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July 02, 2014

When they’re not teaching Lewis & Clark students, our English faculty members are hard at work making significant contributions to their respective fields.

Kurt Fosso is wrapping up his happy stint as department chair; Will Pritchard will take over for this fall. In November he presented a paper, “Of Asses and Men: The Animal in Wordsworth’s Peter Bell,” at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association conference, in sunny San Diego. With the new year, he participated in Lewis & Clark Law School’s Animal Law Conference, where he discussed his recent work. The year also saw the publication of his article on human animality, “’Feet of Beasts’: Tracking the Animal in Blake” (European Romantic Review, 2014).

Karen Gross has been pondering end times with her research of illustrated manuscripts of the apocalypse, building on her archival research in England last year while on sabbatical. The latest stage of the project was delivered as a paper at the Modern Language Association’s conference in January. In July, she’ll be presenting on pilgrimage maps and the first crusade at the New Chaucer Society’s biannual congress, held this year in Reykjavik. After, she and a friend plan to hike for two weeks, scouting for puffins, fumaroles, and elves.

Andrea Hibbard gave a paper on her current law and literature project at the 2014 Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies conference in March. She also contributed an article on George Egerton to the forthcoming Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature.

Michael Mirabile is currently completing a book project on American fiction and mass media, and has recently published articles on Don DeLillo and Nathanael West.

Rishona Zimring will be co-leading both a seminar about Bloomsbury at the annual conference on Virginia Woolf this June in Chicago, and a seminar about interdisciplinary modernist scholarship at the Modernist Studies Association conference this November in Pittsburgh. In addition, she will be giving a paper about Katherine Mansfield and the sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska at a conference on Mansfield and France this June in Paris. Her essay about modernism, ballet, and folk dance is forthcoming in the journal Modernist Cultures.

Jerry Harp’s afterword to Thomas More’s Utopia appears in the second edition of Clarence Miller’s translation (Yale University Press, 2014). This year also saw the publication of two of his articles: “Ong, Hopkins, and the Evolution of Consciousness” in Explorations in Media Ecology and “’Clearest-Selved Spark’: Walter Ong as Evolutionary Thinker” in Religion and Literature. His poem “Turning” appeared in Pleiades, and his poem “Witness” appeared in Subtropics

A version of this article originally appeared in Wordsworth, the English department newsletter.

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