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Welcome to our News & Events Page. We publish the professional accomplishments of our Faculty and Graduate Students on a regular basis. Please find our most recent announcements as well as the archive of previous announcements here. There will also be announcements of guest lectures, poetry and fiction readings, and other events happening in the URI English Department here, so do check back for information on these events.


English Department Annual Newsletter 2011

Faculty News

Associate Professor Carolyn Betensky is collaborating on a translation from the French of Eugène Sue’s epic serial novel Les Mystères de Paris (1843) with Jonathan Loesberg (American University). She will be annotating the translation and writing the introduction. The translation is under contract with Penguin Classics and will appear in 2014. Professor Betensky read selections from her recently published book Feeling for the Poor: Bourgeois Compassion, Social Action, and the Victorian Novel (University of Virginia Press, 2010) at the Center for the Humanities Festival in March. She will present a paper titled “Dickens’ Chickens” at the Modern Language Association Conference in January 2012 and has been invited to give a keynote address (“Envying the Poor”) at the “Precarious Lives” conference at the University of Freiburg (Germany) in June.

Professor Mary Cappello was named a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow in Creative Arts/Nonfiction for work on a book-length essay on mood and sound titled In the Mood: Toward a Psychology of Atmosphere. In May 2011, Cappello was honored with the URI Recognition for Excellence in Research Award, and in October 2011 with The Research Excellence Award for the College of Arts and Sciences. Cappello’s essay "Squalor" that appeared in Hotel Amerika in 2010 was named a Notable Essay of the Year in Best American Essays 2011, edited this year by Edvidge Danticat with Robert Atwan. Based on her previous book, Swallow (The New Press, January 2011), Cappello was invited to co-curate the newly designed Chevalier Jackson Foreign Body Exhibit in Philadelphia’s Mutter Museum, and to give a Presidential Lecture, “Chevalier Jackson’s Endoscopic Art,” for the annual meeting of the ABEA (American Bronchoesophagological Association) in Chicago. She was also invited to give illustrated readings and to meet with classes in Sociology, Creative Writing, American Literature, and American Studies at Claremont McKenna College (The Marion Miner Cook Athenaeum); Dickinson College (Clark Forum for Contemporary Issues); and Ursinus College; to deliver the kick-off presentation for 2011 URI Humanities Center Series; and to present the fruits of her research in the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History series as well as for the West Laurel Hill Cemetery historical society. Cappello was an invited blogger for Powells Books this Spring (http://www.powells.com/blog/author/mary-cappello/), and an invited contributor to The Huffington Post. She was interviewed by Amanda Schaffer for The New York Times; Dr. Robert Hicks for the Mutter Museum’s youtube channel, “No Bones About It” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8815rV0GRFE); by Thomas Rogers for Salon.com (http://www.salon.com/2010/12/18/swallow_interview/); and by Carolyn Kellogg for the Los Angeles Times feature, “Jacket Copy: School Reading” on the question of the most interesting book she was taught in school. She also appeared on a number of national public radio, international radio, and SIRRUS programs in 2011 whose links are available here: www.swallowthebook.com She contributed a slide show/essay to MSNBC’s website and an illustrated essay to ProTo Magazine: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Medicine which led to the descendants of the patient in a singular foreign body case to contact her and later meet at the Mutter Museum to rediscover the details of their father’s unusual trauma and survival. Swallow was a Top Shelf pick by San Francisco Booksmith and a Staff Pick at Brown University Bookstore in Spring 2011. In Rhode Island, Cappello gave readings from her literary nonfiction this year at Brown University Bookstore; North Kingstown Public Library (RI Authors Series); for the Providence Netopian Club, and at the Ocean State Summer Writing Conference. She also prepared and presented a reading titled "Voluptuous Spirits" with Professor Peter Covino in celebration of gay pride month @ Gallery Q in June. Along with Professor Jean Walton, she co-curated a presentation and discussion of newly discovered home movie footage belonging to the Chevaliers Jackson (father and son) dating from the 1930s to 1960 in national and international settings, including newly discovered medical footage of great import, for the 12th Annual Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium “Das Wunderkino: A Cinematic Cabinet of Curiosities” in Bucksport, Maine (http://oldfilm.org/content/2011-symposium). Cappello is consultant in this project to preserve, archive, document, and thereafter hopefully disseminate these films to future researchers in Film Studies, histories of medicine, and Medical Humanities. A version of her 2010 AWP Presentation, “Some Notes on My Sense of an Interior,” which she composed forĀ  the panel, “The Great Indoors: Gender, Writing, and Re-envisioning Literary Merit" appeared in 2011 as a feature on the VIDA (Women in Literary Arts) website: http://vidaweb.org/author/cappello; her annual review essay on the state of the art of nonfiction, “A Summa for our Times: The Biographical Impulse and New Nonfiction Form” appears in Fall 2011 issue of Water~stone; and, a newly adapted essay from Swallow entitled, “Alone on the Floor with Pile of Buttons” is the current Ingestion column feature in Cabinet Magazine, Issue 43, “Forensics.” Cappello appeared this Fall at the Montana Festival of the Book, 12th Annual Celebration of Writing, Reading and the Literary Arts, Missoula, October 6th-8th where she spoke on a panel on writing biography, with fellow nonfiction writers Dan Aadland, William Adler, and Donald Hardy, and where she gave a reading with Judy Muller and Fred Haefele. In November, Professor Cappello appeared as guest speaker via Skype in Professor Ames Hawkins’ upper level Cultural Studies class on Called Back and the narrative imperatives of breast cancer discourse at Columbia College/Chicago. Cappello carried out an interview with Ph.D. candidate, Sarah Kruse, for the Oregon-based literary arts quarterly, Propeller Magazine’s Fall 2011 Craft Feature (http://www.propellermag.com/Fall2011/Cappellofall11.html).

