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Publicity Announcements:
Summer and Early Fall 2006


Publications: Poetry and Fiction

Alumna Cathryn Molloy ’s short story, entitled “The Patron Saint of Broken Glass”, was published in the journal Nebula 3.2/3 (September 2006). This story is now also available on the web at the following address:

This fall instructor Jen Tynes has poems forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, Big Game Books, TYPO and LIT.

Instructor Jody Lisberger’s story collection, In the Mercy of Water, is forthcoming from Fleur-de-Lis Press. In addition, at the end of October, she's presenting a paper, "DES and Diflucan: Pharmaceutical Marketing Choices--Why Women Need to Take Heed," at the 16th Southern Connecticut State University Women's Studies Conference ("Women's Health: Colonized, Resisted, Reclaimed). Jody's story "Bush Beating" has been published in a fiction anthology, The Way We Knew It, which celebrates twenty-five years of the MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College.


Publications: 19 th Century British Literature

Alumna and Current Instructor Dr. Jane Berard’s recent book, entitled Dickens and Landscape Discourse, will be published at the end of September. In this book, Berard considers landscape contexts available to Dickens, such as topographical poetry, antiquarianism, tourism, John Britton’s Beauties of Wiltshire, and the landscape discourse in Dickens’ other works to open up a reading of Martin Chuzzlewit. The book is being published by Peter Lang Publishing Group.


Publications: Twentieth-Century Literature

Assistant Professor Ryan Trimm’s essay “Telling Positions: Country, Countryside, and Narration in The Remains of the Day” will appear in Papers on Language and Literature.

Instructor Heather Johnson has contributed a chapter “Dangerous Skin: Bees and Female Figuration in Maher and Plath” to the recently-published book Insect Poetics, Eric C. Brown (ed), University of Minnesota Press.


Publications: American Studies

In October Professor John Leo and Heinz Ikstadt (Free University, Berlin) will both have extensive interviews on the futures of American cultural studies in the journal American Studies, published by the American Studies Center (ASC), University of Warsaw. Professor William Gass, Professor of American Social History at the University of Warsaw, is the author of the interview, entitled “Making Sense of American Studies: A view from the US." Professor Leo also serves on the editorial and advisory boards for the journal.


Publications: Postcolonial Studies

Alumna Rebecca Fine Romanow's dissertation (PhD, 2006) was published as "The Postcolonial Body in Queer Space and Time" by Cambridge Scholar's Press ( Cambridge, England) in August, 2006.  This text examines the ways in which the notion of the postcolonial correlates to Judith Halberstam’s idea of queer space and time, the non-normative path of Western lifestyles and hegemonies. Emphasizing authors from Africa and Southeast Asia in the diaspora in London from the mid-1960s through 1990, the reading of both postcolonial lands and subjects as “queer counterproductive” space reveals a depiction of bodies in these texts as located in and performing queer space and time, redefining and relocating the understanding of the postcolonial.


Publications: Film Studies

Assistant Professor Ryan Trimm’s article “Moving Pictures, Still Lives: Staging National Tableaux and Text in Prospero’s Books” has been accepted for publication in Cinema Journal.


Publications: Literary and Cultural Theory

Alumnus Jacob Bodway ’s review of Jean-Luc Nancy’s The Ground of the Image will be published in the January 2007 issue of the journal theory@buffalo. This issue, incidentally, will also feature an essay written by Jean-Luc Nancy himself.


Presentations: Poetry and Prose Readings

Graduate Student Brett Rutherford will be performing two readings of his Gothic and supernatural poetry this fall, one on Oct. 27 at the Providence Athenaeum Library (251 Benefit Street, Providence, ph. # 401-421-6970) , and the second on Oct. 31 at Reflections Café in Providence (corner of Wickenden and Governor Streets) . The first reading is a noon-time solo reading, followed by a “fun group lunch” with the poet himself. The second reading is part of an ongoing poetry series, run by At the Halloween reading, Brett will also autograph and sell copies of his book Whippoorwill Road: The Supernatural Poems. In addition, Brett will perform a reading of his poem entitled "The Tree at Lovecraft's Grave" at a special ceremony at Swan Point Cemetery, Providence RI, on Oct. 1.

