Our New Blog

Dear Readers and Fellow Bloggers!

Our Literature, Languages, and Humanities blog, A Literary Newsletter, has changed and now has a new site. The address for the new blog is:


Please use this blog for any new posts you would like to add or read.  Also, please note that the link is case sensitive.

Thanks so much!


Fall 2012 Graduate Orientation

On Saturday, August 25, Dr. Tonya-Marie Howe met with new graduate students of Marymount University’s Literature, Language, and Humanities program. Dr. Howe introduced students to the online features available to students through the Marymount Portal, such as Blackboard, Word Press, and Google mail. Dr. Howe also discussed pertinent information about the Literature, Language, and Humanities program and talked in depth about the curriculum sheets for each of the new tracks in the program: Literature, Language and Composition, and Humanities. Also in attendance at the Graduate Orientation was Martinelle Allen, a returning graduate student, who also answered student’s general questions and provided helpful tips on how to survive their first semester of graduate studies.

If you were not able to attend the August 25 orientation, or if have any questions relating to the Literature, Language, and Humanities program, please contact your advisor, Dr. Tonya-Marie Howe at thowe.marymount.edu.


Welcome to Marymount!

MA Thesis and Internship Practicum Presentations

As the end of the term nears, we want to take time to reflect on our achievements and those of our graduates. Please join us for three evenings of MA thesis and internship practicum presentations, to be held in Reinsch Library. These events are open to the public, and light refreshments will be available.

Tuesday, May 1, 6:30 PM (Lee Reception Room)

Gaby Faundez Rojas presents her thesis work

Gaby Faundez Rojas presents her thesis work

Erica Prong
Master of Arts in Humanities
Into the West: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Landscape of Hope
Chair: Dr. Katie Peebles
Second Reader: Dr. Sarah Ficke

Gabriela Faundez-Rojas 
Master of Arts in Humanities
“The English Exodus to Ionia”: The Identity of the Anglo-Saxon Varangians in the Service of Alexios Comnenos (1081-1118)
Chair: Dr. Katie Peebles
Second Reader: Dr. Mark Trowbridge

Tuesday, May 8, 6:30 PM (Library Board Room)

Sarah Hann
Master of Arts in Humanities
Internship Practicum: National Cathedral Archives
Advisor: Dr. Tonya Howe

Kristen Pierce
Master of Arts in Literature & Language
Mind Over Matter: Move and Breathe Beyond Writer’s Block
Chair: Dr. Bess Fox
Second Reader: Dr. Hollynd Karapetkova

Wednesday, May 9, 6:30 PM (Library Board Room)

Mark Dwinnells
Master of Arts in Humanities
The Right to Bear Arms but the Duty to Shoulder Them: A Review of the Statutes and Conditions Surrounding Colonial Massachusetts and Virginia, 1607-1789
Chair: Dr. Patrick Mullins
Second Reader: Dr. Leigh Johnson

Marymount Students Present at the PCA National Conference

This past April, two Marymount English majors presented their research on Patricia Highsmith in the Popular Culture Association’s annual meeting, held this year in Boston. Mary Kate Mulligan presented on gender and misogyny in her essay, “A Necessary Evil,” and Adrianne Morris spoke about capitalism, conformity, and performance in “The Rolling Wheel of Capitalism.” Read more about their work on the PCA/ACA conference website by following the links above. Both Adrianne and Mary Kate were enrolled in Dr. Howe’s Fall 2011 Major Authors course on Patricia Highsmith. Congratulations!

The Avengers: An EN 220 Book-to-Film Symposium

The English Department at Marymount University cordially invites you, your friends, and your family to our event “THE AVENGERS: An English 220 Book-to-Film Symposium” on campus this coming Monday evening, April 30th, in Reinsch Auditorium. The symposium will feature:

 5:00 p.m. — a talk by Robert Genter, Professor of History at SUNY Nassau, on Iron Man comics in the political-historical context of the Cold War;

 6:30 p.m. — presentations by students in my English 220 class on the art of adapting THOR, BLACK WIDOW, CAPTAIN AMERICA, and THE INCREDIBLE HULK; and

7:30 p.m. — a screening and discussion of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER (Johnston, 2011).

Information is also available on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/MarymountMediaAndPerformanceStudies

Congratulations Jordana Taylor!

Jordana Taylor, a graduate student in Humanities and associate director of operations for Undergraduate Admissions, has been selected as the first recipient of the Student Employee Supervisor of the Year award. This award honors supervisors who demonstrate exceptional ability in integrating students as members of the staff. This includes guiding and mentoring them and aligning initiatives with the mission of the University and/or the department.

Well done, Jordana!