Selected Research and Scholarship from Members of the English Department

Professor Julie Nelson Christoph

Professor Christoph is writing a book titled Arguing with One's Life: Strategies of Placement in Narrative and Academic Writing, which explores how authors use references to their personal experiences in writing narrative, undergraduate essays, and scholarly writing.

"Each One Teach One: The Legacy of Evangelism in Adult Literacy Education." Forthcoming in Written Communication, January 2009.

"Three Models of Mentorship: Feminist Leadership and the Graduate Student WPA." With Rebecca Schoenike Nowacek, Mary Lou Odom, and Bonnie Smith. Feminism and Administration in Rhetoric and Composition Studies. Eds. Krista Ratcliffe and Rebecca Rickley. Forthcoming Hampton Press, 2008.

"Reconceiving Ethos in Relation to the Personal: Strategies of Placement in Pioneer Women's Writing," College English 64 (2002): 660-79.

"Taking Risks, Negotiating Relationships: One Teacher's Transition toward a Dialogic Classroom." With Martin Nystrand. Research in the Teaching of English 36 (2001): 249-86.

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Professor Michael Curley

Geoffrey of Monmouth. New York: Twayne, 1994.

"The Miracles of Saint David: A New Text and its Context," Traditio.

Jean Blacker. Anglo-Norman Verse Prophecies of Merlin Speculum.

Jeanette Beer, Beasts of Love: Richard de Fournival's "Bestiaire d'amour" and a Woman's Response. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003. Reviewed in Romance Philology.

Conference Papers
"Politics and the Miracles of Saint David," Medieval Association of the Pacific, 2006 Salt Lake City, 2006.

Referee for an Article Submitted to Speculum Espurgatoire Seint Patriz.

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Professor Denise Despres

Ghostly sights : Visual Meditation in Late-Medieval literature. Norman, Oklahoma: Pilgrim Books, 1989.

Iconography and the Professional Reader: The Politics of Book Production in the Douce. Written with Kathryn Kerby-Fulton. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1999.

Conference Papers
"Oblates and Jews: St. William and The Boys," Medieval Children 1200-1500, International Conference Canterbury Centre for Medieval and Tudor Studies, University of Kent, June 17, 2006.

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Professor George Erving

Professor Erving is writing a book entitled Coleridge and the Culture of Dissent, which reassesses the work of the eminent British Romantic poet, philosopher, and literary critic, Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) in light of his early political radicalism and religious heterodoxy during the tumultuous decade of the 1790s.

"British Romantic Period Theatre and the French Revolution." Blackwell Encyclopedia of Romanticism (ed. Frederick Burwick), (London: Blackwell) 2010.

"Coleridge as Playwright." A Handbook of Coleridge Studies (ed. Frederick Burwick) The Oxford Handbooks of Literature (Oxford: Oxford University Press) 2009.

"The Politics of Matter: Newtonian Science and Priestleyan Metaphysics in Coleridge's 'Preternatural Agency.'" European Romantic Review, Volume 19.2, April 2008.

"Mimetic Desire and the Problem of Subjectivity: Rene Girard and the Legacy of Alexandre Kojeve." Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture, Volume 10, Fall 2003.

"The Breakdown of Moral Order in Coleridge's Osorio." The Coleridge Bulletin, New Series 16 (NS), Winter 2001.

Conference Paper
"Mimetic Desire, Envy, and Violent Rivalry in Blake's The Four Zoas." North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) Annual Conference, University of Toronto, August 2008.

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Professor Lydia Fisher

Lydia Fisher is currently working on a book project entitled Domesticating the Nation: Science and Home Culture in Nineteenth-Century America, which examines the convergence of science and ideas about the home in United States literature and culture.

"Growing Wild: Dred's Critique of Cultivation." Under review.

"The Savage in the House." Arizona Quarterly 64.1 (Winter 2008): 49-75.

