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Francisco Delgado's First Book Publication and Reading          

adolescence coverCongratulations to alumni Francisco Delgado, whose book of fiction   Adolescence, Secondhand  was published by Honeysuckle Press last November!  Adolescence, Secondhand   follows Delgado's narrator  Chris as he attempts to reconcile a cultural menagerie of TV shows and wrestling heroes with the blurred reality of friendship, family, and self. These stories are tightly crafted and quietly crushing: within them, we join Chris and bear witness to a multitude of griefs, and the joys hidden and discovered in their core.

Visit   Honeysuckle Press  to order a copy!

Francisco will be reading excerpts from his book at Poets House in TriBeCa on   Friday, February 15.  More details   here!  


Francisco graduated from the English department in May of 2017, after defending his dissertation titled "T respassing Race: Contemporary Dystopian Fiction by Multiethnic American Authors." He is currently  an Assistant Professor of English at Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY). His research focuses on contemporary Native American/Indigenous literatures, as well as Asian American literature. His academic work has been published in The CEA Critic, American Indian Quarterly, Teaching American Literature: Theory and Practice, American Studies, and Transmotion.


Andrew Rimby Named Inaugural Recipient of the Guiliano Global Fellowship  

Andrew Rimby

Andrew Rimby, a fifth-year PhD candidate in   English   , was recently named the inaugural recipient of the Guiliano Global Fellowship, a new program that will provide merit-based grants to creative and curious undergraduate and graduate students in the   College of Arts and Sciences.  Funded by a generous gift from PhD alumnus Edward Guiliano ’78 and his wife, Mireille Guiliano, the   Guiliano Global Fellowship  Program supports independent research, scholarly activities and artistic expression projects across the country and around the world.

Rimby, who also holds a graduate certificate in   Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, will receive the $2,000 fellowship to conduct crucial archival research to complete his dissertation,   The Pool of Narcissus: Transatlantic Homoerotic Attachments (1837-1901),   an analysis of why American and British nineteenth-century authors used Hellenic allusions to explore male homoerotic desire before homosexuality existed as a category. Learn more about his research and interests   here


Stephen Pallas and  Sound Off!


This past July, Ph.D. candidate Stephen Pallas was awarded a   Public Humanities Fellowship  for his project  Sound Off!, a series of workshops for local d/Deaf artists in the community designed to allow these artists and writers to work together and receive feedback from peers. This project, currently underway, will culminate in a special issue publication of poetry, fiction and nonfiction prose, as well as an exhibition of visual media produced by d/Deaf artists. Below is a description of the project in Stephen's own words.

"Deaf artists are often underappreciated as valuable members of the arts community, which relates to a larger cultural set of problems. Many deaf artists remain confined to the margins, they are ostracized or ignored because of their perceived disability. They are frequently unable to garner mainstream success and are often not valued for the complexity of their experiences, the diversity of their aspirations, or the depth of their capabilities. Dominant cultural narratives about d/Deafness regularly underscore the limitations of d/Deaf people and employ marginalizing and subjugating rhetoric about their conditions and livelihoods. The d/Deaf community faces a litany of forms of oppression and discrimination—ranging from the systemic to the understated. Its values, beliefs, and perspectives are often roundly ignored. 

Sound Off!  has two controlling goals. First, through a series of workshops, the artists and writers will be able to get direct feedback on their work from their peers without fear of being ostracized as different or less valuable because they have a perceived disability.   The camaraderie, positivity, and safety of the workshops will provide a setting in which these artists and writers can envision their product as intrinsically valuable and worthy of public attention.  Workshops will be designed so that the group leaders and peers can evaluate the creative works and give positive feedback on them. In this way, artists will be able to produce high-quality works while gaining confidence in their creative works. The second goal of the project is to establish a community of d/Deaf artists and writers to foster the production and dissemination of affirmative and creative visual art and literature.   This project can become the seed for these artists to remain connected as they move forward beyond the scope of the workshops, publication, and exhibition.  The long-term goal would be to launch an inspired community of artists who publish and exhibit their work in larger and more lucrative venues.

