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 (http://newchaucersociety.org/) 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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Prof. Melissa Gregory presented a paper entitled “Infanticide and the Dramatic Monologue: Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s ‘The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim’s Point,’” at the Midwest Victorian Studies Association in Ann Arbor April 11-13. The theme of the conference was “Victorian Violence.”

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English Department MA student Terry Kindig presented “Repetition and Example: A Path to Proficiency in Writing” at the University of Toledo Graduate Student Association’s 5th Annual Midwest Graduate Research Symposium on March 29, 2014. She has in fact been very active over this past academic year, also having presented at three other venues: Annual Michigan [...]

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UT English major LaVelle Ridley has recently presented his research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, April 3-5, 2014. The mission of NCUR is to “promote undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity done in partnership with faculty or other mentors as a vital component of higher [...]

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