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Graduate Student Presents Research in Rome

RADFORD -- Radford University graduate student Juliana Alexander recently presented her research at the prestigious Graduate James Joyce Conference in Italy.

Alexander, an RU graduate student who is a fifth grade teacher in Roanoke, presented at the conference a comparison of the works of Irish author James Joyce and Elizabeth Madox Roberts in terms of structural similarities of their novels of growth, or bildungsromans. Alexander’s research is part of a student-teacher collaboration with RU English professor Jolanta Wawrzycka. Alexander’s paper was one of only 22 accepted for the conference, which was organized by the University of Rome III.

“Juliana’s comparative research stems from her work on James Joyce in my Irish studies Joyce seminars and in Appalachian studies, and thanks to this unusual combination, she has the field all to herself,” Wawrzycka said.

Alexander was invited to submit her presentation for publication in the Joyce Studies in Italy journal. Wawrzycka’s work also has appeared in the journal.

Wawrzycka, a Joyce scholar, participated in December at a Joyce panel discussion in San Francisco. Last June, Wawrzycka co-chaired a session on memory to celebrate Fritz Senn, a Joycean studies luminary, at the 21st International James Joyce Symposium in Tours, France.

March 5, 2009
Contact: Chad Osborne (; 540-831-7761)

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