Graduate Studies in English

English Department Graduate Faculty


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Dr. Mohammed Albakry , Professor (Ph.D., Northern Arizona University), 2005. Corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, stylistics, translation studies. His scholarly work appeared in journals such as: Critical Inquiry in Language Studies; Southern Journal of Linguistics; International Journal of Arabic-English Studies; Language and Literature among others. Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Doctoral



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Dr. Mohammed Albakry

Dr. Linda Badley , Professor (Ph.D., University of Louisville), 1979. Victorian literature, film, horror, science fiction, women's studies.Author of F ilm, Horror, and the Body Fantastic (Greenwood, 1995), Writing Horror and the Body: The Fiction of Stephen King, Clive Barker, and Anne Rice (Greenwood, 1996), and a variety of essays and reviews. Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Doctoral

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Dr. Linda Badley
Dr. Claudia Barnett ,

Professor (Ph.D., Ohio State University), 1994. Playwriting, modern drama, contemporary drama, women playwrights. Author of I Love You Terribly: Six Plays (Carnegie Mellon UP, 2012) and of many essays on contemporary US playwrights. Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Doctoral

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Dr. Aleka Blackwell , Assistant Professor (Ph.D., Boston University), 2001. Linguisitics. Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Full

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Dr. Aleka Blackwell
Dr. Pat Bradley , Professor (Ph.D., UT Knoxville), 2001. Southern literature, American literature, women's studies, English education. Author of Robert Penn Warren's Circus Aesthetic and the Southern Renaissance (UT Press, 2004) as well as essays on Nathaniel Ward, Warren, Hawthorne, Twain, and Chopin. Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Doctoral.

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Dr. Pat Bradley
Dr. Will Brantley , Professor (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin), 1992. Southern literature, modern American literature, professional writing, film.Author of numerous essays and reviews and Feminine Sense in Southern Memoir: Smith, Glasgow, Welty, Hellman, Porter, and Hurston (University Press of Mississippi, 1993) and editor of Conversations with Pauline Kael (University Press of Mississippi, 1996).Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Doctoral

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Dr. Will Brantley
Dr. Robert Bray , Professor (Ph.D., University of Mississippi), 1994. Modern American literature, modern drama, Tennessee Williams.Founding editor of The Tennessee Williams Annual Review, author of numerous essays, introductions, and encyclopedia entries on Williams and southern literature. Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Doctoral.

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Dr. Gaylord Brewer , Associate Professor (Ph.D., Ohio State University), 1993. Creative writing, poetry, film, American literature. Founding editor of Poems and Plays. Author of The Age of Good Barbarism (Palanquin Press, 1997), Book Lover (Mulberry, 1991), Charles Bukowski (Macmillan, 1997), David Mamet and Film: Illusion/Disillusion in a Wounded Land (McFarland, 1993), A Detective in Distress: Philip Marlowe's Domestic Dream (Brownstone, 1989), Devilfish (Red Hen Press, 1999), Four Nails (Snail's Pace Press, 2001), Laughing Like Hell: The Harrowing Satires of Jim Thompson (Borgo, 1996), Predator in the House: Poems (North Star Press, 1996), Presently a Beast (Coreopsis Books, 1996), Undertaking (Aran, 1993), Zocalo (Bogg, 1991). Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Doctoral

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Dr. Gaylord Brewer
Dr. Jimmie Cain , Professor (Ph.D., Georgia State University), 1996. Composition, Victorian literature. Author of Bram Stoker and Russophobia (forthcoming from McFarland Publishing) and essays on Thomas Pynchon, film, Bram Stoker, and Charles Bukowski. Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Full

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Dr. Jimmie Cain

Dr. Elvira Casal , Associate Professor (Ph.D., Vanderbilt Director of Upper Division English. University), 1996.

18th and 19th century British literature, Jane Austen. Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Full

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Dr. Elvira Casal

Dr. Maria Clayton , Associate Professor (D.A. Middle Tennessee State University), 1998. Rhetoric and Composition, web-assisted and web-based instruction, Department Webmaster.
Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Full

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Dr. Maria A. Clayton


Dr. James Comas , Associate Professor (Ph.D., University of Southern California), 1987. Dr. Comas teaches Introduction to Literary Studies, as well as courses in the history of rhetoric and composition. He is the author of a recent book on the history and historiography of English studies, Between Politics and Ethics: Toward a Vocative History of English Studies (Southern Illinois P, 2006). In other publications, he has considered the use of European theory by African literary critics, the repercussions of war on the development of North American literary criticism, the history of the relationship between rhetoric and philosophy, the relationship of rhetoric and postmodernism, the concept of ethics in the philosophy of Kenneth Burke, and the career of linguist Emile Benveniste. He is currently completing a study of the institutionalizing of "theory" by the MLA in the period between the two world wars, as well as a study of the relationship between rhetoric and etymology in the writings of Giambattista Vico. Graduate Membership Level: Doctoral.

