Here are the faculty highlights of the past academic year.
Dr. Melissa Girard was awarded an NEH Fellowship of $50,400 to complete her book Lines of Feeling: Modernist Women’s Poetry and the Problem of Sentimentality. Dr. Girard’s award is the largest single grant given to any Humanities professor at Loyola. Way to go, MG!
The department welcomed a new tenure-track assistant professor, Daniel Mangiavellano (Ph.D. LSU), who teaches courses in Romanticism and other areas of nineteenth-century British literature.
Dr. Kathleen Forni was promoted to Professor. Congratulations, Dr. Forni!
Dr. Bryan Crockett published his novel, Love’s Alchemy (A John Donne Mystery). Kudos!
Dr. Juniper Ellis published her mystery novel, House of Seven Days. Sounds spooky!
Dr. Brian Norman was appointed Faculty Development Fellow last summer and in the spring was promoted to Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Diversity. Huzzah, Stormin’ Norman!
We welcomed three new Visiting Affiliate Assistant Professors to the department: Erin Wilson (Ph.D. U of Missouri), Madeleine Monson-Rosen (Ph.D. U of Illinois–Chicago), and Benjamin Jude Wright (Ph.D. U of South Florida).
We successfully completed another search for a Visiting Affiliate Assistant Professor; Dr. Sondra Guttman will rejoin the English fold in 2015-16.
Dr. Mark Osteen, after three-and-a-half years as department chair, will step down on July 1st, 2015, to become the Director of the Center for the Humanities. Dr. Gayla McGlamery was elected interim chair for 2015-16.
Faculty Achievements: Publications, Honors and Invited Lectures
Jean Lee Cole
Named co-editor of American Periodicals, beginning summer 2015.
Selected for NEH Institute, “The City of Print,” New York, June 13-26, 2015.
Received Summer Research Grant for How the Other Half Laughs.
Invited Lecture: “Freedom’s Witness: or, The Book That Would Not Go Away.” LND Library Faculty Showcase, Feb. 20, 2015.
Love’s Alchemy (A John Donne Mystery). Farmington Hills, MI: Cengage/Five Star, 2015.
House of Seven Days. Kailua, HI: Limitless Publishing, 2015.
Invited Lecture: “The Gifts of Justice: From Theory to Practice.” Keynote Address, Ignatian Colleagues Program, August 4, 2014.
Promoted to full professor.
Selected to participate in the first faculty technology/pedagogy workshop.
Awarded an NEH Fellowship for her book Lines of Feeling: Modernist Women’s Poetry and the Problem of Sentimentality. Only 7% of these applications are funded. She plans to complete the project while on sabbatical in 2015-16.
“‘Who’s for the road?’: Poet Lore, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and the Open Road of Nineteenth-Century American Poetry.” Poet Lore 110.1-2 (Spring/Summer 2015): 119-34.
Giuseppina Iacono Lobo
“Academic Guilt.” How to Build a Life in the Humanities: Meditations on the Academic Work-Life Balance. Ed. Greg Colon Semenza and Garrett A. Sullivan, Jr. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 83-90.
“Habit and Reimagining Female Identity in Mansfield Park.” Persuasions 36 (2015): 89-99.
Invited Lecture: “I Just Flew in from Pemberley (and boy are my arms tired!): Rethinking Humor in Pride and Prejudice.” Jane Austen Society of New York City, June 6, 2015.
Received a dean’s award to conduct research on Charles Dickens and silent film at the British Film Institute.
Received a Summer Research Grant to work on his book project, The Transforming Figure: Animation, Metamorphosis, and the Modern Imagination; awarded a sabbatical leave for 2015-2016.
“The Evolution of Film and Science During the Victorian Age: Is Seeing Believing?” Loyola’s Grand Seminar, March, 2015.
“The Transforming Figure: Animation, Metamorphosis, and the Modern Imagination.” DC Film and Media Seminar, University of Maryland, March, 2015.
“‘Wrying but a little’? Marriage, Punishment, and Forgiveness in Shakespeare.” Shakespeare and Renaissance Ethics. Ed. Patrick Gray and John D. Cox. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2014. 186-209.
Response to Stephen Greenblatt, “King Lear and Extreme Old Age.” Univ. of Rochester, October, 2014.
“Stabat Mater Dolorosa: Mary at the Cross in Early Modern Polemic, Art, and Literature.” Fordham University, November, 2014
“‘Wrying but a little?’: The Ethics of Revenge and Forgiveness in Shakespeare.” University of Notre Dame, November, 2014.
“Early Modern Antigones.” Loyola U, November, 2014.
