Glover’s Essay One of Most Read in 2018

Dr. Brian Glover’s essay “David Sedaris and Growing Up Northern in the South, 1965–1983,” was one of the ten most-read articles of the year in Southern Cultures, which is “is an academic quarterly about the history and cultures of the U.S. South, published by UNC Press with the Center for the Study of the American South for readers in the South and beyond.”

The top-10 read articles can be found here, while the direct link to Dr. Glover’s essay is here.

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Dr. Marianne Montgomery’s Chapter Published

Dr. Marianne Montgomery recently authored the chapter “Language and Seafaring in Thomas Middleton and John Webster’s Anything for a Quiet Life” in Travel and Drama in Early Modern England: The Journeying Play, edited by Claire Jowitt and Davis McInnis. Cambridge University Press says the collection “redefines the field by expanding the canon of recognized plays concerned with travel. Re-assessing the parameters of the genre, the chapters offer fresh perspectives on how these plays communicated with their audiences and readers.” Montgomery’s chapter expands the canon of the early modern “travel play,” usually focused on plays set abroad, to include John Webster and Thomas Middleton’s Anything for a Quiet Life (1621), a city comedy that never leaves London but is highly invested in foreign exchanges of languages, goods, and people. Staging the sea captain Young Franklin’s travels through the commercial spaces of the city as an extension of his oceanic travels, the play offers a seafaring perspective on early modern London.

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Dr. Michelle Eble Edits Collection

Dr. Michelle F. Eble’s collection Key Theoretical Frameworks: Teaching Technical Communication for the 21st Century, (co-edited by Angela Haas) was published by Utah State University Press.

The work is “links the theoretical with the pedagogical in order to articulate, use, and assess social justice frameworks for designing and teaching courses in technical communication.”

Dr. Erin A. Frost contributed the chapter “Apparent Feminism and Risk Communication: Hazard, Outrage, Environment, and Embodiment,” and Matthew B. Cox added, “Shifting Grounds as the New Status Quo: Examining Queer Theoretical Approaches to Diversity and Taxonomy in the Technical Communication Classroom.”

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Dr. Don Palumbo’s Book A Dune Companion Published

Don Palumbo's Latest Publication

A Dune Companion

Don Palumbo’s book A Dune Companion: Characters, Places, and Terms in Frank Herbert’s Original Six Novels was just published by McFarland Press, in their “Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy” series. This companion to Frank Herbert’s six original Dune novels—Dune, Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Duneand Chapterhouse: Dune—provides an encyclopedia of characters, locations, terms and other elements, and highlights the series’ underrated aesthetic integrity. An extensive introduction discusses the theme of ecology, chaos theory concepts and structures, and Joseph Campbell’s monomyth in Herbert’s narratives.

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Dr. Andrea Kitta Takes on Fake News

Andrea Kitta’s article “Alternative Health Websites and Fake News: Taking a Stab at Definition, Genre, and Belief” was just published in a special issue on Fake News in the Journal of American Folklore (JAF). In her essay, Dr. Kitta considers types of fake news, where fake news occurs, and what motivates people to create fake news. She also addresses fake news by looking at alternative health belief sites, including anti-vaccination sites, as precursors to other types of fake news and as a way to understand the intersection of fake news and belief.

JAF is the premier folklore journal in the world and this special issue is based on a series of presentations from last year’s major conference. This group of articles had a quick turn-around time since the topic is so timely.

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