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Dr. Bené Cox , Professor (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University), 1976. English usage, composition, pedagogy, higher education.Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Full

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Dr. Bene Cox
Dr. Ellen Donovan , Professor (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin), 1990. American literature, children's literature, Western American literature, teacher preparation.With Martha Hixon and Jenny Marchant directs the biennial Modern Critical Approaches to Children's Literature Conference. Author of several essays and contributions to reference books onAmerican literature and culture and children's literature. Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Full

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Dr. Ellen Donovan
Dr. Kevin Donovan , Professor (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin), 1989. Renaissance literature, Shakespeare,early British and Irish drama, bibliography, textual scholarship.Co-director of the biennial Milton Conference hosted by MTSU, co-editor of Irish Drama of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (2 vols., 2003), associate editor of King Learfor the New Variorum Shakespeare (forthoming, MLA), author of articles on Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, George Peele, John Lyly, Robert Greene, Thomas Lodge, and Irish drama. Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Doctoral

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Dr. Kevin Donovan

Dr. Laura Dubek, Professor (Ph.D., University of Iowa), 2002. African American literature, 20th Century American literature, Women's literature, the Civil Rights Movement. Author of essays on Willa Cather, Buchi Emecheta and Mariama Ba, Zora Neale Hurston, Ann Petry, Richard Wright, Tony Morrison, and Malcolm X. Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Doctoral

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Patricia Gaitely , Associate Professor (Ph.D., University of Louisiana - Lafayette), 2006. Publications and presentations on folklore in the fiction of James Lee Burke, and women's experiences in serpent-handling churches. Graduate classes in Folklore. Level: Associate.

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Dr. Patricia Gaitely
Dr. Jill Hague, Professor (Ph.D., Florida State University), 1981. Classical mythology, British popular culture, the novel, modern British literature, literature and the paranormal, Virginia Woolf, film, honors teaching.Author of numerous essays and reviews on literature and film and of Iris Murdoch's Comic Vision (Susquehanna U P, 1984) and Fiction, Intuition, and Creativity: Studies in Bronte, James, Woolf, and Lessing (forthcoming from Catholic U P, 2003). Co-editor (with David Lavery and Marla Cartwright) of Deny All Knowledge: Reading The X-Files (Syracuse U P, 1996) and (with David Lavery) of Teleparody: Predicting/Preventing the TV Discourse of Tomorrow (Wallflower Press, 2002). Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Doctoral

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Dr. Jill Hague
Dr. Elyce Helford , Professor (Ph.D., University of Iowa), 1992. Twentieth-century American literature and film with emphasis on gender issues. Feminist and popular culture theory. Former director of Women's Studies. Her published research centers on women and gender in contemporary literature, film, and television. Editor of Fantasy Girls: Gender in the New Universe of Science Fiction and Fantasy Television (Rowman and Littlefield, 2000). Currently writing a book on gender in the films of George Cukor. Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Doctoral

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Dr. Elyce Helford

Dr. Allen Hibbard , Professor (Ph.D., University of Washington), 1990. Director of the Middle East Center. Modern American literature, criticism, backgrounds of modern literature, the modern novel, Middle-Eastern literature and culture. Author of numerous essays and reviews and of Paul Bowles: A Study of the Short Fiction (Macmillan, 1993), Paul Bowles, Magic & Morocco (forthcoming, Cadmus Editions, Spring 2003), and Al Abur ila Al- 'Abbassiya (A collection of 12 stories translated into Arabic by Osama Isber). (Dar al Mustaqbal, 1994), and editor of Conversations with William S. Burroughs (U P of Mississippi, 2000). Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Full

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Dr. Allen Hibbard
Dr. Martha Hixon, Associate Professor (Ph.D., University of Southwest Louisiana). 1999. Children's Literature. With Ellen Donovan and Jenny Marchant directs the biennial Modern Critical Approaches to Children's Literature Conference. Co-editor (with Teya Rosenberg, Sharon M. Scapple, and Donna White) of Diana Wynne Jones: An Exciting and Exacting Wisdom (Peter Lang, 2002) and author of several articles on children's literature. Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Doctoral

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Dr. Martha Hixon
Dr. Marion Hollings , Professor, former Graduate Program Director (Ph.D., University of Arizona), 1994. Sixteenth-century British literature, early women writers, Spenser. Bibliographer for Encomia: Bibliographical Bulletin of the International Courtly Literature Society (1998- ). Author of essays on medieval and renaissance literature. Completing a book entitled The Strange Women of The Faerie Queene and Spenser�s Discourses of Orientalism. Director of Graduate Studies in English. Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Doctoral

