Friday, April 17, 2015

The Center for Regional Studies Hector Torres Fellowship

The Center for Regional Studies and the English Department at the University of New Mexico announce the Center for Regional Studies Hector Torres Fellowship for Fall 2015-Spring 2016.

The Center for Regional Studies Hector Torres Fellowship supports graduate research and scholarship in the English Department directly related to the late Dr. Hector Torres’ fields, as well as the mission of the Center for Regional Studies. These areas include Chicano/a literary and cultural studies; theory (i.e. Marxism; post-structuralism; deconstruction; psychoanalysis; and globalization); film studies; and scholarship related to the mission of the CRS (including history; archival research; literature; and other interdisciplinary fields related to New Mexico, the US-Mexico borderlands, and the greater southwest).

The award amount ranges from $10,000 to $15,000 a year, depending on availability. Renewal is not automatic. The Fellowship is housed in the English Department but sponsored by the Center for Regional Studies. Fellowship funding pending final budgetary approval.

Qualified graduate student applicants must meet the above criteria; be graduate students in good standing (3.0 GPA or better); maintain full-time graduate student standing during the tenure of the award; and complete a CRS application, which includes a letter of intent; transcripts; resume; two letters of recommendation; and proof of enrollment. Preference will be given first to advanced doctoral students (post-exams); doctoral students in coursework; and advanced MA students. Highly qualified applicants to the English doctoral program in American Literary Studies will also be considered for the fellowship for recruitment purposes. Submit all inquires and all application materials (in hardcopy) to Dr. Jesse Alemán, Professor, Department of English.

Deadline: 5pm, May 4, 2015

Shimabukuro to be published by Palgrave Macmillon in Fall 2015

Karra Shimabukuro's chapter "I Framed Freddy: Functional Aesthetics in the Nightmare on Elm Street series" in Style and Form in the Hollywood Slasher Film edited by Wickham Clayton, is forthcoming Fall 2015 from Palgrave Macmillon. One of the readers stated, "'It is a collection that demands re-examination of the subgenre (and the foundational scholarship upon which it rests), and is original in its treatment of contemporary slasher films."

Monday, April 13, 2015

Announcing the ALS-Arms Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Essay in American Literature

American Literary Studies announces an inaugural $500.00 award in recognition of an outstanding graduate student essay written in an ALS course during the 2014 academic year (Spring 2014 & Fall 2014).

Faculty are responsible for soliciting and nominating essays that demonstrate scholarly or imaginative excellence directly related to American Literature. Nominated essays must be 6,000 words or more (excluding notes and bibliography) and will be submitted for anonymous review to a committee charged with selecting one essay for the award. The award is open to any graduate student enrolled in an approved literature or theory course taught by an ALS faculty member.

The deadline for the essay submission is Friday, April 24, 2015, by 5pm and announcement of the recipient will be by Friday, May 5. The recipient must attend the EGSA and department commencement events in the spring, where the awardee will be recognized.

The Elizabeth and George Arms Fund for American Literature is an endowed graduate award fund with the UNM Foundation in recognition of research in American Literature within the College of Arts and Sciences Department of English.

Direct initial inquires about the award to your ALS faculty instructor or advisor.

Michelle Kells published in Leaders of the Mexican American Generation

Kells' chapter “Vicente Ximenes and LBJ's Great Society: The Rhetorical Imagination of the American GI Forum.” has been published in Leaders of the Mexican American Generation. Edited by Anthony Quiroz. U of Colorado Press. 2015. 

R&W graduates accept Tenure Track positions

Please join us in congratulating two R&W graduates on their Tenure Track positions:

Dan Cryer, Roosevelt University, Chicago.

Mellisa Huffman, San Angelo State University, Texas.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Anita Obermeier's "Witches and the Myth of the Medieval ‘Burning Times’” cited on one of the 500 most visited websites on the internet

Anita Obermeier's research, "Witches and the Myth of the Medieval ‘Burning Times’” received a citation by the folks at, the Gawker fantasy/sci-fi blog, one of the 500 most visited websites on the internet:  (See section 5)
10 Worst Misconceptions About Medieval Life You'd Get From Fantasy Books
Some tropes are so ingrained in Medieval-inspired fantasy stories that it's tempting to think that they represent real aspects of Medieval life. But often these stories are just reinforcing myths and misconceptions about life in the Middle Ages.

Daniel Worden to participate in NEH Summer Institute, “City of Print: New York and the Periodical Press"

Daniel Worden (Associate Professor, American Literary Studies) has been selected to participate in an NEH Summer Institute, “City of Print: New York and the Periodical Press.” Hosted by the New York City College of Technology (CUNY), the Institute will feature cultural historians, archivists, and experts in the fields of American literature, art and urban history, and periodical studies; hands-on sessions in the periodicals collection of the New York Historical Society; sites important to the rise of New York’s periodical press, such as Newspaper Row, Gramercy Park, the Condé Nast archives, and the Algonquin Hotel; and Digital Humanities workshops. More information is here:

While at the NEH Institute, Dr. Worden will be also be working on his book-in-progress, Cool Realism: The New Journalism and Neoliberal America.