Pre-concert talk, “The Surprises of Romeo and Juliet,” Johns Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, December, 2014
Distinguished Lecture, “Realms of Gold? Chapman’s Iliad.” Loyola, April, 2015.
Pre-Show Lecture, Merchant of Venice, Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, Original Pronunciation Production, April, 2015.
“Messenger Bug: Ishmael Reed’s Media Virus.” Cultural Critique 88.1 (2014): 28–53.
“What Are these Bodies Doing in the River? Freedom Summer and the Cultural Imagination.” Southern Quarterly (Introduction to special issue on Freedom Summer) 52. 1 (2014): 174-78.
“The Literary Dilemmas of Narrating Jim Crow.” The Cambridge Companion to American Civil Rights Literature. Ed. Julie Buckner Armstrong. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2015. 35-48.
“Baldwin’s Collaborations.” The Cambridge Companion to James Baldwin. Ed Michele Elam. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2015. 135-49.
“A Little Larceny: Labor, Leisure and Loyalty in the 1950s Noir Heist Film.” Kiss the Blood Off My Hands: On Classic Film Noir. Ed. Robert Miklitsch. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 2014. 171-92.
Expert commentator for Chesapeake Collectibles segment about the Hirsch jazz record collection at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. Maryland Public Television, April 2, 2015.
Technical Advisor for Bluebirds Fly: Love and Hope on the Autism Spectrum, a new documentary feature directed by Cherry Arnold (premiered April 25, 2015).
Received Summer Research Grant to write two chapters of new book project on literary forgery.
“‘His Own Nearer Household Gods’: Pagans, Christians, and Marius the Epicurean’s
Aestheticized Religiosity.” Cahiers victoriens et edouardiens 80 (2015).
“‘I Had Peopled Else This Isle With Dudleys’: The Tempest in Uncle Silas.” Victorians Institute
Journal 42 (2015).
Faculty Achievements: Major Service
Sue Abromaitis: member of departmental Teaching and Enrollments Committees; University’s Catholic Studies Committee.
Jean Lee Cole: co-editor of Proto, the journal of undergraduate research that she co-founded.
Bryan Crockett: Academic Senator; co-organized the American Shakespeare Center troupe’s visit to Loyola.
Juniper Ellis: co-chaired the tenure-track hiring committee in Latin@ American literature; organized the departmental feast.
Kathleen Forni: served on department’s FT affiliate hiring committee; Vice-Chair of Faculty Affairs Committee.
Melissa Girard: co-organized the Junior Faculty Symposium for Research in the Humanities, (with Rebekah Eklund, Theology), which hosted six meetings and co-sponsored a scholarly book publishing event with Matt McAdam, the humanities editor at Johns Hopkins UP.
Giuseppina Iacono Lobo: co-organized the American Shakespeare Center troupe’s visit; served on tenure-track hiring committee in Latin@ American literature.
Paul Lukacs: directed Center for the Humanities; Humanities Representative on Loyola Conference and Budget Committee. Served on Phi Beta Kappa senate, chaired PBK Committee on Qualifications, member of Executive Committee.
Daniel Mangiavellano: co-organized the departmental Readathon; member of Enrollments Committee.
Gayla McGlamery: chaired department’s Cura Personalis Committee, which revamped all English Department promotional materials and started a database of recent alums’ jobs/professions; chaired new Enrollments Committee.
Nicholas Miller: directed the Film Studies program; co-led departmental Readathon; developed new student evaluation questions for EN 101.
Robert Miola: sponsored a lecture and visit by Ben Crystal, pioneer in original pronunciation Shakespeare, focused on The Merchant of Venice.
Brian Norman: appointed Faculty Development Fellow, in which position he instituted a number of significant initiatives; served on English Dept. tenure-track hiring committee in Latin@ American literature.
Mark Osteen: chaired the English department; served on the Center for the Humanities Steering Committee; co-chaired the tenure-track search committee in Latin@ American literature; served on departmental Assessment and Enrollments Committees.
Professors McGlamery, Lukacs, Miller, and Guttman taught in the Messina program.
Professors Abromaitis, Crockett, and Forni taught in the Honors program.
Core advisors: ProfessorsvMcGlamery, Lukacs, and Miller.
Humanities Symposium participants: ProfessorsCrockett, Forni, and Lukacs.
Sabbaticals: Cole (full year); Miola (fall); Lobo (spring).
Faculty Achievements: Publications, Honors and Invited Lectures
Jean Lee Cole
Profiled in Loyola Magazine’s April 2014 issue.
“Teaching Chaucer and Popular Culture: A Prolegomena.” Chaucer Review 48 (2013): 190-204.
