From the Chair

To the English Department Community, Greetings from Morgan Hall! I welcome this opportunity to share with you the current situation of the Department and our accomplishments over the past year. In 2015-2016 the English Department had 39 tenure-track faculty (12 Assistant Professors, 14 Associate Professors, and 13 Professors, 2 NTRC Assistant Professors, 46 Full-time Instructors and 27 Part-time Instructors. We hired two new Assistant Professors (L. Lamar Wilson in Creative Writing and Dorothy Worden in Linguistics), one new Associate Professor […]

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Fall 2016: Masthead

The Scarlet Newsletter is a production of the Department of English at The University of Alabama. “Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow” By Katie Wilhem “Nathan Parker’s The Locust Diagrams” By Morgan Nicodemus “Meet The University of Alabama’s Outstanding Dissertation Recipient” By Katie Wilhem “Coming Soon to the Department of English” By Bethany Blair “A Professor with Global Reach Joins the UA Department of English” By Carlyle Brown “Dr. Cindy Tekobbe: Technology and Rhetoric” By Will Perry “Interview with Briana Whiteside: Department […]

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What We’re Reading

Shanti Weiland I recently read Cleopatra, by Stacy Schiff. This book provides both a biography of the personal and political aspects of Cleopatra’s life, and an exploration of the numerous historians, poets, and actresses who have portrayed her in writing, literature, and film. Schiff never completely commits to one interpretation of some of Cleopatra’s actions. Rather, she suggests that a patriarchal history has painted her as an irresistible siren, or even a demonic evil genius. That history, she argues, has […]

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What We’re Reading

John Burke Since I have been in the process of developing ideas about the representation of the East in western literature, I determined it was time for me to take a close look at Edward Saïd’s Orientalism (1979; rpt. 2004).  It’s a very famous book, I know, but (blush) I never succeeded in finding the time to give it a careful look.  I’m very glad that I finally did. As I suspected, Saïd’s argument is an incisive deconstruction of western […]

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Interview with Andy Johnson

Andy Johnson is an instructor of English at The University of Alabama, specializing in African American Literature. How long have you been teaching?  What made you want to teach your subject? I’ve been teaching for about six years now.  When I tell people what I do for a living, they always say, “Oh, I hate writing! I’m terrible at it.” I had the same experience—my high school teachers told me my writing skills were weak at best. I went into […]

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An Interview with Dr. Bonnie Whitener

Dr. Bonnie Whitener began teaching at The University of Alabama as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in 2003 and became an Instructor in fall 2010. Her academic interest is American Gothic Literature, and she is also known for the yoga classes she offers to faculty in the Department of English. The darkness of American Gothic Literature and the spirituality of yoga may seem like two contrasting interests. Yet, Dr. Whitener finds that both disciplines demand that the students face their fears […]

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Interview with Emily Pitts Donahoe

“Hear my soul speak. Of the very instant that I saw you, Did my heart fly at your service” Shakespeare has a secret admirer and her name is Emily Pitts Donahoe, an M.A. student at The University of Alabama. From studying Shakespeare to participating in the Shakespearean Staged Reading Series at UA, Donahoe’s love for Shakespeare and the Renaissance is apparent. Donahoe has recently accepted an offer from the English program at Notre Dame, where she’ll be pursuing her PhD […]

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Nichole Corbett: Fulbright Scholarship Recipient Talks Turkish Culture & Future Screenwriting Plans

Nicole Camille Corbett is a graduate of The University of Alabama and a recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship who is currently teaching English in Turkey. I sat down with Corbett on FaceTime and spoke with her about her experiences abroad and her future plans. You have recently earned your degree in English and Dramatic Writing. What sparked your interest in these fields and how do you hope to use your degree?  I want to write comedy for television. I really […]

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Alabama Student Takes on a Different Culture

Brianna Adams graduated from The University of Alabama in 2015 and is spending her second year in the Czech Republic where she lives in Otrokovice, a city in the Morava region of the country. In Otrokovice, she is undertaking the English Teaching Assistant Program, where she teaches students ranging from 11 to 19. Adams was offered this amazing opportunity through the Fulbright Scholarship, which she applied to after encouragement from a friend. She admits that choosing where to go was […]

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Russell Willoughby: An Interview Overseas

Russell Willoughby is a University of Alabama Fulbright Scholarship recipient. The Fulbright Scholarship Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. At The University of Alabama, the Fulbright Scholarship Program is offered to students who wish to apply their skills and education through teaching opportunities abroad. Where are you currently studying and teaching? I am […]

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