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April 24,2012
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab


SRU’s DiMarco wins Best Article Award


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Danette DiMarco, Slippery Rock University professor of English, has been named the 2011 winner of the Best Article Award by the Margaret Atwood Society.

            The decision was announced at the 2012 Modern Language Association meeting. Her article will be included in Volume 5, Number 2, of the journal Margaret Atwood Studies, currently in publication.

DiMarco was informed of the honor by noted author Theodore Sheckels, professor of English and communication studies at Randolph Macon College.

Her article titled "Going Wendigo: The Emergence of the Iconic Monster in Margaret Atwood's ‘Oryx and Crake’ and Antonia Bird's ‘Ravenous’” was published in October 2011 in the peer-reviewed, scholarly journal “College Literature.”

The work is a study of late-capitalist and consumptive culture and how the Wendigo serves as a literary and filmic symbol for Western cultural appetites.

The Margaret Atwood Society is an international association of scholars, teachers and students who share an interest in Atwood’s work. The main goal of the society is to promote scholarly exchange of the writer’s work by providing opportunities for scholars to exchange information.

The society is an official Modern Language Association affiliate and meets annually in conjunction with the MLA Convention. The society sponsors sessions at the MLA Convention, as well as panels at other scholarly conferences.

For scholars, one benefit of membership is access to scholarly exchange through the society journal, “Margaret Atwood Studies,” a refereed publication.