Recent Faculty Scholarship

Faculty Scholarship in the 2014-15 Academic Year


Adams, Derek:


  • “Layers of Lazarus: Robert Downey Jr. Hits ‘True Emotional Paydirt’ through Blackface,” From Less Than Zero to Superhero: Essays on Film. Ed. Erin MacDonald. McFarland Press, (forthcoming 2014.)

Conference Papers:

  • American Studies Association Conference, Washington D.C., November 2013: “ZZ Packer’s Drinking Coffee Elsewhere: You Owe Me My Blackness." 

  • ACLA, NYU, March 2014: "Adopting Children, Adopting Race: A Fiction of Law and Custom in Twain's Puddn'head Wilson." 

Breen, Dan:


  • "The Resurrected Corpus: History and Reform in Bale's Kynge Johan," in Renaissance Retrospections: Tudor Views of the Middle Ages, ed. Sarah Kelen.  Kalamazoo (MI): Medieval Institute Publications, 2013, 16-36.

Egan, Hugh:


  • "'On Freedom': Emerson, Douglass, and the Self-reliant Slave." ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance, 60:2 (May 2014).

Invited talk:

  • "Hiving the Bees: Frederick Douglass and John Brown." A presentation sponsored by the Tompkins County Public Library in cooperation with the Tompkins County Civil War Commission. February 18, 2015.

Gleitman, Claire:


  • "Saint-Mamas, Strudel, and the Single Man in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman”  forthcoming in the Arthur Miller Journal (Spring 2015).

  • “'…then she came, and she cried. And I went back home with her': Arthur Miller’s All My Sons and the Prison-House of Gender.'" Arthur Miller Journal (Fall, 2013).

Conference Papers:

  • NeMLA conference 2013, "Saint-Mamas, Strudel and the Single[M]an: False Ideals and False Idols in Death of a Salesman."

  • Professor Gleitman will be participating in a roundtable discussion of Arthur Miller’s reputation on the occasion of the centennial of his birth, at the Comparative Drama Conference in Baltimore, Maryland in April, 2015.

Holmes, Christopher:

Invited Talks

  • “Three Types of Failed Mechanisms in the Work of Ivan Vladislavic.” University of Pennsylvania, Comparative Literature Graduate Seminar, “South African Modernisms: City, Country, World,” October 2015. 

  •  “Corporations are People: Limit Thinking and Ishiguro’s Clones.” Queen Mary University of London, English Postgraduate Research Seminar, February 2015.


  • “Global Special Delivery,” (Review) Contemporary Literature. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2014. 55(1): 182-191.

  • “The Nation After the Age of the Global.” Diaspora 18, 3 (2015): 392–403. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 

Conference Papers

  • “After the Global Turn in South African Literature.” Society for Novel Studies, Pittsburgh, May 2016.

  • “The 21st Century Novel at the Limit.” ACLA, Cambridge, March 2016 (organized panel and paper)

  • “Novel Thinking: Contemporary Literature Without Form.” MLA, Austin, January 2016 (organized panel and paper)

  • “After Geomodernisms.” MSA17, Boston, November 2015

  • “Writing the Now/Thinking the Now: After the ‘Global Turn’ in South African Fiction.” Writing South Africa Now, Cambridge University (UK), July 2015.

  • “Global Modernism in Ascent/Dissent.” MSA16, November 2014, Pittsburgh, PA. 

  • “Thinking at the Limit of the Novel.” Kazuo Ishiguro: New Perspectives. November 2014, University of Tokyo, Japan.

Kittredge, Katharine:


  • "Considering Female Masculinities in Eighteenth Century Britain," will be published in the collection Developments in the Histories of Sexualities In Search of the Normal, 1600–1800, edit. Chris Mounsey (Bucknell UP 2013).

  • "Lethal Girls Drawn for Boys: Girl Assassins in Manga/Anime and Comics/Film," Children's Literature Association Quarterly 39.4 (2014 Winter): 506-532.

Matusiak, Christopher:


  • "Elizabeth Beeston, Sir Lewis Kirke, and the Cockpit's Management during the English Civil Wars," Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England 27 (2014): 161-191.

  • "Lost Stage Friars and their Narratives," in Lost Plays of Shakespeare's England. Eds. David McInnis and Matthew Steggle.  Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.  pp. 73-86.

  • "Marlowe and Theater History," Marlowe at 450, ed. Sara Munson Deats and Robert A. Logan. London: Ashgate, 2014.

Conference papers:

  • International Marlowe Conference in Staunton, VA 2013: "Marlowe's Friars."

  • Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting in Toronto 2013: "Elizabeth Beeston alias Hutchinson: Playhouse Manager--and Royalist Agent?"

Murphy, Kevin: 


Spitzer, Jennifer:


  • "On Not Reading Freud: Amateurism, Expertise, and the Pristine Unconscious in D.H. Lawrence." Modernism/modernity (Jan. 2014).

Conference paper:

  • ACLA 2015: "Embarrassed Laughter and Lady Chatterley’s Lover."

  • MLA conference 2014: Professor Spitzer has organized a panel entitled "New Approaches to Psychology and Modernism."

Twomey, Michael: 


  • “How Green Was the Green Knight?  Forest Ecology at Hautdesert,” Arthurian Literature 30 (2013), 27-53.

  • "Chaucer's Houses in the Tales of the Miller and Reeve," co-authored with Scott D. Stull (8000 words, forthcoming in Chaucer Review).


  • Lawrence Besserman, Biblical Paradigms in Medieval English Literature from Caedmon to Malory, Routledge Studies in Medieval Literature and Culture 1 (New York/London: Routledge, 2012). Published in Speculum 89.4 (2104), 1109-11.

  • Jill Mann, Life in Words: Essays on Chaucer, the Gawain-Poet, and Malory, ed. Mark David Rasmussen (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014). Published in The Medieval Review 15.06.13 (June 13, 2015):

  • David Gould, ed. and trans., Pearl of Great Price: A Literary Translation of the Middle English Pearl (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2012). Published in Speculum 89.1 (2014), 200-03.

Conference papers and Invited Lectures:

  • "Reading the Environment of Medieval Literature" and "Medieval Literature and the Environment," plus duties as session moderator, mentor, and resource person in ecocriticism; Svartárkot Culture-Nature Program, Kidagil, Bárdardalur, Northern Iceland, June 5-15, 2015. 

  • "The Arthurian Ecotone," 50th Annual International Congress of Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 15, 2015.

  • "Peoples of the Book:  Middle Eastern Ethnology in Western Medieval Encyclopedias," lecture given at the combined Seminars on Religion and Writing and Medieval Studies, Columbia University, New York, March 24, 2015.  

  • “Chaucer’s Houses in the Miller’s and Reeve’s Tales,” 19th biennial congress of the New Chaucer Society, University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland, July 16, 2014; co-authored by Scott D. Stull, Ithaca College and SUNY Cortland (20 minutes, refereed).

  • “The Muslim World in Bartholomaeus Anglicus’s De proprietatibus rerum” in the session Speculum Arabicum: Medieval Encyclopedism Between East and West, sponsored by the Action de Recherche Concertée, Fédération Wallonie, of the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, at the 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 9, 2014 (20 minutes; invited).

  • “Encyclopedic Environments: Isidore of Seville and Bartholomaeus Anglicus,” Modern Language Association, Division of Comparative Medieval Literature, Chicago, IL, 9 January 2014 (20 minutes; invited).







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