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Current Students

Below is a sample of the various work and interests of some-but by no means all-of Duquesne University's current Graduate English students...

kunsaAshley Kunsa

Undergraduate

B.A. in English Writing and History, University of Pittsburgh, 2004 

Previous Graduate Study

M.L.I.S. University of Pittsburgh, 2006 

M.F.A. in fiction Penn State University, 2009 

Areas of Concentration

Contemporary American literature, women's literature, and contemporary fiction 

Recent Publications 

"History, Hair, and Reimagining Racial Categories in Junot Diaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao."Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction. 54.2 (2013): 211-24. Print.

"Mystery and Possibility in Cormac McCarthy." Rev. of Reading the World: Cormac McCarthy's Tennessee Period by Dianne C. Luce and Understanding Cormac McCarthy by Steven Frye. Journal of Modern Literature. 35.2 (2012): 146-52. Print.

"A Woman's Glory." The Los Angeles Review 11.2. Oct. 2011. Print. (Fiction.)

"'Maps of the World in Its Becoming': Post-Apocalyptic Naming in Cormac McCarthy's The Road." Rpt. inCormac McCarthy's The Road (Bloom's Guides). Ed. Harold Bloom. New York: Chelsea House, 2011. 91-107. Print.

"'Maps of the World in Its Becoming': Post-Apocalyptic Naming in Cormac McCarthy's The Road." Journal of Modern Literature, 33.1 (2009): 57-74. Print. 

Recent Presentations

"History, Hair, and Reimagining Racial Categories in Junot Diaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao." Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, Apr. 12, 2012.

"‘Betwixt and Between': Liminality, the Vietnam War, and Tim O'Brien's Going After Cacciato." International Conference on Narrative, Las Vegas, NV, Mar. 15-17, 2012. (Panel Organizer/Chair and Participant)

"Recuperating the Meta-narrative: Postmodern Grace and Commodity Culture in George Saunders's Pastoralia," Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, Louisville, KY, Feb. 23-25, 2012.

"The Physics of Grief" and "A Woman's Glory," Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, Louisville, KY, Feb. 23-25, 2012. (Fiction)

Coffee House Reading Series, Pittsburgh, PA, Feb. 7, 2012. (Fiction)

"The Writer in the Community: Taking Creative Writing from the Campus to the People" (panel presentation), Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Chicago, Feb. 2009.

 

Justin Kishbaugh

Undergraduate

English Literature, King's College, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 1999 

Previous Graduate Study

M.F.A. in Writing and Poetics, Naropa University, Boulder, CO, 2003 

Areas of Concentration

20th Century American Literature and Transatlantic Modernist Poetics

Dissertation Title

"Imaging Imagism: The Imagist Anthologies and Modernist Poetry"

Recent Publications

"Editorial Images: Des Imagistes and Ezra Pound's Rendering of Imagism." (forthcoming from University of New Orleans Press)

"The Imagist Exhibit: The Influence of the British Museum on Ezra Pound's Imagism." (under review)

Recent Reviews

 The Words and Music of Patti Smith, Popular Music and Society, Volume 33 Issue 1, 129

The Notorious B.I.G.: A Biography, Popular Music and Society, Volume 32 Issue 5, 668

Recent Creative Publications

Kali's Tongue: A Poetic Engagement with the Rolling Stones' album Sticky Fingers, The Vinyl Press, 2011

"Roar-Shock"

Recent Presentations

"Curatorial Images: The Influence of the British Museum on Ezra Pound's Imagism," XXIVth Ezra Pound International Conference: "Ezra Pound and London," London, England, July 5-9, 2011

Panel Chair, "Pound in London V: Pound in Exile," XXIVth Ezra Pound International Conference: "Ezra Pound and London," London, England, July 5-9, 2011

"Editorial Images: Des Imagistes and Ezra Pound's Rendering of Imagism," VI International Richard Aldington/II International Imagism Conference, Brunnenburg, Italy, June 20-22, 2010

"Abstract Images: Amy Lowell and the Imagism of Some Imagist Poets," Modernist Studies Association Conference, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, November 5-8, 2009

rentschlerErin Rentschler

Undergraduate

English and Education, Wheaton College, Norton, MA,  2001 

Previous Graduate Study

M.A. in English, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, 2007 

Areas of Concentration

20th Century American Literature and American Narratives of War: WWII-present

Dissertation Subject

Race and Ethnicity in American Novels of the Vietnam War

Recent Presentations

"Teaching Narratives of War, Re-Examining the Document."  39th Annual Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture since 1900, University of Louisville, Kentucky, February 2011

"(How) Do You Remember? Narratives of the Vietnam War and September 11." West Virginia Association of College English Teachers Fall Conference, West Liberty University, West Virginia, October 2010.