Awarded an NEH Summer Stipend ($6000) to fund ongoing work on her book manuscript, “Lines of Feeling: Modernist Women’s Poetry and the Problem of Sentimentality.” The stipend was awarded to only 75 out of 950 applicants nationwide, and her project was the only one in the field of American literature to receive an award.
“‘Dear Miss Lonelyhearts’: Voyeurism and the Spectacle of Human Suffering in Rear Window.” Hitchcock and Adaptation: On the Page and Screen. Ed. Mark Osteen. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. 127-143.
Macbeth, by William Shakespeare. Norton Critical Edition. 2nd ed. New York: Norton, 2013. Newly edited and annotated, with revised introduction and two new sections: “The Actors’ Gallery,” and “Afterlives.”
“Early Modern Antigones: Receptions, Refractions, Replays.” Classical Receptions Journal (published online, August 2013). doi: 10.1093/crj/clt015
“Aristophanes in England, 1500-1660.” Ancient Comedy and Reception: Essays in Honor of Jeffrey Henderson. Ed. S. Douglas Olson. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2014. 479-502.
Invited Lecture at Middlebury College, November 14, Classics Department.
Sponsor/organizer, Mary under Duress Conference, March 20-22, with Johns Hopkins (details below).
Sponsored eight sessions at the Renaissance Society of America Conference in April; chaired five sessions.
“Agee’s Astonishment.” Post Road 26 (Spring 2014). http://www.postroadmagazine.com.
Hitchcock and Adaptation: On the Page and Screen. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. Edited collection of seventeen essays; 314 pages. Also includes Osteen’s
“Introduction: Hitchcock and Adaptation.” ix-xxxviii; and
“Extraordinary Renditions: DeLillo’s Point Omega and Hitchcock’s Psycho.” 261-77.
“Narrating Autism.”Worlds of Autism: Across the Spectrum of Neurological Difference. Ed.
Joyce Davidson and Michael Orsini. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2013. 261-84.
“The Currency of DeLillo’s Cosmopolis.” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction
55.3 (2014): 291-304.
“After the End.” Studies in the Novel 46.1 (Spring 2014): 117-24. (Review-Essay).
Deans’ Symposium Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Teaching and Service.
Delivered invited lecture on autism for Loyola Clinical Centers (April); invited lectures on film noir at Enoch Pratt Library (June), Pikesville Library (November), and for Loyola U. Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Assoc. (March).
Faculty Achievements: Major Service
Sue Abromaitis: served on English Dept. tenure-track and FT affiliate hiring committees; member of teaching committee.
Jean Lee Cole: University. Directed American Studies program; Humanities representative, Board on Rank and Tenure; gave keynote address at Undergraduate Student Research and Scholarship Colloquium; edits Proto: An Undergraduate Humanities Journal.
Department. Chaired departmental committee to revise Tenure and Promotion document; member of Student Futures Committee (co-organized and moderated the internship panel on April 8); co-contributor to and editor of the Making English Work career blog, which earned ~1000 views in 2013-2014; 58 followers; 20+ posts in AY 2013-2014.
Bryan Crockett: served on English Dept. tenure-track hiring committee; co-organized the American Shakespeare Center troupe’s visit to Loyola.
Kathleen Forni: served on English Dept. tenure-track and FT affiliate hiring committees; Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs Committee; English Department’s academic senator, fall, 2013.
Giuseppina Iacono Lobo: co-organized the American Shakespeare Center troupe’s visit.
Paul Lukacs: chaired the English Dept. tenure-track hiring committee; directed Center for the Humanities; Humanities Representative on Loyola Conference and Budget Committee; served on the Phase II Student Growth working group. Phi Beta Kappa: served on Senate, chaired Committee on Qualifications, member of Executive Committee.
Gayla McGlamery: chaired department’s Cura Personalis Committee, which instituted welcome lunches with faculty for new majors; served on the ad hoc committee on FTNTT faculty, which reported and submitted a recommendation regarding the “six-year rule”; served on Phase II Steering Committee; chair of Graduate Programs Phase II working group.
Nicholas Miller: directed the Film Studies program, in which capacity he spearheaded Loyola’s effort to acquire some of Video Americain’s inventory (see below for details); led English Department’s Marathon Reading Team.
As documented in the Baltimore Sun, Loyola Magazine, and on the Loyola homepage, Dr. Miller spearheaded the Film Studies Program’s acquisition of nearly 800 new titles from Video Americain, perhaps the best video store on the East Coast. FS faculty negotiated with the owners to obtain the heart of the store’s vast and varied inventory, which includes a large number of coveted Criterion Collection DVDs, as well as works by major directors, samples of diverse genres, films in a myriad of foreign languages (from French to Farsi) and hard-to-find older movies. The support this project inspired was a heartening reminder of the Loyola community’s broad engagement with and interest in film and media studies. Donations by every humanities department, four different academic programs, and dozens of individuals came to nearly $22,000, enough to purchase the inventory and cover the L/ND Library’s processing costs (a small portion of the acquisitions will reside in the Language Learning Center in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures). This project proved that the needs of one little college do amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Here’s looking at you, Nick!