Conference Papers
"Thomas Jefferson and Catherine Beecher: National Bodies, American Environments, and Cultivating Science," Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Biennial Conference, Spartanburg, SC, June 2007.

"Darwin's Predecessors in America: Hereditarian Science and Antebellum Domestic Literature," American Literature Association Annual Conference, Boston, MA, May 2007.

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Professor Peter Greenfield

Records of Early English Drama: Gloucestershire. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1986.

Monks, Minstrels and Players: Drama in Hampshire before 1642. Co-authored with Jane Cowling. Illustrated monograph published in the Hampshire Papers series by the Hampshire Record Office (forthcoming, 2008).

"Drama Outside London 1540-1642," in The Cambridge History of British Theatre, vol. 1, eds. Peter Thomson and Jane Milling (Cambridge University Press, 2004), 178-199.

"Regional Performance in Shakespeare's Time," in Region, Religion and Patronage: Lancastrian Shakespeare, eds. Richard Dutton, Alison Findlay and Richard Wilson (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2003) 243-251.

"'The actors are come hither': Travelling Companies," in The Blackwell's Companion to English Renaissance Drama, ed. Arthur F. Kinney (Oxford: Blackwells 2002) 212-222.

Conference Papers
"Dragons, Maypoles and Careless Actors:  On the Dearth of Dramatic Records of Hertfordshire," paper presented in a session on "Barren Ground or Lost Evidence?"  at the July 2008 International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds, U.K.

"Emplotting a Plot," paper presented in the seminar on "Histories and Methodologies" at the March 2008 Shakespeare Association of America meeting in Dallas.

"Minstrelsy in Queen Isabella's Household, 1357-58," paper presented in seession, "Household Accounts:  A Triangulated Approach," at the 2007 International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University.

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Professor Priti Joshi

"Mutiny Echoes: India, Britons, and A Tale of Two Cities," Nineteenth-Century Literature 62(1), June 2007; 48-87.

"Introduction" to Frances Trollope's The Life and Adventures of Michael Armstrong, the Factory Boy (London: Pickering and Chatto, forthcoming).

"Brontë's Jane Eyre," in Handbook to Victorian Literature, edited by Alexandra Warwick and Martin Willis (Continum, 2008).

Conference Papers
"The Location of the Ladies in Every Airport: Women, Travel, Cosmopolitanism." at The Novel and its Borders conference at the University of Aberdeen, UK, July, 2008.

"John Lang, the Picturesque, and the Indian 'Mutiny.'" at the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals conference in Roehampton University, London, UK, July, 2008.

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Professor William Kupinse

"H. G. Wells's Taxonomy of Waste." Forthcoming in The World Turned Inside Out: Essays on Waste in History and Culture. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008. Eds. John F.M. Clark and John Scanlan.

"The Indian Subject of Colonial Hygiene." Filth: Dirt, Disgust, and Modern Life. Eds. Ryan Johnson and William Cohen. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2005. 250-276.

"Wasted Value: The Serial Logic of H. G. Wells's Tono-Bungay." Reprinted In Modern Critical Views: H. G. Wells. Ed. Harold Bloom. Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 2005.

Review Essays
Review Essay on Tracey Teets Schwarze's Joyce and the Victorians, Jean Kimball's Joyce and the Early Freudians, and David Spur's Joyce and the Scene of Modernity for the Irish Studies Review 12.3 (2004): 364-367.

Review of Nicholas Brown's Utopian Generations for the James Joyce Quarterly 44.3 (2007) 613-19.

Review of Margaret McBride's Ulysses and the Metamorphosis of Stephen Dedalus for the James Joyce Quarterly 38.3/4 (2001): 551-54.

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Professor Tiffany Aldrich MacBain

Conference Papers
"A Penetrating Cold: White Contact and Contagion in American Indian Stories." Western Literature Association. October 2007.

"Her 'Real' Race Unveiled: Lily Bart in The House of Mirth." The Edith Wharton Society. June 2005.

"Behind 'the white curtain' in Edgar Allan Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket." Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association. October 2003.

