Dr. Frank Napolitano

Frank Napolitano

Frank M. Napolitano is an Associate Professor of English at Radford University. His primary teaching and research interests are medieval English literature, manuscript studies, rhetoric and composition studies, graduate student mentoring, and writing program administration. His publications have appeared in Studies in PhilologyEarly Theatre, and WPA: Writing Program Administration. He is co-editor, along with Leigh Graziano, Kay Halasek, Remi Hudgins, Susan Miller-Cochran, and Natalie Szymanski, of Making Administrative Work Visible: Data-Driven Advocacy for Understanding the Labor of Writing Program Administration, which is under contract with the University Press of Colorado. He is also compiling the Oxford Bibliographies in British and Irish Literature: The English Mystery Plays, which is under contract with Oxford University Press. Dr. Napolitano also serves as the Secretary and Treasurer of the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society. His other research interests include Writing Across the Curriculum, the history of rhetoric, and writing program assessment.

Contact: fnapolitano@radford.edu

COURSES TAUGHT AT RADFORD

CORE 101 Essentials of Written and Oral Communication

CORE 102 Advanced Written and Oral Communication

ENGL 111 Principles of College Composition

ENGL 112 Critical Reading and Writing in the Digital Age

ENGL 202 Readings in British Literature

ENGL 300 Introduction to English Studies

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 Seminar in Medieval English Literature

ENGL 651 Teaching Expository Writing

ENGL 655 Practicum in Teaching Expository Writing

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

PUBLICATIONS

Articles

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.” WPA: Journal of the Council of Writing Program Administrators, vol. 43, no. 2, 2020, pp. 131-151.

“‘Here may we se a merveyl one’: Miracles and the Psalter in the N-Town ‘Marriage of Mary and Joseph.’” Early Theatre, vol. 18, no.2, 2015, pp. 37-56. DOI: 10.12745/et.18.2.1072.

“The N-Town Presentation of Mary in the Temple and the Production of Rhetorical Knowledge.” Studies in Philology, vol. 110, no. 1, 2013, pp. 1-17. DOI: 10.1353/sip.2013.0006.

“Miraculous Rhetoric: The Relationship between Rhetoric and Miracles in the York Entry into Jerusalem.” Early Theatre, vol. 12, no. 2, 2009, pp. 15-31. DOI: 10.12745/et.12.2.815. 

“Discursive Competition in the Towneley Crucifixion.” Studies in Philology, vol. 106, no. 2, 2009, pp. 161-77. DOI: 10.1353/sip.0.0020.

Edited Collection

Co-editor, with Leigh Graziano, Kay Halasek, Remi Hudgins, Susan Miller-Cochran, and Natalie Szymanski. Making Administrative Work Visible: Data-Driven Advocacy for Understanding the Labor of Writing Program Administration. Under contract with the University Press of Colorado. 

Edited Material in Anthologies

Contributing Editor. The Medieval Disability Sourcebook: Western Europe, edited by Cameron Hunt McNabb, Punctum, 2020, pp. 434-447. 

               “The York ‘Entry into Jerusalem.’” Headnote, glosses, and explanatory notes.

Online Content

Oxford Bibliographies in British and Irish Literature: The English Mystery Plays. Under contract with Oxford University Press.

Book Reviews

Donavin, Georgiana, and Denise Stodola, eds. Public Declamations: Essays on Medieval Rhetoric, Education, and Letters in Honor of Martin Camargo. Brepols, 2015. Invited review. The Medieval Review. 13 October, 2016. ISSN: 1096-746X.

Sebastian, John T., ed. The Croxton Play of the Sacrament (TEAMS Middle English Text Series.) Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, 2012. Invited review. Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies 89.4 (October 2014): 1201-2. DOI: 10.1017/S0038713414002024.

Strohm, Paul. Politique: Languages of Statecraft Between Chaucer and Shakespeare, Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 2005. Sixteenth Century Journal 39.1 (Spring 2008): 295-6.

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.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

“Mindful Mentoring: Using Mindfulness Meditation to Help Graduate Teaching Assistants Encounter Stress and Anxiety.” Conference on Writing and Well-Being, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 10 January, 2020.

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.” 48thInternational 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 at 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.” 39thInternational 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. 

OTHER PRESENTATIONS

Producer, Talk-Back Participant, Husband Swap, or Swap Meats, translated by Jodi Enders, Mostly Medieval Theatre Festival, Kalamazoo, MI, 9 May, 2019.

Producer, Talk-Back Participant, Cooch E. Whippet, or the Farce of Martin Cambray, translated by Jodi Enders, Radford University, Radford, VA, 18-19 April, 2017, Mostly Medieval Theatre Festival, Kalamazoo, MI, 11 May, 2017.

Presenter, “Preparing for the Academic Job Market: A Workshop.” 50thInternational Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 14 May 2015.

Panelist, with Erin Webster-Garrett, Michele Ren, and Melinda Wagner. “Modes and Means of Civic Engagement and High Impact Practice.” Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. 6 February 2014.

Performer, “Reader’s Theatre Performance of Mankind.” Dir. Warren Edminster. 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 10 May, 2012. Available for download from The Chaucer Studio, http://creativeworks.byu.edu/chaucer/.  

Performer, “Reader’s Theatre Performance of the Digby Conversion of St. Paul.” Dir. Warren Edminster. Southeastern Medieval Association Annual Conference, Virginia Tech, Roanoke, VA, 20 November 2010.

Performer, “Reader’s Theatre Performance of the York Abraham and Isaac and The Brome MS Abraham and Isaac.” Dir. Warren Edminster. 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 13 May 2010. Available for download from The Chaucer Studio, http://creativeworks.byu.edu/chaucer/.