March 2000

Volume 18

Number 5



In This Issue:

From The Chair

In Print

Panels & 

Awards & 





Luke Whisnant

Assistant Editors

Jenn Karasow

Lyndsay Massengill

Written by

Lyndsay Massengill

Luke Whisnant


Gabrielle Brant

Reid Anderson

Jenn Karasow


The Common Reader

From The Chair
Bruce Southard

I am pleased to report that the Department of English has successfully concluded two searches for new colleagues in the field of linguistics.  Joining the department as assistant professors this coming fall will be Michael Aceto and Ludmila (Lida) Dutkova.

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Dr. Aceto received his doctorate from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1996.  Because of his research interests in Creole languages, he joined the faculty of the University of Puerto Rico as an assistant professor in 1996, where he was promoted to associate professor in 1999.  He spent the 1999-2000 academic year as a visiting assistant professor at Old Dominion University.

Since completing his doctorate, Dr. Aceto has published seven articles, has another accepted for publication, and has a book under contract with John Benjamins Press.  He has published over twenty book reviews and is on the editorial board of two scholarly journals, ENGLISH WORLD-WIDE and JOURNAL OF PIDGIN AND CREOLE LANGUAGES.  He has additionally delivered twelve presentations at professional conferences. 

<   Dutkova

Dr. Dutkova completed her degree in 1998 at the University of Arizona, where she was awarded both NSF and Carter Fellowships.  She joined the faculty of the University of Mississippi in January of 1999, where she has taught courses focusing on Teaching English as a Second Language.

Dr. Dutkova has published three scholarly articles, has submitted two more for publication, and has delivered seventeen presentations at scholarly conferences.

The department is pleased to welcome these new colleagues to the faculty of East Carolina University.



In Print

For more information, click on the links (in springtime green this issue); use your browser's "back" button to return to TCR. 

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Elizabeth McDavid Jones's novel THE NIGHT FLYERS (American Girl History Mysteries) has recently been nominated for an Edgar Allen Poe "Best Juvenile" Award.  Jones's second novel, SECRETS ON 26th STREET, was published last fall; she is currently working on her third, WATCHER IN THE PINEY WOODS, due out Fall 2000. Jones (perhaps better remembered around here as "Betsy McDavid") received her MA from the department in 1996. 

Heidi Jacobs's review of Nicole Tonkovitch's DOMESTICITY WITH A DIFFERENCE: THE NONFICTION OF CATHARINE BEECHER, SARAH J. HALE, FANNY FERN AND MARGARET FULLER has been published in the current issue of NINETEENTH CENTURY PROSE (Spring 2000).

"Genealogies of Exotic Desire: The Thai Night Market in the Western Imagination," an essay by Lillian Robinson and Ryan Bishop, appears in GENDERS AND SEXUALITIES IN MODERN THAILAND (Chiang Mai, Thailand, Silkworm Books, 1999).  "Revolution One Classroom at a Time," Robinson's review of Linda Brodkey's WRITING PERMITTED IN DESIGNATED AREAS ONLY, appeared in the Fall 1999 issue of SOCIALIST REVIEW.

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Marie Farr's "Home Is Where the Heart Is--Or Is It? Three Women and  Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Theory  of the Home" has recently appeared as a chapter in CHARLOTTE PERKINS GILMAN: OPTIMIST REFORMER (Iowa City: U of Iowa P, 1999).

"Week of Disconcertion" and "Rondeau for the Magician's Beautiful Assistant," two poems by Mary Caroll-Hackett, have just been published in THE SUSQUEHANNA QUARTERLY (1:5). Carroll-Hackett's short story "What I Know" (the title piece of her ECU Master's thesis) appears in the new issue of the Charlotte NC journal INDEPENDENCE BOULEVARD / MAINSTREET RAG.


Panels & Presentations

Agnes Bolonyai presented her paper "Predicting the Outcomes of Bilingual Contact: Evidence from Hungarian Preverbs and Case" to the February 9th meeting of the Triangle Linguistics Club, on the NC State campus.  The presentation examined the effects of contact/attrition on morphosyntax and explored whether distributional patterns and characteristics in outcomes can be explained in terms of morpheme organization in the mental lexicon.

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"Black Voices From the Past," a play by Reginald Watson, was performed at Pitt Community College on February 29th by the ECU Thespians.  On February 25th, at the Ninth Annual British Commonwealth Post-colonial Conference held in Statesboro, GA, Watson gave his paper "Identity Conflict and Resistance as Brought Out through Nature in Jean Rhys' WIDE SARGASSO SEA and Michelle Cliff's ABENG."

Also at the Post-colonial Conference, Seodial Deena presented a paper, "Re-colonization and Re-canonization of Resistance through the Creation of Oppositional Perspectives." Deena has recently given two lecture/discussions as part of the "Let's Talk About It" series: "One Race's Quarrel with Another's God' in Alice Walker's THE COLOR PURPLE" in Archdale NC on March 16th, and "Race, Culture, and History in Michael Malone's TIME'S WITNESS" in Plymouth NC on February 15th.

