School of Literature and Language Newsletter:

Newsletter 2007-2008 April 2008
Newsletter 2006-2007 April 2007


Upcoming Events:

Sigma Tau Delta Celebrates Shakespeare's Birthday
Sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta (the English Honor Society)
Louisiana Tech University
April 23, 2008
GTM Courtyard

9:00 am

Dr. Edward Jacobs & Dr. Don Kaczvinsky
Opening remarks; dedication of the Shakespeare Garden;
unveiling of the bust of Shakespeare

9:30 am Mr. Marty Wanserski
Sculpting Shakespeare (talk)
10:00 am Mr. Mark Guinn
Fighting Mad Shakespeare (performance)  
10:30 am Dr. Jeffery Hankins
Shakespeare's Gnarly London (mini lecture)
11:00 am Dr. Karen Jacobs
Mayhem on Shakespeare's Stage (mini lecture)
11:30 am Mr. David Merchant
Shakespeare and Star Trek (mini lecture)
12:00 am Dr. Sim Shattuck
Shakespearean Insults (mini lecture plus demonstration)
12:30 am Dr. Bob Jungman
TBA (mini lecture)
1:00 pm Ms. Lana Hebert & Mr. Josh Carver
Shakespeare Set to Music (performance)
1:30 pm Mr. Paul Crook & Acting Students
Selected Monologues (performance)
2:00 pm Mr. Michael Williams
Renaissance Juggling (performance)
2:30 pm Dr. Celia Lewis
Richard III: The Man We Love to Hate (mini lecture)
3:00 pm Dr. Dorothy Dodge Robbins & Ms. Chelsea Crawford
Closing Remarks
  • A continuous reading of Shakespeare's sonnets between presentations and following scheduled events (until we have completed the entire sequence). Please come read a sonnet!
  • Birthday cake will be served over the noon hour.
  • Visit the Shakespeare Exhibit in the Prescott Library.

La Fête Française (FRENCH FESTIVAL)
Sponsored by the French Dept. Louisiana Tech University
December 4-6, 2007

Tuesday, Dec. 4: Ropp Center, large Dining room, 8:30-10:00 a.m. Croissants and Coffee for Tech faculty and administration.
GTM, 2nd floor Permanent display of flags from the French speaking world.
Wednesday, Dec. 5: GTM 105; 4:00 p.m. Light refreshments Light refreshments Film: Against the Tide: The story of the Cajun People of Louisiana. Traces the development of "Cajun" culture from its roots in Nova Scotia to its fruition in Louisiana.
Thursday, Dec. 6: Lincoln Parish Library 6:30-7:30 Light refreshments "Louisiana: From History to Folklore." Dr. Phil Cook and Dr. Susan Roach will each give a thirty minute presentation

Press Releases:

July 2008
Dr. Donald P. Kaczvinsky, Director of the School of Literature and Language, recently presented a paper entitled "From Alexandria With Love: Durrell, Fleming and the Spy Novel, or Durrell in Bondage" at On Miracle Ground XV:  The International Lawrence Durrell Conference, Paris X in Nanterre, France.  The paper considered Durrell's parodic use of spy-thriller conventions in his work The Alexandria Quartet.  Dr. Kaczvinsky was also re-elected as president of the International Lawrence Durrell Society.
May 2008

The English Department Announces the Winners of the Annual Writing Contest
The Lower-Division Writing Contest winners are as follows:

Personal/Narrative: Sheri Piercy "Pen Pals"
Analytical/Critical: Alex Blanchard "With Love, from Sarajevo"
Research: James Eastwood "Ophelia: More Than a Pretty Face"

Upper-Division Writing Contest (Selected from research papers previously submitted to 400- level English courses)

First Prize: Stephanie Freiss, "Emotional Credibility: Thomson's and Gray's Reverence for the Melancholy of Man and Pope's Satire of the Female Spleen"
Runner-Up: Laura McSwain, "Unbridled Reason: An Analysis of Swift's Houyhnhnms"

Each winner will receive a check for $100 and a complimentary copy of the Freshman Composition Course Packet. Winning essays will be published in next year's Freshman Composition Course Packet.

