Loyola University Maryland

Department of English

Faculty Highlights

2016- 2017

Faculty Achievements: Publications, Honors, and Invited Lectures

Dr. Jean Lee Cole

Dr. Cole is the 2017 winner of the Nachbar Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Humanities. This award, sponsored by the Center for the Humanities, is Loyola's most prestigious scholarly prize, as it recognizes a scholar's career-long achievement.

Dr. Nicholas Miller

Dr. Miller was recently chosen as the inaugural recipient of the Faculty Award for Excellence in Transformative Teaching at Loyola. This award recognizes Dr.  Miller's commitment to imaginative and effective teaching. 

Dr. Mark Osteen

Dr. Osteen won the Dorothy Churchill Cappon Nonfiction Award, from the journal New Letters. The winning essay is entitled  "A Man Down There," and it concerns a hunting accident his father had at a young age.


  • Drs. Lukacs and Miller were on full-year sabbaticals, and Dr. Girard took a full-year research leave with the support of a National Endowment for the Humanities research fellowship.
  • Dr. Brian Norman assumed his new position as Associate Vice-President for Faculty Affairs and Diversity and was promoted to full professor.
  • Dr. Mark Osteen assumed the directorship of the Center for the Humanities, succeeding Dr. Paul Lukacs.
  • Dr. Lukacs organized “Democracy and the Humanities,” a two-day symposium celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • Dr. Kathleen Forni was awarded a full-year senior sabbatical for AY 2016-17 and won a fellowship to do research in Iceland.
  • Dr. Gayla McGlamery was appointed co-director, with Joe Walsh (Classics) of the Loyola University Honors Program, beginning AY 2016-17.
  • Dr. Andrew “Ray” Bossert, Ph.D. Maryland, joined us for the spring semester as a full-time Visiting Affiliate Professor during Dr. Giuseppina Lobo’s family leave.  (Welcome, Lucia!)
  • Dr. Charles Hands, Emeritus Professor of English, died at the age of 90 on January 15, 2016.

Faculty Achievements: Publications, Honors, and Invited Lectures

Jean Lee Cole


  • “Rising from the Gutter:  Rudolph Block, the Comic Strip, and the Ghetto Fiction of Bruno   Lessing” in MELUS (Multiethnic Literatures of the United States), Spring 2016.
  • A New Digital Divide:  c21 Editorial Practice and Accessibility,” solicited for Legacy:   A Journal        of American Writers, Spring 2016.
  • “An Accidental Activist” in The Concord Saunterer, 2015.

Co-Editor, American Periodicals—two issues published during AY 2015-16

Bryan Crockett

Publication: “Shakespeare, Playfere, and the Pirates,” lead article in the Fall 2015 issue of Shakespeare Quarterly

Melissa Girard

Spent the year working on her book with the support of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship.


  • “J. Saunders Redding and the ‘Surrender’ of African American Women’s Poetry” was accepted for publication by PMLA, the flagship journal of the Modern Language Association, in October 2015.
  • “Forgiving the Sonnet:  Modernist Women’s Love Poetry and the Problem of Sentimentality,” A History of Twentieth-Century American Women’s Poetry, ed.  Linda Kinnahan.  Cambridge:  Cambridge   UP, forthcoming July 2016.

Giuseppina Iacono Lobo

Signed an advance contract with the University of Toronto for her manuscript, “Writing Conscience and the Nation in Revolutionary England.”

Nicholas Miller

Delivered a talk at the Grand Seminar, "The Magician's Microscope: Animation, 'Talking' Bacteria, and the Scientific Imagination" on April12, 2016.

Madeleine Monson-Rosen

Awarded an Affiliate Summer Research Grant from the Center for the Humanities for Summer 2016.

Robert Miola


  • Macbeth for The Norton Shakespeare, 3rd edition (2015).
  • “Shakespeare and the Bible” in Shakespeare in Our Time:  A Shakespeare Association of America Collection, Ed. Dympna Callaghan and Suzanne Gossett. London:  Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2016.  123-31.

Invited lectures and papers:

  • “Shakespeare and Classical Comedy:  The Dark Legacy,” University of Campinas, Brazil, June 2015
  • “Alternative Histories:  Recovering Catholic Poetic Dissent,” Renaissance Society of America Conference, Boston, MA, March 31-April 2016.
  • “Remembering Greece in Shakespeare’s Rome,” Rome Shakespeare Conference, Rome, Italy, April 13-16, 2016.

Brian Norman


  • “Whose Story? Writing Race and Remembrance in the Civil Rights Movement Years,” A History of African American Autobiography, ed. Joycelyn Moody (Cambridge UP, 2017), in press.
  • “Write Like Me: Black Fictions of White Life," American Literary History 28, no. 1 (2016): 199-209.

Invited lectures:

  • “What Are All These Bodies Doing in the River?":  Civil Rights Martyrs and the Cultural Imagination, College of Charleston, October 15, 2015
  • Whose Story?: The Civil Rights Autobiography Tradition and National Memory, University of Texas at San Antonio, April 22, 2016

Mark Osteen


  • “Alfred in Wonderland:  Hitchcock through the Looking-Glass.” Special Issue: Adaptation Studies. South Atlantic Review 80.3-4 (2016): 194-214. 
  • “Dark Mirrors: Sanctuary’s Noir Vision.” Special Issue: Faulkner and Noir. The Faulkner Journal 38.1 Spring 2014 (actually published in Feb. 2016): 11-35.

Signed an advance contract with University of Michigan Press to edit an essay collection tentatively entitled Part of Everything: The Beatles’ White Album at Fifty. It’s scheduled to be published in fall, 2018 (the fiftieth anniversary of the album’s release).

Guest Co-editor (with Carol Schilling): Caregiving, Kinship and the Making of Stories. Special issue of Journal of Medical Humanities. Forthcoming in spring 2017.

Invited Lecture: “Nocturnes in Black and Blue: Jazz in Classic Film Noir.” Humanities Center, Brigham Young University, November 2015.

Dr. Osteen also delivered a paper at “Don DeLillo: Fiction Rescues History,” a conference held in Paris, in February, and he met and had dinner with the elusive DeLillo and his wife!

Jude Wright


  • “Staging the Scene.” The Pocket Instructor: Literature: 101 Exercises for the College Classroom.  Ed. Dianne Fuss and William Gleason. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2015.  173-76.
  • “Listening to the Monster: Eliding and Restoring the Creature’s Voice in Adaptations of Frankenstein.” Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance 8.3 (2015):  249-266.



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