Chronological Periods


20th-21st Century Literary Studies

Courses, Dissertations, Faculty Publications, Student Publications, & Guest Speakers

Courses: 2008-2017

British Modernism (Suh, FA10)
20th C. American Lit & Economics (LKinnahan SP 2010)
American Fiction Since the 1960s (Michael, FA10)
Modernist Poetry and Visual Culture (LKinnahan, SP11)
Postcolonial Author as Exile (Mirmotahari, SP11)
American Literature and the Environment (TKinnahan, FA11)
Contemporary American and British Drama (Engel, FA11)
Modernism and the Feminist Context (LKinnahan, SP12)
Irish Literature (Brannen, SP12)
The African Novel (Mirmotahari, SP12)
Contemporary Fiction and History (Michael, FA12)
Gender and Empire (Suh, SP13)
Contemporary American Poetry (LKinnahan, SP13)
Postwar British Fiction and Film (Suh, FA13)
Masculinity and American Fiction since the 1950s (Michael, SP14)
20th Century American Women's Poetry (LKinnahan, SP14)
21st Century Litearture and the Politics of Terror (Michael, FA14)
American Modernism and the Visual Arts (LKinnahan, FA14)
American Modernist Poetry (LKinnahan FA15)
Literary and Philosophical Modernism (Eyers, SP15)
Ethnic American Literature since the 1960s (Michael, FA15)
Feminist Theory (LKinnahan FA15)
African Literature (Mirmotahari, SP15)
Joyce and Faulkner (Barnhisel, SP16)
History and Contemporary Literature (Michael, FA16)
War in Film and Literature (Suh, SP17)
Ecocriticism and Literature (TKinnahan, SP17)
Queens (Engel, SP17)
Contemporary British and American Poetry (LKinnahan, FA17)

Dissertations: Recent and Past 10 Years

2017 and Current:
Mary Parish, Masculinity in Post-WWII Life Writing by Men - Poetry, Memoir, (in progress) Directed by Dr. Linda Kinnahan
Michelle Gaffey, 20th c. Documentary Poetics, (in progress) Directed by Dr. Linda Kinnahan
Michael Smith, Cartography and 20th c. American Poetry, (in progress) Directed by Dr. Linda Kinnahan
Ashely Kunsa, "Reconstructing the War in Iraq: Post-9/11 American War Fiction in Dialogue with Official-Media Discourse" (2017) Directed by Dr. Magali Michael
Christopher Maverick, "Superheroes, Sweethearts, Sisters and Sexpots: Gendering the Superhero Monomyth" (2017) Directed by Dr. Magali Michael
Alexandra Reznik, "Staging Intersectionality: Performance and Power in American Cultural Texts" (2017) Directed by Dr. Kathy Glass
David Young, "Narrative Forms of Fascism, Violence, and Power in Twentieth-Century British Fiction" (2017) Directed by Dr. Judy Suh

Erin Rentschler, "Reading the Vietnam War and Encountering Other Others: Race and Ethnicity in American Novels of the Vietnam War" (2016) Directed by Dr. Magali Michael
Marcie Rovan, "Happily Ever After? Ambiguous Closure in Modernist Children's Literature" (2016) Directed by Dr. Linda Kinnahan
Rachel Luckenbill, "Representations of Christianity in Contemporary Native American Literature by Women" (2016) Directed by Dr. Linda Kinnahan

Maureen Gallagher, "Lyric Subjectivity, Ethics, and Contemporary Poetics: Claudia Rankine, Fanny Howe, and Elizabeth Robinson" (2015) Directed by Dr. Linda Kinnahan

Gina Marie Bessetti-Reyes, "Women and the American Wilderness" (2014) Directed by Dr. Tom Kinnahan
Matthew Durkin, "Revolting Utopias: Representations and Visualizations of Same-Sex Sexualities in African Literatures and Cinemas" (2014) Directed by Dr. Emad Mirmotahari
Jesse Gipko, "Road Narratives as Cultural Critiques: Henry Miller, Jack Kerouac, John Steinbeck, and William Least Heat-Moon" (2014) Directed by Dr. Frederick Newberry
Lee Ann Glowzenski, "The Fullest Possible Account: Knowledge and Exceptionalism in Post-911 Literature" (2014) Directed by Dr. Magali Michael
Justin Kishbaugh, "Pound's Progress: The Vortextual Evolution of Imagism and its Poetic Image" (2014) Directed by Dr. Linda Kinnahan
Emily Rutter, "Constructions of the Muse: Blues Tribute Poems in Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century American Poetry" (2014) Directed by Dr. Linda Kinnahan
Shreyashi Mukherjee, "What Fragments Shore My Ruins: Identity and Representation in The Eye of the Mirror, Kindred, and A Wreath Upon the Dead" (2014) Directed by Dr. Kathy Glass

Ian Butcher, "Reading the Culture Wars in the New Academic Novel, 1985-Present" (2013) 

Jennifer Lauren, "Challenging the Nation: English Women's Novels, 1915-1927" (2012) Directed by Dr. Judy Suh

Beth Buhot Runquist, "Women and the Suburbs in Late 20th and Early 21st Century American Film and Fiction" (2011) Directed by Dr. Magali Michael
Ruth Newberry, "Wallace Stegner's Wolf Willow and 1960s Critical Essays: Renarrativizing Western American Literature for the West & America" (2011) Directed by Dr. Linda Kinnahan
Bettina Jones, " ‘This is Me Right Here': August Wilson and Pittsburgh's Hill District" (2011) Directed by Dr. Linda Kinnahan