"Disturbing the Static with another American Song: Claudia Rankine's Don't Let Me Be Lonely and Images of Contemporary America" at Contemporary Women's Writing: New Texts, Approaches, and Technologies, San Diego State University, July7-9, 2010.

 "The Visual and Representations of Individual and Collective Trauma in Jonathan Safran Foer'sExtremely Loud and Incredibly Close" at Trauma: Intersections among Narrative, Neuroscience, and Psychoanalysis, George Washington University. Washington, D.C., March 4-6, 2010

 "'A Story is Forever Unfolding': Personal and Cultural Memory in Linda Hogan's People of the Whale" at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900. February 18-20, 2010.

gaffeyMichelle Gaffey

Undergraduate

B.A. in English, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, 2002

B.S. in Secondary Education, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, 2002

Previous Graduate Study

M.A. in English, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, 2004

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, 2008 

Areas of Concentration

20th Century American Literature and Documentary Poetry and Poetics

Recent Publications

Gaffey, Michelle B. "Rev. of When the Water Came: Evacuees of Hurricane Katrina, by Cynthia Hogue and Rebecca Ross." The Collagist: Online Literature from Dzanc Books 20 (March 2011): n. pag. Web.

Gaffey, Michelle B. "'a storm is blowing from Paradise': Historical Change and Salvation in Lola Ridge's 'The Ghetto.'" Florida English 7 (2009): 51-67. Print.  

Recent Presentations

"Looking at Student Sketches and Campus Rooms to Encourage Critical Thinking." Northeast Modern Language Association's 42nd Annual International Convention: Image as Argument Roundtable. New Brunswick, NJ: 7-10 April 2011

"Faculty of the Future: Voices of the Next Generation," with K. Patricia Cross Award Recipients. Association of American Colleges & Universities 97th Annual International Conference: Global Positioning: Essential Learning, Student Success, and the Currency of US Degrees. San Francisco, CA: 26-29 January 2011

"The Social Documentary Book Tradition and When the Water Came: Evacuees of Hurricane Katrina." Part Two of a Panel Presentation Entitled, "Contemporary Documentary Poetics," with Larissa B. Cunningham and Erin M. Rentschler.  Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900.  Louisville, KY: 24-26 February 2011  (An earlier version of this paper was presented during Duquesne University's English Graduate Organization's Student Colloquia Series in February 2011.)

gallagherMaureen Gallagher

Undergraduate

B.A. in Liberal Arts, St. John's College, Santa Fe, NM, 1999  

Previous Graduate Study

M.A. in English, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, 2004

Areas of Concentration

British and American Modernism, 20th and 21st Century Poetry, and Feminist and Gender Theory

Recent Presentations

"The Temptation to Look Away: The Textual Erasure of the Traumatized Fallen Woman in Austen's Sense and Sensibility." EC-ASECS Conference, November 4-6, 2010, Pittsburgh

"Integrating Literature and Writing in Freshman Composition: Revisiting the Tate-Lindemann Debates." CEA Conference, March 26-28, 2009, Pittsburgh

heilmanMatthew Heilman

Undergraduate

B.A. in English, University of Pittsburgh @Greensburg, Greensburg, PA, 2003

Previous Graduate Study

M.A. in English, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, 2007

Areas of Concentration

British Romanticism, Gothic and supernatural literature, Victorian literature, and the influence of classic literature on underground alternative and heavy metal music.

Dissertation Subject

The poetry of Anne Bannerman, a lesser known nineteenth-century Scottish poet. Matthew plans to compile, edit, and publish a collection of Bannerman's complete works.

Recent Publications

Editor of the novel Omega Zero iby Ryan Henry (fiction) (Self-published in January of 2013).

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

Editor of the novel Six by Ryan Henry (self-published June 2011).

Editor of the book Gateway of the Gods by Craig Hines (nonfiction) (Published in 2007 by Numina Media Arts)

higaJade Higa

Undergraduate

B.A. in English, University of Hawaii, Manoa, HI, 2008

Previous Graduate Study

M.A. in English, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, 2010

Areas of Concentration

18th Century Gothic Drama, Women's and Gender Studies, Studies of the Maternal and Motherhood

Recent Presenations

"'Wallace Wight': Unearthing Scottish Nationalism through the Gothic Ballad in Ballie's Metrical Legends" EC/ASECS, Nov. 2010

