Dr. Stacey Dearing is the summer 2019 Erikson Scholar in Residence at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA. During her residency, she will be researching how mental health issues are portrayed in early American texts as part of her book project, Providential Narratives and Remarkable Bodies: Illness and Disability in early America, 1650-1776. Dr. Dearing continues to serve as the Twitter administrator for the Society of Early Americanists (@TheRealSEA) and runs the SEA Scholar & Junior Scholar of the Month programs.
Karin Lin-Greenberg’s story “Unboxing” was published in Memorious. Another story, “So Much Trouble,” won CRAFT Literary’s Craft Element’s Contest and was published in January, along with an author’s note about the story. “Miller Duskman’s Mistakes,” a story from Karin’s collection Faulty Predictions, will be reprinted in an anthology of stories from Flannery O’Connor Award-winning collections.
Erich Hertz was invited to participate in a conference called Popular Music and the Self in Contemporary Fiction that will be held at the end of May in Vienna, Austria. His current essay, “The World Needs a lot of Watching: The Perverse Duplicity of Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt” is part of a proposal for a book-length project on Hitchcock.
Dr. Chingyen Mayer has been working on an article on the theme of transnational identities in Shirley Lim's poetry. She will be giving a presentation at Hunan University of Commerce, China on May 10th. The title of her presentation is Through the Arc of Shirley Lim's poems.
Dr. Lisa Nevarez, co-chair of the Vampire Studies area at the Popular Culture Association, is happy to report that Vampire Studies is flourishing. At the annual PCA conference, this year held in April in Washington, DC, she led a discussion on the film The Lost Boys and with her co-chair oversaw a range of lively papers, culminating in a screening of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its musical episode “Once More, with Feeling.” She is looking forward to next year's conference, to be held in Philadelphia, where she hopes to see Bram Stoker's Dracula notes, held in the Rosenbach Museum and Library. In addition, Dr. Nevarez has an article appearing in the peer-reviewed journal Gothic Studies (21.1, 2019), titled “Playgrounds in the Zombie Apocalypse: The Feral Child.” She continues to work on essays on Marta Acosta's Casa Dracula series and Justin Cronin's The Passage trilogy. In the Fall, she is looking forward to offering the classes Latino/a Literature and The Horror Novel. She is also happy to report that her Spring 2019 class, MULT 200: Race and Identities which is co-taught with Christa Grant (Director of the Damietta Center), saw a group of highly engaged students working towards diversity initiatives at Siena.
Dr Todd Snyder recently signed a contract to become the authorized biographer of Drew “Bundini” Brown, Muhammad Ali’s outspoken trainer, famous for coining the phrase “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” The book will take a look at Brown’s impact on Ali’s boxing career and their collective influence on the formation of hip hop culture. Dr Snyder is currently working with members of the Ali and Brown families, along with boxing legends such as George Foreman and Larry Holmes.
Dr. Christi Spain-Savage was awarded a DAC Curriculum Diversification Fellowship to design an Advanced Topics in English course, Performing Race in Renaissance Literature, which will explore race and ethnicity in sixteenth and seventeenth-century plays, poems, masques, historical documents, and travel narratives. She will develop the course over the summer and offer it in the fall of 2019. In April, she attended the Annual Meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America in Washington, D.C., where she co-led a seminar, “London Incorporated: Theater and Institutional Life.”
Dr. Keith Wilhite was awarded a COTFD Research Fellowship and a Fiore Excellence in English Fellowship to support his work on “Private Eyes: Mapping the Megalopolis in Pynchon’s California.” He will present the essay on a panel dedicated to “Pynchon’s Sensory Cartographies” at the International Pynchon Week Conference in Rome, Italy (June 2019).