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EGSA Ready to Host Its 6th Annual Conference

6th Annual EGSA Conference FlyerThe English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) will hold its 2018 conference, titled “(Dis)Unity and Destruction: Surviving the Storm Together,” on Friday, April 13th, on the sixth floor of the Central Library. The day-long event features five distinctive sessions: “i-delink” (9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.), “Deconstructing Pedagogy” (9:45 a.m.-11:00 a.m.), “Stormy Spirit in the Early Modern World” (11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.), “Cross-Currents in Feminism” (2:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m.), and “Posthuman Survival Strategies” (3:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m.). Dr. Priscilla Ybarra, an Associate Professor of English at the University of North Texas who specializes in contemporary Chicana/o literature and ecocriticism, will deliver the keynote address “On Our Backs the Disaster: Climate Crisis in Latinx Creativities” (1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.). Lunch will be provided (12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.). This event has been made possible by generous support from the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of English, the First-Year Writing Program, the Honors College, and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. The presentations and follow-up discussions should be challenging and fascinating, so we hope everyone will be able to attend at least one of the sessions.

Hermanns Lectures Series 2018: Women & Writing

Hermanns Lectures Series 2018: Women & WritingThe UTA Department of English will hold the 2018 Hermanns Lecture Serieson Wednesday, March 28. This year’s theme is “Women & Writing.” Professors Laura Kopchick, Amy Bernhard, and Tim Richardson have assembled an exciting panel of award-winning women writers whose work exemplifies the three major genres our Creative Writing program features. Starting at 10 AM, Sanderia Faye, author of Mourner’s Bench, will read selections from her fiction. At 11 AM, Sasha Pimentel, author of For Want of Water and Insides She Swallowed, will read selections from her poetry. The third speaker begins at 12 PM when Lina Ferreira, author of Don’t Come Back, will read selections from her creative non-fiction. Later that afternoon, from 3 PM-4 PM, Dr. Desiree Henderson will moderate a roundtable discussion with our three guest speakers entitled “Troubling Domestic Narratives,” which will focus on the way the term “domestic” has been used so often to describe writing by women and so rarely to characterize writing by men. The speakers’ presentations and book signings will be in CAPPA Building (ARCH) 204, and the roundtable will occurin the Lone Star Room at the Maverick Activities Center. We look forward to seeing you there!

Undergraduate to Present at NCUR 2018

Undergraduate Chris FloydUndergraduate UTA English major Chris Floyd has had his paper "Othello: Coming to Terms" accepted for the 2018 National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of Central Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. The conference will occur April 4-7, 2018. Floyd authored the paper in Dr. Christian Worlow's ENGL 4326 Shakespeare course.

Department of English Graduate Student Expo

2018 Graduate School ExpoOur Department will be hosting its Graduate Student Expo this Friday, February 23rd, from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Pickard Hall 113. Students thinking about pursuing an MA or PhD here or at another university are encouraged to meet with Dr. Kathryn Warren and Dr. Jim Warren, who will discuss and answer questions about the whats, ifs, hows, and whys of graduate school. In addition, PhD candidate Sarah Shelton will provide an exclusive look into our Department’s graduate programs. Pizza and drinks will be available.

Professor Ken Roemer Interviewed by Iranian Newspaper

Dr. Kenneth RoemerMohammand Merarian, a reporter for Vaghaye Etefaghiye [Current Affairs], a national reformist newspaper in Iran, recently interviewed Professor Ken Roemer because of his expertise on utopias and dystopias. The hour-long interview ranged over topics that included the functions of the utopian imagination, the current interest in dystopia, utopias grounded in nostalgia for an imagined past, and the implications of state-mandated utopias. The article was published in Persian, but, for the curious, the citation in English is: "Imagination of Utopia and Dystopia: Hope and Warning,” interview by Mohammad Memarian with Kenneth Roemer, “Perspective,” Vaghaye Etefaghiye, No. 543, Monday, Bahman 16, 1396 / February 5, 2018: 14. 

Professor Kevin Porter Appointed to State Higher Education Committee

Dr. Kevin PorterProfessor Kevin Porter, the new Chair of the Department of English, was recently appointed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to serve as a voting member of the English Language and Literature Field of Study Advisory Committee, which is comprised of twelve representatives from public universities and twelve representatives from public community colleges. The Committee is responsible for determining which English courses may be transferred between public institutions of higher education in Texas in order to satisfy the lower-division requirements of a degree program.

Department Chair Bruce Krajewski Retires

Dr. Bruce KrajewskiIt is with deep gratitude that the Department wishes a long and happy retirement to Professor Bruce Krajewski, who joined us from the faculty of Texas Women’s University on 1 September 2013 and whose service as Department Chair extended from that time through 31 January 2018. During his term of office, Dr. Krajewski worked most visibly on overseeing the Department’s efforts to position itself in relation to the University’s Strategic Plan; preparing for, hosting, and responding to an external program review; building on departmental strengths in creative writing, the digital humanities, and technical writing and professional communication; and making and maintaining connections with other units on campus, especially Nursing, Engineering, and the Center for Theory. Despite this heavy service load, Dr. Krajewski remained an active researcher to the end, whether presenting papers at such distinguished events as the annual convention of the Modern Language Association or co-editing (with Joshua Heter) the collection The Man in the High Castle and Philosophy: Subversive Reports from Another Reality (Open Court, 2017). Dr. Krajewski will be greatly missed, and we wish him well.