Professor Mary Cappello read an excerpt from her new book, Awkward: A
, forthcoming from Bellevue Literary Press, at AS220 in Providence
on September 23 as part of a celebration and fund-raising inititive for
Volume One of the new literary journal, Encyclopedia, edited by Brown MFA
graduates, Miranda Mellis, Tisa Bryant, and Kate Schatz. For more
information about Encyclopedia and for guidelines for submission to Volume
2, go to The Encyclopedia Project at

Assistant Professor Peter Covino read for the Academy of American Poets in New York in the Bryant Park Reading Series in August. On Sept 17 he was a featured poet at the Italian American Cultural festival at Hofstra University in Long Island. In October, he will be part of a panel at the Newport Poetry Festival ...

On October 3rd, instructor Jen Tynes gave a reading at the Anchor Bar in New Haven, Connecticut as part of the Ordinary Evening Reading Series.


Presentations: Early Modern Literature and Culture

In November, Assistant Professor Travis D. Williams will present a paper entitled "Courtly Identity and Early Modern Mathematics: Hyperbolical Multiplication in The Merchant of Venice" at the History of Science Society Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Presentations: Nineteenth-Century British Literature

In July, AssistantProfessor J. Jennifer Jones presented "Wordsworth and Coleridge: Panoramic Vision, Urban Technology, and Poetics" at the Coleridge Summer Conference, at Cannington, Somerset, U.K. She also gave a talk entitled “Wordsworth and the Nature of Perversity" at the 14th Annual North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) Conference: Sciencia and Techne, Purdue University, West LaFayette, Indiana, in August.

Assistant Professor Carolyn Betensky presented "Transformational Objects? Object-Relations Theory and the Victorian Social-Problem Novel" at the North American Victorian Studies Association Conference in August at Purdue University.


Presentations: Contemporary Literature

Professor Karen Stein will present a paper on "Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake: A Case of Intelligent Design?" at the RMMLA (Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association) on October 14. She will also chair a panel on Margaret Atwood: Texts and Contexts.

Presentations: Pedagogy

Alumna Cathryn Molloy will be presenting at the 2006 conference of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), as part of a panel entitled “Mother Tongues: A Conversation about Language, Race, and Teaching”. The conference, scheduled for November 16-21, will be held in Nashville, TN.



As of July 1, Professor John Leo became the new Director of the Film Media Program, succeeding Dr. Jerry DeSchepper, who since 2000 had steered the program's robust energies into official program status (the first step in becoming a department), and Arts & Sciences new major, Film Media (FLM), beginning AY 2005-2006. John's three year appointment gives him the responsibilities of being a chair, overseeing budgets and the like, but whose curriculum is largely inter-departmental. His charge is to grow the major and help create the conditions for film's emergence as a department with tenure-track hires in its own right. He was also made a member of the board for the Rhode Island International Independent Film Festival (RIIIFF), one of a handful of regional festivals that can nominate entries directly for Academy Awards. RIIIFF aslo provides internships and other opportunities for URI students.

Graduate Student Jennifer Joyce Kissko has accepted a part-time faculty position in the University Writing Program at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where she is currently teaching a course entitled “Homeless Chic?: Poverty, Privilege, and Identity in Contemporary American Democracy”. The topic of this course directly stemmed from her ongoing dissertation research, performed under the supervision of Dr. Valerie Karno.

Alumnus Jacob Bodway has been appointed as an organizing committee member for the 2008 Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) convention, to take place in April 2008 in Buffalo, NY.

Graduate Student Susan Rashid Horn has accepted an Assistant Professor position at Clayton State University, part of the Georgia State system.  She will be teaching writing courses and setting up a Writing Center. 

Instructor Jody Lisberger has been invited to join the MFA in Writing faculty for the brief residency program at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky.

Alumna Theresa DeFrancis has been hired as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the English Education Program at Salem State University. She will be teaching undergraduate and graduate methods and literature courses as well as supervising student teachers who have been placed at area high schools.

Graduate Student Theo Greenblatt has accepted a full-time permanent position as English Instructor at the Naval Academy Preparatory School, a one-year post-secondary program, in Newport.

Graduate Student Maria Glade has received a one-year, full-time appointment at Salve Regina University.

Awards: Early Modern Literature and Culture

Assistant Professor Travis D. Williams has received a fellowship from the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C., to support one month of research in the summer of 2007. Professor Williams will spend the month developing a book provisionally entitled Shakespeare's Arithmetic: Literature, Rhetoric, and Early Modern Mathematics.


Awards: Fiction

Instructor Amity Gaige is going to be featured before the National Book Awards as one of five writers under 35 selected by the finalists for the National Book Awards from last year - the first time the National Book Foundation has given this recognition. She was selected for the award by author Christopher Sorrentino.