2010 Summer Study Abroad Students at Stonehenge.
Fourteen students participated in the 2010 TECHLondon Summer Study Abroad Program. Accompanied by Dr. Ken Robbins (School of Performing Arts) and Dr. Celia Lewis (Department of English), students were based at the Celtic Hotel, across the street from Russell Square in the famous Bloomsbury section of London. While taking classes such as Shakespeare, Contemporary Drama, and Contemporary British Art and Culture, students also attended plays at the Globe Theatre, the National Theatre, and the Open Air Theatre in Regents Park, listened to an evening performance of Brahms's Violin Concerto in D and Berlioz's Symphony Fantastique in the choir stalls of the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank, and toured Oxford, Stratford upon Avon, and Winchester Cathedral.

Photo gallery

9:30 Greetings

Ed Jacobs &
Don Kaczvinsky
10:00 The Battling Bard
Mark Guinn
10:30 Rediscovered Shakespeare
Ken Robbins
11:00 The Tempest and The Forbidden Planet
David Merchant
11:30 Shakespeare Jeopardy
Paul Crook
12:00 Found in Translation Paul Nelson
12:30 A Comedy of Man, Woman, & Beef:
Act IV, Scene 3 Taming of the Shrew
Marcy Culpepper &
Christine Strebeck &
1:00 Design of Rose Benches Lucas Bridges, Trey Lane
Beth Rettig, & Brian Wyatt
1:30 Cultivating a Queen: The Gardener's
Planting of "Rue" in King Richard II
Magin Lasov Gregg
2:00 Farewells Dorothy Robbins &
Missy Wallace

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

Gallery of Shakespeare's Birthday

12th Annual
Louisiana Tech University &
University of Louisiana at Monroe
Graduate Conference
Tech & ULM Logos
April 15, 2010
Department of English, Graduate Studies

Download the brochure

10:30-11:00 Greetings & Refreshments

11:00-12:00 Morning Panel

1. Caleb Elkins:

A Fisher "Queen":
Regendering a Legend in Virginia Woolf's The Years

2. Vanelis Rivera:

". . . what the New World hath finally wrought":
Exploring the Significance and Definition of Assimilation
in Wole Soyinka's The Strong Breed and Lorraine
Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun
3. Rachel Winchel:

Take Two:
Re-reading Henry James's The Europeans as a Modern
Fairy Tale
12:00-1:00 Luncheon

1:00-2:00 Afternoon Panel

1. Maure Kyser:

The Southern Belle and the American Dream:
Breeding Delusion and Disappointment in
Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie and A
Streetcar Named Desire
2. Scott Whitford:

A Linguistic Gumbo:
A Study of the New Orleans Vernacular through
the Lens of John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of
3. Meghan Maxwell:

"What thing it is that wommen moost desiren":
Sovereignty and the Influence of the Wife of Bath
in Thomas Deloney's Jack of Newbury
2:00-2:15 Awards

February 4, 2009
Louisiana's Poet Laureate
to Give Reading
at Tech

 Darrell Bourque

Darrell Bourque, Louisiana's Poet Laureate, will give a reading from  his new book of poetry with Jack B. Bedell, Call and Response: Conversations in Verse (Texas Review Press, 2009) on February 4th in Adams Parlor, starting at 7pm.  Mr. Bourque is Professor Emeritus from University of Louisiana in Lafayette, where he taught in the English Department and in the Interdisciplinary Humanities Program. During his career at ULL, he directed the Creative Writing Program, was theFriends of the Humanities Honor Professor, and served as the Head of hte English Department. He also was the President of the National Association for Humanities Education and edited the journal  Interdisciplinary Humanities.

Mr. Bourque's books include Plainsongs (Cross-Cultural Communications, 1994), The Doors Beween Us (the inaugural issue of Louisiana Literature's Chapbook Series, 1997), Burnt Water Suite (Wings Press, 1999), and The Blue Boat (The Center for Louisiana Studies, 2004).  Mr. Bourque was appointed Poet Laureate of Louisiana in 2007 and 2009.

The reading is FREE and open to the public.

Events for The Maya and the World: Interdisciplinary Inquiry in the Liberal Arts will be taking place during the Fall Quarter. Download the schedule here. Sponsored by: Louisiana Board of Regents Undergraduate Enhancement Grant, Louisiana Tech University's College of Liberal Arts, Department of History, Department of Social Sciences, School of Literature and Language.

Robert M. Carmack, Professor Emeritus, University of Albany, Albany, New York

Thur, Oct 8 6:30 pm, Lincoln Parish Library: "Conducting Anthropological Research in a K'iche-Mayan Community of Guatemala"

Fri, Oct 9, 11 am, Wyly Auditorium, LA Tech: "Maya Historiography: The K'iche'-Mayan Case of Guatemala".

