Faculty Notes:

Professor Chris Anderson's book Light When It Comes: Trusting Joy, Facing Darkness, and Seeing God in Everything, has just been published by Eerdman’s. It’s a book of prose poems and collage essays drawn from his work as a Catholic deacon, with a foreword by Brian Doyle. 

Associate Professor Peter Betjemann’s article “The Ends of Time: Abolition, Apocalypse, and Narrativity in Robert S. Duncanson’s Literary Paintings” will come out in American Art 31:3 (Fall 2017). His article “The Course of War: John Quidor, Washington Irving, and the Deployment of Dutch History” appeared in the Hudson River Valley Review 33:2 (Spring 2017).

Instructor JT Bushnell was recently promoted to Senior Instructor 1. His short story, "The Commute," was also published in the online literary journal Monkeybicycle and nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Emeritus Professor and SWLF Distinguished Professor Tracy Daugherty won the 2017 Oregon Book Award in nonfiction for his biography of Joan Didion: The Last Love Song.

Professor Neil Davison’s article, “‘Ivy Day’: Dublin Municipal Politics and Joyce’s ‘Race-Society’ Colonial Irish Jew” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Modern Literature. His collection piece, “Caryl Phillips’ Post-Holocaust/Decolonized Interstices and Intersubjectivity” will appear in Caribbean-Jewish Crossings: Atlantic Literature and Theory forthcoming in 2018.

Instructor Rob Drummond was an Honors College Outstanding Professor of the Year Award nominee and will also be leading a short-term study abroad trip to Lyon and Paris in June.

Emeritus Professor Lisa Ede published the fourth edition of her textbook The Academic Writer:  A Brief Rhetoric (Bedford/St. Martin's) and the second edition of her coauthored textbook Everyone's An Author (W. W. Norton).

Instructor Gilad Elbom was recently promoted to Senior Instructor 1. Elbom also won the Honors College Outstanding Professor of the Year Award.

Professor Evan Gottlieb published his fourth monograph, Romantic Realities: Speculative Realism and British Romanticism, with Edinburgh University Press in fall 2016. He also published an article, “Reflections: Confessions of a Late-Blooming Theory-Head,” in Eighteenth-Century Fiction 29.1 (Fall 2016), and gave a talk on the literary history of utopia in January 2017 as part of the University of Oregon's Oregon Rare Books Initiative speaker series.

Associate Professor Karen Holmberg is a finalist for the Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize for the essay “’In My Head I Carry My Own Zoo’:  the Collage Work of John Digby.” Her essay will be published in the award anthology, and she is traveling to London in late June for the unveiling of the grand prize winner.

Instructor Jillian Saint Jacques published an article entitled "Dangerous Dakini: Monet Clark's Bunny Girl and Other Precarious Performance Videos" in Afterimage 44.4 (January/February 2017). Jillian was interviewed in "Personal and Social Adaptations: An Interview with Jillian St. Jacques by Laurence Raw” in Linguaculture 7.1 56-58. He also presented a scholarly paper entitled “Up Against Dollo’s Law: False Turns, Devolution, and the Questionable Remainder in Sexual Subjectivation” for a panel on Adapting Divergent Cultures to Film at The Southwest Popular American Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, NM, Feb. 16. Check out the interview with Jillian here.

Assistant Professor Tim Jensen has a new article, "Textbook Pathos: Tracing a Through-Line of Emotion in Composition Textbooks," in Composition Forum, part of a special issue dedicated to emotion in composition studies. Jensen also spoke to the value of curiosity and habit at the OSU fall convocation 2016.

Instructor Steve Kunert was awarded the Best Advisor of 2017 through the Orange Media Network.

Distinguished Professor Jon Lewis gave a talk on his latest book, Hard-Boiled Hollywood: Crime and Punishment in Postwar Los Angeles, printed by UC Press, at the Los Angeles Festival of Books.

Associate Professor Raymond Malewitz published an article entitled “Primo Levi’s The Periodic Table: Chemistry as Posthumanist Science” in Configurations 24.4 (Fall 2016): 417-440. Ray Malewitz was also recently promoted from Assistant Professor, to Associate Professor with tenure.