In Memoriam: Dorothy Estes (1927–2018) and Jim Wood (1932–2018)

The end of January was a very sad time for the Department as we marked the passing of two dear friends, Dorothy Estes and Jim Wood. Our Department extends our deepest condolences to the surviving children, other family, and friends of the Estes family and to Nancy, the surviving children, other family, and friends of the Wood family.

Dorothy Estes photo taken from UTA Shorthorn

Dorothy, the wife of Professor Emory D. Estes, was, among her many remarkable accomplishments, Director of Student Publications at our University (1970–96), a passionate advocate for and teacher of student journalists, the winner of the SPJ Freedom of Information Award in 1995, and a 2003 inductee into the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association, alongside such luminaries as Walter Cronkite and Bill Moyers. She was also a strong supporter of our Department who would attend our annual awards brunches in order to meet the winner of the Emory D. Estes Award; and her presence at these brunches will be greatly missed. Dorothy’s service was held on Wednesday, 31 January at St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Arlington.

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Jim, the husband of Professor Nancy Wood, was a longtime scholar and educator whose interests and expertise in classical rhetoric, public speaking, debate, and film studies led him on a national career that took him to positions at the University of Oregon, Cornell University, Rutgers University, the University of Texas at El Paso, the University of Texas at Arlington, and Texas Christian University. Around twenty years ago, Jim decided to pursue his love of creative writing, which led to the publication of short stories and a novel entitled The Odd One. Jim’s service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, 10 February at the Wade Family Funeral Home in Arlington, and those members of the Department who knew Nancy and Jim well plan to attend to pay their respects to them both.

Dr. Stacy Alaimo Named Co-President of Scholarly Society

logo of ASLEDr. Stacy Alaimo will take up the role of Co-President of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE). ASLE was founded in 1992. ASLE has grown into a lively organization of over 1400 members, and international affiliates have formed in Canada, Korea, Japan, Europe, India, Australia/New Zealand, the United Kingdom/Ireland and Taiwan. Alaimo will share the Presidency with Dr. Jeffrey J. Cohen. Alaimo commented, "ASLE has been an such an important part of my academic life--from the early 90s when I was finishing my dissertation to the present--I'm glad to have this opportunity to give something back. It's an organization with deep ethical and political commitments to social justice, the environment, and nonhuman life. ASLE welcomes graduate students and independent scholars. And the field trips are fantastic--for what other conference are hiking boots usually a must?"  

Quick News 

photo of CorderDr. Cathy Corder is the department's new Academic Advisor II. Dr. Corder has been working in the department for several years as a Lecturer. She will work 32 hours a week as an Advisor and teach a course each long semester. 

 Dr. Penny ingram up for system-level teaching award 

The UTA administration has nominated only four faculty for the System-wide Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award (ROTA). Dr. Ingram is one of the select four.

Emeritus Professor Clayton Eichelberger (1925-2017)

Dr. Eichelberger, who joined the English Department in 1956, passed away last January. According to his wife Nancy, he didn't want a funeral. From the late 1960s through the 1980s, the journal Clayton established, American Literary Realism, attracted international attention and respect for UTA.

Several of Clayton's scholarly articles appeared in top journals, including American Quarterly and the Journal of Popular Culture. But his main publication focus was book-length bibliographies, including A Guide to Critical Reviews of U.S. Fiction, 1870-1910 (Vol 1. 1971; Vol. 2, 1974); William Dean Howells through 1920: A Research Bibliography (1976); and Harpers Lost Reviews (1976).

Clayton's impact on the Modern Language Association was significant. At a time when the late-19th early-20th century American literature was a bit of a lost child in American literature studies, he helped lobby for the creation of an MLA Group in the period. That lead to the creation of a regular section in the period.

His impact on the UTA library was also significant. He built a strong Library collection in the ALR period and build his own private collection, which he donated to UTA. When I was at Penn, UTA definitely had a stronger collection in books and periodicals in the period than Penn had. To grasp the extent of Clayton's contribution to the UTA Library, Google "Clayton Eichelberger Papers." The papers include letters from some of the most important American Literature scholars of the second half of the 20th-century, including Leslie Fiedler, another Hubbell Medal winner.

According to Dr. Kenneth Roemer, who remembers Dr. Eichelberger fondly, "Clayton was the moral guide for the department. His rural Nebraska Mennonite upbringing and the discipline learned as a Sergeant Major in U. S. Army and at The University of Colorado (BA; MA) and UT Austin (PhD) gave him little tolerance for sloppy scholarship, poor teaching, and ineffective University administration. He was a demanding teacher and dissertation director, but he was also kind to students and tolerant of the missteps of young faculty members. During one long proof-reading session, I momentarily dozed off and dropped a long bibliographic manuscript. As the pages scattered everywhere, he laughed and, in mock wonder, chided me for not being enthralled with reading bibliographic entries."

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Dr. Ponce Included in UT System Book

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The UT System's holiday cookbook is out, and Dr. Timothy Ponce is included. He contributed a recipe for a cranberry salad, which you can see, along with the entire collection. Dr. Ponce contributes frequently to treats left in the second floor Carlisle kitchen.