Sound Off!  plans to bring d/Deaf art and literature to the local, public community.  The workshops we are designing will take place at Suffolk County Community College’s three campuses, thanks in part to our collaboration the Suffolk County Community College Eastern Campus’s Humanities Department. We have partnered with a local literary publication— The Long Island Literary Journal—which will handle the publishing end of the project. Each workshop will be specific to one creative genre—painting, poetry, or fiction, for example. Artists and writers will share their work with the group, and group leaders will offer wisdom and insight based on their professional experiences.

Sound Off! has established a web presence by publishing a   Facebook page  and email address. As part of the public outreach, we would like to use the fellowship to establish a website that provides information for the project’s mission and goals, its program, and its partners. By holding the workshops at the local community college, inviting renowned artists and writers to lead the workshops, and recording and broadcasting the workshops, we are bringing these local artists and writers to the public. The workshops and publication will culminate in an exhibition that will celebrate the project’s successes and potential for future growth, and in which   Sound Off!  will be able to thank the SCCC’s Humanities Department and its invaluable work."

The first workshop,   "Painting the Deaf Experience,"  will take place at Stony Brook University, on October 16. Stay tuned for more information!

Stephen Pallas is a fourth year doctoral candidate studying British Romanticism, ecocriticism, 19th  political philosophy and history, and rhetoric and composition. Learn more about his interests and research   here.


Congratulations, Meghan!


Fourth-year doctoral student Meghan Buckley has been published in Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. The title of her essay is "[Creative] Nonfiction Novella: Teaching Postcolonial Life Writing and the Hybrid Genre of Jamaica Kincaid's  A Small Place "   and can be read in full here.

Meghan studies 20th and 21st century American and Anglophone literature with a focus on postcolonial studies, critical race theory, and trauma theory/war literature. You can learn more about her in her profile.

June-July "In the Spotlight"

Joelle Mann and Scott Zukowski

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This month, Joelle and Scott were awarded two of the most prestigious accolades given out  by the Graduate School: Joelle received the  President's Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student and Scott received the  President's Award to Distinguished Doctoral Students.

Joelle is a fourth year doctoral student studying 20th and 21st century American literature, with a focus on American modernism and poetics. Her dissertation project is titled "Radical Dialectics in American Literary Landscapes." She also has extensive experience teaching high school and college level courses, and edits the English department's blog. Read more about Joelle here and follow her on   Humanities Commons.

Scott has just successfully defended his dissertation, which  examines the relationships between liberty and identity in 18th and 19th century marginalized peoples, primarily through the lens of newspaper poetry. In addition to winning the President's award, Scott was also this year's Commencement Student Speaker.  You can learn more about his work here and in his blog on his research and teaching experience.

Congratulations, Joelle and Scott!



January  2018: Fifth year doctoral student Scott Zukowski has received the prestigious MLA Connected Academics Fellowship.

August 2017-August 2018: Fourth year doctoral student Andrew Rimby has joined and is currently a part of the Walter Whitman Consortium. Last summer, he attended a week-long seminar series in Paris, and this summer he will be working with Dr. Susan Scheckel and other graduate students to put together a Walt Whitman Symposium at Stony Brook.


September 20-21: Masters studen Megan Butler is presenting her paper "The Cultural Politics of Walt Whitman's Civil War Poetry" at the Air Force Academy's War, Literature & the Arts Conference, in Colorado Springs.

June 21-24: Jessica Hautsch is presenting at the 8th Biennial Slayage Conference on the Whedonverse, hosted by the University of North Alabama, Florence, AL. The title of her paper is "Hamilton Goes to Sunnydale: Intertextuality and Rhetoricity in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Hamilton Mash-Ups.”

June 1: Joelle Mann participated in a series of seminars at the Conference of the Society for Novel Studies, hosted by Cornell University, NY.

