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Recent Articles by Penn State Graduate Students in American Literature


Adams, Sarah. “Agitation with—and of—Burke’s Comic Theory.” Forthcoming in Philosophy and Rhetoric.

Chang, Yi-Ting. "'I See it Feelingly': Environmental Identities in LilaTrain Dreams and Child of God." Forthcoming in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment.

* Gatzemeyer, Jace. “How to Waste (Regional) Material: Modernist Promotional Logic and F. Scott Fitzgerald's Disavowal of Regionalism,” Midwestern Miscellany 45 (forthcoming Spring/Fall 2017).

* Gatzemeyer, Jace. "'Dear Mr. Hemingway': Modernism, the Market, and the Fan Mail Reception of A Farewell to Arms." Forthcoming in The Hemingway Review (Fall 2017).

Hart, Michael Patrick. "Albert Halper’s A Farewell to the Rising Son: A Newly Recovered Parody of Hemingway." Forthcoming in The Hemingway Review.

*Lee, Derek. "Dark Romantic: F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Specters of Gothic Modernism." Forthcoming in Journal of Modern Literature.


*Huang, Michelle N. “Ecologies of Entanglement in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” Journal of Asian American Studies 20.1 (February 2017): 95-117.

Morgart, James. "Deleuzions of Ecohorror: Weighing Al Gore's Eco-Strategy Against The Day of the Triffids." Horror Studies 8.1 (Spring 2017).

Tabares, Leland. "The Contexts of Critique: Para-Institutions & the Multiple Lives of Institutionality in the Neoliberal University," Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association (Spring 2017).

Vrana, Laura. “Gwendolyn Brooks’s Last Quatrain: The Ballad Form and African American Anti-Lynching Poems.” Journal of Ethnic American Literature 7 (Spring 2017).


*Lisa McGunigal. "The Criminal Trial of Anne Hutchinson: Ritual, Religion, and Law." Mosaic: a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature 49.2 (Jun 2016) 149-166.

Coles, Gregory. "The Exorcism of Language: Reclaimed Derogatory Terms and Their Limits." College English 78.5 (May 2016)

*Foley, Abram. "By What Strange Channels: Nicholas Mosley's Literary Circuits." Criticism 58.3 (2016).

*Hsu, V. Jo. “A Single Life Reinvented: Personal Writing as the Negotiation of Identity in Richard Rodriguez’s Autobiographical Trilogy” Rhetoric Review 35.4 (September 2016): 361-373.

*Huang, Michelle N. “Creative Evolution: Narrative Symbiogenesis in Larissa Lari’s Salt Fish Girl.” Amerasia 42.2 (2016): 118-138.

*Huang, Michelle N. "In Uniform Code: Catherine Barkley’s Wartime Nursing Service in A Farewell to Arms.Twentieth-Century Literature 62.2 (Summer 2016).

*Volpicelli, Robert. Solicited Review Essay, “Varieties of Impersonal Experience,” Journal of Modern Literature 39.4 (Summer, 2016).


*Birdwell, Robert. "The Radical Novel: Utopian and Scientific." The Journal of Narrative Theory(Summer 2015).

*Doane, Bethany. "Hyper-Abjects: Finitude, 'Sustainability,' and the Maternal Body in the Anthropocene." philoSOPHIA 5.2 (2015).

*Foley, Abram. "Friedrich Kittler, Charles Olson, and the Legacies of Postwar Philology." Affirmations: Of the Modern 2.2 (2015).

*Gatzemeyer, Jace. "Scott Fitzgerald as I knew him': F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Secondary Memoir." The F. Scott Fitzgerald Review 13 (2015).

*Huang, Michelle N.  “The Synaptic Poetics of Kimiko Hahn’s Brain Fever.” Post45: Contemporaries (December 2015).

*Mellette, Justin. "C.L.R. James and the Aesthetics of Sport." African American Review 48.4 (Winter 2015).

*Mellette, Justin. “Serialization and Empire in Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman.” Studies in the Novel 47.3 (2015).

*Stevens, Erica. "Three-Fingered Jack and the Severed Literary History of John Rollin Ridge's The Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta." ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance 61.1 (2015)

Tendler, Josh. "A Monument upon a Hill: Antebellum Commemoration Culture, the Here-and-Now, and Democratic Citizenship in Melville's Israel Potter." Studies in American Fiction 42.1 (2015).

Vrana, Laura.  "''soundtrack for a generational shift': Music and Innovation in Evie Shockley's the new black." Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora41.1-2 (2015).


*Davis, Geffrey. “Edna St. Vincent Millay’s A Few Figs from Thistles: ‘Constant only to the Muse’ and Not To Be Taken Lightly.”  Textual Cultures 9.1 (Winter 2014).

Call, Joshua. "Ironic Ecology." ISLE (Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment)106.1 (2014).

*Huang, Michelle (co-authored with MK Czerwiec). "Hospice Comics: Representations of Patient and Family Experience of Illness and Death in Graphic Novels." The Journal of Medical Humanities 35:4 (December 2014).

*Maxwell, Jason. "Killing Yourself to Live: Foucault, Neoliberalism, and the Autoimmunity Paradigm." Cultural Critique Number 88 (Fall 2014), 160-186.

*Mellette, Justin. "'Floating I saw only the sky': Leisure and Self-Fulfillment in The Sun Also Rises. The Hemingway Review 34:1 (Fall 2014), 61-75.

*Mellette, Justin. "Of Empresses and Indians: A Compositional History of 'The End of Hate.'" The F. Scott Fitzgerald Review Volume 12 (2014), 108-123.

Minor, Abby. "Voices From Outside, Lit From Inside." Agni Online (2014).

*Ober Mannon, Bethany. "Fictive Memoir and Girlhood Resistance in Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace." Critique 55.5 (2014).

*Owens-Murphy, Katie. "‘Miss Stein Instructs’: Revisiting the Paris Apprenticeship." Teaching Hemingway and Modernism, ed. Joseph Fruscione. Kent State UP, 2014.

*Roeger, Tyler. "Agrarian Gothic: Carwin, Class Transgression, and Spatial Horrors in Charles Brockden Brown's Wieland." Literature in the Early American Republic Volume 6 (May 2014).

*Volpicelli, Robert. Solicited Review, The Letters of Robert Frost, Volume 1: 1886-1920, ed. Donald Sheehy, Mark Richardson, and Robert Faggen (Harvard UP, 2014). New England Quarterly 87:4 (December 2014), 747-749.

*Volpicelli, Robert. “William Carlos Williams’s Syphilitic Muse.” Paideuma: Studies in American and British Modernist Poetry (2014).

Woolfit, William. "Oh, Catfish and Turnip Greens: Black Oral Traditions in the Poetry of Marilyn Nelson." Forthcoming in African American Review 47.1 (Spring 2014).


*= student has been recipient of funding from CALS