Dr. Tim Whelan presented the lecture "S. T. Coleridge, 'Fatalism,' and Jonathan Edwards" at the Centre for Advanced Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians- Universität, Munich, Germany, during his time as a Research Fellow at the Centre. During his time as a Research Fellow, Dr. Whelan published four articles (see below). Five more articles and chapters in books are forthcoming.
Dr. Howard Keeley has been awarded a seed grant from The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the Vice President for Research for a development project in The Center for Irish Studies.
Dr. Olivia Carr Edenfield has been awarded a Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowship in the Humanities. Her project was selected from hundreds of applicants, and her residency period of one month is the largest period of time funded by the Center.
Dr. David Dudley's most recent novel, Caleb's Wars, has been published by Clarion Books, a divison of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. It is available at Amazon.
Dr. Richard Flynn was the Keynote Speaker at "Nothing New Under the Sun?: Novelty, Game-Changing, and Genre-Breaking," the 2011 University of Florida English Graduate Organization Conference, on October 28-29, 2011, at the University of Florida.
The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the Vice President for Research awarded Dr. Tim Whelan a seed grant in the amount of $5,000 for the Crabb Robinson Diary Project. The project exhibited great potential for extramural funding and significant scholarly merit.
Dr. Tim Whelan was awarded a prestigious Research Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Studies, Ludwig Maximilians-Universitat, Munich, 1 September through 15 October 2011, based upon his work on the poetry and prose of 18th and early 19th century British Nonconformist women writers. Dr. Whelan worked on a critical monograph of a group of five Nonconformist women writers from the West Country of England who wrote between 1766 and 1840. During his fellowship, he presented a paper on two of the women writers, as well as a paper on S. T. Coleridge and a possible symposium with graduate students at the university on working with manuscripts and conducting archival research.
Megan Morris (BA English 2012) and Devin Cifu (BA English 2013) presented "'In Fair Verona, where we lay our scene': The Facts and Fiction behind Juliet's House," at the "Cultural Journeys: From the Local to the Global" conference at Macon State on March 23-24, 2012.
Mary Stephens (MA 2013) presented her paper, "Food Fetishism in Neil Gaiman's Coraline," at the Children's Literature Association Annual Meeting in June 2012.
Brenda Richardson (Religious Studies minor) will be presenting her paper, "The Power of Voice in the Aqedah: Exploring Spoken, Imminent and Silent Voices with the Abraham Narratives," in the Student Presentation section at the Commission on Religion Conference in 2012.
Kim Shattuck (Religious Studies minor) has been accepted into the International School for Jain Studies program to study Jainism in India during the summer of 2012. Kim was awarded full funding from the ISJS.
Chris Matt Pawloski, a philosophy major, is ranked as Cadet 1472 out of 5,500 in the nation, ranking in the top 30% of his graduating class, and earning the status of "Distinguished Military Student" (DMS).
Philosophy students David Cho, Sam Gordy, and Charles Feagain won Best Picture at the Philosophy of Horror Film Festival 2011 for their short film The Lighter Alternative.
Lyndsey Brown (MA 2012), Michael Harris (MA 2012), and Jennifer Lambeth (MA 2012) were awarded Graduate Student Professional Development Fund Grants in order to attend the 2011 American Literature Association Conference.
Drew Keane (MA 2011) was awarded the inaugural Averitt Award for Excellence in Graduate Instruction by the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies. The Averitt Award is the highest honor which the Graduate School can bestow.
Don Hatcher (MA 2011) was recently awarded a Graduate Student Professional Development Fund Grant in order to attend the 2011 Conference on College Composition and Communication.
Richard Flynn was elected to the Executive Board of the Children's Literature Association for a three year term: June 2011-June 2014.
Richard Flynn was a featured Symposium Speaker at the Conference on Children's Victorian, and Post-Colonial Literatures Honoring Professor Emerita Judith Plotz, held on October 22, 2010 at George Washington University.
Francine Koenig, senior English major, won a CURIO award for best essay at the recent meeting of the CLASS Center for Undergraduate Research and Intellectual Opportunities. The essay, entitled "'The Dark Ladie': A Veiled Power," explored the Gothic ballads of Scottish poet Anne Bannerman (1765-1829).
Mary Stephens, an English Major, had a piece accepted by The Rectangle - the magazine for Sigma Tau Delta. She's the first Georgia Southern student to have work accepted by this prestigious international magazine. Mary wrote her piece for Sonya Huber's Creative Writing class (W&L).
Recent PublicationsEdwards, Bradley C. "Autobiography and Art: Bharati Mukherjee's Transfiguration of Fact into Fiction in Jasmine." Bharati Mukherjee: Critical Perspectives (New Orientation Series). Ed. Somdatta Mandal. New Delhi: Pencraft International, 2010.
Edwards, Bradley C. "Rev. of Kate Chopin in the Twenty First Century: New Critical Essays, edited by Heather Ostman." American Literary Realism 43.1 (Fall 2010).
