Weekly Assignment #3

By midnight of the day before your class, please post the names of two living experts (preferably scholars) on your topic. Please also add a brief “annotation” listing any relevant biographical information you can find out about these experts (institutional affiliation, other works published, juicy scandals).

If you are braver, you may also email or call your expert, ask for help on your topic, and write about her/his response.



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22 responses to “Weekly Assignment #3

  1. Lisa Morgan

    The two living experts I chose for Assignment #3 on my topic ?death penalty? are:
    Sister Helen Prejean of Sisters of Saint Joseph in New Orleans; also the author of the book Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty which was nominated for a 1993 Pulitzer Prize. The book was number one on the New York Times Best Seller List for 31 weeks, and it has been translated into ten different languages. She also wrote The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions in 2004. In this book she examines the cases of two death row inmates whom she thought were innocent. It reviews case evidence and points out flaws in the death penalty system from her perspective. She was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1939 and became a nun in 1957. She has a BA in English and an MA in Religious Education. She is the Religious Education Director at St. Frances Cabrini Parish in New Orleans. She has witnessed five executions and tours the country lecturing on the death penalty. She also helped found ?Survive? a victim?s advocacy group in New Orleans. She counsels both death row inmates and families of murder victims.
    My second living expert on the death penalty is NC death row inmate Blanche Taylor Moore. She is currently residing on death row at the NC Correctional Institution for Women of Raleigh?s Central Prison. She was found guilty of first degree murder back in 1990 and has been the subject of true crime books, articles, and television movies like ?Black Widow Murders: The Blanche Taylor Moore Story? (NBC). Between 1966-1989, she killed two husbands, one lover, her father and mother-in-law by arsenic poisoning. Before she was suspected of murder, Moore sued Kroger grocery store (where she worked) for sexual harassment and won $250,000 and at the same time she was poisoning her coworker/lover at the store. She was convicted to die by lethal injection in 1991, but most people think it is unlikely that she will be executed. The last woman they executed in NC was Velma ?Ma? Barfield back in 1984.

  2. Jason Jefferies

    I am changing my topic to make it more suitable for this class since the author I am focusing on, William T. Vollmann, doesn’t really have any scholarship or “experts”. So for the purposes of this assignment, I am going to focus on the Three Metamorphoses of Zarathustra in Nietzsche’s “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” as they are used in James Joyce’s “Ulysses”. I discovered this link when I was an undergraduate, and as far as I know, nothing has been published on it yet. I e-mailed Thomas Rice, a prominent Joyce scholar who has published and presented many of his paper’s at Joyce symposiums. I have worked with him several times before, so I am able to go to him with any questions or concerns I have. Dr. Rice provided me with an e-mail address for Jon Elmore, one of his PhD students who is also focusing on Joyce and Nietzsche. Jon and I are going to talk via telephone later in the week.

  3. Sophie Honeycutt

    For help with my research of writing centers, I first contacted my previous employer, Carol Porter, who is the office manager at UNC Wilmington?s Writing Center. Just after my internship ended, a new coordinator was hired to work along side of Carol. Though I never worked under Will Wilkinson, he graciously answered many of my questions. Among them, I found most interesting the books he considers a great help in his on-going work to advance his writing center. He mentioned Boquet?s Noise From the Writing Center, The Allyn and Bacon Guide to Writing Center Theory and Practice, Hobson?s Wiring the Writing Center, and Landmark Essays: Writing Centers. His latest innovation is having laptops in each consulting room, which consultants may use to point out online tutorials and available software packages provided through UNCW ? both of which he has made possible since he took the job a year and a half ago.
    I researched Muriel Harris, director of Purdue?s Writing Lab since 1976. She earned her bachelor?s and master?s degrees in Illinois and her Ph.D. in English Literature at Columbia University. She is an English lit professor at Purdue, and began The Writing Lab Newsletter in 1976, for which she still serves as editor. Purdue University?s website quotes her saying: ?Given my total and complete?bordering on fanatical?belief that writing centers are a superb (maybe even the best?) way to work with writers, the vast majority of my publications and conference presentations are about writing center theory, pedagogy, and practice.? Some of her books include:
    Making Paragraphs Work (With Thomas Gaston). New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1985.
    Teaching One-to-One: The Writing Conference. Urbana, Illinois: National Council of Teachers of English, 1986.
    The Writer’s FAQs: A Pocket Handbook. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2000.
    Practicing Grammar and Usage. (Second Edition) Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1994.
    Harris is a close friend of Joyce Kinkead?s, who is also a published expert of writing center pedagogy. Harris has been a main contributor to much of the technology innovation of writing labs across the country. She originated Purdue?s OWL (online writing lab), one of the first of its kind, and continues to be a part of its ongoing success, though she plans to retire soon.

