Dr. Christi Spain-Savage presented her paper, "Gendering the Shop: Intersections of Gender, Class, and Geography in The Fair Maid of the Exchange and The French Garden," for the "Class and Identity in Shakespeare" seminar at the virtual Annual Meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America in April, 2021. As a result of her participation in this seminar, she was invited to contribute an expanded version of this paper to an essay collection on "Class Intersectionalities". She also presented excerpts from chapter three of her book-in-progress, Hucksters, Hags, and Bawds: Gendering Place in Early Modern London, at the Winter 2021 English Department Colloquium in February, 2021.
During the Spring 2021 semester, Dr. Todd Snyder continued to promote Bundini: Don’t Believe the Hype, his 2020 biography of Drew Bundini Brown, the enigmatic trainer to boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Since the book’s release, Dr. Snyder has appeared on numerous radio broadcasts, sports podcasts, and television programs, such as Showtime’s popular series Al Bernstein Unplugged. Dr. Snyder’s book was excerpted in Sports Illustrated, Lit Hub, and Ring Magazine, while also receiving rave reviews in The Irish Times and The Wall Street Journal. A short film,based off of Dr. Snyder’s work, is currently showing at film festivals around the country. Dr. Snyder’s upcoming book BeatBoxing: How Hip-Hop Changed the Fight Gamewill be published on November 3, 2021.
Dr. Lisa Nevarez continues as co-chair of the Vampire Studies area at the Popular Culture Association. She is currently working on two projects. One is a pedagogical essay on teaching Stoker's Dracula and the other is on vampires and libraries that includes analyses of Kostova's The Historian and Sanvoisin's The Ink Drinker/Le Buveur d'Encre. In the Fall she is looking forward to offering an Honors seminar on The Vampire.
Professor Karin Lin-Greenberg's novel, You Are Here, will be published by Counterpoint in 2023. Here is a link to the announcement of the book sale. Her story "Housekeeping," which was originally published in The Southern Review, has won a Pushcart Prize and will be included in Pushchart Prize XLVI: Best of the Small Presses (2022 edition). Her flash story "Autobiography" will be published in Wigleaf in the fall of 2021.
This spring, Dr. Shannon Draucker co-edited a special issue of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies titled “'Teaching to Transgress’ in the Emergency Remote Classroom,” which explores pedagogical responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with Dr. Kimberly Cox (Chadron State College) and Dr. Doreen Thierauf (North Carolina Wesleyan College), Dr. Draucker co-wrote the introduction to the special issue. Dr. Draucker also wrote an article titled “Google Jamboard and Playful Pedagogy in the Emergency Remote Classroom;” she is very grateful to her students in ENGL 256: HNRS: The Novel and ENGL 210: Women in Literature for their permission to use their “jams” in the article! In January 2021, Dr. Draucker gave a talk at the Durham University (UK) Literature and Medical Humanities Seminar about her book project, Sounding Bodies: Music Physiology and Queer Politics in Victorian Literature. In addition, in Spring 2021, Dr. Draucker, Dr. Belflower, and Dr. Dearing co-wrote a departmental diversity grant to bring four speakers to Siena to discuss antiracist, feminist, and accessible pedagogical strategies. They will be sharing their work at the Engage for Change conference in June 2021.
Dr. Stacey Dearing's article, "Remembering Dorothy May Bradford's Death and Reframing 'Depression' in Colonial New England" was published in Early American Literature in February 2021. She also presented papers at both the 52nd Northeastern Modern Language Association (NeMLA) and Society of Early Americanists' (SEA) conferences in March 2021. In June 2021 she will be co-presenting on inclusive pedagogy with Dr. Belflower and Dr. Draucker at Siena College's annual "Engage for Change" conference.
Dr. James Belflower published excerpts from his collaborative visual poem “The Rescue of Hist,” in Pulp Mouth, The New Delta Review, and has excerpts forthcoming in Word for Word, and Diagram. He will be chairing a panel titled, “Tempi All Exempt Except Tempest”: Ronald Johnson’s Restless Ecologies” on the midcentury visionary poet Ronald Johnson at the American Literature Association Conference in June 2020. Along with Dr. Stacey Dearing and Dr. Shannon Draucker, he was awarded a diversity grant to host “Diversity in Pedagogy,” a speaker series focused on implementing practical strategies for antiracist teaching. This series will be the basis for a panel presentation with Dr. Dearing and Dr. Draucker at the “Engage For Change” conference in June. In Fall 2020 he produced In Form, a radio show that explores the diversity of poetic forms, with segments coproduced by students from his course “ENGL 259 Linguistic Architecture | The Histories of Poetic Forms.” He received a grant from CURCA in Spring 2021 for the show, and the first episodes of In Form were broadcast on WVCR 88.3 “The Saint” during the Spring 2021 semester. New episodes created in the Spring will be broadcast in Fall 2021. Dr. Belflower also designed and taught a Pandemic version of ENGL 253 Short Story for Spring 2021 in which students explored literature written during pandemics from the 1918 flu to Covid-19.