Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Pantelides' Students to Present Their Research

On Monday, 11/30/2016 Dr. Kate Pantelides's Advanced Composition students will present their original research projects in a fair-style showcase.

The first group will present from 1:00 to 1:30, and the second group from 1:30-2.

Feel free to drop in briefly.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Albakry and Bryan Co-Author Forthcoming Study

Bryan and Albakry
Dr. Mohammed Albakry and doctoral candidate Clint Bryan have co-authored an article, "A little bit transparent with one another: Constructing vulnerability in the evangelical discourse of women preachers," soon to be published in Culture and Religion (16-4.1-20).

Prof. Albakry explains that the co-authors "apply a discourse analysis and sociological approach to two similar online videos by prominent American evangelical female preachers: Joyce Meyer and Beth Moore," examining "how the two preachers construct their narratives of vulnerability in order to establish rapport with their audiences."

Friday, November 13, 2015

Hall, Badley Contribute to New Book

An essay by Dr. Dawn Hall (Ph.D., 2014), "Old Joy (2006): Resisting Masculinity," has been published in the Edinburgh University Press book US Independent Film after 1989. Also included in the book is an essay by the English Department's Dr. Linda Badley: "Lovely & Amazing (2001): Naked Chick Flick."
Dr. Dawn Hall

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

EGSO's Research Symposium

At today's English Graduate Student Association Symposium, seven M.A. and Ph.D. students presented their current research.

Based on the evaluations of the judges--Department Chair Dr. Maria Bachman, Director of Graduate Studies David Lavery, and Graduate Adviser Dr. Rhonda McDaniel--awards (funded by the Richard and Virginia Peck Fund) were given to Hillary Yeager (first place), Margaret Johnson (second place), and Jacqueline Hayek (third place).

Johnson, Yeager

Matthew Spencer

Lava Asad, Jonathan Thurston, Spencer


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Drs. Alghamdi and Alharbi

Left to Right: Hibbard, Johnson, Alghamdi, Alharbi, Provost Brad Bartel, White
During the last week two Saudi Arabian Ph.D. candidates, Lama Alharbi and Mohammed Alghamdi, successfully defended their doctoral dissertations.

Alharbi's The Nation Revisited: Examining Patriarchal Presence in Nuruddin Farah’s Maps and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun was directed by Dr. Tina Johnson, with Dr. Allen Hibbard and Dr. Laura White as readers.

Alghamdi's dissertation, Inscribing the Nation and Reforming Its Margins:  A Comparative Study of 19th Century American and 20th Century and Contemporary Saudi Literatures, was directed by Dr. Allen Hibbard; Dr. Johnson and Dr. Carl Ostrowski served as readers.
Left to right: Johnson, Hibbard, Alghamdi, Ostrowski

To the best of our recollection, Alharbi and Alghamdi are the first married couple to both earn the Ph.D. in our graduate program.

Renfroe Promoted

Among those honored at today's Faculty Tenured and Promoted Reception (Tennessee Room in the JUB, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.) is the English Department's Dr. Mischa Renfroe, who was recently promoted to the rank of Professor.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Cain Delivers Honors Lecture

The English Department's Dr. Jimmie Cain delivered this week's Honors Lecture: "The Combat Veteran as Monstrous Other."

Dr. Cain's talk was based on an essay recently published in Vergemeinschaftung in Zeiten der Zombie-Apokalypse: Gesellschaftskonstruktionen am fantastischen Anderen (2014), edited by Michael Dellwing and Martin Harbusch.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Gaylord Brewer: Two New Books and an Online Interview

This Fall has seen the publication of two new books by Dr. Gaylord Brewer.

The Cloudy House website also has an online interview with the English Department's distinguished poet. Read it here.

A New Brown

English Department instructor Dr. Matt Brown and his wife Anne have had a new baby girl, born last night.

Her name is Alette Catherine, and she is 19 inches tall and weighs 7 lbs 11 ounces.

Pictures to follow.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The English Department's Excellent Staff

Debbie Flanigan, Graduate Studies Office
Nicole Leonce, Upper Division Office
Karen Hillman, Lower Division Office
Regina Nelson, Executive Aide/Chair's Secretary
Cindy Maguffee, Support Secretary

The University Writing Center

Dr. Bene Cox, Director
Dr. James Hamby, Assistant Director, UWC
Caty Chapman, Associate Director, UWC

The UWC Staff, F 2015

And More Lisa Connor Photos

Dr. William Levine

Janice Lupo

Dr. Alfred Lutz

Dr. Pete McCluskey
Dr. Michael Neth

Dr. Mischa Renfroe

Dr. Laura White

More of Lisa Connor's Photos of the English Department

Dr. Mohammed Albakry

Dr. Aleka Blackwell

Dr. Elvira Casal

Dr. James Comas

Dr. Kevin Donovan

Dr. Karine Gavand

Dr. Frances Henderson

Dr. Ron Kates

Dr. Amy Kaufman

Dr. Martha Hixon

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Mad Men: The Conference

The English Department's David Lavery and Jane Marcellus (from MTSU's School of Journalism) are co-conveners (with Kirsty Fairlcough-Isaacs, Michael Goddard, and Anthony N. Smith of the University of Salford, our sister school in Manchester, UK) of a conference on Mad Men to be held in Nashville in May 2016.

Go here to learn more: http://madmentheconference.com/

Call for papers here.