Oxford University Press has just released Stories About Stories: Fantasy and the Remaking of Myth, a new scholarly book by Dr. Brian Attebery, Professor of English and Editor of the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. The new study is described by writer Peter Straub as "a brilliant book by one of the fantastic's most informed, most penetrating, and wisest critics." For more information about the book go to,%20Brian&tab=overview

Routledge has just released a textbook co-authored by Dr. Margaret Johnson, Professor of English and Associate Vice-President, Academic Affairs, and Tison Pugh. Titled Literary Studies: A Practical Guide, the book was released on December 19. Dr. Johnson has also just had her article "'Never the Same One Twice': Melodrama and Repetition in Queer as Folk" published in the journal Genre 46.3 (2013): 419-42. For more information about Literary Studies go to

Dr. Amanda Zink, Assistant Professor of English, has had her article "Maternal Economies in the Estranged Sisterhood of Edith Summers Kelley and Charlotte Perkins Gilman" accepted for publication in the Spring 2015 issue of Studies in American Fiction.

Congratulations to Dr. Susan Goslee, who has been awarded a sabbatical for the 2014-15 academic year. The sabbatical will provide time for Dr. Goslee to launch a new poetry project focusing on the Appalachian region. Dr. Goslee notes that "Appalachia has figured strongly in the popular imagination as a region of outsiders." This project will "investigate the implications of [this] perception and self-perception."

During the week of December 9th, professors Thomas Klein and Matthew Van Winkle and English alumna (and ILL librarian) Jennifer Hawkins traveled to Driggs, ID, to help judge the Poetry Out Loud contest at Teton High School.  Competition was fierce and the choice of winners was difficult!

Dr. Tracy Montgomery is retiring at the end of fall semester 2013, after 23 years of dedicated teaching and service to Idaho State University. Dr. Montgomery earned her M.A. and D.A. in  English at Idaho State University after completing her B.A. in English at Georgia State University. Before returning to ISU as an Assistant Professor in 1990, she taught at Washington State University and was an engineering writer and manager of publications at Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Carlsbad, New Mexico. At ISU Dr. Montgomery has served as Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, and Assistant Chair of the Department of English and Philosophy as well as Assistant and Associate Professor of English. With Daniel L. Plung, she is the author of Professional Communication: The Corporate Insider's Approach to Business Communication (Mason, OH: Thomson/Southwestern, 2004), and with George E. Kennedy, Solving Problems through Technical and Professional Writing (NY: McGraw-Hill, 1993).

Dr. Jennifer Eastman Attebery's book manuscript interpreting Swedish-American Midsummer practices has been accepted for fall 2014 publication in Utah State University Press's "Ritual, Festival, and Celebration" series edited by Jack Santino.

Dr. Russell Wahl, Professor of Philosophy, has just returned from a conference "Russell and Wittgenstein at the Crossroads 1911-1921," held Nov. 8-10 at the Bertrand Russell Research Centre, McMaster University. Dr. Wahl's invited presentation was entitled "Russell's Reactions to Wittgenstein's Criticisms."

Philosophers from Idaho State University recently attended and presented at the Intermountain Philosophy Conference, hosted this year at Utah Valley University (Orem, UT). Attending and presenting were Dr. James Skidmore, Assoc. Prof. of Philosophy, and Dr. William McCurdy, Assoc. Lecturer in Philosophy. Accompanying them were Melissa Norton, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, and six Idaho State University philosophy students. Dr. Skidmore presented a paper on "The Instability of Scalar Consequentialism: From Good to Right." Dr. McCurdy presented on "An Inconformability in the Strata of Reasoning: On Peirce on the Fallacy of Fallacies."

Dr. Alan Johnson, Professor of English, has received an Idaho Humanities Council Fellowship which will fund his research travel to the British Library, London, and to archives and nature reserves in India during his sabbatical spring semester 2014. His project focuses on the jungle as a literary motif and cultural image.

Dr. Margaret Johnson, Professor of English, has been selected to serve as an academic member of the Idaho Humanities Council representing southeastern Idaho.

Dr. Brian Attebery, Professor of English, has just returned from Portland, where he was a featured speaker at two public events sponsored by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. For OMSI After Dark, his talk was "Philip K. Dick: How One Paranoid Writer Created the Future We Live In," and for the more formal Science Pub, he spoke to an audience of over 300 on "Science Fiction and Metaphors of Mind." He also met with the Alternate Realities Group at Portland State University, an informal reading group of faculty and graduate students, to talk about his recent book Parabolas of Science Fiction.

Publications recently accepted include "'That really was a good method for beginners': How narratives are used to situate objects and techniques in a quilting guild," by Dr. Sonja Launspach, Assoc. Professor of English. Her article will appear in Narrative Inquiry. Asst. Lecturer in Philosophy Dr. Nobel Ang's article "Positive Freedom as Exercise of Rational Ability: A Kantian Defense of Positive Liberty," has been accepted by The Journal of Value Inquiry.

