Dr. Peter Monacell, assistant professor of English, held a research presentation titled “Suburban Poetry and Pastoral Death” on Jan. 23 in Dorsey Chapel.

Monacell gave the presentation on scholarship supported by a faculty summer research grant. He focused on American poetry about suburbia and discussed how this poetry represents the loss of individuality within suburban spaces as a kind of death.

This topic will be further explored in Monacell’s book, which he hopes will contribute to the field for its examination of the subject matter as much as it does for his methodology, which uses cultural criticism to place poetry in the historical context of suburbanization.

For more information on Monacell’s research, check out the spotlight titled “Poetry of the suburbs.”

Coming up this month, Dr. David S. Karr will present on Feb. 4, and Dr. Miranda E. Wilkerson will present on Feb. 20.

Karr, associate professor of history, researched Thomas Holcroft, an influential 18th century British political radical and playwright. Wilkerson, assistant professor of English for Speakers of Other Languages, researched how cultural stereotypes espouse language acquisition with the idea of good citizenship. Read more about Karr’s research here and Wilkerson’s research here.