May 25:  Sara Santos presented at American Literature Association (ALA), hosted in San Francisco, CA. The title of her paper is “History Without Memory: The Memorialization of the Parsley Massacre in Edwidge Danticat’s The Farming of Bones."

April 19-22: Caity Swanson and David Rodriguez presented their work at the  2018 International Conference on Narrative. Caity's paper is titled "Slippery and Frayed: Observing Spaces of Contact in the Work of Mohsin Hamid" and David presented on "Slow Reading, Slow Violence: Description and Cognitive Ecology."

April 12-15: Third year doctoral students Meghan Buckley and Sara Santos chaired  a panel titled "Reimagining Ecologies of Time/Place in Postcolonial Fiction"  at Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), in Pittsbugh, PA. Meghan also presented a paper on the author Edwidge Danticat titled "'Mapping the ‘Dead Season’: Environmental Trauma/Metaphor in Edwidge Danticat’s The Farming of Bones" and Sara presented "A Forest Grows In the ‘Death Factory’: The Neocolonial Landscape in Indra Sinha’s Animal’s People." Caitlin Duffy, a second year doctoral student, also attended NeMLA, where she gave a paper on  American Psycho, Trump and neoliberalism titled "Trump as ‘Daddy’: American Psycho and Hero Worship in the Neoliberal Era."

March 29-April 1: Second year doctoral student Sarah Davis and fourth year Caity Swanson gave presentations at this year's American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), in Los Angeles, CA. Sarah presented on  "New Directions in Feminist Media Studies" Seminar, "'Moving Toward an Unknown Other': A Close Viewing of Absence, the Black Female, and the Imperial Gaze in Claire Denis's Chocolat and White Material" and Caity gave a paper about Junot Díaz's "Monstro." Her paper was titled "'Knotted Together by Horrible Mold': Growing the Apocalypse in Junot Díaz's 'Monstro.'"

March 23: Andre Rimby, a fourth year doctoral student, presented at the  New Jersey College English Association Conference. His paper was "Trump's Call for Religious Liberty: Why Revisiting Anti-Homophobic Criticism in Billy Bud Matters."

March 1-4: Nicole Savage, a fifth year doctoral student in Victorian literature, presented at the  Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference (INCS), in San Francisco, CA. Her paper was titled "‘So unlike the normal lunatic’: Cycles of Insanity and the Dual Brain in Dracula.”

March 1: Second year horror, eco-gothic and Digital Humanities doctoral student Caitlin Duffy presented her paper " How Poe Transmits Horror: Data Visualizations" at the Ann Radcliffe Conference in StokerCon, in Providence, RI.

January 4-7: Third year doctoral student Meghan Buckley presented her paper " The [Creative] Nonfiction Novella: Teaching Hybrid Genre in Jamaica Kincaid's 'A Small Place'" at the Modern Language Association (MLA), in New York City, NY.


Third year doctoral student Meghan Buckley is currently co-authoring an article on Adaptive Transfer in Stony Brook's Program in Academic English (PAE) with Drs. Peter Khost and Robert Kaplan (PWR).

Third year doctoral student Stephen Pallas has an article coming out in the  Journal for the Study of Radicalism. His paper focuses on Percy Shelley's rhetorical poesy and the Luddite movement.

First year doctoral student Jessica Hautsch has had a very productive year so far, with multiple articles and chapters accepted for publication. Her article  “A GIF for Everything: The Rhetorical Affordance of GIFs by Tumblr’s Supernatural Fandom” is coming out in the Special Issue of  Transformative Works and Cultures and her chapter “Blackwater in the Battle Against Evil: The Moral Implications of Slayers as Hired Guns in Buffy Season Nine and Angel and Faith Season Ten” is coming out this year in  War in the Whedonverses. Her article “Buffy, Hamilton, and Jon Snow Go to Hogwarts: Literary Affordance and the Hogwarts Houses and Interpretative Framework and Rhetorical Tool”   is being published in  Fan Phenomena: Harry Potter  in 2019.



