October 1999

Volume 18

Number 2



In This Issue:

From The Chair

In Print

Panels & 

Awards & 





Luke Whisnant

Assistant Editors

Angela Farrior

Jennifer Karasow

Lyndsay Massengill

Written by

Angela Farrior

Jennifer Karasow

Lyndsay Massengill

Luke Whisnant


Gabrielle Brant

Reid Anderson

Jenn Karasow


The Common Reader

From The Chair
Bruce Southard

Hurricane Floyd has come and gone, leaving behind over $7 million of damage to East Carolina University and disrupting the lives of thousands of students, staff, and faculty. Although most members of the Department of English escaped relatively unscathed, Gwen Williams, secretary for the Writing Center, lost her home and many possessions. Department members have contributed generously to assist Gwen and her family in re-establishing their household.

Gwen Williams
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Flooding in the basement of the General Classroom Building not only knocked out telephone and computer lines, but left the building with a mustiness that the Environmental Health staff are still seeking to eradicate. The department will face other repercussions from Floyd's visit: 1% of the departmental operating budget is being set aside for possible reversion to the state, in keeping with Governor Hunt's plan for allocating resources to the reconstruction effort underway in eastern North Carolina. The department also faces the loss of "one-time" funds that traditionally are used for purchases of new equipment or furnishings.

Despite the problems caused by Floyd, departmental faculty continue not only with their revised course offerings, but also with their many non-teaching activities: reading the "Personnel Action Dossiers" of those being considered for promotion and tenure, completing a five-year program review, and undertaking searches for four new faculty members. 

Recently, four faculty also received word that their proposals for the creation of new "Distance Education" courses had been funded. Todd Finley will be adding an internet course for English Education students, while Sally Lawrence, Philip Rubens, and Sherry Southard add internet courses in the area of technical and professional communication. These latter courses will form part of a possible internet-based "certificate" in technical and professional communication. We're all hoping that the hurricane season ends with no additional visitors to disrupt the planning for the new certificate program.

Rain, rain, stay away.



In Print
compiled by Jenn Karasow

As always, click on the links (in Halloween orange this issue) for more information; use your "back " button to return to TCR.

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Margaret Bauer's book THE FICTION OF ELLEN GILCHRIST was published by the University Press of Florida in September. Click on the link to visit the book's UPF homepage.

Seodial Deena's review of WORLD WITHIN REACH, by Philip Mohabir, appeared in CONNECTOSCOPE, Fall 1999.

"Not Theory . . . But a Sense of Theory: The Superaddressee and the Contexts of Eden," by Frank Farmer, was published as a chapter in CRITICAL ESSAYS ON MIKHAIL BAKHTIN (G.K. Hall and Co.). Farmer's review of Kay Halasek's "A Pedagogy of Possibility: Bakhtinian Perspectives on Composition Studies" appeared in the most recent volume of JOURNAL OF ADVANCED COMPOSITION, and his "Author's Response" to a review of LANDMARK ESSAYS ON BAKHTIN, RHETORIC, AND WRITING appeared in the Spring 1999 issue of DIALOGUE.

"Interstitial Motherhood," a poem by Julie Fay, appeared in NEW LETTERS, Volume 65, Issue 4, and two chapters from her novel, FROM IN THE HOUSES OF GOOD PEOPLE, appeared in FEMINIST STUDIES, Volume 25, Issue 2.

Jim Holte's essay "Not All Fangs Are Phallic: Female Film Vampires" was published in the most recent JOURNAL OF THE FANTASTIC IN THE ARTS, Volume 10, Issue 2.

THE JOURNAL OF POPULAR CULTURE printed Dale Jacobs's review of THE CLOISTER WALK, by Kathleen Norris, in Volume 32, Issue 4 (Spring 1999).

"Learning to Love the Loathsome," Peter Makuck's review of Janet Lembke's DESPICABLE SPECIES, appeared in the October 10, 1999 issue of the Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER.

C.W. Sullivan III's article "Tobacco" has been published in ROOTED IN AMERICA: FOLKLORE OF POPULAR FRUITS AND VEGETABLES (University of Tennessee Press, 1999). The volume contains essays on apples, bananas, corn, cranberries, hot peppers, oranges, pumpkins, tobacco, tomatoes, and watermelon; each essay discusses the history, folklore, and cultural perceptions of those crops. 


Panels & Presentations
compiled by Lyndsay Massengill

Seodial Deena gave a lecture, "Rebirth of a Nation: Nationalism and the Civil War in Uncle Tom's Cabin," in Wilson, NC, October 5, as part of Duke University's "Let's Talk About It" program. 