Assistant Professor Peter Covino's new poetry collection, The Right Place to Jump, has been accepted for publication by New Issues Press (Western Michigan University) and will appear in 2012. Professor Covino also placed the following poems this year: "No Jobs at the Fiat Plant" in LIT (No 19, Winter '11) http://litmagazine.org/ ; "66 Trees" in the American Poetry Review (May/ June 2011)  https://www.aprweb.org/issue/mayjune-2011. His edited collection Essays on Italian American Literature and Culture, (Bordighera Press/CUNY) is forthcoming in early 2012. Recent translations from the Italian of Dario Bellezza's poems include: "To Pier Paolo Pasolini" and "I listened to death in my dream" in The Atlanta Review Spring/ Summer 2011, http://www.atlantareview.com/. He presented for the Association of Writers and Writing Program Conference, Feb 2011: "Story, Telling, Innovative Poetic Narrative" (with Kathleen Ossip, Jennifer Moxley, Dawn Lundy Martin, and Susan Briante), and at the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference, Colrain, MA, “On Editing and Fashioning a Poetry Collection,” April 30, May 1 & June 12-13, 2011. He also gave readings at Couscous@Local 121, Providence, RI with Mairead Byrne, and Nehassaiu deGannes on April 26, and with Professor Mary Cappello, "Voluptuous Spirits" Reading @ Gallery Q, on June 5.

While on leave at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, Associate Professor Kathleen Davis gave several invited lectures, each of which draws upon one of her two current book projects. Pertaining to her book project titled “The Problem of Time in Old English Poetry,” she delivered the Keynote Lecture “Temporality and the Law: Isidore to Alfred” at the Medieval Symposium, NYU on April 29, and “Lyric Time: A Poetics of Transience” at Columbia University on March 29. Regarding her project on the problem of human rights and its relation to the history of theology and politics, she presented “Delineating the History of Human Rights: Does ‘the Middle Ages’ Matter?” at the Institute for Advanced Study on March 24. She was also invited to give “Concluding comments” for the conference “The Making of Religion? Re-Describing Religious Change in Pre-modern Europe,” Harvard University, April 30, 2011. At its annual meeting in November 2011, the American Academy of Religion hosted a session on Kathleen Davis’s book Periodization and Sovereignty: How Ideas of Feudalism and Secularization Govern the Politics of Time. Professor Davis responded to the panel. In July 2011, Professor Davis delivered a plenary lecture “Timelines: Secularity, Modernity, and Conscience” at the Anniversary Conference “Subaltern Studies: Historical World-Making Thirty Years On,” Canberra, Australia, July 2011. She also published a review of Lisa Lampert-Weissig’s Medieval Literature and Postcolonial Studies. Postcolonial Literary Studies Series. Edinburgh University Press, 2010 in The Medieval Review (TMR), September 2011.

Professor Dorothy Donnelly has been invited to contribute a chapter to a forthcoming volume entitled the Cambridge Companion to the City in Literature, on the topic of celestial cities and rationalist utopia.   She is recognized as an authority on a late 18th century female detective fiction writer, Emma Murdoch van Deventer (pseud. Lawrence L. Lynch).

