Dr. Swartz-Levine delivers 23rd Annual Victor J. Emmett Memorial Lecture at Pittsburg State University


Dr. Jenny Swartz-Levine, interim dean of the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, associate professor of English, and director of the Writing Center at Lake Erie College, was recently honored with the Victor J. Emmett Memorial Prize by the English Department at Pittsburg State University and The Midwestern Quarterly, a journal of contemporary thought published by the university.

Awarded each September, the Victor J. Emmett Memorial Prize honors the person who submits the best essay on a literary topic to The Midwest Quarterly. The award is given in memory of the late Dr. Victor J. Emmett, Jr., who taught as a professor of English at Pittsburg State for twenty-three years.

Dr. Swartz-Levine won the award for her essay, “Staking Salvation: The Reclamation of the Monstrous Female in Dracula,” which appeared in the summer 2016 issue of The Midwestern Quarterly.

As the award recipient, Dr. Swartz-Levine had the honor of delivering the 23rd Annual Victor J. Emmett Memorial Lecture at Pittsburg State. Held in the Special Collections Room of the Leonard H. Axe Library on September 8, her lecture focused on “The Golden Lasso of Truthiness: A Complicated History of Women in/and Comics.”

Dr. Swartz-Levine's recent publications, in addition to her winning essay in The Midwestern Quarterly, include "She-Hulk Crash!: The Evolution of Jen Walters, or How Marvel Comics Learned to Stop Worrying about Feminism and Love the Gamma Bomb," in The Ages of the Incredible Hulk (2015), and "The Doctor's Wife: Criminal/Justice" in The Victorian (2.3, 2014). She is the faculty leader for Lake Erie College’s Arts, Culture, and Humanities Learning Community, which focuses on the cultural implications of Superman.  She also serves as an Executive Board member of the College English Association of Ohio.

Lake Erie College is incredibly proud of Dr. Swartz-Levine and her accomplishments. For additional information on the Victor J. Emmett Memorial Prize, please contact Dr. Celia Patterson, Chair of English and Modern Languages, Pittsburg State University, at 620-235-4689 or capatterson@pittstate.edu.

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