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Darlene Farabee (Chair / Associate Professor):

As a part of her ongoing work on a monograph tentatively titled Travel and Perception on the Early Modern Stage, Farabee, Ph.D., presented a paper titled "Confinement and Movement in Webster's The White Devil” at the Shakespeare Association of America meeting in Washington D.C. in April 2019. This travel was supported by the Truman and Beverly Schwartz Distinguished Faculty Award, College of Arts and Sciences, USD. In January 2020, Farabee will be presenting at the MLA Convention with members of the faculty of USD Modern Languages and Linguistics on team-teaching a multi-language early modern drama course.

Duncan B. Barlow (Lecturer):

Barlow, Ph.D., published A Dog Between Us (Stalking Horse Press), a novel that examines the complexities of human relationships, the delicate nature of the body, and the trauma of loss in the spring of 2019 and The House, the Haunts, the Manner of all Things, a book of interlinking short stories and collaboration with artist thaniel ion lee in the summer of 2018. His short story, “What Strange Song is This,” was released in Bridge Eight’s anthology Jacksonville in the autumn/winter of 2018. Barlow is currently working on two book projects, a historical novel that examines land rights and predatory practices of energy companies in Kentucky, and an autobiography of his years in the music industry. In the fall of 2019, Eastwood Records will release a concept album by Barlow called Colony Collapse, which will have an international publicity push and receive coverage in major music magazines.

Prentiss Clark (Assistant Professor):

Clark, Ph.D., is completing Ralph Waldo Emerson: A Literary Companion for McFarland publishers and working on a monograph titled Measures of Intimacy: Emerson to Du Bois to Baldwin. Her article titled “Ordinary Intimacies in Emerson, Du Bois, and Baldwin” is forthcoming in the James Baldwin Review and her flash fiction “First Story” was published in Zizzle Literary. Other projects underway include an essay titled “Blues for Mister Charlie: Keeping Faith with ‘the report that only the poets can make’” and a novella titled Another Dawn. Clark recently received the USD College of Arts & Sciences Monsignor James Doyle Humanities Teaching Award (2018) and the University of South Dakota Belbas-Larson Excellence in Teaching Award (2019). She is beginning her second year of service as book review editor for the Emerson Society Papers and in January 2020 will begin service as the Emerson Society’s president elect.

John Dudley (Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences / Interim Chair, Anthropology & Sociology / Professor):

Dudley, Ph.D., published a chapter entitled “Crime, Science, Realism” in A History of American Crime Fiction (Cambridge University Press, 2017). He also presented a paper, “Seen and Unseen: Science, Technology, and Determinism in African American Literature,” at the 2018 American Literature Association conference, and recently completed a chapter on “Race and Culture Difference” for the forthcoming Cormac McCarthy in Context to be published by Cambridge University Press.

Paul Formisano (Director of Writing / Associate Professor):

Formisano, Ph.D., continues to direct the department’s writing program and pursue his teaching and research interests in the environmental humanities. In May 2019, Formisano presented two papers on Western land and water issues at a Wallace Stegner symposium and Mormon Scholars in the Humanities conference. In October 2019, he will present his paper “Solidarity and Self-Determination: Indigenous Waters in the Anthropocene” at the Western Literature Association’s conference in Estes Park, Colorado. A forthcoming chapter on the literary history of the Colorado River Delta will be published this fall in Make Waves: Water in Contemporary Literature and Film. Formisano will be on sabbatical during the spring 2020 semester where he will be a visiting fellow at the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University.

Benjamin Hagen (Assistant Professor):

Hagen, Ph.D., will submit the manuscript of his first book project, “The Sensuous Pedagogies of Virginia Woolf and D.H. Lawrence” this December (2019) and looks forward to the summer of 2020 when USD will host the 30th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf. (He is serving as the lead organizer of the conference.) He is also planning a second book project (“Finding Love in Literary Criticism and Theory”) and has several articles forthcoming or solicited: “Problems of the Past and Figures of Aging in Late and Early Wallace Stevens" (journal article, forthcoming in Age, Culture, Humanities); “Sensibility, Parochiality, Spirituality: Toward a Critical Method and Ethic of Response in Woolf, Spivak, and Mahmood” (book chapter, forthcoming in Religion, Secularism, and the Spiritual Paths of Virginia Woolf [Palgrave]; and “Woolfian Love in Aggregate: Feminist—Queer—Posthuman” (journal article, solicited for a special issue of Comparative Critical Studies that will focus on Virginia Woolf and Rosi Braidotti [Summer 2022]). This October (2019), he will attend the Modernist Studies Association conference in Toronto, ON where he will be presenting research on Lawrence’s The White Peacock (1911) and participating in a seminar entitled “Is Modernism Relatable?” This past June (2019), he attended the 29th annual Woolf conference in Cincinnati, OH where he presented research on the feminist pedagogy of Woolf’s fiction, helped lead a seminar discussion on socially-just pedagogy, and participated in a plenary discussion that addressed the future of Woolf studies and the humanities.

