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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., submitted a paper “Massinger’s Images of Travel” for the spring 2020 Shakespeare Association of America meeting scheduled for Denver. In January 2020, Farabee presented at the MLA Convention in Seattle with members of the faculty of USD Modern Languages and Linguistics on team-teaching a multi-language early modern drama course. This travel was supported by the Truman and Beverly Schwartz Distinguished Faculty Award, College of Arts and Sciences, USD.

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 (Assistant Professor):

Clark, Ph.D., is completing Ralph Waldo Emerson: A Literary Companion (McFarland, forthcoming) 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” was published in the James Baldwin Review (2019), and her essay on Emerson, love, and social justice will appear in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Other projects underway include an essay titled “Blues for Mister Charlie: Keeping Faith with ‘the report that only the poets can make’” and “‘Perception at the pitch of passion’ in Henry James and James Baldwin.” Clark was recipient of 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 currently serves as book review editor for the Emerson Society Papers and is the Emerson Society’s president-elect.

John Dudley (Associate 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.

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 fall of 2019 he presented his paper “Solidarity and Self-Determination: Indigenous Waters in the Anthropocene” at the Western Literature Association’s conference in Estes Park, Colorado and had his chapter “Shifting Tides: A Literary Exploration of the Colorado River Delta” published in Make Waves: Water in Contemporary Literature and Film (U of Nevada P). On sabbatical in spring 2020 Formisano was Research Fellow at Brigham Young University’s Charles Redd Center for Western Studies. During that time he completed an article “The Geography of Hope in an Age of Uncertainty” for a collection on Wallace Stegner and, with Holly Richard, a recent PhD graduate of the department, submitted their article “‘It was the river’: Indigenous Anti-Dam Literature of the Great American Desert” for Reading Aridity in Western American Literature (Lexington). He also worked on his book manuscript Tributary Voices: Literary and Rhetorical Representations of the Colorado River (U of Nevada P), which he’ll submit December 2020. This October Formisano will submit a solicited article, “‘First in Time, First in Right’: Native Self-Determination in the Colorado River Basin,” for the International Review of American Studies’ special issue “Rivers of the Americas.”

Benjamin Hagen (Assistant Professor):

Hagen, Ph.D., recently completed his first book, The Sensuous Pedagogies of Virginia Woolf and D.H. Lawrence (Clemson UP, 2020) and is now conducting research for a second book, Finding Love in Literary Criticism and Theory (Routledge). He looks forward to June 2021 when USD will host the 30th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, themed “Profession and Performance.” (He is serving as the lead organizer of the conference.) In January 2021, he begins his term as President of the International Virginia Woolf Society. 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); and “Religious Eroticism and Pedagogy in Olive Moore’s Celestial Seraglio: A Tale of Convent Life” (The Modernist Review, 2020).

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., is completing her book manuscript Embodied Organicism: Cognition, Aesthetics, and Ethics in British Romantic Literature and Science, which is currently under review by the Edinburgh University Press. Her article “Thomas Beddoes’ Democratic Toys” was published last October in a special issue of Essays in Romanticism (vol. 26, no. 2) on the Bristol Circle, edited by Tim Fulford and Dahlia Porter. Her forthcoming work includes a chapter in Romanticism and the Cultures of Infancy entitled “‘Experimenting with Children’: Infants in the Scientific Imagination” 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 is also the 2020 recipient of USD’s most prestigious teaching award, the Belbas-Larson Award for Teaching Excellence, in the untenured category. She enriches the intellectual life of the university by planning  conferences, such as the undergraduate Frankenstein conference in 2018, and by bringing in diversity expert Dr. Patricia Matthew to speak in February 2020. She has also been participating in virtual events, including Romanticism in the Meantime, and is co-organizing a Cognitive Approaches Collaboration with a colleague at the University of Waterloo.

Lee Roripaugh (Professor / Editor, SDR):

Professor Roripaugh’s fifth 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 has recently published interviews in Assay and The Kenyon Review Online. Her essay “Five Loaded Handguns” was listed as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2019, and her essay “Dear America / Dear Motherland: An Essay in Fractures” was published in the anthology Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy (Trinity University Press, 2020). She recently gave readings, or was invited to give readings, at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts; at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia; at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri; and at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Roripaugh was appointed to the South Dakota Arts Council in July, 2019, and will be giving the annual Harrington Lecture at the University of South Dakota on October 21, 2020.

Skip Willman (Associate Professor):

Willman, Ph.D., recently completed two essays for forthcoming 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). A shorter version of the essay was presented at The World(s) of Wick conference on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, IN in the fall of 2019. The second, “The Kennedy Assassination,” will appear in Don DeLillo in Context, edited by Jesse Kavadlo (Oxford UP, forthcoming). He has also begun an essay on espionage fiction during the Cold War that will appear in Cold War Literary Culture, edited by Greg Barnhisel (Bloomsbury, forthcoming). Finally, he is putting the finishing touches on his introduction to his book-length project, Cold War Catastrophes: Western Intelligence Failures in Post-World War II Fiction.