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May 2001

Volume 19

Number 6

In This Issue

From The Chair

In Print

Panels &

Awards &


From the Editor


Luke Whisnant



Written by


Luke Whisnant


Gabrielle Brant

Reid Anderson

Jenn Karasow

Eric Rondeau


... The Common Reader

From the Chair

As this academic year draws to a close, my thoughts have already started turning toward the beginning of the next academic year, for I anticipate considerable change within the university and the department. Some of the change may not be pleasant, especially if the state's financial woes are translated into faculty and staff cuts, reduction of operating budgets for departments, and reductions in library acquisitions.

We will, however, have new leadership within the university as Dr. William V. Muse assumes the duties of Chancellor. In addition, Dr. Robert J. Thompson has already been announced as Interim Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Effective leadership at these highest administrative levels will be essential if East Carolina University is to cope with the apparent budget restrictions headed its way.

One pleasant change that we'll face, fortunately, is that we will have a number of new colleagues joining us who will help strengthen our programs and assist with our adaptation to the changing nature of our discipline:

  • Brent Henze (Technical and Professional Communication) will receive his doctorate this spring from Pennsylvania State University.
  • Angelo Restivo (Film Studies) received his doctorate from the University of Southern California.
  • Wendy Sharer (Composition Pedagogy) will receive her doctorate this spring from Pennsylvania State University.
  • Laureen Tedesco (Children's Literature) received her doctorate from Texas A&M University.
  • Eve Wiederhold (Composition and the History of Rhetoric) received her doctorate from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
  • <  McMillan, Jones

    Another change facing the department is the departure of two long-time faculty colleagues: Jo Ann Jones and Douglass McMillan have now "officially" retired, although I anticipate seeing Doug around campus for several more years as he offers an occasional course for the department. Doug and I also take considerable delight in supervising the various construction projects taking place on campus, so I expect him to drop by my office to discuss the construction problems and gaffes that will almost certainly occur. (If only the administration had consulted with us before "siting" the library expansion and student recreation center with their backs toward the new "entrance" to the university!)

    Although I expect to encounter Jo Ann during my morning walks through our neighborhood, I'll certainly miss being able to call her for definitive answers to my myriad questions concerning the university's academic rules and regulations. (Indeed, I fear that she may be the only person on campus who actually knew the answers!)

    I have noted on several occasions that when our emeriti faculty return for the department's annual dinner in their honor, each person enters the room with a beaming smile and a firm conviction that the retirement years are truly great! On behalf of the department, I wish Jo Ann and Doug the best during their retirement years; may their smiles be among the brightest at our next dinner.

    And so this academic year ends, while preparations begin for 2001-2002. I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to remind my colleagues that we gather once more for the fall convocation and first departmental meeting on Monday, August 13, 2001. Have a pleasant and productive summer!

    --Bruce Southard 


    In Print

    Our accent color for this springtime issue is fuchsia, a visual allusion to the azaleas currently in bloom all over campus. As always, click on the links for more information on the items below; use your browser's "back" button to return to TCR.  

    <  Taylor

    Rick Taylor's article "Future Retrospection: Rereading Sheridan's Reviewers" has just been reprinted in Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism Vol. 91 (Gale, 2001). Taylor's review of Carl B. Estabrook's Urbane And Rustic England: Cultural Ties And Social Spheres in the Provinces appears in the Spring-Summer issue of Seventeenth Century News.

    The Fall 2000 edition of Tar River Poetry featured Patrick Bizzaro's review article "The Snodgrass Dilemma: A Vindication and an Outlook for Readers." 

    "Mirroring the Future: Adonais, Elegy, and the Life in Letters," an essay by Michele Sharp, has recently been published in Criticism (42:3).


    Panels & Presentations

    In the few weeks since our last issue, faculty have appeared at conferences all over the map. Here's the dizzying roundup of spring panels and presentations:

    With three faculty members giving papers, the department was well represented at the annual International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, held in Ft. Lauderdale the third week of March: Donald Palumbo presented "Chaos Theory and the Cosmogonic Cycle: The Monomyth's Fractal Structure and the Deep Aesthetic of Herbert's Dune Series"; Pat Bizzaro presented "The Science Fiction Writings of Fred Chappell"; and as part of a panel on the Harry Potter series and the Harry Potter publishing phenomenon, C.W. Sullivan III presented "Harry Potter: Fantasy Lite."

    <  Farr
    Same state, different venue: in Boca Raton, at the Southeastern Women's Studies Association Conference, Rick Taylor gave "The Correlative Squirrel: Spousal Violence in Eliza Haywood's The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless," and Marie Farr presented "A Century of Feminist Literary Utopias: Blueprints for Change" ...

    ... while closer to home, Farr lectured on "John Steinbeck's Life and Work" on March 29th at Kinston's Neuse County Library.

    And now we jump to the international appearances:

    Anges Bolonyai gave "Indefinite Loss: Definiteness Agreement in Hungarian-English Bilingual Children" at the Third Bilingualism Symposium in Bristol, UK, April 18-20; she also organized and chaired a panel entitled "Can Spiders Forget How to Spin Spider Webs?: Language Attrition and Some Unresolved Questions."

    In late March, Michael Aceto was an invited speaker at University of Sienna in Sienna, Italy. He presented "The Linguistic Matrix of Panama with Special Focus on Anglophone Creoles" at the Centro Interdipartimentale di Studi sull'America Indigena/CISAI dell'Università di Sienna. 

