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May 9, 2013


Sigma Tau Delta


April 23, 2013

7th Annual Shakespeare Festival

WILL in the WORLD 
Seventh Annual Shakespeare Birthday Festival 
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
GTM Courtyard (Home of the Shakespeare Garden)
Sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society 

Daytime Events in the Shakespeare Garden (GTM Courtyard)

8:30 Greetings Don Kaczvinsky, Bill Willoughby & Susan Roach
9:00 Will in Middle Earth David Merchant
9:30 Where in the World is William Shakespeare?  Paul Crook 
10:00 Will in Italy Jake Guinn, Kelsey Mardis, & Paula Rae Brown
10:30 Will in Action Mark Guinn & Stage Combatants
11:00 Will on Film & TV Bill Robinson
11:30 Will in London
Jeff Hankins
12:00 Will in France Dolliann Hurtig & French Students
12:30 Will in Egypt - Puppet Show Marcia Culpepper, Scott Levin, Celia Lewis, & Christine Strebeck
1:00 Sonnets from the Spanish Paul Nelson & Spanish Students
1:30 The World in Will Ernest Rufleth
2:00 Will in our Words Kevin Sherry
2:30 Will around the World Isabel Lamptey & International Students 
3:00 Farewells Dorothy Dodge Robbins & Lydia Andreu
Featured Evening Presentation in Wyly Auditorium
5:30 "War, Sex, & Dirty Politics: Why we Love Watching the Tudors on Film and Television" Biss Robison

Shakespeare's Birthday Festival is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of English, and Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society. 

Contact Dr. Dorothy Dodge Robbins for more info
drobbins@latech.edu  318-257-5488

War, Sex, and Dirty Politics

April 11, 2013
Guest Novelist
at Tech


The Department of English will be sponsoring a reading and discussion with author John Corey Whaley on April 11, 2013.

For those of you who may not know him, Corey received his B. A. in English from Tech in 2006 and his M. A. in teaching English in 2009. His first novel, Where Things Come Back, received the U.S. Young Adult Library Services Association's annual Printz Award that is open to all books published in the U.S. for young-adult readers. He also received YALSA's award for new authors (debut books), 2012 William C. Morris YA Award. This is the first time a book has received both awards. The book was chosen as a Publishers Weekly Best Book 2011. Corey was selected by the National Book Foundation as a Top 5 Under 35 Author for 2011. He has just been hired to teach in the MFA program at Antioch University in Los Angeles. 

Admission is free and open to the public. Everybody is invited to attend.

Pride & Prejudice

15th Annual Louisiana Tech University & University of Louisiana at Monroe 
Graduate Conference 


22 March 2013
Department of English, Graduate Studies
ULM Conference Center

February 20, 2013
Ernest Gaines Center Presentation


Ernest Gaines 

Wednesday, February 20, at 6:00 p.m. in Room 129 of George T. Madison Hall.

Matthew Teutsch, assistant to the Ernest Gaines Center’s director, will make a presentation about the center and its holdings on Wednesday, February 20, at 6 p.m. in Room 129 of George T. Madison Hall. A doctoral candidate in English at the University of Louisiana, Teutsch will show what the Ernest J. Gaines Center at the University of Louisiana Lafayette has to offer scholars and students in the form of archival research. The Center houses over 10,000 pages of manuscripts and other materials. Open free to the public, this presentation will show the importance of Gaines’ work, first and foremost to the state of Louisiana. The center is in the process of digitizing the collection. Teutsch will provide examples of the materials housed at the center and the importance these materials have in the further study of Ernest J. Gaines’ oeuvre. The Center’s website is http://library.louisiana.edu/Gaines/.

The Ernest J. Gaines Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is an international center for scholarship on Ernest Gaines and his work. The center honors the work of UL Lafayette’s Writer-in-Residence Emeritus and provides a space for scholars and students to work with the Gaines papers and manuscripts. Born in 1933 on a plantation near New Roads, Louisiana, Gaines based his award-winning novels on the African American experience in the rural South. His works include The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1971) and A Lesson Before Dying (1993), both later produced as award-winning films.

2012-2013 Press Releases:


March 2013
Nine English majors, four graduate students and five undergraduates, were selected to present their original creative and scholarly work at the 2013 Sigma Tau Delta International Convention held March 20-23 in Portland, Oregon. 