Thomson, Douglass. "A Note on One of the Earliest Gothic Ballads: Frank Sayers’ 'Sir Egwin.'" Papers on Language and Literature 46.2 (2010).
Eaton, William, and Robert Higgerson. "How to Malebranche an al-Ghazali: Causation, Miracles, and Natural Events." Revue Roumaine De Philosophie 54.2 (2010).
Pellegrino, Joe. "Mughals, Music, and 'The Crown of India' Masque: Reassessing Elgar and the Raj." South Asian Review 31.1 (Fall 2010).
2011 Awards Winners
Fielding D. Russell Scholarship:
Woody Powell Scholarship:
Tina Schneider Memorial Scholarship:
Best Essay in Literature Prize:
Amanda Kinchen, for her essay titled "Darcy in Pride and Prejudice: Does Film Make Him a More Romantic Character?"
Best Essay in Philosophy Prize:
Ashton Green, for her essay titled "Pragmatism and Science"
2010 Scholarship and Award Winners
Eddie Ivey Scholars: Megan Amanda Morris & Samantha Lynn Colgate
Fielding Russell Scholar: Katherine Patrick
Woody Powell Scholar: Katherine Lewis
Tina Schneider Scholar: Kelly Carallo
Best UG English Essay: Katherine Patrick
Best UG Philosophy Essay: Dylan Bailey
Best Grad Essay: Brian Butler
Gray's Book Award: Adrian Coursey
Recent GraduatesRecent Graduate Placement
Brian Butler (MA English 2011) is now in doctoral studies at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he is a Teaching Assistant and the recipient of the Lyons Fellowship, one of the university's top awards for graduate students.
Erin Waddell (MA English 2011) is now in studies for an M.A.T and ESOL endorsement at The University of Central Florida.
Frank Sharpe (MA English 2010) is now in doctoral studies in the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies at the University of Alabama, where he is a Teaching Assistant and the recipient of the Hudson Strode scholarship.
Patricia Homer (MA English 2010) has accepted a tenure-track position at East Georgia College.
Jessica Newberry (MA English 2009) is now a full-time writing instructor at East Georgia College.
Cassandra Schell (MA English 2009) is now teaching English at the MaClay School.
Laura Hakala (MA English 2009) is now in doctoral studies at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Taqwaa Saleem (MA English 2009) is now in doctoral studies at UGA.
Ava Conger (BA English 2009) is now attending Law School at UGA.
Michael Granado (BA Philosophy 2009) is now attending the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.
Romona Hagin (BA Philosophy 2009) is now attending Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, MA.
Rhett Moore (BA Philosophy 2009) is now attending the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University.
Deborah Anice Swofford (BA Philosophy 2009) is now attending the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University.
Lovely Smith (BA Philosophy 2009) is now attending Loyola Marymount University's Philosophy Graduate Program.
Dr. Mary Villeponteaux won the Agnes Strickland Prize for best paper given at the Queen Elizabeth I Society meeting in Corpus Christi, Texas, March 18-20, 2010. Her essay on Merchant of Venice, "'A Goodly Musicke in Her Regiment': The Elusive Harmony of Mercy and Justice in Elizabeth's Reign," was one of two papers awarded the prize at this year's meeting.
Recent philosophy graduate Jamie Steele is presenting a paper entitled, "Oikos versus Polis: Aristotle and Plato on Citizenship in the State" at the upcoming joint meeting of the South Carolina Society for Philosophy and the North Carolina Philosophical Society in Charlotte, NC, February 27, 2010.
Michael Granado, a Philosophy alumnus who graduated in Spring 2009, will begin graduate study at Emory in the fall of 2010.
Philosophy alumnus John Rodman, Assistant Public Defender for the State of Georgia recently won an important and difficult case: State of Georgia v. Lavon Perry Jr. (2009).
Dr. Tim Whelan was just awarded a substantial NEH grant in support of his project, "Nonconformist Women Writers 1720-1840," to be published by Pickering and Chatto. He is assisted in this projected by Dr. Julia Griffin.
Constance Jackson, who recently completed her M.A. in English from our department, will begin teaching at Herzing University in Atlanta in January 2010. Constance will be an adjunct instructor in English with responsibilty for two courses.
A new edition of the classic 1801 collection of Gothic horror ballads, Tales of Wonder, written by Matthew Gregory "Monk" Lewis and edited by Douglass H. Thomson, was published on November 15 by the Broadview Press.
Philosophy major Corey Briley's paper "Can Compatabilism Reconcile Free Will and Determinism?" has been accepted for presentation at the third annual Southeast Philosophy Conference at Clayton State University on February 12-13, 2010.
Jessica Newberry interviewed Andre Dubus III at his home in Newbury, MA, on August 30, 2009. The focus of her interview was on perception in his novels House of Sand and Fog and The Garden of Last Days. She assisted in cataloging the archives of Andre Dubus with her thesis director, Dr. Olivia Carr Edenfield, on August 27 - 29, 2009.
