amattison on April 15th, 2015

The English Department proudly announces that our Outstanding Student for 2014-2015 is Keevan Hazel, who is graduating with a dual B.A./B.Ed. Degree in English Literature and Adolescent/Young Adult Integrated Language Arts. Keevan is an active member of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society, as well as Phi Kappa Phi and Kappa Delta Pi. He [...]

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Guy Szuberla published an essay on “W.R. Burnett’s ‘Dressing Up’: or, ‘Ain’t I Boul’ Mich’?’”  in Midwestern Miscelllany, 42 (Fall 2014): 40-55. Boul’ Mich does not refer to Boulevard St. Michel, Paris, but to Chicago’s Michigan Avenue.  In the twenties Chicagoans identified Boul’ Mich, the name and the place, with luxury living, high fashion, night [...]

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amattison on March 19th, 2015

Dr. Matthew Wikander, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of English, gave a talk titled “Mendelssohn’s Music, Reinhardt’s Diaphanous Damsels, Shakespeare’s Fairies,” on Wednesday, March 25th, 7:30 pm, Libbey Hall, University of Toledo Main Campus — admission was free. The talk is part of the UT Arts & Humanities Festival. “We are spirits of another sort,” the [...]

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admin on January 23rd, 2015

Laura DeLucia (MA English, Literature 2014) has published an article which was begun in Dr. Tom Barden’s Spring 2013 graduate seminar on Steinbeck, in the Steinbeck Review. DeLucia, Laura.  “Positioning Steinbeck’s Automobiles: Class and Cars in The Grapes of Wrath.”  Steinbeck Review 11(2), 2014: 138-154. Steinbeck Review is available on-line to anyone with OhioLink log-in [...]

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Assistant Professor David Erben has just returned (Saturday, November 29) from a four week Fulbright Specialists project in Taganrog, Russia at Southern Federal University, where he gave workshops and lectures on American and Native American literature and culture. Professor Erben is one of over 400 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad this year [...]

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Prof. Fitzgerald delivers her FaculTea talk, “Did the Middle Ages Have Memes?” Professor Christina Fitzgerald was the inaugural Visiting Senior Fellow at the Residential College at West Ambler Johnston Hall of Virginia Tech University from November 11 to November 14. Beginning in 2014, the Residential College at West Ambler Johnston has, each semester, invited at [...]

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For the second time, in Spring 2015, Associate Professor of English Melissa Gregory will teach a unique version of Reading Poetry (ENGL 2730) that combines two topics: yoga and poetry.  The relationship between poetic rhythm and the rhythm of the body; the relationship between meter and heartbeat; the relationship between breathing and the idea of [...]

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Associate Professor Daniel Compora authored a book chapter that appeared recently: “Mythicizing Clark Kent: The Archetypes & Mythic Structure of Smallville.” It was included in the volume Mapping Smallville: Critical Essays on the Series and Its Characters, pp. 13-24, Eds. Cory Barkeer, Chris Ryan, and Myc Wiatrowski, published by McFarland, 2014. Dan also recently presented [...]

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Prof. Fitzgerald and Saga the horse in the highlands above the Mosfell Valley region of Iceland . Christina M. Fitzgerald, Professor of English, attended the Nineteenth Biennial International Congress of the New Chaucer Society ( in Reykjavik, Iceland, this summer, where she presented a paper and co-organized a seminar. The paper, “Book History and ‘User-Created [...]

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The English Department notes with sadness the passing of Professor Emeritus and former Chair John Boening.  His obituary in the Toledo Blade and a recent article (6/21/14), also in the Blade, tell much about him for those who did not have the good fortune to know him personally.

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