September 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Cover for the special issue of The Chaucer Review (vol. 55, no. 4, 2020) co-edited by Wendy Matlock.

Each month during the academic year, we assemble a newsletter of the department’s recent publications, presentations, announcements, and awards.

As COVID-19 continues, we continue to direct significant energies towards teaching fall courses and to supporting others during the pandemic. Nonetheless, we’re happy to recognize recent successes in research, scholarship, and creative activity outlined below. 

Want to catch up on past successes or to find future announcements? Visit our archive of monthly newsletters Reading Matters as well as related blog posts.

Have news to report? Email us at

Karin Westman, Department Head


Traci Brimhall, “Matrophobia” (poem). Ironhorse Literary Review, Fall 2020, pp. 16-17.

It’s still my history, even when I choose not to know it” (photo essay). High Country News, 4 Sept 2020.

Abby Knoblauch, “Disrupting Disruption: Invitational Pedagogy as a Response to Student Resistance.” 2012. Reprinted in Inviting Understanding: A Portrait of Invitational Rhetoric, eds. Sonja K. Foss and Cindy L. Griffin. Rowan and Littlefield, 2020.

Wendy Matlock and Betsy McCormick, eds, “Special Issue: The Woman Question: Chaucer in His European Context.” The Chaucer Review, vol. 55, no. 4, 2020, pp. 343-499.

With McCormick, “The Woman Question: Chaucer in His European Context.” The Chaucer Review, vol. 55, no. 4, 2020, pp. 345-56.

Matlock, “Ventriloquizing Mothers: Chaucer’s Poetic Authority in the Tale of Melibee and the Manciple’s Tale.” The Chaucer Review, vol. 55, no. 4, 2020, pp. 462-83.

Philip Nel, “Children and Comics.” Comics Studies: A Guidebook, eds. Bart Beaty and Charles Hatfield. Rutgers UP, 2020, pp. 126-137.

Karin Westman, Naomi Wood, and David Russell, eds, The Lion and the Unicorn, vol. 44, no. 1, 2020.


Traci Brimhall, reading from Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod

  • Western Michigan University alumni reading series, 30 Sept. 2020.
  • The Writers Place, Kansas City, 18 Sept. 2020.


Arianna O’Donohue (BA ’24) and Meredith Comas (BA ’24) have been selected for Quest, K-State’s freshman honorary.

Ryan Janasz (BA ’21), Haley Reiners (BA ’22), Kinsley Searles (BA ’23), and Sariah Cheadle (MA ’22) have been selected to serve as Student Ambassadors for K-State Libraries. Continuing as Student Ambassadors: Alissa Rehmert (BA ’21), Stacy Vars (MA ’21), and Amy Levin Plattner (MA ’21).  


Thai Lopez (BA ’23) received Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Award (Summer 2020) to work with Mary Kohn.

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