8:30 Opening Remarks
Dedication of Shakespeare Stage

Ed Jacobs &
Bill Willoughby
9:00 Murder and Mayhem on
the Elizabethan Stage

Mark Guinn
9:30 Not So Innocent Shakespeare:
Richard II

Karen Jacobs
10:00 Shakespeare y Amigos

Paul Nelson
Shakespeare & the Art of Seduction
or How to Pick Up Women

Bob Jungman
“I am determined to prove a villain”:
 Richard III

Celia Lewis
“To boldly go or not to boldly go”:
Hamlet & Star Trek

David Merchant
12:00 Renaissance Music:
Lisa Maxedon &
Cain Budds

12:30 Enchanted Shakespeare:
Twelfth Night

Marcy Culpepper
1:00 Merry Wives of Windsor

Cast Members
Shakespearian Limericks

Paul Crook
2:00 Shakespeare in Bloom:
A Garden Tour

Dorothy Robbins
2:30 Closing Remarks Donald Kaczvinsky &
Mary Margaret Gilbert

Between featured events, Shakespeare’s sonnet sequence (1-154) will be read by volunteers.

Festival is sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, English Honor Society.

Contact Dr. Dorothy Dodge Robbins for more info  318-257-5488

January 20, 2009
On Tuesday, January 20th, the Department of English will sponsor a poetry reading by H.R. Stoneback from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Adams Parlor. Recipient of numerous awards and honors for criticism, poetry, and teaching, H. R. Stoneback is a professor of English and director of Graduate Studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz. His publications include Reading Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway's Paris: Our Paris?,and Singing the Springs and Other Poems. He is founding editor and co-editor of The Shawangunk Review, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Hemingway Society, and has been a Senior Fulbright Scholar in China, a visiting professor of American Literature at the University of Paris, and the director of the American Center for Students and Artists in Paris. Stoneback will be reading from his recently published volumes of poetry. The event is free and open to the public.


April 22, 2009
Earth Day 2009. Faculty and students recited poetry in honor of Earth Day on April 22, 2009.
April 23, 2008
Shakespeare's Birthday 2008. Sigma Tau Delta dedicated a bust of Shakespeare in the Shakespeare Garden in the courtyard of GTM and held other events throughout the day.

2008-2009 Press Releases

May 2009
Congratulations to our Graduates!

The School of Literature and Language wishes to congratulate all our 2009 Spring graduates! We wish them the best of luck in all their future endeavors. A list of all graduates follows below:

English - Bachelor of Arts

John Bourgeois (cum laude)
Stephanie Freiss (cum laude)
Mary Margaret Gilbert
Sawyer Halbrook
Jennifer Harris
Ashley Hinton
Laura Hogan (magna cum laude)
Staci Parks
Bethany Raybourn
Adrienne Turner Stringfellow
Anna Wilkinson (summa cum laude)

French -Bachelor of Arts

Harold Campbell (cum laude)
Jean Jones

English - Master of Arts

Lauren Coleman
Emily Howell
Emily Zuber

A special congratulations goes out to Laura Hogan (English), who served as SGA President for the class of 2009, and Anna Wilkinson (English), who graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Both students were recognized during the commencement ceremony on May 23rd.

May 2009
The School of Literature and Language is pleased to announce the winners of the lower and upper division writing contests. In the lower division contest,
  • Cara Stevenson won first prize in the Personal/Narrative category for her essay entitled "The Barn," which she wrote for Laura Inghade's E101 course;
  • Susan Grafton won first prize in the Analytical/Critical category for her essay entitled "The Superiority of Barber's Plea for a Democratic Public in Non-Elite America," which she wrote for Derek Lowe's E101 summer course; and
  • Derek Newman won first prize in the Research category for his essay entitled "The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet: The Use of the Supernatural and Comedy in Hamlet and A Midsummer Night's Dream," which he wrote for Christine Strebeck's E102 course.
These winners will receive $100 award checks and their essays will be published in next year's Freshman Course Packet and also in The Quatrain.

