Thursday, October 16, 2014


An earlier post noted the involvement of the English Department's Dr. Phil Phillips in the establishment of a new public statue of Edgar Allan Poe in Boston.

The statue is now in place. Read The Boston College Chronicle's account of the installation here.

Watch Dr. Hixon's Honors Lecture

Saturday, October 11, 2014

MTSU English Major's Writing Wins First Place

Savannah DiGregorio, a senior English major from Nashville, has been named the first place prize winner in an undergraduate writing contest sponsored by the Center for Faulkner Studies at Southeast Missouri State University.

Savannah will receive her cash prize at the Faulkner and Hurston Conference, also sponsored by the Center for Faulkner Studies and held October 23-25. In addition, she is on the conference program to read her winning essay, "A Wilderness Affair: An Ecofeminist Reading of Faulkner's Go Down, Moses, which is a revised version of a paper by the same title she wrote for Dr. Pat Bradley's Faulkner and Warren class (ENGL 4320) during the spring 2014 semester.

Other MTSU students on the program include Megan Donelson (graduate) and Meghan Burnham, Bridget Carlson, and Stephanie Ellis (undergraduate).

For a look at the conference program, go to here.

Friday, September 19, 2014

"Mad Men" Conference

One of the greatest series in the history of television, AMC's Mad Men, will end its seven season run this spring.

A year from now a major symposium on the show will be hosted by Fordham University in New York.

The English Department's Dr. David Lavery and fellow MTSU media scholar Dr. Jane Marcellus (Journalism) originated the idea for the conference and will collaborate with Dr. Gary Edgerton of Butler University and Drs. Brian Rose and Jacqueline Reich at Fordham in planning and running the conference, tentatively planned for September 17-19, 2015.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

"Engaging the Woman Fantastic"

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Republished here from Dr. Helford's homepage:

Friday, September 12, 2014

MTSU's English Department Involved in a New Statue of Edgar Allan Poe in Boston

recent story in BostInno announces groundbreaking for a new memorial to the American writer Edgar Allan Poe.

Dr. Phil Phillips

The English Department's Dr. Phil Phillips, Associate Dean of MTSU's Honors College, has played a key role in the project as President of the Poe Studies Association. Phillips, who also serves on the Advisory Committee of the Poe Foundation of Boston, will participate in the unveiling and dedication ceremony scheduled for October 5, 2014.
Phillips is also currently teaching a graduate seminar on Poe.

Helford, Hixon to Present in Honors Lecture Series

Drs. Elyce Helford and Martha Hixon will both be featured in this Fall's Honors Lecture Series.

Dr. Helford will be speaking on September 15th on "Placing the American Dream: The Founding of Hollywood."

Dr. Hixon's September 22nd talk is entitled "Neverlands and Wonderlands: Magical Geography in Children's Literature."

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Graduate Assistant Brandon Hardy Elected to the Board of the European Writing Centers Association

This past July, the European Writing Centers Association (EWCA) held its biannual conference in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany, at the European University Viadrina (EUV), where over 250 writing center professionals and peer tutors from 36 nations entered into an international conversation about a number of theoretical and pedagogical issues in the field. 

Katrin Girgensohn and Franziska Liebetanz, Directors of the Writing Center at EUV, received their guests warmly and hosted an exceptionally productive conference with prominent keynote speakers such as Harvey Kail, Paula Gillespie, and Bradley Hughes. Despite an agonizing heat wave, attendees enjoyed a number of post-conference outings such as a German barbecue, sightseeing tours of Frankfurt (Oder), and dinner in Poland, which is a brief walk from the university. Attendees who had arrived as strangers left feeling part of a family.

The EWCA elected new executive board members for the next two years, one of which was Brandon Hardy of Middle Tennessee State University. Brandon serves on the board to contribute an American perspective on European writing center practices and to advocate the crossing of borders between writing centers all over the globe. 

The EWCA champions a broader perspective on writing center studies and practices, and Brandon, with fellow Peer Tutor Representative Birte Stark, has developed an international peer tutor network within a Google+ Community called “International Peer Tutoring,” which will attempt to forge new and exciting cross-cultural partnerships between U.S. and European writing centers. 

Brandon has already begun exploring the possibilities of such an international collaboration by co-writing writing center scholarship with peers from around the globe and initiating an annual, international peer tutor conference.

Renfroe's New Edition of Nineteenth Century Novel to be Published

Dr. Alicia Mischa Renfroe's edition of Rebecca Harding Davis's A Law Unto Herself will be published in January by the University of Nebraska Press in its Legacies of Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers series.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The English Department at PCAS/ACAS in New Orleans

At next month's annual meeting of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association in the South in New Orleans, no less than seventeen English Department faculty, current students, and recent graduates will be presenting papers. Dr. Bill Badley, Dr. Linda Badley, Dr. Nancy Roche (Ph.D., 2010), Stephanie Graves (M.A., 2014), Dr. Jonathan Lampley (Ph.D, 2007), Dr. Jessica Szalacinski (Ph.D., 2014), Laura Black (doctoral candidate), Brandon Hardy (M.A. candidate), Dr. David Lavery, Dr. Pete McCluskey, Dr. Jeff Frame (Ph.D, 2012), Dr. Patricia Gaitely, Dr. Jeff Thompson (Ph.D., 2007), Lisa Williams (M.A., 2010), Dr. Jimmie Cain, Dr. Sara Lewis Dunne (retired faculty member), Ariel Dingus (M.A., 2012), and Brittany Walker (doctoral candidate) will be delivering papers on a wide variety of topics, from True Detective, to female adolescent sexuality in contemporary film, to the Clash and British fascism, to science fiction and the dismal science.

The program can be found here.

Updated 9/26/14

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Lavery to Speak at Belmont

David Lavery will be one of the speakers in this Fall's Humanities Symposium at Belmont University. His talk will be entitled:  "Neverending Story: Time Lords and Narrative Time in Doctor Who."

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Dr. Barger's Baby: Graham Clinton Barger

Dr. Julie Barger reports in an e-mail today.

Some of you may be wondering what the latest is on baby Barger. Apologies for not sending an update before now, but as you can imagine, the little guy and big sister Charlotte have been keeping us busy. Graham Clinton Barger (Graham) was born on Tuesday, August 12 at 12:06 p.m. He weighed in at 8 pounds, 11 ounces and was 19.5 inches long with long, dark hair. We are all doing well.

Julie, Charlotte, and Andy

Graham Clinton Barger

Monday, August 11, 2014

Dr. Stewart Texas Bound

Dr. Emily Shearer Stewart has accepted a tenure track position as an assistant professor at Del Mar College, a community and technical college, in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Dr. Joy Smith is Bound for Kansas

Dr. Joy Smith, who completed her Ph.D. in the spring, will join the faculty of the English Department at Kansas State University in the Fall, teaching literature and composition.