  • Creative Works

    1. Senior English and Journalism major Patrick Boyd of Choudrant presented his personal essay "Genocide and Park Avenue: How Ex Libris Brought Me Back to Cambodia" and a work of short fiction, "Displacement."

    2. Senior Nicholas Todd of Ruston presented his personal essay "Retaking Freedom." 

  • American Literature

    1. Graduate student Missy Wallace of Ruston presented "Faulkner's White Elephants." 

    2. Graduate student Lydia Andreu of Ruston presented "Purple Patches: Spectacle and Substance in The House of Mirth."

    3. Senior English Education major Allison Hebert of New Orleans presented "Like a Tree's Identity in Search of its Roots in Song of Solomon." 

  • British Literature

    1. Graduate student Christina Thompson of Ruston presented "The Modern Artist Reborn: Joyce's Stephen and Woolf's Lily."

    2. Senior Lillian Grappe of Jonesboro presented "Choose not by the view: Gender in The Merchant of Venice." 

    3. Junior Emily Traylor of Monroe presented "Illness in Persuasion: An Historical Context." 

  • In the Critical Theory category, 

    1. Graduate student Jennifer Downs of Ruston presented "The Aesthetics of Opposition in The Moviegoer."

In addition to presenting their original research, Tech students engaged in other convention activities.  At the convention caucus, Emily Traylor was elected the 2013-2014 Associate Student Regent (ASR) for the Southern Region. Emily's duties will include working with other regents to plan the 2014 convention to be held in Savannah, Georgia. Outgoing Student Regent Christina Thompson received a plaque at the awards gala in recognition of her service to the Southern Region throughout the 2012-2013 academic year. Students who chaired convention sessions included Lydia Andreu, Patrick Boyd, Allison Hebert, and Christina Thompson.

March 2013
Dorothy Dodge Robbins

Dorothy Dodge Robbins, Charlotte Lewis Endowed Professor of English, published "Imperial Names for Practical Cats: Establishing a Distinctly British Pride in Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" in the March issue of the journal, Names. In the article, Robbins cites the environments of London, the British nonsense tradition in poetry, and T. S. Eliot's conversion to the Anglican faith as sources and inspiration for the 54 cat names that appear in his Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats.


November 2012
Herman Melville

Nicole De Fee, Assistant Professor of English, has written an article entitled "Transgressing the Border: The Complexities of Colonial Critique in Typee." for the book Critical Insights: Herman Melville, edited by Eric Carl Link. 

"This essay features a reading of Melville's first novel Typee (1846), through the lens of postcolonial theory, which not only serves to introduce the reader to some of the critical language and concepts related to postcolonialism, but also to expose the complex web of political and social relations in the novel that allow Melville to comment in complicated and nuanced ways on Western imperialism and national identity."  

October 2012
Dolliann Hurtig

Dolliann Hurtig, Associate Professor of French in the School of Literature and Language, has had a book review published in the October issue of the French Review, an international journal devoted to French and French Studies in the United States. Hurtig reviewed Alison McQueen's Empress Eugenie and the Arts: Politics and Visual Culture in the Nineteenth Century(Ashgate Press, 2011). According to Hurtig, "McQueen's highly original volume seeks to reinstate Eugénie upon her throne in splendor, as patroness of the visual arts and last empress of the French."


October 2012
Dr. Brown

Dr. Paula Brown, instructor of English and Writing Center Coordinator at Louisiana Tech University, has had her article, "Gnostic Magic in Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell" accepted for the fall issue of the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, published by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts at Idaho State University. The refereed journal includes papers on the fantastic in English, American, French, Spanish, German, and other national literatures, as well as interdisciplinary approaches including music, philosophy, sociology, psychology, political science, and religion. 

Brown's study of Susanna Clarke's novel published in 2005 explores its Gnostic mysticism that exposes the limitations of orthodoxy and of institutionalized spirituality. This Gnosticism is expressed in three ways: as an intuition of the divine source within the self; in a Manichean world view, pitting a corrupt, natural world against a pure, un-fallen world; and finally in the representation of an antagonistic trinity rather than the unified trinity of the Orthodox Church. Through the recurring motifs of sacrifice and crucifixion, the novel conveys a non-egoistic solution to the violence and rivalry of the modern world.

