Elisabeth A. Linn named the College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Graduate in the Humanities

This year the College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Graduate in the Humanities was English Literature major Elisabeth A. Linn (pictured raising a toast with proud father Brad).

This year the College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Graduate in the Humanities was English Literature major Elisabeth A. Linn (pictured raising a toast with proud father Brad).

Born and raised in Carson City, Elisabeth started out as a vocal performance major, but changed to Secondary Education so her singing, as she puts it, "could remain a crazy, powerful passion, not a career." She switched again, this time to English Literature. "I love literature," she says, "pretty much all genres and periods, because it reflects history, music, and the human condition so well." Her faculty mentor Dr. Ashley Marshall adds that "Elisabeth is completely unlike any other student I've ever encountered, in her un-self-conscious enthusiasm for life and learning. She reads voraciously, from Bill Bryson to Chaucer, and finds meaning in just about anything she reads, from the ancients to the moderns, American to Europeans, youthful enthusiasts to jaded curmudgeons."

Next fall Elisabeth starts on an MA in Medieval Literature with the goal of earning a PhD and, along the way, interning at the Library of Congress and in her free time pursuing a love of mountain climbing and open-water swimming.

And the music? Well, as the May commencement exercises ended with the traditional singing of "The Mackay Song," who do you think was out in front of the assembled graduates in her cap and gown, leading her fellow students in song? "Maybe," she says, "they'll invite us alumni to return and sing!"

Posted June 02, 2014

Professor Cheryll Glotfelty Receives Regents' Academic Advisor Award

Professor Cheryll Glotfelty

At the Board of Regents' meeting last week, Professor Cheryll Glotfelty was selected to receive the 2014 Regents' Academic Advisor Award. This system-wide award is not only a great honor, but a fitting acknowledgement of the exceptional work that Cheryll has done as Director of Graduate Studies in our department.

Please join with me in congratulating Cheryll on this wonderful accomplishment -- and please plan to attend the University's "Honor the Best" Ceremony in early May when the award will be conferred upon her!




Posted March 27, 2014



Professor Pahmeier publishes
The Rural Lives of Nice Girls

Professor Pahmeier publishes The Rural Lives of Nice Girls

“Gailmarie Pahmeier’s The Rural Lives of Nice Girls creates a world of longing and loss across the barrooms and front porches of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Nevada, revealing a ‘geography of magic and shame,’ where the narrator unapologetically delivers ‘something/ real good and real strong.’”
—Suzanne Roberts Author of Plotting Temporality

“Gailmarie Pahmeier’s poems are lush, cinematic narratives from a singular American female voice -- mesmerizing in their grace, masterful in their craft. As much as these poems are pure heart and soul, they are gems: pieces of art by a gorgeous spirit and a talent any poet should envy. These are the poems I wish I could write---fortunately I get to read them, again and again, a pure joy every time.”
—Lee Herrick Author of Gardening Secrets of the Dead

“Gailmarie’s supple poems are tales of family and home—finding it, making it, cooking it, calling it, leaving it. They open the door, invite you in to sit a spell, maybe have a drink and listen to lyric stories of small town lives off the side of the highway. Listen she says, it’s important for these folks, as well as the rest of us, to tell the stories that need to be told, to witness and testify whilst we can.”
—Kirk Robertson Poet, essayist, publisher, editor, and artist



Posted May 07, 2014


James Mardock's New Edition of Henry V

James Mardock's New Edition of Henry V

Just released from Broadview Press is Associate Professor of English and Crowley Distinguished Professor of the Humanities James Mardock's new edition of William Shakespeare's Henry V , or, as it was first known in the 1623 First Folio, The Life of Henry Fift. In addition to annotations that Holger Syme of the University of Toronto calls "clear, straightforward, and rich," Professor Mardock includes in his edition a dozen accompanying documents to illuminate and explicate this most well-known of the history plays, as well as an introduction that Elizabeth Hodgson of the University of British Columbia characterizes as "extensive and detailed . . . particularly thorough on the play's performance history (stage and screen) from its earliest productions to the early 21st century." In fact, Syme calls Mardock's introduction a "gem . . . accessible enough for an undergraduate reader, it stands as a gracefully argued, learned, and remarkably acute major piece of criticism in its own right, a genuine contribution to the scholarly debates about Henry V."

Posted June 02, 2014

Professor Ashley Marshall Receives Research Award

Professor Ashley Marshall Receives Research Award

This year's recipient of the Mousel-Feltner Award for Excellence in Research and/or Creative Activity is Assistant Professor of English Ashley Marshall. In 2013 alone, she published three substantial articles, two chapters in edited collections, and a review essay. Last year also saw the publication by Johns Hopkins University Press of her monograph,The Practice of Satire in England: 1658-1770. Quoting in part from English department chair Professor Eric Rasmussen's letter of support, awards committee member Professor Ann Keniston noted that Ashley's publications make major, and at times controversial, contributions to eighteenth-century British literary studies, offering readings of particular texts and their publication history which often unsettle common assumptions. Her book is even more impressive in its scope: based on a reading of some 3000 satires, Ashley identifies six different and period-specific modes. The Practice of Satire in England has already been called both the first study of "a subject...that has never been systematically dealt with" and "a major advance upon [earlier] scholarship." In fact, enthused one reader, "I do not see how any serious scholarship on satire will be able to proceed henceforth without reference to Marshall's book," and another added that "I have no doubt that Marshall's bracing, assertive study will cause much talk in the academy."

Posted June 11, 2014


Three English Graduate Students win Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowship

Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowship

Three English PhD students have been selected to receive Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowships for the next academic year:

Kyle Bladow, "Organizing Fictions: Material Ecocriticism, Environmental Justice, and American Indian Literature"

Katrina Miller, "The Rhetoricality of Writing Assessment: Constraints and Contingent Possibilities"

Meghan Sweeney, "Identifying Threshold Concepts for College-Level Reading"

The University of Nevada, Reno College of Liberal Arts recently received a gift from the Bilinski Educational Foundation to fund dissertation-year fellowships for doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences. The $500,000 gift created the Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowship Fund for Land-Grant Liberal Arts Scholarship. The 20 annual Bilinski fellowships each include a stipend and a modest travel allowance.

Posted March 14, 2014

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