Assistant Professor David Faflik has been offered a book contract for Boarding Out: Inhabiting the American Urban Literary Imagination, 1840-1860 (forthcoming Northwestern University Press, fall 2012). His article “Deep Thought, Shallow Aesthetic: Reading Surface Meaning in Thoreau” has been accepted for publication in American Literature and is forthcoming in 2012. Another article, “A Nobel Sport: The Raceless Football Rhetoric of Mandela, Obama, and Martin Luther King Jr.,” has also been accepted for publication in the Journal of Sport & Social Issues and will appear in 2012, pending revisions. He presented a paper, “Hard Times in the Land of Plenty: Imagining American Studies at the Land-Grant University” at the American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, October 2011. Professor Faflik was also the recipient of a Subvention Grant from the Center for the Humanities at the University of Rhode Island.

Assistant Professor Jennifer Jones was invited to present a paper at the International Conference on Romanticism that took place November 3-5, 2011 in Montreal, Quebec. Her paper was titled “Romantic Re-Education: Imagining the Relevancy of Consolation in the Present Moment.” She was invited to contribute a book review to the new Review 19. The review of Jackie C. Horne’s History and the Construction of the Child in Early British Children’s Literature (Ashgate 2011) appeared in August 2011:
http://www.nbol-19.org/view_doc.php?index=170. She completed a review of Eric C. Walker’s Marriage, Writing, and Romanticism: Wordsworth and Austen After War (Stanford 2009) for Eighteenth Century Life which will appear in print later this year. Professor Jones is currently serving as an editor on the multi-volume project entitled Romantic Women Writers Reviewed (Pickering & Chatto, Gen. Editor Ann Hawkins, forthcoming April 2012), a work of recuperation the primary purpose of which is to bring to light the largely buried critical reception of women writers. Professor Jones was also nominated for the University Teaching Excellence Award for the fifth year in a row.

Associate Professor Valerie Karno's essay "Law and Literature as Cultural and Aesthetic Products: The Beauty of Studying Interdisciplinary Texts in Tandem" appears in the PMLA Approaches to Teaching Law and Literature, June 2011.

Professor John Leo coedited, along with Marek Paryz (Director of American Studies section, University of Warsaw), Projecting Words, Writing Images: Intersections of the Textual and the Visual in American Cultural Practices, which came out in October from Cambridge Scholars Publishing (UK). He has also been asked to serve on the international Advisory Board of the Polish Journal for American Studies. The Journal is the Yearbook of the Polish Association for American Studies (PAAS).

Associate Professor Naomi Mandel published, with Continuum, a collection of essays she edited titled Bret Easton Ellis: American Psycho, Glamorama, Lunar Park. She gave four invited lectures in 2011: "Something Empty in the Sky: Fiction and Disaster in 21st Century Fiction" at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel (May); "9/11 and Catastrophe Literature: Transgression and Fidelity" at Ben Gurion University (May); "Telling and Retelling: truth and history in the novels of Jonathan Safran Foer" at York University, Toronto, Canada (April); and "'We must write what is forbidden: Representation and Disaster," the keynote address of the Kaleidoscope  Graduate Student Conference at the University of Madison, Wisconsin (March). In Madison, she also presented a talk titled "Professional Development: Life after graduate school: the job market and the job search process." She read her paper titled "Unspeakable Fidelities: Violence, Justice, and Being True" at the Modern Language Association Conference in January 2011. She also gave a talk in the Faculty Presentation Series in October titled "Fact, Fiction, Fidelity in the novels of Jonathan Safran Foer.” Mandel was interviewed for The Providence Phoenix by David Scharfenberg ("A Decade of Turmoil: Rhode Island's brightest minds on where we are now," 9-15 Sep. 2011. 8.), and for The Providence Journal by Linda Borg ("The 9/11 Decade: Trying to teach the new normal in colleges.” 8 Sep. 2011. A10).

Assistant Professor Martha Elena Rojas published “Vying for Sovereignty: Exchange, Negotiation, Law” in Common-place: The Interactive Journal of Early American Life (vol. 12.1) October 2011. She also gave the following papers: “Poetic Mutiny,” The Hungry Ocean: A Conference on Literary Culture and the Marine Environment, John Carter Brown Library, April 2011; “On Industry: Literary Occupation in the Early Republic,” the plenary address for [Pre]Occupations: Working, Seizing, Dwelling, 5th Annual University of Rhode Island Graduate Student Conference in April; and “First Impressions: Becoming a Nation Among Nations,” at the URI Spring Humanities Festival, Center for the Humanities in March.

