Graduate Student Catherine Michna is the 2004 recipient of the South Central Modern Language Association's Literary and/or Cultural Studies Conference Paper Prize. Her paper, entitled "No Room of Her Own: Spatiality in Kate Chopin's The Awakening" was selected as the winner in one of four possible categories for this year's conference. She will receive her award of $250 at a conference luncheon where the winners in all the categories will be announced. The winning essay is part and parcel of Michna’s Masters Thesis.
Professor John Leo’s co-edited volume with William Boelhower is just out. The book, Working Sties: Texts, Territories, and Cultural Capital in American Cultures, has been published by VU University Press, the Netherlands in their European Contributions to American Studies Series. The book is described as follows: “ The contributors to the collection of essays in this volume raised a set of questions that are indirectly shaped by the defining issues of these days, such as the emerging network of world cities, an increasingly globalized economy, new conceptualizations and also practices of empire, and the diasporas of migrant and deterritorialized peoples. They address the above scenarios with varying degrees of directness but consistently with heightened senses of place, with renewed curiosity toward those intersections where historical, national, and global concerns merge with local standpoints. The outcome is a geocritical “extended site”, that is titled here Working Sites. Each of the authors has chosen a site that especially interested them and then proceeded to work it within the referential boundaries suggested and yet problematized by the volume’s subtitle: texts, territories, and cultural capital in American cultures. While each of these admittedly porous categories already assumes a set of established as well as contested functions, the specific aim here was to assemble and juxtapose them in new relations the better to reconceptualize them.”
Renee Somers, Ph.D., currently teaching at LaGuardia Community College in New York, has just had her dissertation, Gilded Age Spaces, Actual and Imagined: Edith Wharton as a Spatial Activist and Analyst, accepted for publication by Routledge. Renee reports: “I thank my lucky stars for having Nancy [Cook—Dissertation Director] to push me to produce my best work.
Professor Don Kunz’s poem, "Station House Night Club" has been accepted for publication in the Bryant Literary Review.
Associate Professor Katherine Scheil recently accepted an invitation to edit four plays of Colley Cibber for The Plays of Colley Cibber, volumes 3 and 4, under contract with Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. Colley Cibber (1671-1757), performer, manager of Drury Lane Theatre, Poet Laureate, novelist, and playwright, created or collaborated on more than two dozen dramatic works. This edition is the first to present all of Cibber’s known, extant plays, and will serve as a thorough reassessment of one of the most important, neglected writers in the English dramatic tradition.
Associate Professor Nancy Cook gave a Plenary Talk entitled "The Romance of Ranching, or Selling Place-Based Fantasies in/of the West” at this year’s meeting of the Western Literature Association in Big Sky, Montana, 9/29-10/2. Cook also appeared on a round table discussion of a book collection called West of Here, a look at how literary theories offer new readings of Montana literature, that was about her article on romance novels set in Montana and the cultural work they do. At the awards banquet, she introduced winners and presented two awards, and was re-elected to the Executive Council for a three-year term.