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 Dr. Susan Carlson spent her sabbatical leave during the spring 2008 semester engaged in research for her study of how clinical depression and bipolar illness affected the creative work of five great writers and activists of the 19th and early 20th centuries:  Mary Shelley, Charlotte Brontë, Florence Nightingale, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Virginia Woolf.  Carlson visited the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe in Cambridge and the Mental Health Sciences Library at McLean's Hospital in Boston. She also traveled to England and visited the British Library and the Welcome Library in London and the British Library Newspapers in Colindale. On a return trip to England, she traveled to the University of Sussex in Brighton and the Brontë Museum in Haworth.

Four faculty took advantage of grants from the Department's William J. and Mary E. Eichhorn Endowment for Faculty Development to work on research and writing projects.

Dr. Kathleen De Grave took a course off in the spring semester to revise the manuscript of her novel "Fire Handed Down," and to write 100 additional pages. 

Dr. Paul McCallum took a course off during the fall semester to prepare a conference paper, "Pope the Dramatist: The Strategies and Perils of Literary Reenactment," which he presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Chapter of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century. He also revised and prepared for submission a monograph on the Restoration theatre, 'Tis your business to be couz'ned here': Prologues, Epilogues, and Literary Authority in Restoration England.

Dr. Paul "Skip" Morris took a course off in the fall semester to revise an essay on computers and writing center tutors that he sent to Composition Studies to be reviewed for publication. He also wrote two conference proposals, one of which, on ethics and technical writing, was accepted for the College English Association (CEA) conference. He also worked on a creative non-fiction essay tentatively titled "Learning How to Become a Man in America. "

Professor Karen Stolz also took a course off in the fall semester to revise several chapters of her novel, "Arvetta," and for continuing background research for the novel.  She also started two Jesse stories as part of a related story collection and submitted two completed Jesse stories to a number of literary magazines.

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