Weekly Assignment #3

By midnight of the day before your class, please post the names of two living experts (preferably scholars) on your topic. Please also add a brief “annotation” listing any relevant biographical information you can find out about these experts (institutional affiliation, other works published, juicy scandals).

If you are braver, you may also email or call your expert, ask for help on your topic, and write about her/his response.

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  1. Emily Rutter

    In my search for scholars on William Faulkner and his treatment of African American characters, I found many scholars who have written extensively on the author?s work but have not specifically addressed this aspect. Moreover, some scholars have addressed the topic of Faulkner and his representations of African Americans within a broader context like Faulkner and gender, class and race. The two scholars I have written about below have published articles and books about Faulkner and his African American characterizations among a variety of other unrelated publications.
    Arthur F. Kinney is Thomas W. Copeland Professor of Literary History and Director of the Center for Renaissance Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Though his post reflects his interest in archival and scholarly work in the Renaissance period, Dr. Kinney has also taught and published on Faulkner for four decades. Most notably, he has published a four volume set on the characters in Faulkner?s fictional families, three of which analyze Faulkner?s African Americans characters in depth. Additionally, his articles featured in Connotations: A Journal for Critical Debate such as ?Faulkner and Racial Mythology? and ?Faulkner and Racism? offer an insightful analysis of this topic.
    Philip Weinstien, Alexander Griswold Cummins Professor of English at Swarthmore College, is a scholar of both William Faulkner and Toni Morrison. From 2002-2003, Dr. Weinstein served as the President of the William Faulkner Society, has written numerous articles on Faulkner?s work and has edited two editions of The Cambridge Companion to William Faulkner. In his book, What Else But Love? The Ordeal of Race in Faulkner and Morrison?, Weinstein examines each author?s racial and gender positioning. Though it is a comparison, his interpretations of Faulkner?s most significant African American characters will be useful in my own examination.

  2. Liz Jenkins

    In order to complete this assignment, I started by doing a search of the library catalogue to get some names of scholars who had recently published books on the topic of Joyce, and especially A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. I wrote down several names and then googled them to see if I could find out more about the authors. I was able to find out about several of them and learned that all but one were professors at universities around the world and therefore had web page bios and contact information available through the university websites. I chose to contact several of the scholars I found to see if they had any advice for someone starting to get into more detailed research on a topic I hope to develop into my master?s thesis.
    As of this morning I had received two responses from the scholars I emailed. The first I received was from Dr. Weldon Thornton, who is now retired, but was a professor of Joyce and twentieth century Brit Lit at UNC for the past thirty years. He now lives in the mountains of NC and continues to attend conferences about Joyce. In his email, he suggested to me that the best place to look for information was the James Joyce Quarterly, which is the most well known journal for Joyce studies. He told me that the journal was used not only for the publication of articles on Joyce, but also had sections with book reviews, editorial pieces, and news about upcoming conferences and events. He also recommended the International James Joyce Foundation newsletter which is published several times a year and offers information about new book releases and upcoming conferences and events. Both publications have very helpful and informative websites and the NCSU library subscribes the James Joyce Quarterly.
    The other response I received was from Dr. Philip Brady, who is a professor at Youngstown State University in Ohio. In addition to publishing on Joyce, which includes Critical Essays on James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, he has also published works of fiction and poetry. From his email I learned that he was on sabbatical for the semester. He also directed me to the James Joyce Quarterly as the best source for information on upcoming events and then also informed me that he would be coming to speak at my Alma Mater, Washington College in Maryland this coming November for one of my former professor?s classes. I contacted my former professor and found out that Dr. Brady will be speaking November 23, and he invited me to attend the event and offered to set up a meeting between myself and Dr. Brady if I would be able to attend. I am not sure if I will be able to make it, but it was really neat to be offered that opportunity.