Professor Karen Stein is a 2010-11 Fellow at the John Hazen White Sr. Center for Ethics and Public Service. She received a URI Division of Research Seed Funding Grant from URI and a 2011-12 Career Enhancement Award from the URI Foundation. Her book in progress, Rachel Carson and the Web of Life, is under contract for the Challenging Authors series edited by Paul Thomas, published by Sense Press. Additionally, she has published book chapters in the following collections: “Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin as a Modern Bluebeard” in 21st Century Gothic: Great Gothic Novels Since 2000, ed. Danel Olson, Scarecrow Press, 2011, chapter 4, pp.32-41, and “Surviving the Waterless Flood: Feminism and Ecofeminism in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Oryx and Crake, and The Year of the Flood” in Critical Insights: Margaret Atwood, ed. J. Brooks Bouson. Salem Press (in press). Professor Stein reviewed Engendering Genre: The Works of Margaret Atwood, Reingard M. Nischik. Letters in Canada, for the University of Toronto Quarterly 80.2 (spring 2011) 332-334. She presented “Margaret Atwood’s Ecofeminist Novels: Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood” at the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment Conference in Bloomington, Indiana. She continues to serve as manuscript reader and reviewer for the Ashgate Press, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, and Margaret Atwood Studies; she is on the editorial board of Margaret Atwood Studies as well as the Challenging Authors series for Sense Press. Professor Stein is the Associate Executive Director of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) and the Secretary of Phi Beta Kappa at URI.

Associate Professor Ryan Trimm published “Rhythm Nation:  Pastiche and Spectral Heritage in English Music” in Critique, 52:3(2011):  249-271. His article “Taking You Back:  Region, Industry, and Technologies of Living History at Beamish” is forthcoming in the European Journal of Cultural Studies. Professor Trimm also gave a paper titled “Bestowing Past and Future:  The Given as Foreclosure in Marion, Derrida and Nancy” at the No Future Conference at Durham University, U.K.  in March.

Professor Jean Walton presented a paper in March titled "Dirty Ditches Delegation: NFB Citizen Animation in 1970s Vancouver," at the Participatory Media Panel, Society for Cinema and Media Studies in New Orleans.  Walton spent the Fall semester in Vancouver researching a new book she is writing on land use, squatting, and participatory media in Vancouver in the 1970s.

Assistant Professor Travis Williams published “The Bourn Identity: Hamlet and the French of Montaigne’s Essais” in Notes and Queries in the June 2011 issue (58:2). The Library: Transactions of the Bibliographical Society will publish his article "The Earliest English Printed Arithmetic Books" in June 2012. Williams recently received a URI Center for the Humanities Subvention Grant to assist with the costs of reproduction and publication permission for an image that will appear in the article. His article "Procrustean Marxism and Subjective Rigor: Early Modern Arithmetic and Its Readers" will appear in the collection "Raw Data" is an Oxymoron, edited by Lisa Gitelman and Virginia Jackson and published by the MIT Press, in 2012. Williams will co-edit, along with Russ McDonald (Goldsmiths, University of London) and Nicholas Nace (University at Binghamton), Shakespeare Up Close: Reading the Early Modern Text, to be published by the Arden Shakespeare in 2012. He will co-author the introduction and will contribute his own essay, entitled "The Story of O: Reading Letters in the Prologue to Henry V." A review by Williams of Playing Dirty: Sexuality and Waste in Early Modern Comedy, by Will Stockton (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) is forthcoming in Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society in 2012. In June, Williams used a Rare Book School scholarship to attend the school at the University of Virginia. He presented “Inventing Rigor in the Dialogue of Self-Taught Early Modern Mathematics” at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in Montréal, Quebec in March, and at the Joint Conference of the British Society for the History of Mathematics and the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, in July.


Graduate Student News

Derick Ariyam and Michael Becker have co-founded a new CFP website at www.cfplist.com, a unique database sorting CFPs by geographic location (space) with a mapping tool and by date (time) with calendar function (in addition to categories and keyword searches).  Their “Approaching Deadline” tool highlights all CFPs with deadlines in the upcoming three weeks.  Becker and Ariyam launched the website on 12/12/11, and currently have 100+ CFPs listed on the site.

