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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 has just finished a collection of short stories and is currently working on a novel about family, addiction, codependence, poverty, and ghosts. In the fall of 2020, Mind over Matter Records will release a concept album by Barlow called Colony Collapse. Equal Vision Records has recently acquired the back catalog to his band, BTGOG, and will rerelease the records with new artwork and bonus material in the Fall/Winter of 2020.

Prentiss Clark (Associate Professor):

Clark, Ph.D., is completing solicited essays for the forthcoming New Cambridge Companion to Ralph Waldo Emerson (“Self-Reliance, Universal Being, and Ethics”) and The Oxford Handbook of Ralph Waldo Emerson (“The ‘arch-abolitionist’: Emerson, Love, and Social Justice”). Her book Ralph Waldo Emerson: A Literary Companion is forthcoming in spring 2022 from McFarland, and she is working on a monograph titled Measures of Intimacy: Emerson to Du Bois to Baldwin. Recent essays include “‘intricate, overlapped, interweaved, and endless’: Emerson, Henry James, and the Nature of Moral Life” (forthcoming in the Henry James Review), and “Ordinary Intimacies in Emerson, Du Bois, and Baldwin,” published in the James Baldwin Review (2019). Clark is completing a term as book review editor for the Emerson Society Papers and begins service as President of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society in January 2022.

John Dudley (Interim Dean, College of Arts & Sciences / Professor):

Dudley, Ph.D., recently published a chapter on “Race and Culture Difference” in Cormac McCarthy in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2020) and a chapter on “Crime, Science, Realism” in A History of American Crime Fiction (Cambridge University Press, 2017). His current book project is tentatively entitled The Unnatural Blues: Technology and Performance in African American Literary Naturalism.

Darlene Farabee (Chair / Associate Professor):

Farabee, Ph.D., presented, at the 2021 Shakespeare Association of America Conference, a paper titled “Outdoor Shakespeare on the United States Plains.” This paper presents new archival research on early twentieth-century productions of Shakespeare in the upper plains, including South Dakota. In June of 2021, Dr. Farabee organized and participated in the College of Arts & Sciences Scholars in Conversation event in conjunction with the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival production of Twelfth Night in Prentis Park, Vermillion. In the spring of 2022, Dr. Farabee is co-directing a seminar at the Shakespeare Association of America conference. This seminar, titled “Divided Shakespeare” is a collaboration with Professor Travis Williams, University of Rhode Island. Dr. Farabee currently serves on the South Dakota Humanities Council Board.

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 Western American literature and environmental humanities. In fall 2020 he published “‘It was the river’: Indigenous Anti-Dam Literature of the Great American Desert” for Reading Aridity in Western American Literature (Lexington) with lead author and USD PhD graduate Holly Richard. In summer 2021 he taught a 6-week online graduate seminar on Great Plains literature, revised an article for a collection reassessing Wallace Stegner’s influence on the American West, and completed revisions for a commissioned article, “‘First in Time, First in Right’: Native Self-Determination in the Colorado River Basin,” for the Review of International American Studies journal. He also organized ten panels on the theme of “Elemental Rhetoric” for the biennial Association for the Study of Literature and Environment conference where he presented his paper “Tapping the Source: A Preliminary Mapping of the Hydro Humanities.” Finally, at the end of a very busy summer, Formisano submitted final revisions of his manuscript, Tributary Voices: Literary and Rhetorical Representations of the Colorado River, which will appear in April 2022 from the University of Nevada Press.