Thomas H. Guderjan, President, Maya Research Program, Fort Worth, Texas Assistant Professor, Anthropology, University of Texas at Tyler

Thur, Oct 15, 6:30 pm, Lincoln Parish Library: "The End of The World as They Knew It! What we really know and don't know about the collapse of the ancient Maya Civilizion."

Fri, Oct 16, 9:30 am, Wyly Auditorium, LA Tech: "Understanding the Ancient Past at Blue Creek, Belize"

Grace Lloyd Boscopé, Project Director, Maya Research Program, Forth Worth, Texas

Thur, Oct 22, 6:30 pm Lincoln Parish Library: "Contemporary Recycling: Uses of Ancient Tools by Modern Maya."

Fri, Oct 23 , 9:30 am, Wyly Auditorium, LA Tech: "Threads of the Past Enrich the Present: The Maya Then and Now."

Monica Bontty, University of Louisiana at Monroe, Monroe, Louisiana

Thur, Oct 29, 6:30 pm, Lincoln Parish Library: "Years Mayan and Hours: The Concept of Time in Ancient Maya and Egyptian Societies,"

Thur, Oct 29, 9:30 am, Wyly Auditorium, LA Tech: "The Notion of Time in Egyptian and Mayan Society"

W. George Lovell, Queens, University, Kingston, Ontario

Thur, Nov 5, 6:30 pm, Lincoln Parish Library: "At Peace in the Corn: A Story of Civil War and Its Aftermath in Guatemala"

Fri, Nov 6, 11 am, Wyly Auditorium, LA Tech: "Surviving Conquest: Geography, Colonialism, and Maya Peoples in Guatemala."

Fall 20, 2009
Triumph over Tragedy

The Grapes of Wrath
The English department just received a signed first edition of The Grapes of Wrath from Lorna Kardatzke. The edition will be displayed on the fourth floor of Prescott Library as part of the Frellsen Fletcher Smith Memorial Collection, during our celebration of Triumph Over Tragedy.
Our thanks go out to Pat Garrett, whose efforts made this acquisition possible.

The Grapes of Wrath (Play)
Oct 28-31, Nov. 4-7
School of Performing Arts
Stone Theater

James V. Hart (Talk)
October 20, 2009
Wyly Tower Auditorium, Louisiana Tech University
4:00 PM (we have the room from 3:30 until 6:00)

Play Monopoly
October 27 (80th anniversary of Black Tuesday)
70 students, faculty, and support staff will play MONOPOLY on the campus to join 21 parishes in the largest game of Tournament Monopoly at one time in the history of Monopoly!

Great Scavenger Hunt
October 27-Nov. 21
Participants will use technology to lead "virtual hunters" across North Louisiana to discover the architectural sites, meet the "Elders," interact with the professional artists, hear storytellers and musicians spin tales and ballads about the impact of the Great Depression in North Louisiana, and listen to historians and economists as they compare and contrast the hard times of 1929-41 to those experienced today. "Hunters" will send "virtual" message time capsules to be delivered and installed at each of the actual sites. A $2,000 Grand Prize will be awarded to the person or team who answers the most questions correctly.

The Grapes of Wrath (Film)
November 10
Film, starring Henry Fonda
Outdoor Screening

Dr. Susan Shillinglaw
October 29, 2009
Wyly Tower Auditorium, Louisiana Tech University
4:00 PM
Steinbeck scholar will present a talk on The Grapes of Wrath and its impact on the era.

John Steinbeck

2009-2010 Press Releases

The essay was written to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Toole's famous 1980 novel set in New Orleans. In "Euphues and the Anatomy of Influence: John Lyly, Harold Bloom, James Olney and the Construction of John Kennedy Toole's Ignatius," Rudnicki uses Tulane University's archives to demonstrate that despite Toole's celebrated imitations of Louisiana dialects and depictions of French Quarter mayhem, many English literary figures shaped the novel, including Shakespeare.

Red River Radio A Confederacy of Dunces won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1981, has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and has long been considered a cult classic as well as an important work in the field of modern Southern literature. Click here to listen to Kate Archer Kent interview Dr. Rudnicki about A Confederacy of Dunces on NPR affiliate Red River Radio on August 23, 2010.

August 2010
Christmas Stories from Ohio Dr. Dorothy Robbins, Associate Professor of English, along with Kenneth Robbins, Director of the School of Performing Arts, just had their edited book Christmas Stories from Ohio, published by Kent State University Press. The book documents the Christmas heritage in fiction and memoir and celebrates the many moods of yuletide in the Buckeye State. With selections from some of Ohio's most highly regarded classic and contemporary authors, including Kay Boyle, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Nikki Giovananni, Langston Hughes, and James Thurber, these tales span the generations, offering readers unique geographical, historical, and cultural perspectives on winter holiday traditions. The selections explore time-honored themes of Christmas: family, compassion, wonder, and the human desire for connections and reconnections. Their charm and wit recall the fun of Christmases past, while still looking to the yuletide magic yet to happen.

