The English Department is comprised of scholar-teachers committed to the promotion of literacy and the cultivation of scholarly and professional competencies in critical thinking and persuasive writing across a wide spectrum of literary, technical, and rhetorical situations. We foster intellectual and cultural diversity, originality of thought, and clarity and cogency of expression through degree programs designed to advance careful, sophisticated reading practices as well as complex analytical and research skills. We aim to cultivate our students’ management, organization, and production of knowledge. Our curricula prepare students for a wide array of professional endeavors, including law, teaching, publishing, technical communication, advertising, media, and business, as well as the pursuit of advanced degrees.
NEWS OF FACULTY
Dr. Eric Smith's article "Bacchanal or Missa Solemnis? Shame, Symmetry, and Late Style in Robert Antoni's Carnival" appears in Journal of West Indian Literature 22.1 (2013): 7-32.
Dr. Laurel Bollinger published “Trauma, Influenza, and Revelation in Katherine Anne Porter’s ‘Pale Horse, Pale Rider.’” Papers on Language and Literature 49.4 : 364-389.
Dr. Eric Smith was recently invited as Alumnus Guest Speaker at the 13th Annual English Graduate Organization Conference at the University of Florida, Oct. 24-26, where he delivered a talk titled "The Desire Called Postcolonial Science Fiction."
Two current M.A. students and one recent M.A. graduate also participated in the conference. C. Danielle Hart presented "Environment in Today's Culture: Uniformism"; Charles C. Grimm presented "100 Yards and 200 Years: A Walking Tour of Revolution"; and Kylie Lemon presented "Colonizing the Colonizer: Blurring the Line Between the First and the Third World in Ernest Cline's Ready Player One and Veronica Roth's Divergent Series."
Dr. Eric Smith publishes book Globalization, Utopia and Postcolonial Science Fiction: New Maps of Hope. This new book explores the aesthetic and historical conditions that inform the recent convergence of the seemingly incommensurable domains of the postcolonial Third World and the genre of SF, particularly as expressed in the recent phenomenon of visionary SF narratives originating from postcolonial national cultures. Read more
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. Eric Smith's essay "'Fictions Where a Man Could Live': Worldlessness, Utopia, and the Void in Rushdie's Grimus" is published in the current issue of Twentieth-Century Literature 58.2 (2012): 267-295.
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. Chad Thomas gave a lecture to the Gay/Straight Alliance titled "Queering Cleopatra; or Queer Shakespeare at the Citz' circa 1972" in March. He also presented a paper at the Shakespeare Association of America titled "The Comedy of (Qu)errors: A Study in Queering Campus Shakespeare" in April.
Dr. Angela Balla received a Humanities Center Faculty Research Grant for her project "Awakening to Tolerance: The Revelation of Mystical Community in Thomas Traherne's Verse." Dr. Balla will conduct research this summer at Lambeth Palace Library, London (the archive for the Church of England) and at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Laurel Bollinger’s essay “Narrating Racial Identity and Transgression in Faulkner’s ‘That Evening Sun.’” College Literature 39.2 (Spring 2012): 53-72. Dr. Bollinger includes in the essay a note of gratitude to former students and a current colleague: "I would like to thank my Spring 2009 EH 631 students, who asked the right questions; the students in my 2009 Faulkner course, for letting me try out this interpretation on them; and D. S. Neff, who has been invaluable as a first reader."
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.
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