A Publication of the English Graduate Office and GradSEA
ENGLISH GRADUATE STUDENT NEWS
Congratulations to those who completed their Ph.D. prelims.
Those who finished last Spring were: Neal Migan, Stacia Gray, and Aegyung
Noh (Literature); Angela Fortner (Theory and Cultural Studies); and
Ezekiel Vifansi (English Language and Linguistics). Those who finished
in August were: Tracy Collins, Steve Hancock, Bok-ki Lee, Peter Saiz,
Celeste Heinze, and Laura Pritchett (Literature); Dave Albin, Jennifer
Courtney, Michael Kapper, Erin Karper, Christine Norris, Mike Pennell,
Julia Romberger, Meredith Weisberg, and Julie Woodford (Rhetoric and
Composition); and Tadd Ruetnik (Theory and Cultural Studies).
All Ph.D. students should note the changes to prospectus
writing guidelines and requirements outlined in the 2001-2002 Manual
for Graduate Studies. Please consult Professor White with any questions.
Graduate Student Reception, Fall 2001
GRAD STUDENT PUBLICATIONS
Rob Davidson--who received his M.F.A. from Purdue in
1997 and who is now a doctoral student in American Literature writing
a dissertation on Henry James and William Dean Howells--has just published
his first book of fiction, a collection entitled Field Observations:
Stories (University of Missouri Press).
The first publication of Brent Blackwell (Ph.D. candidate
in American literature), "Calvino and the Little People: the Postructural
Folk-Tale," has recently appeared in Romance Language Annual (volume
11, pp. 144-150).
David Wood (Ph.D. student in Renaissance) has an article
entitled "'He something seems unsettled': Melancholy, Jealousy, and
Subjective Temporality in The Winter's Tale," forthcoming in one of
the top journals in early modern studies: Renaissance Drama. It will
appear in the 2001-2002 issue (volume 31).
An article by Matthew Abraham (in TCS's Ph.D. program)
entitled "What is Complexity Theory? Toward the End of Ethics and Law
Parading as Justice" has just appeared in Emergence, a journal published
by the Emergence and Coherence institute in Boston, MA.
Tadd Ruetenik (English and Philosophy Ph.D. program) published
a review of Donald L. Gelpi's The Varieties of Transcendental Experience:
A Study in Constructive Postmodernism in the April 2001 issue of Interpretation.
OUR RECENT GRAD STUDENT SUCCESSES ON THE JOB MARKET
This is an incomplete list of grad students, current as
well as former, who have landed college and university appointments
in the past year or so. Please email Professor White information about
those who have been overlooked.
Willard Greenwood (Ph.D. in American III) started this
Fall his tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor of English
at Hiram College (Hiram, Ohio), where he is teaching American Literature
and Creative Writing.
Beverly Reed (Ph.D. in early American) accepted a tenure-track
Assistant Professor position at Stephen F. Austin State University in
Nacogdoches, Texas. She teaches Early American literature and technical
Kevin Kehrwald (Ph.D. in American III/TCS) accepted a
tenure-track, Assistant Professor of English position at Frostburg State
University in Western Maryland. He was hired primarily to teach film
and Twentieth-Century American literature.
Patricia Friedrich (who finished her Ph.D. in ELL in May)
is now an instructor and researcher in the Center of Teaching and Research,
IAE - Universidad Austral, Partido de Pilar, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
She is editing with Margie Berns a special issue of the journal World
Englishes on the topic of English in South America to appear this Fall.
Jennifer Liethen Kunka (ABD in Modern British) and Andrew
Kunka (Ph.D. in Modern British) have relocated to South Carolina where
they have tenure-track appointments at colleges in neighboring communities.
Jennifer is the new Assistant Professor/Writing Center Director at Francis
Marion University in Florence. Andy is Assistant Professor of British
Literature at the University of South Carolina-Sumter.
Margaret Reimer (Ph.D. in Renaissance) has recently taken
up an adjunct position in the English Department at the University of
Two of our former grad students have recently joined the
faculty as Visiting Assistant Professors at Michigan State University:
Paula Von Loewenfeldt (Ph. D. in Renaissance) is teaching Shakespeare,
the early British survey and other literature courses in the English
Department; Barry Stiltner (Ph.D. Nineteenth Century) teaches in the
Department of American Thought and Language.