Robert Miola: co-organized (with Johns Hopkins U faculty) the interdisciplinary Mary under Duress conference in March.
Brian Norman: chaired the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee; directed the program in African and African American Studies; co-moderator for Spectrum, student LGBT group; served on FT affiliate hiring committee (fall); Academic Senator (spring).
Mark Osteen: chaired the English department; served on the Center for the Humanities Steering Committee; wrote the study guide, delivered the introduction, and moderated the convocation panel for the 2013-14 Common Text, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.
The following faculty taught in the Messina program: McGlamery, Lukacs, Cole (Miller will teach next year)
Core advisors: Cole, Guttman, Lukacs, McGlamery, Miller, Norman.
Humanities Symposium participants: Norman, Lukacs, Cole, Miller, Guttman, Osteen.
Faculty Achievements: Publications and Invited Lectures
Jean Lee Cole
Editor, Freedom’s Witness: The Civil War Writings of Henry McNeal Turner. Annotated edition with critical introduction. Morgantown: West Virginia UP, 2013.
Invited to speak about tattoo on National Geographic Channel program Taboo.
Chaucer’s Afterlife: Adaptations in Recent Popular Culture. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2013.
Giuseppina Iacono Lobo
Invited paper, “Hobbes and the Public Conscience,” at Georgetown University’s Seventeenth-Century Colloquium in March.
Inventing Wine: A New History of One of the World’s Most Ancient Pleasures. New York: Norton, 2012. This book received considerable acclaim, and Dr. Lukacs appeared on NPR’s Fresh Air, BBC America, Bloomberg News, and more. The book was profiled in The New York Times, reviewed positively in many newspapers and magazines (e.g., The New Yorker). He was also profiled in the Baltimore Sun.
“Wordsworth’s Boswellian Life-Writing.” The Wordsworth Circle 44.1 (Winter 2013): 37-40.
“‘Dear Miss Lonelyhearts’:Voyeurism and the Spectacle of Human Suffering in Rear Window.” Clues: A Journal of Detection 31.1 (2013): 45-56.
Editor, Ben Jonson’s The Case Is Altered. The Cambridge Ben Jonson (2012) 1:1-99.
Gave two invited lectures: the Fortin Lecture at Ave Maria University, 2/15/2013, on Cymbeline; and “Which Witch: Editing Macbeth,” at Carthage College.
Greg Berg Interview, Radio Show, Wisconsin, aired 3/4/2013 on WGTD (NPR affiliate).
Dead Women Talking: Figures of Injustice in American Literature. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins UP, 2013. This book arose in part out of his Loyola courses on the subject.
Was invited to give lectures at Clemson University, Dartmouth College, Fordham University, and the University of Maryland.
Nightmare Alley: Film Noir and the American Dream. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins UP, 2013.
Guest editor, “Hitchcock and Adaptation,” a special issue of Clues: A Journal of Detection. Edited nine essays, wrote introduction and compiled filmography.
“Introduction: Hitchcock and Adaptation.” Clues: A Journal of Detection 31.1 (2013): 5-12.
“Extraordinary Renditions: DeLillo’s Point Omega and Hitchcock’s Psycho.” Clues: A Journal of Detection 31.1 (2013): 103-13.
“Leaving Limbo.” Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics 2.3 (Winter 2012): 170-73.
Gave invited lectures on autism at Haverford College in November and on film noir at the Hopkins Club, Baltimore, in May.
Sabbatical leave: Dr. Bryan Crockett (full year: Shorthand Shakespeare and Love’s Alchemy: A Novel of John Donne).
Faculty Achievements: Major Service
Sue Abromaitis: served on Student Discipline Board; on Catholic Studies Executive Committee;
President, Saint Thomas Aquinas School board; English Department’s academic senator, fall, 2012.
Jean Lee Cole: University: Member of the Board of Rank and Tenure; directed the American Studies program; played advisory role to Messina (spring 2013) regarding theme development and enrichment activities; organized March training session for Messina faculty and mentors; member of Phase II working group on Student Experience.
Department: Chair of Tenure and Promotion Criteria Committee; internship coordinator (supervised four interns; organized internship panel); designed and produced posters for Student Futures committee. She also edited Proto, a scholarly journal for undergraduates.