Dr. Frank headed to iceland for conference presentation 

Dr. Luanne Frank will be attending the 20th Annual Society for Phenomenology and Media Conference in Akureyri, Iceland from March 14-16, 2018. She will be presenting her paper, "Heidegger's Hand: A Defense."

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Dr. tim richardson co-authors article with alumNUS

Dr. Richardson teamed up with Dr. Nathan Gale for a new publication, “What Are Humans For?,” which now appears in a collection edited by Chris Mays, Nathaniel A. Rivers, and Kellie-Sharp-Hoskins called Kenneth Burke and the Posthuman (Penn State UP, 2017).

Departmental representation at MLA conference in new york city 

The following members of the department are presenting papers at the annual Modern Language Association conference in January:

  •    Jacqueline Ann Fay, "The Weeds We Are: The Trans-planted Politics of Eleventh-Century England" (session 816)
  • Bruce Krajewski, "'Alternative Facts' and Fictions: Multiplicity and Indeterminacy in the Aftermath of the 2016 Presidential Election" (session 99)
  • Bruce Krajewski, "Recent Philosophical Receptions of King Lear" (session 701)
  • Kenton Rambsy, "Pedagogies of Excellence: HBCUs and the PhD Pipeline" (session 334)

Dr. Tigner Publishes New Book

Tigner book coverFood Studies programs have been growing within the liberal arts and social sciences, and Dr. Amy Tigner has been a regular contributor to scholarship in Food Studies. Her latest contribution is a co-edited book entitled Literature and Food Studies from Routledge. The collection is part of a series named Literature and Contemporary Thought. "With a focus on the Americas and Europe, Literature and Food Studies compares works of imaginative literature, from Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale to James Joyce’s Ulysses and Toni Morrison’s Tar Baby, with what the authors define as vernacular literary practices — which take written form as horticultural manuals, recipes, cookbooks, restaurant reviews, agricultural manifestos, dietary treatises, and culinary guides."

New Scholarship from Former Dean

photo of Dr GerlachWhen Dr. Jeanne Gerlach, the Associate Provost for K-16 Initiatives at UT Arlington, was informed that a scholarship was donated in her honor to a college of her choice, she knew she wanted the endowment to go to UT Arlington’s Department of English. Gerlach said, “I owe a lot to English education, it’s what got me into teaching in the first place.” Gerlach has enjoyed a long and storied career that includes serving nearly 20 years as the founding Dean of the College of Education at UT Arlington. She also authored or edited/co-edited many notable published works, taught around the globe, received many national and international awards and her research focusing on urban and women education is prolific. She earned a Bachelors and Master’s degree in English/Curriculum & Instruction, a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction/English Education and a second PhD in Higher Education Administration.

The $2,500 scholarship called the Jeanne Gerlach Future Teacher Award will be given to a worthy undergraduate student nearing completion of a B.A. in English with Secondary Education Certification. The award will be presented to the student at the department's Awards Day brunch at the end of the Spring 2018 semester.

Former Creative Writing Student Lands Publishing Contract 

photo of Shaun HamillShaun Hamill, former English major and Creative Writing minor in our department, will have his book, "A Cosmology of Monsters," published by Tim O'Connell at Pantheon/Knopf Doubleday. Shaun worked with Laura Kopchick, Coordinator of Creative Writing, while he was here at UTA, and she helped him get into the country’s top creative writing school, the MFA Program at the University of Iowa.

Recipe Transcribathon Nov. 7

image of students transcribingDr. Amy Tigner sponsored a Recipe Transcribathon. A group of undergraduates and graduate students turned out. Participants transcribed 17th-century recipes, and those transcriptions are now part of the Early Modern Recipes Online Collective (EMROC) digital humanities project. The students help to create a digital database of early modern recipes. Dr. Amy Tigner has run several Transcribathons, and, not that long ago, took some students to the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. to work on recipes in that library's collection.

Quick News 

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Dr. Stacy Alaimo (above) spoke on Oct. 18 at the induction ceremony of Triota, the honors organization for students in Women's and Gender Studies. Alaimo was there also as an honorary inductee to the group. Iota Iota Iota is a national academic and service-based Women's and Gender Studies honor society.

 department of philosophy & humanities sponsors talk about Buddhism

On October 26, the Department of Philosophy and Humanities at UT Arlington and the student philosophy of religion organization, Faith and Answers, will be hosting a lecture, discussion, and Q&A with H.E. Tulku Neten Rinpoche (Geshe Lharampa, Sera Mey Monastic University, Byalkuppe, India, Abbot, Jam Tse Cho Ling Dharma Centre, Toronto & Calgary, Canada).

Lecture title: The Intersection of Wisdom and Compassion in the Tibetan Buddhist Philosophical Tradition
Date & Time: Thursday, October 26, 2017, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

 former grad student wins "the oscar of teaching" 

Jennifer Fuller took two graduate level English courses at UTA in the past year or so in order to be certified to teach in the Collegiate High School program (TCC and AISD).  She took one class each from Dr. Warren and from Dr. Gustafson as a non-degree-seeking student. Dr. Peggy Kulesz has known Jen for years, and describes her as "a marvelous teacher." 
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 DR. stephanie tavera has article accepted 

A future issue of Utopian Studies will include Tavera's article "Her Body, Herland: Reproductive Health and Dis/topian Satire in Gilman's Herland."