  3. Joshua Clements

    My topic appears to boil down quite nicely to a small cadre of experts. I decided to choose one scholar who mostly writes about Film & Ethnography and one scholar who has written extensively about the subject and directed many ethnographical films as well.
    David and Judith MacDougall were born in the United States and educated at UCLA’s film school, but after getting married, in 1975 they moved to Canberra, Australia. Together they have co-directed 23 ethnographical films. They are considered to be at minimum two of the most important ethnological filmmakers working today. David has written a book titled Transcultural Cinema and several articles dealing with various aspects of film and ethnography. David is a member of the faculty of The Australian National University in the capital of Canberra.
    Karl G. Heider was born in 1935 and attended Williams College in western Massachusetts, and later, Harvard, where he graduated in 1956. He travelled in Asia on a travelling fellowship and then studied anthropology at the University of Vienna and was awarded his PhD from Harvard in 1966. He has written extensively about anthropology over the years and studied extensively in West New Guinea. He wrote Ethnographic Film in 1976. He has collaborated with one of the seminal ethnographic filmmakers, Robert Gardener (Dead Birds, 1965). Today he serves as the Associate Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies at the University of South Carolina.

  4. Laura Robinson

    My expert of choice on Helen Maria Williams is Dr. Deborah Kennedy of St Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
    Basic information on Dr. Kennedy:
    Her specialization is in British literature of the eighteenth century and the romantic period. She has published works on Wordsworth, Frances Burney, Felicia Hemans, Helen Maria Williams, and Charlotte Smith.
    She responded to an email I sent her, and I have included her response.*****
    I am very pleased to see your interest in the work of Helen Maria Williams (1761-1827). My own interest in Williams grew out of my work on William Wordsworth, whose first published poem was a sonnet in her honour. Wordsworth also read her books on the French Revolution, and then he met her when he visited France in 1820. The researchers who were most useful to me were those who did the earlier pioneering work on Helen Maria Williams: a French literary critic named Lionel Woodward, who wrote a biography of her in French; and also the English literary critic Janet Todd, who introduced the Scholars’ Facsimiles edition of Williams’s _Letters from France_. My book _Helen Maria Williams and the Age of Revolution_ was published by Bucknell University Press in 2002. I am continuing to do work on Williams but only as a secondary activity now, in cases where I can add new material to what I presented in my book.
    I hope that your own plans for graduate studies in English develop in a fruitful way, and please let me know if I can be of any assistance to you.
    With best wishes,
    Dr. Deborah Kennedy
    Associate Professor
    Department of English
    Saint Mary’s University
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    B3H 3C3
    Canada

  5. Scott Dill

    The poet I would like to focus on, John Donne, has a number of scholars who dedicate much of their publishing career to his work, both here and on the other side of the Atlantic. And they pretty much span the critical spectrum. So I guess I’ll stick close to home with the founders of the John Donne Journal.
    Dr. Thomas Hester has taught at NC State since the days of the New Criticism, which is to say, a long time before I came around. Most important for John Donne studies, however, was his beginning the John Donne Journal and playing an instrumental role in John Donne Society. The same could be said of Dr. R.V. Young, perhaps adding that since the publication of his “At War with the Word” (1999) he has been active writing articles associated with the goals of the Interdisciplinary Studies Institute. Dr. Young’s essay on Donne in “Doctrine and Devotion in Seventeenth-Century Poetry” seems to be a central essay on the “Divine Sonnets.”
    While there are several big names in seventeenth century scholarship, one other scholar’s work I’ll note is that of Ramie Targoff. Her work “Common Prayer: The Language of Devotion in Early Modern England” was an extremely important book for my own thinking about literature as devotion. She teaches at Brandeis, and, I think, is married to Stephen Greenblatt. She is currently working on a book specifically on Donne.

  6. Laura Robinson

    I realized that I left off my other expert on Williams in my first post.
    2nd expert:
    Dr. Richard Sha also writes on Williams. He is a professor at American University. He has written on eighteenth century women writers, as well as on general eighteenth century poetry and prose. The book he wrote is – The Visual and Verbal Sketch in British Romanticism. Currently, Dr. Sha is also writing a book on aesthetics and the relationship to sexuality during the romantic period in Britian. The title of his new book is Perverse Romanticism.
    I picked Dr. Sha because his article on the sketch and Helen Maria Williams has been very helpful to my research, and I would be interested in using more of his material.

