Oct 05, 2011

English Department Hosts Lecture to Celebrate Professors' New Books

Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature Dr. Margarita Marinova and Associate Professor of English Dr. Sharon M. Rowley will discuss their recently published books on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Trible Library Blechman Room. A book signing and reception will follow. Hosted by CNU's Department of English, the event is free and open to the public.

Dr.Marinova is the author of Transnational Russian-American Travel Writing, (Routledge, 2011). Her book examines the diverse practices of crossing boundaries, tactics of translation, and experiences of multiple political and national attachments, evident in textual products of Russo-American travel encounters during an under studied period (from the end of the American Civil War to the Russian Revolution of 1905) of superficial good will between the two countries.

Dr.Marinova earned her PhD from the University of Texas. Her research interests include Russian and Eastern European literature, 19th century cultural exchange between Russia and the U.S., travel writing, and world literature. Her work has been published in various scholarly journals including Studies in Travel Literature and The Slavic and Eastern European Journal.

Dr.Rowley is the author of The Old English Version of Bede's Historia Ecclesiastica (Boydell & Brewer, Ltd., 2011).The Old English version of Bede's Historia ecclesiastica gentis anglorum is one of the earliest and most substantial surviving works of Old English prose. Translated anonymously around the end ofthe ninth or beginning of the tenth century, the text, which is substantially shorter than Bede's original, was well known, highly influential, and actively used in medieval England. However, despite its importance, it has been little studied. Dr. Rowley's book is the first full-length study of this important work.

Dr. Rowley earned her PhD from the University of Chicago. Her scholarly interests include the reception and transmission of Bede's Historia ecclesiastica in the Middle Ages, Old and Middle English manuscripts and textuality, anonymous homilies and other worldly visions. She has published articles on all of these topics in national and international scholarly journals. Her book, The Old English Version of Bede's Historia Ecclesiastica was funded by a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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