All posts by Ashley O'Mara

Spring Negotiations next Friday

Our Spring Negotiations colloquium is happening next Friday, April 8, 4-7pm in HL 207. Come for the food, stay for the display of rigorous intellectual vigor!

Negotiations Flyer Spring 2016

Haejoo Kim: “Unromantic Passions: Sympathy and Kinship in Wuthering Heights”

Matt Chacko: “‘his flesh was as unregenerate as my own’: Negative Paternal Inheritance in Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room and ‘Notes of a Native Son’”

Knar Gavin: “Erasure Poetics: Communities of Making in the Making” 

Evan Hixon: “[A]political Hamlet: Hamlet and the Body Politic” 

Fall Negotiations next Friday

Our Fall Negotiations colloquium is happening next Friday, November 13, 3-5pm in CH 020. Come for the food, stay for the conversation!

Negotiations Flyer Fall 2015

Vicky Cheng, “‘Sterile Order’, ‘Exuberant Normal Vegetation’, and ‘Evilly-Fostered Growth’:  Blighted Existence and Stagnant Interiority in George Gissing’s The Nether World

George Gissing’s The Nether World (1889) examines the pessimistic depictions of inescapable poverty plaguing the working-class poor at the end of the Victorian period, and unlike earlier novels fed upon mid-century liberal ideals of social reform and progress, the novel offers no relief or escape for its desperate characters. This paper examines what rank or elevated growths appear mapped out upon the bodies of individual characters, from what depths of interiority these physical trappings spring, and how this allows Gissing to cultivate and nurture readerly sympathies for even the most abject of the working-class poor.


Ashley O’Mara, “It’s All Fine”: Asexuality and Narratives of Normalcy in the BBC “Sherlock” Fandom

The BBC “Sherlock” fandom is home to the greatest number of asexuality-themed fan works on Archive of Our Own, the majority of which feature Sherlock as an ace character. Although moments in the BBC series resonate with writers of ace fic, encouraging this queer interpretation, I plan to argue that the BBC series’ narrative of reforming and normalizing Sherlock’s antisocial eccentricities organizes fan writers’ narratives normalizing (and often reforming) Sherlock’s asexuality, often vacating its queer potential.


Evan Hixon, “Preacher and Prince: Historical Republicanism in George Eliot’s Romola

This essay examines George Eliot’s Florentine historical romance Romola and attempts to place its Victorian liberal politics into dialogue with the republican ideals held by the key historical figures that Eliot makes central to the novel’s plot.  Particular attention is paid to the works of Father Giraloma Savonarola and Niccolo Machiavelli, who both figure centrally in Eliot’s presentation of the end of the Italian Renaissance and whose writings, I argue, become central to Eliot’s vision of a unified Italy in light of the Risorgimento.


Jonathan Sanders, “Breaking the Illusion of Agency in Digital Games”:

Although many modern video games are based around the idea of open-world exploration and freedom of choice, true human agency is an analog concept, unable to be fully realized within a digital world. Rather than hide from this limitation, some games use particular techniques to call attention to the illusion of agency to make particular points about players, games, and the “real” world. These so called “subversive moments” focus on engaging a player’s deep attention rather than problem-solving hyper attention, disempower rather than empower a player, and provide feedback in order to cue the player into the significance of the moment. The Stanley Parable (2013) provides an excellent case study for observing these moments in action through its commentary on the unrealistic expectations of players and the dark humor that arises from it. 

Welcome (Back) Picnic!

Welcome to this year’s cohort, and welcome back to all returning grads! This year’s picnic will be held at The Inn Complete on South Campus, on Friday, September 4, 5-7pm. Free dinner, free drinks, free ice cream. Partners welcome! Bring your student ID and your photo/DOB ID. (Shuttle available. According to Mike the manager at the Inn Complete, shuttle stops that will get you there are at Tennity ice rink, Goldstein, and Skytop. YMMV?)

Metathesis Panel Discussion: Gender Studies and the Public Humanities

Metathesis Panel Poster


Do you like cupcakes, gender studies, writing for the public, or money? Then you should attend the EGO’s Metathesis’s celebration of our first year of public humanities blogging! There will be lots of food, good conversation, and the chance to learn how you can get paid to write about what you love. We’re also celebrating our new domain name:

Friday, April 24
4-5:30pm (reception at 5pm)
Hall of Languages 107
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Metathesis: The EGO Blog

We’re pleased to announce the launch of our new blog Metathesis, a forum for critical analysis and cross-disciplinary dialogue. The blog is run by graduate students in the Syracuse University English program, with the generous support of the University English Department’s Public Humanities Fund. Look for new content every Friday, and follow the conversation on Twitter (@MetathesisSU) and Facebook (EGO Metathesis)! Interested in contributing? Check out the CFP here.

Spring 2014 Negotiations

Join us for this semester’s Negotiations colloquium! It will take place on Friday, April 18, 2-5pm in Eggers 010, with dinner from Byblos to follow. We’ll be listening and responding to presentations from our colleagues on these texts:

Peter Katz
“‘Who can tell the anguish?’: Material Memory, Associationism, and the Ethics of Reading in Boz’s ‘The Hospital Patient'”

Adam Kozaczka
“‘Who Knows What Making Love Meant to a Man Like That?’: Sexual Violence, Sexual Failure, and Fandom in Alan Moore’s Treatment of H.P. Lovecraft”

Ashley O’Mara
“‘Idioma Mexicano’: Criollismo and Spanish Text/Paratext Paredes’s Nahuatl Catecismo Mexicano”

Staci Stutsman
“The Good Wife: TV Melodrama and Unruly Femininty”