Richard Clark, "War and Women in the Early Fiction of F. Scott Fitzgerald," (2009) Directed by Dr. Linda Kinnahan
Julie Kloo, "The Architecture of the Great house in the Contemporary PostColonial Novel" (2009) Directed by Dr. Magali Michael
Jessica Chainer Nowacki, "‘The Blessed of the Earth': Trauma, Transformation, and the Near-Death Experience in Contemporary Ethnic American Women's Novels," (2009) Directed by Dr. Magali Michael

Rita Kondrath, "Performing to Reclaim: War Trauma and Female Non-Combatant Recovery in Sylvia Townsend, Virginia Woolf, and H.D." (2008) Directed by Dr. Laura Callanan
Sean Martin, "H.P. Lovecraft and the Modernist Grotesque" (2008) Directed by Dr. Anne Brannen

Recent Faculty Publications:

Barrett, Faith. "Becoming Animal in Leslie Scalapino's The Tango." "Quo Anima": Innovation and Spirituality in Contemporary Women Poets," edited by Elizabeth Robinson and Jennifer Phelps. Forthcoming from the University of Akron Press.
Digital Humanities Project: Kinnahan, Linda. "Mina Loy: Navigating the Avant-Garde." Multimedia scholarly website, co-authored by Suzanne Churchill (Professor of English, Davidson College); Andrew Rikard (Davidson College class of 2017), Susan Rosenbaum (Assoc. Prof. of English, Univ. of Georgia), Linda Kinnahan (Prof. of English, Duquesne Univ.).
Kinnahan, Linda. "Labor and Poetic Form in Marianne Moore and Lola Ridge." 21st-Century Marianne Moore: Essays from a Critical Renaissance. Eds. Elizabeth Gregory and Stacy Hubbard. Forthcoming, 2018.
Kinnahan, Linda. Mina Loy, Photography, and Contemporary Women Poets. Routledge, March 2017.
Michael, Magali. "Don DeLillo, White Noise." In Handbook of the American Novel of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries, ed. Timo Müller. Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter Press, 2017. 362-374.

Kinnahan, Linda. Editor, A Cambridge History of 20th-Century American Women's Poetry. Cambridge University Press, 2016.
Kinnahan, Linda. "Adrienne Rich's Snapshots of a Daughter-In-Law: The Postwar Photo and Feminist Reframing." Jayne Cortez, Adrienne Rich, and the Feminist Superhero: Voice, Vision, Politics and Performance in U.S. Contemporary Women's Poetry. Ed. Laura Hinton. New York: Rowman and Littlefield (2016): 45-62.
Kinnahan, Linda. "Feminist Poetics: First-Wave Feminism, Theory, and Modernist Women Poets" Literature and the Development of Feminist Theory. Ed. Robin Truth Goodman. London and New York: Cambridge UP (2015): 54-68.
Kinnahan, Linda. "The Category of ‘Woman Poet'." The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century American Women's Poetry. Ed. Linda A. Kinnahan. London and New York: Cambridge University Press (2016): 3-23.

Glass, Kathy. "Remembering Dr. Angelou, 1920-2014." KALFOU: A Journal of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies 2.2 (2015): 379-382.
Mirmotahari, Emad. "‘A Cloud of Semitic Mohammedanism': The African Novel and the Muslim Question in the National Age." Interventions 17.1 (2015): 45-63.
Mirmotahari, Emad. "Harlemite, Detective, African?: The Many Selves of Rudolph Fisher's The Conjure-Man Dies." Callaloo. 36.2 (2013): 268-278.
Mirmotahari, Emad. "From Black Britain to Black Internationalism in Abdulrazak Gurnah's Pilgrims Way." English Studies in Africa. 56.1 (2013): 17-27.

Michael, Magali. Narrative Innovation in 9/11 Fiction. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Brill/Rodopi, 2014.

Kinnahan, Linda. "Economics and Gender in Mina Loy, Lola Ridge, and Marianne Moore." The Oxford Handbook to Modern and Contemporary American Poetry. Ed. Cary Nelson. London and New York: Oxford University Press. (2012): 143-172.
Michael, Magali. "An Anti-War Novel for the 21st Century: Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Rewrites Kurt Vonnegut's SlaughterHouse-Five." In Inhabited by Stories: Critical Essays on Tales Retold, eds. Nancy A. Barta-Smith and Danette DiMarco. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars' Press, December 2012. 14-31.
Mirmotahari, Emad. "Mapping Race: The Discourse of Blackness in Rudolph Fisher's Walls of Jericho." Journal of African-American Studies 16.3 (2012): 574-587.
Mirmotahari, Emad. "Paul Gilroy's Black Atlantic in Africa's Other Diaspora." New Perspectives on the Black Atlantic: Definitions, Readings, Practices, Dialogues. Bern: Peter Lang, 2012.

