Friday, March 20, 2015

Mia Kathryn Lupo

The English Department 's Janice Lupo gave birth yesterday (3/19/15) to a darling daughter, Mia Kathryn Lupo, 6 lbs 2 oz and 20 1/4" long.

Janice reports: "We are doing great!!!"


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

McDaniel Award Winner Announced

The GTA Observation and Awards Committee is pleased to announce that Khristeena Lute has been awarded the John N. McDaniel Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Lute, a doctoral candidate in English, will receive her award at the College of Liberal Arts Awards Ceremony on April 8th.

Winners of the 2015 Wolfe Awards Announced

The Graduate Program in English is pleased to announce the recipients of the William R. Wolfe Graduate Writing Awards. Please join us in congratulating the following students on winning this prestigious award for the best essays written for graduate seminars in 2014.

  • Aaron Shapiro, for his essay "’Let Me Tell But Half': Wordsworth's ‘The Idiot Boy’ as Fragmentary Work," written for Dr. Michael Neth’s English 7210, Studies in English Romanticism: Wordsworth and Coleridge
  • William Ramsey, for his essay “Ben Jonson's Sejanus as Social Tragedy,” written for Dr. Kevin Donovan’s English 6230, Major British Writers: Ben Jonson

Honorable Mention
  • Jacquelyn Hayek, for her essay "The ‘Shadowed Woman’: George Eliot's Maggie Tulliver and Catherine Hubback's Emma Watson,” written for Dr. Becky King’s English 7270, Studies in Victorian Literature
  • Dennis Wise, for his essay “Ward Cleaver, Avant-Gardist: Wallace Stevens and the Poetry of the Last Man,” written for Dr. David Lavery’s English 7330, Major American Writers: Wallace Stevens

Thanks to the judges for this year’s awards: Drs. Mohammed Albakry, William Levine, and Rhonda McDaniel.

The awards will be given at the College of Liberal Arts Awards Reception on April 8th.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Dr. Jonathan Bradley Secures a Position at Virginia Tech

Dr. Jonathan Bradley, who earned his Ph.D. in English in 2013, will become a full-time staff member with the University Libraries at Virginia Tech beginning in mid-April.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Brandon Hardy to Pursue Ph.D. at ECU

Brandon Hardy, M.A. candidate in English and peer mentor in the University Writing Center, will be heading to East Carolina University in the Fall to pursue his Ph.D. He has been offered, and will accept, a full doctoral assistantship.

You can read an earlier post about Brandon here.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Lavery Joins Editorial Board of Journal

Dr. David Lavery has been asked to become a member of the editorial board of The Journal of Popular Film and Television.

JPFT, a refereed journal, founded in 1971, is published by Taylor and Francis/Routledge and edited by Gary Edgerton and Mike Marsdsen.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Tell-Tale Launch of “Baudelaire’s Poe” at Vanderbilt

(L to R) Emily James, Dr. Philip Phillips, and Yvonne Boyer, Bandy Center Librarian (not shown, Erica Rodgers)

"Baudelaire’s Poe: Selections from the W.T. Bandy Collection,” an online exhibition of digital images of rare books and materials from the collection of nineteenth-century literary scholar W.T. Bandy, was launched on January 19, 2015—the 206th anniversary of Poe’s birth—at the W.T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies at Vanderbilt University.

This exhibition was curated by MTSU professor of English and honors associate dean Philip Phillips, with the assistance of associate curators and MTSU alumnae Emily James (MA, '11) and Erica Rodgers (MA, ’12), in cooperation with the Jean and Alexander Heard Library, Vanderbilt University. 

The exhibition examines interconnections between the lives and works of Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) and the French poet Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), with special emphasis on the pervasive influence of Baudelaire’s masterful French translations of Poe’s works in France, Europe, and the rest of the world (including the United States). It also provides interactive timelines of Poe and Baudelaire.

Dr. Phillips, currently president of the Poe Studies Association, received a W.T. Bandy Fellowship in 2010-12 to conduct initial research for the project. He will give a presentation on “Resources for the Study of Poe and Baudelaire at the W.T. Bandy Center” as part of a panel on "Poe, Baudelaire, and their Influence" at the Poe Studies Association’s Fourth International Edgar Allan Poe Conference, February 26-March 1, 2015, in New York City.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Lavery to be Recipient of Owen Barfield Award for Excellence

The English Department's David Lavery will be the recipient of the 2015 Owen Barfield Award for Excellence, given by the Barfield Estate.

Watch the film about Barfield he co-produced and co-wrote below.

Lavery is presently editing a Barfield encyclopedia, which, though not quite finished, can be examined here:

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Joss in June Comes to MTSU

Middle Tennessee State University will play host to the second Joss in June Conference this coming Summer, to be held on campus in (most likely) MTSU's beautiful new Student Center, with attendees staying at Murfreesboro's DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. After a reception on Friday night (6/26/15), the conference will take place on Saturday (6/27/15). Saturday evening and Sunday will be open for those wishing to experience Nashville (30 miles away). The conference website is here.

