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

News & Events

Amy Smith, English, had a podcast published in Academic Minute, where she probes the international appeal of the characters that populate the work of Jane Austen.  Click here for the full story.

Jeffrey Hole,
English, presented his paper, "Thinking Property & Fugitive Tactics: The Malicious Intelligence of Moby Dick," at the MLA Convention in Seattle, WA. In addition, his essay, "Enforcement on a Grand Scale: Fugitive Intelligence and the Literary Tactics of Douglass and Melville," was accepted for publication by the journal American Literature.

Andreea Boboc, English, has won a Graves Award in the Humanities. The award will support her research in Holland in summer 2013 for a second monograph, provisionally titled Communities and Conflict Resolution in Reynard the Fox: An Anglo-European Perspective.

Jeffrey Hole, English, has had his essay, "Enforcement on a Grand Scale: Fugitive Intelligence and the Literary Tactics of Douglass and Melville," accepted for publication by the journal American Literature.

Zhou Xiaojing, English and Ethnic Studies, has published in 《天南》,  a literary bi-monthly produced in Guangzhou, China, her translations of two poems, "Always A Rose," "Cuckoo Flower on the Witness Stand," and an excerpt from the prose-poem memoir The Winged Seed  by Li-Young Lee.

Professors Publish and Present

Courtney Lehmann will deliver two solicited presentations at the World Shakespeare Congress in Prague.  The first revolves around feminist film adaptations of "Macbeth," while the second explores the work of Shakespeare's contemporary, Thomas Middleton. Lehmann has founded a non-for-profit (501-c3) organization called sisters4themselves.org, focused on improving literacy to aid the plight of Haitians. In July Lehmann will be conducting literacy workshops in Haitian Creole.

Cynthia Dobbs will have her article "Diasporic Designs of House, Home, and Haven in Toni Morrison's Paradise" published in MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States) 36.2 (Summer 2011).

Diane M. Borden will have her article "The Mother, the Whore and the Problematics of Male Virility in Spielmann's REVANCHE" published in the June issue of Fort Da Journal. She will present the paper "Signs, Signifiers and Codes: Interepreting Tokyo in Current Cinema" at the June immersion program of the Luteciium Psychoanalytic Training Group in San Francisco.

Andreea Boboc had her article "Criseyde's descriptio and the Ethics of Feminine Experience" accepted for publication by The Chaucer Review, the journal of Chaucerian research.

Camille Norton is having her book of poems, Corruption, reissued by Harper Collins as an e-book. Her poem "Monday Music" has been recorded with jazz piano and bird song by Diane Moser, Professor of Jazz Composition at The New School in New York. She also chaired a panel reading, "The Poem as Ghost: Haunted Americas," at The Associated Writing Programs National Conference in Washington, D.C., in February 2011.

Scholarly Work in Film Studies

John Lessard, who teaches English and Film Studies, presented the paper, Community and Ereignis in Andreas Dresen's Wende film Stilles Land, at a German Studies Conference on The Neighbor held in March at the University of California, Berkeley.

Courtney Lehmann had her book on "Screen Adaptations: Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet" published. Susan Elkin's Stage Blog refers to the book as follows: "A must, I think, for film studies students and of interest to anyone working on 'Romeo and Juliet' either as set text or for performance."

Professors Publish and Present

John Lessard had his article "From Lamps to Enlightened Materialism:  Naum Gabo and the Problem of Functionalist Design" published in Modernism/modernity.

Diane Borden presented the paper "Reorienting the Police Procedural in Korean Cinema" at the Biennial Asia Pacific Conference in Kyoto, Japan, in October 2010.  She also presented the paper "Transgenerational Trauma in Egoyan's ADORATION" for the Lacan School of Psychoanalysis in Berkeley on January 22, 2011. Her article "What Has Been Found:  Daniel Mendolsohn and THE LOST" was published in the fall edition of Fort Da Journal.

Zhou Xiaojing presented the paper "Global South in the Global City: Magical Realist Mapping of Social Ecology in Tropic of Orange by Karen Tei Yamashita" at the MLA Annual Convention in Los Angeles in January 2011. She also published the article "Wilderness and Subject Formation in Holder of the World by Bharati Mukherjee" in Indian Journal of Ecocriticism, which is associated with the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment in the U.S.

Dr. Hole Links American History and Literature

Jeffrey Hole presented his paper "Internal Threat: Indian Wars, Pequot Extinction, and the Sanctification of Security" at the MLA Annual Convention in Los Angeles in January 2011. In addition, he has been invited by Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, to teach a two-week summer seminar titled "Fugitive Tactics: U.S. Law and Literature" that addresses his current research on American Literature in the wake of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act.

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