April 2008
The Department of English is pleased to announce the winners of the 1st Annual Technical
Writing Competition.
  • Proposal--Jonathan Waltman, "A Proposal for a Report Topic"
  • Technical Report--Christopher Monceaux, "An Evaluation of the Adequacy of Optimal
    Arousal Theory"
  • Miscellaneous--Valerie Hoffpauir, "A Description of the Western Style Horse Bridle"

The winners will receive a cash award and have their essays published in the 2008-09
Technical Writing Packet.

April 11, 2008
10th Annual ULM/Tech Graduate Conference. The English Departments at ULM and Louisiana Tech University held their tenth annual conference for graduate students to present their research. Click here for the schedule of papers and events.
April 3, 2008
Dr. Dolliann Hurtig, Ph.D., School of Literature and Language, French Unit, has published in the top-tier university press, Johns Hopkins University Press. The article in the Spring Edition of Esprit Créateur is part of a collection of essays that resulted from a National Endowment for the Humanities at the Newberry Library in the summer of 2005. The NEH fellows gave papers at the 16 th Century Studies Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah in the fall of 2006.The present spring special interest journal represents the culmination of a project that took two and one -half years to bring to fruition , from the summer of 2005 to the spring of 2008. Dr. Hurtig's article is entitled: "Is Purgatory burning? Opposing Viewpoints on Travel to Purgatory in Pierre Viret's Alcumie du purgatoire." The journal's special issue, edited by one of the fellows, Dr. Scott Juall of University of North Carolina at Wilmington, is entitled "Encounters with Alterity in Early Modern French Travel Literature". In addition, Dr. Hurtig has been reelected in the spring meeting of the CODOFIL Consortium as Vice -President of the CODOFIL Consortium for Colleges and Universities in Louisiana .
March 7, 2008
Congratulations to Mr. Genaro Smith,  who  took  2nd place in the Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards Program for his short story "Dailies."  Mr. Smith  will also have the fifth chapter from his first novel published in the March issue of Northridge Review.
February 18, 2008
Donald P. Kaczvinsky writes "What is an Honors Student? A Noel Levitz Survey."
Donald P. Kaczvinsky, the current Director of the School of Literature and Language, and the Director of the Honors Program from 2000-2006, has published an article entitled "What is an Honors Student? A Noel Levitz Survey." The study compares the 2004 freshman Honors students to the non-honors students at Louisiana Tech University, based on a 194-item questionnaire designed to discover academic and social motivational characteristics in incoming freshmen. The article appeared in in the Winter issue of the Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, one of the major journals for Honors administrators.

January 25-26, 2008
Faculty and Graduate Students Give Presentations at the Mississippi Philological Association Conference.
Two members of Louisiana Tech's English faculty presented their original research at the Mississippi Philological Association Conference on January 25-26 at Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi. Dr. Tamara Powell Associate Professor of English, presented "Dude Writes Like a Lady: The Lesbian Hiccup in The Glass Menagerie," while Mr. David Merchant, Instructor of English, read his paper entitled "The Prologue to the Lais of Marie de France as a Ciceronian Exordium."Three English graduate students also presented their work: Sarah Louise Smith read a paper entitled "Surroundings, Hardships, and Heroism: Richard Wright's 'The Man Who Lived Underground'";
Emily Dell Lincecum
, read her research "Defining Masculinity in Ernest Gaines' A Lesson Before Dying"; and
Ms. Danielle Gibbs
read five of her poems: "Dreaming of the Oak," "Sacred Secrets Closely Kept," "The Language of Flowers," "Full Moon Night," and "Handcrafted Love". 

January 8, 2008
Dr. Tamara Powell reviews Baljkbayang Mahal: Passages from Exile
Dr. Tamara Powell recently reviewed the newest work Baljkbayang Mahal: Passages from Exile (2007, Lulu Press) by internationally renowned literary and cultural critic Dr. E. San Juan, Jr.. The review will appear in the e-zine Our Own Voice, a website for Filipino culture and literature and in a Manila-based online weekly journal called Butlatlat. The work is a departure from San Juan´s usual theoretical work and is a collection of poems and an essay. The poems appear in Filipino, English, German, Chinese, Russian, French, and Italian. The essay explores definitions of exile and diaspora, and it is based on a series of journal entries from the 1990s. Dr. San Juan is currently the director of the Phillippines Cultrual Studies Center in Storrs, Connecticut.
November 29, 2007
Dr. Robert Rudnicki to serve as guest lecturer.
Dr. Robert Rudnicki, Associate Professor of English, has been invited by the English Department at Texas A&M University to deliver an honorary guest lecture November 29th: "Stormfield: A Teacher's Private Casebook on Narratives of Foundation, Edifice, and Ruin." The lecture will be followed by a meet and greet session with English graduate students.