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Professor Julie Neff-Lippman

Director of the Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching

Conference Papers
"Writing and Learning Disabilities," an invited talk to faculty and graduate students at Queen Mary College, University of London, October 23, 2007.

"Genre and Creativity," panel presentation at Writing Across Borders conference, University of California, Santa Barbara, February 24, 2008.

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Professor Mita Mahato

"Got MILF?: Losing Lorelai in Season Seven," with Tiffany Aldrich MacBain. Gilmore Girls and the Politics of Identity. Ritch Calvin, Ed. McFarland, Jefferson, N.C.: 2008.

Conference Papers
"Visualizing Writing: Picture Theroy in the Classroom." Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Francisco. March, 2009.

"Compassion Technology: Rethinking the Rhetoric of Disease." Conference on College Composition and Communication, New Orleans, LA. April 2008.

"Home as Box Office: The Treatment of the Sick Body in Mike Nichols' W;t," Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Couer D'Alene, ID. October 2005.

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Professor Tamiko Nimura

"Why do we always have to talk about race?: Teaching American Literature in the Post- Affirmative Action Liberal Arts Environment." Accepted essay for the anthology The Problem of the Color-Blind: College Teachers Talk About the Fears, Risks,and Rewards of Teaching Race in 21st Century America, edited by Lisa Guerrero. Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan. Co-authored with Alison Tracy Hale.

"Crossracial Coalition in the Academy: Field Notes From An Asian American Feminist." Invited submission, accepted for the anthology Brown on Brown: Mobilizing Interracial Coalition Against Empire. Edited by writer/activist Shannon Gibney. (South End Press).

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Professor Hans Ostrom

"Tutoring Creative Writers: Working One-to-One on Prose and Poetry," in Creative Approaches to Writing Center Work, edited by Kevin Dvorak and Shanti Bruce. New Jersey: Hampton Press, 2008. Chapter completed; book in production.

"Sex, Classes, Ethnicity, and Irony: Teaching The Ways of White Folks," in Teaching the Harlem Renaissance, ed. Michael Soto. New York: Peter Lang, 2008.

"Hidden Purposes of Creative Writing: Self, Power, and Knowledge," in Teaching Creative Writing in Higher Education: Anglo-American Perspectives, edited by Heather Beck. London: Palgrave, forthcoming. The chapter has been accepted and edited.

"Langston Hughes," in An Encyclopedia of Literature and Politics, edited by M. Keith Booker. Westport: Greenwood Publishers, 2005.

"Masks of Revision," in Acts of Revision. Edited by Wendy Bishop. Portsmouth, N.H.: Boynton-cook/Heinemann, 2004, pp. 28-37.

"Edward Moxon" and "Frank O'Connor [Michael Francis O'Connor O'Donovan]" in the New Dictionary of National Biography, ed. H.C.G. Matthew. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004. See

"Elizabeth Bishop's 'The Fish,'" in a Reference Guide to American Literature, ed. Thomas Riggs. Detroit: St. James press, 1999.

"Access: Writing in the Midst of Many Cultures," in The Subject Is Writing: Essays By Teachers and Students, 2nd edition, ed. Wendy Bishop. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann/Boynton-Cook, 1999, 62-72.

"Langston Hughes's 'The Blues I'm Playing,'" in a Reference Guide to Short Fiction, ed. Thomas Riggs. Detroit: St. James Press, 1999, 770-771.

"'Carom Shots': Re-conceptualizing Imitation and Its Uses in Creative Writing Courses," in Teaching Writing Creatively, ed. David Starkey. Portsmouth: Heinemann/Boynton-Cook, 1998, 164-172.

"Grammar 'J' as in Jazzing Around: The Role Play Plays in Style," in Elements of Alternate Style, ed. Wendy Bishop. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemenann/Boynton Cook, 1997.

"Edward Moxon," Dictionary of Literary Biography: British Publishers I (DLB, volume 106) Detroit and London: Gale Research Series, 1991.

