The Year in Review 2001-2002
Highlights from academic year 2001-2002 (including activities and events our department sponsored, produced, or participated in):
Dr. Peter Schreffler supervised and coordinated a summer research project, working with student Michael Heider on a study of the kinds of writing done in several local workplaces. The professions represented in this study are ones which, for the most part, are not typically associated with significant writing demands. This faculty-student research was funded in part by a grant from the Jesse Ball duPont Foundation.
Dr. Alexander Bruce continued his tenure as Assistant Academic Dean, published an essay in The Chronicle of Higher Education, saw his essay "An Education in the Mead-Hall: Beowulfs Lessons for Young Warriors" published by the e-journal The Heroic Age, had three items published in the Encyclopedia of the Ancient World and six others in the Historical Dictionary of Late Medieval England, and finished his work on his book Scyld and Scef: Expanding the Analogues, which will be published by Routledge in July of 2002. He was also named "Faculty Volunteer of the Year" for his work with Paint Your Heart Out Lakeland.
Dr. Rebecca Saulsbury was awarded a summer stipend in 2001 to conduct research at the University of California-Berkeley Libraries; she examined nineteenth-century travel narratives written by British, French and American travelers about their journeys in the Near East. This research will contribute to her planned book on Maria Susanna Cummins, a best-selling nineteenth-century American novelist. Dr. Saulsbury was also invited to contribute essays on two nineteenth-century women writers, Alice Cary and Maria McIntosh, to the forthcoming book Writers of the American Renaissance: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook. As well, she published three articles on-line: "Cult of True Womanhood" and "The Lamplighter" in The Literary Dictionary and Encyclopedia and "Can One Be a Christian Feminist?" in Women Writers: A Zine.
Dr. Mary Pharr directed a student, Sarah Lanius, in a summer research project (funded by the duPont Foundation) focusing on representations of the epic in contemporary film. Dr. Mary Pharr also published a review of The Rise of Supernatural Fiction by E. J. Clery in the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts.
Dr. Bernard Quetchenbach led a workshop session in poetry at the First Annual Conference in Honor of Rachel Carson at Boothbay Harbor, Maine. He published an article in Ecopoetry: A Critical Introduction (The University of Utah Press) and wrote an entry on Rachel Carson for the forthcoming Dictionary of Literary Biographies volume on Prose Nature Writers. Dr. Quetchenbach also has poems coming out in Hubbub and the Connecticut Poetry Review.
Dr. Keith Huneycutt, returning from his sabbatical, shared the results of his research on the Anderson-Brown Letters Project both to the faculty and to the Lakeland community; Dr. Huneycutt also submitted his book manuscript to the University of South Carolina Press. As well, Dr. Huneycutt attended the Annual Convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication in March to learn more about incorporating computers in the composition classrooms.
Dr. Claudia Slate continued her work on Harriet Jacobs, leading to the creation of the "Harriet Jacobs Walking Tour" handout for the Edenton Visitors Center in Edenton, North Carolina.
Dr. Catherine Eskin published Hippocrates, Kairos and Writing in the Sciences, in Rhetoric and Kairos: Essays in History, Theory, and Praxis, ed. Phillip Sipiora and James S. Baumlin.Various professors read papers at conferences:
Dr. Quetchenbach presented an essay, chaired a session, and participated in an author's reception at the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment biennial conference at the University of Northern Arizona.
Dr. Bruce read a paper on the Anglo-Saxon poem "Andreas" at the meeting of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association. He also was on a panel focusing on "Careers and Composition" at the meeting of The Florida College English Association and, with three Honors Program students, participated in a panel entitled "Moving Beyond the Major: Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Honors Projects at Florida Southern College" at the annual meeting of the Florida Collegiate Honors Council.
Dr. Schreffler also served on the "Careers and Composition" panel at the meeting of The Florida College English Association.
Dr. Eskin read Let her prepare . . . to fyght: The Mobile Woman in Late Elizabethan Romance at the GEMCS conference and "She Found Her Tongue the Best Weapon: The Chivalric Heroine in Elizabethan Romance, at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference.
Dr. Pharr served as a panelist on the Florida Southern College research panel at the Florida College English Association meeting; in the spring, she was on two panels at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts. She also chaired a panel of FSC students at the annual meeting of the Popular Culture Association in the South.
Dr. Saulsbury presented a paper, "A Morally Transforming Regeneration: The Virtuous and Colonial Body in Maria S. Cummins's El Fureidis," to the Southern American Studies Association Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Slate presented papers on Harriet Jacobs to the AAUW and to American Women Writers of Color Annual Conference; she also presented "Bloodshed on the Beach: A Personal Reflection of St. Augustine, 1964." at the Second Annual African American Heritage Conference.