English

Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

May 2018

April 2018

  • Associate Professor of English Michael Saenger was invited to deliver a keynote lecture at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. His talk, titled “Shakespeare in a Time of Madness,” will be part of Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration on April 23.





  • Associate Professor of English Michael Saenger wrote a review, available here, of a performance of Ben Jonson’s Volpone.





  • Professor of English David Gaines published “The Old and the New,” a review of Why Bob Dylan Matters, in “The Bridge,” the leading Dylan fanzine in Europe.





  • Professor of English and McManis University Chair Helene Meyers published “Manicotti, Anyone?: A Kosher for Passover Easter Dinner” in Tablet. Read it here.





  • English Professor David Gaines was interviewed by BBC Radio 4 on March 25, 2018 regarding “Trouble No More,” a new documentary film about Bob Dylan’s Born-Again music and views. Listen here (begins at 22:30).





March 2018

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