"The Maternal Prostitute and the Victorian New Woman: Negotiating and Complicating Female Stereotypes in Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession" Echoes: Across Disciplines, Texts, and Times; March 2011

luckenbillRachel Luckenbill

Undergraduate

B.A. in English, Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA, 2002 

Previous Graduate Study

M.A. in English, Villanova University, 2005

Areas of Concentration

20th and 21st Century American Literature, Christianity and American Literature 

Recent Presentations

"Breaking Silence and Building Community: The Role of Confession in Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior." Duquesne English Grad. Organization Conference: Pittsburgh, PA, March 18-19, 2011

"Songs of Restoration: An Exploration of Native American Land Ethics in Joy Harjo's 'When the World As We Knew It Ended' and Linda Hogan's Solar Storms." Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900:  Louisville, KY, Feb. 24-26, 2011

"'The Potency of Music': David Gamut's Hymn Singing in the Wilderness." Christianity and Literature Conference: Grove City, PA, March 11-13, 2010

panutsosMarcie Panutsos

Undergraduate

B.A. in English with a minor in History, Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling, WV, 2007

Previous Graduate Study

M.A. in English, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, 2009

Areas of Concentration

Modernist Literature, Children's Literature, and Gender Studies

Recent Presentations

"‘Riddikulus': Diffusing the Power of Fear through Laughter in Children's Literature." National Popular Culture & American Culture Association Conference. Washington, D.C.: 27-30 March, 2013

"Unprotected Childhood: The Immigrant Child in Alvena Vajdek Seckar's Zuska of the Burning Hills." Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States Conference. Pittsburgh, PA: 14-17 March, 2013

"Logically Illogical: The Children's Poetry of E.E. Cummings." South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference. Durham, NC: 8-11 November 2012

"‘Truth is best': Narrative Instability in J.M. Barrie's Peter and Wendy." Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association Conference. Pittsburgh, PA: 1-3 November, 2012

"‘Remake the Wild': An Ecocritical Approach to Percy Jackson & the Olympians." National Popular Culture & American Culture Association Conference. Boston, MA: 11-14 April, 2012

"The Serious Work of Comedy: A Case for Cold Comfort FarmModernist Studies Association 13, Buffalo, NY: 6-9 October 2011

"'Lost in the Labyrinth': Suppression of Self in Jean Rhys' 'Mannequin.'"  2011 National Popular Culture & American Culture Conference.  San Antonio, TX: 20-23 April 2011.

"'One Must Know the Truth': Nostalgic (Re-)vision in The Return of the SoldierEnglish Graduate Conference Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA: 18-19 March 2011

"Digital Media and the Devaluation of Grammar" West Virginia College English Teachers Annual Conference, West Liberty, WV: 15-16 October 2010

"'To Thine Own Self Be True': Constructed Identity and Self-Repression in The Left BankWest Virginia University English Graduate Research Symposium, Morgantown, WV: 4 April 2009

Cheryl Read

Undergraduate

B.A. in English, University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, MN, 2009

Previous Graduate Study

M.A. in English, University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, MN, 2011

Areas of Concentration

Book History, 20th Century American Fiction

Recent Presentations

"Book History and the Undergraduate Research Paper." Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Annual Convention. Teaching the History of the Book to Undergraduates Roundtable. Boston, MA. March 2013.

"Hey, the Man's Thinking!: Intellectual Conflict in Fahrenheit 451." The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900. Louisville, KY. Feb. 2013.

"The Profession of English: Varieties of Institutions, Courses, and Contexts" panel. Minnesota Colleges & Universities English & Writing Annual Conference. Minneapolis, MN. March 2012.

"Lost in the Library: Why Beginning Writers Struggle with Research and How Instructors Can Help." Minnesota Colleges & Universities English & Writing Annual Conference. Minneapolis, MN. March 2011.

rutterEmily Rutter

Undergraduate

B.A. in History, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2000

Previous Graduate

M.A. in American and British Literature, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 2008

Areas of Concentration

Multi-Ethnic American Poetry and Poetics

Recent Presentations

"‘her long secret road: Fred Moten's Revision of Billie Holiday's Legacy." Celebrating African American Literature: U.S. and Afro-Caribbean Poetry Conference. University Park, PA, October 2013.

"Billie Holiday as Cultural Signifier: Post-Soul Tributes and Contemporary Sociocultural Discourses." MELUS (Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States) Conference. Pittsburgh, PA, March 2013.

"Tyehimba Jess's leadbelly: Revising the Posthumous Legacy of Huddie Ledbetter." The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900. Louisville, KY, February 2013.

"Constructions of the Muse: Sterling Brown's ‘Ma Rainey,' the Blues Tribute Poem, and the Legacy of Gertrude ‘Ma' Rainey." South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference. Durham, N.C., November 2012.

"his voice, one among many (unheard)': Socially-Conscious Poetics in William Carlos Williams'sPaterson." The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900. Louisville, KY, February 2011.