Patrick Bernard, a doctoral student in the Theory and
Cultural Studies Program in the Department, has accepted a tenure-track
position in the English Department of Franklin and Marshall College,
This past August, Coryanne Harrigan (Ph.D in Renaissance)
began her appointment as Assistant Professor of English at Simpson College
in Indianola, Iowa. Her teaching responsibilities include Shakespeare,
Renaissance literature, early British literature, world literature,
David M. Owens (Ph.D. in American Lit.) recently took
up an appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Valparaiso
Kathleen Goodland (Ph.D. in Renaissance) started last
year as tenure-track Assistant Professor of English at CUNY, Staten
Island. There she teaches and conducts research in Shakespeare and Medieval
Daniel Jernigan (Ph.D. in Modern British) started this
Fall as Assistant Professor English (tenure-track) at New Mexico Tech
University (Socorro, NM), where he teaches English literature and technical
Mark Dollar (Ph.D. in Modern British) is an Assistant
Professor of English (tenure-track) at King College, Bristol, TN. There
he teaches Modern British, among a range of courses.
J. Duke Pesta (Ph.D. in Renaissance) is Assistant Professor
of English (tenure-track) at Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA. There
he teaches Shakespeare, World literature, among other courses.
Mairead Byrne began as Assistant Professor of Poetry at
the University of Mississippi in Oxford in August 2001, teaching in
a new MFA program and in the existing undergraduate and graduate programs.
Gabe Gudding, a 1997 graduate of the Purdue Master's in American Studies
program, and of Cornell's MFA program (2000), is also be teaching at
Ole Miss. Mairread and Gabe are accompanied by Marina (13) and Clio
Suranjan Ganguly (Ph.D. 1991) is chair of Film Studies
at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is the author of Satyajit
Ray: In Search of the Modern (2000) and is working on a second book
focussing on the films of Adoor Gopalakrishnan, India's most distinguished
contemporary filmmaker. His e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kanishka Chowdhury (Ph.D. 1993) is currently Associate
Professor of English at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN.
Dr. Chowdhury teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in postcolonial
literature theory and contemporary American cultural studies. His latest
publication will appear in Jouvert, a journal of postcolonial studies.
He has recently received a grant to attend a course at University of
Cape Town, South Africa.
Susan Tennery (M.A. 1988, Ph.D. 1997) is currently an
instructor at the College of St.Catherine, a liberal arts college for
women in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Derek Parker Royal is Assistant Professor of English in
the Department of Language and Literature at North Georgia College and
State University. Among his recent publications are: "Philip Roth's
The Counterlife and Postmodern Jewish American Identity." Modern Fiction
Studies, 2001, in press; "Rebel with a Cause: Albert Camus and the Politics
of Celebrity," a chapter in Autogedden: A Study of Death by Automobile
(St. Martin's Press, 2001), edited by Mikita Brottman; and "An Absent
Presence: The Rewriting of Hawthorne's Narratology in John Updike's
S." Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, 2001, in press.
Thomas Martin (Ph.D. 1996) teaches theory and Renaissance
literature at Florida Atlantic University. His edited book, Reading
the Classics with C. S. Lewis_, published by Baker Academic Press, was
just released in December. The University of Toronto Press has just
accepted his Purdue dissertation in Renaissance literature, "Poiesis
and Possible Worlds," for publication in its Studies in Semiotics series.
The first grad/faculty gathering of the academic year
will take place next Friday, Oct 5. The gathering will be at the Yacht
Club in the Chaucey Hill Mall at around 5pm.
Sycamore Review would like to welcome this year's incoming
staff: Editor in Chief - Paul Reich; Managing Editor - John King; Fiction
Editor - Barbara Lawhorn-Harroun; Poetry Editor - Brian Penberthy; Art
Director - Derek Zoetewey; Technical Consultant - Joe Barbato.
This is the third issue of the English Graduate Gazette,
which publishes news and information about Purdue English Department
graduate students and alumni. It is particularly designed to announce
graduate student publications, conference presentations, fellowships
and other awards and achievements, along with academic appointments
and promotions. Please e-mail your news items to the Director
of Graduate Studies or the GradSEA