Kinnahan, Linda. "British Experimentation and Women: Interview with Caroline Bergvall." Contemporary Women's Writing 5.3 (Fall 2011): 1-29.
Kinnahan, Linda. "Postmodernism and the Language of Poetry: Feminism's Experimental ‘work at the language-face'." The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century British and Irish Women's Poetry. Ed. Jane Dowson. Cambridge University Press, 2011: 254-279.
Kinnahan, Linda. "The Internationalized Midwest in the Poetry of John Matthias." The Salt Companion to John Matthias. Ed. Joe Francis Doerr. London: Salt Publishing, 2011: 44-63.
Michael, Magali. "Arabian Nights in America: Hybrid Form and Identity in Diana Abu-Jaber's Crescent." Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 52.3 (2011): 313-331.
Michael, Magali. "Don DeLillo's Falling Man: Countering Post-9/11 Narratives of Heroic Masculinity." In Portraying 9/11: Essays on Representations in Comics, Literature, Film and Theater, eds. Véronique Bragard, Christophe Dony, and Warren Rosenberg. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2011.73-88.
Mirmotahari, Emad. "History as Project and Source in Achebe's Things Fall Apart." Postcolonial Studies 14.4 (December 2011): 373-385.
Mirmotahari, Emad. Islam in the Eastern African Novel. London & New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

Kinnahan, Linda. " ‘An Incremental Shaping': Kathleen Fraser and a Visual Poetics in Discrete Categories Forced Into Coupling." Contemporary Women's Writing 4.1 (March 2010): 1-23.
Michael, Magali. "Narrative Multiplicity and the Construction of a Multi-layered Self in Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin." In Margaret Atwood: The Robber Bride, The Blind Assassin, and Oryx and Crake, ed. Brooks Bouson. New York: Continuum Press, 2010. 88-102.

Kinnahan, Linda. "Lyric, Self, and Subjectivity in Contemporary British and Irish Poetry by Women." A Concise Companion to Post-War British and Irish Poetry. Eds. Charles Blanton and Nigel Alderman. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2009. 176-199.
Michael, Magali. "Writing Fiction in the Post-9/11 World: McEwan's Saturday." In From Solidarity to Schisms: 9/11 and After in Fiction and Film from Outside the U.S. from outside the U.S., ed. Cara Cilano. New York: Rodopi Press, 2009. 25-51.
Mirmotahari, Emad. Amina. Mohammed Umar. Ufahamu 35.1 (2009)
Mirmotahari, Emad. The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears. Dinaw Mengestu. Ufahamu 35.1 (2009)

Recent Student Publications:

Maverick, Christopher. Panelist - Round Table: "'Aliens, Vampires and Spies, Oh My!': Genre in Storytelling" 2017 3 Rivers Screenwriters Conference (3RSC) - Pittsburgh, PA.
Maverick, Christopher. Moderator and Panelist - Round Table: "Comic Book Film Adaptations" 2017 3 Rivers Screenwriters Conference (3RSC) - Pittsburgh, PA.
Maverick, Christopher. Panel: "Comics and Comic Art: Superheroes, Gender, and Violence" 2017 3 Rivers Screenwriters Conference (3RSC) - Pittsburgh, PA.
Maverick, Christopher. Panelist - Round Table: "Comic Strip and Editorial Cartoon Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction" 2017 3 Rivers Screenwriters Conference (3RSC) - Pittsburgh, PA.
Maverick, Christopher. "Disavowal of the Innocent: ‘Sally The Sleuth' and the Survivor Narrative" - U.S. Studies Online - British Association for American Studies -May 2017 - Staffordshire, England
Maverick, Christopher. "I Wear My Underwear on the Outside: Performative Gender, Sexuality and the Costume in Superhero Comics and Movies" - Keynote Lecture. 2017 3 Rivers Screenwriters Conference (3RSC) - Pittsburgh, PA.
Maverick, Christopher. "Oracle of the Invisible: Sexual Assault and Rape in The Killing Joke" 2017 3 Rivers Screenwriters Conference (3RSC) - Pittsburgh, PA.
Maverick, Christopher. "Review of The Superhero Costume: Identity and Disguise in Fact and Fiction by Barbara Brownie and Danny Graydon" - ImageText: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies - Accepted for publication (scheduled: Spring 2017. Vol. 9. No. 1) - University of Florida
Maverick, Christopher. 2017 Toonseum Summer Lecture Series: "Suffrage and Sappho: 75 Years of Wonder Woman." - The Toonseum - Pittsburgh, PA
Maverick, Christopher. Panelist - Round Table: "Wonder Woman at 75: The Amazon Princess in Context" 2017 3 Rivers Screenwriters Conference (3RSC) - Pittsburgh, PA.
Smith, Mike. "Critical Placemaking and Geocriticism: A Conversation" National Humanities Conference. Boston, MA. November 2-5, 2017. Forthcoming.

Fox, Carol. "Hybridity and the Critique of Imperial Narrativization in Alan Moore's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 1," PCA/ACA's annual conference Seattle Washington, March 2016.
Maverick, Christopher. 2015 Wizard World Pittsburgh -Pittsburgh, PA - Panelist - Round Table: "1940: World War II and Comics: The Joker, Robin, The Flash, Captain America, Captain Marvel, and The Spirit!"
Maverick, Christopher. "‘Don't Ya Wanna Rev Up Your Harley?':Feminine Sexual Power as Agency in Superhero Comics and Cosplay" -Panel: "Comics and Comic Art: Violence and Feminism"
2016 Popular Culture Association/American Cultural Association (PCA/ACA) Conference - Seattle, WA
Rush, Josie. "Acting Human: Clones and Humans as Simulacra in Never Let Me Go." Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900. Louisville, Kentucky. February 2016.
Smith, Mike. "Playing on the Tracks: Sanctifying and Profaning along the Transcontinental Rail." Modern Language Association. Austin, TX. January 7-10, 2016.
Young, David. Participant in "Reading Contemporary Fiction: Ali Smith's How to Be Both" (Seminar). Society for Novel Studies Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, May 2016.

