Becker Faculty Experts Have Global Impact

Published on Wednesday, June 13th, 2012


Anxiety about masculinity is nothing new, according to a paper by Sheila McAvey, professor of English at Becker College.

College Town found the title, “Fractured Irish Masculinity,” intriguing and asked Ms. McAvey to explain, in a nutshell, her work.

Here’s what she said:

“Britain’s Matrimonial Causes Act of 1857, which allowed for divorce actions to proceed in civil rather than canon courts, broke open the cultural monument of Victorian marriage. Yet, the public recognition of unhappy marriages did not remove the element of scandal that attached to the standing of those who sought or were a party to divorce, or to an Irish husband whose masculinity might be put to question in publicity about a divorce.

“This paper looks at Lever’s depiction of various forms of uneasy masculinity in ‘Davenport Dunn,’ ‘Sir Brook Fossbrooke’ and ‘The Bramleighs of Bishop’s Folly,’ novels written in the decade following the Matrimonial Causes Act. In these works, this threat to the once-solid male bastion of marriage seemed to heighten anxiety about masculinity, and Lever’s portraits of corrupt Anglo-Irish marital unions, alongside the absurd posturings of aging males in Sir ‘Brooke Fossbrooke’ and ‘The Bramleighs of Bishop’s Folly’ offer a sharply realistic assessment of the fractured surface of urban Irish life at a particularly unsettling cultural moment.”

Ms. McAvey will present her paper at the 2012 Conference of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures, July 30-Aug. 3 at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Other Becker College faculty sharing their expertise beyond the college campus this spring and summer are:

Curvin Huber, associate professor of game design, recently presented “Animation: Moving into the Future” at the 21st annual conference of the Global Awareness Society International, in New York City; M. T. Nezam-Mafi, professor of English, recently presented “Revising W. H. Auden’s ‘September 1, 1939” at the 18th Annual Association for Core Texts and Courses Conference in Milwaukee; Janardan Kumar, professor of chemistry and microbiology and chair, department of natural sciences, was recently invited to review “Involvement of RhoA/Rho-Associated Kinase Signal Transduction Pathway in Dexamethasone-induced Alterations in Aqueous Outflow” for publication in the journal Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Kevin C. Woods, professor of criminal justice and chair, department of criminal justice and legal studies, completed a textbook prospectus review for Victimology: Contemporary Theory, Research and Applications by Bonnie S. Fisher, Bradford W. Reyns and John J. Sloan III at the request of SAGE Publications, Criminology and Criminal Justice Division. It is scheduled for publication in 2014.; James Belpedio, professor of history and government, presented a paper on “Night and the City: The Sights and Sounds of Radio Noir in ‘Broadway is My Beat’ ” at the 42nd annual Popular Culture and American Culture Associations joint conference in Boston and John Deitrick, professor of English and chairman of the department of humanities and languages, presented his paper “Reading History Through the Eyes of Three Poets: Paul Laurence Dunbar, Claude McKay, and Langston Hughes,” at the 42nd annual Popular Culture and American Culture Associations joint conference in Boston in April.

Courtesy of Worcester Telegram & Gazette