November 3, 2007
Sigma Tau Delta Fundraiser
The Rho Gamma Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, raised $550 dollars at a yard sale held on Saturday, November 3, at the home of chapter president, Chelsea Crawford. Members of Sigma Tau Delta, their families, and faculty members in the Department of English donated items for the fundraiser. Proceeds will go towards the purchase of a bust of William Shakespeare for placement in the Shakespeare Garden spring of 2008. The garden, under development in the GTM courtyard, is a Sigma Tau Delta service project. In October, members planted twelve donated rosebushes in the north quadrant of the garden.

September 2007
Robbins Co-edits Special Issue
Dorothy Dodge Robbins, Assistant Professor in the Department of English, co-edited and wrote the introduction to a special topics issue of NAMES: A Journal of Onomastics. The September 2007 issue was devoted to “Women in Onomastics” and featured articles on women’s names and naming practices from various disciplines, including history, sociology, literature, and popular culture. Christine De Vinne, Professor of English and Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Ursuline College, served as co- editor.

October 30, 2007
Burks Oakley II, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois-Champaign will present a lecture for the Dennis E. Minor Lecture series on the use of web-based instructional technologies, such as blogs, folksonomies, podcasting, RSS and Wikis at the inaugural Dennis Minor Lecture Series on Electronic Learning on Tuesday, October 30th at Louisiana Tech University. Dr. Bruce Chaloux, director for the Southern Regional Education Board's Electronic Campus, will provide the welcome and introduction for the presentation. The Dennis Minor Lecture and workshop event will explore how web-based instructional technologies are being used in education and the significance of these emerging technologies in teaching and learning. While serving as Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts, the late Dr. Minor was recognized as a pioneer in developing and teaching online courses at Louisiana Tech University. Dr. Oakley's presentation, which will be free to all area educators and the general public, is scheduled in Wyly Tower Auditorium at Louisiana Tech on Tuesday, October 30 at 9 AM. Dr. Oakley will discuss the use of innovative web-based instructional technologies in education today to enhance student learning. Oakley has earned a national reputation as a practitioner and promoter of Internet-based asynchronous learning environments.

October 25, 2007
A representative from the Japan Consulate in New Orleans will be on the Tech campus Thursday, October 25, 3:00 p.m., in GTM 223 to answer questions and promote applications from students to the JET Program. The JET (Japan Exchange and Training) Program offers an excellent opportunity for Americans of all backgrounds and training to live and work in Japan for up to three years teaching English and American culture as an Assistant in an assigned elementary or secondary school in Japan. This is an opportunity for the appointee to earn an annual salary of over $30,000, tax exempt, receive subsidized housing, and enjoy free round trip airfare and transfers from the US to Japan. The information session is open to all students.

October 11, 2007
Associate Professor of English Dr. Tamara Powell presented "Foreigners in Our Own Land: The Louisiana Tech Gay Straight Alliance" on a panel entitled Marginalization and The Unlikely Exotic at the 2nd LGBT Symposium: Queer Exoticism at Hofstra University on Thursday, October 11, 2007. Dr. Powell presented previous experiences of GSA's compared with the present organization.

October 2, 2007
Lauren Coleman, a graduate student in the Department of English, will publish in The Rectangle, the literary journal of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society. “Deep Water,” a work of creative non-fiction, will appear in Volume 83 of the annual, forthcoming spring of 2008.
September 14, 2007
Congratulations to Dr. Susan Roach,who was quoted in the Sept. 14th issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Dr. Roach was interviewed for her work on "In the Wake of the Hurricanes: a Coalition Effort to Collect Ours Stories and Rebuid Our Culture," a project to provide online guidance and resources that would be availabe to anyone who wanted to record testimony about life before, during, and after the hurricanes.
Dr. Roach is also heads a division of the Louisiana Regional Folklife Program.