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New Book by Dr. Cedrick May

photo of Hammon coverCedrick May’s The Collected Works of Jupiter Hammon, just out from the University of Tennessee Press, offers a complete look at the literary achievements of one of the founders of African American literature. Born into slavery on the Lloyd plantation in 1711, Jupiter Hammon became the first African American writer to be published in the present-day United States at the age of forty-nine. It has been decades since a collection of Hammon’s work has appeared, and May’s intensive research has yielded two additional poems, adding new layers to his works and life that, until now, have gone unexplored.

Kazuo Ishiguro Wins 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature

The English author Kazuo Ishiguro has been named winner of the 2017 Nobel prize in literature, praised by the Swedish Academy for his “novels of great emotional force”, which it said had “uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world”.

Department Launches Two Research Clusters for 2017-19

Dr. Stacy Alaimo, Chair of the departmental Research Committee, has announced the formation of two Research Clusters for the next two years. These clusters will guide part of the collective investigations in the department, and allow students to participate in ongoing activities connected to the topics.  

The clusters are in place from 2017 through 2019 and are as follows:

Making + Digital Humanities (Estee Beck, Cedrick May, Tim Richardson)

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Posthumanism (Stacy Alaimo, Jackie Fay, Neill Matheson, Erin Murrah-Mandril, Jason Hogue, Connor Stratman)

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This fall, faculty and ABD doctoral students will be launching the new Research Clusters by workshopping their research and discussing new work in these fields.

A Kenton Rambsy Omnibus

The Dallas Institute is holding an event on Sept. 22 called "Sound Bites," at which Dr. Rambsy will be the featured speaker. See flyer upper right, and note that the event requires an RSVP. 

Dr. Rambsy has also been invited by Arcadia University to participate in the "Beyond Meridians" Lectures (Oct. 2-5). See bottom right pdf. 

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Dr. Kenton Rambsy Is Part of the "Smart Revolution"

The COLA Dean's Office has awarded to Dr. Rambsy a "Liberal Arts + Smart Revolution" grant for "The Black Anthology Data Project." The award is $8,000. This is a seed grant to help Dr. Rambsy pursue external funding. The funding will help Dr. Rambsy make progress with his metadata collection project with African American and American anthologies. He may be hiring a student or two to assist him.

COLA Outstanding Teacher Award Winner - Dr. Desiree Henderson

photo of Dr. HendersonDr. Desiree Henderson has won COLA's Outstanding Teaching Award for 2017, and will be honored at a COLA Awards ceremony on September 14. Colleagues in the department nominated Henderson for the award, and a college-level committee vetted the people who were nominated. 

Some of the student comments (below) about Dr. Henderson's teaching tell the story about her excellence in the classroom. 

"I am not an English major and I loved her class."

"She is a tough professor but you learn a lot! I enjoyed her lectures greatly but she definitely makes you use your brain and think outside the box."

"Thoughtful and fun class discussions."

Quick News 

Warren Accepts Teaching Award in Austin

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The winners of the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award were honored by officials from the UT System at a dinner in Austin on Aug. 23. Dr. Kathryn Warren (pictured second from left) stands with the other UTA recipients.

Dr. Fay Invited to Workshop at Stanford University

From Sept. 29 through Oct. 1st, Dr. Jackie Fay will be attending the tenth Medieval Writers' Workshop at Stanford University. Invitations are limited to approximately ten participants, and the event is meant to showcase these Medievalists' ongoing research. 

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Dr. Beck to Present Work at Ohio Conference

Dr. Estee Beck will be attending the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference from October 4-7 in Dayton. "Rise Up for a Feminist-Led Internet Privacy Revolution!" is the title of her talk.

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Quick News 

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The lastest edition of STET is now available with multimedia offerings. Find out who is publishing in STET.

solar eclipses in literature

Those scanning the printed word for content about eclipses will find writers of fiction have been telling stories about solar eclipses at least since the 19th century. The literary offerings using a solar eclipse in the plot go well beyond A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. A host of stories and novels address the subject.

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 Dr. Estee beck chosen for neh workshop 

The NEH reviewers and workshop organizers chose only 40 participants from 300 applications to be part of the 2017 "Object Lessons Workshop." Dr. Beck is one of the 40 who has been selected to participate in one of several upcoming workshops under the theme's umbrella. The workshop in which Dr. Beck will participate will be held in early March at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference in Tampa, FL. The "Object Lessons Workshop" is designed for academics and writers who seek to write and publish for broad audiences, particularly about contemporary technology, everyday objects, and digital culture. 

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Summer Reading - Part II

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The Man Booker Prize 2017 committee announced its long list today, and doubtless each of the contenders is worthy of a summer read.

Paul Auster, 4321 (Faber & Faber)

Sebastian Barry, Days Without End (Faber & Faber)

Emily Fridlund, History of Wolves (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Orion Books)

Mohsin Hamid, Exit West (Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House)

Mike McCormack, Solar Bones (Canongate)

Jon McGregor, Reservoir 13 (4th Estate, HarperCollins)

Fiona Mozley, Elmet (JM Originals, John Murray)

Arundhati Roy, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House)

George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo (Bloomsbury)

Kamila Shamsie, Home Fire (Bloomsbury)

Ali Smith, Autumn (Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House)

Zadie Smith, Swing Time (Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House)

Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad (Fleet, Little, Brown)

We asked some other people in the department to make seasonal reading recommendations.