Jayson Baker accepted a position as Assistant Professor of English and Communication and Cinema Studies Advisor at Regis College.

Michael Becker presented a paper on Katherine Mansfield’s short story “Bliss” for the “Modernism and Pleasure Seminar” at the Modernist Studies Association (MSA) Conference in Buffalo, NY, in October (with support from the GSA Reimbursement Program); he presented a paper titled “London’s Not So Quiet...Grand Hotel Restaurants of WWI” at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Convention in Atlanta, GA, in November (with the support of an Enhancement of Graduate Research Award from the Graduate School and a Richard Beaupre Hope & Heritage Award from the College of Arts and Sciences). He will be chairing a panel at the 2012 New England Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Convention in Rochester, NY.  The panel is titled “Fixing Foods in Literary Modernity.”At the 2012 NeMLA Convention he will also be giving a paper titled “Cooking the Literary: the Japanese Salad in A la recherche du temps perdu.” At the 2012 NeMLA Convention, he will be working with publishers to exhibit their books and purchase advertisement space as an Exhibitions Assistant. He was elected as a Graduate Student Liaison by his fellow graduate students in the English Department.

Rachel Boccio presented a paper titled "Murdering the Memory: Trauma and Narrative in Caryl Phillips's Cambridge" in March 2011 at “I, S/he, We, They: Writing Lives and Life Writing,” a graduate conference sponsored by the English department at Boston College. She also presented in November at the North East American Studies conference in Plymouth, MA: her paper was titled "From Slave to Evangelist: Trauma, Narrative, and Conversion in Olaudah Equiano's Interesting Life."

Jenn Brandt published “Reading Nip/Tuck as an Interrogation of Hegemonic Masculinity and Cosmetic Femininity” in Reading Nip/Tuck. Roz Kaveny, ed. IB Taurus, 2011 and “‘Here’s to Not Being Fake’: Real Housewives and the Construction of Reality TV’s Postfeminist Heroine” in Foregrounding Postfeminism and the Future of Feminist Film and Media Studies. Marcelline Block, ed. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2011.

Nancy Caronia presented "Rescue Me: Refusing To Be a Hero”: New England American Studies Conference in Plymouth, MA, in October, and “Size Matters: Italian American Masculinity in Fatso” at The 3 Fs in Italian Cultures: Critical Approaches to Food, Fashion, and Film, hosted by the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College/CUNY in April.

Fredrik DeBoer (MA 2011) was accepted to the PhD program in Rhetoric and Composition at Purdue University with a multi-year fellowship.

James Patrick Gorham presented a paper entitled "A Brief and True Report of the New Found Land of the Houynhnhnms: Swift, Hariot, and the Colonialist Origins of Science Fiction," at the SAGES conference "Savagism and Civilization," held at the National Weather Center at the University of Oklahoma in October. He also presented a paper entitled "'Conducting the Whole River of Electricity': Emerson's Play upon Electromagnetism," at the annual convention of the Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA), held in St. Louis, MO in November.

Rebekah Greene received a URI Center for the Humanities Graduate Research Grant (for “Books, Hats, Spoons, and Buttons: Property at Work in the Novels of Robert Louis Stevenson”) in Fall 2011 as well as a Routledge Annotated Bibliography of English Studies Research & Travel Award, Spring 2011. Greene has been selected to present the following conference papers in 2012: “ ‘Going Native’: The ‘[W]andering Scot’ in John Buchan’s Greenmantle,” “Going Native”: Colonial Missionaries and Border Crossings Panel, 21st Annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference, Savannah, GA, February 2012; “ ‘[A] romance of all things’: Personhood, Property, and Pride in Stevenson’s Kidnapped,” Approaches to Adventure in the Late 19th Century Panel, Northeast Modern Languages Association Conference, Rochester, NY, March 2012; “ ‘Yes, He’s Always Like That’: Collection, Detecting, and the BBC’s Sherlock,” Victorian Literary Cinema Roundtable, Northeast Modern Languages Association Conference, March 2012; “Becoming the Hero: The Ideal of John Wayne in Green Grass, Running Water,” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, Boston, MA, April 2012. She continues to serve as bibliographer for the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals and as a contributor to the Routledge Annotated Bibliography of English Studies. She is the Treasurer of the URI Graduate Student Association.

Rosaleen Greene-Smith was awarded a Tuition Scholarship from the Graduate School.