Butcher, Ian. "From Straight Man to Invisible Man: The Admin-ification of the Academic Novel," (Panel organizer: "Academic Novels: Beyond the Canon"); Modern Language Association Annual Convention; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 2015.
Butcher, Ian. "Gentrification, Immigration, and the Creation of the Neo-Subject in Dinaw Mengestu's The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears," (Panel organizer: "Capitalist Realist Fictions"); International Conference on Narrative; Chicago, IL 2015.
Maverick, Christopher. 2015 Popular Culture Association/American Cultural Association (PCA/ACA) Conference - New Orleans, LA - "Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Man, I Learned From Professional Wrestling" - Panel: "Theatre & Drama: Professional Wrestling - Spectacle & Performance"
Maverick, Christopher. 2015 Homewood Children's Village Summer Program -Pittsburgh, PA - Guest Lecturer - "Understanding Comics and Graphic Storytelling"
Reznik, Alexandra. "Dissonant Colonization and Harmonious Resistance in Bessie Head's The Question of Power" for South Central Modern Language Association Conference on "Sound and Story: Rhythms of Language" in Nashville, October 2015.
Smith, Mike. Moderator for "Paula Kane: Religious Innovation in Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh Humanities Festival. Pittsburgh, PA. March 26-29, 2015.
Smith, Mike. "The Literary Cartography of City-Text as Revealed through Geographic Information Systems." Modern Language Association. Vancouver, BC. January 8-11, 2015.

Butcher, Ian. "Boredom, Bureaucracy, and Contemporary Life in David Foster Wallace's The Pale King," Northeast Modern Language Association Convention; Susquehanna University, Harrisburg, PA 2014.
Butcher, Ian. "‘Had I been more, I'd be more': Straight Man and the Fall of the Faculty," Duquesne University English Department Colloquia Series; Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA 2014.
Butcher, Ian. "Reading Theory: Academic Novels and the Plot to Abolish the English Department," American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference; New York University, New York City, NY 2014.
Butcher, Ian. "Reading the Theory Wars in the New Academic Novel," (Panel organizer: "Reading the New Academic Novel"); 42nd Annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900; University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 2014.
Butcher, Ian. "The Humanities and the Question of Value in Willa Cather's The Professor's House," Modernist Studies Association Conference; Pittsburgh, PA 2014.
Butcher, Ian. "The Limits of Political Correctness in Perfect Agreement, Blue Angel, and Japanese by Spring," Duquesne University Graduate Student Research Symposium; Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA 2014.
Smith, Mike. "Processes and Possibilities: Geographic Information Systems and Digital Humanities." Modernist Studies Association. Pittsburgh, PA. November 6-9, 2014.

Butcher, Ian. "‘No TV and no beer make Homer go crazy,' or, How The Simpsons Gets The Shining Right," 41st Annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900; University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 2013.
Maverick, Christopher. 2013 Popular Culture Association/American Cultural Association (PCA/ACA) - Washington DC - "Changing Faces: The Evolution of a Professional Wrestling Champion and the Society that Creates Him" - Panel: "Theatre & Drama: Performance in Professional Wrestling"

Butcher, Ian. "‘And this time I might be successful': Compulsion and Ideology in Philip K. Dick's ‘Retreat Syndrome,'" 23rd Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association Annual Conference; Pittsburgh, PA 2012.
Butcher, Ian. "History, Nationalism, Gardening: The Question of Exile in J. M. Coetzee's Life & Times of Michael K," (Seminar co-organizer: "Forms of Exile"); American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference; Brown University, Providence, RI 2012.
Butcher, Ian. "The Pale King of Capitalist Realism" (Panel organizer: "Ethical Fictions, Fictional Ethics: David Foster Wallace and The Pale King"); 40th Annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900; University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 2012.
Butcher, Ian. "‘Why are you making us read this?': African Literature in the Freshman Classroom," African Studies Association Annual Conference; Philadelphia, PA 2012.

Maverick, Christopher. 2011 Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) - Chicago, IL - "Is it Fake? The Art of Storytelling in Professional Wrestling." - Panel: "Staging Violence: Shifting Views of Performance in Professional Wrestling and Sports Entertainment"
Maverick, Christopher. 2011 Comparative Drama Conference (CDC) - Los Angeles, CA - "The Mythology of Pain: An Analysis of the Varying Degree of Perceived Lethality of Professional Wrestling Maneuvers Due to Changes in Audience Suspension of Disbelief Over Time" - Panel: Between the Ropes: "The Theatrical Study of Professional Wrestling"

Maverick, Christopher. 2010 Pittsburgh Small Press Festival (SPF) - Pittsburgh, PA - Panelist - Round table: "So You Want To Write Your Own Comic?" - Panel: "Independent Comic Authors and Publishers"

Maverick, Christopher. 2007 Popular Culture Association/American Cultural Association (PCA/ACA) - Boston, MA. - "My Life as a Professional Wrestler: A Firsthand Critical Analysis of Professional Wrestling as Performance Art" - Panel: "Masculinities"

Guest Speakers:

Christopher Warren, Carnegie Mellon University: "Distant Reading the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography." March 27, 2017.
Suzanne Churchill, Davidson College; Linda Kinnahan, Duquesne University; Susan Rosenbaum, University of Georgia: "DH and Visual Culture: 'Mina Loy, Navigating the Avant-Garde.'" March 27, 2017.
Brian McHale, Ohio State University: "Monumental Language on Verbal Art in Built Space." March 16, 2017.
Mary Ellen O'Connell, University of Notre Dame: "Law, Ethics, and the Technology of War." March 15, 2017.
Dr. Matthew J. Lavin, University of Pittsburgh. "Computational Methods in Authorship Studies: Willa Cather as a Case Study." February 22, 2017.

