Research in the English Department

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. This page includes a small sample of our recent publications in both popular and academic venues. 

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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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