Our faculty have diverse research interests, and we publish in many disciplines including: children's literature, creative writing, film studies, folklore, linguistics, literature, multicultural and transnational literatures, rhetoric and composition, teaching English to speakers of other languages, technical and professional communication, and more. In the center panel of this page, you will see links to the English News Blog with articles that detail the work of our English faculty. You can also see a more complete listing on the blog. If you are looking for something specific, the sidebars of this page allow you to find works in specific categories or date ranges.

Books by faculty


Cycles, Sequels, Spin-offs, Remakes, and Reboots: Multiplicities in Film and Television

Associate Professor Amanda Ann Klein (along with co-editor R. Barton Palmer) has published Cycles, Sequels, Spin-offs, Remakes, and Reboots: Multiplicities in Film and Television. The collection "investigates the important cultural work performed by repetition, or multiplicities, in film and television."

American Militarism Small Screen

American Militarism on the Small Screen

Associate Professor Anna Froula (along with co-editor Stacy Takacs) has published American Militarism on the Small Screen. This volume seeks to identify what television, as a cultural medium, has added to the depictions of war and militarism in the US.

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Diagnosing Folklore

Dr. Andrea Kitta's co-authored Diagnosing Folklore provides an inclusive forum for an expansive conversation on the sensitive, raw, and powerful processes that shape and imbue meaning in the lives of individuals and communities beleaguered by medical stigmatization, conflicting public perceptions, and contextual constraints. This volume aims to showcase current ideas and debates, as well as promote the larger study of disability, health, and trauma within folkloristics, helping bridge the gaps between the folklore discipline and disability studies.
New Century Literature

New Century Literature available in 2016

Associate Professor Rick Taylor (along with co-author Corinee Guy) has published an introductory literature textbook entitled New Century Literature with Kendall Hunt Publishing.

Recent publications and awards

Faculty Publication – Dr. Tom Shields
ECU English professor Dr. Tom Shields has had his work on the Lost Colony cited in The Washington Post. The Post’s piece focused on Virginia Dare and white nationalism. To read the article, visit…/how-a-child-born-more-th…/…. The article was also reprinted in the News & Observer:…/op-ed/article212325244.html. Go English!

Congratulations to Wendy Sharer, Tracy Morse, Michelle Eble, William Banks!
  Congratulations to Wendy Sharer, Tracy Morse, Michelle Eble, and Will Banks, whose edited collection Reclaiming Accountability: Improving Writing Programs through Accreditation and Large-Scale Assessments (Utah State UP, 2016) has been selected as the winner of the 2018 Council of Writing Program Administrators Best Book Award. Reclaiming Accountability brings together a series of critical case studies of writing programs that have

Congratulations to Andrea Kitta!!
Congratulations to Andrea Kitta, whose article “Medicine and Health Practices” was just published in The Oxford Handbook of American Folklore and Folklife Studies. It can be found here.   Here’s the abstract: Folk medicine and health practices have long been thought to be primarily old-fashioned and antithetical to modern medicine, whereas in actuality they are often used alongside and as

Congratulations Mark Johnson!
Congratulations to Mark Johnson, whose article, “Cognitive task complexity and L2 written syntactic complexity, accuracy, lexical complexity, and fluency: A research synthesis and meta-analysis,” has been awarded an honorable mention for the Journal of Second Language Writing Best Article for 2017. Here is a link to the article:   Go English!

Congratulations John Hoppenthaler!
The ECU Department of English would like to Congratulate to John Hoppenthaler, who was selected as one of two recipients of the university-wide 2018 5-Year Achievement for Research/Creative Activity Award. The award recognizes John’s achievements over the past five years as a poet and editor, including the publication of his book Domestic Garden (Carnegie Mellon, 2015). John will receive the

Congratulations to Joyce Middleton!
We would like to Congratulate our recently-retired colleague Joyce Middleton, whose book with Tammie Kennedy and Krista Ratcliffe, “Rhetorics of Whiteness: Postracial Hauntings in Popular Culture, Social Media, and Education,” won the 2018 Conference on College Composition and Communication Outstanding Book Award in the Edited Collection category. The sixteen essays that comprise this collection not only render visible how racialized

9/11, Gender, and Wars without End
Anna Froula has published an invited chapter in The Routledge History of Gender, War, and the U.S. Military titled “9/11, Gender, and Wars without End.” This chapter explores changes in military policy regarding gender (the lifting of the ban on women in combat) and sexuality (ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell) since 9/11 and analyzes the ways in which notions of

Faculty research by publication date

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Journals hosted by ECU English


Tar River Poetry recently celebrated its 20th year with a "best of" retrospective, reprinting poems from the past forty issues. A nationally ranked magazine of verse (the Dictionary of Literary Biography listed it as one of the top ten poetry magazines in the country), TRP publishes interviews, reviews, and poetry by emerging writers as well as Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners. Past contributors include William Stafford, Sharon Olds, Leslie Norris, William Matthews, Louis Simpson, Betty Adcock, John Logan, A. Poulin Jr., Paula Rankin, A.R. Ammons, Carolyn Kizer, Albert Goldbarth, Patricia Goedicke, and many others. Subscriptions are $12 a year (two issues); $20 for two years (four issues). For more information, visit the TRP website. Luke Whisnant is editor of TRP.


Technical Communication Quarterly (TCQ) is a refereed journal that publishes research focused on technical communication in academic, scientific, technical, business, governmental, and related organizational or social contexts. Articles published in TCQ combine theoretical and practical perspectives. Articles cover a range of topics that include communication design, pedagogical approaches, the role of digital technologies, ethics, the rhetoric of workplaces or professions, the practices of publication management, dialogue between academics and practitioners, research methods, and connections between social practices and organizational discourse. Donna Kain is editor of TCQ. Learn more on TCQ's website.

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The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne, an NEH-funded scholarly edition, is a major collaborative undertaking in preparation by over 40 scholars from the United States, Canada, England, Japan, and South Africa. The edition includes (1) a newly edited critical text based on exhaustive study of all known manuscript and significant print sources of Donne's poetry; (2) a complete digest of critical and scholarly commentary on the poetry from Donne's time to the present; and (3) DIGITALDONNE: The Online Variorum, an online library of primary Donne materials and analytical tools which is also Volume 1 of the edition. Jeffrey Johnson is general editor of the John Donne Variorum project.


The North Carolina Literary Review is published annually at East Carolina University, with additional funding from the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. NCLR has won numerous awards and citations, including five awards from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals: Best New Journal in 1994, Best Journal Design in 1999 and 2010, Parnassus Award for Significant Editorial Achievement in 2007, and the Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement in 2014. NCLR publishes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction by and interviews with North Carolina writers, and articles and essays about North Carolina literature, history, and culture. Individual subscriptions are $15 annually or $25 for two years. For more information, visit the NCLR website. NCLR is edited by Margaret Bauer.