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Bernard McKenna is the recipient of the University's “Excellence in Teaching Award" and the “Exemplary use of Technology in Teaching Award." His most recent book is The Baltimore Black Sox: A Negro Leagues History (https://www.amazon.com/Baltimore-Black-Sox-Leagues-1913-1936/dp/1476677719). He sits on the editorial board of The Journal of Modern Literature. He has refereed articles for The Journal of Modern Literature, Modernism/Modernity, The Philological Quarterly, and other scholarly publications; evaluated manuscripts for the University Press; and served as an external reviewer for tenure candidates at other institutions. He has taught graduate courses and served on Ph.D. exam and dissertation committees at the University of Delaware, Temple University, and Drew University. He has served two terms as president of the CAS Faculty Senate, most recently in 2019-2020. He has also volunteered for the Employer Support for the Guards and Reserves, giving deployment and USERRA briefings at the Dover AFB, the Delaware Joint Armed Forces Reserve Center, the Army Reserve Centers in Newark and Dover, and at the Marine Corps Training Center in New Castle. He has worked as a consultant for the Peabody Heights Brewery in Baltimore and for Sagamore Development Corporation in Port Covington. He founded the SABR Baltimore chapter, serving as its first chair and later as secretary.
Dr. McKenna has teaching interests in fantasy fiction, Anime, and Irish studies.
· Fantasy Fiction:
o Developed and regularly teach a course of the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien.
o Developed and regularly teach introductory and advanced courses on J.K. Rowling's magical world:
§ ENGL 151: Harry Potter's Literary World, O.W.L.
§ ENGL 371: Harry Potter's Literary World, N.E.W.T.
· First World War:
o Regularly teach courses First World War literature.
o Ceremony to commemorate Delawareans who died in World War I
o UD students bring life to the names of WWI fallen | News | newarkpostonline.com
· Irish Studies:
o Taught courses on James Joyce and Finnegans Wake.
o Taught course on the "Poetry of William Butler Yeats" and on "Print and Material Culture in Yeats's Writings."
o Taught courses in Irish Literature.
· The Baltimore Black Sox: A Documentary History offers a detailed history of the Baltimore Black Sox. The completed manuscript is currently under review. Portions of the book have been published as scholarly articles and as blogs:
o Joe Gans: Star of the Ring and the Diamond
o Charles "Square Deal" Cromwell: Blackball Umpire
o UD's McKenna finds rare photo of baseball legends Satchel Paige, Mule Suttles, Rap Dixon and Dick Lundy in Baltimore
o Photographic Treasure Trove of Baseball History
o "A Field of Their Own: The Baltimore Black Sox and Maryland Park."
· William Butler Yeats.
o "Violence, Transcendence, and Resistance in the Manuscripts of Yeats's "Leda and the Swan"" by McKenna, Bernard - Philological Quarterly, Vol. 90, Issue 4, Fall 2011 | Online Research Library: Questia
o "Yeats and the Aesthetics of Nationalism in Print and Material Culture, 1899-1938."
§ 1899: "Yeats, Beltaine, and the Aesthetics of Cultural Idealism." New Hibernia Review 17.2 (Summer 2013): 136-151.
§ 1903: "Yeats, Samhain, and the Aesthetics of Cultural Nationalism: 'A Supreme Moment in the Life of a Nation.'" Irish Studies Review 18.4 (Fall 2010): 401-419.
§ 1909: "Yeats, The Arrow, and the Aesthetics of a National, Moral Culture." The Journal of Modern Literature 38.2 (Winter 2015): 16-28.
§ 1924: "Yeats, 'Leda,' and the Aesthetics of To-Morrow: 'The Immortality of the Soul.'" New Hibernia Review 13.2 (Summer 2009): 16-35.
§ 1926: "'Silent Ambassadors' Yeats, Irish Coinage, and the Aesthetics of a National, Material Culture." Yeats-Eliot Review 36.3-4 (Fall-Winter 2015): 21-38.
§ 1936: "'Call Back the Soul': Yeats, Ireland, and the Aesthetics of Cultural Renewal in The Oxford Book of Modern Verse:" Yeats-Eliot Review 27.1-2 (Spring-Summer 2010): 2-11.
§ 1938: "Yeats, On the Boiler, The Aesthetics of Cultural Disintegration and a Program for Renewal: 'Of our own rich experience.'" The Journal of Modern Literature 35.4 (Summer 2012): 73-90
· Finnegans Wake
o "'Soul of the Devil's Pig': Comedy and Affirmation in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake." Etudes Irlandais 34.1 (Spring 2009): 91-104.
o "This same prehistoric barrow 'tis, the Orangery--Duelling and Dual Communities in Finnegans Wake." Lit: Literature, Interpretation, Theory 10.2 (Summer 1999): 131-47.
· Rupture, Representation, and the Refashioning of Identity in Drama from the North of Ireland, 1969-1994 (Contributions in Drama and Theatre Studies,) (9780313320293): Bernard McKenna: Books
· Frequent contributor/reviewer for the the Problem-Based Learning database at the University of Delaware
· EDITOR: Eureka Studies in Teaching Short Fiction 9.2 (Spring 2009): The Irish Short Story.
· James Joyce's Ulysses: A Reference Guide
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