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Rebekah Phillips and Rebecca Olsen  attended the 2018 Dickens Universe in Santa Cruz, CA, with Prof Iain Crawford (not pictured) and two of our  undergraduate students. Graduate students interested in attending the 2019 Dickens Universe should contact Iain Crawford asap.

Jessica Conrad is joining Kent State University at Stark this Spring semester as an Assistant Professor of English.

Mali Collins-White has an article entitled, "Rethinking the Human: Anti-Respectability and Blackhood" forthcoming in the March 2019 issue of American Quarterly.

Megan O'Donnell recently earned an Honorable Mention in the Vcologies Early Career Paper Prize competition, a blind peer-reviewed contest open to current graduate students and faculty who have completed their Ph.D. within the last 3 years. The judges observed that “O’Donnell’s essay [“Forms of Power: Energy and the Ecological Affordance of Victorian Fairies,”] shows an impressive ability to startle us out of old habits of looking at the world, inviting us to engage in unfamiliar modes of reading and seeing that promise to expand our ability to think ecologically.” 

Clay Colmon's article "Queer Afrofuturism: Utopia, Sexuality, and Desire in Samuel Delany's 'Aye and Gomorrah,” has won the 2018 Eugenio Battisti Award. The Battisti Award is selected by a committee of utopian scholars and is awarded each year to the author of the best article in the previous year’s volume of the journal Utopian Studies. This comes from the first chapter of Clay's dissertation on Queer Afrofuturism.  Clay is now directing a digital humanities program at Penn & will defend his thesis in 2019.

Brandi Locke will be presenting at the 2019 American Studies Assoc. (ASA) conference in a panel by the Digital Humanities Caucus. She will also be presenting her work on Alice Dunbar Nelson at the 2019 conference for the Society for the Study of Multi Ethnic Literature in the US (MELUS) and at the MLA International Symposium in Lisbon. This summer she will continue her internship with the Stuart Rose MARBL at Emory University. 

Memorial Hall

​Memorial Hall is the English Department's home on campus

  • The DGS is seeking a full-year RA for 2019-2020. The position would require an average of 10 hours a week on tasks such as photocopying, image-tagging, source acquisition, and transcription in the subject areas of 19th C transatlantic history, environmental humanities, games and play, and contemporary science fiction. A student working in this position will be on a 1-0 teaching load. 
  • Students should watch for the call for summer RAships, which will appear shortly
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Jane Wessel earned her Ph.D. at U.D. in 2016. She’s currently working as an assistant professor in 18th Century literature at Austin Peay State University. She recently completed a month-long fellowship at the Houghton Library, working with materials related to R.B. Sheridan that relate to her book project on literary property and the eighteenth-century stage. She has an article forthcoming in The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation in Spring 2019. Teaching-wise, she notes that “in Spring 2018, I created a set of linked courses with faculty in Theatre and Communication in which our students worked together to produce a podcast on Restoration Shakespeare. The podcast episodes should be available publicly this winter, after the audio engineers finish editing them." 

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  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • University of Delaware
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