Faculty Notes for November 2020


Paul Fyfe published a review of Literature, Print Culture, and Media Technologies, 1880-1900: Many Inventions by Richard Menke (Cambridge UP, 2019) in Media History (2020).

He also gave a Faculty Speaker Series lecture, “Unruly Britannia: Teaching and Learning Victorian Studies in 2020,” which is available online


On November 11, Kyesha Jennings was a panelist/co-facilitator for Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) “Remote Rap Sessions” virtual series. TRLN is the oldest academic library consortium in the United States and includes a partnership between Duke University, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Central, and UNC-Chapel Hill. 

As a hip-hop content creator for the state of North Carolina (through the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources and the North Carolina Arts Council via Come Hear North Carolina), Jennings has been contracted to produce 3–4 multimedia projects that feature NC hip-hop. The first project, a series of short videos, will be released through a virtual panel series, “Mic Check: Culture, Power, and the Politics of N.C. Hip Hop,” and will be streamed live on December 6 and 13. The series will debut the artists’ visual lyrical analysis and discuss how North Carolina hip-hop artists use their music to stand up against social injustice. Both events will be live streamed on Come Hear NC’s Facebook page. Register for the series at bit.ly/MicCheckNC.

Her article “This Durham trio wants you to pay Black farmers: Tall Grass Food Box is flipping the script on fresh local food” was published in Scalawag Magazine on November 16. 


On November 14, Catherine Mainland presented “The Middle-Class Burden: Domestic Colonialism in Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South” in the “Victorian Women Novelists: Navigating Place in British Society” panel at the virtual South Atlantic Modern Language Association conference.   


Jon Thompson published two new poems: “Election” in New American Writing 38 and “The Inescapability of It” in Conduit 29.


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