Dr. Taylor Hagood, associate professor of English, was awarded the prestigious C. Hugh Holman Award by the Society for the Study of Southern Literature (SSSL) at its biennial conference on March 12, 2016, in Boston, MA, for his book, Faulkner, Writer of Disability (LSU Press, 2014). The SSSL awards the prize annually for the best book of literary scholarship or literary criticism in the field of southern literature. Hagood’s book is the first to consider the role of impairment in the works of William Faulkner, the Nobel Prize–winning novelist of the American South. READ MORE
English Professor Lisa Swanstrom Wins Book Prize
Lisa Swanstrom’s new book
Animal, Vegetable Digital: Experiments in New Media Aesthetics and Environmental Poetics
(January 2016) has won the Elizabeth Agee Prize in American Literature from The University of Alabama Press. The prize is awarded annually to a work that exemplifies scholarly excellence in the field of American literary studies.
Vampires, ghosts, and zombies are not just fodder for Halloween costumes and popular television shows; the undead are now the subject of a scholarly volume co-edited by Taylor Hagood, Associate Professor of English at Florida Atlantic University; Eric Gary Anderson of George Mason University; and Daniel Cross Turner of Coastal Carolina University.
Talitha LeFlouria Wins Prestigious Book Award
Dr. Talitha LeFlouria, associate professor of history, won the prestigious 2015 Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Prize, awarded by the Association of Black Women Historians, for her book
Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South
(UNC Press, 2015). The book is the culmination of 14 years of research into the lives of black women in the Jim Crow South, whose words and experiences are often absent from the historical records.
Dr. Jane Caputi, Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Communication & Multimedia, received the 2016 Eminent Scholar Award from the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA). Caputi accepted the award and gave the keynote address at the association’s annual conference in Seattle, Washington, on March 23, 2016. (Photo Courtesy of Dennis Johnston Photography)
FAU Professor and Students Receive GRAMMY Nomination
The album “Bogotá – Buenos Aires,” which was recorded and produced at Florida Atlantic University’s Hoot/Wisdom Recordings under the direction of FAU associate professor Alejandro-Sánchez Samper, received a GRAMMY nomination in the “Best Tango Album” category for the 16th annual Latin GRAMMY Awards®. The album was one of six nominated in the tango category.
FAU Researchers Investigate African Monkeys in South Florida
FAU doctoral student Missy Williams and her advisor, biological anthropologist, Kate Detwiler, are researching vervet monkeys from West Africa that escaped from a Florida research laboratory in the 1940s and have been living in Dania Beach ever since. With conservation efforts in mind, their research focuses on how the monkeys have adapted to this urban environment.
Dr. Jennifer Low's critical volume, Dramatic Spaces: Scenography and Spectatorial Perceptions , is now available from Routledge. Low, an associate professor of English, explores and explains how theater space and audiences affect(ed) the meaning of plays and the experience of theater-going in a variety of contexts (Roman comedy, Shakespearian drama, 19th century Parisian theaters, and many more).