Bryan Crockett: co-organized the American Shakespeare Center touring troupe’s visit to Loyola.
June Ellis: co-chaired the Commitment to Justice Committee, which sponsored a lecture by M. Cathleen Kaveny. As chair of the National Steering Committee on Justice in Jesuit Higher Education, she supervised an evaluation of justice commitments by the 28 U.S. Jesuit colleges and universities. That project has yielded a book of essays, Transforming the World and Being Transformed, to be published by Fordham UP. She also serves on the Phase II working group devoted to Administrative Structure.
Kathleen Forni: Vice Chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee; English Department’s academic senator, spring, 2013.
Sondra Guttman: won a Teaching Enrichment grant from the Center for the Humanities to attend Academic Integrity Comes of Age: the Annual International Conference of the International Center for Academic Integrity (Feb. 26th-28th; San An was preferable to Sandy, which wiped out the original conference in the fall). Afterward, she shared her findings with several Humanities departments to help fight the plagiarism plague.
Giuseppina Iacono Lobo: co-organized the American Shakespeare Center touring troupe’s visit; organized Jimmy Santiago Baca’s visit to campus for a poetry reading and class meetings.
Paul Lukacs: directed Loyola’s Center for the Humanities; served as Humanities Representative on Loyola Conference and Budget Committee; serves on the Phase II Student Growth working group. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Senate and the chair of that organization's Committee on Qualifications, and a member of the PBK Executive Committee.
Gayla McGlamery: member of ad hoc committee on the Six-Year Rule; member of Phase II Steering Committee; chair of Graduate Programs Phase II working group.
Nicholas Miller: headed up the Department’s Marathon Reading Team; directed the Film Studies program.
Robert Miola: sponsored a Christmas reading by Jody Bottum; organized a rollicking student performance of Plautus’s Menaechmi; took English Majors to American Shakespeare Center for two plays; wrote notes for Evergreen Players’ production of Titus Andronicus.
Brian Norman: directed the African and African American Studies program, which sponsored a lecture by Emira Woods, Codirector of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies. He also chaired the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, and serves on the Phase II working group devoted to Undergraduate Programs.
Mark Osteen: chaired the English department; member of Center for the Humanities Steering Committee; served on the Common Text Committee for Fall 2013.
The following faculty members taught in the Alpha program: Lukacs, McGlamery, Miller, Miola.
Core advisors: Cole, Guttman, Lukacs, McGlamery, Miller, Osteen.
Humanities Symposium participants: Cole, Guttman, Miller, Norman, Osteen.
Honors Program: Lukacs, Miola, Norman.
The following faculty will teach in the Messina Program in 2013-14: Cole, Lukacs, McGlamery.
The English Department had an exciting year in 2011-12. Most significantly, we hired two new tenure-track faculty members: Timothy Michael (Ph.D, Harvard) and Melissa Girard (Ph.D, University of Illinois).
Dr. Mark Osteen took over as Chair, replacing Dr. Gayla McGlamery, in January. Dr. Brian Norman was promoted to Associate Professor. Visiting Assistant Professor Dr. Brooke Hunter accepted a tenure-track position at Villanova University. Dr. Sue Abromaitis reached an unprecedented milestone: fifty years of teaching at Loyola.
We also welcomed new Assistant Professor Dr. Giuseppina Iacono Lobo, Affiliate Assistant Professor Dr. Julius Lobo, and Administrative Assistant Cathy Carroll.
- Dr. Mark Osteen's new book, Nightmare Alley: Film Noir and the American Dream, will be published by the Johns Hopkins University Press early in 2012
- Dr. Brian Norman's new book, Dead Women Talking: Figures of Injustice in American Literature will be published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in 2013
- The third edition of The Norton Shakespeare's Macbeth, edited by Dr. Robert Miola, is forthcoming 2013
The Golden Ring
On May 11th, 2012, the Department gathered to celebrate Dr. Sue Abromaitis’s unprecedented achievement: fifty years of teaching at Loyola. Hosted by Dr. Osteen and his wife, Leslie Gilden, the party featured fine food and wines (the latter partly supplied by Dr. Lukacs). The Department presented Dr. A with a large card signed by all faculty (and a few ex-students) listing such statistics as the number of courses she has taught, students advised, administrators annoyed (here our estimate was probably on the low side) and, of course, the many lives she has changed. Embodying those changed lives were several of Dr. A’s ex-students, including Anthony Minervini, Taylor Calderone (‘09), and Dr. Kirsten Sundell (‘95). Dr. Abromaitis also received from the department a Fiftieth Anniversary Edition of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy.