Faculty Publications

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.

Diagnosing Folklore cover

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 https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/how-a-child-born-more-th…/…. The article was also reprinted in the News & Observer: http://www.newsobserver.com/opi…/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: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jslw.2017.06.001.   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

“On Bluegrass, Beer and Some Barbecue, and a Few Weeks in Prague”
Alex Albright’s essay “On Bluegrass, Beer and Some Barbecue, and a Few Weeks in Prague” appears in the   current issue of storySouth. http://www.storysouth.com/

Texas Czech Legacy Project
Texas Czech Legacy Project: http://www.laits.utexas.edu/txczechproject/home The goal of this Project is to create a central place documenting the language, culture, and history of ethnic Czech Moravians in Texas. The Project’s main initiative is the building of an open-access digital Texas Czech Dialect Archive (TCDA) of audio-recordings gathered from ethnic Czech Moravians in Texas since the 1970s through the 2000s. The Project’s mission is to create

Amanda Klein Freelance Work
Check of Dr. Amanda Klein’s freelance work: “Spinoff City: Why Hollywood Is Built on Unoriginal Ideas.” The Atlantic 20 March 2016. “Thirty Seasons of The Real World.” The New Yorker. 28 Nov 2015. “Consider the Catfish.” The New Yorker. 3 Sept 2015. “‘Clueless’ and the end of Gen X: How Cher Horowitz taught us to stop worrying and embrace millennial