January 17, 2018

Richards Leads Discussion at Louisiana Book Festival

Gary Richards, Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, recently led the book-in-common discussion of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire at the Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, held Oct. 28. The discussion marked both the 70th anniversary of Williams’ play and the tricentennial of the founding of New Orleans. Richards also moderated a panel devoted to the novels of Ladee Hubbard and Crystal Wilkinson.

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Subramanian Publishes Story in Discover Magazine

Sushma Subramanian, journalist and assistant professor in the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, has published the story “My Forgotten Language” in the November issue of Discover Magazine. Her reported personal essay looks into the science behind how she lost the ability to speak her first language, Tamil, after moving to the United States as a child and being encouraged to only use English by teachers. She speaks to neuroscience researchers about how language is stored in the brain, why she retains the ability to understand but not speak in Tamil and what it might take to bring back the full range of her language abilities.


Blevins Interviewed by Chilean Newspaper

Brenta Blevins, Assistant Professor of English, was recently interviewed by the Chilean newspaper La Tercera about futurism. The article is accessible at

Bylenok Publishes Poem “Homologue: Husband”

Over the summer, the journal Vinyl published Assistant Professor of English Laura Bylenok’s poem “Homologue: Husband,” which can be found here:



Richards Speaks at North Carolina Writers Conference

Gary Richards, Associate Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, was one of three invited members on a panel titled “Celebrating Allan Gurganus” at The North Carolina Writers Conference held in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, July 28-29. The conference honored Gurganus, the author of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, White People, Plays Well with Others, The Practical Heart, and Local Souls, among other books. Richards has published on Gurganus’ Plays Well with Others, reviewed his Local Souls, and routinely taught his works in Southern literature and contemporary U.S. fiction courses.

Richards Presents on Carson McCullers in Rome

Gary Richards, Associate Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, recently presented at the Carson McCullers in the World: A Centenary Conference, held in Rome, Italy, July 14-16, 2017. His paper, Clock without Hands, Go Set a Watchman, and the Queering of Southern Integration, juxtaposed McCullers’ final novel with the apprenticeship novel of fellow Southern writer Harper Lee to examine these women’s writers most significant contributions to what has come to be called civil rights literature.

Barrenechea Lectures at University of Rome, Gives Interview on New Book

Antonio Barrenechea, Associate Professor of English, recently delivered the lecture “Hemispheric Studies Beyond Suspicion” at the University of Rome (Sapienza). He was also interviewed about his new book, America Unbound: Encyclopedic Literature and Hemispheric Studies. The interview will be published in the inaugural issue of the Italian journal America Critica.

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.

Barrenechea Publishes on Hemispheric American Literature

Antonio Barrenechea, Associate Professor of English, recently published the article “Hemispheric American Literature” in Futures of Comparative Literature: ACLA State of the Discipline Report (Routledge, 2017).