"'Belch the pity/Straddle the city': Helene Johnson's Modernist Poetics." American Literature Association. San Fransisco, CA, May 2010.

"'feeling the blues': The Blues-Inspired Poetry of the BLKARTSOUTH Collective." College English Association. Pittsburgh, PA, March 2009.

Recent Publications

"‘the story usually being': Revising the Posthumous Legacy of Huddie Ledbetter in Tyehimba Jess's leadbelly." South Atlantic Review 77.1 (Winter 2014). Forthcoming.

"‘Belch the pity! / Straddle the city!': Helene Johnson's Late Poetry and the Rhetoric of Empowerment." African American Review. Forthcoming.

"‘It is not death / it is being': The Blues in the Poetry of the BLKARTSOUTH Collective." The CEA Critic 74.2-74.3 (2012): 100-121. Print.

"Kaye Gibbons." Encyclopedia of Contemporary Writers and Their Work. Ed. Geoff Hamilton and Brian Jones. New York: Facts on File, 2010. 149-151. Print.

Dissertation Title

"Constructions of the Muse: Blues Icons and Tribute Poems in Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century American Poetry."


smithMike Smith

Undergraduate

B.A. in English with a Certificate in Catholic Studies, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT, 2006

Previous Graduate Study

M.A. in English, Boston College, 2010

Areas of Concentration

20th Century and Contemporary Literature and Religion

Recent Presentations

 "Carrying the Holy Fire: Father and Son as Perpetual Pilgrims in McCarthy's The Road."  Pilgrims in Place.  Mideast Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature.  Grove City, PA. 

Roundtable Panel.  Public Dimensions, Private Devotion: Navigating and Narrating Religion in Communal Spaces.  Boston College English Department Colloquium.  Chestnut Hill, MA. 

"Communally Intentional: Defining and Fostering an Effective Community."  Called to Community.  Catholic Network of Volunteer Services: 32nd Annual National Conference.  Durham, NC. 

"Subversive Backpedaling: Seamus Heaney as Poet-Pilgrim."  Human Experience as the Mask of God:The Hero's Journey as the Quest for the Sacred in Literature and the Arts.  South Central Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature.  New Orleans, LA. 

Justin (Skip) Stevenson

Undergraduate

B.A. in English, Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA, 1998

Previous Graduate Study

M.A. in English, Duquesne University, 2002

Areas of Concentration

British Romanticism

Dissertation Subject

Anne Grant's Eighteen Hundred and Thirteen, A Poem in relation to Anna Laetitia Barbauld's "Eighteen Hundred and Eleven, A Poem" and both engaged in William Wordsworth's 1807 volume

stoyanoffJeff Stoyanoff

Undergraduate

B.A. in English with a Certificate in Secondary Education, Saint Francis University, Loretto, PA, 2007

Previous Graduate Study

M.A. in English, Duquesne University, 2010

Areas of Concentration

Medieval Literature-especially aventure and representations of the self

Recent Presentations

 "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: Problems within Mythological and Folkloric Criticism." 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 2010.

"The Revealed Fancies." East Central Eighteenth-Century Society, Pittsburgh, PA, November 2010.

"Woman Is Not a Housewife Is Not a Plate for: The Economics of Gender in Stein's 'A Plate'." Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900. Louisville, KY, February 2011.

Matthew Vickless

Undergraduate

BA, English, Classical Civilizations, Magna Cum Laude, Duquesne University, 2006.

Previous Graduate Study

MA, English, Duquesne University, 2010

Areas of Concentration

British Literature of the Long Eighteenth Century (poetry focus); eighteenth-century Transatlantic dissent & radicalism

Dissertation Title

"Liberty's Prophets: American Revolutionary Politics in the Literature of British Dissent, 1760-1820," directed by Daniel P. Watkins

Recent Publications

"Apprehending George Dyer in ‘Amicus Redivivus': Charles Lamb on Miltonic Visionary Poetics," Charles Lamb Bulletin (forthcoming, spring 2014).

Recent Presentations

"Benjamin Franklin's Influence on Joseph Priestley's An Address to Protestant Dissenters of All Denominations (1774)," East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, November 7-9, 2013.

"Nonconformity and Loyalism in Aphra Behn's Pindarick on the Death of our Late Sovereign," East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, November 3-6, 2011.

"Effusions of NATURE': Sensibility and Visionary Poetics in Yearsley's Poems on Various Subjects," East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, November 4-6, 2010.

"Prufrock among the Annotators: Re-Imagining the (non-)Drama of T. S. Eliot's ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,'" co-authored with Timothy Ruppert, Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, February 17-19, 2007.