Dr. Tim Morris, Professor & Essayist:

Giuseppe Catozzella, Don't Tell Me You're Afraid
Jeff Guinn, Road to Jonestown
Kantha Shelke's Pasta & Noodles

Dr. Gyde Martin, Senior Lecturer:

Vladimir Nabokov, Pnin
Alessandro Manzoni, The Betrothed
Lutz Seiler, Kruso

Jennifer Higgins, Senior IT Analyst, OIT:

 Ernest Cline, Ready Player One
Neil Gaiman, Norse Mythology

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Lineup of 2017-18 Speakers Begins to Take Shape

Some speakers have already accepted invitations to speak at UTA this coming academic year, and we are hoping for a couple of more positive responses.

photo of Greg BrowndervilleGreg Brownderville, a poet who teaches at SMU, will come to the department on Wednesday, September 13. Brownderville has published three books of poetry, the most recent of which is A Horse with Holes in It. That collection was released in November of 2016 by LSU Press on Dave Smith’s Southern Messenger Poets series. Collaborating with composer Jacob Cooper, Brownderville wrote the words to “Jar” (Silver Threads, Nonesuch Records, 2014) and Ripple the Sky, which premiered with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2016. Brownderville has been awarded prizes and fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, New Millennium Writings, and the Porter Fund. In 2012 he joined the faculty of SMU. He is an associate professor of English and the director of Creative Writing.

photo of Vianney RodriguezThe Arlington Public Library will be co-sponsoring a visit by the food writer and blogger Vianney Rodriguez. In addition to her blog, The Sweet Life, Rodriguez has published Latin Twist (2015), a book of cocktails. Rodriguez has been recognized as LATISM 2012 Best Latina Food Blogger, one of NBC Latino's Food Blogs We Love, and featured in Latina Magazine as one of its Best Food Blogs. Further details TBA.

Summer Reading

Many people read not to become more empathetic, nor to learn about the world, nor to discover themselves, but for fun and escape. That's the conclusion of an empirical study by Professor Simon Frost of Bournemouth University, who reports on a survey of 530 readers. The results are part of an article in the forthcoming issue of Logos: Journal of the World Publishing Community. The interwebs are flooded now with summer reading suggestions. What will people read on beaches, during vacations, etc.?

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Photo: June 2017 book display at Dubray Bookstore in Ireland

We asked some people in the department about summer reading. We learned that Dr. Kathryn Warren is heading up a reading group this summer. The group has taken up a relatively new translation of Don Quixote.
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We asked some other professors in the department to make seasonal reading recommendations.
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Dr. Kenton Rambsy, Assistant Professor specializing in African American Literature and Digital Humanities:

Scholarly book recommendation: Matthew Desmond's Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
Popular book recommendation: Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad

Dr. Justin Lerberg, Director of the First Year Writing Program:

Scholarly book recommendation: Signs of Danger: Waste, Trauma, and Nuclear Threat by Peter C. Van Wyck.
Popular book recommendation: White Noise by Don DeLillo. 

Dr. Estee Beck, Assistant Professor specializing in Digital Rhetoric:

Scholarly book recommendation: Zeynep Tufekci's Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power of and Fragility of Networked Protest
Popular book recommendation: Chris Anderson's Makers: The New Industrial Revolution

Bill Gates has five recommendations for summer reading, starting with Trevor Noah's book, Born a Crime.
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Quick News 

dr. cedrick may off to prague in september

Dr. May has been invited to attend the "Beyond Editing: Advanced Solutions and Technologies" Summer School held in Prague from September 4-8, 2017. During this week-long school, the participants will learn how to display, transform and process a scholarly XML edition, with the aim of becoming able to work on their own editions with the latest digital methods. The event is sponsored by the Faculty of the Arts at Charles University in Prague.

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Dr. Mike Brittain completed the requirements for his Ph.D. shortly after the Spring 2017 semester ended. His dissertation is entitled "'A Shot in the Dark': Post-9/11 One-off Speculative Fiction."

Rod sachs returns to the netherlands & THE decolonial summer school

Graduate student Rod Sachs will be off to Middleburg University in the Netherlands for the 8th Annual Decolonial Summer School. Mr. Sachs has played an important role in establishing the Decolonial Archive at Middleburg, and will be making more videos of the proceedings this summer.

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>> Prof. Mohamad Shariati, who helps run a cultural journal in Tehran, Iran called Today's Culture, interviewed Dr. Bruce Krajewski about the cultural contributions of the German philosopher Hans Blumenberg (pictured above). The other scholars asked to contribute to the article on Blumenberg are Martin Jay, Angus Nicholls, and Richard Wolin. You can read the Persian version, or the English version.

>> From June 5-9, Dr. Krajewski participated in the University of Victoria's Digital Humanities Summer Institute, and completed a course on digitisation projects.


The Provost appointed Dr. Jim Warren to a Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Task Force that will review college and career readiness standards. 

