Fall 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. She is also working on a larger pedagogical project on teaching horror fiction.

Dr. Shannon Draucker’s article, “Music Physiology, Erotic Encounters, and Queer Reading Practices” was published this fall in Victorian Literature and Culture (link here).  She also wrote two public-facing pieces for the LA Review of Books blog—one on Netflix’s “The Chair” and the other on classical music and COVID-19.  

This fall, Dr. Catherine Engh's article "Wordsworth, Ecocriticism, and Natural Education" was accepted for publication in European Romantic Review. The essay is forthcoming in 2022. In spring, she is looking forward to teaching ENGL 220, Literature and the Environment. In this class, students will track shifting attitudes about the nature of nature in literature and film from the nineteenth century to today. Course units will be organized by key concepts such as wilderness and the pastoral, pollution and globalization. 

Professor Karin Lin-Greenberg's second story collection, Vanished, was chosen from more than 1,200 submissions to win the Prairie Schooner Raz-Shumaker Book Prize in Fiction and will be published by the University of Nebraska Press in September 2022. Here is a link to the announcement. Her story "Housekeeping" won a Pushcart Prize and was published in Pushcart Prize XLVI in December and was also named a Distinguished Story of 2020 in Best American Short Stories 2021. Her story "Autobiography" was published in Wigleaf and can be read here. Her story "Still Life" is forthcoming from Virginia Quarterly Review (University of Virginia), and her graphic narratives "When We Were Detectives" and "Equilibrium" are forthcoming from Redivider (Emerson College) and Shenandoah (Washington and Lee University).

Dr. Christi Spain-Savage is currently working on two projects. One is an essay, "Women's Shop Labor in the Royal Exchange," for a collection on class intersectionalities in early modern literature, and the other is a chapter on cunning women, reputation, and neighborhood for her book-in-progress, Hucksters, Hags, and Bawds: Gendering Place in Early Modern London. She is excited to teach Revenge Tragedy, a new Honors seminar in the spring of 2022.

Dr. Stacey Dearing presented her paper "Dorothy May Bradford's Death and Reconceiving Realness" at the 2021 Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference in November. Her related piece, "More Authentic but Less Real: The Mayflower and the Challenges of Early American Film and TV Adaptations," has been accepted for publication in an edited collection titled Scripting the Past in the Present: Early America and Contemporary Culture.  

Spring 2021

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 IllustratedLit 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 MouthThe New Delta Review, and has excerpts forthcoming in Word for Wordand 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.