In This Issue:
From The Chair
From The Editor
I began my December comments for this column with the following statement: "Having survived two hurricanes and the most extensive flooding in the history of Greenville and East Carolina University this fall semester, most departmental members find themselves awaiting the new millennium with hopeful anticipation that events will surely be better during the coming spring semester."
Spring semester arrived and then it snowed. And snowed. And snowed.
Fortunately, faculty who commute from the Raleigh area are now beginning to emerge from the snowdrifts and are once more making the still slippery trip to Greenville and their classes. All of us, I think, are keeping wary eyes on the weather reports, wondering what new, disruptive meteorological phenomena might be headed our way.
Despite the weather, the department continues its efforts to recruit new faculty, with three candidates for positions in Technical and Professional Communication having already visited campus; a fourth visit has been rescheduled because of--that's right--the weather. Indeed, one candidate was so taken by the weather in North Carolina that he extended his visit almost two days beyond the time planned!
The search committee seeking to fill two positions in linguistics has conducted a series of telephone interviews and is now making arrangements for on-campus visits. Let's hope that we'll be able to display our warm Southern hospitality to these future visitors.
As always, click on the links (in icy winter gray this issue) for more information; use your browser's "back" button to return to TCR.
Doug McMillan's review-essay "Current Approaches to Selected Medieval and Renaissance Literary Reflections of Religious Culture" was published last month in Religion and the Arts. Among the works addressed in his essay are Thomas H. Bestul's Texts of the Passion: Latin Devotional Literature and Medieval Society (1996); Lillian M. Bisson's Chaucer and the Late Medieval World (1998); Richard Mallette's Spenser and the Discourses of Reformation England (1997); Esther Gilman Richey's The Politics of Revelation in the English Renaissance (1998); and Rufus Wood's Metaphor and Belief in The Faerie Queene (1997).
Gay Wilentz has a chapter, "The Politics of Exile: Ama Ata Aidoo's Our Sister Killjoy," in the new collection Arms Akimbo: Africana Women in Contemporary Literature (University Press of Florida, 1999). In the book's introduction, Wilentz's Binding Cultures is referred to as one of the five major texts on women in African diaspora literature.
"Fatherless Figures," Lillian Robinson's review of Susan Faludi's Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man, appeared in the January issue of Women's Review of Books.
Julie Fay's poem "Estuary" appears in the current issue of Shenandoah, and the current issue of Brightleaf: New Literature of the South features both a Fay photograph on the cover and her article "The Month of September Is Curled and Covered with Mud," a piece about the flood's impact on Greenville landmark Ventor's Grill.
Margaret Bauer's "When a Convent Seems the Only Viable Choice: Questionable Callings in Stories by Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Alice Walker, and Louise Erdrich" appears as a chapter in Critical Essays on Alice Walker (Greenwood Press, 1999).
"Colonial Spanish Writing," an essay by Tom Shields and Dana Nelson (University of Kentucky), is included in Teaching the Literatures of Early America (MLA 1999), a newly published volume in the MLA's Options for Teaching Series. In connection with the book's release, Shields served on a panel discussion entitled "Teaching the Literatures of Early America" at MLA in December.
Seodial Deena's article "Colonization and Canonization: Class Marginalization Through Education" appears in the Journal of Caribbean Studies 14.3.
The News & Observer recently ran two pieces by Peter Makuck: "The Power and Glory of Horses," a review of Thomas McGuane's Some Horses (December 12th); and "Hooked on Silence" a review of McGuane's The Longest Silence: A Lifetime in Fishing (January 2nd).
On December 12th, in Bath, Lorraine Hale Robinson gave a lecture/performance entitled "Text and Tune: Connections in Medieval and Renaissance Music from the British Isles," focusing on the relationship of text and melody. Robinson's presentation was held at the Palmer Marsh House as part of the Historic Bath Site Open House.
Julie Fay gave poetry readings last month at Converse College (January 11th) and at Appalachian State University (January 27th).
Several faculty presented papers last December at the Modern Language Association Convention in Chicago:
Lillian Robinson gave two papers: "The Myth of the False Claim of Rape: Lessons from Scottsboro and Massie," and "Publish or Perish: Narratives of Campus Murder." Robinson also participated as an elected member in the Delegate Assembly of MLA and, in the absence of the Chair, ran the Executive Committee meeting of the Division on Non-Fiction Prose.
Jeff Franklin also gave two papers: "Literary Longevity and the Revision of Wolfgang Iser's Reception Theory" in the "Historicism, Pragmatism, Theory: Why Literature Lasts" session, and "Memory versus/as Imagination: George Eliot's Dorothea Brooke meets H. Rider Haggard's She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed" in the "Rereading Victorian Memory" session.
In addition to chairing the "Reformation Popular Literature in England 1540-1580: Poetics, Politics, Print" session, Christine Hutchins gave "Playne Piers: Crown Privilege and Popular Sentiment In Henrician Plowman Pamphlets."
On Jan. 27, 2000, Michael Parker was installed to serve a second term as president of the Lenoir County chapter of SAFE, an agency that serves the needs of victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
Mike Hamer recently received a Regional Artist Grant from the NC Arts Council to record two or three original songs.
Julie Fay has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for work appearing in literary journals during 1999.
At MLA in December, North Carolina Literary Review was presented with the Council of Editors of Learned Journals 1999 Best Journal Design award. This is NCLR's second CELJ award, having won the Best New Journal Award in 1992. Kudos to NCLR's Art Director Mary Thiesen, says Editor Margaret Bauer, "for helping NCLR live up to the standards set by founding Editor Alex Albright and former Art Director Eva Roberts." Copies of the prize-winning issue are still available; see Bauer in GC 2111. And in other NCLR news, Christopher Davis's poem "Political Sonata" (1999) has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
As usual at the beginning of a new semester, the departmental publications staff and I have been scrambling to create web profile pages for our new faculty members. Joining the English Department this spring are Rick Armstrong, Richard Quinn, Javier Reyes, and Dennis Turner; re-enlisting are Jim Howell and Jake Mills. Even in the new cyber-century there's no substitute for a face-to-face introduction and a welcome-aboard handshake, but if you'd like to put a face to a name before you say "hi" in person, just click on the links above.
The next issue of TCR will be published in mid-March; we'll have a call for copy sometime around Spring Break. Please hold all news and notes until then.