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Dr. Marion Hollings
Dr. Robert Holtzclaw , Professor (Ph.D., University of Tennessee), 1992. Film studies, American literature. Director, Interdisciplinary Minor in Film Studies. Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Full

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Dr. Robert Holtzclaw

Dr. Mark Allan Jackson , Assistant Professor (Ph.D., Louisiana State University), 2002. American Song,
American Folklore, 19th and 20th Century American Literature. Author of Prophet Singer: The Voice and Vision of Woody Guthrie (University Press of Mississippi, 2007), and editor CD collections John L. Handcox: Songs, Poems, and Stories of the Southern Tenant Farmers Union and Coal Digging Blues: Songs of West Virginia Miners, both of which were published by West Virginia University Press. Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Associate.

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Dr. Mark Allan Jackson
Dr. Newtona (Tina) Johnson , Professor (Ph.D., Emory University), 1998. Diaspora studies, postcolonial literature and critical theory, contemporary women's literature, comp theory and pedagogy. Director of Women's and Gender Studies. Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Doctoral

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Dr. Newtona Johnson
Dr. Amy S. Kaufman,Assistant Professor (Ph.D. Northeastern University), 2006. Middle English, continental medieval literature, Arthurian legend, Greek and Roman literature, feminist theory, and contemporary medievalism. Author of numerous essays and reviews on medieval Arthurian literature and medievalism in popular culture. Chair of Arthurian Legend area for the American Popular Culture Association. Editor of the 2010 Year's Work in Medievalism. Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Associate


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Dr. Amy S. Kaufman

Dr. Rebecca King , Associate Professor (Ph.D., University of Tennessee), 1995. 19th and 20th Century British and American literature, technical writing, critical theory.Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Associate-Level 1

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Dr. Rebecca King

Dr. Justyna Kostkowska , Professor (Ph.D., University of Delaware), 1996. 20th Century British literature. Author of Ecocriticism and Women Writers: Environmentalist Poetics of Virginia Woolf, Jeanette Winterson and Ali Smith (Forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan, United Kingdom) and Virginia Woolf's Experiment in Genre and Politics 1926-1931: Visioning and Versioning The Waves. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2005, and articles and reviews on Wislawa Szymborska, Jeanette Winterson, Virginia Woolf and Lawrence Durrell. Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Doctoral

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Dr. Justyna Kostkowska
Dr. David Lavery , Professor, Graduate Program Director (Ph.D., University of Florida), 1993. Criticism and theory, science fiction, popular culture, film studies, modern poetry, television studies. Webmaster, English Department and College of Liberal Arts.Author of numerous essays and reviews on literature, film, and television and author / editor-co-editor of Late for the Sky: The Mentality of the Space Age (Southern Illinois U P, 1992), Full of Secrets: Critical Approaches to Twin Peaks (Wayne State U P, 1994), "Deny All Knowledge": Reading The X-Files (Syracuse U P, 1996), Teleparody: Predicting/Preventing the TV Discourse of Tomorrow (Wallflower Press, 2002, co-edited with Jill Hague); Fighting the Forces: What's at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Rowman and Littlefield, 2002, co-edited with Rhonda Wilcox), and This Thing of Ours: Investigating The Sopranos (Wallflower Press, Columbia U P, 2002). A member of the editorial board of Studies in Popular Culture and Intensities: The Journal of Cult Media. Co-editor of Slayage: The International Online Journal of Buffy Studies. Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Doctoral

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Dr. David Lavery
Dr. William Levine, Professor (Ph.D., Indiana University), 1998. British Literature of the long eighteenth century and the history of criticism. Author of essays on Thomas Gray, Samuel Johnson, William Collins, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Milton, Edmund Burke, James Thomson, Anna Barbauld, Joshua Reynolds, James Boswell, Christopher Smart, and Alexander Pope. Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Doctoral

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Dr. William Levine

Dr. Jenny Marchant , Associate Professor (Ph.D from Illinois State University), 2002. Specialization: children's and adolescent
literature. Graduate faculty member: Level 1.

