English

Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

October 2018

  • Professor of English David Gaines delivered the keynote address at the 14th annual National Symposium of Theater and Performing Arts at Washington and Lee University on Oct. 26. The topic of the symposium was Race and Gender in Theater, Poetry, and Rock ‘n Roll, and the title of Gaines’s address was “‘I Felt Like I Was One of Them or All of Them Put Together’: Reflections on Race, Gender, and Bob Dylan’s Multitudes.” His presentation was greatly enhanced by the expertise of Audiovisual Services Coordinator Luke Allen and Research and Instruction Librarian Katherine Hooker.





  • Professor of English Eileen Cleere delivered a paper and chaired a panel at the North American Victorian Studies Association conference in St. Petersburg, Fla., Oct. 1114. Her paper “Sacrificing Iphigenia: Recognizing Sexual Assault in Charlotte Mary Yonge’s 1856 The Daisy Chain was part of a panel about the re-evaluation of rape in Victorian fiction in the contemporary context of #MeToo.





  • Associate Professor of English Michael Saenger delivered a talk titled “Shakespeare in a Moment of Madness” at the Dallas Shakespeare Conference at the University of Dallas on Oct. 6.





  • Professor of English David Gaines presented “Dylan’s Literary Fans, The Economy of Prestige, and Reading With One Hand Waving Free” at the New Approaches to Bob Dylan conference in Odense, Denmark, on Oct. 4, 2018. The presentation not only extended aspects of Gaines’s book In Dylan Town: A Fan’s Life but also grew out of the Spring 2018 English capstone course on literary prizes and canon formation.





  • Professor of English and McManis University Chair Helene Meyers published a review of the novel Not Our Kindin the Washington Independent Review of Books.





August 2018

July 2018

  • Associate Professor of English Michael Saenger published a review of Booth’s Richard III, a historical production of Shakespeare’s play as staged by John Wilkes Booth.





June 2018

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.