English Department Welcomes New Professor Mary Kate Hurley!
Mary Kate Hurley comes to Ohio University from New York City, where she completed her Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Most recently, she was a visiting lecturer at Yale University, where she taught composition courses on Monsters and a class on early English poetry, and Rutgers University, where she taught Old English. Her research interest is in translation in the medieval period -- specifically, how communities form in and around translated texts, and how those communities are different from ones formed around non-translated texts. Her book project, Communities in Translation: History and Identity in Medieval England, explores the ways in which inherited narratives (translated directly or not) in Anglo-Saxon and Middle English track the development of an idea of England. Her research embraces the network theory and eco-criticism to understand the enmeshment of humans and non-humans in medieval narrative.
Her article "Alfredian Temporalities: Time and Translation in the Old English Orosius" appeared in the October 2013 issue of the Journal of English and Germanic Philology. She participates in the group medieval blog "In the Middle," and has co-written an essay titled "Why We Blog" with her co-bloggers, Jeffrey Cohen, Jonathan Hsy, Eileen Joy, and Karl Steel. "Why We Blog" appeared in the December 2012 special issue of Literature Compass on "E-Medieval." She is currently working on two articles, one on the function of monsters in medieval literature for a handbook of medieval culture, and one on the MS Tiberius B.v, an Old English manuscript that contains a version of a text on monsters alongside calendrical, historical, and scientific materials in both Latin and Old English. She presented initial work on the latter article as an invited speaker at the Haas Junior Scholars Conference in Berkeley this fall. Her teaching this year includes the History of the English Language, Arthurian Romance, and literature to 1500.
After a decade in New York, Mary Kate is very happy to be in Athens, which is much closer in both geography and spirit to where she grew up, in Winston-Salem, NC. She's glad to be near the the mountains. In her spare time, she loves to visit the farmers market, practice yoga, and watch Doctor Who, the X-Files, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
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Sundberg, Stine, and Moore Recognized in Latest Best American Essays
Three current members of the OU Creative Writing community saw their essays listed as Notable Essays in the latest edition of Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Essays. Current PhD candidate Kelly Sundberg was listed for her essay “Like Mourners’ Bread,” published in Slice; English and Creative Writing Post-Doc Alison Stine was listed for her essay “The Last Hotel” in Zone 3; and faculty member Dinty W. Moore was listed for “Buried Alive,” also in Zone 3. Alums Patrick Madden and Joe Bonomo were listed as well.
Professor Dinty W. Moore’s Edited Collection Garners Praise
Congrats are in order for Professor Dinty W. Moore and his recent edited collection, The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction. The book was well-received at the ForeWord Book of the Year Awards, earning 4th place (Honorable Mention) in two categories: Anthologies and Writing.
For further information on the book, check out a more thorough description from the publisher here. The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction is available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.read more >>
Matthew Stallard Publishes Second Book on Milton
Matthew Stallard is putting the finishing touches on his editorial introduction for John Milton, Paradise Regained and Short Poems: The Biblically Annotated Edition, slated for release by Mercer University Press in June 2013. read more >>
Craig A. Meyer Receives MLA International Bibliography Fellowship and Publishes Article
Craig A. Meyer, a PhD Candidate, received the MLA International Bibliography this January in Boston. The fellowships help recognize the efforts of scholars who index materials on behalf of the MLA International Bibliography. As partial demonstration of the rigor, only five scholars have completed the fellowship requirements of serving three years as a field bibliographer. This year, Craig became the sixth. In addition to this award, he also recently published an article in the Spring 2013 issue of Computers and Composition Online. read more >>
Matthew Vetter’s “Composing with Wikipedia: A Classroom Study of Online Writing”
Ph.D. candidate Matthew Vetter published his article "Composing with Wikipedia: A Classroom Study of Online Writing" in the Winter 2013 issue of Computers and Composition Online. The full text can be found here. read more >>