  7. Anonymous

    The two specialists I have chosen are:
    Ray Monk
    and
    Ron Silliman
    Ray Monk is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southampton in England. He began teaching there in 1992. He has also written several works on Ludwig Wittgenstein. His most famous is: Ludwig Wittgenstein: the Duty of Genius. Monk is also a philosopher in his own right, along with being a very capable biographer and critic.
    I am still waiting on an email back from Professor Monk.
    Ron Silliman is a critic and poet. He is the editor of the anthology of postmodern poets (mostly poets who fit the title “language poets”) entitled: In the American Tree. He is also the “author” of the highly provocative webblog: Silliman’s Blog. His blog focuses on contemporary poets and poetics. Silliman is the author of 26 books. He has taught at several schools, including the Naropa institute and Brown University. He is a highly controversial figure in the highly various field of contemporary poetry.
    I have not emailed him. I am not sure that I want too. His most important work for my topin is his long poem/novel: “Tjanting”.

  8. Domenica Vilhotti

    My general topic is Mary Shelley?s Frankenstein. Two angles I?m particularly interested in are treatment of gender as well as psychoanalytic criticism. Dr. Sharon Joffe, my British Romanticism professor, pointed me to the following leading Mary Shelley scholars.
    Anne K. Mellor is a foremost scholar of gender studies in British Romanticism, Mary Shelley, and particularly Frankenstein. (She is also the editor of our British Romanticism textbook). Dr. Mellor?s background is in Comparative Literature at Brown University (B.A.) and Columbia University (M.A., Ph.D.). She is currently a Distinguished Professor at UCLA in Romantic Literature, Women?s Studies, and Literature and Art. She is the sole author of Blake’s Human Form Divine (1974), English Romantic Irony (1980), and the books to which I will most refer: Mary Shelley: Her Fiction, Her Life, Her Monsters (1988) and Romanticism and Gender (1993). Dr. Mellor has been awarded many grants and honors such as the Keats-Shelley Association Distinguished Scholar Award, two Guggenheim Fellowships, and three NEH Summer Seminar Directorships.
    Betty T. Bennet is a Distinguished Professor of Literature at American University. Her background is in English and American literature at Brooklyn College (B.A., 1962) and New York University (M.A., 1963, and Ph.D., 1970). She is the co-editor of Mary Shelley In Her Times, the book I will begin my research with. Other books Dr. Bennett has edited or co-edited include Shelley: Poet and Legislator of the World (1996), The Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1980), and The Evidence of the Imagination: Studies of Interactions Between Life and Art in English Romantic Literature (1978). In addition to her publications, Dr. Bennet has held several administrative positions, such as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at American University from 1985-1997. Notable honors bestowed on Dr. Bennet include the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Keats-Shelley Association (1992) and the NEH grant from 1984-1987. She also currently serves on the board of directors for the Keats-Shelley Association of America.
    Since I am relatively new (circa late August, ?06) to the field of British Romanticism, I admit I am not brazen enough to email these Mary Shelley masters. –Yet.

  9. Tom Sowders

    Jonathan Charteris-Black is a senior lecturer in linguistics at the University of Surrey in England. He seems to be one bad man. He spent ten years teaching English in Morocco and Brunei before he started getting fiesty and aggressive in his study of figurative language–particularly proverbs. He’s published a bunch of stuff. I might email this person because I’m sure he would have a lot to spit about the way Bush’s rhetoric is informed by the myth of the frontier.
    Michael Silverstein: a powder keg of sociohistoripoliticalinguistical academic prowess. He’s the Charles F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology, of Linguistics, and of Psychology, and he kicks it in the Committee on Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities at a little place called the University of Chitown. He writes billions of articles that sometimes have to do with language and ideology. He wrote a book called Talking Politics: The substance of style from Abe to ?W.?

