English Faculty News - Scholarship in Action

Title page of Milton's Paradise Lost

Siobhan Phillips, Associate Professor of English, has published her first novel entitled Benefit, Bellevue Literary Press, April 19, 2022. Benefit is a vivid debut novel of personal awakening that offers a withering critique of toxic philanthropy and the American meritocracy.

Associate Professor of English and Film Studies Greg Steirer has co-authored a book entitled The American Comic Book Industry and Hollywood by the British Film Institute released on July 1, 2021.

Assistant Professor of English Sheela Jane Menon just published an essay in The New Mandala entitled "The digital turn in Southeast Asian theatre: new routes through a global pandemic" (Jan. 18, 2021). She also authored "Time to Embrace, Not Shun, Malaysia's Migrant Community," (May 7, 2020) which was published in The Diplomat.

Jacob Sider Jost, Associate Professor of English, published Interest and Connection in the Eighteenth Century: Hervey, Johnson, Smith, Equiano by University of Virginia Press, December 31, 2020. Sider Jost reveals how the multiple meanings of interest allowed writers to make connections—from witty puns to deep structural analogies—among different spheres of eighteenth-century life.

Associate Professor of English Claire Seiler's book "Midcentury Suspension: Literature and Feeling in the Wake of World War II" was released on August 11, 2020 by Columbia University Press. In addition Professor Seiler published an essay entitled "The Matter of Elizabeth Bishop's Professionalism" in Elizabeth Bishop and the Literary Archive, edited by Bethany Hickok, Lever Press, 2020, pp. 303-18.

Professor of English Wendy Moffat wrote the afterword in "Queer Natures, Queer Mythologies" by Sam See, edited by Christopher Looby and Michael North, contributor(s) Scott Herring and Heather Love. Professor Moffat also published an essay entitled "The Archival 'I': Forster, Isherwood, and the Future of Queer Biography" in Isherwood in Transit editors James J. Berg and Chris Freeman, Spring 2020.

Assistant Professor Sarah Kersh published an essay entitled "Betwixt Us Two": Whym Chow, Metonymy, and the Amatory Sonnet Tradition in the edited collection, Michael Field: Decadant Moderns, December 2019.

In December 2019, Assistant Professor of English Sheela Jane Menon was appointed to Governor Tom Wolf’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. Working with 30 other commissioners, Prof. Menon will help advocate for AAPI communities in Pennsylvania. During this two-year appointment, she will also serve as Chair of the Commission’s Education committee. Professor Menon is the second Dickinson faculty member to be appointed to this commission. Professor Helene Lee (Sociology) served as a commissioner for the last four years and encouraged Professor Menon to apply for this position.

Associate Professor Greg Steirer appeared on the Knowledge@Wharton podcast to discuss "What the Spider-Man Deal Mean for Sony and Disney" on Oct. 4, 2019.

Professor of English Wendy Moffaestablished a Dickinson scholarship in memory of her father, acclaimed actor Donald Moffat. The Donald Moffat Scholarship Fund will benefit students with financial need who demonstrate an interest in the literary or dramatic arts, whether through coursework or oncampus activities, such as Mermaid Players. An award will be made when gifts to the fund reach $50K.

On September 28, 2019, Professor Sider Jost presented a paper "Olaudah Equiano and Adam Smith, or What's Interesting about the Narrative?," at George Mason University. The talk was drawn from two chapters of his current book project on the concept of interest in the eighteenth century.

Assistant Professor Chelsea Skalak published "Mapping the Global Middle Ages: Diversifying the Classroom with GIS," The Once and Future Classroom vol. 15, no. 1, 2019, http://once-and-future-classroom.org/mapping-the-global-middle-ages-diversifying-the-classroom-with-gis/