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ETFL Faculty in Print and on the Road, 2016-2017

May 12, 2017

ETFL faculty shared the results of their scholarly and creative endeavors in multiple media and venues during the 2016-2017 academic year.  Department members published poems as well as articles in fields ranging from medieval British literature to composition.  They traveled to conferences throughout the US, and the UK, to present papers and participate in conversations with other scholars on topics ranging from Appalachian literature to the use of technology in foreign language classrooms.  One faculty member traveled to Cuba with a theater group from a California university to hold theater workshops and critical analyses of texts with Cuban artists.  Another traveled to DC with faculty from other NC universities to lobby our Congressional delegation on the value of the humanities.  All in all, our faculty were engaged throughout the year in creating and communicating knowledge and skills in the many disciplines included in our department.  Some of these activities are summarized below.


Selected ETFL Faculty Publications, 2016-2017

Faculty Publications

Polina Chemishanova and Robin Snead’s “Reconfiguring the Writing Studio Model” is included in Retention, Persistence, and Writing Programs edited by T. Ruecker, D. Shepherd, H. Estrem, and B. Brunk-Chavis and published by Utah State University Press, 2017.

Ten haikus by Thomas Heffernan are included in Stone after Stone: An Anthology of Haiku Written by Members of Haiku Ireland edited by Gilles Fabre and published by The Fishing Cat Press, Dublin, 2017.

Roger Ladd contributed articles to three scholarly collections published/forthcoming in 2017:“Gower, Business, and the Economy” in the Routledge Research Companion to John Gower edited by Ana Sáez-Hidalgo, Brian Gastle, and R. F. Yeager; “Estates Satire” in the Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain edited by Siân Echard and Robert Rouse and published by Wiley-Blackwell; and“Selling Satire: Gower, Chaucer, and the End of the Estates” in Critical Insights: Chaucer edited by James M. Dean and published by Grey House.

Cecilia Lara’sSi oyen, lo escuchan” appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of the journal Label Me Latina/o, Volume VI.

Abigail Mann contributed articles on Charles Dickens’ Bleak House, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and  Villette, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Lewis Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland and Modernist Techniques in Virginia Woolf’s Essays to the Gale Researcher Series, as well as writing the series introduction for the Victorian Period volume.

Robin Snead, with Casie Fedukovich, Susan Miller-Cochran, and Brent Simoneaux, contributed “A State of Permanent Contingency: Writing Programs, Hiring Practices, and a Consistent Breach of Ethics” to Labored: The State(ment) and Future of Work in Composition edited by R. McClure, D. Goldstein, and M. Pemberton and published by Parlor Press, 2017.

Charles Tita published “Towards a Poetics of Decolonization: Mongo Beti’s The Poor Christ of Bomba,” which appeared in Tydskrif vir Letterkunde (Journal for Literature)'s April 2016 special issue on the literature of Cameroon literature.

Selected ETFL Faculty Presentations, 2016-2017

Conference Papers

Sara Taylor Boissonneau presented "John Fox, Jr., Teddy Roosevelt, and the Racialized and Anachronized Appalachian Mountaineer at the Turn of the Twentieth Century" at the Appalachian Studies Association Conference in Blacksburg, VA, March 2017.

Teagan Decker presented “Incorporating Service-Learning Opportunities at all Levels of the Honors Curriculum” at the National Collegiate Honors Council Annual Conference in Seattle, WA, October 2016. 

Roger Ladd will present “The Kinde Creatures: Fair Trade in the Tale of Adrian and Bardus” at the 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI, May 2017. Later in the summer, he will present “Stealing Love: Greedy Desire in Book V of the Confessio Amantis” at the IV International Congress of the John Gower Society in Durham, UK, July 2017.

Cecilia Lara
presented “Optimizar el aprendizaje integrando la tecnología en el salón de clase” at the Axinn Center, Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT, on 27 July 2016.

Cecilia Lara and Milagros López-Fred
presented “Billboards, Culture, and Technology” at the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT) in Orlando, FL, March 2017.

Autumn Lauzon
presented “All Hail King Washington: George Washington’s Legacy and the (Imperialist) American Dream” at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Conference in Jacksonville, FL on 5 November 2016. She will also present “Feminist Leanings and the Rejection of Rape Culture in George Lippard’s Blanche of Brandywine” at the American Literature Association Conference in Boston, MA, on 27 May 2017.

Walt Lewallen
gave a paper entitled “Violence, Style, and Pedagogy: Teaching Mailer in American Literature Courses” at the 14th Norman Mailer Society Conference at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ, in October 2016.

Abigail Mann 
presented “She ‘Lift[s] up a Cannon as Easily as I Could a Pocket Pistol’: Ethnography, The Scientific Eye, and Gender in The Coming Race” at the Victorians Institute Conference in Raleigh, NC, October 2016 and “Cross-Pollinating and Border-Crossing: Plants as Political Metaphor in Fin-de-Siècle Utopia” at the Midwestern Modern Language Association Conference in St. Louis, MO, November 2016. She will also present "Generating Wills: The Reproduction of Political Will in Middlemarchat the British Women Writers Conference in Chapel Hill, NC in June 2017.

Wendy Miller presented “Hurston’s Search for the Ideal Partnership: Marriage in Seraph on the Suwanee” at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference in Jacksonville, FL, November 2016, and “‘You don’t want to make your daddy a sandwich?’: Gender, Food, and Power in Dorothy Allison” at the College English Association (CEA) Conference in Hilton Head, SC, March 2017.

Robin Snead
presented “The Spaces Within and Between: Rhetorical Borderlands in Disciplinary Interaction” at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (4Cs) in Portland, OR, March 2017. At 4Cs, Dr. Snead and eleven other non-UNCP colleagues facilitated a workshop roundtable on “Retention, Persistence, and Writing Programs: Supporting Student Success.”

Richard Vela
presented “What Happens if Romeo and Juliet Live?” at the Medieval-Renaissance Conference at UVA-Wise in September 2016 and “Romeo and Juliet: the Story or the Play?” at the National Popular Culture Association Conference in San Diego, CA, April 2017. These were Dr. Vela’s 66th and 67th Shakespeare conference presentations!

Charles Tita presented “Two Views of Empire: Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy and Ignatius Sancho’s The Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho, An African” at the South Central Society for Eighteenth Century Studies annual conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 2017. And he presented “Teaching a Writing Enriched Class Online: Contesting Notions of Digital Literacies and Quality” at the College Language Association annual conference in Columbia, MO, April 2017.

Other Presentations

Cecilia Lara was invited by the Acto Latino Theater group in Spanish from California State University–San Bernardino to join their group members to conduct acting workshops, stage work demos, and analyze critical texts and plays in Matanzas, Cuba, in April 2017.

Sara Oswald presented two instructional sessions on typography and publication design at the 93rd Annual Spring Convention of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association at Columbia University in New York City, March 2017. This is the tenth year that CSPA has invited Ms. Oswald to present at this convention, which is attended by high school journalism students and advisors from throughout the United States and Canada.

Melissa Schaub traveled to Washington, DC, as part of a delegation of humanities faculty from North Carolina universities to participate in the National Humanities Alliance's annual Humanities Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, meeting with several North Carolina members of Congress to discuss the value of the humanities, March 2017.