Benjamin Hagen (Associate Professor):

Hagen, Ph.D., is editor of Woolf Studies Annual and author of The Sensuous Pedagogies of Virginia Woolf and D.H. Lawrence (Clemson UP, 2020). He is currently conducting research for a second book, Finding Love in Literary Criticism and Theory (working title). He organized the 30th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf in June 2021 and is the current President of the International Virginia Woolf Society. He also serves on the executive committee of the D.H. Lawrence Society of North America. Recent publications include: “Problems of the Past and Figures of Aging in Late and Early Wallace Stevens” (Age, Culture, Humanities; 2019); “Sensibility, Parochiality, Spirituality: Toward a Critical Method and Ethic of Response in Woolf, Spivak, and Mahmood” (Palgrave, 2019); “Religious Eroticism and Pedagogy in Olive Moore’s Celestial Seraglio: A Tale of Convent Life” (The Modernist Review, 2020); “No Children, Only Tasks: Reflections on Cruel Pedagogies” (Modernism/Modernity Print+, 2021); and “Relational and Reparative Pedagogies: An Interview with Benjamin Hagen” (EuropeNow, 2021).

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 / Associate Professor):

Robertson, Ph.D., has published widely in the field of British Romantic science and literature. Most recently, her chapter, “‘Experimenting with Children’: Infants in the Scientific Imagination,” appeared in the edited collection Romanticism and the Cultures of Infancy edited by Martina Domines Veliki and Cian Duffy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). Her forthcoming work includes an article in European Romantic Review—“‘Kindred forms’: Erasmus Darwin’s Posthuman Ethics of Relationality”—and an entry on a little known novel, She Thinks for Herself (1813), in The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820. Robertson’s other recently published work can be found in Essays in Romanticism (vol. 26, no. 2) and Distributed Cognition in Enlightenment and Romantic Culture, volume 3 (U of Edinburgh P, 2019). This summer, she organized a virtual roundtable for the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism’s History of Science, Medicine, and Psychology caucus on the topic of Women and Romantic Science. As part of the roundtable, she presented “She Thinks for Herself: Exploring Women’s Participation in the Mind-Matter Debates.” This year she is contributing to the intellectual life of the university by presenting at the Brown Bag Research Series and by co-organizing the 2022 Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature. Her research presentation, “British Romanticism and the Challenge to the Cartesian Metaphor” gives a broad overview of her scholarly interests and the topic of her current book project, Embodied Organicism: Cognition, Aesthetics, and Ethics in British Romantic Literature and Science. Robertson is also a recent recipient of USD Belbas-Larson Award for Teaching Excellence (2020).

Lee Roripaugh (Professor / Editor, SDR):

Professor Roripaugh’s most recent volume of poetry, tsunami vs. the fukushima 50 (Milkweed Editions, 2019), was named a “Best Book of 2019” by the New York Public Library, selected as a poetry Finalist in the 2020 Lambda Literary Awards, and cited as a Society of Midland Authors 2020 Honoree in Poetry. Roripaugh recently served as one of the jurors for the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. She also served as the judge for the 2021 Louise Bogan Award and the Tenth Gate Prize. She recently gave readings, or has been invited to give readings, at the University of Nebraska-Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska; at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana; at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; at the University of North Carolina-Asheville in Asheville, North Carolina; and for Poetry Promise in Las Vegas, Nevada. Roripaugh has been appointed as the Mary Rogers Field and Marion Field-McKenna Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at DePauw University for spring semester 2022, and she has been awarded a residency through the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico for summer 2022. She has served as a board member of the South Dakota Arts Council since July, 2019.

Skip Willman (Associate Professor):

Willman, Ph.D., recently completed an essay entitled “Cold War Spy Fiction: The Ethics of Fighting Fire with Fire” for The Bloomsbury Handbook to Cold War Literary Cultures, edited by Greg Barnhisel (Bloomsbury, forthcoming). He has two essays that will be published shortly in critical volumes. The first, “The Continental Abyss: John Wick vs. the Frankfurt School,” will appear in The Worlds of Wick, edited by Stephen Watt and Caitlin G. Watt (Indiana UP, forthcoming). The second, “The Kennedy Assassination,” will appear in Don DeLillo in Context, edited by Jesse Kavadlo (Oxford UP, forthcoming). Finally, he is putting the finishing touches on his book-length project, Cold War Catastrophes: Western Intelligence Failures in Post-World War II Fiction.