Department News

Department News

Summer/Fall 2014

Pam Clements's solicited article, "Authenticity," has been published in Medievalism: Key Critical Terms, ed. Elizabeth Emery and Richard Utz (Boydell and Brewer, Medievalism Series 2014:19-26.  Her poem "Going South," appeared in Up the River 2, Summer, 2014. She taught a workshop in Memoir writing at the Pyramid Lake Women's Writers' Retreat in July, and attended the Iota workshop on short prose at Campobello, Maine, in August of 2014.

Jerry Dollar will be giving a paper entitled "Where the Frontier Meets the Sea: The Island West in Muir, London, and Nelson" at the annual conference of the Western Literature Association (Victoria, BC).  Over the summer, Jerry continued to work on environmental literature of the Far North, especially Muir's "Travels in Alaska" and London's short stories.

In May, Dr. Christiane Farnan delivered the paper “Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Narrative Struggles” at the 25th Annual American Literature Association Conference in Washington D.C.  While in D.C., Chris attended a Library of Congress Workshop: “Analyzing Primary Sources: Maps” and used the workshop experience to shape her upcoming Spring 2015 Honors Seminar: ENGL-490 Maps in Literature. Chris is participating in a pedagogy roundtable titled “Mapping Back” at the 2015 Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies conference in Atlanta on April 16-19.

Mary Fitzgerald-Hoyt presented a paper, “Andrea Barrett’s Famine Fiction: Commemorative and Cautionary Tales,” at the Ulster-American Symposium, an international conference held at Quinnipiac University in June.  An essay, “Torching the Thatched Cottage: Claire Keegan’s New Rural Irish Fiction,” will be included in The Irish Short Story: Traditions and Trends, ed. by Elke D’Hoker, scheduled for publication by Peter Lang this year.  She is currently working on an essay on fiction writer Mary Costello for a special issue of The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies dedicated to the Irish short story.  She will be teaching a new honors seminar, “The Family in Literature,” in the Spring 2015 semester.

Erich Hertz received a couple of grants to study Joseph Conrad's paper at the British Library in London this past summer. Oxford University Press has expressed interest in the article that has come out of the research.  In November he will be participating in a seminar at the Modernist Studies Association on "New Approaches to Adorno." His edited collection entitled Write in Tune: Contemporary Music and Fiction was a published in June.  Available on

Karin Lin-Greenberg’s story collection, Faulty Predictions, was published by the University of Georgia Press in September. She published a short story, “Miller Duskman’s Mistakes,” in the Summer Fiction issue of The Antioch Review and another short story, “In the Orchard,” online at Five Chapters (available here). She has presented readings from her collection at Siena College and at the William K. Sanford Library in Colonie, and she will also be reading at the KGB Bar’s Sunday Reading Series on November 23rd in New York City. On October 30th, she will read at the College of Wooster in Ohio and on October 31st she will visit writing and literature classes at Wooster to discuss her work. She has been awarded a residency at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire and will spend winter break working on a second collection of short stories there. At Siena, she was awarded an Information Literacy Grant from the library for the creation and teaching of a new course, Advanced Fiction: Research, and a COTFD research fellowship to write and submit new creative work. "Bread," a story from Faulty Predictions, was reprinted in the Storyville App as the story of the week.  Read it here!

Dr. Lisa Nevárez' article on vampire children and their mothers, in which she discusses novels by Stephen King and John Avjide Lindqvist, has been accepted by the peer-reviewed Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. Also, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of the film Interview With the Vampire, Warner Bros. released a Blu-ray of the film on October 1. Accompanying the film is a documentary, "Lestat, Louis, and the Vampire Phenomenon." Dr. Nevárez is among the vampire scholars interviewed for and appearing in the documentary. Finally, her essay on Latina vampires in graphic novels will appear in a collection on vampires and race, edited by Dr. U. Melissa Anyiwo; Sense Publishers expects a late 2014/early 2015 publication date. Finally, check out this link to her edited collection of essays, The Vampire Goes to College: Essays on Teaching with the Undead!

Dr. Christi Spain-Savage published an essay, "Reimagining Gillian: The Merry Wives of Windsor and the lost Friar Fox and Gillian of Brentford," in Lost Plays in Shakespeare's England, edited by David McInnis and Matthew Steggle (Palgrave, October 2014). Dr. Spain-Savage presented a paper entitled "'A Choice Pair of Noble-mens Oares': The Bankside Players and Thames Watermen" at the Annual Conference of the Shakespeare Association of America in St. Louis in April, 2014.

In the fall of 2014, Dr. Charles Trainor delivered a paper entitled "Fielding's Musical Aesthetic" at the annual convention of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association in Riverside, CA.

In May 2014, Dr. Keith Wilhite presented a paper entitled "The End of Private Property: Fallen Land and the Perils of Home Ownership" at the American Literature Association Convention in Washington, D.C.

Department Chair

Erich Hertz

Erich Hertz

Associate Professor of English

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