Darlene Farabee (Chair / Associate Professor):

Farabee, Ph.D., presented "Phoebe and Leander: the traces of myth in As You Like It " at the Shakespeare Association of America meeting in Los Angeles, 28 March 2018. More recently she attended the Marlowe Society of America conference in Wittenberg, Germany to chair the panel of papers: "Marlowe's Afterlives" (10 July 2018). This travel was supported by the Truman and Beverly Schwartz Distinguished Faculty Award, College of Arts and Sciences, USD. Farabee is currently working on two book projects, one a collaboration with Brett Gamboa, Ph.D., (Dartmouth College) and the other a monograph tentatively titled Travel and Perception on the Early Modern Stage.

Duncan B. Barlow (Lecturer):

Barlow, Ph.D., published 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,” will be released in Bridge Eight’s anthology Jacksonville in the autumn/winter of 2018. His novel A Dog Between Us will be released on Stalking Horse Press in March of 2019. 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. He will be giving readings and lectures around the US during the year of 2019 in support of A Dog Between Us.

Prentiss Clark (Assistant Professor):

Clark, Ph.D., is working on two book projects, Ralph Waldo Emerson: A Literary Companion for McFarland publishers and a monograph titled Measures of Intimacy: Emerson to Du Bois to Baldwin. She recently presented “‘More day to dawn’: Aesthetic Experience and the Possibility of Ethics in Thoreau and William James” at the “Transcendentalist Intersections” conference (Heidelberg Institute for American Studies, July 2018), and her review of Nathan Crick’s The Keys of Power: The Rhetoric and Politics of Transcendentalism (University of South Carolina Press, 2018) is forthcoming in Nineteenth-Century Prose. In April 2018 Clark received the Monsignor James Doyle Humanities Teaching Award (College of Arts & Sciences, University of South Dakota), and she recently began service as book review editor for the Emerson Society Papers. 

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., was promoted to Associate Professor this past spring and continues to direct the department’s writing program. His teaching and research interests in the environmental humanities emphasize the role that literature should play in complex, interdisciplinary issues concerning Western water management. This focus is the subject of his manuscript Tributary Voices: Literary and Rhetorical Explorations of the Colorado River under contract with University of Nevada Press. He is also working on an anthology on the literature of dams. This past summer, Formisano presented two papers at the Rhetoric Society of America’s annual conference: “Defending Nuestro Rio: The Latino/a Voice in the Battle Over Western Rivers” and “Humanists at the Headgates: Reimagining/Rethinking Western Water Management in the 21st Century.” He also participated in the two-week National Endowment of the Humanities Institute “Hoover Dam and the Shaping of the American West” in Boulder City, NV. Formisano will be presenting a paper on Native American water rights at the Western Literature Association annual conference in October. A forthcoming chapter on the literary history of the Colorado River Delta in Make Waves: Water in Contemporary Literature and Film should be out next spring.

Benjamin Hagen (Assistant Professor):

Congratulations to Hagen, Ph.D., who signed a pre-publication contract with Clemson University Press for his current book project (still in progress), “The Sensuous Pedagogies of Virginia Woolf and D.H. Lawrence.” He plans to submit the manuscript in December 2019. In addition, Hagen’s essay, “Bloomsbury and Philosophy,” appears in the new collection, The Handbook to the Bloomsbury Group (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018, https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/the-handbook-to-the-bloomsbury-group-9781350014916/). His essay, “Sir Thomas Browne and the Reading of Remains in Orlando,” also appears in a new collection, Sentencing Orlando: Virginia Woolf and the Morphology of the Modernist Sentence (Edinburgh University Press, 2018, https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-sentencing-orlando.html). In February 2018, Hagen presented a paper at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900 titled, “Tentacles of Tenderness: Maternity, Feminism, and the Philosophical Pessimism of Olive Moore.” His paper was part of the panel “Modernism and Maternity,” which he organized with former USD MA student Stephanie Laska (Lake Area Technical Institute), Heather Love (University of Waterloo) and Erin Kingsley (King University). In June he attended the 28th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, hosted by the University of Kent in Canterbury, UK. He presented a paper titled, “Woolfian Love in Aggregate: Feminist—Queer—Posthuman.”

Leah McCormack (Assistant Professor):

McCormack, Ph.D., recently finished her first novel, Solve for N, and is working on her next one, tentatively titled Games with Girls. She gave her craft talk, “Flash Fiction: A Study in Temporality,” at the 15th International Conference on the Short Story in Portugal (University of Lisbon, June 2018). As Chair of USD’s 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 will be used to help fund the Oct. 25-27, 2018 Milton Conference.

LisaAnn Robertson (Assistant Professor):

Congratulations and thanks to Robertson, Ph.D., for co-organizing Frankenstein 200!, an interdisciplinary symposium at USD in celebration of Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel. Recently Robertson published a review essay of two books: Wordsworth in Context (Cambridge UP, 2105) edited by Andrew Bennett and The Oxford Handbook of William Wordsworth (Oxford UP, 2016) edited by Richard Gravil and Daniel Robinson. She also presented a USD Humanities Research Forum lecture titled, “Waiting for the End of History: Embodied Cognition and Romantic Structures of Experience” (28 March 2018). Robertson has a number of forthcoming articles and chapters in Essays in Romanticism, Distributed Cognition in Enlightenment and Romantic Culture Volume 3, Romanticism and the Cultures of Infancy and The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820. In Nov. 2018, she will be presenting a paper entitled “Thomas Beddoes’ Democratic Toys” as part of the panel “Romantic Minds” at the Study of Literature and Science Association in Toronto. She is also presenting “Embodied Cognition and the Structures of Romantic Experience” in Jan. at MLA 2019, to be held in Chicago, on the “Romanticism and Embodied Cognition” panel on behalf of the North American Society for Romanticism. As part of the international Frankenreads network of events, Robertson is co-organizing the Frankenstein Bicentennial Undergraduate Conference with Benjamin Hagen. The conference is scheduled for Oct. 2018 and will feature work from undergraduates across the United States.

Lee Roripaugh (Professor / Editor, SDR):

Professor Roripaugh’s fifth volume of poetry, tsunami vs. the fukushima 50, will be forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in early 2019. She was recently awarded a $5,000 Artist Fellowship Grant from the South Dakota Arts Council in recognition of individual artistic excellence, as well as an artist’s residency at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts. Her poetry has been accepted for publication or recently appeared in Court Green, Diagram, Mantis, and The Account, and short fiction has been accepted for publication or recently appeared in Hotel Amerika, Hairstreak Butterfly and Green Mountains Review. Non-fiction will be appearing in the anthology Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing Within the Anthropocene, forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press, and an interview, “Snakes and the Forbidden Act of Watching: An Interview with Lee Ann Roripaugh,” was published this spring in The Southeast Review. She will be appearing in an upcoming literary segment for South Dakota Public Broadcasting, and will be completing her fourth and final year of her term as South Dakota Poet Laureate.

Skip Willman (Coordinator, Grad Program / Associate Professor):

Willman, Ph.D., presented the first installment of his next project, Defending the Agency: CIA Memoirs in the Covert Sphere, at the PCA/ACA Annual Conference in Indianapolis, IN in March 2018. He is currently wrapping up and shopping the manuscript for Cold War Catastrophes: Western Intelligence Failures in Post-World War II Fiction.