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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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Guy Szuberla gave a presentation on “W.R. Burnett’s ‘Dressing Up’: or, ‘Ain’t I Boul’ Mich’?’”  The presentation on Burnett’s short story was given at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature (E. Lansing, MI, 10 May 2014). Note: Boul’ Mich does not refer to Boulevard St. Michel, Paris, but to [...]

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The Department of English Language and Literature is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Annual Shapiro Writing Contest. This contest is made possible by the generosity of Dr. Edward Shapiro, professor Emeritus in Economics, who retired from the University of Toledo in 1989 after 22 years of service. An undergraduate of UT, he [...]

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Prof. Emertitus Guy Szuberla recently published “LITTLE CAESAR: Tough Guys Don’t Dream,” in MIDWESTERN MISCELLANY, XLII (Spring 2014): 15-26.  This was one  of “a collection of essays on Midwestern Noir by members of The Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature.”

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