Leah McCormack (Assistant Professor):

McCormack, Ph.D., M.F.A., recently finished revisions on her first novel, Solve for N (finalist for the 2019 AWP Prize for the Novel and the 2019 Nilsen Literary Prize for a First Novel) and is working on her next one, tentatively titled The Great Insinuator. She read her story, “Blameless,” at Creighton University’s 2019 conference and her creative nonfiction piece, “Trappings,” at the 2019 Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature conference. She is in the process of obtaining permissions to reprint stories in her craft essay, “Flash Fiction: A Study in Temporality,” for eventual publication in New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing. As Chair of USD’s 2018 John R. Milton Writers’ Conference Committee, she wrote two grant proposals—for the South Dakota Humanities Council Major Grant and the South Dakota Arts Council Project Grant—both of which were awarded in full in Spring/Summer 2018 and were used to help fund the conference. 

LisaAnn Robertson (Coordinator, Grad Program / Assistant Professor):

Robertson, Ph.D., was recently invited to participate in a seminar organized by the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) Science, Medicine, and Psychology Caucus. She submitted part of a book chapter entitled “‘Born in Elemental Strife’: Vitality and Cognition in Erasmus Darwin’s Theory of Embodied Organicism.” She also co-organized a panel for the NASSR 2019 conference called “Romanticism, Embodied and Embedded” and presented her paper, “‘Internal Feelings of the Mind’: Entanglements of Affect and Cognition in Hartley’s Observations on Man.” Her chapter “Enacting the Absolute: Subject-Object Relations in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Theory of Knowledge” came out this fall in Distributed Cognition in Enlightenment and Romantic Culture, published by the University of Edinburgh Press. Her forthcoming work includes a chapter in Romanticism and the Cultures of Infancy, an article in Essays in Romanticism, and an entry in The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820. Robertson has organized a number of conferences on the USD campus in which graduate and undergraduate students were invited to participate, and she continues to work to bring in speakers, such as Patricia Matthew, who enrich the intellectual life of the university. She also continues to work on her current book, Embodied Organicism: Cognition, Aesthetics, and Ethics in British Romantic Literature and Science.

Lee Roripaugh (Professor / Editor, SDR):

Professor Roripaugh’s fifth volume of poetry, tsunami vs. the fukushima 50, was named one of the “50 Must-Read Poetry Collections in 2019” by Book Riot, and has received generous reviews in venues such as the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Publisher’s Weekly, The Rumpu,s The Yale Review, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, among others. She has recently published interviews in Frontier Poetry, Up the Staircase Quarterly, and JMWW. New poetry has recently appeared in Court Green, The Los Angeles Review, and her poem “Utsuroi” was featured on former U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith’s syndicated podcast, “The Slowdown.” Her poem “to my mother’s dementia” was selected and nationally distributed as Poem-a-Day on July 24, 2019, by the Academy of American Poets. Her short story, “Reveal Codes,” was published by The Offing, and her essay, “Anhedonia in the Anthropocene” was listed as an “Essay of Note” in Best American Essays 2018. Recent non-fiction has appeared in the anthology Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing Within the Anthropocene (Wesleyan University Press), and will be forthcoming in the anthology, Dear America. Roripaugh has been invited to give readings from her work at Iowa State University, in Ames, Iowa; the River Styx Reading Series in St. Louis, Missouri; the South Dakota Festival of the Book in Deadwood, South Dakota; the Visiting Author Series at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts; Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; the Marshall Visiting Writers’ Series at Marshall Universy in Huntington, West Virginia; Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas; and as the Nilsen Visiting Writer at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She was recently named Author of the Year by the South Dakota Council of Teachers of English, and was appointed to the South Dakota Arts Council in July, 2019.

Skip Willman (Associate Professor):

Willman, Ph.D., is wrapping up and shopping his book-length project, Cold War Catastrophes: Western Intelligence Failures in Post-World War II Fiction. This past summer he began two other shorter projects: 1) an essay entitled “The Continental Abyss: John Wick and the Frankfurt School,” which he will present at a conference in Bloomington, IN, and 2) an essay on the JFK assassination for the forthcoming Don DeLillo in Context (Oxford UP).