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English Department
First Floor, Wendell Phillips Center
Amy Smith
Department Chair
College of the Pacific


Dr. Norton Receives Fellowship from Ucross Foundation

Dr. Camille Norton received a fellowship for the month of March to The Ucross Foundation, an Artist's Colony in Wyoming. She is also chairing a panel at The Associated Writing Program National Conference in Washington D.C. in February.

Faculty-Student Presentations at National Communication Association Meeting

Minhchau Dinh '12, Environmental Studies Major in the Pacific Legal Scholars Program, and Dr. Zhou Xiaojing, English and Ethnic Studies, respectively presented the papers "A Brief Overview of Southeast Asian American History and Experience: Educational Disparities and Unjust Deportation Laws" and "Bridging Gaps in a Southeast Asian Community's Socialization through Sustainable Outreach Projects." The presentations were for the panel "Socialization of Southeast Asian Refugees in California" at the National Communication Association annual meeting held in San Francisco in November 2010.

Dr. Smith Presents at Jane Austen Society of North America

Dr. Amy Smith presented her paper "Catherine Morland, Vampire Hunter" at the annual general meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) in Portland, Oregon in October 2010.

Dr. Tedards Has Poem Published

Dr. Douglas Tedards, Emeritus English and Director of the Writing Center, had his poem "A Natural Childhood" published in the literary online journal EarthSpeak Magazine.

Dr. Norton Continues Veterans Writing Circle

English Department Chair, Dr. Camille Norton, and Victor Inzunza '11 are continuing their series of writing and discussion sessions for veterans of war and family members and friends coping with the trauma of war. The sessions, which are free and open to the public, take place on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the Wendell Phillips Center (WPC) conference room on Sept. 28, Oct. 5 and 19, Nov. 2 and 16, and Dec. 7, 2010.

Dr. Norton's Poem Published in "The Best American Poetry 2010"

Best American PoetryDr. Camille Norton's poem "The Prison Diary of Bartlett Yancey Malone" has been published in The Best American Poetry 2010 (Simon and Schuster). The poem was originally published in Field: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics in spring 2009, and was then selected by poet Amy Gerstler to appear in The Best American Poetry series.

Calliope Wins APEX Award for Publishing Excellence Two Years in a Row


The 2009 issue of Calliope, Pacific's literary and arts magazine, received a 2010 APEX Award for Publication Excellence. The APEX awards are sponsored annually by Communications Concepts, Inc. Calliope was the only winning entry from a university and the only student-led publication to win. In 2009, the previous year's issue of Calliope received an APEX Award of Excellence. Learn more from this article.

Dr. Zhou's Poetry Translations Published

Dr. Xiaojing Zhou published her translations of 12 poems by Li-Young Lee in Poetry Monthly/《诗歌月刊》in China. She also had her translations from English into Chinese of four poems (92 lines in total) by Li-Young Lee published in the Chinese journal Translations in Nanjing, China.

Dr. Borden Presents Paper on Spielman's "Revanche"

Dr. Diane Borden will present a keynote paper "The Mother, the Whore, and the Problematics of Male Virility: Erotics and Intimacy in Spielman's REVANCHE," for the Intensive Study Group Kickoff Program, sponsored by the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology, in September 2010, at the Hobart Theater in San Francisco.

Dr. Boboc Presents at New Chaucer Society Congress

Dr. Andreea Boboc presented her paper "Criseyde's descriptio and the Ethics of Feminine Experience" at the New Chaucer Society Congress in Siena, Italy in July 2010.

Dr. Hole Participates in New C19 Society Conference at Penn State

Dr. Jeffrey Hole was the invited chair and respondent on a panel titled "The Other Ocean: Transpacific Imaginings" at the inaugural conference of a new academic society "C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists" at Penn State University in May 2010. The conference explored the place of the imagination in the literature and culture of nineteenth-century America.

Dr. Dobbs Presents Faulkner's Creole New Orleans

Dr. Cynthia Dobbs presented "Faulkner's Creole New Orleans" at the American Comparative Literature Association in New Orleans, LA in April 2010. With two colleagues from Haverford and Smith, she also co-organized the 12-scholar, 3-day ACLA seminar titled "The Creole City," in which this paper was presented.

Dr. Boboc Speaks at International Congress on Medieval Studies

Dr. Andreea Boboc presented a paper on "Teaching Hildegard von Bingen's Physica" at the 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI, in May. She also had her article "Teaching Gower and the Law" published in the prestigious series, The MLA Approaches to Teaching, in 2010.

Dr. Lehmann Participating in Shakespeare Conferences

William ShakespeareIn March, Courtney Lehmann served as the plenary speaker for an international "Hamlet on Screen" conference in Le Havre, France. She will lead a seminar on "Shakespeare and Film" at the Shakespeare Society of American Conference in 2011. She has also been asked to chair the panel on "Reclaiming Shakespeare" at the Renaissance Society of America meeting in Montreal in spring 2011. Her fourth book, a cultural history of Romeo and Juliet, is in press and will be available in November 2010.

Movie IncomingDr. Borden Links Film and Psychoanalysis

Dr. Diane Borden (English and Film Studies) had her article "What Has Been Found: Daniel Mendelsohn and The Lost," published in the Fort Da journal, spring 2010. Dr. Borden also presented the paper "Language, Disarticulation, and Abjection in Campion's In the Cut," for the Lutecium Psychoanalytic Training Group, at the Hobart Theater in San Francisco, in March. A second paper, "He Was Once Somebody's Baby: Male Subjectivity and Abortion Fantasy in Coppola's The Conversation," was presented at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis as part of the yearly Donovan Memorial programs.