Bill Deasy, Singer Songer, Novelist, & Screenwriter. The First-Year Writing Program Speaker Series (Guest speaker). April 11, 2016.

Dr. Guarav Desai, Tulane University: "Gandhi as Allegory." October 8, 2015.
Nathan Hensley, Georgetown University: "Sovereignty and Form in Victorian Modernity: Swinburne/Drone Art." April 22, 2015.
Todd Kreidler, Playwright and Duquesne Alum: The First-Year Writing Program Speaker Series (Guest Speaker). March 23, 2015.

Jim Daniels, Poet and Professor at Carnegie Mellon University: The First-Year Writing Program Speaker Series (Public Reading). April 2, 2014.

Maggie Jackson, author of Distracted: Speech to Undergraduate Learning Communities on Distracted. November 7, 2013.
Heather Love, author of Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History & Professor at University of Pennsylvania. November 7, 2013.
Toi Derricotte, Award Winning Poet and Professor at the University of Pittsburgh: The First-Year Writing Program Speaker Series (Reading). April 4, 2013.

Stewart O'Nan, Novelist. The First-Year Writing Program Speaker Series (Reading from Last Night at the Lobster). March 26, 2012.
Desmond Egan, Renowned Irish Poet & Honorary PhD from Washburn University: A Taste of Ireland Event. March 14, 2012.

Sudhir Venkatesh, Author of Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets and Professor at Columbia. September 2, 2011.
Terrance Hayes, Pittsburgh Poet and Professor at Carnegie Mellon University: Reading from Lighthead. April 4, 2011.
Trinh Minh-ha, Artist, Activist, Author, Filmmaker & Professor at the University of California, Berkley: Miles of Strangers." April 1, 2011.
Caroline Bergvall, University of California, Berkley: "Writer and Cross-Disciplinary Filmmaker." February 15, 2011.

Farhad Manjoo, & NPR Technology Commentator, Author of True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society: "Navigating a post-fact world; how to make sense of rumor, innuendo, and faux news in the internet age." November 11, 2010.
Katherine Hayles, Duke University: "How We Read: Close, Hyper, Machine." November 12, 2010.
Linda Hogan, Author of Mean Spirit: Reading of her work. October 12, 2010.

18th-19th Century Literary Studies

Courses, Dissertations, Faculty Publications, Student Publications, & Guest Speakers:

Courses: 2008-2017

Seminar in Early Novels (Howard, SP07)
Gothic Bodies (Engel, SP08)
American Autobiography, Pre-1900 (Engel, SP09)
ENG 561-29: Staging Gender in the Eighteenth-Century Theater (Engel, SP10)
18th Century Scottish Nationalist Literature (Howard, FA10)
The Brontes and Film (Howard, SU10)
19th Century African-American Literature (Glass, FA10, SP17)
Sensation Literature (Engel, SP11)
Victorian Literature (Callanan, SP11)
19th Century British Poetry (Watkins, SP12)
Contemporary American and British Drama (Engel, SP12)
American Literature and the Environment (Tom Kinnahan, SP12)
Engendering the Self: Eighteenth-Century Diaries and Letters (Engel, FA12)
British Romantic Novels (Howard, FA12)
American Literature and Landscape (TKninnahan, FA12)
19th Century American Women's Fiction (Newberry, FA12)
18th Century Diaries and Letters (Howard, FA12)
Early American Lit (Tom Kinnahan, FA12, FA17)
Queer Theory (Engel, FA13)
19th Century African-American Fiction (Glass, SP13)
18th Century Poetry (Watkins, FA13)
Civil War Literature (Barrett, FA13)
18th Century Lit Survey (Howard, SP14)
Victorian Novels, Science, and Critical Perspectives (Gibson, FA14)
Slave Narratives (Glass, FA14)
Drama and Material Culture (Engel, Sp15)
19th Century American Lit (Tom Kinnahan, SP15)
Rise of the Novel (Howard, FA15)
Victorian Literature (Gibson, SP16)
19th Century American Poetry (Barrett, SP16)
The Gothic (Gibson, FA16)
Queens (Engel, SP17)
Ecocriticism and Literature (Tom Kinnahan, Sp17)
Women Writers and the Literary Marketplace (Barrett, SP18)

Dissertations: Recent and Past 10 Years

Matthew Heilman, "The Complete Poems of Anne Bannerman" (in progress) directed by Dr. Sue Howard
Johanna Sullivan, "Pathology and Penetration: Reading Gothic Medicine in the Victorian Era" (in progress) Directed by Dr. Anna Gibson
Sara Tavela, "What a Poor Passive Machine': Women, Psychosomaticism and the Eighteenth-Century Novel" (2017) Directed by Dr. Laura Engel
Lisa Weddell, "Troubling the Water: Unsettling the Ideology of Separate Spheres" (2017) Directed by Dr. Faith Barrett
Bryon Williams, "Black, White, and Green: Nature Writing and African-American Voices, 1820-1860" (2017) Directed by Dr. Tom Kinnahan

Jade Higa, "'A Stranger to the world': Women, Bisexuality and Performance" (2016) Directed by Dr. Laura Engel

Justin Stevenson, "Sin, History, and Liberty: Milton, Anna Laetitia Barbauld and Anne Grant in the Eighteen Hundreds" (2015) Directed by Dr. Susan Howard
Matthew Vickless, "Visionary Nonconformity: Miltonic Resonances and the Poetics of Religious Dissent in the Long Eighteenth Century" (2015) Directed by Dr. Daniel Watkins