Members of the department were involved in the American Literature Association Symposium on American Fiction 1890 - present in Savannah, GA on October 9-10, 2009:
- Olivia Carr Edenfield was the Conference Director (she has directed the conference for the past two years, and will do so for two more years).
- Jessica Newberry chaired a session and presented a paper: "Becoming an 'Object of Vision': Perception in Andre Dubus III's The Garden of Last Days."
- Leah DiNatale presented a paper: "Resisting the Feed: The Politics of Thrift in Laurie Halse Anderson's Prom."
- Laura Hakala presented a paper: "The Mad Child in the Attic: Hysteria and Gender Transitions in The Secret Garden."
- Taqwaa Saleem chaired a session.
- David Dudley chaired a session and presented a paper: "White, Black, or Both? - Racial anagnorsis in the works of Charles Chesnutt."
- Caren Town chaired a session and presented a paper: "Chris Crutcher's Triple Play."
- Bradley Edwards chaired a session and presented a paper: "Buddhist, Cherokee, and Quaker Paths to Peace in Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain."
- Gautam Kundu presented a paper: 'Film Ambiance of The Beautiful and the Damned."
- Richard Flynn chaired a session.
"Causation and the Cartesian Reduction of Motion: God's Role in Grinding the Gears," by William Eaton and Robert Higgerson, has been accepted for publication in the forthcoming book Causation: 1500-2000 (Routledge 2010).
Tim Whelan, Professor of English, has had two books published this year: Politics, Religion, and Romance: The Letters of Benjamin Flower and Eliza Gould Flower, 1794-1808 appeared in March and is published by the National Library of Wales Press; Baptist Autographs from the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, 1741-1845 appeared in October and is published by Mercer University Press. Each book is approximately 500 pages. Another book, The Political Pamphlets of William Fox, 1791-94, co-edited with John Barrell of York University, will appear early in 2010. So far this year Dr. Whelan has published an article on William Fox in Eighteenth Century Studies, a review essay on Joseph Cottle in the Coleridge Bulletin; and a chapter on William Fox and Martha Gurney in Pulpit and People: Studies in 18th Century Baptist Life and Thought (Paternoster Press, 2009), ed. John Briggs. In the next few months Dr. Whelan will have an essay on Samuel Taylor Coleridge appear in Wordsworth and Coleridge in the West Country, ed. Nick Roe (Palgrave, 2009), an essay on Martha Gurney in Women, Dissent and Anti-Slavery in Britain and America, 1790-1865, ed. Elizabeth J. Clapp and Julie Roy Jeffrey (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2010); an essay on Benjamin Flower in Transactions of the Unitarian Historical Society; and an essay on the Baptist minister Robert Hall and the slave trade in The Abolition of Slavery: Debate and Dissension 1787-1840, ed. Susan Trouve (Paris: Armand Colin, 2010).
Dr. Bradley C. Edwards recently published Conversations with Bharati Mukherjee (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2009), which contains a lengthy interview conducted by Edwards specifically for the book as well as Mukherjee's earliest interview, originally published in the Calcutta journal Desh and appearing here in English for the first time.
Dr. Hemchand Gossai recently spoke about his new book, A Requiem for Neil, at the Friday, September 4 Friends of Henderson Library/Hotel & Restaurant Management luncheon in the Family and Consumer Science Building.
Patrick Seafield, a Philosophy major, had his paper accepted to the University's Phi Kappa Phi Research Symposium. He gave his paper, "Is There A Functional Mind?" on Friday, April 3, 2009.
Erin Waddell (formerly Curley), one of our former M.A. students, has been awarded a Graduate Teaching Associate assistantship to continue her studies at the University of Central Florida.
Joseph T. Thomas, Jr., an alumnus from the Department who's currently a professor at San Diego State University, recently published Poetry's Playground: The Culture of Contemporary American Children's Poetry (Wayne State UP). His volume has been selected as the Children's Literature Association's 2009 honor book, for outstanding book-length scholarly work.
Timothy Whelan has recently published Politics, Religion, and Romance: The Letters of Benjamin Flower and Eliza Gould Flower, 1794-1808 (Aberystwyth: National Library of Wales, 2008), as well as "Tim Whelan reads Joseph Cottle and the Romantics," Coleridge Bulletin (2009): 99-106; "A Calendar of Baptist Autographs in the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, 1741-1907," Baptist Quarterly 42 (2008): 577-612; "The Religion of Crabb Robinson," Transactions of the Unitarian Historical Society 24 (April 2008): 112-34. He has articles that will be appearing shortly in Eighteenth-Century Studies, Transactions of the Unitarian Historical Society, Wordsworth and Coleridge in the West Country, ed. Nick Roe (Palgrave, 2009), and Pulpit and People: Studies in 18th Century Baptist Life and Thought, ed. John Briggs (Paternoster Press, 2009). He has also been appointed a Visiting Fellow for the Centre for Baptist History and Heritage, Regent’s Park College, Oxford University; and Senior Visiting Fellow, Centre for Dissenting Studies, Dr. Williams’s Library, London.