The conference's co-directors are the English Department's Dr. David Lavery, PhD candidate  Cori Mathis, and recent MA graduate Stephanie Graves. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Helford Essay Nominated for Prestigious Award

An essay by Dr. Elyce Helford, "Figuring Jewishness in George Cukor's A Double Life," published in Jewish Film and New Media 1.2 [2014], was nominated by Wayne State University Press for the Society for Cinema and Media Studies 2015 Kovacs Award for outstanding scholarship in cinema and media studies.

Friday, December 5, 2014

2014 Peck Awards

In a ceremony at the Thomas Jackson Building yesterday, ten undergraduate and graduate students were named Peck Award Scholars.

Kristen Bezner (introduced by Dr. Claudia Barnett)
Katherine Mayetta Estes (Brewer) (introduced by Dr. James Comas)
Jesse T. Burleson (introduced by Dr. Laura White)
Savannah DiGregorio (introduced by Dr. Pat Bradley)
Mary Marley Latham (introduced by Dr. Marion Hollings)
Khristeena Lute (introduced by Dr. Laura Dubek)
Shellie Melnick Michael (introduced by Dr. Mischa Renfroe)
Adam Sisk (introduced by Dr. Pat Bradley)
Tiara Terrell (introduced by Dr. Kathleen Therrien)
Taffeta Xu (introduced by Dr. Aleka Blackwell)

Front row: Savnnah DiGregorio, Taffeta Xu, Shellie Melnick Michael, Adam Sisk, Khristeena Lute, Jesse T. Burleston; back row: Katherine Estes, Mary Marley Latham, Tiara Terrell, Kristen Bezner) 

Therrien, Barnett
The award ceremony was hosted (for the last time ) by Dr. Claudia Barnett, who passed the mantle to her successor, Dr. Kathleen Therrien.

Photos by Dr. Will Brantley

Friday, November 28, 2014

Cain's Essay Published in German Collection

A recently published German collection, Vergemeinschaftung in Zeiten der Zombie Apokalypse, edited by Michael Dellwing and Martin Harbusch, includes an essay by the English Department's Dr. Jimmie Cain entitled "The Combat Veteran as Monstrous Other."

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

2014 Peck Award Winners Named

The Richard C. and Virginia Peck Awards were established in 1975 with a gift from Virginia Peck after Richard Peck's death and have provided over $150,000 to outstanding English majors. Students are nominated by the English Faculty and are then selected by the committee charged with administering the funds. Stipends are presented each year to academically talented and deserving English majors, graduate and undergraduate, who have been identified by faculty as deserving of the honor and encouragement.
This year's winners have been chosen. Dr. Claudia Barnett, chair of the Peck Awards Committee, reports that "We had more nominations than usual, and our decisions were extremely difficult—but we thoroughly enjoyed learning about the many excellent English majors and graduate students in our department."

Please join us in congratulating the winners, both when you see them in Peck Hall and at this year's ceremony: 

Kristen Bezner
Katherine Mayetta Estes (Brewer)
Jesse T. Burleson
Savannah DiGregorio
Mary Marley Latham
Khristeena Lute
Shellie Melnick Michael
Adam Sisk
Tiara Terrell
Taffeta Xu

The awards will be presented on Thursday, December 4 (Study Day) at the Tom Jackson Building: Reception at 4:30; Ceremony to begin promptly at 4:45.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Gaitely to Lecture, the First Talk in the English Department's Speaker Series

This evening, the Department  of English and the College of Liberal Arts present a public lecture, "Folklore, Serpent-Handling, and Appalachian Life," by Dr. Patricia Gaitely, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Tennessee Room of the James Union Building. The lecture is free and open to the public.

For information, please contact Connie Huddleston, coordinator for the College of Liberal Arts at (494-7628), or the committee chair of this program, Dr. Bene S. Cox, Department  of English, at (898-2714).

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Poe Seminar Visits W.T. Bandy Center

Front Row: Rachel Donegan, Arlo Hall, Sarah Gray; Back Row: Dr. Phillips, Elizabeth Robinson, Starshield Lortie, Laura Black
Dr. Phil Phillips

Dr. Philip Phillips and students in his Fall 2014 Poe Seminar visited the W.T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies at the Jean and Alexander Heard Library, Vanderbilt University, to learn about Charles Baudelaire and his influential translations of Poe’s works. The class saw first-edition copies of many of Poe’s works, including various gift books, magazines, and Eureka (1848), as well as first-edition copies of Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal (both the expurgated and the rare unexpurgated edition), all five books of his Poe translations, and various illustrated editions of Baudelaire’s Poe translations. W.T. Bandy Center librarian, Yvonne Boyer, even brought out the Baudelaire death mask for the class to view.

Dr. Phillips and Elizabeth Robinson

Sarah Gray

W.T. Bandy Center librarian, Yvonne Boyer

Carlo Farneti from "The Black Cat"