Recent Publications by Penn State Graduate Students in American Literature

Recent Publications by Penn State Graduate Students in American Literature


McClellan Brooks, Shannon. “Centerless? Making Sense of Disruptions in the Graduate Writing Center.” Forthcoming in Writing Center Journal, vol. 42, no. 1, (2024).

Smith, Justin. “Subjective Limits of Imagination: Race, Gender, and Sex in the Archives.” Forthcoming in Asexualities: Feminist and Queer Perspectives. Revised and Expanded 10-Year Anniversary ed., Routledge, 2024.

Wong, Carmin. “Coming to Caribbean Literature with Care: A Review of Erna Brodber and Velma Pollard: Folklore and Culture in Jamaica.” Forthcoming in Xavier Review.


Chang, Yi-Ting. “Archipelagic Optics in Wu Ming-Yi’s The Man with the Compound Eyes.positions: asia critique, vol. 30 no. 4 (2022): 839-864.

Erlandson, Andrew. “Intemperate Reform: Cripped Associations in Walt Whitman’s Franklin Evans.J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, vol. 10 no. 1 (2022): 179-185. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/jnc.2022.0010.

Hart, Michael Patrick. “Illness and Disability Narratives.” The Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Fiction, 1980-2020, eds. Patrick O’Donnell, Lesley Larkin, and Stephen J. Burn. Wiley-Blackwell, 2022.

McCluskey, Madeline. “Eating Across Borders: Dietary Politics in ‘Goodbye, Columbus’ and Absurdistan.” Philip Roth Studies, vol. 18 no. 2 (2022): 53-66. Project MUSE, doi: 10.1353/prs.2022.0019.

Murray, Courtney. “Transcribing Terrell: Douglass Day 2021, Black Women, and Community.” Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, “Covid-19 and the Archive” (online forum) (2022):

Nguyen, Robert. “Middle-out from Bottom-up: Engineering and Close Reading Code in HBO’s Silicon Valley.” Configurations, vol. 30, no. 4 (2022): 435-64. Project MUSE, doi: 10.1353/con.2022.0030.

Smith, Justin. “Race in the Space Between.” The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914-1945 17 (2021).

Tuttle, Joshua. “Toward a Practical Definition of Theopoetical Poetry.” Christianity & Literature, vol. 71 no. 4 (2022): 541-561. Project MUSE,

Wong, Carmin. “The Color Purple musical adaptation.” Remarkable Receptions Podcast, Black Literature Network, 22 Oct. 2022.


Glew, Liana. “Memoirs of Madness.” J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, 9.1 (Spring 2021): 97-104.

Hamill, Morgan. “The Norse King Ivar the Boneless”; “diagnosis can be confirmed through DNA…”; “Work”; “Glass-Bone.” The Georgia Review, Winter 2021.

Hamill, Morgan. “Osteogenesis Imperfecta Type XVII & Others.” Copper Nickel, no. 33 (Fall 2021): 76-97.

Hamill, Morgan. “Sound to Her Is a Flight.” Southern Review 57.3 (Summer 2021): 501.

Smith, Justin and Courtney Murray (with Jim Casey). “Creating and Recreating Virtual Community on Douglass Day.” Scribes, special issue of Stratwords, no. 2 (December 2021).

Toh, Eunice. “Navigating The Green Book: The Networks of Black Digitality and Print.” African American Review, 54.3 (Fall 2021): 233-246.

Wong, Carmin. “Autobiography for the body that won’t leave”; “Fiya Wata”; “Cracking Coconut”; “fleeing home.” Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, 47.2 (2021).


*Poole, Megan. “Orientation: Seeing and Sensing Rhetorically.” Western Journal of Communication, 84.5 (May 2020): 604-622.

*Smith, Justin. “The Changing Horizons of Black Utopia: Political Potentials in Black Modernism,” Black Lives Matter and Modernist Studies, special issue of The Modernist Review, vol. 25, Nov. 2020,

*Smith, Justin. “‘[T]he happiest, well-feddest wolf in Harlem’: Asexuality as Resistance to Social Reproduction in Claude McKay’s Home to Harlem,” The Erotics of Asexualities and Nonsexualities, special issue of Feminist Formations, vol. 32, no. 3, 2020, pp. 51-74.