October 2012
April Honaker

April Honaker, an instructor of English at Louisiana Tech has had two of her poems, entitled  "ode to belly" and "seeing hooks," published in the Fall 2012 issue of The 2River View. One of the oldest literary sites on the web, 2River.org has been quarterly publishing poetry, art, and theory since 1996. Web del Sol ranks 2River View in the top 50 literary magazines in the country. All publications first appear on-line and afterwards in print.  2River View seeks poems with "image, subtlety, and point of view; a surface of worldly exactitude, as well as a depth of semantic ambiguity; and a voice that negotiates with its body of predecessors."  2River View features 10 poets per issue and generally receives more than three hundred submissions per reading period. 

October 2012

Dr. Anne Reynolds-Case, Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Modern Languages Department at Louisiana Tech University, has had an article published in the
Dr. Anne Reynolds-Casejournal Hispania. The article, titled "Exploring How Non-native Teachers Can Use Commonalities with Students to Teach the Target Language," presents a qualitative study demonstrating how teachers who are non-native speakers of the target language and who have learned the target language in a similar environment as their students can use their past learning experiences as pedagogical tools in their classes. The results help to dispel the misguided notion that an instructor teaching a language not native to him/her is not as pedagogically prepared as a native speaker of the target language. Hispania is a national journal published quarterly by Johns Hopkins University Press. The journal focuses on language, linguistics, literature, cultural studies, and pedagogy having to do with Spanish and Portuguese.

September 2012

Dr. KaczvinskyAn article written by Dr. Donald Kaczvinsky, dean of Louisiana Tech's College of Liberal Arts, has been published in Deus Loci: The Lawrence Durrell Journal.

Kaczvinsky's "From Alexandria with Love: Durrell and the Fiction of Espionage, or Durrell in Bondage" is one of the first to consider Durrell's spy novel, "White Eagles Over Serbia," and the political elements in Durrell's four novels comprising the Alexandria Quartet.

"Durrell's Alexandria Quartet, which came out in 1957-60, has generally been understood as an experimental, late modernist work and very different from the popular fiction of his day," said Kaczvinsky, the George E. Pankey Eminent Scholar in English. "These years are also a pivotal moment in the history of the British Empire. After the Suez Crisis, the empire was clearly in decline and the spy novel, which records that decline, was the most popular form of fiction. 

Kaczvinsky also compares Durrell's approach to the spy novel with Ian Fleming's design in the James Bond series.



November 2011
Kennedy speak to English students
Gary KennedyRalph Thomas, and Alex Kennedy of Red Ball Oxygen, spoke to English majors and the members of Sigma Tau Delta about finding a career with an English major.

Spring 2011
Sigma Delta Pi Initiation 2011. The Sigma Delta Pi Spanish honor society held its initiation during the spring quarter.

April 21, 2011
Shakespeare's Birthday 2011. The College of Liberal Arts, the Department of English, and Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society, hosted a celebration of Shakespeare's Birthday on April 21, 2011. The party took place in the Shakespeare Garden in the GTM courtyard and in the GTM foyer.

June 2010 
Tech-London 2010. Fourteen students participated in the 2010 TECHLondon Summer Study Abroad Program. They were accompanied by Dr. Ken Robbins (School of Performing Arts) and Dr. Celia Lewis (Department of English).

April 23, 2010
Shakespeare's Birthday 2010. The Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society hosted a celebration of Shakespeare's Birthday on April 23, 2009. The party took place in the Shakespeare Garden in the GTM courtyard and in the GTM foyer.

September 30, 2009
Tailgating 2009. Faculty members from the School of Literature and Language assist in the tailgating for the College of Liberal Arts. The game against Hawaii was featured on ESPN2.

June 2009
Tech-London 2009. The English and Theater Departments sponsor the annual study in England.

April 23, 2009
Shakespeare's Birthday 2009. The Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society hosted a celebration of Shakespeare's Birthday on April 23, 2009. The party took place in the Shakespeare Garden in the GTM courtyard.

April 22, 2009
Earth Day 2009. Faculty and students recited poetry in honor of Earth Day on April 22, 2009.

October 30, 2008
The First Poe Party. The Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society hosted a Poe Party in the Shakespeare Garden in the GTM courtyard. Dr. John Martin channeled the great Edgar Allen Poe, and students presented additional poetry readings.

April 23, 2008
Shakespeare's Birthday 2008. Sigma Tau Delta dedicated a bust of Shakespeare in the Shakespeare Garden in the courtyard of GTM and held other events throughout the day.

April 11, 200810th Annual ULM/Tech Graduate Conference. The English Departments at ULM and Louisiana Tech University held their tenth annual conference for graduate students to present their research. Click here for the schedule of papers and events.

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