Department News


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, Dr. Balla had an abstract accepted for the George Herbert Society meeting in October 2014, as did two of her graduate students, Mellissa Black and Ashley Sylvester.


Congratulations to Dr. Laurel Bollinger on her Promotion to Professor

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


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.