Gina Bessetti-Reyes "Women in the American Wilderness: Responses to Landscape and Myth" (2014) Directed by Dr. Tom Kinnahan

Marianne Holohan, "Scenes of Reading: Forgotten Antebellum Readers, Self-representation, and the Transatlantic Reprint Industry" (2013) Directed by Dr. Tom Kinnahan
Melissa Wehler, "Illegitimate Celebrity" (2013) Directed by Dr. Laura Engel
Madhu Ray Choudhury, "Taming a Monstrous Genre: Vexed Author-Figures and Their Lethal Texts: 1719-1824" (2013) Directed by Dr. Susan Howard

Sharon George, "The Pursuit of Divinity: Religious Faith and Fear in late Victorian Women's Poetry" (2012) Directed by Dr. Daniel Watkins

Amy Criniti Phillips, "Private Reader, Public Redactor: Narrative Strategies of the Nineteenth-Century Female Revisionist" (2011) Directed by Dr. Laura Callanan

Jessica Jost-Costanzo, "The Editor, The Preface, and the Eighteenth-century Edition: A Critical Bibliographic Study" (2009) Directed by Dr. Susan Howard
Rosemary Scanlon McTier, "An Insect View of Its Plain: Nature, Perception, and Insects in Thoreau, Dickinson, and Muir" Directed by Dr. Frederick Newberry

Heather Shippen Cianciola, "A Poetics of the Soul: Victorian Devotional Poetry in Elizabeth Barrett Browning; Alfred, Lord Tennyson; and Christina Rossetti" (2008) 

Recent Faculty Publications:

Engel, Laura
. The Archival Tourist: Women, Performance, and the Material of Memory 1780-1915 (under contract with Palgrave Macmillan)
Engel, Laura. "Afterward" Public Interiors: Intimacy and Celebrity in Eighteenth-Century Literary Culture. Victoria Joule and Emrys Jones eds. (under contract with Palgrave Macmillan).
Engel, Laura. "Eighteenth Century Actresses and Material Culture" The Palgrave Handbook of the History of Women on Stage. Jan Sewell and Clare Smout eds. (Under contract with Palgrave Macmillan).
Engel, Laura. " Magazine Miniatures: Portraits of Actresses, Princesses, and Queens in Late Eighteenth-Century Periodicals" Women's Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain 1660-1840. Jennie Batchelor and Manushang Powell eds. (forthcoming from Edinburgh University Press, Spring 2018).
Gibson, Anna. "Charlotte Brontë's First Person." Narrative 25.2 (Forthcoming, 33ms. pages, May 2017)
Howard, Susan. "The Curious Case of Charlotte Lennox: Conducting a Professional Literary Life in EighteenthCentury Britain Outside the Bluestocking Circle." Forthcoming, The Age of Johnson.
Howard, Susan. "Parading the Royal Brand: Terracing as Political Tool and Social Spectacle in the Reign of George III and the Court Diaries of Frances Burney." Forthcoming, Dix Huitième Siècle, Special Issue, #49 (2017).
Kinnahan, Thomas. "Troubled Vistas: Looking Westward Through the Eyes of the Nation, 1870-1879" Journal of American Studies: Journal of the British Association for American Studies. Forthcoming.
Mirmotahari, Emad. "Lafcadio Hearn's Chita and the Spanish-speaking Americas." Studies in the Novel (forthcoming)

Barrett, Faith. "'Naked Genius': The Civil War Poems of George Moses Horton." The Literary Cultures of the American Civil War. Ed. Timothy Sweet. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2016. 77-96.
Barrett, Faith. Constituting Communities: Reading the Civil War in Poetry and Song." Approaches to Teaching the Civil War. Ed. Colleen Boggs. New York: Modern Language Association, 2016.71-80.
Engel, Laura. Fashioning Celebrity: Eighteenth-Century British Actresses and Strategies for Image Making (Ohio State University Press, 2011, Paperback, 2016).
Engel, Laura. Co-editor with Elaine McGirr, Stage Mothers: Women, Work and the Theater 1660-1830 (Bucknell University Press, 2014, Paperback, 2016)
Engel, Laura. "Stage Beauties: Eighteenth-Century Actresses and Celebrity Culture," Literature Compass, Volume 13, Issue 12, December, 2016, 749-761.
Kinnahan, Thomas. "A History of Violence: Narrating ‘The Destruction of the Pequods' in Timothy Dwight's Greenfield Hill (1794)"Literature of the Early American Republic. 7, (2016): 63-84.

Barrett, Faith. "Imitation and Resistance in Civil War Poetry and Song." A History of American Civil War Literature. Ed. Coleman Hutchison. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 96-118.
Engel, Laura. "Representations of Women in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama" The Encyclopedia of British Literature 1660-1789 Jack Lynch and Gary Day eds.(Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2015).
Engel, Laura. Review of Fashion Victims: Dress at the Court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette by Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell (Yale University Press, 2015) in Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature. Volume 34, No. 2, Fall 2015, 430-432.
Engel, Laura. Review of Matters of Fact in Jane Austen: History, Location, and Celebrity, by Janine Barchas (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012) in 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era, November 2015.
Gibson, Anna. "Our Mutual Friend and Network Form." Novel: A Forum on Fiction 48.1 (2015): 63-84.

