Rice English Department
February 2017 Newsletter
Welcome to the February 2017 edition of our newsletter! Remember to email Laura at if you have any news you would like to share with the Department.

Rosemary Hennessy
Department Chair

Faculty News
Nicole A. Waligora-Davis is featured in the upcoming PBS documentary, Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask, premiering this month at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio; at Case Western Reserve University;  and on KQED, a PBS affiliate for Northern California.
Cary Wolfe engages in a dialogue with Natasha Lennard published in The New York Times article entitled
English Faculty Colloquium
Friday, February 24 at 12:00, English Lounge

Sarah Ellenzweig will be talking about the introduction to her forthcoming volume, with John H. Zammito, The Politics of Materialism: History, Philosophy, Science (Routledge, 2017).  This volume represents the work of their Rice Seminar from 2013-14 on Materialism and New Materialism Across the Disciplines.  The introduction and the table of contents will be made available in the English Department office for those who would like to read them before the colloquium.

Lunch will be served; please go here to reserve your space by Tuesday 02/21.

Undergraduate News
The creative writing faculty and the entire Rice English department are honored to announce Sophie Newman as the winner of the 2017 Inprint-Marion Barthelme Prize for her piece of short fiction, "Santa Monica, 2035: A Love Story." Noted for honorable mention was also Helen Gunn's piece of short fiction, "Ardella's Last Memory."
This year's contest was judged by the award-winning poet and essayist, Paisley Rekdal. Paisley is a professor of English at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and holds a Master of Arts from the University of Toronto and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Alumni News: Recent PhD Graduates
Recent PhD Graduate, Meina Yates-Richard won the 2016 Forester Prize for the best essay published annually in American Literature, for her essay “'What is Your Mother’s Name?’ Maternal Disavowal and the Reverberating Aesthetic of Black Women’s Pain in Black Nationalist Literature.” Meina is an Assistant Professor of English at Syracuse University.
News from SEL
On January 6, 2017, SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 hosted a reception at the Union League of Philadelphia during the annual MLA convention. A number of Rice faculty, current graduate students, and alumni attended. During the reception, Publisher and Executive Editor Logan D. Browning thanked the journal’s editorial board, contributors, and outside evaluators, and announced the winners of the Elizabeth Dietz, Robert L. Patten, and Monroe Spears awards. 
The 2016 Dietz Award for the best recent study in Tudor and Stuart Drama was presented to Zachary Lesser of the University of Pennsylvania for his publication Hamlet after Q1: An Uncanny History of the Shakespearean Text, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. Professor Lesser won the inaugural Dietz Award in 2006, becoming the first author to have his work receive the Dietz Award twice. The 2016 Patten Award for the most outstanding recent contribution to British literary studies of the nineteenth century was presented to editors Michel W. Pharand, Ellen L. Hawman, Mary S. Millar, Sandra den Otter, and M. G. Wiebe for The Benjamin Disraeli Letters: 1868, Vol. 10, published by the University of Toronto Press. Dr. Pharand received the award on behalf of the editorial and production teams. SEL also announced Michael Ursell and Geoff Quilley as co-recipients of the 2016 Spears Award recognizing the essays published in each volume of the journal that are marked by clarity, economy, and felicity of expression, and that have given the editors the greatest pleasure to read. Dr. Ursell’s essay, “Interinanimation and Lifelessness in John Donne’s Book Studies,” appeared in the Winter 2016 (56, 1) issue, and Professor Quilley’s essay, “Reenacting Cook’s Voyages in Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture,” appeared in the Autumn 2016 (56, 4) special issue on “Genealogies.”
Upcoming Events
Graduate Student Symposium
"Redrawing Forms: Energy, Media, Science, and Life"
February 17 - 18

Barri Gold, keynote speaker
Associate Professor of English at Muhlenberg College
Monday, February 13 at 4:00 pm, Humanities 118 – Amanda Johnson: mock job talk
Wednesday, February 15 at 4:00 pm, Rayzor 123 – Alexander Adkins: mock job talk
Wednesday, February 22 at 7:00 pm, HUMA 226 - HGSA Brown Bag: Maria Montalvo
   of the history department will be presenting an upcoming conference paper entitled
   "'Only the tool of a white man:' White Men, Free Women of Color, & Fraud in the
   Antebellum Courtroom".
Friday, February 24 at 9:00 am, English Lounge - Lindsey Chappell thesis defense:
   "Temporal Forms in the Nineteenth-Century British Mediterranean"
Friday, February 24 at 12:00 pm, English Lounge - Faculty Colloquium: Sarah Ellenzweig

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