    Also in March, at the Collegium for African American Studies Conference "Crossroutes: The Challenge of Race for the 21st Century," in Sardinia, Italy, Julie Fay presented " Race, History and the Literary Imagination," while Gay Wilentz gave "Healing Narratives in Africa and the Diaspora: The Relationship of Culture to Health in Works by Women Writers of African Descent."

    Meanwhile, back in the States:

    The March MELUS conference in Knoxville featured Gay Wilentz presenting "Drowning in the Mainstream: Jewish Writers and the Multicultural Agenda."

    In Philadelphia, at the 31st Popular Culture Association Annual Conference, Don Palumbo presented "'Victory Snatched From the Jaws of Defeat': Twenty Fractal Variations on a Theme in the Conclusions of Asimov's Robot / Empire / Foundation Metaseries."

    Julie Fay was busy this spring, giving a poetry reading and participating in a roundtable on teaching poetry in high schools at Western Carolina University; conducting a poetry workshop, "Sonnets, Sestinas and Ballads," for the Albemarle Literary Center; and serving on two panels at the Associated Writing Programs Conference in Palm Springs, CA: "Writing Through Disease" and "Internet in the Creative Writing Classroom."

    <  Raynor
    Sharon Raynor is a new participant in the 2001-2002 North Carolina Humanities Forum: A Speakers' Bureau. Her lectures are entitled "Celebrating Wild Women: Identifying and Exploring the 'Wild Woman' Archetype in Women's Literature"; "Telling My Father's Story: Implications of the Vietnam War on Family and Community"; and "Trauma, Memory, and Silence: Oral Histories of Vietnam Veterans of Eastern North Carolina."

    In February, at the Southeastern Writing Center Association in Auburn, Alabama, Pat Bizzaro gave "Writing Consultants and the Discourse of the Disciplines." In March, he lectured on "A Reception Theory Model for Responding to Student Writing" at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Denver. And in April, he gave a poetry reading at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh.

    On April 18th, ECU English faculty and graduate students gave a poetry reading at Barnes & Noble in celebration of National Poetry Month. Reading from their work were Mary Carroll-Hackett, Brett Hursey, Randall Martoccia, Eric Rondeau, Chris Salerno, and Jeff Stewart.


    Awards & Appointments

    < Friedlander

    Congratulations to senior English major Michele Friedlander, whose "Metafiction and O'Brien's The Things They Carried" is the winner of this year's Paul Farr Memorial Essay Contest. To read Michele's essay, click on the title.

    Congratulations also to junior English majors Darlene Houston, winner of this year's Russell Christman Memorial Scholarship, Stephen Greer, winner of the Charles and Patricia Moore Scholarship, and Christina Haire, winner of the University Book Exchange Scholarship.

    Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, has recently inducted Sharon Raynor as a new member. 

    The ECU Grants Outreach Network team -- whose members include Jan Tovey and graduate student interns Lynn Frye, Angela Farrior, Cindy Rayburn, and Bobby Shepherd -- has just been awarded the Chancellor's Synergy Award for this academic year. The team was created to benefit local communities' flood recovery efforts through grants and other funding proposals. 

    C.W. Sullivan III was one of eight ECU faculty members inducted into Phi Kappa Phi on April 18th. Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi "recognizes and promotes superior scholarship in all fields of higher education, drawing membership from all divisions within the academic institution."

    The ECU Pan-Hellenic Association recently honored Pat Bizzaro with its Outstanding Faculty Award for 2000. Additionally, Bizarro's new book of poems, Fear of the Coming Drought, has just been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. 



    The English Department's Graduate Student Professional Development Fund, founded by Jim Kirkland and Collett Dilworth, is now fully endowed, thanks in part to a $300 donation from the English Graduate Student Organization.

    An American Cafe, produced by PeopleAct and The ECU Multicultural Literature Program in conjunction with UNC-TV, will be shown on UNC-TV June 13 at 8:30 p.m. The play is based on conversation groups held in Pitt County and was performed throughout Eastern NC in 1997. The UNC-TV video will be available to non-profit groups and schools as an educational tool on crossing ethnic and cultural barriers and working together to build communities.

    A reminder from Angel Savage: This month's selection for the Youth Today Mother-Daughter Book Club is From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E. L. Konigsburg. Grad student Washella Turner will facilitate the discussion (Wednesday, May 23, 7:00 p.m. at Barnes & Noble).

    On April 19th, UNC-Chapel Hill student poets Adam Tarleton, Meagan Patterson, and Katie Reklis joined Peter Makuck and ECU students and graduates Jeff Stewart, Heather Stancil, Steve Losey, Chris Salerno, Thommy Gardner, and Ginger Nickles in a reading to celebrate the winners of the first annual Shannon Meek Memorial Creative Writing Award. The award is given for excellence in North Carolina undergraduate student writing, and is named in honor of Shannon, the senior English major killed last spring in an automobile accident.


    From The Editor

    Since this is my last issue as editor of TCR, I'd like to take a moment to thank all of you who have helped out by sending in your newsworthy items and your feedback over the past three years. I've learned a lot editing these 18 issues. I also want to thank my graduate assistant, Chantal Weedman, for her help this semester. Like my assistant Eric Rondeau last fall, Chantal has shouldered a workload formerly assigned to three grad assistants; somehow in just 15 weeks she has managed to write a half-dozen articles for The Museletter, help maintain our 200+ page departmental website, and draft and proofread three issues of TCR (not to mention our April Fools UN-Common Reader). She has been unfailingly cheerful in doing all that, too, and has brightened my mood many a day. If you have enjoyed TCR this spring, please let Chan know.

    The next issue of TCR should be published in early September; there will probably be a call for copy after the first faculty meeting in August. Please hold all news and notes until then. 


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