Dr. Kathryn Warren Wins 2017 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award 

photo of Kathryn WarrenOn August 23rd in Austin, Dr. Kathryn Warren will sit down to a special dinner to honor recipients of this year's UT-System-wide teaching awards. This is another in a string of teaching honors for Dr. Warren. The Regents' Award is prestigioius, and it acknowledges outstanding undergraduate teaching.

As the acceptance letter states, "to win one of these awards is a truly remarkable achievement." The application process is rigorous, and applicants go through several levels of screening. The award includes a monetary prize. 

One of the student comments included in the materials for Dr. Warren's review captures the tone of praise that characterizes Dr. Warren's student evaluations: “I am in awe of how much Dr. Warren cares about her class, and I can honestly say that I haven't had another learning experience like this. Her attention to the assignments we did and her ability to interact with us as a class was amazing.”

Department's U.S. News Ranking Improves - Tied with Baylor

graphic of rising bars Creative Commons imageThe 2017 U.S. News rankings of English graduate programs has UTA's English program at 116, tied with Baylor's English Department (for a Texas comparison). This is a jump up from 125th place, and shows that the department's outstanding graduate faculty profile is being noticed outside of Arlington.

Our Latest Graduates

Creative Commons photo of graduatesAt the May 12 Commencement, a number of students from the English Department received their degrees. 

Doctoral Students:
Stephanie Peebles Tavera
Dissertation: "Disabling Sex Education: Science, Narrative, and the Female Body in Feminist Medical Fiction, 1874-1916," which was supervised by Ken Roemer.

Alison Torres Ramos
Dissertation: "Colonial Shame and Its Effect on Puerto Rican Culture," which was supervised by Timothy Morris.

Master of Arts Students:
Jay Ewald; Amanda Denise Torres.

Bachelor of Arts Students:
Robin Allman; Jaclyn Alvarado; Norma Ayala; Nicholas Bell; Jessica Browning; Clayton Broyles; Tristen Cardwell; Sarah Clayburn; Cassandra Cortez; Alicia Cotton; Christy Courtney; Shawn Dally; Jasmine Dixon-Featherston; Amanda Duncan; Brian Fuentes; Christina Fewins; Matthew Fulkerson; Colton Galbraith; Griselda Garcia; Shannon Gardzelewski; Mohamad Ali Ghabris; Heather Gurrola; Elizabeth Harris; Jade Harrison; Raven Cierra Hill; Alrissa Inubiaraiye; Cheyenne Jennings; Esther Kentish; Taylor Kent Lamb; Emaleigh Lane; Trevionna Latimore; Brittani Anessa Lee; Alexandra Long; Justin Luna; Mikkia McQueary; Alexandra Moore; Courtney Moore; Nathan Nichols; Jesse Nolet; Sara Olmos-Rodriguez; Michael Olsen; Levi Palomino; DeBrionne Payne; Matthew Pedersen; Breanna Pierluissi; Ashley Radovcich; Ashleigh Reyna; Kelley Robertson; Liliana Rodriguez; Ariella Singleton; Rebekah Singleton; Patrick Smith; Tara Smith; Meagan Solomon; Carla Solorzano; Madelyn Spann; Kristen Tegze; Ciara Turner; Brittany Ward; Joshua Whitworth.

Awards Brunch 2017

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Wall of Honor: Dr. Ken Roemer

Writing Center Tutor of the Year: Caitlin Lewis; Nick Bowen (finalist); Amanda Monteleone (finalist)

Duncan Robinson Essay Awards: Adam Mackenzie; Sarah Blakeney

O'Neill GTA Awards: Miriam Rowntree; Jason Hogue

Each year, the English Department celebrates student achievements at a brunch attended by students, their family and friends, donors, faculty members, and staff.

On May 13th, the department will honor the following people (see left column and below):

Cravens Awards: Mark Scheldberg and Meagan Solomon

Excellence Awards:
Nicholas Bell; Claire Buchanan; Brian Duran Fuentes; Griselda Garcia; Alexandra Long; Michael Olsen; Jane Orear; Ariella Singleton; Raelea Sutton; Rebecca Ysasi

Emory Estes Scholarship: Ashleigh Riley
Anita Sawyer Ray Scholarship: Dawn Engler and Mark Scheldberg
Cohen/McMillan Scholarship: Miriam Rowntree
Roy Mullins Scholarship: Hope McCarthy
Shakespeare Scholarships: Devin Compton; Mark Scheldberg; Raelea Sutton; Kayla VanWagner

Quick News 

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Dr. Jackie Fay has a number of conference presentations upcoming - details below.

>> International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, MI (May 11-14).  "Structuring the Old English Syllabus: The Forced March through the Parts of Speech."

>> Big Data and Medieval Studies conference at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland on 27 and 28 June. "Compiling a Thematic, Diachronic Corpus: Challenges in Piloting HCODE."

>> Leeds (UK) International Medieval Congress, (July 3-6). "Treating Age in Anglo-Saxon Medical Texts."

>> Meeting of International Society of Anglo-Saxonists will take place in Honolulu, Hawaii on July 31 - 4 August. "Translating Gender in Old English Medical Texts."

Dr. Frank in Brussels, Belgium & Buenos Aires

Dr. Luanne Frank delivered a paper entitled "Heidegger's Route to Being's Source" at the 19th Conference of the Society for Phenomenology and Media. The conference was held in Brussels from March 15-17. 

