Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Winners of the Lower Division Teaching Awards Named

Lower Division Director Dr. Tom Strawman announced today the winners of this year’s Outstanding Lower Division Teaching Awards.

The winner of the Outstanding Adjunct Award is Dr. Karine Gavand.

Janice Porth was named the recipient of the Outstanding Lecturer Award.

A prize of $500 accompanies each award.

Dr. Strawman added:
My congratulations and thanks go to the other committed and skilled instructors who were nominated for this year’s awards. We are fortunate, indeed, to enjoy the company and the inspiration of so many seasoned professionals among our colleagues teaching Lower Division English courses, colleagues who are deeply invested in student welfare and in the quality of their teaching.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Clint Bryan Becomes a Member of the Faculty at Northwest University

Ph.D. candidate Clint Bryan has secured a position at Northwest University in Kirkland, WA, beginning this August.

Clint will be a tenture-track assistant professor of rhetoric and composition in the English department, tasked with running the writing center that serves both graduate and undergraduate students and teaching such courses as introductory composition and Intro to Media Writing.

Clint hopes to complete his dissertation (directed by Dr. Mohammed Albakry) by next spring.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Nicole Leonce and Karen Hillman Join the English Department

Leonce and Hillman
Nicole Leonce and Karen Hillman have joined the English Department's staff as secretaries in (respectively) the Upper Division and Lower Division offices.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Two English Faculty to Deliver International Keynotes

Two MTSU faculty, Drs. Linda Badley and David Lavery, will keynote at international conferences this month.

Badley will be a keynote speaker at the 2nd Ekphrasis Conference in Cinema and Visual Culture on “Provocation as Art: Scandal, Shock and Sexuality,” 28-29 May, 2015, in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Her presentation, “‘Fill All My Holes’: Nymph()maniac’s Sadeian Discourse,” will focus on Lars von Trier’s exploration of pornography as a cinematic language in his most recent film, which also culminates the director’s long-term fascination with the Marquis de Sade.

The conference is organized by the BabeČ™-Bolyai University’s Faculty of Theater and Television, Department of Cinema and Media.

Lavery will be journeying to Manchester in the UK, where he will be a keynoter at the University of Salford's "'I’ll See You Again in 25 Years': The Return of Twin Peaks and Generations of Cult TV" (May 21-22). 

His presentation is entitled "Twin Peaks’ Vision (‘as distinguished from a dream which is mere sorting and cataloging of the day's events by the subconscious, . . . fresh and clear as a mountain stream—the mind revealing itself to itself’) and the Discovery of Television Creativity." It will consider David Lynch and Mark Frost’s series as a supremely influential text in the advent of television’s second—and third—“golden ages” and track how and why Peaks’ memes propagated so widely and pervasively throughout the last two decades of quality television.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Dr. Michael Neth Receives College of Liberal Arts Research Award

At this month's CLA Awards Ceremony, Dr. Michael Neth became the first recipient of the College's award for research.

Neth was recognized particularly for his “heroic achievement” in editing Shelley’s Laon and Cythna as well as for his international reputation as a Romantics scholar. Dr. Neth is associate editor of The Complete Poetry of Shelley and co-editor (with Donald H. Reiman) of Volume XVI of Shelley's complete works.

Dr. Neth earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University in New York. He has been a member of the English Department since 1990.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Dr. Kaufman Gives Public Lecture

Dr. Amy Kaufman, Associate Professor of English, was the featured lecturer for the English Department’s Community Dialogue Speaker Series held on Thursday, April 16 in the James Union Building.  

Her riveting talk on ISIS propaganda and the New Middle Ages, “Dark Rival,” offered a unique perspective on what makes ISIS tick and considered why people are so tempted to call their actions “medieval.”

The Community Dialogue series is a new lecture series designed to showcase the diversity of scholarship among distinguished faculty in English studies and to engage community members along with MTSU faculty, staff and students in provocative and timely discussions about the interwoven nature of knowledge.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

English Department Awards Given at the College of Liberal Arts Awards Ceremony

On April, at the annual College of Liberal Arts Awards Reception, sixteen students were recognized (see the complete list of recipients below).

Also recognized were Drs. Kevin Donovan and Tom Strawman (for 25 years of service), Drs. Martha Hixon and Pete McCluskey (for 15 years of service), Dr. Kathleen Therrien (as an Outstanding Faculty Adviser), and Dr. Michael Neth, who received the CLA Faculty Research Award.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Dr. Tina Johnson Nominated for Athena Award

Dr. Tina Johnson, Professor of English and Director of Women's and Gender Studies, will be a recipient of this year's Athena Award, presented by RutherfordCABLE to recognize women in the nonprofit sector who exhibit exceptional professional and personal leadership.