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Dr. Jenny Marchant
Dr. Peter McCluskey, Associate Professor (Ph.D. University of Arkansas), 1999. Shakespeare, Renaissance literature. Author of essays on John Milton, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Thomas Dekker. Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Associate-Level 1

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Dr. Pete McClusky

Dr. Rhonda McDaniel , Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor (Ph.D., Western Michigan University), 2003. Old and Middle English, Chaucer, Early Women Writers, Early Medieval Literatures, Research Methods and Bibliography. Author of a book (currently under submission) on Aelfric of Eynsham's Lives of Saints and of essays on Bede, Aldhelm, Aelfric, Andreas Capellanus, and Edward Taylor. Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Doctoral

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Dr. Rhonda McDaniel
Dr. Michael Neth , Professor (Ph.D., Columbia University), 1990. The Romantic movement, intellectual history, honors teaching, literature and painting. At work on a critical study of Hellenism in Shelley's poetry and an edition of Shelley's longest poem, "Laon and Cythna" (retitled "The Revolt of Islam") for the forthcoming "Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley." Co-editor (with Donald Reiman). Bodleian Shelley MS. adds e. 7 (Garland Press, 1994). Author of essays and reviews on English Romanticism, the history of ideas, and Aeschylus. Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Doctoral

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Dr. Michael Neth

Dr. Carl Ostrowski , Professor (Ph.D., University of South Carolina), 1999. American literature, technical writing. Winner of Donald G. Davis Article Award presented by the American Library Association (ALA) Library History Round Table (LHRT). Author of Books, Maps and Politics: A History of the Library of Congress, 1782-1861 (forthcoming from the University of Massachusetts Press) and essays on Don DeLillo, Thomas Pynchon, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and William Cullen Bryant. Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Doctoral

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Dr. Carl Ostrowski

Dr. Bob Petersen , Professor (Ph.D., 1980, Purdue University) Modern literature, modern poetry, and composition. Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Full

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Dr. Philip Phillips, Professor of English and Interim Associate Dean of the University Honors College (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University), 1999. Early European Literature, Medieval and Early Modern
Literature, Boethius, Milton, and Poe. Recipient of 2007-2008 MTSU Distinguished Research Award, 2008-2009 Mary Catherine Mooney Research Fellowship at the Boston Athenæum, and 2010-2012 W.T. Bandy Fellowship at the Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies, Vanderbilt University. Editor of Carmina Philosophiae: The Journal of the International Boethius Society. Member of the Executive Committee of the Poe Studies Association and the Board of Directors of the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston. Author of John Milton's Epic Invocations: Converting the Muse (Peter Lang, 2000) and articles in Global Perspectives on Medieval English Literature, Language, and Culture (Medieval Institute Publications, 2007), Approaches to Teaching Poe's Prose and Poetry (MLA, 2009), The Milton Encyclopedia (Yale UP, 2012), and Poe in Context (Cambridge UP, 2012). Coeditor of New Directions in Boethian Studies (Medieval Institute Publications, 2007),The Consolation of Queen Elizabeth I (ACMRS, 2009), and A Companion to Boethius in the Middle Ages (Brill, 2012). Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Doctoral

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Dr. Philip Phillips

Dr. Mischa Renfroe , Associate Professor (J.D. University of Florida College of Law; PhD University of Tennessee ), 2005. Law and literature, 19 th and 20 th century American literature, critical theory, and women's studies. Author of essays on Edith Wharton, Louisa May Alcott, Zora Neale Hurston, Jack London, and William Dean Howells among others. Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Doctoral .

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Dr. Mischa Renfroe
Dr. Theodore Sherman , Professor (Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi) 1993. Old English and Beowulf, John Donne, the Inklings, history of the English language, and fantasy literature. Served as associate textual editor of The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne from 1994-2003, and editor of the journal Mythlore from 2000-2006. Contributor: The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Themes, Works, and Wonders(2005). Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Doctoral



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Dr. Ted Sherman

Dr. Allison Smith , Professor (Ph.D., University of Illinois), 2002. Composition and applied linguistics. Co-author/co-editor of Teaching in the Pop Culture Zone (2009), The Pop Culture Zone: Writing Critically About Pop Culture (2009), and CompBiblio: Leaders and Influences in Composition Theory and Practice (2007). Series editor for the Fountainhead Press X Series for Professional Development in composition and pedagogy. Author of articles and encyclopedia entries on pop culture and writing pedagogy; grammar; distance learning; journaling; and the intersection of linguistics and composition. Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Doctoral.



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Dr. Allison Smith

Dr. Tom Strawman , Professor (Ph.D., University of Washington), 1989. Introduction to English Studies, the Romantic movement, European literature, native American literature, honors teaching. Chair, English Department. Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Full

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Dr. Tom Strawman
Dr. Laura White , Assistant Professor (Ph.D Binghamton University) 2009. Anglophone Literature, Global Environmental Literature, Colonial British Literature, Postcolonial theory, Global Ecofeminisms. Author of essays analyzing environmental issues in contemporary South African, Indian, and Australian novels. Graduate Faculty Membership Level: Associate.

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MTSU English Graduate Flier

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Important Dates

Postscripts: MTSU English Graduate Alumni Newsletter

April 2011