On July 7-9, Dr. Frank will attend the 4th International Hermeneutics Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she will deliver a paper about the work of Professor Thomas Sheehan. She will examine whether Sheehan's notion of aletheia (truth) permits a Heideggerian hermeneutics.
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Dr. Tigner Invited to Canadian University for DH Workshop

photo of Amy TignerFaculty members at the University of Guelph have invited Dr. Amy Tigner to give a workshop on digital manuscripts. The workshop will be held from May 8-11. 

This workshop is aimed at those who wish to learn more about intersections between manuscript culture and digital texts. The seminar will model the decisions, large and small, involved in creating digital surrogates for manuscript texts, using household recipe manuscripts of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as the basis for discussions. Relying on a Transcribathon model, which Tigner has experience leading, this seminar will offer hands-on practice in transcription, encoding, and editing. By the end of the four-day course, the group will have produced multiple keyings of a manuscript cookbook from the Una Abraham Collection, held at the University of Guelph Special Collections. Tigner will conduct the workshop with Kathryn Harvey (University of Guelph), Jennifer Munroe (University of North Carolina at Charlotte), and Hillary Nunn (The University of Akron).

Frederick Tran Wins UT System Award in Creative Writing

photo of Frederick TranSenior Frederick Tran, who is completing a minor in Creative Writing, has won the 2017 Regents’ Outstanding Arts and Humanities Award for his short fiction piece entitled "Airstrikes." The piece is about a doctor serving with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) in Yemen, who suffered a terrible loss.

The University of Texas System Board of Regents established the annual Regents’ Outstanding Arts and Humanities Awards in February 2012. The honor was created to foster excellence in student performance, reward outstanding students, stimulate the arts and humanities and promote continuous quality in education, according to the University of Texas System’s Office of Academic Affairs. The focus of the award rotates each year among fields in the fine arts and humanities. Tran is the third UTA undergraduate student to be honored in this annual competition, and two of the winner have English Department connections.

This year, Tran is only one of two students recognized by the selection committee, comprised of experts in creative writing from outside the UT System. In each of the two creative writing categories, Poetry and Short Fiction, up to three submissions from each of the 14 Institutions in the UT System were considered based on a command of language, structure and originality.

Tran emphasized that he would not have submitted “Airstrikes” to the Regents’ competition if Professor Laura Kopchick, a senior lecturer in the English Department and Creative Writing Coordinator, had not encouraged him. Read more.

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The 2017 national Popular Culture Association conference took place from 12-15 April in San Diego. Several departmental members participated.

>> Dr. Charles Edgar Hicks, "Of Monsters and Mama’s Boys: Returning to the Mother in Rob Zombie’s Halloween Franchise"

>> Dr. Penelope Ingram, "Wild Things, das Ding, and the Jouissant Mother"

>> Dr. Cedrick May, "Exploring the Landscape of the #Black Lives Online and the Implications Behind the Hashtag"

>> Dr. Cedrick May, "The Trope: DuBois, Early African American News Print and Afrofuturism"

biblical studies in berlin: Joul smith

Joul Smith will be attending the Society of Biblical Literature International Conference in Berlin, Germany from August 7-11. The paper he will be presenting is "From Exile to Empire: The International Origins of Anglophonic Translations."

alaimo: preparations for the next book

Dr. Stacy Alaimo will be travelling to New York May 13-19 to conduct research at the Bronx Zoo. She will be studying William Beebe’s papers as part of her preparations for a book manuscript, "Composing Blue Ecologies: Science, Aesthetics, and the Creatures of the Abyss."
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alaimo to speak at asle meeting 

Dr. Stacy Alaimo will be attending the meeting of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment in Detroit, MI from June 20-24, 2017. She will be presenting a paper on: \"Genetics, Epigenetics, and Resistance\."  She will also be chairing a panel. 

rowntree presents in philadelphia 

cover of The Last ManMiriam Rowntree attended the Interdisciplinary 19th Century Studies Conference in Philadelphia during March 16-19. She presented a paper called "Ruin(ed) Bodies: Surviving Intimacy in Mary Shelley's The Last Man and Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake" She also served as VP of Graduate Caucus and conducted administrative business at the conference.

dr. beck talks about capitalism

Dr. Estee Beck attended the Assocation of Teachers of Technical Writing Conference in Portland Oregon from March 14-16. She presented her paper on "Intervening upon Regulations of the Female Body within Surveillance Capitalism: Theories, Practices, and Pedagogies."


>> Dr. Krajewski has been invited to be an Editorial Board member for the journal Evental Aesthetics.

>> Dr. Krajewski will be contributing an essay about the philosopher Hans Blumenberg to the collection entitled Dwelling in Possibility, eds. Dr. Elizabeth Bonapfel and Alex Hennig. The book is scheduled to be published in late 2018.