Also receiving the award will be former English faculty member Dr. B. Ayne Cantrell and Summa Clark, a department alum.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Fall 2015 Graduate Course Offering

Fall 2015
English 6270-7270—Studies in Victorian Literature
The Pre-Raphaelites and Their Associates
Dr. Becky King  PH 301  Th 2:40—5:40

Texts: Cecil Lang, The Pre-Raphaelites and Their Circle; Elizabeth Prettejohn, Art of the Pre-Raphaelites

This course explores works by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and their associates—Dante and Christina Rossetti, William Morris, George Meredith, Algernon Charles Swinburne—as well as excerpts by Ruskin, Pater, Wilde, and Whistler, particularly as they relate to aesthetics and aestheticism. We also duck into Keats as pre-cursor, and Tennyson’s Idylls by way of reveling in Arthuriana! We will read lots of lovely poetry and art (yes, PRB art tells stories!). 

The Pre-Raphaelites were in contact with most of the major artistic and intellectual figures of their era. Often adapting classical and medieval themes and styles for their work, they influenced a wide range of visual arts and literature, architecture and design, and cultural movements. Thus they allow us to explore the rich milieu of mid-to-late Victorian culture.  




Bentley to Pursue Ph.D. at NC State

T. Mark Bentley, M.A. candidate and peer mentor in the Writing Center, has been offered full funding at multiple PhD programs.  After much deliberation, a campus tour over Spring Break, and a few Google Hangouts with faculty members, Mark and his wife Crystal have decided to make the move to Raleigh, North Carolina where Mark will be working in North Carolina State University’s Communications Rhetoric and Digital Media program.  

Dr. Claudia Barnett has a New Website

Dr. Claudia Barnett has a new website devoted to her playwrighting. Click on the image below to visit it.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Two from the MTSU English Department to Attend an NEH Summer Seminar

Dr. Rhonda McDaniel and Professor Nancy Blomgren, a faculty member at Vol. State and a doctoral candidate in English at MTSU, have both been chosen as members of an National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar on The Materiality of Medieval Manuscripts: Interpretation Through Production, to be held at the University of Iowa.

Gaylord Brewer to Publish Two New Books

Gaylord Brewer has two new books out this spring. Of a ninth book of poetry, Country of Ghost (Pasadena: Red Hen), Robert Olmstead writes that “Brewer writes as if a sly old god, wounded, lost and yet to renounce his magic. Ghost is a tour de force, part Caliban, part Ariel.” The book chronicles successive summers of the titular character haunting the author across Spain, Finland, and France.

The second book, The Poet’s Guide to Food, Drink, & Desire (Nacogdoches, TX: Stephen F. Austin State UP) is a years-in-the-making hybrid of recipes, anecdotal memoir, and poetry. Chapters include “Of Bondage and Blow Dryers,” “Risotto to Kill of Die For,” and “Blood Sausage and the Rudiments of Love.” Martha Hopkins, author of The New Intercourses: An Aphrodisiac Cookbook, labels the quirky result as “utterly delicious.”

The new issue of the Asheville Poetry Review (issue 24, v. 21, no. 1, 2014), just released, features a 30-page interview with Brewer and fellow poet Keith Flynn in a wide-ranging discussion of poetry and lifestyle, all ostensibly with a focus on the simultaneous 20th(+) anniversaries of that journal and Poems & Plays, which Brewer founded at MTSU in 1993.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Dr. Jennifer Kates, Students Attend Literary Festival

Dr. Jennifer Kates (fifth from left in the photo above) took a group of undergraduate creative writers to the Southern Literary Festival at the University of North Goergia this week. Dr. Kates reports:
We attended readings, master classes, and workshops with several great Southern writers including Tony Grooms, Frances Mayes, and Karen Head. Erin Davidson (second from right, in skirt and MTSU sweatshirt) won first place in the SLF undergraduate writing competition for her one-act play “Legs.” She and other students (Heather Hickox, Kelby Fischer, Dale Mills) presented a scripted reading of the play at the festival. Several students also read work at the SLF open mic night. Shelby Rehberger made an impression with her raw and honest memoir “Room 214” about her stay in a psychiatric hospital. Heather Hickox brought down the house with her hilarious short story about a necrophiliac who can’t find love. We shared the 2015 SLF anthology (all MTSU student and alum produced) to rave reviews and gave a preview of the 2016 Festival, which will be hosted at MTSU.


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.