Friday, September 26, 2014

Susan Hottinger Cash

Susan earned her BA in English and German at Mount St. Mary’s University in 2000. She then lived and worked in Germany for a year, tutoring students in English, developing her fluency, and traveling throughout Europe. Her literary interests are varied, as favorite authors include Dickens, Melville, Coelho, McCourt, and Angelou; she bears a particular love for Shakespeare. Considering her experience as an actor, she hopes to pursue studies with an emphasis on drama and the performed written word. Susan is a fulltime high school English teacher and mother of Jude and Paul, ages 3 and 4 months, respectively. In the unlikely chance that she isn’t grading, changing diapers, or reading bedtime stories, she enjoys brewing mint tea in the Moroccan style, singing impromptu backup vocals for friends, and binge-viewing Derek or Flight of the Conchords with her husband, Brian.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Julia Hart

Born and raised in New Orleans, but having lived in Columbus, Ohio for the past eight years, Julia received her degree in English at the College of Wooster in May 2014. While at Wooster, she completed a year-long independent study project examining females as heroes in young adult fantasy literature. She is deeply interested in gender studies, including feminism and queer theory, and she is interested in exploring Irish literature as a potential focus of study in the future. In fact, Julia has an affinity for Irish culture and has been learning to play the Irish fiddle for the past two years. In addition to her passion for Celtic music, she also loves playing the piano, and you will usually find her listening to music in her spare time. Some of her other favorite pastimes include reading, creative writing, and traveling.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Jennifer Bradley

Embodying Villanova’s slogan “Once a wildcat, always a wildcat,” Jennifer Bradley is back for her MA in English literature after graduating from Villanova University in 2013. She earned her BA in English and pursued minors in writing and rhetoric, Spanish, and psychology. Jennifer hopes to combine her love for literature and psychology in her research interests, which predominantly concern 20th century American literature and gender studies.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Christine Kelley

Christine Kelley earned bachelors in English Literature and History at Elizabethtown College. While a student there, she researched and designed a 27-panel literary exhibit celebrating the life of Sylvia Plath for the Lancaster Literary Guild. Her interests are primarily in 20th and 21st century poetry, but her reading is omnivorous and eclectic. She also enjoys novels, especially modern and postmodern. Among international authors, she loves the Japanese, especially Haruki Murakami and Yasunari Kawabata. Current research interests include Syrian poetry. Christine enjoys writing poetry and knitting in her spare time.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Payton Ritchey

Payton studied English Literature as an undergraduate at Texas A&M University. She has previously studied the intersect of war literature and idealized masculinity using texts from various American eras, but also has interests in Southern and Chicano subfields. Payton enjoys coffee, every variety of bread product, and walking through the city (even though she can only afford to window shop).

Eric Annino


Eric earned his BA in English from Penn State University in 2011. His fields of interest include late 19th- and early 20th-century American literature and media studies. In the past, he has written on issues of revision in Henry James’s Roderick Hudson and has explored questions of human experience in an increasingly technological world, using Nietzsche’s Birth of Tragedy as a parallel. Eric’s two great loves are wine and the written word, and when he isn’t in the classroom you’ll find him, glass in hand, either reading up on all things enology or just tasting… always tasting…

Friday, September 5, 2014

Justin Heinze

Justin graduated with a BA in English from St. Joseph’s University in 2009, where he ran track and cross country. He volunteered with Americorps for a few years in California, Arizona, and Montana, leading backcountry conservation crews, before writing for a Florida daily newspaper and working on an organic farm in Tanzania. His traveling curriculum included Conrad, Faulkner, and Cormac McCarthy. His father read him an Illustrated Classics edition ofMoby-Dick as a child and the book has been a part of his life ever since. His interests include nature writing in fiction, and identifying themes of environmental stewardship that serve as a call to social action, particularly in late 19th and early 20th century American literature. In his spare time Justin enjoys long distance running and writing fiction about the desert.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Michelle Callaghan

Michelle graduated from Widener University in 2013 with a BA in English. She also minored in creative
writing and was active in theater and choir. She never grew out of playing pretend, and that is reflected in her literary interests: early modern drama, video game studies, audience study, and interpretative communities on the internet (fandom). She is interested in texts that are, or might be, experienced (or “played”) visually, aurally, and interactively, in very specific times and very specific spaces—an interest that has led her face-first into the digital humanities. Michelle loves her gaming PC, her furry children, a good glass of wine, and indoor rock climbing with her Companion Cube.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Theresa Kircher


A proud Jersey girl, Theresa graduated with her BA in English from Saint Joseph's University in 2013. A gender studies minor, she presented multiple papers at various academic conferences throughout her undergraduate career; and her senior thesis, Out of the House: The Male Gaze and Women's Negotiation of it Through Literature, explored the theme of the male gaze as a lens through which women are defined, classified, and judged within texts written by contemporary American, British and French authors. Theresa is primarily interested in continuing to explore women and gender studies themes within literature while at Villanova. Outside of the classroom, she can usually be found in the gym, cooking at home, enjoying a class of wine, or shopping at J.Crew.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Christine Lairson

After earning her B.A. in English literature with a leadership certification at Andrews University in December of 2012, Christine spent a semester substitute teaching in NJ. At Villanova, she plans to indulge her inner Anglophile immersing herself in British literature, especially the Victorian period. Christine has worked on student newspapers and journals, interned at Glamour and Elle Magazines, and freelance edited for a small book publishing company. In her free time, she enjoys participating in international mission trips, acrosport, yoga, emulating the sartorial choices of the Duchess of Cambridge, and perusing magazines while unwinding on a beach. She aspires to be a coffee connoisseur and indulges her love of travel whenever possible.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Faith Seymour

