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Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages Success Stories

Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages

Success Stories

Students:

Kaitlynn Helm, Sigma Tau Delta Officer, has done extensive work for Snack Pak 4 Kids. Snack Pak 4 Kids is in the process of copywriting Helm's guide so it can help other programs across the state and country. Recently area leaders were invited to San Antonio to speak at a national meeting with over 900 people in attendance, and significant interest was expressed in Helm's work.

Olivia Trabysh has recently travelled with the School for International Training to Rwanda and Uganda to examine the sociopolitical factors impeding reconcilation and stabilization in the East African Great Lakes region. She specifially analyzed the Rwandan genocide of 1994 and the Lord Resistance Army's invation of Northern Uganda. Presently, Trabysh is writing essays about her field research. She credits her recent involvement with local and national social justice movements to lessons she learned abroad about neocolonization.

Faculty:

Dr. Jeffrey Doty, Wendy and Stanley Marsh 3 Associate Professor of Shakespeare, has three recent essays: " 'Stand Still, See All, and Use Silence': Measure for Measure and the Problem of Popularity" in English Literary Renaissance; “Public Talk, Private Exposure, and Popular Consent in Thomas More’s The History of King Richard III” in Renaissance and Reformation; and Shakespeare's Richard II, 'Popularity,' and the Early Modern Public Sphere," in Shakespeare Quarterly. In addition, Dr. Doty authored a book review of Kevin Sharpe's Selling the Tudor Monarchy: Authority and Image in Sixteenth-Century England for the spring issue of Philological Quarterly.

Dr. Monica Smith Hart, Associate Professor of English and Director, Office of Writing Programs, has an essay entitled "Ellen Johnston's Autobiography, Poems and Songs" forthcoming in Victorian Poetry.

Dr. Alex Hunt and Dr. Martin Jacobsen, associate professors of English, published "Cormac McCarthy's "The Road and Plato's Simile of the Sun" in The Explicator 66.3 2008: 155-58.

Dr. Martin Jacobsen, Associate Professor of English, guest edited and wrote the introduction for the Awards for Excellence in Research issue of the Mensa Research Journal 40.1 2009. He also had a condensed version of his article, "Discourse" for Blackwell's Encyclopedia of Sociology, approved for inclusion in Blackwell's Concice Encyclopedia of Sociology.

Dr. Bonney MacDonald, EPML Department Head and Professor of English, published “Ranchlands: Classroom on the Range” in Western Horseman (July 2008).

Dr. Andrew Reynolds, Assistant Professor of Spanish, recently published two essays: “El regionalismo crítico y la representación latinoamericanista en la prosa temprana de Darío” in Revista Iberoamericana and “Transatlantic Sensationalism and the First Printing of Rubén Darío’s ‘A Roosevelt’” in Decimonónica: Journal of 19th Century Hispanic Cultural Production. He also published a review of Erika Beckman’s Capital Fictions: The Literature of the Latin American Export Age (U of Minnesota Press) in Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. His book collection, Behind the Masks of Modernism: Global and Transnational Perspectives (co-edited with Bonnie Roos), is forthcoming with University Press of Florida.

Dr. Bonnie Roos, Associate Professor of English, published Djuna Barnes's Nightwood: The World, and the Politics of Peace (Bloomsbury Press, 2014).

Dr. Steven Severn, EPML Department Head and Associate Professor of English, essay "Professional Culture and Narrative Collapse in Elizabeth Gaskell's A Dark Night's Work" is forthcoming in the journal Victorian Review. 

Dr. Pat Tyrer, Associate Professor of English, is the author of a monograph on American modernist, Evelyn Scott, titled, Evelyn Scott's Contribution to American Literary Modernism 1920-1940. Lewiston, NY:  Edwin Mellen Press, Ltd, 2014. Her creative work appears in Speaking of Love: An Anthology of Positive and Uplifting Short Stories, Bewildering Stories Journal, Dead Guns Press, Front Porch Review, Black Fox Literary Magazine, and Haunted Waters Press. Dr. Tyrer additionally serves as the Women’s Issues Editor for Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy and is the faculty sponsor for The Legacy, WT’s creative writing journal.