February 2022 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Image from Anuja Madan’s article “‘I Am Not an Animal’: Vikram Balagopal’s Psychologization of Hanuman in Simian” in the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics (2022) showing Hanuman reconfigured as a gelada baboon.  

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

As we enter a third year living with COVID-19, we continue to direct energies towards teaching our courses and to supporting others during the pandemic. We’re also happy to recognize the 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 english@ksu.edu.

Karin Westman, Department Head


Publications

Gregory Eiselein, Foreword. Imperfect Heroes: Teaching in Challenging Times to Motivate Student Achievement, by Andy Barkley, Rowman and Littlefield, 2022, pp. ix–xi.

Robin Dodsworth and Mary Kohn, “Supraregional Changes Are Uncorrelated: A Community Comparison.” American Raising, ed. Stuart Davis and Kelly Berkson, Publication of the American Dialect Society, Duke UP, 2021, pp. 125–46.

Anuja Madan, “‘I Am Not an Animal’: Vikram Balagopal’s Psychologization of Hanuman in Simian.” Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 25 Jan 2022. doi:10.1080/21504857.2021.2010994.

Ania Payne, “Bestiary as Autobiography” (nonfiction). Paper Dragon, no. 3, 28 Feb. 2022: https://drexelpaperdragon.com/bestiary-as-autobiography/


Presentations

Mary Cook (MA ’22), “Skewing Public Perception and The Construction of an Other: The Bush Administration’s Rhetoric in Justifying Abu Ghraib Torture.” Southwest Popular and American Culture Association Conference, Albuquerque, NM, 26 Feb. 2022.

Michael Donnelly (emeritus), “Traducing Shakespeare: How Every Age Makes the Bard Their Own.” “#Shakespeare After Shakespeare” Lecture Series on the Book of Will performance, Manhattan Arts Center & Online, Manhattan, KS, 18 Feb. 2022.

Don Hedrick, “Little Books and Big: Size Mattering.” “#Shakespeare After Shakespeare” Lecture Series on the Book of Will performance, Manhattan Arts Center & Online, Manhattan, KS, 18 Feb. 2022.

Mary Kohn, “Bilingual Brains and the Big Read.” Wichita Public Libraries, 19 Feb. 2022.

“Twenty Years in the Making: A Longitudinal Study of African American Language.” Department of English Colloquium, Kansas State University, 9 Feb. 2022. Online.

Natalie Liptak (MA ’23), “Star-Crossed Lovers & Social Strife: Shakespearean Influences in American Adolescent Literature.” “#Shakespeare After Shakespeare” Lecture Series on the Book of Will performance, Manhattan Arts Center & Online, Manhattan, KS, 18 Feb. 2022.

Kara Northway, “‘That’s what I hate most, the thievery of it’: Loss, Perception, and Heart in The Book of Will.” “#Shakespeare After Shakespeare” Lecture Series on the Book of Will performance, Manhattan Arts Center & Online, Manhattan, KS, 18 Feb. 2022.

Hannah Rollison (MA ’22), “Listening to Link: The Rhetorical Effects of Sound Within a Digital Space.” Southwest Popular and American Culture Association Conference, Albuquerque, NM, 23 Feb. 2022.

Anne-Sophie Tooley (MA ’22), “The Influence of Ecclesiastes on Hamlet’s Death Anxieties.” “#Shakespeare After Shakespeare” Lecture Series on the Book of Will performance, Manhattan Arts Center & Online, Manhattan, KS, 18 Feb. 2022.


Awards

Philip Nel has won an Aarhus University Forskingsfond Visiting Researcher Stipend. From March 1 through May 20, 2022, he will be at Aarhus University in Denmark.


Announcements

Krista Danielson (MA ’20) will be performing in Oliver! as Old Sally and a member of the ensemble, along with her daughter Sophie Rolles who will be playing Noah and one of Fagin’s boys, at the Manhattan Arts Center, Manhattan, KS, April 22–24, April 29–May 1, and May 6–8.


Research and Creative Activity from Alumni

Gavin Colton (MA ’18) published an essay “Bury Me Here,” which appears in the February 2022 issue of The Honest Ulsterman: https://humag.co/prose/bury-me-here

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