Miscellany – 4 September 2015


Allan Chavkin published “Looking at Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman through the Lens of Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection Theory and Family Systems Theory” in the Spring 2015 issue of the Arthur Miller Journal. He presented “Bellow’s Death Comedy in an Early Draft of Henderson the Rain King at the American Literature Association Annual Conference, held this past May in Boston.

Octavio Pimentel’s book, Historias De ‘Exito within Mexican Comunities: Silenced Voices, in now out from Palgrave Macmillan. His paper “Opening the Gateway: The Power of Dual Language Composition Courses” has been accepted for presentation at the CCCC conference in Houston next spring; and “#RacistTweets: A Critical Analysis of the Ongoing Racism in Social Media” has been accepted for presentation at AESA 2015, to be held in San Antonio. In addition, he has agreed to a one-year term as a member of the 2016 National CCCC Technical and Scientific Communication Awards Selection Committee, which recognizes outstanding books and articles in technical and scientific communication in six categories (best book, best original collection of essays, best article reporting qualitative or quantitative research, best article reporting historical research or textual studies, best article on philosophy or theory, and best article on pedagogy or curriculum).

Alan Schaefer’s essay “Reframing a Portrait: Flann O’Brien’s Interrogation of the Artist in ‘Cruiskeen Lawn’” will appear this winter in New Critical Perspectives on Franco-Irish Relations, volume 68 of the Reimagining Ireland series (Peter Lang International Academic Publisher).

In June, Susan Hanson presented “From Matagorda to Mad Island” at the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment conference, held at the University of Idaho. In July, her photograph “At the Koi Pond” was one of 60, out of more than 750 submissions, chosen for a juried exhibit at A Smith Gallery in Johnson City. Also in June, two of her underwater photos from the San Marcos River were selected for the 11th Annual Naturescapes Exhibition at the San Marcos Activity Center Walkers’ Gallery. The exhibit will remain up until Sept. 11.

Rob Tally’s article, “The Geopolitical Aesthetic of Middle-earth: Tolkien, Cinema, and Literary Cartography,” translated into Russian by Arja Rosenholm, has now come out in her edited collection of essays, Topographies of Popular Culture(Moscow: New Literary Observer Books, 2015). In Russian, his article is titled “Геополитическая эстетика Средиземья: Толкиен, кино и литературная картография,” and the book information is here: http://www.nlobooks.ru/node/6226.

MATC faculty Scott Mogull and Deb Balzhiser co-authored “Pharmaceutical Companies are Writing the Script for Health Consumerism,” published in the August 2015 issue of Communication Design Quarterly as part of a special issue on medical rhetoric.

Marilynn Olson’s “John Ruskin and the Mutual Influences of Children’s Literature and the Avant-Garde” appears in Children’s Literature and the European Avant-Garde. She also presented at two summer conferences:  “Without Names: Defining Childhood as Audience for Pirate Tales,” at the International Research Society in Children’s Literature conference, held in Worcester, England this past August; and in June, “Billy Whiskers: Mrs. Montgomery Defines Freedom for Young America,” at the Children’s Literature Association International Meeting, held in Richmond, VA.

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