In the upper-division contest,

  • Anna Wilkinson won first prize for her essay entitled "The 'Binding Briars' of the Church: William Blake's Projection of a Parasitic Priesthood Dependent on the Repressed Desires of Man" and
  • Kayla Walthall won runner-up for her essay entitled "Wordsworth's Development of the Meaningful Connection between Man's Spirituality and Nature in 'Tintern Abbey' and 'Immortality Ode.'"
Both essays were written for Derek Lowe's fall E413 course. Ms. Wilkinson will receive an award check for $100 and Ms. Walthall will receive a check for $50. Both essays will be published in the Freshman Course Packet and also in The Quatrain.
April 2009
Dr. Rudy de Mattos, Assistant Professor of French, recently presented "Exploring the Gothic in the Lewd Novels of Felicite de Choisel-Meuse" at the 62th annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. The panel, entitled "The Other Gothic or the Gothic Othered: Exploring the Pan-European and Cross-Atlantic Phenomenon," was one of the three out of a total of 145 panels to be highlighted in the program. The Kentucky Foreign Language Conference is the second most important venue for presenting original research on foreign languages in the United States.
March 2009
Louisiana Tech English Honor Society Garners Awards The Rho Gamma Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, Louisiana Tech's English Honor Society, was one of three chapters in the country to receive an Outstanding Chapter Award at the International Convention on March 28th in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In addition to a plaque, the chapter received a cash award of $350 and $250 in travel assistance to the conference.
April Honaker, recent English Master's graduate, presented her critical essay, "The Underlying Misogyny of Elizabethan Courtly Poets: A Reading of Sidney's Astrophil and Stella" in a session on Early British Poetry; and Lauren Coleman, English graduate student, presented her critical essay, "Trouble in Paradise: Postlapsarian Sexuality and Ominous Myth in Milton's Paradise Lost" in a session on Donne, Herbert, and Milton. Ms. Coleman also chaired a session on Creative Nonfiction. A. J. King, senior English major, chaired a session on Shakespeare's Hamlet. In the category of original fiction, John Bourgeois read his short story "For Whom Does the Bell Toll?" and Sawyer Halbrook chaired two American Literature sessions and introduced keynote speaker, Alexandra Fuller, British author of Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood.
March 2009
Department of English provides Over $3,000 in Study Abroad Scholarships The Department of English at Louisiana Tech is proud to announce the winners of over $3,000 in scholarship money. The recipients were English graduate student, Sara Sullivan; English Education major, Meredith Gore; and senior English major, Mary Margaret Gilbert. The awards were made possible through the Mary Alice Posey Garret English Scholarship and will help support the students' participation in the 2009 TECH-London Summer Study Abroad Program, from June 2-24th.
March 2009
Dr. Rick Simmons has discovered a previously unknown letter by Charles Dickens. Dr. Simmons found the letter among a collection of handwritten letters by Charles Dickens, which are on loan from an alumni family.
March 2009
Genaro Ky Ly Smith, Instructor of English, was a finalist in Hyphen magazine's 2008 Short Story Contest for his story "Perfect in Paris." Hyphen is a magazine about Asian America for the culturally and politically savvy.
February 2009
Dolliann Hurtig, an associate professor of French, has been appointed as co-chairman of the National Committee on the Promotion of French in the United States of America. The selection is permanent and will place her on the executive council of the national association. She will also give a presentation on French cinema at the annual convention July 2-5, 2009, in San Jose, California.
"Collecting Oral History from Your Family and Community"
Oral History Interviewing Workshop
Thursday., Feb. 12, 1-4 p.m.
Lincoln Parish Museum
209 N. Vienna St., Ruston.
The workshop will focus on techniques and equipment for collecting, presenting, and preserving oral history, and how to interview people who lived through the Great Depression (1929- 1941). The event is free. For information or to pre- register, call 318-257-2728 or email
February 2009
The Department of English is pleased announce that it is currently accepting applications for the Mary Alice Garrett Scholarship Fund. The scholarship will award up to $5,000 to English majors or minors, English graduate students, and English Education majors to help support participation in summer study abroad programs at Louisiana Tech. Students should be able to demonstrate how the study abroad program will further their career goals, especially in the field of education. The deadline for applications is Feb. 27th. Finalists will be interviewed in the week of March 9th. For further information, contact Dr. Donald P. Kaczvinsky, Chair, Department of English.
January 2009
Five English graduate students--Ashlee Clark, Lauren Coleman, Magin Gregg, April Honaker, and Rachel Winchel--were elected to the 2009 Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Selections to Who's Who are made each fall by individual school by campus nominating committees composed of representatives from the faculty, administration and student body.
January 23, 2009
On Friday, January 23rd, Dr. Robert Rudnicki will be an invited guest speaker at Auburn University in a live webcast symposium honoring the life and work of celebrated Southern Writer Lewis Nordan. The group of invited guest speakers includes major creative writers or essayists, such as Clyde Edgerton, John Dufresne (who wrote Louisiana Power and Light, set in Monroe), Hal Crowther, and Lee Martin. Moderators will include Faulkner scholar and Mississippi Quarterly editor Noel Polk, and critic Bert Hitchcock. The event will become available on iTunes and the proceedings will result in a university press collection of essays from Pebble Hill Books.
December 2008
The Department of English was well represented at the 2008 Louisiana Association for College Composition Conference (LACC). Assistant Professor Derek Lowe delivered a paper entitled "Return to Center:  Breaking the Orbit of the Five-Paragraph Essay"; Dr. Paula Brown, Instructor of English, read a paper entitled "Writing through Trauma:  How Minimalism in the Writing Center Fosters Spiritual Growth"; and graduate student Magin LaSov Gregg presented "Exploratory Pedagogy:  Adapting Discernment and Contemplation in the Writing Center."
October 29-November 2, 2008
April Honaker and Lauren Coleman, English graduate students and tutors at the Bulldog Achievement Resource Center (BARC), will present a paper entitled, “Looking at Our Interactions: Race and Multiculturalism in the Writing Center” as part of a joint panel at the National Conference in Peer Tutoring in Writing in Las Vegas from October 29-Nov 2. The paper proposes an interactive method for dealing with multicultural issues in the writing center and was developed out of their work in English 500 class.
August 2008
Dr. Kimberly Vanderlaan, Assistant Professor of English, attended the Fourth International Conference of the Henry James Society in Newport, Rhode Island, July 9-13th this past summer. The conference, "Jamesian Strands" brought scholars, editors and readers of James's work from China, England, Italy, France, Canada and the United States. Dr.Vanderlaan presented her paper and PowerPoint, "Unlocking the Imaginative Landscape: James's Newport Bridge from Visual to Verbal Renditions" on Thursday, July 10th. She commented that "Newport, with its aesthetic attractions, and the James family historical ties, was an ideal location for such an event."
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.

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