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>>Fall 2014 EH 200-level: READINGS IN LITERATURE AND CULTURE I & II themes here.<<



EH 471/571: Renaissance Drama. This is the LAST time this class will be offered at UAH!

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm                MTWR                Morton Hall 330                  May 27- Jun 30, 2014

EH 471/571: Renaissance Drama. In this class, students will read non-Shakespearean drama of the sixteenth and early-seventeenth centuries in social, critical, and performative contexts. This summer, I propose that we examine the plays as representative of theatrical experiences, with attention given to conditions of production in English Renaissance theaters and to the possibilities for performance in our own time.  We will also consider the relationship of the texts to the cultural contexts in which they were initially produced, exploring the relationship between performance and various forms of meaning, as well as the relationship of the texts to our own society and sense of culture. Plays will include: The Spanish Tragedy; Edward II; The Tragedy of Mariam; The Masque of Blackness; The Knight of the Burning Pestle; Epicoene; The Roaring Girl; ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore. For more information, contact Dr. Thomas directly:


EH 649: SS: White Ethnic Literature

CRN: 60761

MTWR 2:45-4:45 p.m.

In 2005, historian David Roediger published the study Working Toward Whiteness: How America's Immigrants Became White.  In this study Roediger argues that many ethnic groups in the U.S.--such as Jewish-Americans, Italian-Americans, and Greek-Americans--that were not considered racially "white" in the early 20th century were able to "whiten" by means of their successful participation in the American labor force, housing market, and political arena.  Our class will examine Roediger's study alongside three award-winning works of contemporary American literature--Richard Russo's novel Empire Falls, Philip Roth's The Human Stain, and Jeffrey Eugenides's Middlesex--and debate not only the validity of Roediger's argument but also its applicability as a theoretical tool for the interpretation of contemporary White Ethnic American Literature.  In the process, we will consider how the identities of "white ethnics" in the U.S. came to be and continue to be inextricably linked to categories of race, class, gender, and sexuality. For more information, contact Dr. Jones directly:



EH 451/551: Arthurian Romance

Literature drawn from 1100-1500AD and read in both translation and Middle English

Texts include Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the British Kings, Chrétien de Troyes' Yvain, the Knight of the Lion, several Gawain romances, and Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur

For more information, contact Dr. Joseph Taylor (

EH 660: SHAKESPEARE: Later Plays in Critical Contexts

TR 5:30pm-6:50pm in Morton Hall 208

This course provides an in-depth study of Shakespeare’s later plays, and will introduce students to some of the critical issues that have been and continue to be important in Shakespeare studies.

Plays include well-known works, “problem plays,” and seldom read texts:

Hamlet; Troilus and Cressida; Measure for Measure; Othello; either All’s Well That Ends Well or Timon of Athens (class will vote); King Lear; Macbeth; Antony and Cleopatra; Pericles; Coriolanus; The Winter’s Tale; Cymbeline; The Tempest.

Assignments will include two theoretically-informed response papers, a related in-class presentation, an annotated bibliography, a conference-length paper (or equivalent), and active questioning of texts

For more information, contact Dr. Thomas (


We are offering NEW COURSES in the fall semester:
EH 211: Creative Writing, MW 5:30-6:50, instructor Anna Weber
EH 303: Practice and Research in Technical Communication, TR 3:55-5:15, instructor Dr. Ryan Weber
EH 414/514: Creative Non Fiction, TR 5:30-6:50, instructor Dr. Diana Bell
EH 432: American Literary Modernism, MWF 11:30-12:25, instructor Dr. Laurel Bollinger
EH 461: Shakespeare I, TR 12:45-2:05, instructor Dr. Jeff Nelson



March 27, 2014 - Recent UAH English graduate Mandy Hughes (MA, 2013) has started a theatre company, Rocket City Shakespeare, whose first production will be The Taming of the Shrew. Performances will be May 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 in the Wilson Theatre on the UAH campus. Current English student Christa Reaves is assistant director, and English faculty member Chad Thomas is playing Baptista Minola. For more information click here.

March 1, 2014 - UAH English Graduate Student, Erin Gowdy, presented her paper “Utopian Echoes in A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters,” at the Sigma Tau Delta International Convention in Savannah, GA.

February 28, 2014 - On February 28 several of our graduate students were invited to  MTSU, in Murfreesboro, TN, to attend the Virginia Peck Composition Series. This year's speaker was Cheryl Ball, featuring Dr. Cheryl Ball, Associate Professor of New Media Studies at Illinois State University. Dr. Ball is the editor of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy and is currently a Fulbright scholar at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. (Pictured below, UAH Graduate Students: Brianna Cox, Christa Reaves, Cheryl Ball (Speaker), Loreal Moore, Kylie Lemon, Charles Grimm, Lora Hibbard, and UAH Associate Professor and Director of Composition, Dr. Alanna Frost.)

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To Dr. Laurel Bollinger on her Promotion to Professor

To Dr. Alanna Frost on her Award of Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor



Dr. Angela Balla presented a paper at the John Donne Society in Baton Rouge, LA, "The Politics of Circumspection in Donne's Sermons."  Most recently (and I don't know if you want to wait to post this info till next Fall), I had an abstract accepted for the George Herbert Society meeting in October 2014, as did two of my graduate students, Mellissa Black and Ashley Sylvester.

In March, Eric Smith was an invited participant on a discussion panel devoted to "Postcolonialism and Science Fiction" at the 35th Annual International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, FL, where he also delivered the paper "Monstrousness and Universal Love in the Postcolonial Science Fiction of Vandana Singh." At the 17th Annual Conference for the University of Florida's Marxist Reading Group, Gainesville, FL, Smith presented the paper "Feeling the 60s in the Age of Reagan: Failure, Repetition, and History in Eddie and the Cruisers."

Dr. Chad Thomas appeared as Joe Keller in UA Huntsville's production of Arthur Miller's All My Sons. His article, "Antonio's (Happy) Ending: Queer Closure in All-Male Twelfth Night" was accepted for publication in the Fall 2014 issue of Comparative Drama. Also this Fall, Dr Thomas will direct a production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Dr. Laurel Bollinger published “Trauma, Influenza, and Revelation in Katherine Anne Porter’s ‘Pale Horse, Pale Rider.’”  Papers on Language and Literature 49.4 [2013]: 364-389. 

Dr. David Neff received the CLA Outstanding Faculty Award (2013). “’Invisible Hands’: Paltock, Milton, and the Critique of Providence in Frankenstein” was published in ANQ 25.2 (2012): 103-08.

Dr. Joseph Taylor's article "Centralization, Resistance, and the Bare Life of the Greenwood in A Gest of Robyn Hode" appeared in the Spring issue of Modern Philology 110.3 (2013): 313-339. Also, Dr. Taylor's article "Sovereignty, Oath, and the Profane Life in the Avowing of Arthur" was published in the Spring issue of the medieval and early modern studies journal Exemplaria 25.1 (2013): 37-58.

Dr. Andrea Word and Department of Education Professor Jason O'Brien have been awarded a $1.1 million grant by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of English Language Acquisition.  The grant will support second language instruction training for Huntsville City School teachers and administrators over the next five years.