Ellen Arnold and Darcy Plymire (Appalachian State University) presented "Continuity within Change: Cherokees and the Internet" at the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Conference in Albuquerque on February 10th.

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Robert Siegel gave his paper "The Twentieth Century Antihero in Western Drama" at The Image of the 20th Century in Literature, Media, and Society Conference, held at the University of Southern Colorado, March 11th.

On February 1st, Tom Shields gave a presentation and led a discussion on Tony Hillerman's mystery novel DANCE HALL OF THE DEAD at the Washington County Library in Plymouth, NC. The program was part of the "Let's Talk About It" series run by the North Carolina Humanities Council at libraries throughout the state.


Awards & Appointments 

Sherry Southard has been chosen as ECU's candidate for a National Academic Advising Association Outstanding Advisor Award.  Her portfolio contains her vita, a personal statement about advising, and information on her web site, plus letters of support from advisees, colleagues, administrators, and parents.  Southard invites interested colleagues to visit The Sherry Southard Advising Center website for details.

The ECU Thespians received a grant for $200 from the Martin County Arts Council for a December 5th, 1999 performance; Reginald Watson's name is listed on the grant as project director.

Laura Micciche received a summer Teaching Grant from ECU in order to work on her project "Supplemental Guide for English 6625." This guide, which will be produced both in hard copy and a web-accessible format, will compile teaching materials for first-time teachers of English 1100, plus frame pedagogical strategies in current composition theory.



Seodial Deena organized the Fourth Annual African American Reading Day, which took place on February 10th.

At 9:23 am March 9, 2000, Mike Parker became a grandfather again as Haley Faith Dixon checked in at 6 pounds, 12 ounces, and 18 inches. As of our TCR deadline, baby and mother Sara (ECU grad, BSN, 1993) were doing fine at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

<   The ECU Team

The department was well-represented at the Daily Reflector's Corporate Spelling Bee on February 26th, held in the Plaza Mall.  The ECU Team of (left to right) Sandy Tawake, Bruce Southard, and Paul Dowell turned in a valiant (nay, heroic) effort, correctly essaying "peregrination," "odalisque," and the tricky "fakir," but in the end they went down swingin' at "lepidodendron."  The first runner-up team, St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, featured recent English graduate Babs Freeman (BS '99); the Daily Reflector team featured Amy Royster (BA '98) and Glenda Jakubowski (BA expected '00). ECU Chancellor Richard Eakin served as Emcee. Proceeds from the Bee went to benefit Literacy Volunteers of America / Pitt County.


From the Editor 
Luke Whisnant

At the Departmental Retreat earlier this month, I found a few folks had questions about some of our editorial policies at TCR.  So in no particular order, here are four items that may be of interest to you Gentle Readers:

TCR is color-coded to the season.  Thus we use a sky-blue left margin in early September to evoke the end of summer; a pumpkin-orange margin suggests October's harvest / Halloween season; and this issue's color scheme is (supposedly) a mix of springtime verdancy and St. Paddy's Day green. 

I mention that to get to this: every colored line of text in TCR is a hyperlink.  (Don't laugh, you cyber-sophisticates; there were people at the beach who didn't realize this.)  Notice, for example, that Bob Siegel's paper title above is green.  This means that by clicking on that title, you will be transported to a brief excerpt from Bob's paper.  We instituted this feature on my first issue of TCR, with the aim of increasing faculty interaction and collegiality, and feedback has been particularly positive.  We also occasionally have some fun with links; for example, in the December 1999 issue, in Bruce's announcement of Jim Wright's retirement, if you double-clicked the red highlighted words "Play it again, Jim," you were taken to a vintage photo of Jim as a young whippersnapper, tickling the ivories in a most Beat-like pose.  In other words, to get the full potential of your department newsletter, click on the links. 

About photos: several readers from outside the department have commented that they find the photos a nice touch.  We like the photos too, but want to mention that fitting text around them often requires that we rearrange the sequence of items.  Sometime last year we threw up our editorial hands in exasperation and decided that an aesthetically pleasing layout was more important than maintaining strict alphabetical order.  So if you've wondered why Professor Z's publication is listed before Professor A's, now you know. . . . While we're on photos: it's our informal policy to run any faculty photo in TCR no more than once per year.  (I'm trying to avoid a perhaps too subtle pun using "overexposure" here). 

And along those lines: We do our best around here not to favor one faculty member over another.  We can only publish what you send us, though.  Please remember that TCR is everyone's newsletter, and we'd like to hear from those of you who have so far not participated.

This academic year's last issue of The Common Reader will be published in early May; we'll have a call for copy around the last week of April.  Please hold all news and notes until then.


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