July 2010
Dr. Dolliann Margaret Hurtig, Associate Professor of French in The School of Literature and Language, presented at the 88th National Conference of the American Association of Teachers of French held in Philadelphia, PA, July 4-July 7. Dr. Hurtig presided over the July Session as Co-Chair of the Promotion of French in the US. The session addressed such issues as problems encountered when adapting a novella to the cinema to pragmatic considerations of how educators teach film in their courses at both the university and the secondary school levels, with particular focus on the Venice Film Festival Award-Winning Film, Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran.

The book is now available online at, Barnes &, and other national book retailers, as well as at bookstores along the east coast. Hidden History of the Grand Strand follows his previous books Factory Lives: Four 19th-Century British Working-Class Autobiographies (Broadview Press, 2007), and Defending South Carolina's Coast: The Civil War from Georgetown to Little River (The History Press, 2009).

May 2010
We would like to extend our congratulations to the 2010 Spring graduates in the School of Literature and Language.

English (Undergraduate)

    Coleen Maidlow (magna cum laude)
    Victoria Perkins (magna cum laude)
    Shanna Thibodeaux (cum laude)
English (Master's)
    Magin Lasov Gregg
    Ashlee Clark
    Alexandra Gaspar
    Rachel Winchel
    Robin Goertz
    Sara Sullivan
    Sarah Youngblood
    Anna Harvan 3.818 (magna cum laude)
    Christy Cole 4.0 (summa cum laude)
    Caitlin Hodge 3.948 (summa cum laude)
    Holly Thompson 3.901 (summa cum laude)
    David VanHesswijk 3.42

May 2010
Congratulations to the following students, who were recently initiated into P  D F (Pi Delta Phi), the National French Honor Society:

    Sawsan Al-Agha
    Brian Bellocq
    Katie Merryman
    Juliet Ramirez
    Joan Rasmussen
    Zachary Poe

Two students also received Certificates of Merit:

    Coleen Maidlow
    Paul Martin

May 2010
Dr. Paula Brown, Instructor and Coordinator for the BARC Writing Center, has had her article "Stardust as Allegorical Bildungsroman: An Apology for Platonic Idealism," in Extrapolation. The article will appear in the journal's summer issue.

May 2010
Congratulations to the 9 newly inducted members of the Alpha Omega chapter of S  D P (Sigma Delta Pi), the Spanish national honor society:
    Lydia Andreu
    Lauren Bares
    Joshua Coriell
    Michael DiLeo
    Whitney Dyer
    Rachael Elliott
    Justin Johnson
    Phill Tucker
    Taylor Wright

May 2010
The Department of English is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2010 Mary Alice Posey Garrett Scholarship. The scholarship provides up to $1500 for any student with a major or minor in English or English Education and who has at least a 3.0 GPA. The scholarship money is meant to support students as they participate in the TECH-London Summer Study Abroad Program. Students must demonstrate how travel abroad will further their future goals, especially in the field of education. The three students are Caleb Elkins and Don Stevens, both pursuing an MA in English, and Claire Gibson, who is a junior, majoring in English.

April 2010
Dr. Kimberly Vanderlaan, Assistant Professor of English, recently had her poem "Arles" published in the April issue of White Pelican Review.

April 2010
Dr. Anne Reynolds-Case, Assistant Professor of Spanish, presented a paper at the Southeast Coastal Conference on Languages and Literatures (SECCLL). The paper, entitled "Code Switching in the Foreign Language Classroom; A Crutch or a Tool," examined and analyzed the motivations behind code switching (CS) between English and Spanish in Spanish foreign language classes. CS has been studied numerous times in various speech communities; however classroom CS differs in the motivational factors triggering its use. While CS can be viewed negatively both inside and outside the classroom, the data collected for this paper revealed that instructors commonly used CS as a pedagogical tool. The implications for this can be significant in the field of language pedagogy. Teachers can confidently use CS as a tool in the classroom rather than view its use as crutch for themselves or their students.
    Joan Rasmussen - French
    Christie Cole - Spanish
    Missy Wallace - English (undergraduate)
    Magin LaSov - English (graduate)
Congratulations to all our student winners!