"Samhain," in British Literary Magazines: The Victorian and Edwardian Age, 1837-1913. Ed. Alvin Sullivan. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1984, pp. 376-379. (Samhain was edited by W.B. Yeats).

Leigh Hunt: A Reference Guide. Written with Timothy J. Lulofs. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1985.

Langston Hughes: A Study of the Short Fiction. New York: Twayne/Macmillan, 1993.

Genre and Writing: Issues, Arguments, and Alternatives. Edited with Wendy Bishop. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann/Boynton Cook, 1997. 

A Langston Hughes Encyclopedia. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2002.

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature. Edited with J. David Macey. 5 volumes. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2005.

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Professor Dolen Perkins-Valdez

"Atlanta's Shame: W.E.B. DuBois and Carrie Williams Clifford Respond to the Atlanta Race Riot of 1906." SLI: Studies in the Literary Imagination. (Forthcoming Fall 2008)

"Jewell Parker Rhodes." A Gift of Story and Song: An Encyclopedia on Twentieth-Century African-American Writers. New York: Facts on File, Inc: (Forthcoming).

"Lynch Terror and Collective Memory in Richard Wright." Richard Wright Newsletter. Spring 2004.

"'White Heat' in Wilmington: The Dialogue Between Journalism and Literature in Marrow of Tradition." North Carolina Literary Review 11 (Fall 2002): 38-47.

Review Essay
Review Essay on A Nation under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration. Steven Hahn. (Harvard UP). African American Review. Winter 2005.

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Professor Florence Sandler

Articles and Book-Chapters
"Solomon vbique regnet:' Herbert's Use of the Images of the New Covenant," in Essential Articles for the Study of George Herbert's Poetry, ed. John R. Roberts (Hamden, Conn: Archon, 1980), 258-67. Reprinted from Papers on Language and Literature, VIII (1972).

"The Iconoclastic Enterprise: Blake's Critique of 'Milton's Religion,'" in Essential Articles for the Study of William Blake, 1970-1984, ed. Nelson Hilton (Hamden, Con: Archon, 1986), 33-55. Reprinted from Blake Studies, V (1972), 13-47.

"Icon and Iconoclast," Achievements of the Left Hand: Essays on the Prose of John Milton, ed. Michael Lieb and John T. Shawcross (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1974), 160-84.

"The Unity of Felix Holt," George Eliot: Centenary Essays, ed. Rosemary VanArsdel and Gordon Haight (London: Macmillan Press; Totawa, N.J.: Barnes and Noble), 1982, 137-52.

"The Faerie Queene: an Elizabethan Apocalypse," The Apocalypse in English Renaissance Thought and Literature, ed. C.A. Patrides and Joseph Wittreich (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1984) 148-74.

"'The Gallery to the New World': Donne, Herbert and Ferrar on the Virginia Project," The John Donne Journal, 19 (2000), 267-97.

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Professor Alison Tracy Hale

"'Why do we always have to talk about race?' Teaching American Literature in the Post-Affirmative Action Liberal Arts Environment," with Tamiko Nimura. Teaching Race in the Twenty-First Century: College Professors Talk About Their Fears, Risks, and Rewards, Ed. Lisa Guerrero. Forthcoming: Palgrave Macmillan.

"Uncanny Afflictions: Spectral Evidence and the Puritan Crisis of Subjectivity." Spectral America: Phantoms and the American Imagination. Ed. Jeffrey A. Weinstock. (University of Wisconsin Press; 2004).

"The Coercive Sphere and the Failure of Public Discourse." Review of Voices in the Wilderness: Public Discourse and the Paradox of Puritan Rhetoric, by Patricia Roberts-Miller (University of Alabama Press, 1999). The Review of Communication. Vol 3: 1 (2003).

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Professor Ronald Thomas, President of the University

Dreams of Authority: Freud and the Fictions of the Unconscious. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1990.

Detective Fiction and the Rise of Forensic Science. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

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