On October 8, Marie Farr presented her paper "W. Somerset Maugham's Dramatic Irony" as part of the "Modern Irony" panel at the inaugural New Modernisms Conference, held at Pennsylvania State University.  Farr also gave a talk and led a spirited discussion on Arthur Miller's DEATH OF A SALESMAN for the "Let's Talk About It" series on "Work" held at the Rocky Mount Library on September 30, 1999. 

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Laura Micciche presented "Emoting for a Change: Feminism and the Rhetoric of Anger" at the Second Biennial Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) Conference, October 7-9, in Minneapolis.

An excerpt of the play AN AMERICAN CAFE was performed on UNC-TV's "High School Assembly" on October 7, 1999. The show, featuring Gay Wilentz as one of the panel of experts, focused on using literary texts to examine issues of ethnicity, and also included Todd Lovett and Judy Lucas, Executive Director of PeopleAct, as part of the audience discussion. The play was co-written by Gay Wilentz, Todd Lovett, Carl Campbell, Janice Periquet, and Deborah Morrison. 

And in the Upcoming Dramatic Events category, Bob Siegel will be performing a staged reading of his one-man play, KATMANDU at the East Carolina Studio Theater on December 3, 1999 at 7:30. 


Awards & Appointments 
compiled by Angela Farrior

Gay Wilentz
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Gay Wilentz has been renamed a member of the Editorial Board of the journal MELUS (Multiethnic Literature of the US).

Sally Lawrence, Todd Finley, Philip Rubens, and Sherry Southard had their proposals for developing and/or offering Distance Education (DE) courses accepted.

Frank Farmer has been invited to be a member of the Editorial Board of DIALOGUE: A JOURNAL FOR WRITING SPECIALISTS and an editorial reader for JAC: A JOURNAL OF COMPOSITION THEORY.

The most recent issue of the JOURNAL OF THE FANTASTIC IN THE ARTS (Vol. 10, Issue Two) featured Jim Holte as the special editor. 


compiled by Lyndsay Massengill

NCFJThe new issue of the NORTH CAROLINA FOLKLORE JOURNAL, edited by Karen Baldwin, is a Comprehensive Index spanning the last 37 years of the journal.  A valuable analytical reference tool for students, scholars, educators, reference librarians, and anyone with a general interest in folk tradition, the Comprehensive Index aids researchers in finding articles related to all areas of folklore and folklife with an emphasis on North Carolina subjects. 

And in other folklore indexing news, the East Carolina University Folklore Archive marked its 30th anniversary with publication of a new, comprehensively indexed edition of FOLKLORE & FOLKLIFE COLLECTED IN NORTH CAROLINA'S EASTERN COUNTIES: AN ANNOTATED ACCESSIONS LIST. Covering accessions from twenty-nine counties for the period 1983-1992, the list includes brief descriptions of 488 collections, indicating the rich variety of folklife traditions found throughout coastal NC.

The 1999 issue of the NORTH CAROLINA LITERARY REVIEW is due out soon. Subscribers will receive discounted prices off the issue price. For more information, contact Margaret Bauer, Editor. 

This semester's Multicultural Reading Day, sponsored by the Department of English and Joyner Library, is scheduled for Thursday, November 11, 1999, 3-4:30 p.m. in GCB 1032. If you wish to participate (one- to five-minute reading from your favorite author or text), please contact Seodial Deena (6683) or Gay Wilentz (6678) and supply the names of the author and text and the length of reading time. Power point, electronic text, and dramatization are strongly encouraged.  Admission is free, and all are welcome.


From the Editor 
Luke Whisnant

Here's what's new on the English Department's website.

THE MUSELETTER, our alumni newsletter, is now accessible online. To view last spring's issue (complete with color graphics and photos), click on the link above. And while we're in a muse mood, if you have an article idea for next year's issue (we cover the accomplishments of alumni, faculty, and current students), please let me know so the staff can get started on it.

We're currently setting up a website for the Multicultural Literature concentration in the graduate program; to take a peek, click on the link. Our next priority will be developing a site for the Rhetoric and Composition track.

As always, the Events page is updated continuously. For those of you new to the department, the Events page lists upcoming faculty and committee meetings and special programs, giving dates, times, and room numbers. Some people have found it useful to make the Events page their default homepage in Netscape; that way, every time they open their browser, they get a reminder of what's coming up in the department.  To change your homepage in Netscape, go to "Edit," select "Preferences," and then type "http://www.ecu.edu/english/events" in the "homepage" box. 

The next issue of TCR will be published in early December; we'll have a call for copy right after Thanksgiving. Please hold all news and notes until then. 


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