Fall 2017 News, part one

A New Department Chair

Dave CarlsonAs Fall Quarter and the new academic year begin, we welcome a new Department Chair, David J. Carlson. A specialist in American Indian and Early American Literatures, Carlson joined the department in 2001 after earning his PhD from Indiana University. He is the author of two books, Sovereign Selves: American Indian Autobiography and the Law (University of Illinois Press, 2006) and Imagining Sovereignty: Discourses of Self-Determination in American Indian Law and Literature (University of Oklahoma Press, 2016), and the co-editor (with Edward Watts) of John Neal and Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture (Bucknell University Press, 2012).  In addition to publishing many scholarly articles and book chapters, he is the co-founder and co-editor of Transmotion: A Journal of Indigenous Studies.

Since joining the department, he has taught a range of courses, including topics classes at the graduate and undergraduate level on Modern Fantasy, Science Fiction, American Indian Humor, California Indian Literature, The Literature of the American Revolution, American Indian Autobiography, Aesthetics, and Marxist Literary Theory, and filled many service roles, including Graduate Coordinator of the M.A. program. Please join us in congratulating him on his new post! Sunny Hyon, our chair since 2011, has returned to the classroom and is also serving this year as Associate Chair.

Thesis Award: D’Angelo Bridges

D. BridgesCongratulations to D’Angelo Bridges (MA ’17), awarded the CSUSB Outstanding Thesis Award in the Humanities and Social Sciences Category for his thesis on Frederick Douglass, Revising Rhetorical Theory in “My Bondage and My Freedom”: Narrativizing and Theorizing a Rhetoric of Blackness. His thesis advisers were Brenda Glascott and Yumi Pak. D’Angelo is now a PhD candidate at Penn State, pursuing a dual degree in English and African American Studies.

Faculty and Alumni News

Woodcut of Thomas NasheJenny Andersen was invited to speak about “Nashe and Popular Pamphleteering” at a symposium on Thomas Nashe and His Contemporaries held at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC on September 7–9. The symposium was co-sponsored by the Folger Library and a team of editors from the UK who have a 5-year Arts and Humanities Research Council grant to produce a new edition of the works of Thomas Nashe.

Les Hutchinson (MA ’13) contributed a chapter, “Writing To Have No Face: The Orientation of Anonymity in Twitter” to the volume Social Writing/Social Media: Publics, Presentations, and Pedagogies, edited by Douglas M. Walls and Stephanie Vie (WAC Clearinghouse and UP of Colorado, 2017). This is an open source book, freely available on the WAC website. Les, currently a PhD candidate at Michigan State University in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures, says that this chapter drew on her MA research and theory from Jackie Rhodes’s Gender, Sexuality, and Rhetoric class.

Susan Nylander (MA ’09) and Amanda (Mandy) Taylor (MA ’09) have an essay in the forthcoming book Supernatural Psychology: Roads Less Traveled, edited by Travis Langley and Lynn S. Zubernis (Sterling). The book is due out on November 7, 2017 and is currently available for pre-order. Their essay, “The Message is in the Music: The Psychological Impact of Music in Supernatural” was also co-written by editor Lynn S. Zubernis.

Mandy Taylor also has an essay, “Love and Marriage in the Time of The Walking Dead,” in a forthcoming collection called Romancing The Zombie: Essays on the Undead as Significant “Other” edited by Ashley Szanter and Jessica K. Richards (McFarland). The collection is due out in paperback in December and is currently available on Kindle.

Cover: This is for the mostlessCongratulations to Jason Magabo Perez on the publication of his debut book, This is for the Mostless (Wordtech Editions, 2017), a lyrical collection of autobiographical poems, essays, fictions, and oral histories.  In this work, cast with wildly divergent figures as iconic as Don Cheadle and Mandy Moore, and as obscure as Cobra Commander and Perez’s own mother—a Filipina migrant nurse who in 1976 was framed by the FBI for murder, Perez celebrates and mourns the multiple migrations and afterlives of grandmothers, gangsters, girlfriends, superheroes, and poets. This book is about and most definitely for all of the mostless.

Suzanne Roszak has an article, “Blurring Boundaries: Women’s Work and Artistic Production in Jamaica Kincaid’s Lucy and Cristina García’s Dreaming in Cuban,” forthcoming in Volume 28, Issue 4 of LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory.

Art and Literature Events in the IE

Alumna and noted YA author Isabel Quintero (BA ’05, MA ’13) is serving as president of PoetrIE, a nonprofit literary arts organization that supports marginalized voices in the IE literary arts community with readings, workshops, discussions, and various forms of community engagement.  They sponsor a reading series at the Garcia Center for the Arts in San Bernardino and their next guest (on November 13) is renowned queer Chicana playwright Virginia Grise, who has a residency at Cal Arts and is promoting her new work, Your Healing is Killing Me.

Poster for ArtBlock OctoberCristina Guerrero, a senior in our Creative Writing track, has volunteered to help promote a monthly event, the San Bernardino ArtBlock. Started by Mike Castor, the owner of screen printing company WestKoast Graphics, the event is planned for the third Wednesday of each month. Cristina says, “We want to show how many talented and great individuals San Bernardino has to offer. I’m trying to help by getting more and more people involved in selling their arts and crafts and coming to support their local community. Everyone knows the Riverside Art Walk is an enormous art community and that’s basically what we’re hoping we can provide for San Bernardino.” The next event is scheduled for October 18, from 6-10 pm, at 620 W. Mill St., San Bernardino, 92410.  For more information, follow the hashtags #wkartblock and #sanbernardinoartwalk and #sbartblock on Instagram.

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