Dr. Frank Napolitano

Frank Napolitano

Frank M. Napolitano is an Associate Professor of English and Coordinator of the Graduate Teaching Fellows Mentoring Program at Radford University. His primary teaching and research interests are medieval English literature, especially drama, rhetoric and composition studies, graduate student mentoring, and writing program administration. He has most recently co-written an article, forthcoming in the WPA Journal, with Leigh Graziano, Kay Halasek, Susan Miller-Cochran, and Natalie Szymanski, entitled "Making Work Visible: The Ecologies of Writing Program Administration at Five Institutions." His edition of the York play, "The Entry into Jerusalem," is forthcoming in the Medieval Disability Sourcebook, edited by Cameron Hunt McNabb. His publications on the Middle English biblical plays from the York, Towneley, and N-Town collections have appeared in Studies in Philology and Early Theatre. Other research interests include Writing Across the Curriculum, the history of rhetoric, and writing assessment in first-year composition courses.

Contact: fnapolitano@radford.edu

Courses Taught at RU

  • CORE 101: Essentials of Written and Oral Communication
  • CORE 102: Advanced Written and Oral Communication
  • ENGL 202: Readings in British Literature
  • ENGL 323: The Study of Drama
  • ENGL 330: British Literary History I
  • ENGL 431: Medieval Literature
  • ENGL 470: Author in Context: Geoffrey Chaucer
  • ENGL 470: Author in Context: The Creators of Medieval Drama
  • ENGL 496: Senior Seminar
  • ENGL 631 Medieval Literature (Graduate)
  • ENGL 651: Teaching Expository Writing

Peer-Refereed Publications

  • With Leigh Graziano, Kay Halasek, Susan Miller-Cochran, and Natalie Szymanski. “A Return to Portland: Making Work Visible through the Ecologies of Writing Program Administration.” Forthcoming in WPA: Journal of the Council of Writing Program Administrators. MS 35pp.
  • “‘Here may we se a merveyl one’: Miracles and the Psalter in the N-Town ‘Marriage of Mary and Joseph.’” Early Theatre 18.2 (2015): 37-56. DOI: 10.12745/et.18.2.1072.
  • “Miraculous Rhetoric: The Relationship between Rhetoric and Miracles in the York Entry into Jerusalem." Early Theatre 12.2 (2009): 15-31.
  • “Discursive Competition in the Towneley Crucifixion.” Studies in Philology 106.2 (2009): 161-77.
  • “The N-Town Presentation of Mary in the Temple and the Production of Rhetorical Knowledge.”  Studies in Philology110.1 (2013): 1-17.

Invited Lecture

"When Joseph Met Mary: Marriage and Courtliness in the N-Town Marriage of Mary and Joseph." Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 22 March, 2011.

Edited Materials in Anthologies

Contributing Editor. The Medieval Disability Sourcebook. Ed. Cameron Hunt McNabb.  “The York ‘Entry into Jerusalem.’” Headnote, glosses, and explanatory notes. Forthcoming.

Papers Delivered at Professional Conferences

  • With Amanda Kellogg and Paige Horst. “Including Multiple Perspectives in a Moment of Radical Change: A Composition Program Navigates a General Education Revision.” Council of Writing Program Administrators 2019 Conference, Baltimore, MD, 27 July, 2019.
  • With David Beach and Amanda Kellogg. "Medieval Drama / Modern Theatre: Presenting French Farces to Modern Audiences.54th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 11 May 2019.
  • Panelist, with Leigh Graziano, Kay Halasek, Susan Miller-Cochran, and Natalie Szymanski. “Making A Range of Work Visible: Dialog about Labor and Contexts for Writing Program Administration,” Council of Writing Program Administrators 2018 Annual Convention, 28 July, 2018.
  • Panelist, with Leigh Graziano, Kay Halasek, Susan Miller-Cochran, and Natalie Szymanski. “Making Work Visible: The Labor Ecologies of Writing Program Administration at 5 Institutions.” Council of Writing Program Administrators 2017 Annual Convention, 22 July, 2017.
  • “‘It’s All ‘Content’: How Teaching Composition Helped Me to Teach Medieval Literature, and Vice Versa.” 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 11 May 2017.
  • “Resistance and Responsibility: Reshaping A Mentoring Program in the face of Administrative and Instructional Conflict.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, OR, 17 March 2017.
  • “‘Aren’t I Still Me?’ Or, What Graduate School Didn’t Teach Me about Power Dynamics. A Conversation Starter.” Council of Writing Program Administrators, Raleigh, NC, 17 July 2016.
  • “Ethically Glossing / Glossing Ethically: Working with Public-Domain Texts.” With Cameron Hunt-McNabb. 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 13 May 2016.
  • “N-Town’s Rhetoric of Hope.” Leeds International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, UK, 10 July, 2014.
  • “‘Hope’ in the N-Town Lazarus: From Consolation to Christ.”  48th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 10 May 2013.
  • “‘I suppoce veryly it is for þe tresspace of me’: Hybridized Grief in the N-Town Betrayal.” 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 10 May 2012.
  • Deliberative Certainty and the Salvation of Mankind: Pious Utterances in the N-Town Parliament of Heaven, Salutation, and Conception.” 36th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Medieval Association, Roanoke, VA, 20 November 2010. 
  • “The N-Town Presentation of Mary in the Temple and the Creation of Rhetorical Knowledge.” 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 14 May 2010. 
  • “Joseph’s ‘Flowering Rod’ and the Balance of Human Counsel and Divine Revelation in The N-Town Marriage of Mary and Joseph.” 44th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 7 May 2009. 
  • “After the Miracles are Over: The Audience’s Rhetorical Awareness in the York Entry into Jerusalem.” 43rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 8 May 2008. 
  • “A Game of Pride: Masculine Competition in the Towneley Crucifixion.” 41st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 4 May 2006. 
  • “Reading Mixed Signals and Making Signposts: A Discussion of Student Understanding of the Significance of Plagiarism, the Signs of Teachers' Emotional Responses, and How We Signify Integrity.” National Council of the Teachers of English 2004 Annual Convention, Indianapolis, IN, 19 November 2004. 
  • “Wulfstan, Augustine, and the Great Christian Orator.” 39th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 5 May 2004. 
  • “Finding Similarities and Avoiding Caricatures: Bridging the Gap Between Process and Post-Process Theories.” Council of Writing Program Administrators 2003 Summer Conference, Grand Rapids, MI, 11 July 2003. 
  • “Northern Pessimism and Christian Hope: Consolation in ‘The Wanderer.’” 19th Annual Graduate Student Conference in Medieval Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI, 14 April 2001. 
  • “Editing Chaucer Using Electronic Texts (Undergraduate Panel).” Medieval and Renaissance Forum, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH, April 1999.

Grants

Contributing author. “Building Capacity in Writing Enrichment across the Curriculum (WEC),” Radford University High-Impact Practices Grant ($1,500.00).