Thursday, May 28, 2015

Tiffany Bourelle Named 2015-16 Teaching Fellow

The Center for Teaching Excellence selected Assistant Professor Tiffany Bourelle to be a 2015-16 Teaching Fellow.

Teaching Fellows will investigate carefully-defined teaching challenges by examining the latest research on teaching and learning in their disciplines, designing a teaching innovation, and by collecting and evaluating evidence of student learning in their own courses. At the end of the program, Fellows will present their results in a campus presentation and at national conferences in their disciplines.

Jonathan Davis-Secord Awarded Medieval Academy Book Subvention

Assistant Professor Davis-Secord's book, Joinings: Compound Words in Old English Literature, forthcoming from the University of Toronto Press, has been awarded the Medieval Academy Book Subvention, which provides support for the publication of first books at university and scholarly presses.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Julie Williams Receives Inaugural ALS-Arms Dissertation Research Assistantship

Julie Williams, PhD candidate in American Literary Studies, has garnered the inaugural ALS Elizabeth and George Arms Fund for American Literature Research Assistantship for Dissertation Completion to assist and facilitate the research and writing of her dissertation, “Embodying the West: A Literary and Cultural History of Environment, Body, and Belief.”

Focusing on embodiment in women’s writing in the American West from the 1880s to the present, the dissertation argues that texts, authors, and cultural events depicting bodies that do not fit into the narrative identity created by discourses about the West—bodies that are all “marked” through an alternative mode of gender construction, sexual desire, illness, disability, or race—reveal the limits and possibilities of the mythic West and the discourses of rejuvenation which have shaped it. Dr. Jesse Alemán chairs the dissertation.

The assistantship pays $16,500.00 from the Arms Endowment Fund over one academic year to support dissertation research, and UNM’s Graduate Studies provide dissertation hour tuition remission and heath care coverage for the recipient.

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.

Christine Beagle awarded A&S Dissertation/Thesis Completion Award for Summer 2015

Christine is a Rhetoric & Writing PhD candidate completing her dissertation, "The Chicana Speaks: Dolores Huerta and the Chicana as Rhetor".

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Filar Wins First ALS-Arms Outstanding Graduate Student Essay

Diana Filar’s essay, “Palms: Poetry, Little Magazines, and the ‘Making it New’ of Modernist American Literature,” has been selected by a committee of ALS faculty as the first ALS-Arms Outstanding Graduate Student Essay. The award is $500.00 from the Elizabeth and George Arms Endowment Fund in recognition of research in American Literature. Ms. Filar graduated with her MA in Literature in Spring 2015.

The selection committee agreed that the essay “is a cogent and thorough analysis of the little magazine published in Guadalajara, Mexico, that traces the history of the publication and the significance of its mission, visual art, and poetic selections in relation to modernist studies, the literature of the American West, and transnational networks of cultural exchange. The essay is detailed and precise in its focus with lucid writing and excellent supporting images. The project draws on the resources of the CSWR archives in creative and significant ways . . . that not only addresses the region, but also that is tied specifically to UNM and its resources.”

Ms. Filar will be presenting a version of her award-winning essay, which she penned in a course offered by Dr. Daniel Worden, at the upcoming Modernist Studies Association Conference, and now that she’s earned her MA at UNM, she is heading to the PhD program in English and American Literature at Brandies University on a graduate fellowship. Congratulations on all counts to Diana Filar.

Daoine Bachran and Natalie Kubasek Garner Mellon Dissertation Fellowships

Two ALS PhD candidates in English, Daoine Bachran and Natalie Kubasek, have both garnered UNM-Mellon Dissertation Fellowships to facilitate the completion of their dissertations. 

Daoine Bachran’s dissertation, “From Recovery to Discovery: Ethnic Science Fiction and (Re)Creating the Future,” argues that science fiction by Native, Chicana/o, and black artists re-imagines scientific paradigms for understanding history, the present, and future possibility. 

Natalie Kubasek’s dissertation, entitled “Chicana Feminist Acts: Revising the Script of Chicana/o Theater from the Early Twentieth Century to the Present” proves that since the 1930’s, Chicanas have staged feminist acts in theater that challenge patriarchal and nationalist ideas of gender and sexuality by imagining and performing multiple Chicana identities. 

Dr. Jesse Alemán chairs both award-winning dissertations.

Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the highly competitive and nationally recognized Mellon award provides dissertation fellowships in the humanistic social sciences across ten UNM departments to senior doctoral students working on studies relevant to Latino/a or Native American communities. The year-and-a-half award is meant to assist in the completion of the dissertation by providing a $25,000.00 stipend at the beginning of each semester for three semesters; tuition remission; health care coverage; and up to $1,500.00 for professional development or research support during the tenure of the award. The Mellon also awards the fellow’s dissertation chair a $3,000.00 stipend.

