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Spotlight: Professor Thomas Davis

Professor Davis specializes in modern and contemporary literature with additional interests in aesthetics, political theory, and human rights.  His first book, The Extinct Scene: Late Modernism and Everyday Life, will appear in the “Modernist Latitudes” series with Columbia University Press.  Other essays have appeared recently in Twentieth Century Literature, Textual Practice, and Literature Compass and in the collections Modernism and Theory: A Critical Debate (ed. Stephen Ross) and Clandestine Encounters: Philosophy in the Narratives of Maurice Blanchot (ed. Kevin Hart).  His next project focuses on contemporary transnational fiction, human rights, and political reading.

Be sure to stop by this week for more on Professor Davis!

Spotlight: Professor Jonathan Buehl

Read Professor Buehl’s article, “Teaching Stylistic Fluency through Science Fluency.”

Spotlight: Professor Jonathan Buehl

Professor Buehl takes a stab at our Seven Questions!

Spotlight: Professor Jonathan Buehl

This week, our spotlight falls on Professor Buehl, master in rhetoric and composition, rhetoric of science, visual rhetoric, and technical & business writing.

Professor Buehl has taught professional writing courses that use style to teach students about science and science to teach them about style. He encourages students that a focus on style provides a conceptual framework and practical resources for approaching processes and challenges related to producing scientific prose for experts, creating understandable documents for non-expert decision makers, and developing engaging popularizations.

Be sure to stop back this week for more on Professor Buehl!

Spotlight: Professor Brian McHale

Read Professor McHale’s musings the contemporary presence and significance of Alice from Alice in Wonderland. In 2011, McHale presented on the subject at a Project Narrative conference.

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Spotlight: Professor Brian McHale

Pictured above are Professor McHale’s publications:

Postmodernist Fiction (1987)

Constructing Postmodernism (1992)

The Obligation Toward the Whole (2004)

Spotlight: Professor Brian McHale

Professor McHale tackles our “Seven Questions,” revealing his unhappy feelings toward The Happiest Place on Earth, and telling us about his work with contemporary fiction.

Spotlight: Distinguished Professor Brian McHale

Professor McHale is a Rhodes Scholar (Rhode Island 1972), D Phil from Merton College, Oxford, and BA from Brown University. He has taught at Tel Aviv University, West Virginia University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Freiburg (Germany), the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, among other institutions. He was for many years associate editor, and later co-editor, of the journal Poetics Today.  He is co-founder of Project Narrative at Ohio State, and co-founder and past president of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (A.S.A.P.).  He is the author of Postmodernist Fiction (1987), Constructing Postmodernism (1992), and The Obligation toward the Difficult Whole (2004), as well as articles on free indirect discourse, mise en abyme, narrativity, modernist and postmodernist poetics, narrative poetry and science fiction. He co-edited, with Randall Stevenson, The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English(2006); with David Herman and James Phelan, Teaching Narrative Theory (2010); with Luc Herman and Inger Dalsgaard, The Cambridge Companion to Thomas Pynchon(2012); and with Joe Bray and Alison Gibbon, The Routledge Companion to Experimental Literature (2012).

Learn more about Professor McHale throughout this week!

Spotlight: Professor Lee Martin

Check out Professor Martin’s publications:

His latest works, a memoir Such a Life and novel The Bright Forever (Pulitzer Prize nominated)

Short Story Collection The Least You Need to Know and memoirs From Our House and Turning Bones

And novels Quakertown, Break the Skin, and River of Heaven.

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Events: Shakespeare’s Birthday