Summer Updates from the English Department

Gillian Adler, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, delivered a paper, “Theseus’s Loving Distance: Space, Sight, and the Boethian Intertext in Chaucer’s Knight’s Tale,” at the London Biennial Conference on “Chaucer and the Law.”

Emily Amodeo, adjunct instructor in English, published a short story, “We’re Not Pageant People,” in the 40th Anniversary, special issue of Gargoyle.

Constance Wagner, lecturer in composition and writing program director, participated in a summer session at Anam Cara, a world-renowned writers and artists retreat on the Beara Peninsula in Ireland. While there, she worked on and presented chapters of her current project: THE WAR WITHIN: Frodo as Sacrificial Hero, a book related to her ongoing study of J.R.R. Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings.

James Armstrong, Ph.D., adjunct instructor in English, had his play Dark Night of the Soul, a retelling of the Joan of Arc story, chosen by the Pennsylvania Nittany Theatre at the Barn as the winner of their 2017 Theatre of the First Amendment Play Festival. It will have public readings at their theatre in Pennsylvania on September 20 and 21. For more information, click here. Dr. Armstrong also just completed his doctoral program at The Graduate Center of City University of New York (CUNY). The title of his dissertation was “Fit for the Stage: Regency Actors and the Inspiration Behind Romantic Drama.”

Judy Wilson, adjunct instructor in English, recently performed in an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s play The Importance of Being Earnest presented by the Eccentric Theatre Company (ETC), playing the role of Gwendolyn Fairfax.