English Graduate Gazette

A Publication of the English Graduate Office and GradSEA
Issue Three


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


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.


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 writing.

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 Southern Maine.

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, Lancaster, PA.

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, and composition.

David M. Owens (Ph.D. in American Lit.) recently took up an appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Valparaiso University.

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 literature.

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 writing.

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 (4).


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 ganguly@stripe.colorado.edu.

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 Officers.