young Adult literature course scheduled for Spring 2017. The presentation was titled, “I Will Tell You Where You Ought To Be”: Sorting Identity in Young Adult Dystopian Literature.
Curtis Smith, adjunct professor of English, led a panel presentation on modern publishing at Rosemont College’s Push to Publish Conference. Later in the month, he teamed up with Philadelphia author Robin Black to present a lecture addressing creative inspiration to the Arcadia University MFA program.
David Downing, R. W. Schlosser Professor of English has agreed to serve as a paid editorial reader on C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien for Wesleyan University Press. He also will be a paid external reviewer for a doctoral dissertation at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.
Curtis Smith, adjunct professor of English, had his fiction appear in the current issue of Smokelong Quarterly and in the anthology Best Short Fictions 2016.
Curtis Smith, adjunct professor of English, had his review of Chuck Kinder’s “The Silver Ghost” appeared in Necessary Fiction, and his interviews with authors have been recently featured in Change Seven, Entropy, and JMWW.
Mark Harman, professor of English and modern languages, published a review-essay on the eminent Irish-language writer Máirtín Ó Cadhain and two radically different translations of his novel, Cré na Cille, in the Los Angeles Review of Books. The essay draws on a paper Harman presented at the 2016 national meeting of the American Conference on Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
Curtis Smith, adjunct professor in the Department of English, had his book “Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five” published by Ig Publishing in its Bookmarked Series. The story is a personal and creative take on the 1969 novel Slaughterhouse-Five.