Assistant Professor Elena Passarello's book, Animals Strike Curious Poses, was recently published by Sarabande Books and has received glowing reviews by the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Tin House, and many more. Read the New York Times review here.She was also interviewed on NPR’s “The Takeaway” and on WCSH News which can be watched here.

Assistant Professor Ehren Helmut Pflugfelder recently published "Explain Like I’m Five: Technical Descriptions in the Wild" in the most recent issue of Technical Communication Quarterly,volume 26, no. 1 (2017): 25-41. Ehren also gave a presentation titled "Elusive Elegance in Data Displays" as part of the "Beautiful Science, Useful Art: Three Perspectives on Data Visualization" event hosted by the OSU Special Collections and Archives Research Center. His book Communicating Mobility and Technology: A Material Rhetoric for Persuasive Transportation was also recently published with Routledge.

Associate Professor Rebecca Olson’s book Arras Hanging: The Textile That Determined Early Modern Literature and Drama (University of Delaware Press, 2013) was issued in paperback.

Professor Emerita Laura Rice presented "Schehrazade and Sustainable Development", with Mounira Hejaiej, Sultan Qaboos University, Fatima Mernissi for Our Time, U-Berkeley, (October 7-8, 2016); she was one of 15 panelists for the "Experts' Workshop on Jobs and Employment", sponsored by The Maghreb Economic Forum, the BMW Foundation, and Global Project Partners e.V. Tunis (July 27-30, 2016); in summer 2017, she will serve as faculty expert on Tunisia at the 2017 NEH Summer Institute: Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia: The Voice of Women in Literature, Cinema and Other Arts since Independence at OSU.

Instructor Jennifer Richter’s new poetry collection No Acute Distress was named a 2017 Oregon Book Award Finalist.

Distinguished Professor Emeritus David Robinson presented two recent conference papers: “Transcendental Ordinary: Cavell from Thoreau to Emerson” at “American Literature and the Philosophical” in Paris on March 23, 2017; and “The Ecstatic and the Ordinary: Thoreau, Mountaintops, and Moonlight” at the Huntington Library, San Marino, California on April 8, 2017.

Associate Professor Susan Jackson Rodgers' upcoming novel This Must Be The Place was recently reviewed by Kirkus Reviews. Read the review here.

Professor Marjorie Sandor published a new short story, "A Letter of Complaint to Pushkin," in AGNI 85 (spring issue).

Professor Keith Scribner's short-short story "Level" (published in W.W. Norton's Flash Fiction Forward) was adapted into a short opera by Experiments in Opera and performed in May at Symphony Space in New York City.  Read a review here.

Assistant Professor Elizabeth (Lily) Sheehan published an article "'This Great Work of the Creation of Beauty': Imagining Internationalism in W.E.B. Du Bois’s Dark Princess and Black Beauty Culture” in Mfs: Modern Fiction Studies 62.3 (Fall 2016): 412-443. In the fall she also presented a paper entitled “Modernist and Contemporary Methods: On Mood Work” and participated in a seminar on "Tracking Modernist Anxieties" at the annual Modernist Studies Association Conference. In addition, Lily gave an invited lecture on “Mood Work: Modernism and Methodology” as part of OSU’s School of Writing, Literature, and Film’s Critical Questions lecture series. In January of 2017 at the Modern Language Association Conference, she presented “Woolfian Haptics: Touching on Mood and Mode” and in March she was part of the Keynote Panel for the Transform/able Identity/ies Graduate Conference at OSU. In 2017, Lily also designed and led two pedagogy workshops: the first with Professors Megan Ward and Nana Osei-Kofi for SWLF faculty and graduate students and the second (by invitation) for faculty in the gender studies program at Lewis and Clark College. This June, she is participating in OSU's Difference, Power, and Discrimination summer institute for faculty.

Assistant Professor Megan Ward's co-edited a digital critical edition of David Livingstone’s final manuscripts (1866-73) with Adrian S. Wisnicki at Livingstone Online (www.livingstoneonline.org). Her new book Human Reproductions: Victorian Realist Character and Artificial Intelligence, will be published by Ohio State University Press in 2018.

Emeritus Faculty Robert Wess received in 2017 the Kenneth Burke Society's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Associate Professor Tara Williams’s second book, Middle English Marvels: Magic, Spectacle, and Morality in the Fourteenth Century, will be published by Penn State University Press in early 2018.