Department of English Newsletter November 2020

Upcoming Department Events

Publications & Acceptances


Pete Capuano’s co-edited book, Victorian Hands: The Manual Turn in Nineteenth-Century Body Studies, has just been published by Ohio State University Press.

Amelia M.L. Montes has published an excerpt of her memoir, “Trigger Warnings,” in the anthology Don’t Look Now: Things We Wish We Hadn’t Seen (Ohio State University Press, October 2020). Publisher’s Weekly reviewed the anthology and described Dr. Montes’s essay as “One of the work’s most powerful essays.” A book reading is scheduled for Friday, November 6th at 7 p.m. (CST).

Guy Reynolds had an essay accepted for the forthcoming Cambridge History of American Modernism. “Modernism’s Deep Roots: the fin-de-siecle and the Transformation of the American Novel” will be published in that volume in 2021.

Mũchiri published Kiswahili and Sheng translations of political statements by the African Studies Association on police brutality in the United States as well as in African countries. He also published a Gĩkũyũ translation of President Barack Obama’s article, “How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change.”

Erika Luckert’s poem, “Promession,” was published in The Ilanot Review and nominated for a pushcart prize.

Cameron Steele’s essay “Drawing The Wisdom Out” was published in the Brevity Blog companion to the September issue on Experiences of Disability.

Activities, Accolades, & Grants

Earlier this year, Dr. Amelia M.L. Montes was awarded the first ever CAS Mentoring Award for 2020. Established in 2019, the award honors faculty or staff involved in mentoring activities that go above and beyond expectations.

In October, Professor Adrian Wisnicki and a set of co-organizers launched Undisciplining the Victorian Classroom, a digital humanities project that reimagines how to teach Victorian Studies through a positive, race-conscious lens. The launch included a CFS (Call for Syllabi) seeking content that models antiracist teaching practices for Victorian studies. The CFS offers a great opportunity, especially for early career scholars, to publish peer reviewed materials. A range of pedagogical materials will be added to the site in due course.

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