New international recognition, publications for English faculty

Dr. Reva E. Sias, Dr. William Arcé, Prof. Randa Jarrar, and Dr. Alison Mandaville

By Jefferson Beavers

Three  Department of English faculty have new publications, and another has been selected to serve on a prestigious international academic delegation.

Dr. William Arcé
Dr. William Arcé

Dr. William Arcé, an assistant professor of English, will have his essay “The Viet Nam War Killed that Boy! Interrogating War in Lucha Corpi’s Murder Mystery Novel, ‘Eulogy for a Brown Angel’ ” published in the spring 2020 special issue of Diálogo, a refereed journal of interdisciplinary studies.

The editors of Diálogo also selected Dr. Arcé as guest co-editor of the special issue, which will focus on Latinx and Chicanx detective fiction. He teaches in the Master of Arts in English program’s literature option, focusing on 20th Century American literature.

Prof. Randa Jarrar
Prof. Randa Jarrar

Prof. Randa Jarrar, an associate professor of English, will have her third full-length book, a memoir entitled “Love is An Ex-Country,” published by the independent publisher Catapult Books. The nonfiction book will be published in fall 2020.

Prof. Jarrar’s new book will include new work alongside reworked essays that previously appeared in The New York Times, Buzzfeed, The Sun, Guernica, and Oxford American. She wrote it with support from grants from the Lannan Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, and the CSU’s Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activities (RSCA) grant program. She teaches in the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, focusing on fiction writing.

Dr. Alison Mandaville
Dr. Alison Mandaville

Dr. Alison Mandaville, an associate professor of English, is published in the latest issue of World Literature Today, a bimonthly publication out of the University of Oklahoma. Her piece is a co-translation with Elnur Imanbayli of “Auntie Nabat’s Bread,” an excerpt from a memoir by Azerbaijani author and journalist Nariman Hasanzade.

At the upcoming Association of Writers and Writing Programs annual conference in Portland, Oregon, in March, Dr. Mandaville will speak on a panel about the unique challenges of translating place. She coordinates the Bachelor of Arts in English Education program, focusing on American literature in global contexts.

Dr. Reva E. Sias
Dr. Reva E. Sias

Dr. Reva E. Sias, an assistant professor of English, recently won an international election to serve as the delegate representing Composition, Rhetoric, and Writing Programs for the Modern Language Association, an organization founded in 1883 by teachers and scholars to promote the study and teaching of language and literature.

Dr. Sias just joined the MLA delegation at its 2019 annual convention in Chicano this past January. Her term will be for three years. She supervises graduate teaching associates in the First-Year Writing Program, focusing on current writing theory and the facilitation of student rhetorical agency and voice.

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