Faculty Profiles

Kathleen Yancey, Liane Robertson, and Kara Taczak's Writing across Contexts Wins CCCC Award and Grant for Research

Professor Kathleen Yancey's recent publication Writing across Contexts: Transfer, Composition, and Sites of Writing (Utah State UP), which she co-authored with former Florida State rhetoric and composition doctoral students Liane Robertson and Kara Taczak, has been in circulation since only about the middle of 2014. The scope of the trio's research findings is already starting to expand, however, and the book recently won the 2015 CCCC Research Impact Award and a grant from the CCCC Research Initiative to fund further research.   → read more


Elizabeth Stuckey-French and Patricia Henley Use Real-life Incident to Weave Mystery Tale in Where Wicked Starts

Elizabeth Stuckey-French and Patricia Henley, co-authors of Where Wicked Starts (Lacewing, 2014), both grew up loving girl-sleuth books. Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, and Harriet the Spy were some of the characters in the stories that inspired Stuckey-French and Henley to write their new book. The story centers on step-sisters Nick and Luna as they attempt to uncover what's really happening in an unsettling relationship between a girl and an older man in their new town, Coquina Bay.   → read more


Visiting Post-doctoral Scholar Aiying Liu's Translations Introduce Samuel Beckett's Texts to a New World of Readers

China's appetite for things Western has grown enormously over the past decade. Many economists attribute the spike in French wine prices to the burgeoning Chinese market, for instance, and China has developed a profound interest in Western literature and philosophy as well.   → read more


Barbara Hamby Relies on Scrutiny of the Mundane for "Snazzily Beatific" Poems in On the Street of Divine Love

Florida State University Distinguished Research Scholar Barbara Hamby recently released her collection of new and selected poems, On the Street of Divine Love (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014). In addition to selected past works, On the Street of Divine Love includes fifteen new poems full of humor and introspective revelations. Hamby's impressively rhythmic command of imagery and language leads readers on a journey into the American female consciousness in the new century.   → read more


Robin Goodman's Gender Work Connects Past and Present Scholarship On Women's Roles in the Workplace

In her role as a senator for the United Faculty of Florida at Florida State and bargaining team member for the faculty union, Robin Goodman puts to use her extensive knowledge and understanding of labor issues to help give her fellow faculty members another voice with university administrators.   → read more


David Kirby's The Biscuit Joint is a "Celebration of Creativity of All Kinds"

The reviews for David Kirby's recent collection of poems, The Biscuit Joint (Louisiana State University Press, 2013), praise his mastery of language and his expertise at livening up everyday occurrences. Kirby's most significant words come before even the first line of poetry is read, however, in his dedication to Jeanne Leiby.   → read more


Robert Olen Butler's Star of Istanbul is "Zestful and Thrilling"

Robert Olen Butler has a permanent place on the top list of skillful and accomplished fiction writers. Reviewers for years have praised his ability to create characters that are genuine and realistic despite having qualities and lives that are radically different from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author.   → read more


Shacochis Receives Rave Reviews for The Woman Who Lost Her Soul

In a recent interview with National Public Radio, during an "All Things Considered" segment, Bob Shacochis talked about one particular difficulty he had while writing his newest novel, The Woman Who Lost Her Soul.   → read more


"Scholastically Impeccable and Immensely Readable": Dennis Moore's Fresh, New Edition of Letters from an American Farmer

The recently released Letters from an American Farmer and Other Essays (Harvard UP, 2013) provides more depth and insight to French-born writer J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur and his reflections on early America, thanks to Dennis Moore's twenty-plus years of research. This updated reader's edition fits squarely in what Moore calls "a wonderful renaissance of scholarly interest in early America's history as well as its culture."   → read more


Jim O'Rourke Recovers a 'Fresh and Subversive' Shakespeare in New Book

The title of Jim O'Rourke's new book, Retheorizing Shakespeare Through Presentist Readings, created a bit of a stir in July 2011 when a right wing radio talk show host (who calls himself a "defender of Judeo-Christian values") cited it as an example of "the foolishness of the University."   → read more


Robert Olen Butler Unravels an "Emotional Mystery Story" in His New Book, A Small Hotel

Robert Olen Butler has been to Hell, and now he is back with a story about the lingering emotions present when a couple is facing the end of their twenty-year marriage. Following the success of his 2009 novel that was set in the underworld, Butler takes readers to New Orleans in his recent publication, A Small Hotel (Grove/Atlantic, 2011). Once there, however, Butler does not let his three main characters sit still in the Big Easy. He blends passages in the present with memories that attempt to explain the dissolution of Michael and Kelly Hays's union, while Laurie Pruitt, Michael's new girlfriend, comes along for the time-shifting tale.   → read more


Ned Stuckey-French's The American Essay in the American Century is a "Smart, Artful Discussion" of a Neglected Art Form

In his new book, The American Essay in the American Century (U of Missouri P, 2011), Ned Stuckey-French offers not only a cultural history of the personal essay but also a defense of that oft-neglected art form.   → read more


Barry Faulk Explores Music-Literature Continuum in British Rock Modernism, 1967-1977

In the summer of 1967, The Beatles released "All You Need is Love," a song with a simple message of peace and unity. A little less than 10 years later, in the spring of 1977, the Sex Pistols thrashed the airwaves with their most-acclaimed single, "God Save the Queen," with lyrics that include the repeated ending, "No future / no future for you / No future for me."   → read more


Elizabeth Stuckey-French Takes Readers on a 'Wild Ride' with Radioactive Lady

While Stuckey-French is looking forward to rest and relaxation, she has advice for those who pick up and dive into her latest novel: "Fasten your seatbelts, readers. It's going be a wild ride," she says about The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady.   → read more


