September 19, 2017

Dasgupta Presents at South Asian Literary Association Conference

Shumona Dasgupta, assistant professor of English, presented the paper “Beyond the Postcolonial: Post-national Longing in Ritwick Ghatak’s Partition Cinema” on Jan. 3, 2017, at the 17th Annual Conference of the South Asian Literary Association in Philadelphia.

Barrenechea Lectures on Film in Turin, Italy

Antonio Barrenechea, Associate Professor of English, recently gave a lecture on “Mondo Dracula: Celluloid Vampires from Tod Browning to Mario Bava” at L’Università di Torino in Turin, Italy.

Rafferty Publishes Essays on Presidents

Colin Rafferty, Associate Professor of English, has published three essays on presidents in the newest issue of Juked: “Bully (#26),” “Death Song for Andrew Jackson (#7),” and “18 1/2 (#37).” They can be read here:

Barrenechea Wins Essay Award

Antonio Barrenechea, Associate Professor of English, has won the award for “Best Essay in Inter-American Studies” from the International Association of Inter-American Studies for his essay “Hemispheric Studies Beyond Suspicion: Comparative Literature and the Summa Americana.” The essay is a critique of U.S.-led Hemispheric Studies as currently practiced in favor of a comparative global paradigm that is invested in the languages and literatures of the Western Hemisphere.

Barrenechea Lectures on Film in Aix-en-Provence, France

Antonio Barrenechea, Associate Professor of English, recently delivered the lecture “The Rise of Euro-Trash Cinema: Georges Franju’s Eyes without a Face” as part of the fall lecture series at the Institut Américain Universitaire in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Rochelle Reads from Latest Novel, Teaches Seminar on Horror Writing

Warren Rochelle, Professor of English, gave a reading from his latest novel, The Werewolf and His Boy, published in October, and participated in a literary salon about the novel at the WriterHouse in Charlottesville on Saturday, Oct. 29. He also taught a seminar on horror writing prior to the reading and salon.

Rafferty Publishes Quartet of Presidential Essays

Colin Rafferty, Associate Professor of English, has recently had a quartet of essays appear in the newest issue of Waxwing: “The Fear (#8),” “Self-Portrait with Slave Ship (#6),” “State of the Union (#11),” and “What They Said About Him (#44).” They can be read here:​.

Barrenechea Publishes Book on Hemispheric Studies

Antonio Barrenechea, Associate Professor of English, has published America Unbound: Encyclopedic Literature and Hemispheric Studies (University of New Mexico Press). The book is a study of how big novels from the Americas imagine and interrelate New World histories from the pre-Columbian era to the present.  America Unbound calls for new hemispheric American Studies equipped with the international scope of Comparative Literature.

Skallerup Bessette Publishes Book on Poet Anne Hébert

Lee Skallerup Bessette, Instructional Technology Specialist in the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies and Adjunct Instructor in the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, had her book A Journey in Translation: Anne Hébert’s Poetry in English published by the University of Ottawa Press at the end of August. Details are available at

Haffey Publishes Essay on Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield

Kate Haffey, Assistant Professor of English, recently published “‘People must marry’: Queer Temporality in Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield.” The essay appeared in Woolf and Her Female Contemporaries: Selected Papers from the 25th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, edited by Julie Vandivere and Megan Hicks and issued by Clemson University Press. ​