Sean Desilets's article "Cocteau's Female Orpheus" is forthcoming in Literature/Film Quarterly. He delivered a paper called “Pretty Pow: Femininity, Waste, and Reading in Kiss Me Deadly” at the Popular Culture Association Conference in Boston in April.
Georgiana Donavin recently made several key changes to The Gower Project, a digital humanities initiative on the medieval poetry of John Gower that she co-directs with Eve Salisbury (Western Michigan University). One important focus of Donavin's work, in cooperation with her student Jorie Page, was renovating and expanding a translation wiki that can be used by scholars and students of the middle ages. As the result of this work and a lifetime of scholarship on John Gower's poetry, she won the John Hurt Fisher Award, presented at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo last May. At Westminster's graduation ceremony, she also received the June and Manford Shaw Publication Prize for her most recent book, Scribit Mater: Mary and the Language Arts in the Literature of Medieval England.
Peter Goldman’s article “The Winter’s Tale and Antitheatricalism: Shakespeare’s Rehabilitation of the Public Scene” was published in the fall 2011 issue of Anthropoetics: The Journal of Generative Anthropology. His presentation on “Shakespeare’s Gentle Apocalypse: The Tempest” was accepted for the 2012 Generative Anthropology Summer Conference to held this year at International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan, on July 6-9th. Peter has also been awarded a Henkels Teaching Fellowship by Westminster College (funded by the John and Jean Henkels Endowment) for summer 2012 to study using visual arts for teaching literature, history, and philosophy. He’s looking forward to exploring the connections between figural art and literary, historical, and philosophical texts; and using figural art in various creative ways in his future classes.
Susan Gunter’s book Alice in Jamesland: The Story of Alice Howe Gibbens James (Un. of Nebraska Press) came out in March 2009, receiving a feature-length positive review by Colm Toibin in the June/July 2009 issue of New York Review of Books.
Elree Harris curated an exhibition of "Shakespeare's Heroines," a series of signed and dated Victorian prints located on the 2nd floor of the Giovale Library. She made several trips to the British Museum in order to research and write the catalogue that explains the history of the prints.
Chris LeCluyse has collaborated with Promise South Salt Lake, Westminster's Center for Civic Engagement, and Westminster students to create Write Here, a new community writing center at the Historic Scott School and Community Center in South Salt Lake City. He presented "A Classical Approach to the Writing Consultation as Translation: You Say Metaphora, and I Say Translatio" at the International Writing Centers Association Conference and “Beyond the Culture of Tears: Moving the Center from the Margins” at the University of Texas Undergraduate Writing Center Symposium. His article “The Categories We Keep: Writing Center Forms and the Topoi of Writing Instruction” was recently published in Praxis: A Writing Center Journal.
Jeff McCarthy was invited to lead a seminar at this year’s Modernist Studies Association conference where 20 professors and graduate students worked with him on “Modernism & Nature.” His review of George Handley’s Home Waters appeared in Western American Literature. The University of Edinburgh Journal will publish his essay “Reading Green: How Ecocriticism Works.” Also forthcoming is the essay “Beyond Romantic Nature” which will appear in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. His op-ed “How to Stop Ski Resort Expansion” appeared in The Salt Lake Tribune and urges everyone to oppose Talisker’s Ski-Link initiative.
Fatima Mujcinovic delivered a keynote speech at the interdisciplinary arts and sciences conference, Confutati 2012, held at the University of Utah April 13th-15th, 2012. Responding to the conference theme “Mapping Effaced Identities,” Fatima discussed the potential role of minority literature in expressing oppositional forms of identity, cultural practices, and political positioning. Her talk was entitled “US Latino/a Literature: Writing on the Margins, Mapping New Identities.”
Lance Newman co-edited the Penguin Academics anthology, American Literature (2013). An article, “Race and Nature in Nineteenth-Century American Literature” which Newman co-edited with James Finley, appeared in the Journal of Ecocriticism in July 2013. He also gave a paper, "The Deep Brown Wilderness: William Apess, Race, and Nature,” at the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment conference at the University of Kansas in June 2013.
Jennifer Ritter co-presented a paper, “Writing Centers and the Resident ESL Writer: Mapping New Routes,” at the Symposium on Second Language Writing in November 2009 at Arizona State University. The discussion addressed pedagogical approaches to tutoring ESL writers whose literacy and language learning experiences have not adequately prepared them for college writing. Also, Jennifer joined the editorial board of The International Journal of Innovation in English Language Teaching and Research.
Natasha Saje's third book of poems, Vivarium (Tupelo) and a book of poetry criticism, Windows and Doors: A Poet Reads Literary Theory (Michigan), will both be published in 2014. An interview with her appears in the spring 2013 issue of Crab Creek Review. An interview Natasha conducted with prose writer Diane Lefer will appear in the December Writer's Chronicle. New poems are forthcoming in Crazyhorse, and creative nonfiction in Alimentum. Reprinted work appears in two new anthologies: The Widow’s Handbook (Kent State UP) and Unruly Catholic Women Writers (SUNY).