Graduate Student Notes for March 2018


This year’s AEGS graduate conference included seven panels on the theme E.D.G.E. (Explore, Discover, Grow, Engage) and featured a keynote address by John Morillo on the process of research. Participants included 20 researchers from NC State, UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Wilmington, Wake Forest University, and East Carolina University. The following English Department faculty and graduate students presented:

Mariana Colin — “Violence as Setting in Blood Meridian”

Katherine Conner — “When Violation Goes Viral: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Social Media Comments on Sexual Assault in the ‘Real’ World”

Melanie Graham & Caitlin Stuckey — “Technology and the Online Classroom – Gaining an EDGE on Distance Learning”

Jamie Larsen & Beryl Pittman — “Curriculum across Cultures: Lessons Learned from Developing and Teaching a Technical Writing Certificate Program to students from Nanjing Normal University”

Clark Meshaw — “A Queer Kind of Knowledge: Constructivism and Essentialism in Composition”

Rachel Mosher — “‘I have made my bed in charnels and on coffins:’ Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Alastor as Gothic Romantic”

Starlina Rose — “August Everlasting: an Examination of Community in Faulkner’s Light in August and Berendt’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Stephen Taylor — “The Persuasive Utility of Narration: Quintilian and Transportation Theory”

Kelly White — “Rejecting Objectivism: Reading Don Draper as ‘Mad Men’s’ Byronic Hero”



Katelyn Alley presented “Truest Criseyde: Resisting Binary Opposition in Troilus and Criseyde and The Testament of Cresseid” at the NC Colloquium in Medieval and Early Modern Studies graduate student conference (“Forms of Dissent in the Medieval and Early Modern World”) at Duke University on March 10 and at the Early Modern Colloquium graduate student conference (“Exploring Resistance in Medieval and Early Modern Culture”) at the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor on March 17.

Nikita Apraj was initiated into the Phi Kappa Phi honor society.

Ina Carino won the Sundress Poetry Broadside Contest. 

Molly Edmond’s short story “Last Meal” was a finalist for the Lamar York Prize from the Chattahoochee Review.

Elise Gallivan was initiated into the Phi Kappa Phi honor society.

Blair Lee published a story in American Short Fiction.

Zachary Lunn will attend a residency at the Hambidge Center in Georgia as the Bill Badoud Veterans Fellow this summer. His story “Guts” was published in the spring issue of Raleigh Review

Cecilia Tomasatti presented “Emerging National Identities in the Limbo” at the 2018 Georgetown University Round Table (GURT) on Languages and Linguistics  in Washington, DC, on March 11. 


Graduate Research Symposium

A number of the department’s MA and MS students participated in this year’s NC State Graduate Research Symposium on March 21.

MA English

Darya Levchenko — “Loving Digital: How Romantic is Sci-Fi in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”

Jose Martinez—”You Can’t Play With ‘Us,’ the Discursive Exclusion of Colin Kaepernick”

Shalina Omar—”‘It’s true; ain’t nobody got time fo dat’: Linguistic Subordination and the Humor of Black Speech”

KellyNoel Waldorf—”Lavender Labels: Perceptions of LGBTQ+ identity labels by in- and out-group members”

MS Technical Communication

Jianfen Chen— “Risk Communication about Smog in China”

Karin Doyle—”A Textual Analysis of Technical Editor Job Responsibilities”



Graduate Student Association Excellence in Graduate Teaching Awards were given to Ashley Daughtridge, Joshua Oral, and Robyn Diaz. Additionally, the Teaching Effectiveness Committee recognized Alexandria Doria’s teaching with a certificate. 


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