After earning a master’s degree in history from Villanova University, and then earning a license as a skin therapist, Faith began writing for a monthly Montgomery County publication called, Reflections: Positive News for a Change. After two years of documenting inspirational stories about local heroes, she grew bored with her writing style, and returned to Villanova to broaden her skills. Faith is a middle school Social Studies teacher. Some of her most meaningful interactions with students are in encouraging them to persevere though a sometimes ugly, and always rigorous writing process. Faith is also the banjo and ukulele player, and backup vocalist for Savior Soul, an American Roots bluegrass band, and this past summer, she and her sister launched F & J Productions, an interactive, musical arts duo.

Lee Nevitt

Lee comes from Columbia, South Carolina. He attended the University of South Carolina where he graduated with a B.A. in English Language and Literature. He enjoys a variety of literary periods and styles ranging from Shakespeare to Kim Stanley Robinson. He's had a lifetime passion for music which includes a love for both classical and popular forms. He also enjoys a good game of chess especially with a good cup of coffee to go with it.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Samantha Vitale

Originally from New Jersey, Sam Vitale graduated from Rutgers University in 2011 with a BA in English. Her current research interests hover at the interface of science and literature--perhaps a vestige of her former desire to pursue veterinary medicine. Although she has investigated the influence of Charles Darwin on writers like H.G. Wells, Sam hopes to explore the presence of other scientific discourses in nineteenth and twentieth-century literature during her Masters program. In her spare time, she enjoys bonding with her cat, Schrodinger, dabbling in graphic design, and trying to comprehend quantum mechanics.

Lauren Greaves

Lauren graduated from Elon University in 2009 with a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing. She also spent a month traveling around Ireland (and somehow got class credit for it), as well as a semester at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Her senior thesis was written on the antiheroic protagonists of Kurt Vonnegut, and her senior portfolio was composed of narrative nonfiction and non-angsty poetry. She is considering delving into postmodern and postcolonial historical novels for her Masters work at Villanova. When she doesn’t have her nose in a book, Lauren loves cooking, watching reruns of 30 Rock and The Office, writing creative nonfiction, travelling with her husband, and scheming ways to move to a cottage in England when she’s finished with school.

Samantha Sorensen

Sam graduated from Immaculata University in 2013 with a BA in English. Her senior thesis explored representations of consciousness and reality and their respective relationships to time in Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury; also, her honors thesis discussed Burroughs's Naked Lunch and addiction as a grand metaphor to substantiate the plasticity of the human mind. Sam's academic interests mostly lie in the intersection of literature and philosophy, and she is quite taken with postmodern and postcolonial literature. Outside of academia, she enjoys travel (particularly London), cats, coffee, poetry slams, awful jokes, and Bob's Burgers.

Eric Doyle

Eric holds a BA in history and philosophy from Baylor University (2008) and an MA in medieval history from the University of York (2011). His research interests are structured around themes of history and (neo)medievalism in current (popular) culture and secondary worlds: everything from T. H. White to “What’s in your wallet?” to imaginative and genre fiction. At Villanova, Eric hopes to explore the utility of critical and cultural theory for approaching envisionings/ appropriations/ dismemberments of the medieval. When not at the library he enjoys craft beer, bands with fiddles, and discovering the Northeast by rail.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Sara Radke

Originally from Houston, Sara graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in English literature in 2012. Her research interests include modernist and postmodernist literature, magical realism, modern Czech literature, narrative theory, and intertextuality. She is also fascinated by modernist painting and cinema, particularly the German Expressionist movement. Outside of class she can be found drinking tea, indulging in foreign film and British television, and practicing her eagle pose in yoga class.

Jeffrey Howard

Jeffrey graduated from Binghamton University in 2011 with a BA in English. His primary academic interests include British and American modernism, Southern gothic fiction, and the confluence of literature and language with the philosophy of Nietzsche, Deleuze, Blanchot, Foucault, and Bataille. He has a particular reverence for the modernist works of William Faulkner and Virginia Woolf and maintains a recreational interest in 19th Century French literature. Outside academic study, he enjoys watching and playing soccer, listening to the music of Tom Waits, and obsessing over classic film.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Katie McIntyre

Katie McIntyre graduated from Grove City College in December of 2009 with a BA in English. She is as much a devotee as a scholar, with loves ranging from John Donne to William Blake to T.S. Eliot. She wrote her undergraduate thesis on Images of Fragmentation in William Blake's work. She is interested in the different ways that art can verge on the religious. She also attempts poems of her own. Outside of class she enjoys drinking good Philly beer, swing dancing, listening to singers who are also poets, being a Romantic on backpacking and canoe trips, and exploring new places.

John Polanin III

John graduated from Seton Hall University in 2012 with a BA in English. He loves some writer from just about any period, from John Donne to Robert Browning to Derek Walcott, and wrote on the latter for his undergraduate seminar. He is also fascinated by, and hopes against hope to do research on, the way that comic books have recently taken up not just literature but literary theory as subject matter. Conversation topics that you bring up with John at your own risk: Bruce Springsteen, Neil Gaiman, Star Wars, Borges, moombahton, Transmetropolitan, and dark matter. You may face hour-long rants. You have been warned.