English Department Faculty News

Dr. Barbara Ungar, far right, poses in the Esther Massry Gallery with students in her MFA poetry class. From left to right:

Dr. Barbara Ungar, far right, poses in the Esther Massry Gallery with students in her MFA poetry class after a noon reading this past November. From left to right: Jill Crammon, Sarah Sherman, Matt Allegretti, Jackie Kirkpatrick, Carolee Bennett,  and Sadie Hickman. Photo by Dan Wilcox.

Dr. Eurie Dahn presented two papers at the Modernist Studies Association conference, held in Las Vegas last October: “Modernist Absences and Harlem Renaissance Periodical Studies” and “Letters to the Editor: Faulkner’s Magazine Publics.”

Dr. Megan Fulwiler and Dr. Jenn Marlow are currently revising a documentary film, Con Job: Stories of Contingent Labor, for publication in Computers and Composition Digital Press (CCDP). The film features interviews with many of our very own Saint Rose English department adjunct instructors, as well as interviews with labor activists and leaders in the field of Composition and Rhetoric.

Dr. Kenneth Krauss recently presented the fall drama production, Kander and Ebb’s first Broadway musical Flora the Red Menace, which was performed  November 15-18.  Subsequent to that, he will be finishing his second draft of the book, Male Beauty: Postwar Masculinity in Theatre, Film, and Physique Magazines, for SUNY Press; it is due on January 1.  In the future, he would like to be able to write some plays.

Dr. Kathryn Laity is working on trying to organize her work as a Fulbright Fellow (“Writers in the Digital Age”) as well as a volume on masculinity in medieval films. Recent scholarly publications include “Moore vs. Albarn: “Between the Angels and the Apes” for Thought Bubble Comics Forum; “Casting the Writer’s Spell”; “Women Writers, Women’s Books; “A Raven’s Eye View: Teaching Scopophilia with Dario Argento” in Fear and Learning, Eds. Aalya Ahmad and Sean Moreland (McFarland); “Rite Here: Ritual, Performance and the Magick of Place,” an Alan Moore performance piece to be published in untitled anthology of comics writing, edited by Stephen R. Bissette; “‘Won’t Somebody Please Think of the Children?’: The Case for Terry Gilliam’s Tideland,” in The Cinema of Terry Gilliam: It’s a Mad World. Eds. Anna Froula (Columbia UP). Laity’s recently published fiction and short fiction include Weird Noir, an anthology from Fox Spirit Books, also edited by Laity; “Dreams,” a story collection from Tirgearr PublishingOwl Stretching, a novel from Immanion Press, and Chastity Flame. Novel. Tirgearr Publishing; “Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Beautiful” in Wild Violet, Nov 2012; “Spider,” a flash fiction piece in A Knife and a Quill, Oct 2012; “The Willimantic Frogs,” a short story in Broad Spectrum: The 2012 Broad Universe SamplerOct 2012; “Boo,” flash fiction, in Flash Flood Magazine, Oct 2012; “Guide Me Soft,” flash fiction, in Shotgun Honey, Oct 2012; “The Bride with White Hair,” a short story, in Off the Record 2: At the Movies Eds. Luca Veste & Paul D. Brazill (Guilty Conscience); “The Price,” short story in Tales of the Nun and Dragon (Fox Spirit Books), September 2012; “ASBO Bambi.” flash fiction, in Pulp Metal Magazine, August 2012; and “The Claddagh Icon,” short story, in Atlantis eBooks/Lite Editions, July 2012.

Prof. Daniel Nester continues work on projects begun on his sabbatical:  co-organizing the Nitty Gritty Slam with Albany Poets and Urban Guerilla Theatre, establishing a creative writing class at ARC of Rensselear County, as well as a book-length memoir. Excerpts from his Memoir Office project, “The Writer is Present,” appeared  Painted Bride Quarterly’s July 2011 issue. Other recent work: “Be True to Your School,” and essay on the right-leaning politics of the Beach Boys, New York Times, July 3, 2012;  “Maple Shade,” an essay, in n+1, May 2012; “Still Moving,” an interview with documentary filmmaker Ron Mann on his 1982 film Poetry in Motion, Poetry Foundation, April 2012; Interview with poet and nonfiction writer Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, Stated, April 2012; “On Having Small Hands and Feet,” Kugelmass: A Journal of Literary Humor, March 2012;  “I, Literary Tourist: Wiffle ball and scones at the poetry bed and breakfast,” Poetry Foundation, January 2012; “Of Online Anger, Puppies, and Ice Cream,” Creative Nonfiction, February 2012. Coming soon: “An Apprentice’s Tale,” in Coming Close: Forty Essays on Philip Levine, edited by Mari L’Esperance and Tomás Q. Morín (Univ of Iowa), 2013, as well as The North American Bible of Incredible Sestinas, to be published by Write Bloody Publishing in 2013. He served on the planning committee for Write Here, a one-day conference for writing and publishing in the Capital Region, held at the Arts Center of The Capital Region, Troy, NY, held last March, and was a panelist at” “Michael Martone was born in Fort Wayne, IN: Having a Gimmick Helps,” at the Associated Writers and Writing Programs Conference held last March in Chicago. Recent readings include the Sunday Salon, Freerange Nonfiction, and Zinc Poetry series, all in New York City, as well as the Hudson Reading Series and appearances at Emory University, Clayton State University, and Centenary College. He was also honored as “Author of the Year” by the Friends of the Albany Public Library this past November.

Dr. Vaneeta Palecanda has included an abstract of an article she will be working on next semester:

I focus primarily on those social geographies of Hindi (Bollywood) cinema that represent urban/rural dialectics via spoken English in order to examine how its aural presence mediates “Indianness.”  For instance, the naming of Kesu, an English speaking hoodlum, in Omkara (2006) as phirangi signals metonymically a failed mimicry.* This cinematic moment, also an assault on the Brahmin male body, insinuates a reawakening of cultural memory: phirangi has always been a pejorative term for foreigner.  Using this discursive moment, I trace how the English language mediates and maintains cultural consciousness and invokes latent, colonial tensions in the wake of market liberalization.

*Omkara–an adaptation of Othello–captures the Shakespearean tension of the city/border dialectics; the character Kesu signals the failed attempts to colonize the native.

Dr. Rone Shavers recently presented a paper on Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower at Purdue University; he also gave a visiting author reading at Zoller Elementary School in Schenectady, NY. Shavers was featured on WAMC’s Academic Minute discussing the literary and cultural movement known as Afro-Futurism, and has several short fiction publications (one of which he read at the Frequency North reading back in September) under consideration at some well-known literary journals. In short, Rone has been a busy little bee. Note that this is just in the last month alone!

Dr. Brian Sweeney presented an article, “For Love or Money: The Servant Problem and Early American Sentimentalism,” at the College’s Center for Citizenship, Race, and Ethnicity  this past September 2012. Professor Sweeney has an upcoming talk at Modern Language Association in Boston in January 2013: “Feeling in an Age of Anesthesia: Medical Professionalism and Postsentimental Affectivity in Jewett’s A Country Doctor.” He will present another talk, “Peculiar Intimacy: Free Servitude and the Limits of Sentimentalism in Bessy Conway and Our Nig, at the Center for Citizenship, Race, and Ethnicity at the College of Saint Rose in April 2013.

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