Spring Semester: Sixth year doctoral student Scott Zukowski has won the Alan Babich Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student in the English Department. Scott has also won the Meyer Endowed Graduate Student Service Award.

Fall Semester: Third year doctoral student Stephen Pallas received admission into the Penn Shelley Seminar Series, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania, PA. Learn about Stephen's experience in his contribution to the  EGL blog.


November 9-11: First year doctoral student Jessica Hautsch presented at Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association (MAPACA), in Philadelphia, PA. The title of her paper was "Buffy Goes to Hogwarts: Literary Affordance and the Hogwarts Houses as Interpretative Framework and Rhetorical Tool.”

October 21: First year doctoral student Jessica Hautsch presented her paper " Memes and Multimodality in Writing About Literature” at the  Teaching of Writing Festival, hosted by Suffolk County Community College, NY.

August 10-13: Third year doctoral student Stephen Pallas moderated the panel "Romantic Biopolitics" and presented his paper titled "'Beneath Those Skins’: Bioethics and a Submission to Nature in Mary Shelley’s Valperga” at the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) in Ottawa, ON.

June 30: Third year doctoral student Sara Santos presented at the  Transformers: All that Is Solid Changes into Something Else conference, hosted by University of Aveiro in Portugal. Her paper was  "All the World's a Remix: New Notions of Authorship and Authenticity in Remix Culture."

June 23-26: Third year doctoral student Meghan Buckley presented at American Literature Association (ALA), in Boston, MA. The title of her paper was "Neoliberal Debt and Emotional Capital in Mohsin Hamid's How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia."

June 11-16:  Fourth and sixth year doctoral students Andrew Rimby and Scott Zukowski, and Masters student Ryan Stears, took part in the Tenth  Transatlantic Walt Whitman Association Seminar at the  Université Paris-Est Créteil Val de Marne, in France.

March 23-26:  Lots of SBU English representation at the Northeat Modern Language Association in Baltimore, MD.  Fifth year Francisco Delgado presented his paper Model Minorities, Model Texts: Using Multiethnic American Literature in the FYW Classroom." Fifth years Scott Zukowski and Anne Summers also presented their current dissertation work, along with third year Ryo Hagino. Find more information on their papers here.


Fifth year doctoral student Timothy Wilcox has had his article " Embodying Failures of the Imagination: Defending the Posthuman in the Surrogates" published in the collection  Cyberpunk and Visual Culture, by Routledge.



June: Second year doctoral student Meghan Buckley received the Futures of American Studies Institute  Fellowship offered by Dartmouth College. As a result, she had the opportunity to participate in a week-long workshop series, and to share her work with renowned faculty and fellow doctoral students.


November 9-12: Second year doctoral student Sara Santos presented her essay  "Neither Here Nor There: Delineating Border Spaces and Border Subjects in H.G. Wells's The Island of Doctor Moreau" at Midwestern Modern Language Association (MMLA), in St. Louis, MO.

October 14-15: Second year doctoral student Sara Santos presented at the annual  New York College English Association Conference. The title of her paper was " Take Me as I am (Or Remix Me): Authorship and Pedagogical Practices in Remix Culture."

May 26-29:  Third year doctoral student Brian Hartwig presented his paper “Now, that’s an impressive stick”: Edward Albee’s Seascape (1975) and the Absurdity of Masculinity" at American Literature Association (ALA), in San Francisco, CA.

March 17-20:  Doctoral student Timothy Wilcox presented his paper “The Poetics of Datascapes: Wordsworth’s  Prelude and  A Mind Forever Voyaging” at Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) in Hartford, CT. First year Stephen Pallas also presented his essay “Ethnomycology and Post-apocalyptic Recuperation in Margaret Atwood’s  Year of the Flood” at NeMLA. Doctoral students Scott Zukowski, Daniel Irving, David Rodriguez and Anne Summers also showcased their work.

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