English Graduate Gazette

A Publication of the English Graduate Office and GradSEA
Issue Five


This is the fifth and final issue of the English Graduate Gazette, which publishes news and information about Purdue English Department graduate students and alumni. Since its conception, the English Graduate Gazette has been sponsored by the English Graduate Studies Office with assistance from GradSEA. In Spring 2003, a new publication—the GradSEA Gazette—will debut with announcements of graduate student publications, conference presentations, fellowships and other awards and achievements. This new publication will be sponsored by GradSEA with assistance from the English Graduate Studies Office. Watch for a call for entries in early Spring.

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If you have questions about the forthcoming GradSEA Gazette, please contact the GradSEA Officers.


Jennifer Courtney presented a paper entitled "Is it a 'Good Thing'?: Identifying with and Resisting Contemporary Domestic Advice" at the Thomas R.Waston Conference in Rhetoric and Composition on October 12, 2002. She also presented a paper entitled "Servant or Scientist? Rhetorical Constructions of Women in Domestic Advice" at the Western States Composition Conference on October 26.

Stephen Hancock has an article, "Shelley Himself in Petticoats: Joanna Baillie's /Orra/ and Non-violent Masculinity as Remorse in the /Cenci/, appearing in the November issue of /Romanticism on the Net/. He also presented papers at the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism's annual conference in London Ontario in August and at the Center for the Advancement of Early Studies conference in Muncie in October.

Mardy Philippian, Jr. published a review in the Spring 2002 issue of Film Criticism of Richard Maltby's and Melvyn Stokes's edited collection Hollywood Spectatorship: Changing Perceptions of Cinema Audiences (British Film Institute). He also teamed with David Houston Wood and Victoria Scala to co-found and host the first annual "Renaissance Prose" conference here at Purdue, delivering his paper entitled "Canceling the Prescription: The Problem with Generic Readings of Sir Thomas Browne's Religio Medici." Mardy also read a paper this past February at the Eighth Citadel Conference on Literature in Charleston, South Carolina, entitled "Milton Reading Samson: Mythic Appropriation in Samson Agonistes." In October 2001 and 2002 he received excellence in teaching awards.

Debrah Huffman, Christine Norris, and Christine Tardy presented papers at the Writing Across the Curriculum Conference in Houston, Texas, held March 7-10, 2002.

Several graduate students in the English Department presented papers at the 2002 American Association of Applied Linguistics Conference, including Kevin De Pew, Slobodanka Dimova, Suzana González, Krishna Prasad, Christine Tardy, and Xiaoye You. The conference was held April 6-9, 2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The following graduate students in the ELL Program presented papers at the International Association of World Englishes conference: Christopher Blake, Edie Cassell, Slobodanka Dimova, Chang Gertner, Suzana González, Yuanyuan Hu, Dilia Khasanova, Christine Tardy, Xiaoye You, and Yufeng Zhang. The conference was held October 17-20, 2002 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Christine Tardy presented a paper entitled "ESL Graduate Students' Perspectives on Genre Learning" at Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in Salt Lake City, Utah, April 9-13, 2002. She has also published a book review in a recent issue of the journal Applied Linguistics.

Jennie Blankert gave a paper, titled "Naval Casualty Reports: Understood Directives, Inherent Values, and Acronymic Information within and Activity System," at The Association for Business Communications 67th Annual Convention, in Cincinnati, OH, October 23-26, 2002. The October 2002 issue of the Journal of Business and Technical Communication features her review of Dwight Atkinson's Scientific Discourse in Sociohistorical Context: The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, 1675-1975.

David Wood received a GSA Travel Grant this past summer to present a paper, entitled "'All passion spent': Milton's Samson and the Melancholic Trajectory," at the Seventh International Milton Symposium held at the University of South Carolina. He also won Purdue's 2002 R.W. Babcock Award for Literary Criticism for a paper entitled "'Fetch me a better answer': Narcissus, Echo, and the Audio-Visual in King Lear." This Spring, at the 38th International Medieval Congress held at Kalamazoo, Western Michigan University, he will present a paper entitled "'3eres 3iftes!': Desire, Deceit, and the Gift in Sir Gawain."

Daryn Glassbrook received a Summer Purdue Research Foundation Grant for the summer of 2002. His review of Neil Baldwin's Henry Ford and the Jews will appear in the Fall 2003 issue of Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies. He also wrote an introductory essay on "Black Zionism" for Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers' Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance, which is scheduled for publication in late 2003.

In the Spring issue of Pedagogy, Tracy Collins' article "Reflections on Teaching Sports Literature in the Academy" will be published.

Serkan Gorkemli presented a paper titled "Designing a True Wave Generator, or Tutoring ESL Students in Technical Fields" at "The Art of Writing Centers" Conference of the International Writing Centers Association, in Savannah, Georgia, April 11-13, 2002. He also presented "Queering the University, Universalizing the Queer: Cyber-(Re) Composition of Identity in Turkish Universities" at The Fourth Thomas R. Watson Conference in Rhetoric and Composition, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, October 10-12, 2002.

Christine Tardy, Yufeng Zhang, Xiaoye You, Gigi Taylor, Scott J. Baxter, Reiko Habuto, Lu Liu, Laurel Reinking, Jessie L. Kapper, Maria Hong, Christine Norris, and Susana B. Gonzalez recently served as local representatives for the Third Symposium on Second Language Writing in October.

Scott J. Baxter gave a lecture "On Giving Academic Presentations" as part of the English department's Brown Bag lecture series on October 30, 2002. If you were unable to attend, slides from the presentation are available at http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~baxters/giving_academic_presentations.pdf. He has also recently had his article "A Genre-Based Approach to Teaching the MA Thesis" accepted for publication by the journal Network; the article is scheduled to appear in volume 5(2).


Prapassaree Kramer has published several recent articles, including:

  • "No Man's Land as Dream Play." Cycnos 14.1 (1997): 69-79.
  • "Stoppard's Arcadia: Research, Time, Loss." Modern Drama 40 (1997): 1-10. With Jeffrey Kramer.
  • "Dancing at Lughnasa: Unexcused Absence." Modern Drama 43 (2000): 171-181.
  • "'Oh, My True Love': The Lover in Pinter's Landscape." The Pinter Review: Collected Essays of 2001-2002. Ed. Francis Gillen and Steven H. Gale. Tampa: Tampa UP, 2002: 67-77.