Barrett, Faith. "American Poetry Fights the Civil War." Eds. Alfred Bendixen and Stephen Burt. Cambridge History of American Poetry. London: Cambridge University Press, 2014. 306-328.
Engel, Laura. Austen, Actresses, and Accessories: Much Ado About Muffs (Palgrave Pivot Series, 2014).
Engel, Laura. "Close Encounters: Frances Burney, Actresses, and Models for Female Celebrity" in The Burney Journal, Volume XII, 2014, 7-27.
Engel, Laura. Review of Women, Work, and Clothes in the Eighteenth-Century Novel by Chloe Wigston Smith (Cambridge UP, 2013) in Women's Writing, Volume 21, Issue 2 May 2014.
Engel, Laura. "Mommy Diva: The Divided Loyalties of Sarah Siddons" in Stage Mothers: Women, Work and the Theater, 1660-1830. Laura Engel and Elaine McGirr eds.(Lewisberg: Bucknell University Press, 2014) 217-232.
Engel, Laura. "The Secret Life of Archives: Sally Siddons, Sir Thomas Lawrence and the Material of Memory," ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts 1660-1850, Vol. 4: Iss. 1, Article 2, 2014.
Howard, Susan. "‘Living Proof': Frances Burney's Court Journals and Letters, Volumes 1 & 2." Review Essay. Eighteenth-Century Life 38.1 (Winter 2014): 115-20.

Barrett, Faith. "Emily Dickinson, Slavery, and the Civil War." Emily Dickinson in Context. Eliza Richards, ed. London: Cambridge University Press, 2013. 206-215.
Engel, Laura. Review of Bettymania and the Birth of Celebrity Culture, by Jeffrey Kahan(Lehigh University Press, 2010) 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, And Inquiries in the Early Modern Era, Volume 19, 2013.
Engel, Laura. Review of Sarah Siddons Audio Files: Romanticism and the Lost Voice, by Judith Pascoe (University of Michigan Press, 2011) in Women's Writing, Volume 20, Issue 2, May 2013, 283-285.
Gibson, Anna. "Passenger Networks." Review of Charles Dickens's Networks: Public Transport and the Novel by Jonathan H. Grossman. Novel: A Forum on Fiction 46:3 (fall 2013): 478-482.

Barrett, Faith. "To Fight Aloud Is Very Brave": American Poetry and the Civil War. University of Massachusetts Press, 2012.
Barrett, Faith. "Abraham Lincoln and Poetry." Cambridge Companion to Abraham Lincoln. Shirley Samuels, ed. London: Cambridge University Press, 2012. 22-39.
Barrett, Faith. "'Drums off the Phantom Battlements': Dickinson's War Poems in Discursive Context." Emily Dickinson Companion. Mary Loeffelholz and Martha Nell Smith, eds. Oxford: Blackwell, 2008. 107-132.

Engel, Laura. Review of Rival Queens: Actresses, Performance, and The Eighteenth-Century British Theatre, by Felicity Nussbaum (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010) in Women's Writing Vol. 18, No. 4 November 2011, pp. 568-571

Glass, Kathy. "Calling all Sisters: Continental Philosophy and Black Feminist Theory." In Convergences: Black Women and Continental Philosophy, edited by Maria Lupe Davidson, Kathryn Gines, and Donna-Dale Marcano. (SUNY, 2010).

Engel, Laura. "The Muff Affair: Fashioning Celebrity in the Portraits of Late Eighteenth-Century Actresses" in Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture. Volume 13, Issue 3, September, 2009, 278-298.
Engel, Laura. Editor, The Public's Open to Us All: Essays on Women and Performance in Eighteenth-Century England. (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009).
Glass Kathy. "Love Matters: bell hooks on Political Resistance and Change." In Critical Perspectives on bell hooks, edited by George Yancy and Maria Del Guadalupe Davidson. (Routledge,2009).
Howard, Susan. "In the Public Eye: The Structuring of Spectacle in Frances Burney's Evelina." In "The Public's Open to Us All": Essays on Women and Performance in Eighteenth-Century England. Ed. Laura Engel. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009.

Engel, Laura. "Notorious Celebrity: Mary Wells, Madness and Theatricality" in Eighteenth-Century Women, Volume V, 2008 181-205. Reprint in The English Malady: Enabling and Disabling Fictions, Glen Colburn ed. (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008) 305-325.
Engel, Laura. "'The Personating of Queens': Lady Macbeth, Sarah Siddons, and the Creation of Female Celebrity in the Late Eighteenth Century" in Macbeth: New Critical Studies, Nicholas Moschovakis ed. (New York: Routledge Press, 2008) 240-249.
Kinnahan, Thomas. "Charting Progress: Narratives of Western Expansion in F.A. Walker's Statistical Atlas of the United States." American Quarterly: Journal of the American Studies Association 60 (2008): 399-423.

Recent Student Presentations:

Anzalone, Marla. Forthcoming in November: "Returning, resuming, I thread my way through the hospitals:" Recursive Memory in Walt Whitman's "The Wound-Dresser." Midwest Modern Language Association-Civil War Studies Caucus, 2017. Cincinnati, OH.

Anzalone, Marla. "The Embattled Pastoral: The Civil War and the Redefined American Landscape in Gardner's Photographic Sketchbook." INCS: Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies, 2016. Asheville, NC.

Anzalone, Marla. "Civil War Nurse as Civil War Nurse as Information Intermediary: The Transfer of Knowledge in Louisa May Alcott's Hospital Sketches and Maria M.C. Hall's Letter Correspondence." INCS: Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies, 2015. Atlanta, GA
Anzalone, Marla. "Informational Access Embodied: Louisa May Alcott and the Civil War Nurse as Information Intermediary between Home and War Fronts." Duquesne University English Graduate Organization Conference, 2015. Pittsburgh, PA

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

Anzalone, Marla. "New Age Women Pioneers: Alexandra Bergson, Marie Shabata, and Female Companionship and Sexuality in Cather's O Pioneers!" Fourth Annual Revise The World: Carson Academic Conference, 2013. Pittsburgh, PA.

