Recent Publications by Penn State Graduate Students in American Literature

Recent Publications by Penn State Graduate Students in American Literature


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