Award-winning Online Magazine Catapult Publishes Non-Fiction Piece by Amy Bernhard

photo of Amy BernhardAmy Bernhard, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, has written a piece about teaching a creative writing workshop at a men's prison in Iowa. The non-fiction essay appears in the April 4 edition of the online magazine Catapult. Here is an excerpt from Bernhard's piece:

One of my professors told me about Mary’s prison workshop. I emailed her immediately in hopes the weekly meetings would keep me writing while I worked as a bank teller and applied to MFA programs. Plus I was curious. I couldn’t believe I’d lived in Iowa City for four years and hadn’t known about the prison. Hadn’t seen it on my drives past the Coralville mall only two miles away, tucked back from the road behind a crop of other flat, beige buildings.
Mary takes her seat and now it’s time to get down to business. Perry adjusts his glasses on his nose and looks over the rims at the page in front of him. No matter how many times I’ve heard him read, his voice always startles me. Deep and firm, it’s much too confident for his shy eyes hidden by reading glasses and yet too gentle for the ponytail spilling messily down his back, reminiscent of wilder days.
Perry picks up where we left off weeks ago. He moves to Des Moines after college, the closest you can get to a big city in Iowa. There he takes a job at The Register as an overnight copyeditor. When his shift finally ends he’s no longer sure if it’s night or morning; outside, the sky is a smooth, whitish-brown, the color of his coffee after adding cream. Perry is sore all over. His eyes ache behind his glasses, his shoulders tense from hunching over his desk, a thick volume of The Chicago Manual of Style open in front of him. They’re always coming out with a new edition, it seems, always a new rule to make the old one meaningless. So many rules, he thinks, his temples pulsing as he walks to his car. Who makes them all up anyways?

Faculty Development Leave

photo of Dr Henderson Interim Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Ron Elsenbaumer, announced last week that Dr. Desiree Henderson has been awarded Faculty Development Leave to work on a book project entitled "How to Read A Diary: Critical Contexts and Interpretive Strategies for 21st Century Readers." Dr. Henderson has a contract with Routledge for the manuscript. The leave is for one academic semester in the 2017-18 academic year.

Dr. Kathryn Warren Chosen for NEH Summer Institute in Concord, MA

photo of Kathryn WarrenDr. Kathryn Warren has been selected to participate in a two-week Summer Institute run by the National Endowment of Humanities. The topic of the Institute is "Transcendentalism and Reform in the Age of Emerson, Thoreau, and Fuller." The Institute runs from June 18 to July 1 in Concord, Massachusetts. She will be studying the topic with senior scholars, including two Pulitzer Prize winners. Some of the work will take place in the archives of the Concord Free Public Library, and the Concord Museum.

Dr. Ingram Newest Member of Academy of Distinguished Teachers

photo of Dr. IngramDr. Raymond Elliott, Chair of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, has announced that Dr. Penelope Ingram has been selected to join the Academy. The invitation letter reads, "This honor is a clear indication of your devoted, enthusiastic and long-standing commitment to students and the teaching mission of the University." Dr. Ingram's achievement will be recognized at the Spring Meeting of the University Faculty and Associates on April 25th at 4:00 in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the UC.

Tenure-track Jobs for Recent Graduate Students 

Dr. Julie McCown has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at Southern Utah University. While working on a project in Dr. Cedrick's May's class a few years ago, Dr. McCown found one of the earliest poems by Jupiter Hammon

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Dr. Alison Torres Ramos has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of English at Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas. For a number of years, Dr. Torres Ramos has been Production Editor for the journal Fast Capitalism, in addition to her role as a teacher of a variety of courses in the English Department.

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Supreme Court Justice Explains Importance of Liberal Arts

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Esther Kentish at ACESEsther Kentish (photo above) was one of three English students whose research and work were highlighted at the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES), which took place on March 22. Ms. Kentish presented her book of poetry entitled The Emotional Healing Behind Words. Graduate Student Angela Mack spoke about her research on Writing Centers under the title "Assistive Technologies, Tutoring, and the Online Writing Lab (OWL): Access and Equity in Writing:Supplementation for Students with Disabilities." Samuel Fatzinger chatted with the ACES audience about his project "Lacanian Subjects Made Strange: Animal Agency in Uncanny Places and Questionable Proximity."  


Assistant Director of the FYW Program, Miriam Rowntree, attended the Interdisciplinary 19th Century Studies Conference in Philadelphia March 16-19. She presented a paper called "Ruin(ed) Bodies: Surviving Intimacy in Mary Shelley's The Last Man and Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake." She also served as VP of the Graduate Caucus at the conference.


Dr. Estee Beck attended the ATTW Conference in Portland Oregon (March 14-16). She presented her paper on "Intervening upon Regulations of the Female Body within Surveillance Capitalism: Theories, Practices, and Pedagogies"

 DR. Catherine Corder to speak in San diego 

Dr. Corder will be attending the Popular Culture Association Conference in San Diego April 12-15. She will be presenting on "The Supercop as Revolutionary in Alan Moore's V for Vendetta."

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University of Nebraska Invites Alaimo to Deliver Lecture

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Laura Kopchick a Semi-Finalist in Iowa Fiction Contest 

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Laura Kopchick's short story collection, The Meditating Mother, was selected as one of twenty semi-finalists (out of several hundred submissions) for the Iowa Short Fiction Book Award.

Art + Seek Interviews Dr. Rambsy about new Baldwin Film

photo of movie posterDr. Kenton Rambsy was the guest on a recent episode of KERA's "Art + Seek" program. The interviewers engage Dr. Rambsy about I Am Not Your Negro, a new documentary on the life of James Baldwin. Dr. Rambsy calls Baldwin "a social preacher." The catalyst of the film is a book Baldwin was working on about Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Medgar Evers, three of Baldwin's friends who were assassinated.

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