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

Guest Speakers: Recent and Past 10 Years

Christopher Warren, Carnegie Mellon University: "Distant Reading the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography." March 27, 2017.

Jean Lutes, Villanova University. American Women Writer's Study Group/Symposium. April 1, 2016.

Nathan Hensley, Georgetown University. "Sovereignty and Form in Victorian Modernity: Swinburne/Drone Art." April 22, 2015.

Dr. Jennie Batchelor, University of Kent-Canterbury. "Gaining a 'Footing in the Inclosure': The Lady's Magazine and Women's Literary Histories." September 21, 2011.

Pre-1700 Literary Studies

Courses, Dissertations, Recent Publications, & Guest Speakers:

Courses: 2008-2017

Milton and 17th Century Religious and Devotional Poetry (St. Hilaire, FA10)
Medieval Women Writers (Brannen, SP11)
Medieval Literature (Brannen, FA11)
Shakespeare and Gender (Kurland, FA11)
Spenser (St. Hilaire, SP12, SP17)
Chaucer (Brannen, FA12; Wright, SP15)
Faith in Renaissance Literature (St. Hilaire, SP13)
Medieval Drama (Brannen, FA13; Adams, FA16)
The Pre-Modern Condition (Adams, SP14)
Shakespeare and Ethics (St. Hilaire, FA14, FA17)
Drama and Material Culture (Engel, Sp15)
Medieval Comedy (Adams, FA15)
Renaissance Drama (Kurland, SP16)
Pilgrimage Narratives (Wright, SP18)

Dissertations: Recent and Past 10 Years

Steven Geitgey, "So that those who hear or read might strive to imitate": Rhetorical Strategies and Mimesis in Richard Rolle and Julian of Norwich" (2017) Directed by Dr. Sarah Wright

Jeff Stoyanoff, "Bringing Frames into Focus: Reading Middle English Literature" (2015) Directed by Dr. Danielle St. Hilaire

Rebecca Cepek, "Stages of Belief: The Nature of Audience Response in Medieval and Early Modern Drama" (2014) Directed by Dr. Anne Brannen

Claire Barbetti, "Ekphrastic Medieval Visions: A New Discussion in Ekphrasis and Interarts Theory" (2010) Directed by Dr. Anne Brannen
Janine Bayer, "Nicomachean and Neo-Aristotelian Ethics and Shakespeare's Tragedies" (2010) Directed by Dr. Anne Brannen

Patricia Callahan, "The Reader of Milton's Higher Argument in Paradise Lost" (2009) Directed by Albert Labriola

Shayne Confer, "'Falling to a devilish exercise': Magic and Spectacle on the Renaissance Stage" (2008) Directed by Dr. Bernard Baranek
William Racicot, "'If We Shadows Have Offended': Reflections of Social Attitudes Towards Reform in Late Medieval and Reformation Dream Visions" (2008) Directed by Dr. Anne Brannen
John Zedolik, "The Transcendent Comedy of the Canterbury Tales: Harmony in 'Quying', Harmony in Fragmentation" (2008) Directed by Dr. Anne Brannen

Recent Faculty Publicatons:

St. Hilaire, Danielle. "The Grammar of Salvation and the Poetics of Possibility in Donne's Holy Sonnets," Studies in Philology, 114.3 (2017): 591-608.
Wright, Sarah. "Building Bridges to Canterbury." The Passenger: Medieval Texts and Transits. Ed. James Smith. Brooklyn, NY: Punctum Books, 2017.

St. Hilaire, Danielle. "Pity and the Failures of Justice in Shakespeare's King Lear," Modern Philology 113.2 (2016): 482-506.
St. Hilaire, Danielle. "Reason, Love, and Regeneration in Paradise Lost, Book 10," ‘With Wandering Steps': Generative Irresolution in Milton, eds. Mimi Fenton and Louis Schwartz (Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2016), 191-234.
Wright, Sarah. "The Soil's Holy Bodies: The Art of Chorography in William of Malmesbury's Gesta Pontificum Anglorum." Studies in Philology 111.4 (2014), 652-79.
St. Hilaire, Danielle. Satan's Poetry: Fallenness and Poetic Tradition in "Paradise Lost." Pittsburgh: Duquesne UP, 2012.

Wright, Sarah. "Cognitive Discoveries and Constructed Mindscapes: Reading the Grail Castle as a Mnemonic Device." Modern Language Review 106.4 (2011), 1034-53.
Wright, Sarah. "Mapping Identity in the South English Legendary." Re-thinking the South English Legendaries. Eds. Jocelyn Wogan-Browne and Heather Blurton. Manchester: Manchester UP, 2011. 329-46.

St. Hilaire, Danielle. "Allusion and Sacrifice in Titus Andronicus," SEL 49.2 (Spring 2009): 311-331.

St. Hilaire, Danielle. "The Satanic Question and the Poetics of Creation," in John Milton: "Reasoning Words." Ed. Kristin A. Pruitt and Charles W. Durham (Selinsgrove, PA: Susquehanna University Press, 2008), 88-114.

Guest Speakers: Recent and Past 10 Years

Dr. Ruth Evans, St. Louis University. "Knots of Memory and the Logic of Sexuation in Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde." October 1, 2015.

Peter Holland, Notre Dame. "Shakespeare, Theatre Companies, and the Internet." March 11, 2010.