The past semester has seen some wonderful accomplishments by the graduate students here in Vanderbilt’s English department. There are many publications forthcoming from our department, many exciting summer programs attended, and countless conferences past and forthcoming.
Firstly, the EGSA would like to congratulate Nikki Spigner, who successfully defended her dissertation, “Niobe Repeating: Black New Women Rewrite Ovid’s Metamorphoses,” in November, 2014, which was written under the direction of Hortense Spillers. Nikki will be joining the department as a lecturer starting in January 2015.
Awards and Prizes:
The EGSA would also like to congratulate our two winners of this year’s Robert Mason Myers First Caper Award:
Faith Barter, for “‘Dead! Dead! Dead!’: David Walker, Nat Turner, and Law’s Consuming Violence”
Petal Samuel, for “‘Ex Tempore’: The Zong Massacre, Sound, and a Critique of Progressive Time”
Kirsten Mendoza won the Susan Ford Wiltshire Best Graduate Student Essay Prize for “Desiring Blackness: Sexuality and Race in the Two Texts of Othello,” written for Leah Marcus’s seminar last fall. She also won the Rocky Mountain MLA Women’s Caucus Award for Best Feminist Convention Presentation for “Imperfection Made Perfect: The Female Humoral Body in Richard Crashaw’s The Weeper.”
Faith Barter’s essay “Bartleby, Barbarians, and the Legality of Literature” is forthcoming in the collection Latour and the Passage of Law, ed. Kyle McGee (U of Edinburgh P)
Annie Castro has an article forthcoming in Afro-Hispanic Review, “Caribbean Collusion: Junot Díaz, Edwidge Danticat, and the New Yorker Fiction podcast” as well as two encyclopedia entries co-authored with Ifeoma Nwankwo
Kat DeGuzman has an essay “The Pleasures of Excerpts: George Lamming, New World Quarterly, and the Novel” forthcoming in Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal.
Andy Hines has had an essay accepted for publication in Criticism, “Melvin B. Tolson, Allen Tate, and the New Critical Police.”
Kylie Korsnack has chapter “GTAs and the Writing Studio: An Experimental Space for Increased Learning and Pedagogical Growth” forthcoming in the book Innovative Developments in Studio Practice, ed. Mark Sutton and Sally Chandler (New York, Hampton Press). (GTA does not stand for “Grand Theft Auto” but for “graduate teaching assistants.”)
Tatiana McInnis has a publication forthcoming in Small-Screen Souths
Jesse Montgomery has an essay “On Philly Schools” forthcoming in the book City by City, n+1 / Faber and Faber, 2015
RJ Boutelle chairs a panel, “Sensing Cuba,” at the American Studies Association, November 6-9, 2014
Anne Margaret Castro presents a conference paper entitles “Rewording Spiritual Time in the Caribbean: Zora Neale Hurston’s Tell My Horse” at the American Studies Association, November 6-9, 2014
Kirsten Mendoza presents “‘Thou maiest inforce my baby but not mee’: Masochistic Pleasure of the Bounded Subject in John Marston’s The Wonder of Women” at the CUNY Abiding Cities, Remnant Sites conference
Petal Samuel presents a paper at West Indian Literature conference in October 2014
Wietske Smeele will be presenting a paper at the Dickens Universe Winter Conference in February 2015. She is also presenting at The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900 in February 2015, and at the Nineteenth Century Studies Association conference in March 2015.
Stephanie Straub will present a paper at the University of Toronto’s Comparative Literature conference in March 2014
Deann Armstrong and Anne Margaret Castro attended the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornel, June/July 2014
Faith Barter attended the Futures of American Studies Institute, Dartmouth College, June 2014
- J. Boutelle has received a Kate B. and Hall J. Peterson Fellowship, a short-term summer research fellowship, at the American Antiquarian Society for research he will do in this spring 2015.
Dan Fang was chosen as a HASTAC Scholar representing the Robert Penn Warren Center for this academic year
Well done to Kylie Korsnack, who, on October 19, won the women’s division of Music City Half Marathon, finishing 11th overall, with a time of 1:26:14 (shaving 4 minutes off her personal best)!
Lauren Mitchell was interviewed on the Canadian Broadcasting Company radio show “The Current” on Sept 30; she spoke about the non-profit she founded: Narrative Care.
James Phelan this past summer received a summer fellowship to study at the Dublin James Joyce Summer School, as well as a fellowship to study at the Trieste Joyce School
Hashim Pipkin, who left the program after earning his M.A. last year, was recently hired as the Coordinator of Teacher Recruitment and Selection in the DC Public School system.
Stephanie Straub attended the London Graduate Student Summer Academy in Critical Theory in the summer 2014
Wietske Smeele and Dan Fang were participants at Dickens Camp in August, 2014