REEEC is pleased to share the recent achievements of its faculty affiliates:
George Gasyna (Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures) presented “Symbologies of Community and Nation-building in Joseph Conrad’s Nostromo” (at Atomi University, Tokyo, June 2013) and “Andrzej Stasiuk and the Myth of the Literary Gastarbajter”(at Washington University, St. Louis, April 2013), and contributed a book chapter, “Between Exilic Self-Fashioning and Nostalgia of the Return: Some Thoughts on Conrad’s Polish Writings,” to the volume From ‘Szlachta’ Culture to the XXI Century, Between East and West: New Essays on Joseph Conrad’s Polishness, Ed. W. Krajka (East European Monographs/Columbia University Press, 2013, 211-232).
Catherine Prendergast (Professor of English) was named a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow. She is among 178 North American artists, scholars, and scientists selected on the basis of achievement and exceptional promise from a pool of almost 3000 applicants, according to the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Prof. Prendergast researches cultural contested terrain, such as anxieties over the global spread of English, arguments over grammatical correctness, and battles over multicultural literacy in the wake of school desegregation. She will use her Guggenheim Fellowship to complete her book Writer, Painter, Banker, Thief: The American Arts Colony in the Public Account.