Recent Faculty Scholarship

Claire Gleitman Featured in Visions of Tragedy in Modern American Drama

Visions of Tragedy in Modern American Drama

This volume responds to a renewed focus on tragedy in theatre and literary studies to explore conceptions of tragedy in the dramatic work of seventeen canonical American playwrights. Claire Gleitman is featured in a chapter highlighting the work of Tony Kushner. 

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:


  • "Shakespeare and History Writing," Literature Compass 14 (2017), e12376, 1-10, doi:  10.111/lic3.12376

  • "Redeeming the Sonnet Sequence:  Desire and Repentance in Fulke Greville's Caelica,"  Sidney Journal 35 (2017):  141-63.

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:


“’What a man!’: Performing Masculinity in Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams,” is forthcoming in Anthology on Arthur Miller for the 21st Century, ed. David Palmer (Palgrave). 

Conference Papers

  • Professor Gleitman will be delivering a paper called: “’What an anemic!”: The Revenge of the Nerd in Death of a Salesman” at NeMLA in Boston this March, 2020.

  • 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

"A Laugh Riot: Coetzee Gets All His Ducks in a Row." University of Pennsylvania, Graduate Course on J.M. Coetzee. December, 2019.


  • Holmes, C. (2016) The Limits of World Literature. Literature Compass, 13: 572–584.

  • “Ishiguro at the Limit: The Corporation and The Novel. NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction. Duke University Press. 52.3 (2019): 386-405.

  • "Exercises in Style: Zadie Smith and the Novel After Form."The Companion to Contemporary British and Irish Literature. Edit. Richard Bradford, Stephen Butler, Madelena Gonzalez, James Ward. London: Wiley-Blackwell Press.

  • “Out of Place: Ishiguro’s World Literature.” The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to World Literature, Volume 5: 20th-21st Century. Edit. B. Venkat Mani. London: Wiley-Blackwell Press. (2019)

Conference Papers

  • “Limit.” SNS (Society for Novel Studies), Cornell University, May 2018 (Invited Theory Keyword Seminar, organizer and presenter)

  • Multiple Choice, or the Formula for Worlding.” ACLA, Utrecht, Netherlands, July 2017 (organized panel and paper)

  • ““Experiencing Network Issues: Contemporary Modernist Style and the End of Knowing. MSA19, Pasadena, November 2016

Kittredge, Katharine: 


  • “The Blind Made Happy: Arcs of Reward and Redemption in Early Modern Children’s Texts” for Variabilities IICollection. Ed Chris Mounsey.  Peter Lang, 2016.

  • “‘For the Benefit of Young Women Going into Service’: Late Eighteenth-century Proto-Young Adult Novels for Labouring Class Girls” Women's Writing 23:1 (2016): 106-126.

  • "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:


  •  "'I Find My Mind Meeting Yours': Rebecca West's Telepathic Modernism," Studies in the Novel.

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

Upcoming Talks/Seminars:

  • Auden’s Amateurs: Developing an Oppositional Queer Poetics in the 1930s, Auden and Others, Modern Language Association, January 6, 2018.
  • Talk on Regarding Susan Sontag, Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College, February 22, 2018.
  • “The Telepathic Modernism of Rebecca West and Virginia Woolf.” To Be More than Oneself: Literary Challenges to the Figuration of Self. American Comparative Literature Association.March 30, 2018.
  • Seminar on the Narrative Detail, Co-organized with Amanda Claybaugh, Society for Novel Studies, Cornell University, May 2018.

Twomey, Michael: 


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

  • Michael W. Twomey and Scott D. Stull, "Architectural Satire in the Tales of the Miller and Reeve," Chaucer Review 51.3 (2016), 310-37.


  • 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): http://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/tmr/article/view/19187/25324.

  • 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).