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Dr. John Garrison

Dr. John Garrison publishes in The Atlantic, to Publish New Book

Dr. John Garrison of the English department recently published an article on interactive glass in The Atlantic. He will build upon those ideas in a book forthcoming from Bloomsbury in 2015.

Lara Karpenko

Dr. Lara Karpenko Publishes Essays on Victorian Literature and on Digital Pedagogy

Dr. Karpenko recently has published two articles in major journals. "'A nasty thumping at the top of your head': Muscularity, Masculinity, and Physical Reading in The Moonstone" appears in the 2012 issue of The Victorian Review. The paper examines Wilkie Collins' popular 1868 detective novel against the backdrop of the muscular Christian movement. "The 21st Century Digital Student: Google Books As A Tool In Promoting Undergraduate Research" is co-authored with Dr. Lauri Dietz and appears in Journal of Effective Teaching 13.1 (2013). The article contends that publicly available, mass digitization projects (e.g., Google Books) present faculty, regardless of their specific institutional context, with an exciting opportunity to promote meaningful undergraduate research in the humanities.

Best's book

Professor Publishes New Volume of Poetry

B.J. Best, assistant professor of English, has published a new book of poetry inspired by video games: "But Our Princess is in Another Castle" (Rose Metal Press, 2013). This is Professor Best's third book of poetry, in addition to three previous chapbooks. On March 16, he read poems from the new volume to a standing-room-only crowd at Boswell's Books in Milwaukee. (More >>)

Deirdre Keenan

Dr. Deirdre Keenan Publishes Essay on Same-Sex Marriage

Dr. Keenan's article, "Marriage and the Homosexual Body: It's About Race," appears in the October 2012 issue of the Journal of Homosexuality. The paper examines analogies between struggles to eliminate racial prejudice and struggles against sexual discrimination. Taking debates around same-sex marriage as her case study, Dr. Keenan explores the relationship between race and sexual orientation in contemporary legal discussions, as well as in the context of recent theories of racial and sexual identities. (More >>)

Susan Nusser

Susan Nusser Publishes Kentucky Derby Dreams

Professor Nusser has published her second book, "Kentucky Derby Dreams: The Making of Thoroughbred Champions" (Thomas Dunne Books, 2012). The book takes readers inside the barns of Kentucky's Taylor Made Farm, capturing the behind-the-scenes drama of raising Kentucky Derby hopefuls. (More >>)

John Garrison

Dr. John Garrison Awarded Three Research Fellowships

Dr. Garrison has been awarded three major fellowships: a visiting fellowship from the Folger Shakespeare Library and a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society, as well as the H.P. Kraus Fellowship in early books and manuscripts from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. These fellowships will support his ongoing research into the social contexts that informed the work of Renaissance writers such as Shakespeare and Milton, as well as his current book project focused on the interplay between friendship and economic endeavors. (More >>)

[photo] Dr. Lori Kelly

Dr. Lori Kelly Publishes in Journal of Medical Humanities

Dr. Kelly recently published an article in the Journal of Medical Humanities, the leading interdisciplinary journal in the field. "Selecting a Somatic Type: The Role of Anorexia in the Rest Cure" is an exploration of nineteenth-century physician Weir Mitchell and his treatment of women suffering from neurasthenia, or nervous exhaustion. More >>)

[photo] B.J. Best

B.J. Best Receives Literary Award for Poetry

Best received the 2011 Outstanding Achievement in Poetry Award from the Wisconsin Library Association for his book of poetry, Birds of Wisconsin. His collection was published in November 2010 and has also won the Many Voices Project competition sponsored by New Rivers Press. (More >>)

Garrison poetry book

Dr. Garrison Publishes Article on the Latin Poetry of John Milton

The October 2012 issue of Milton Quarterly features Professor John Garrison's essay "Plurality and Amicitia in Milton's Epitaphium Damonis." The paper traces the influence of writers from classical antiquity on Milton's early Latin poetry, specifically looking at the poet's evolving thinking about friendship and group relations. (More >>)

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