English

Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

May 2022

  • Assistant Professor of English Rebecca Evans took part in the symposium The Aesthetics of Infrastructure/The Infrastructure of Aesthetics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, which was held April 21–22. An interdisciplinary group of scholars shared their work on infrastructure and the environmental humanities at the event.





April 2022

  • Professor of English and Austin Term Chair Eileen Cleere has had an article accepted for publication by Children’s Literature Association Quarterly.The essay, “Going Downtown: ‘Right Reading,’ Mental Hygiene, and the Adolescent Sublimation of Victorian Sensation,” was first presented as a Paideia Connections Lecture in 2015.





  • Professor of English and Austin Term Chair Eileen Cleere presented a paper at the 2022 Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS) Annual Conference, held March 24–27 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her paper, “The Stratified Family Story: Dinah Mulock Craik’s The Head of the Family (1852) and the Problem of Pedophilia,” is part of a larger project about the discourses of rape, grooming, and sexual assault within the genre of fiction known as the Victorian family story. Cleere also chaired a panel titled “Queer Studies, Performance, and Desire.”





  • Professor of English and Austin Term Chair Eileen Cleere has been promoted to first vice president of Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS), an international group of scholars dedicated to interdisciplinary discussion and research.





March 2022

  • Professor of English and Austin Term Chair Eileen Cleere’s article “Rape in Public: Overlooking Child Sexual Assault in Charlotte Mary Yonge’s The Daisy Chain was published in Victorian Literature and Culture. Morgan Mosby ’20, Cleere’s former undergraduate research assistant, helped frame the initial ideas for the essay around issues of rape’s historic invisibility within literary and feminist criticism.





  • Assistant Professor of English Rebecca Evans was featured in conversation with American Book Award-winning and Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novelist Ruth Ozeki on an episode of the podcast Novel Dialogues.The episode is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and elsewhere online.





Feburary 2022

  • Recently retired Professor of English and holder of the McManis University Chair Helene Meyers recently published two reviews of films that focus on reproductive justice. Her review of Aftershock, a documentary on the epidemic of Black maternal mortality, appeared on the Lilithblog, and her review of My So-Called Selfish Life, a documentary on childfree women, was published by the Jewish Women’s Archive blog.





  • Recently retired Professor of English and holder of the McManis University Chair Helene Meyers talked about her new book Movie-Made Jewson the Revealerpodcast, hosted by New York University’s Center for Media and Religion. An excerpt from her book was also published in the February issue of the Revealer online magazine.





January 2022

  • Assistant Professor of English Rebecca Evans delivered two papers at the 2022 Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention, held virtually and in person January 6–9 in Washington, D.C.. The first was part of an environmental humanities roundtable titled “Apocalyptic Realisms”; the second was part of a panel titled “The Unforeseeable,” sponsored by the Prose Fiction Forum.





  • Assistant Professor of English Rebecca Evans published a review of Neal Stephenson’s latest novel, Termination Shock,in the Los Angeles Review of Books





  • Professor of English and Austin Term Chair Eileen Cleere delivered a paper at the 2022 Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention, held January 6–9 in Washington, D.C. Her paper, “Pivotingand Other Words I’ll Never Use Again,” was delivered remotely when infection rates and travel conditions shifted most of the conference online. The paper was part of a panel commemorating the forthcoming publication of “Unprecedented Disruptions: Nineteenth-Century Scholars Reflect on 2020,” an issue of Nineteenth-Century Contexts Cleere coedited.





December 2021

  • Professor of English and McManis University Chair Helene Meyers published “7 Jewish Feminist Highlights of 2021” in Lilith Magazine’s blog.





  • A profile of Professor of English and McManis University Chair Helene Meyers appeared in The Key Reporter, Phi Beta Kappa’s online publication.





November 2021

  • An excerpt from Movie-Made Jews: An American Tradition, a recent book by Professor of English and McManis University Chair Helene Meyers, was published in the fall issue of Lilith Magazine.





  • Professor and Austin Term Chair in English Eileen Cleere reviewed My Victorian Novel: Critical Essays in the Personal Voice,edited by Annette R. Federico, for the journal Nineteenth-Century Contexts. The review appeared in volume 43, issue 4.





  • Professor and Joanne Powers Austin Term Chair in English Eileen Cleere coedited a volume of Nineteenth-Century Contextsdevoted to the unprecedented disruptions of 2020. Her introduction to the special issue, cowritten with Professors George Robb (William Paterson University) and Narin Hassan (Georgia Tech), is titled “Zooming In: Epidemic, Pandemic, Endemic.”





  • Assistant Professor of English Rebecca Evans and Southwestern students Coleen Roche ’22 and Elena Welsh ’23 presented a paper titled “Public Humanities Pedagogy for the Present” on the panel “Social Media and the Public Sphere” at the annual conference of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present. The paper detailed the methods and findings of the team’s summer 2021 faculty-student research project and reflected on how the project changed their perspectives on collaborative humanities research and public-facing literary scholarship.





  • Associate Professor of English Michael Saenger published an article titled “Shakespeare and Linguistic Change” in The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Global Shakespeare. Saenger also presented a talk titled “Addressing Challenges in the Humanities & Social Sciences: Toward a Better Understanding and Use of Key Terms in Combating BDS and Israel Delegitimization”





October 2021

  • At the 2021 Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association, Assistant Professor of English Rebecca Evans presided over the Environment and Culture Caucus’s professional development panel, “Teaching for Justice: A Pedagogy Working Session,” and chaired and presented on a session titled “Extinction Rebellion: A Roundtable on the Performative Politics of Revolt,” where she discussed both the disruptive and the theatrical elements of Extinction Rebellion and other environmental justice movements and the popular and media attention paid to each.





September 2021

  • Assistant Professor of English Rebecca Evans and Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long were interviewed for a story for the online magazine Grist. The story, “Can Climate Fiction Deliver Climate Justice?” by Maddie Stone, was published on September 28. Among other subjects, the article discusses a Southwestern summer 2021 faculty–student research project, “Climate Literature and Climate Literacy,” led by Evans with two current Southwestern English students, Coleen Roche ’23 and Elena Welsh ’23.





  • Professor of English and McManis University Chair Helene Meyers was interviewed by Alma, a Jewish culture website that prides itself on being “feminist and full of chutzpah,” about her new book Movie-Made Jews: An American TraditionRead the interview.





  • Assistant Professor of English Rebecca Evans  published an article in the journal American Literature titled “ Geomemory and Genre Friction: Infrastructural Violence and Plantation Afterlives in Contemporary African American Novels .” The article is drawn from the fourth chapter of her current book project and is part of a joint special issue of American Literature and Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities  titled “The Infrastructure of Emergency.”