Honors English

The English Department at UAH 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.

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February 2015 - Dr. Eric Smith presented "Universal Love and Planetary Ontology: Beyond the Postcolonial in Vandana Singh's Of Love and Other Monsters" at James Joyce, Science Fiction, Cultural Studies, and Other Modernist Wonders: A Symposium in Honor of R. Brandon Kershner in Gainesville, Fl.

Dr. Smith's essay "Feeling the 60s in the Age of Reagan: Failure, Repetition, and History in Eddie and the Cruisers" appears in Literature / Film Quarterly 43.1 (2015): 46-63.

October 2014 - Two English Graduate students co-wrote and co-presented a paper on Herbert's millenianial imagination at the George Herbert Society Conference in Phoenix.

October 2014 - Dr. Angela Balla presented a paper, "Grounding The Temple: Natural Law and Reasoned Revelation in Herbert and Hooker," at the Fourth Triennial Conference of the George Herbert Society in Phoenix, AZ.

February 2014 - Dr. Angela Balla presented a paper, "The Politics of Circumspection and Religious Toleration in Donne's Sermons," at the twenty-eighth annual meeting of the John Donne Society in Baton Rouge.

October 2014 - On Oct. 16, Dr. Eric Smith gave a presentation titled "Valences of Utopia in Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games Trilogy" as part of the UAH Honors College Lecture Series.

Also, on Oct. 25, Dr. Smith presented "Universal Love and Planetary Ontology: Beyond the Postcolonial in Vandana Singh's Of Love and Other Monsters" at The Society for Utopian Studies 39th Annual Conference held in Montreal. 

June 9, 2014 - English graduate student Kylie Lemon is working on a number of current projects:

  • Working on co-authored chapter with former graduate student Hustion Carter entitled "GTAs and the Writing Studio: Pedagogical Implications" that will be published in Innovative Developments in Writing Studio Practice. ed. Mark Sutton and Sally Chandler. New York: Hampton Press Inc., 2014.
  • Co-authored a presentation with Rik Hunter (University of Tennesee-Chattanoga) and Alanna Frost entitled "'Google Apps for Education' in the Composition Classroom," which was presented at the 2014 Computers and Writing Conference, June 2014.
  • Presented a paper entitled "New Ways in the World: Ender's Game, Globalization, and the Bildungsroman" at the University of Florida's 2014 Marxist Reading Group Conference, March 2014.
  • Presented a paper entitled "Colonizing the Colonizer: Blurring the line between the first and third world in Ernest Cline's Ready Player One" at the University of Florida's 2013 Graduate Organization Annual Conference, October 2013.
  • Co-presented with Alanna Frost a presentation entitled "Using Google Apps in the Writing Classroom from Pragmatics to Critical Engagement" at the 2013 UA System Scholar's Institute, May 2013.
  • Presented a paper entitled "The Gentrification of Self: Disruption of Space and Identity in Ernesto Quinonez's Chango's Fire" at the University of Alabama-Huntsville's "Forms of Life" Graduate Student Conference, March 2013.

June 3, 2014 - English graduate students Mandy Hughes, Lora Hibbard, and Christa Reaves have had a panel accepted to the Popular/American Culture Association in the South (PCAS/ACAS) conference in the fall. Our panel is titled "Subversive Subtexts: Feminism, Gender, and Performance in the Works of Shakespeare." Graduate student Anna Jones will serve as panel chair.


  • "Mistake No More": Performance and Layers of Identity in "The Taming of the Shrew" and "As You Like It" by Amanda Hughes
  • "Unvirtuous Hero and Tamed Shrew: Problems and Solutions to Modern Interpretations of Female Characters in Shakespeare's Comedies" by Lora Hibbard
  • "'I Will Not Charm My Tongue': Emilia's Performance of Gender in Shakespeare's Othello" by Christa Reaves

June 3, 2014 - English graduate students Melissa Black and Ashley Sylvester will present their co-authored paper, "A Millenarian Take on George Herbert's The Temple" at The Fourth Triennial George Herbert Society Conference in Phoenix, AZ, 16-18 October 2014.  Their jointly undertaken research has grown out of two independent final essay projects for their graduate seminar course with Dr. Angela Balla. Here is a link to the fall conference: http://www.uncg.edu/eng/george_herbert/.

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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