April 2010
Dr. Robert Rudnicki, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Graduate Studies in English, has recently published an essay entitled "Euphues and the Anatomy of Influence: John Lyly, Harold Bloom, James Olney, and the Construction of John Kennedy Toole's Ignatius," in in the Mississippi Quarterly, a prominent scholarly journal of Southern literature and culture. Rudnicki's essay on John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces was released to coincide with the thirtieth anniversary of Toole's famous 1980 novel set in New Orleans. A Confederacy won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1981, has sold over two million copies worldwide, and has long been considered a cult classic as well as a work of major importance in the field of modern Southern literature. Dr. Rudnicki used Tulane University's archives to demonstrate that, despite Toole's celebrated imitations of Louisiana dialects and his debt to the satire of Jonathan Swift, much earlier English literary figures shaped the novel.

March 2010
On March 27, 2010, Dr. John Edward Martin, Assistant Professor of English, delivered the keynote address at the 2010 Honors English Colloquium, hosted by the Sigma Tau Delta, Iota Chi Chapter, and the California State University-Northridge English Department. The theme of the colloquium was "Fantastique," and Dr. Martin's lecture was entitled, "American Gothic: Art and Terror from the Puritans to Postmodernism."  The colloquium attendees included graduate students and faculty from the Cal State-Northridge English department, as well as faculty and students from area universities, who delivered scholarly papers on various aspects of "the fantastic" in British and American literature, film, and popular culture. Dr. Martin's lecture was sponsored and funded by the Sigma Tau Delta, Iota Chi Chapter and the California State University-Northridge English Honors program.

February 22, 2010
Dr. Donald Kaczvinsky, Professor of English, recently presented a paper at the 2010 Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900. The paper, entitled "'The Riddle of the Birth and Sex Life of the European Eel":  Intertextuality in Graham Swift's Waterland" explored the role of place in Swift's award winning novel and proposed an intertextual link between Swift's setting of the fenlands in East Anglia and Yoknapatawpha County in William Faulkner's novels. The paper developed an "environmental" poetics based on the mysterious reproductive habits of the European eel, a topic discussed in the central chapter of Waterland
January 2010
Dr. Kimberly Vanderlaan, Assistant Professor of English, recently presented her paper, "Touring That 'huge voracious fetish' She Called Culture: Reading Complicated Signposts in Wharton's The Custom of the Country" at the Modern Language Association (MLA) convention in Philadelphia, PA. The MLA is the major international convention for scholars in English and Foreign Languages. The topic of the panel was "Cultural Tourism in Edith Wharton's Life and Fiction."
November 30, 2009
Dr. Rick Simmons, the George K. Anding Endowed Professor of English, and Director of the Center for Academic and Professional Development at Louisiana Tech University, has just published "Jack, Steven, and Jane: Austen's Domestic Discord and Patrick O'Brian's The Mauritius Command" in ANQ 22.4 (Fall 2009). This is his fourth published article or note examining the relationship between the fiction of Jane Austen and Patrick O'Brian.

Both of these grants will help tremendously in keeping our classrooms up to date.

Congratulations again on a job well done!

November 3, 2009
The School recently received signed letters and documents from American writers such as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, James Fenimore Cooper, Washington Irving, and Zane Grey as well as documents with the signatures of James Madison and Louis XIV and Louis XVI of France for the Frellsen Smith Memorial Collection housed on the fourth floor of Prescott Library.

Please stop up on the fourth floor of Prescott Library to see our new manuscripts.

October 2009
Dr. John Edward Martin, an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, attended the Third International Edgar Allan Poe Conference in Philadelphia, PA from Oct. 8-11. This conference marked the 200th anniversary of Poe's birth and was celebrated by numerous events across the country. The conference brought together leading Poe scholars from around the world for a four-day extravaganza that included scholarly presentations, performances of Poe's works, tours of the city and the Poe National Historic Site (his home in Philadelphia), and a banquet honoring some of the leading scholars and recent books of Poe criticism. Dr. Martin delivered a paper entitled, "'Tamerlane' and the Paternal Scapegoat," that examined Poe's first major published work along with a series of letters to his foster father, John Allan. The paper is a condensed version of a longer article that Dr. Martin will be submitting to the The Edgar Allan Poe Review.
September 2009
Dr. Rick Simmons, the George K. Anding Endowed Professor of English, and Director of the Center for Academic and Professional Development at Louisiana Tech University, has written the Civil War chronicle, Defending South Carolina's Coast: The Civil War from Georgetown to Little River. The publication will be released by the History Press on September 9, 2009 and will be available for sale on September 15. The publisher, the History Press, is international in scope, with its main offices in London. The main US office is Charleston, South Carolina, with other offices in Ireland, France, Belgium, and Germany. The book is a volume in the Sesquicentennial Civil War Series currently being released by the History Press.
July 2009
Dr. Dolliann Margaret Hurtig presented at the July 2-5 meeting of the American Association of Teachers of French Annual Convention in the host city of San Jose, California. Her session, held in association with the Commission of the AATF for the Promotion of French, was titled: "Allons au Cinema: Promoting French through Films" (Let's go to the movies).


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.

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