  10. E. Ashley Yates

    I have found many Vladimir Nabokov scholars. It?s hard to narrow down just two. For the purpose of this assignment I will focus on Brian Boyd and Gennady Barabtarlo.
    Brian Boyd is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His research interests include the novels of Austen, Tolstoy, Joyce, and Nabokov. He is most renowned for his research and books on Vladimir Nabokov. He has written four texts on Nabokov; “Nabokov?s Ada: The Place of Consciousness”, “Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years”, “Vladimir Nabokov: The American Years”, and “Nabokov?s Pale Fire: The Magic of Artistic Discovery”. He also wrote the afterwords for Nabokov?s novel “Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited” and the 2000 Penguin edition of Nabokov?s “Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronicle”. Boyd has edited many Library of America editions of collective Nabokov works. Plus, he?s written over a half dozen essays pertaining to Nabokov?s works.
    Gennady Barabtarlo is a Professor of Russian and the Director of Graduate Studies in the German and Russian Studies department of the University of Missouri. He is originally from Moscow. He and his wife, with their daughter, left the Soviet Union in 1979 to move to America. Barabtarlo entered the doctoral program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in which we wrote his dissertation on Nabokov?s novel Pnin. He has published a book entitled “Aerial View: Essays on Nabokov?s Art and Metaphysics”, as well as numerous articles on Nabokov. He is currently working on a collective of photographs entitled “Nabokov Sights”.

  11. Nancy McVittie

    I’m still having some trouble in searching the library’s databases in order to find academic writing on film in general and silent comedy in particular. Although I know there are plenty of journal articles and the like out there (these aren’t exactly obscure subjects), when I search the databases I get bogged down in film “reviews.” I think that I’m going to have to refine my strategies in this search by talking to my film professors and seeing what databases they recommend searching, because I feel like I just keep getting the same not-that-useful hits no matter what search I try.
    In order to complete this assignment, I ended up doing a search for books that cover silent comedy and then seeing what else the authors had written and, if that looked promising, googling them to see what else I could find out.
    One of the more promising scholars I can across is Andrew S. Horton, a professor of Film Studies at the University of Oklahoma. I could not get the link to his CV information to work, so I didn’t get much on his background, but he has an interesting website about cinema studies and has published a very popular text about comedy and cinema theory, as well as several in-depth studies of Buster Keaton comedies, with much of the focus on their narrative structures.
    Another promising scholar is David Bordwell, a “heavy” in the world of film studies texts. He is currently a professor of film studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has published numerous essays/articles (many on silent film and theory), as well as gobs of very popular textbooks, including the one for the course I’m currently ta-ing and the first film course I took as an undergrad. According to his CV, his degrees are from SUNY-Albany and the University of Iowa. He’s received numerous grants and fellowships from the American Film Institute and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others. He has taught on a visiting basis at NYU and the University of Iowa as well. His research and writings cover a wide breadth of film theory and, while he doesn’t seem to specialize in any way in silent comedy, he has written extensively on silent film, as well as narrative and structure in film in general, much of which would be very helpful to read for my research.

  12. stephany dunstan

    The two scholars I found are:
    Rosina Lippi-Green is a sociolinguist, born 1957, received her PhD from Princeton University. A focus of her research which interests me is linguistic/language discrimination. Her book, English with an Accent, is a criticism of language prejudices held by Americans which are commonly swept under the rug and also focuses on the way that the media, courts, and other social systems propagate linguistic stereotypes.
    Walt Wolfram is the William C. Friday Distinguished Professor in the English Department at North Carolina State University. He is one of the most revered sociolinguists of our time, having done more research on more dialect groups than any other sociolinguist in North America. He has done a little bit of published work such as A Sociolinguistic Description of Detroit Negro Speech (1969), Sociolinguistic Aspects of Assimilation: Puerto Rican English in New York City (1974) Appalachian Speech (1976), Variation and Change in Geographically Isolated Speech Communities: Appalachian and Ozark English (1988), and Hoi Toide on the Outer Banks: The Story of the Ocracoke Brogue (1997), and Dialect Change and Maintenance on the Outer Banks (1999), The Study of Social Dialects in American English (1974), Phonological Analysis: Focus on American English (1981), Dialects and Education: Issues and Answers (1989), Dialects and American English (1991), American English: Dialects and Variation (1998) and Language Variation in the School and Community (1999). He has also published more than 200 articles in various journals/magazines, he has produced several television documentaries about dialects in the US, and serves as President-Elect of the Linguistic Society of America, Past-President of the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics, and Past-President of the American Dialect Society. He is basically the man.

