August 11, 2020

LaBreche Coedits Special Issue of Marvell Studies

Ben LaBreche, Associate Professor of English

Ben LaBreche, Associate Professor of English

Ben LaBreche, Associate Professor of English, along with Ryan Netzley of Southern Illinois University, recently coedited a special issue of Marvell Studies, which publishes the leading edge of research on Andrew Marvell, his texts and readers, words and worlds. This most recent issue is on theoretical approaches to Marvell’s poetry and contains essays by John Garrison (on object-oriented erotics in Marvell’s verse), Jason Kerr (on vulnerability as an ontological feature of humans), and Brendan Prawdzik (on the limits of eco-criticism for Marvell studies and the concept of ‘greenwashing’). In addition, this issue contains reviews of Brendan Prawdzik’s Theatrical Milton: Politics and Poetics of the Staged Body and Alex Garganigo’s Samson’s Cords: Imposing Oaths in Milton, Marvell, and Butler.

LaBreche Co-Edits Special Issue of Journal Devoted to Political Theology

Associate Professor of English Ben LaBreche

Ben LaBreche, Associate Professor of English, along with Jason Kerr of Brigham Young University, recently co-edited a special issue of the Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies on “The Varieties of Political Theology,” and that issue has now been released.

LaBreche Presents at Renaissance Society of America

Ben LaBreche, Associate Professor of English, recently presented a paper at the Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting in Chicago about “Political Theology and Marvellian Sexuality.” He was also a panelist on an RSA roundtable about political theology.

UMW Hosts Eighteenth-Century Conference

The 47th Annual Conference of the East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies met at UMW on Oct. 27-29. Marie McAllister (ELC) served as 2016 Conference Chair. Program Committee members were Ben LaBreche (ELC), Betsy Lewis (MLL), Will Mackintosh (HIST), and Maya Mathur (ELC). Marie Wellington (MLL) and Richard Hansen (emeritus, ELC) served as registration volunteers. The nearly one hundred attendees hailed from institutions in Virginia and neighboring states, and from schools across the country. Events included a keynote address by Catherine Ingrassia of VCU and walking tours of Historic Fredericksburg. LaBreche and Mackintosh also presented their scholarly work at the conference, and Wellington served on the Molin Prize Committee.

The conference was supported by the Wendy Shadwell ’63 Program Endowment in British Literature, the CAS Dean’s Office, and the ELC, HISP, HIST, and MLL Departments. Special thanks to our student aides and to the many wonderful staff members from Events, Setup, Catering, Copy Center, Admissions, University Center, Parking, CAS, ELC, HISP, HIST, and MLL who contributed their knowledge and assistance.

 

Harris talks to The Source about Soviet Aviation, Putin’s Russia

The Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991 might have been expected to make Russia a liberal democracy; instead we see broad popular support for Putin’s undemocratic regime. Historian Steve Harris turns to aviation to offer new ways of understanding the Soviet past and Russia’s present. See the full interview at The Source.

Martin Appears on The Source

Leslie Martin shares her research on Richmond schools, choice and diversity on the website The Source.

Bonds appears on The Source

Eric Bonds discusses his research on arctic climate change and American think tanks with The Source.

Bonds appears on The Source

Eric Bonds discusses his research on arctic climate change and American think tanks with The Source.

Ben LaBreche Receives Fellowship at Folger Shakespeare Library

LaBreche, Ben10Ben LaBreche, assistant professor of English, has been awarded a month-long fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. His research will focus on Milton’s conception of liberty, 17th-century natural law, and debates in modern political theory.

LaBreche also is the recipient of a fellowship at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas-Austin, a Clark Short-Term Fellowship for research at the University of California, Los Angeles William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, and of a year-long Solmsen Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Institute for Research in the Humanities.

Ben LaBreche Awarded Fellowship at University of Texas-Austin

LaBreche, Ben10Ben LaBreche, assistant professor of English, has been awarded a month-long fellowship at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas-Austin. His research will focus on Milton’s conception of liberty, 17th-century natural law, and debates in modern political theory.

LaBreche also is the recipient of a Clark Short-Term Fellowship for research at the University of California, Los Angeles William Andrews Clark Memorial Library and of a year-long Solmsen Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Institute for Research in the Humanities.