English

Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

February 2018

  • Professor of English David Gaines presented “Bob Dylan, Beautiful Classroom Moments, and ‘Everything Side By Side Created Equal’” on Feb. 10 in Tulsa, Okla. He was one of three invited speakers at “Dylan in the Classroom,” the inaugural symposium of the University of Tulsa’s Institute for Bob Dylan Studies and the affiliated Bob Dylan Archive. As well as addressing the ways in which Dylan’s music is being taught and studied from elementary classrooms through high school and into college, he also discussed the possible future directions of Dylan Studies and chaired a course planning workshop.





  • Natalia Kapacinskas , class of 2018, will present “L.T. Meade, Fictional Plagiarism, and a New Model of Authorship” at the 26th annual British Women Writers Conference held this April at the University of Texas at Austin. The paper is a selection from her English Honors Thesis on the evolution of plagiarism and women’s writing in the long nineteenth century (1789–1914).





January 2018

December 2017

  • Professor of English David Gaines’s poem “Egyptian Rings and Spanish Boots” was selected for inclusion in the New Rivers Press anthology titled “Visiting Bob: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Bob Dylan” edited by Thom Tammaro and Alan Davis. The volume will appear in early 2018.





November 2017

  • Professor of English David Gaines delivered “Landscape and Characters: Hill Country Stories in Progress,” an invited lecture, at Schreiner University in Kerrville on Nov. 9. Gaines spoke to students and faculty in the Texas Studies Program about his current research into and writing about 630 acres of hill country land from the early nineteenth-century to the present.





  • Professor of English and McManis University Chair Helene Meyers published “Billie Jean Beats Bobby: Watching BATTLE OF THE SEXES in Trumpian Times” in Lilith Magazine’s Blog.





August 2017

  • Professor of English and McManis University Chair Helene Meyers published “The Disappearing Jew” in Inside Higher Education.





  • Associate Professor of English Michael Saenger presented a paper at a seminar on the topic of strangers and immigration in Shakespeare and the modern world at the conference of ESRA (European Shakespeare Research Association) in Gdansk, Poland. In addition, at the same conference, he led a workshop titled “Shakespeare Between Languages.” In this workshop, a variety of European Shakespeare scholars translated a section of English poetry into French, Polish, Italian, Spanish and Chinese. Saenger led a discussion of the practical and theoretical challenges and opportunities of these varied encounters with language difference.





  • Professor of English and McManis University Chair Helene Meyers published “The Misogyny of MENASHE” in Lilith Magazine Blog.





July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

  • Professor of English and McManis University Chair Helene Meyers has been invited to join the editorial board of Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies.





  • Professor of English David Gaines offered two classroom workshops and delivered an invited address to the Texas Writers’ Conference at Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas, on Apr. 25. The title of his address was “Dylan, Revelations, and Change: The Nobel Prize and ‘Literature.’”





  • Professor of English and McManis University Chair Helene Meyers published “Cinematic Sustenance for a Jewish Feminist Exodus” in Lilith Magazine Blog.





  • Associate Professor of English Michael Saenger chaired one panel at the Renaissance Society of America in Chicago. He collaborated with Associate Professor of Theatre Sergio Costola to co-chair and co-organize another panel, in addition to co-writing a paper. The paper explored the relationship between eugenics and the movement of foreign bodies in the Renaissance.





April 2017

  • Professor of English David Gaines delivered “Listening To, Writing About and Teaching Dylan,” an invited lecture at Texas A&M University-Central Texas in Killeen on Apr. 10. He presented as part of the university library’s event devoted to the art of the 2016 Nobel Laureate in Literature.





March 2017

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing John Pipkin has been awarded a Yaddo Residential Fellowship (Saratoga Springs, NY) to work on his new novel about the Tour de France under Hitler.  The prize is prestigious: “Collectively, Yaddo artists have won 74 Pulitzer Prizes, 29 MacArthur Fellowships, 68 National Book Awards, and a Nobel Prize (Saul Bellow, who won the Nobel for Literature in 1976). Notable Yaddo artists through the turn of the millennium include James Baldwin, Leonard Bernstein, Truman Capote, Aaron Copland, Philip Guston, Patricia Highsmith, Langston Hughes, Ted Hughes, Jacob Lawrence, Sylvia Plath, Martin Puryear, Katherine Anne Porter, Amy Sillman, Clyfford Still, and David Foster Wallace. More recent guests include Terry Adkins, Laurie Anderson, Jeffrey Eugenides, Sheri Fink, and Matthew Weiner” (www.yaddo.org).





  • Professor and Chair of English Eileen Cleere delivered a paper at the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Association (INCS) Conference in Philadelphia, Pa., March 17–20. Her paper, “The School Story for Girls, 1872–1929: A Sublimation of Sensation,” was partly based on her 2015 and 2016 faculty-student research, combined with her own new project on post-Freudian psychology and adolescent fiction. Cleere also serves on the Governing Board of INCS.





  • Professor of English and McManis University Chair Helene Meyers published an essay titled “Identity Crisis: The White Jewish Question Posed in THE HUMAN STAIN” in Washington Independent Review of Books.