English faculty who have recently presented at professional conferences include Dr. Jessica Winston, Professor of English, who delivered a paper, "Literature and the 'Professional' Culture of the Early Modern Inns of Court," at the annual meeting of the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, held October 24-27 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She was also be present for the awarding of the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference Literature Prize for best literature paper published annually in the society's journal Sixteenth Century Studies, for which she serves on the awards committee. Dr. Amanda Zink, Asst. Professor of English, recently returned from the Western Literature Association Conference at Berkeley, where she presented a paper, "The Dreamy Idyllic Atmosphere of Southern California: Cross-Racial Feminine Affiliations in the Novels of Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton and Evelyn Hunt Raymond." Dr. Alan Johnson, Professor of English, represented the department at the Rocky Mountain MLA meeting in Vancouver, Washington, where he delivered a paper, "Landscapes of Terror in Indian and Pakistani Literature and Film" and participated in the panel "Developing Your Professional Career."

Erin Gray, M.A., 2011, has just had his essay "Carry Me No Farther: A Journey to the Edge of the World," published in Idaho Magazine, October 2013.

Bethany Schultz Hurst, Asst. Professor of English, has won the 2013 Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize for Poetry for her collection, Miss Lost Nation. This is the 30th year that the Anhinga Prize for Poetry has been awarded for a manuscript of original poetry in English. In addition to publication of the winning manuscript by Anhinga Press, the winning poet tours Florida institutions of higher learning selected by the Press to present poetry readings. Receiving on average 600 entries from around the world, The Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize for Poetry is judged by nationally-recognized poets. This year's final judge, Richard Blanco, is perhaps best known for his poem "One Today," which he read at the 2012 US presidential inauguration. To see the announcement of the award, go to:

Susan Swetnam, Prof. Emerita, has won the Idaho Library Association's Idaho Book of the Year 2012 with  Books, Bluster, and Bounty: Local Politics and Intermountain West Carnegie Library Building Grants, 1898-1920 (Logan: Utah State University Press, 2012). The ILA award honors books that have "made an outstanding contribution to the body of printed materials about Idaho." Dr. Swetnam's book traces the history of Carnegie libraries in the Intermountain West, especially the role of women's groups in developing and supporting local libraries.

"'Jane Austen is My Homegirl': American Janeites and the Ironic Postmodern Identity," an article by Ph.D. candidate Elise Barker, has just appeared in the anthology Global Jane Austen: Pleasure, Passion, and Possessiveness in the Jane Austen Community, edited by  Laurence Raw and Robert G. Dryden (New York: Palgrave, 2013).

Poems by Asst. Prof. of English Bethany Schultz Hurst, "Dust Bowl, 1936" and "Settler," have just appeared in Crab Orchard Review 18.2 (2013): 76-78.

The Department congratulates Margaret Johnson, Professor of English, who has just been selected to serve as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Johnson will continue as our Director of Composition and will teach a graduate seminar in Barth during the fall  semester. She takes up her AVP duties full time in January. We are grateful that Angela Petit, Asst. Professor of English, has agreed to serve as our Director of Composition beginning spring semester 2014.

Mike Stubbs, Asst. Lecturer in English, has just had his essay "On the Beach: Same Old Lake, Brand New View," complete with photographs of the author's experiences at Redfish Lake, published in the August 2013 issue of Idaho Magazine.

Bethany Schultz Hurst's "Search Party, Called Off," has just appeared in the current issue of the online journal Sixth Finch:

Ralph Baergen, Prof. of Philosophy, has co-authored an article manuscript "Ethical Conduct of Laboratory Experimental Research on Fear and Anxiety: Review and Recommendations," with ISU psychologists Dr. Steve Lawyer and Beena Kuruvilla, which has been accepted by Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry and will appear in vol. 15, no. 3. Dr. Baergen's contribution to this project was to write an ethical analysis of research methods that involve deliberately causing participants to have panic attacks, and a set of recommendations for presenting this sort of research to Institutional Review Boards.

Matthew VanWinkle, Assistant Professor of English, presented "Witness Relocations: Memory, Movement, and a Temptation Resisted in Wordsworth and Coleridge" at this year's North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) conference, in Boston, Aug 8-11.

LA244, our Reading Room, is complete with new furnishings and with installation of art work donated by ISU alumna Catherine Reinhardt and student Stacey Barker and a full set of framed Black Rock and Sage covers. Many thanks to the College of Arts and Letters for helping us fund purchase of furnishings and to those in the department who worked to move this rehab forward: Curt Whitaker, Tom Klein, Roger Schmidt, Tom Pfister, Krissy Turner, Amanda Christensen, the students who labored to assemble furniture, and the many others who weighed in with their opinions.

A Book Depot has been set up in the LA207 suite for deposit of still-usable books that department members wish to discard. Any book deposited there is free to all takers. Books will be periodically weeded out by department staff.

Let us know what you are doing! Faculty, students, staff, and alumni: Have you received a recent honor, had a boost in your career, or produced a new publication that you have not let us know about? Please email us copies of publications so that we can share the good news!

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