Tyler Bunzey

April 23, 2018

Degrees

2015, BA English with Teaching Licensure, Liberty University

Bio

I study hip-hop and African-American literature post-1940, particularly how hip-hop’s compositional processes work within the spectrum of orality and literacy. I also write about religion and hip-hop inflected through post-secular theory with a focus on evangelicalism and contemporary mainstream hip-hop.


Publications:

  • “New Rhymes Over An Old Beat: A Review of Break Beats in the Bronx” (NewBlackMan In Exile, 2017, URL: http://www.newblackmaninexile.net/2017/11/new-rhymes-over-old-beat-review-of.html)

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Matthew Bradford Diem

April 23, 2018

Degrees

BA English and Classics with high distinction, University of Virginia, 2015

Bio

Originally from Allentown, PA, Matthew Diem completed a BA in English and Classics at the University of Virginia in 2015, and has been a PhD student in English at UNC since August of that year. His research interests include translations and adaptations of the Bible in Old and Middle English, and Latin and vernacular satire in the Middle Ages.


Awards

  • Joseph Breen Award for Outstanding Work in the Field of Medieval Studies, 2017

Eric Meckley

April 23, 2018

Degrees

2012, M. Div., Duke University

2007, BA Fundamentals: Issues and Texts, University of Chicago

Bio

Eric studies 19th and early 20th Century American Literature with a particular focus on Civil War literature and its impact on American cultural identity. He is also interested in the intersections of race, religion, and empire.


Publications:

  • What’s in a name? Racial Transparency and the Jazz-Age in “Hills Like White Elephants”, The Hemingway Review, Fall 2018.

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Rachael Isom

April 22, 2018

Degrees

  • 2013, MA English, Murray State University
  • 2011, BA English, Murray State University

Bio

Rachael Isom is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She studies the intersections of religious and poetic identity in nineteenth-century British women’s writing, with particular interest in Romantic-era discourses of enthusiasm, reflection, and feminine restraint. Her dissertation project, “Enthusiastic Poetics and the Woman Writer, 1806-1856,” traces the development of the female enthusiast from Mary Shelley to Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Isom’s work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Essays in RomanticismThe Journal of Commonwealth LiteratureStudies in Romanticism, and the Keats-Shelley Review. Currently, she serves as Managing Editor of the Keats-Shelley Journal and works as a Project Assistant for the William Blake Archive.


Publications:

  • “Prophetic Poetics and Enthusiasm in Mary Shelley’s Valperga,” Studies in Romanticism, forthcoming.
  • “John Watson Dalby’s Poetic Reception of Mary Shelley’s Valperga,” Keats-Shelley Review, forthcoming.
  • “‘With Faithful Pencil’: Pastoral and Picturesque Composition in Beachy Head,” in Placing Charlotte Smith, ed. Jacqueline M. Labbe and Elizabeth A. Dolan (Lehigh University Press, forthcoming).
  • “‘Do you think I can’t read between the lines?’: Discourse of the Unsaid in J. M. Coetzee’s Diary of a Bad Year,” The Journal of Commonwealth Literature 53.1 (2018): 7-20.
  • “‘Habituat[ing] to Reflection’: Hannah More’s Romantic Novel,” Essays in Romanticism 23.1 (2016): 95-112.
  • “Caroline Fry’s Death, and Other Poems in Conversation with the Night Thoughts of Edward Young,” New Perspectives on the Eighteenth Century 2.1 (2014): 63-74.

Teaching Awards

  • Doris Betts Award for Excellence in Teaching First-Year Composition, 2015

Awards

  • W. M. Keck Foundation Short-Term Research Fellowship, The Huntington Library, 2018-2019
  • Dean’s Graduate Fellowship, College of Arts & Sciences, University of North Carolina, 2018-2019
  • Evan Frankel Dissertation Fellowship, Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina, 2017
  • NAVSA Travel Grant, North American Victorian Studies Association, 2017
  • DHSI Tuition Scholarship, “XML: Applications for Historical and Literary Research,” Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria, 2017
  • Frank Porter Graham Graduate and Professional Student Honor Society, University of North Carolina, 2016
  • Graduate Innovation Assistantship, Committee for Institutional Studies and Research, Office of the Provost, Murray State University, 2012-2013

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Morgan Souza

April 22, 2018

Degrees

2014, MA English, Florida Gulf Coast University

2011, BA English, Florida Gulf Coast University

Bio

I’m a Ph.D. student in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at UNC Chapel Hill studying medieval and early modern literature. I’m specifically interested in early modern encyclopedias, epistemology, and the history of science. I’m also interested in insects, gastropods, gender and sexuality, power dynamics, amphibians and amphibiousness, fungi, and the confluence of natural philosophy/magic/religion.


Awards

  • Folger Shakespeare Library Grant-in aid, After the Great Instauration taught by Reid Barbour, 2018
  • Folger Shakespeare Library Grant-in aid, Introduction to English Paleography taught by Heather Wolfe, 2016
  • Folger Shakespeare Library Grant-in aid, Scale of Catastrophe taught by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, 2015

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Eric Bontempo

April 20, 2018

Degrees

2015, BA English and French, Harding University

2017, MA English, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

Bio

Eric Bontempo is a third-year PhD student and Graduate Teaching Fellow in the Department of English & Comparative Literature. His interests include nineteenth-century poetics, British Romanticism, aesthetic theory, and postsecular studies.


Publications:

  • “In Memoriam:  Reader-Response and the Virtual Construction of Consolation.” The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies, vol. 14. no. 4 (2016), pp. 11-18.

Awards

  • UNC Center for Global Initiatives REACH Fellow, Summer 2018

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Rory Sullivan

April 9, 2018

Degrees

2017, MA English, University of Virginia

2014, BA English, The College of William and Mary

Bio

Rory Sullivan studies medieval literature, with a focus on the visual and spatial elements of poetry. He is particularly interested in the intersections between literature and the visual arts.


Awards

  • Balch Prize for a Masters Student in English, University of Virginia, 2017

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Carlie Wetzel

April 9, 2018

Degrees

2014, BA English, Colgate University

Bio

Carlie Wetzel studies British literature from the long nineteenth century, focusing on elegiac poetry.


Publications:

  • Age and Mourning: Complicating Grief with John Clare’s Gravesite Poetry. (The Gravestone Project: Grave Notes, Issue 1, Winter 2016-17).
  • Beauty after Death: Heaven as Consolation in Beebe Eyre’s Miscellaneous Poems. (Literature and Belief, Forthcoming, Spring 2018).
  • Critical summary of The Life and Extraordinary Adventures, the Perils and Critical Escapes of Timothy Ginnadrake. (The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel1660-1820, Forthcoming, Fall 2018).

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Jessica Slavic Drexel

April 5, 2018

Degrees

2014, MA Linguistics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2012, BA German & Latin, Hillsdale College

Bio

I am a comparative modernist scholar specializing in Anglo-American and European poetry and poetics. My dissertation focuses on the poetic epiphany in modernist and secular aesthetic frameworks in Anglo-American and German traditions, with particular attention given to William Carlos Williams, T. S. Eliot, and Rainer Maria Rilke. My analytical framework draws on literary, religious, and philosophical traditions as I examine the phenomenon of the secular epiphany in the twentieth century. In addition to my research, I recently received an award for excellence in teaching English rhetoric and composition at UNC. For this class, I employ a genre-awareness approach that emphasizes interdisciplinary skills such as research, developing a writing process through peer review and revision, and digital literacy; I have particularly enjoyed developing units on film analysis and career readiness.


Teaching Awards

  • Erika Lindeman Teaching Award for Composition and Literature, 2017

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