  13. Sowmya Bharadwaj

    While there was no dearth for experts in my chosen topic (English for Specific Purposes), it was a tough decision to select my experts for the assignment. I’ve chosen three experts whose work I feel will influence my project significantly – Peter Antony Master, Tony Dudley Evans and co-author Maggie Jo St John.
    Peter Antony Master is a Professor Emeritus at the San Jose State University. His research interests include English for Specific Purposes, Pedagogical Grammar, Teacher Education and Content Based Instruction. His publications that are of special interest to me are – New Ways in English for Specific Purposes, TESOL, 1998 (with Donna Brinton) and Responses to ESP, US State Department, 2000. Editor of various journals on this topic (CATESOL News, English for Specific Purposes), he has lectured, consulted, and conducted workshops on ESP, pedagogical grammar, and general language education in France, Italy, Kazakhstan, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, and the former Yugoslavia.
    During my search, I came across various articles and publications that have drawn upon work by Tony Dudley Evans and Maggie Jo St John who have co-authored the book Developments in ESP: a multi-disciplinary approach.
    Tony Dudley-Evans is a senior lecturer in the English for Overseas Students Unit at the University of Birmingham in England. A co-editor of the English for Specific Purposes, his research interests are in genre analysis, teaching of academic writing, grant proposal writing, and ESP research in general.
    Maggie Jo St John has taught ESP (English for Specific Purposes) for over 20 years across the world, working with scientists, agriculturists, and business people. Author of teaching materials and academic articles in this field she has given numerous talks at conferences. She has recently set up a voluntary project in Nicaragua to teach English in support of eco-tourism in a community whose aim is sustainable development.
    I should say that the assignment has opened up new areas of information for my project – abstracts from talks, conferences articles etc which were not displayed in my earlier search results.

  14. Kelly Mahaffey

    I looked for scholars in gender studies/feminist theory/queer theory.
    The two scholars that I decided to go with are: Judith Butler and Eve Kosofsky Sedwick.
    Judith Butler is a professor of rhetoric and comparative lit. at UC Berkley. She has been huge in the evolution of feminist theory and queer theory. Her basic argument is that gender is a performance that is constructed by society. I’m using her book GENDER TROUBLE.
    Sedwick works in queer theory and queer studies. Her work examines queer performativity and performance. Sedwick used literary criticism to examine social questions sexuality and gender. Her main work is a book called QUEER THEORY.

  15. Summerlin Page

    Dr. Noel Polk has written extensively on Faulkner. In addition to critical texts, he has also edited some of Faukner?s texts and compiled concordances. According to an online biography, he was a founding member of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and currently teaches at the University of Southern Mississippi. The most interesting/entertaining thing I discovered about him is he was named Fulbright lecturer? in Poland. While there, he lectured on Welty and Faulkner.
    Dr. Donald Kartiganer has written a number of articles and three books on Faulkner. He teaches at (surprise) University of Mississippi where he is the Howry professor of Faulkner studies.
    Howry Professor of Faulkner Studies.
    As I have not entirely decided on my topic (I am having waaaay too much fun finding things and reading, though I am getting closer to defining my idea) I have not yet contacted anyone.