Stephanie Spong Receives Bilinski Fellowship

Stephanie Spong was recently awarded the prestigious Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowship. The Bilinski Educational Foundation recognizes excellent doctoral students in the humanities at UNM. Eight doctoral students have already completed their dissertations and degrees supported by Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowships. The 2015 finalists for the Bilinski Fellowship stand out for their potential impact on both scholarship and community. Stephanie Spong (English) is reexamining Modernist poetry to reveal how poets from Gertrude Stein to Langston Hughes created new and influential ideas of love and eros. Read more here

Kelly Hunnings Receives Gallagher Scholarship

Kelly Hunnings was recently awarded the Joseph C. Gallagher Scholarship, which provides funding for year-long study in Ireland and Europe. She will be splitting time in between Ireland, Scotland and England; her research will trace the role of laboring-class women's writing from the shift to Georgian to Romantic models of writing.

Kalila Bohsali Receives Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship

The University of New Mexico selected its first Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows recently. The recipients for the the 2015-2017 cohort of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) program include: Amber Lopez, Kalila Bohsali, Melissa Auh, Nina Raby and Shayanah Chiaramonte.

Kalila Bohsali is an undergraduate student, double majoring in literature and French, with a minor in Arabic.

See Mara Kerkez' full article from the UNM Newsroom.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Bourelle, Griego-Schmitt and Spong Receive Center for Teaching Excellence Awards

Sponsored by the Faculty Senate Teaching Enhancement Committee and the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), Teaching Awards recognize UNM’s Outstanding Educators.

Each year the Faculty Senate Teaching Enhancement Committee selects recipients for a variety of campus-wide teaching awards.  Awardees are selected following a nomination and dossier-review process.

2014-2015 Online Teacher of the Year:

Andrew Bourelle, English

2014-2015 Susan Deese-Roberts Outstanding Teaching Assistants:

Breanna Griego-Schmitt, English

Stephanie Spong, English

Professor Warner Receives the Wertheim Faculty Award

The Wertheim Award is awarded annually to a member of the senior faculty whose scholarship, creative work, teaching, and service make a noteworthy contribution to the department, the College, the university, and the community beyond UNM.

This year a panel of recent Wertheim recipients chose Professor Sharon Warner as the awardee for 2015.

Assistant Professors Tiffany and Andy Bourelle Receive the Julia M. Keleher/Telfair Hendon, Jr. Faculty Award

The Julia M. Keleher/Telfair Hendon, Jr. Faculty Award is given annually to an Assistant Professor who demonstrates a strong commitment to teaching.  In 1995 the Keleher Award account was augmented by its combination with the Telfair Hendon, Jr. Memorial and the first award was given in the 95/96 academic year.

Recent recipients of the Keleher/Hendon Faculty Award named Drs. Tiffany and Andy Bourelle as the recipients of this year’s award.

Assistant Professor Elder Receives Louie Award for Dedicated Service to UNM

Cristyn Elder received the Outstanding Student Service Provider award.  Dr. Elder has been deeply engaged in changing the way we deliver core writing to our students, and her efforts on that and the UNM Lobo Reading Experience, as well as restructuring the 537 Practicum, have made a world of difference to the university.

Please see related articles from Inside UNM and the Division of Student Affairs.

Daniel Worden’s article “Laughing Horse Magazine and Regional Modernism in New Mexico” published in the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies

New Mexico was central to the development of American modernism in the 1920s and 1930s, and Laughing Horse magazine documented the distinctive form that modernism took there. Crucial to the arts and literary communities in Santa Fe and Taos, Laughing Horse provided a venue for established writers like Mary Austin and D. H. Lawrence, as well as younger writers like Lynn Riggs and Frank Waters, and the magazine also featured iconic visual images that reinforced the magazine’s regionalist, yet also modernist, aesthetic. This essay argues that Laughing Horse and its network of little magazines are central, rather than peripheral, to modernism.

The article is available through the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies.

Spong Wins Teaching Assistant Award for 2014

Ms. Stephanie Spong, Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Department of English, earned the College of Arts & Science Teaching Assistant Award for 2014 for embracing both face to face and online teaching and also for finding creative ways to encourage undergraduates to do productive group work in class.