Benjamin D. Hagen’s short essay “It Is Almost Impossible That I Should Be Here: Wordsworthian Nature and an Ethics of Self-Writing in Virginia Woolf’s ‘A Sketch of the Past’” appears in the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Virginia Woolf Miscellany. His second short essay ““Radical Encounters: The Ghost and the Double in Mrs. Dalloway” has also been accepted to appear in a future issue of Virginia Woolf Miscellany. His paper “Scenes of Death and Scenes of Reading in Virginia Woolf’s The Common Reader was part of the Modernism and Death Seminar at the 12th annual conference of the Modernist Studies Association, held in Victoria, British Columbia. In October, he participated as well in the seminar Modernism and Religion, which responded to Pericles Lewis’s recent work Religious Experience and the Modernist Novel (2010).

Mihaela Harper was awarded a Graduate Research Grant from the Center of the Humanities.

Beazley Kanost presented a paper at the 2011 New England American Studies Conference on American Post-World War II representations of "the Street." She has received an Enhancement of Graduate Research Award to support her study of Andy Warhol's 1960s films My Hustler, Vinyl, Beauty #2, Poor Little Rich Girl, Chelsea Girls, and The Nude Restaurant at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh in March, 2012.

Sarah Kruse published an interview with Mary Cappello, “A Cabinet of Curiosities: Mary Cappello on Chevalier Jackson,” in Propeller Magazine Oct. 2011. <www.propellermag.com>. She won the department’s first prize in the 2011 Graduate Creative Nonfiction Contest. At the Columbia Graduate Conference in April, she gave a paper titled “The Politics of Form. “Kierkegaard’s Language and Adorno’s Negative Dialectic.” Also in April, at the University of Rhode Island Graduate Conference, she read “Proust and the Imagined Image in Art: Laboring vs. Dwelling in the Aesthetic. Finally, she gave her paper “Decreation: The Reality of Language in Wallace Stevens” at the April 2011 NeMLA conference at Rutgers University.

Sarah Maitland presented “Thinking Mind: Supernatural and the Miltonic Satan" on the "Science Fiction and Fantasy Supernatural: Religion and Identity" panel at the National Popular Culture Association Conference.

Michele Meek presented her paper “Art and Hoax: The Street Art Movement and Viral Marketing of Exit through the Gift Shop” at the 2011 Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference in New Orleans.  In addition, her essay “Marriage, Adultery & Desire: A Subversive Subtext in Baby Doll” was published in the 2011 edition of the Tennessee Williams Annual Review. In March 2012, she will present her paper "The Exile of Form and Femininity in Marilú Mallet's Diary Film Journal Inachevé" at the College English Association's annual conference.

Matt Ortoleva (PhD 2009) is the recipient of the 2011 University of Rhode Island Graduate School Excellence in Doctoral Research Award in the non-STEM area. Matt completed his dissertation Rhetorics of place and ecological relationships: the rhetorical construction of Narragansett Bay under the direction of Nedra Reynolds has recently accepted the tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of English and Writing Center Director at  Worcester State University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Jay Peters won a 2011-2012 Jacob K Javits Fellowship from the US Department of Education. The Javits Fellowship is a competitive grant renewable for up to four years of graduate study. In March, he delivered the paper "Reading and Writing Our Lives: Rethinking 'Literacy' in the Literacy Narrative" at the UConn Conference on the Teaching of Writing in Storrs, CT.  He also judged the 2011 NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing. He is currently a managing editor for the Ocean State Review and a coordinator for the Ocean State Summer Writing Conference.

Andrew Ploeg was awarded a Tuition Scholarship from the Graduate School as well as a Graduate Research Grant from the Center of the Humanities.

Don Rodrigues was awarded a Graduate Research Grant from the Center of the Humanities.

Gabriel Romaguera's book, On the Production and Reception of Serial Narratives, is under contract with The Edwin Mellen Press.

Rhiannon Sorrell received a Graduate Diversity Award from the Graduate School.

Aaron Tillman (PhD 2009) received a URI Distinguished Achievement Award.  Tillman is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Newbury College, Massachusetts.

Doctoral Degrees Granted, 2011

Stefanie Head
Jamie White-Farnham
Agata Stepien
Laurie Ann Carlson
Tina Marie Bacci
Cathryn Molloy


Master’s Degrees Granted, 2011

Zinovia Canale
Alyssa MacLean
Jacob Nelson
Donald Rodrigues
Fredrik DeBoer
Chisa Oshira


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