Maxine Montgomery, Gloria Naylor, and 'Writerly’ Reenactments of Home

Maxine Montgomery first met author and educator Gloria Naylor during her editorial work on Conversations With Gloria Naylor (UP Mississippi, 2004), a collection of fourteen personal and professional interviews that Naylor gave to various sources. The interviews range from 1983, which was soon after the publication of Naylor's first novel, The Women of Brewster Place, to 2000, following the publication of Naylor's The Men of Brewster Place. The two became friends, with Montgomery visiting Naylor at her home in Brooklyn in 2003 and Naylor visiting Florida State University at Montgomery's request in 2005.   → read more


Michael Neal's New Book Addresses Writing Assessment and Technology in 21st-Century Teaching

Digital technologies and new media literacy are opening up creative ways for writers at all levels to compose and distribute their work. When classroom assignments result in digital projects that combine writing, visuals, and audio texts, educators might struggle with how to assess these new texts fairly and accurately.   → read more


Robin Goodman's New Book Realigns Feminist Theory in Relation to the Public Sphere

The first line of Robin Goodman's new book, Feminist Theory in Pursuit of the Public: Women and the "Re-privatization" of Labor (Palgrave, 2010), succinctly states her argument: "feminism needs to devise a theory of the public." Goodman's elaboration of that starting point has reviewers praising her for "a theoretically rich and ambitious effort" and stating that Feminist Theory in Pursuit of the Public is "a stunning achievement."   → read more


Jerrilyn McGregory Returns to Wiregrass Country to Explore Sacred Music, African-American History, and Culture

In her new book, Downhome Gospel:African American Spiritual Activism in Wiregrass Country (University Press of Mississippi, 2010), Jerrilyn McGregory returns to a Southern region and a Southern culture that she explored in her first book, Wiregrass Country (1997). Wiregrass country—which encompasses parts of southern Georgia, southeastern Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle—is a little-known region, with a history that "challenges long-standing assumptions about African-American life, history, and culture," McGregory writes in the introduction to her most recent publication. "Its inhabitants owe much of their love of sacred music to a dynamic historical past."   → read more


Bruce Boehrer's Book Studies Relationship Between Nonhuman Animals and Notions of Literary Character

In the introduction to his recent publication, Animal Characters: Nonhuman Beings in Early Modern Literature (U of Pennsylvania P, 2010), Bruce Boehrer recounts the story of George Orwell sending his manuscript of Animal Farm to Dial Press in New York City for consideration to be published. Dial turned down Orwell because, according to a letter the English author later sent to his agent, and which Boehrer cites, "it was impossible to sell animal stories in the USA." Acknowledging that a mistake had been made, the publishing house soon after made an offer on the book, to which Orwell commented on in the letter, "I rather gather they had at first taken it for a bona fide animal story."   → read more


Deborah Coxwell-Teague's Book Helps Students Analyze and Critique Diverse Forms of Texts

For Deborah Coxwell-Teague an answer to the question "What is a text?" can be found in the title of her new book: Everything's a Text. Following four years of research, writing, and collaborating with Dan Melzer—who was a doctoral student in the department nearly 10 years ago—Coxwell-Teague's goal with the book is to help students "learn how to read, analyze, respond to, and write about the texts that bombard them each day."   → read more


Bob Shacochis's Immaculate Invasion is Back in Print

Bob Shacochis knows better than most the struggles that Haiti and its people face to recover and to rebuild from the devastating earthquake that hit the Caribbean country in January. Shacochis spent 18 months covering Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti, where he bunked with a team of Special Forces during the 1994 American-led U.N. invasion. Viking Press originally published his book chronicling the experience, The Immaculate Invasion, in 1999; his current publisher, Grove/Atlantic, reissued the book in June.   → read more


Barbara Hamby Wins A Guggenheim Fellowship

After winning her Guggenheim Fellowship award in April 2010, the next step for Barbara Hamby has arrived: she must now do the work on two projects that she hopes to have ready for publication in the next year.   → read more


Stan Gontarski's Beckett Book Project Brings High Praise

Stan Gontarski's most recent book project, A Companion To Samuel Beckett (Wiley/Blackwell, March 2010), joins his extensive library of works focused on Irish author Samuel Beckett, and it immediately generated excitement and praise among scholars and readers.   → read more


Meegan Kennedy's Revising the Clinic Focuses on Victorian Novelists and Physicians

Meegan Kennedy was still taking in the news that she had been awarded tenure and a promotion to associate professor—delivered in a letter that she had just finished reading—when she sat and talked in her office about her other recent significant career accomplishment, the Jan. 2010 publication of her first book, Revising the Clinic: Vision and Representation in Victorian Medical Narrative and the Novel (Ohio State UP). "It's a wonderful feeling to see my argument in print, and to know that my research can now be useful to other scholars instead of just sitting in notes in my files," she says. Combining her study of the novel and of medical narratives; relying on hundreds of primary sources; building on current scholarship on the Victorian novel and medicine, Kennedy focuses on the similar ways Victorian novelists and physicians debate methods of "seeing and stating"—on how to observe the world and how to record those observations.
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Anne Coldiron wins NEH research fellowship

Anne Coldiron's fall term ended in a whirlwind with the news of her National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) award that during 2010 will send her to Paris, London, Oxford, New York, Washington, D.C., and Austin, Texas. This prestigious yearlong $50,400 research fellowship is supporting the research and writing of Coldiron's third book, tentatively titled Printers Without Borders: Translation, Transnationalism, and Early English Print.
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