Assistant Professor Wallace Receives Research Grant

The Research Allocation Committee has awarded Dr. Belinda Deneen Wallace a $10,000.00 grant to conduct archival research in the Anglophone Caribbean in order to complete her monograph, Mapping the Meta-Colonial: Caribbean Women Writers and the Queer Path to National Belonging. Her manuscript demonstrates how contemporary Caribbean women writers reimagine Caribbean rebellions, revolutions, and acts of resistance in order to inject queer women’s stories into both the national consciousness and the national narrative. The end result of this injection is the creation of a new nation where queer Caribbean women may fully exist/belong.  Over the next year, Belinda will conduct research in Grenada, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

New Mexico Museum of Art to host Shakespeare exhibition in 2016

The New Mexico Museum of Art has been selected as the one New Mexico venue to host an exhibition of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare in 2016.

Spring 2016 may be far away, but this upcoming exhibition will be of interest to those teaching early English literature, theater history and performance, and Southwest literature.
First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare will feature a copy of the 1623 Folio of Shakespeare's plays. A series of events will explore the Folio's significance in terms of Shakespeare, theater, and our state. Sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library, Cincinnati Museum Center, American Libraries Association, and National Endowment for the Humanities, the exhibition comes to NMMoA after a competitive application process to select one host institution in each of the fifty states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico. 

Assistant Professor Marissa Greenberg will be speaking on local Shakespeare, as part of her ongoing work on the history and performance of Shakespearean adaptation in New Mexico. First Folio! will be on display February 5th through 28th, 2016.

Scharnhorst pens 'Owen Wister and the West'

From James Fenimore Cooper to Gary Cooper, stories set in the American West have served as vehicles for topical commentary. In Owen Wister and the West, a biographical-literary account of Wister’s life and writings, University of New Mexico Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English Gary Scharnhorst shows how the West shaped Wister’s career and ideas, even as he lived and worked in the East.

Visit the UNM Newsroom for the full article.

MFA Alumna Bonnie Arning's Book Accepted for Publication

Bonnie Arning's The Black Acres has been accepted for publication in The Center for Literary Publishing's Mountain West Poetry Series, and it will come out in June of 2016​. This book was her dissertation, which she defended in the spring of 2013.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

PhD Alumna Ashley Carlson accepts Tenure Track position

Please join us in congratulating Ashley Carlson on her Tenure Track position teaching later British literature (18-21st centuries) at the University of Montana Western!

Andy Bourelle's short story selected for Best American Mystery Stories 2015

Andy Bourelle’s short story “Cowboy Justice” has been selected for inclusion in The Best American Mystery Stories 2015

Cowboy Justice was published in 2014 in an anthology titled Law and Disorder. Otto Penzler, series editor for The Best American Mystery Stories, selected it as one of the top 50 mystery stories of the year. The 2015  guest editor, James Patterson, chose it from that group as one of the best 20 to be reprinted in the annual volume. 

The anthology, which is part of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Best American series, is scheduled for release in October.  

Helen Damico publishes Beowulf and the Grendel-kin: Politics and Poetry in Eleventh-Century England

In Beowulf and the Grendel-kin: Politics and Poetry in Eleventh-Century England, Helen Damico presents the first concentrated discussion of the initiatory two-thirds of Beowulf’s 3,182 lines in the context of the sociopolitically turbulent years that composed the first half of the eleventh century in Anglo-Danish England.
Damico offers incisive arguments that major historical events and personages pertaining to the reign of Cnut and those of his sons recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, the Encomium Emmae Reginae, and major continental and Scandinavian historical texts, hold striking parallels with events and personages found in at least eight vexing narrative units, as recorded by Scribe A in BL, Cotton Vitellius A.xv, that make up the poem’s quasi sixth-century narrative concerning the fall of the legendary Scyldings. 

Given the poet’s compositional skill—widely relational and eclectic at its core—and his affinity with the practicing skalds, these strings of parallelisms could scarcely have been coincidental. Rather, Damico argues that examined within the context of other eleventh-century texts that either bemoaned or darkly satirized or obversely celebrated the rise of the Anglo-Danish realm, the Beowulfian units may bring forth a deeper understanding of the complexity of the poet’s compositional process.

Damico illustrates the poet’s use of the tools of his trade—compression, substitution, skillful encoding of character—to reinterpret and transform grave sociopolitical “facts” of history, to produce what may be characterized as a type of historical allegory, whereby two parallel narratives, one literal and another veiled are simultaneously operative. 

Beowulf and the Grendel-kin lays out the story of Beowulf, not as a monster narrative nor a folklorish nor solely a legendary tale, but rather as a poem of its time, a historical allegory coping with and reconfiguring sociopolitical events of the first half of eleventh-century Anglo-Saxon England.

Beowulf and the Grendel-kin: Politics and Poetry in Eleventh-Century England is available through the West Virginia University Press.