*Smith, Justin. Review of Black for a Day: White Fantasies of Race and Empathy, by Alisha Gaines. The Black Scholar.


*Chang, Yi-Ting. “I See it Feelingly”: Environmental Identities in LilaTrain Dreams and Child of God.” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, 26.1 (Winter 2019): 65–82.

*Glew, Liana.  “On Intake and Insanity: Women’s Narratives of Institutionalization.” C19 Podcast, May 2019,

*Hart, Michael Patrick. “Narrative Strategies and Fictional Intellectual Disabilities.”  Journal of Modern Literature 42.2 (Winter 2019): 185-191. Special Issue on Embodiment.

*McGunigal, Lisa. “From Salonnière to Author: Clover Adams’ Salon and Henry Adams’ Democracy as Salon Realism.” American Literary Realism, vol. 52, no. 1, 2019, pp. 47–67.

*Tabares, Leland. “Professional Amateurs: Asian American Content Creators in YouTube’s Digital Economy.” Journal of Asian American Studies 22.3 (October 2019): 387-417.

*Tabares, Leland. “Professionalization and the Precarious State of Academic Freedom for Graduate Student Instructors.” Profession (Winter 2019),

*Tuttle, Joshua. Review of Stephen King’s Contemporary Classics: Reflections on the Modern Master of Horror, edited by Philip L. Simpson and Patrick McAleer. SFRA Review 329 (2019).

*Tuttle, Joshua, Rachel Linnea Brown, Susanna Compton, Ryan Charlton, and Amy Huang. “Year in Conferences—2018.” ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture, 65.1 (2019).

*Windon, Nathaniel. “What’s in a Name? Vincent Ogé, Toussaint Louverture, and George Boyer Vashon’s Revision of the Haitian Revolution.” American Literature, 91.2 (2019).


* Allen, Patrick. “‘We must attack the system’: The Print Practice of Black ‘Doctresses.'” Arizona Quarterly 74.4 (Winter 2018), 87-113.

* Hart, Michael Patrick. “Albert Halper’s A Farewell to the Rising Son: A Newly Recovered Parody of Hemingway.” The Hemingway Review 37.2 (Fall 2018): 120-130.

* Lee, Derek. “Dark Romantic: F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Specters of Gothic Modernism.” Journal of Modern Literature 41.4 (Summer 2018): 125-142.

* Miron, Layli Maria. “Laura Barney’s Discipleship to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Tracing a Theological Flow from the Middle East to the United States, 1900–1916.” The Journal of Bahá’í Studies 28.1-2 (Spring-Summer 2018): 7-31.

* Miron, Layli Maria. “Martha Root’s Interwar Lectures: Cosmic Education and the Rhetoric of Unity” Peitho 12.1 (Fall/Winter 2018): 132-157.

* Rockrohr, Dillon. “The Daemonic Life of Objects: Object-Oriented Criticism and Cynthia Ozick’s ‘The Pagan Rabbi.'” symplokē 26.1-2 (2018): 207-224.


* Adams, Sarah. “Agitation with—and of—Burke’s Comic Theory.” Philosophy and Rhetoric 50.3 (2017): 315-335.

* Gatzemeyer, Jace. “‘Dear Mr. Hemingway’: Modernism, the Market, and the Fan Mail Reception of A Farewell to Arms.” The Hemingway Review 37.1 (Fall 2017): 85-107.

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

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

*Huang, Michelle N. “Rematerializations of Race.” Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association 6.1 (Spring 2017).

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).


*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).

*McGunigal,Lisa. “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.

*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).

Woolfitt, William. “Oh, Catfish and Turnip Greens: Black Oral Traditions in the Poetry of Marilyn Nelson.” African American Review 47.2-3 (Summer/Fall 2014).

*= student has been recipient of funding from CALS