  16. Susanna Branyon

    Experts on Flannery O’Connor & Walker Percy:
    Farrell O’Gorman
    &
    Peter S. Hawkins
    While there are plenty of folks who are experts on Flannery O’Connor and Walker Percy separately, there are only a few who have examined in-depth their commonalities. While I imagine a paper examining works from both authors would draw on all kinds of sources, I chose to center my research around those authors who directly address the common ground between O’Connor and Percy.
    Farrell O’Gorman teaches at Mississippi State University and does not have red hair like his name would lead you to believe. He did write a book worth a pot ‘o’ gold to me, though: Peculiar Crossroads: Flannery O?Connor, Walker Percy, and Catholic Vision in Postwar Southern Fiction. I want to read this book soon, and I would also like to talk to him (when I feel I know enough to be intelligent about it) regarding the problems and/or benefits of reading and writing about the South when, like me, he’s never really left the South for long.
    Peter S. Hawkins is a professor of Religion at Boston University. He wrote a book called “The language of grace : Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy & Iris Murdoch.” He has an interesting resume: his main focus is Dante, but he also dabbles in twentieth-century fiction, utopia, the language of ineffability, memory and memorials, the NAMES Project Quilt, televangelism, and scriptural interpretation. I want to read the book mentioned above and many of his essays (though not related to Percy/O’Connor). I would also like to ask him about the individual challenges / rewards of writing about Southern Literature when he’s spent most of his life outside the region.
    I have not contacted these experts yet because I would like to read more by both Percy and O’Connor before approaching them. I will, though, soon contact a former NCSU grad student who wrote a thesis on a similar topic about 5 years ago.

  17. Matt Davis

    In my search dealing with “the role of literature in teaching composition” I used some offline resources to find the 2 experts… I asked my professor.
    Gary Tate is a Professor of English at TCU and the Cecil and Ida Green Distinguished Emeritus Tutor (one of 2 at the university. He got his B.A. at Baker, 1952; M.A. (New Mexico), 1956; Ph.D. (Ibid.), 1958 and has been at TCU since 1971.
    Erika Lindemann is a professor at UNC Chapel Hill and her book “A Rhetoric for Writing Teachers”, is now in its fourth edition. She got her Ph. D. at UNC Chapel Hill, 1972, M.A., UNC Chapel Hill, 1969, and B.A., University of Georgia, 1968 and has been at UNC since 1980.
    Although friends, the two have written ‘competing’ articles about the possible role of literature in the composition classroom and I will most likely contact them both (certain Lindemann since she’s so close), but I think it best to do it after I’ve read their articles…

  18. Glenice Woodard

    Carl David Benson, professor of English is one of the most distinguished scholars in the world on Geoffrey Chaucer. A graduate of Harvard University, Benson was the first in his family to go to college. He has said that the experience opened up an entire new world to him and that he has not left the university world since. It was an undergraduate class on Chaucer at Harvard in the 1960s that set him on the path to medieval literature. He readily admits that it was love at first sight. After Harvard, he went on to study at the University of California-Berkeley, where he earned both an M.A. and a Ph.D. Benson’s professional summary reads like a “Who’s Who” in literature. He has earned more than a dozen honors and distinctions, including a Guggenheim Fellowship. He’s on the editorial boards of the Chaucer Review and the Columbia Encyclopedia, third edition on middle English literature; and a trustee of the New Chaucer Society. Benson is the author of nearly 200 publications: books and monographs, journal articles, and reviews. He has published in a wide area of medieval studies, from Chaucer to wall paintings in the Middle Ages. In 2001 the University of Connecticut celebrated his accomplishments by naming him a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, one of five faculty recognized for exceptional distinction in scholarship, teaching and service. He is currently teaching Chaucer at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of Connecticut.
    Lisa J. Kiser is a professor at Ohio State University who specializes in Old and Middle English literature and culture, and the History of the English language. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and is the author of two books on Chaucer (Telling Classical Tales and Truth and Textuality in Chaucer?s Poetry) as well as essays and reviews about Chaucer, medieval literature, medieval environmental theory, nature in the Middle Ages, and animal/human boundaries in medieval texts. She is the winner of the Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award, Graduate Professor of the Year Award, and the Exemplary Faculty Award. At Ohio State she teaches graduate level courses, serves on and chairs M.A. comprehensive exam committees, serves on Ph.D. candidacy examination and dissertation committees, and chairs Ph.D. candidacy examination and dissertation committees. Additionally, she serves as an outside examiner for Ph.D. examinations and dissertation defenses in other departments at the University.