  4. Mary Kohn

    I also ended up contacting a former employer. As the focus of my research will involve analyzing samples on English from English as a Second Language Learners, I needed to start contacting people in the community to arrange for interviews. My former employer, Tim Sims, works for the Hickory Public School system. Although he is currently in the administration department under finances, he originally was head of the ESL department. He is currently working on a Doctorate in Education Administration. Tim Sims has an extensive history of working with immigrants and refugees and has access to a significant amount of statistics on ESL populations in the Hickory, NC area. This will be crucial to my ability to select a representative sample of individuals. I have been in e-mail correspondence with him over the past couple of weeks and hope to see him within the next two to begin collecting data. Although I’m choosing a friend as an expert, I do not feel this detracts from my source as Tim is one of the reasons I chose to study sociolinguistics in the first place.
    My second living expert is Phillip Carter. He is currently working on his PhD after graduating from NC State. He completed the research that makes my research possible. We have been in e-mail correspondence as well and he has been kind enough to offer to lead a reading group to the four of us who plan to continue researching Hispanic English Dialects. He worked with Walt Wolfram and Becky Moriello to publish “Emerging Hispanic English: New Dialect Formation in the American South” in the Journal of Sociolinguistics 8/3/2004. His thesis, “The Emergence of Hispanic English in the Raleigh Community: A Sociophonetic Analysis,” is available online through the NC State Library. I believe he is currently lecturing at Duke University.

  5. Josh Peery

    I decided to keep it local in my expert search.
    My topic is Documentaries vs. Propaganda.
    My first expert is Dr. Joe Gomez a Professor from the NCSU English department. He founded the Film Studies program here at NCSU. One of the classes he teaches is “Subversive Film.” This class deals with several documentaries that are debated as to whether or not they are propaganda. Also Dr. Gomez teaches “Film and the Holocaust” which studies Nazi propaganda and Allied documentaries like “Night and Fog” This semester he is co-teaching “Film and History” dealing with documentaries/propaganda like “Why We Fight” Frank Capra’s WW2 films for new recruits.
    My second expert is Dr. Devin Orgeron an Assisant Professor from the NCSU English department, specializing in Film Studies. Dr. Orgeron teaches several film classes in the department and has an interest in collecting vintage home movies. This semester he is teaching “Documentary Film” in the graduate school. He has taught and published articles on Errol Morris, one of the leading contemporary / Post-modern documentary film makers.

  6. April Swarey

    I am currently researching the book, Anti-Pamela, which has been the topic of very little critical writing. I have not located any books on the subject, but the few good articles I found were either by or referenced the following two scholars:
    1. Dr. Stephen A. Raynie who is currently an associate professor of English at a junior college in Georgia: Gordon College, 419 College Dr., Barnesville, GA. He has written numerous articles on other 18th century works also, most notably Pamela and Robinson Crusoe. His email is sraynie@gdn.edu, phone # 770-358-5282. I definitely intend to contact him before I begin writing my larger research paper.
    2. Terri Nickel, who is a part-time assistant professor with the English Dept. of the University of Southern Maine. Her email address is tnickel@usm.maine.edu Although Dr. Nickel has not written anything regarding Anti-Pamela that I can find since 1992, that was an important article in that Dr. Raynie and others have used it as the resource in their writing. She may have articles that I can’t find and I would need to discuss that with her before I started writing.

  7. Elizabeh Livingston

    My first expert is John Killinger who wrote HEMINGWAY AND THE DEAD GODS: A STUDY IN EXISTENTIALISM. I chose him as a source for the more specific topic of existentialism in Hemingway. He was the only direct source I found on that detailed topic. He is living in Warrenton, VA and is actually a Presbyterian minister. He has written over 50 books, one of which is called GOD, THE DEVIL, AND HARRY POTTER: A CHRISTIAN MINISTER’S DEFENSE OF THE BELOVED NOVELS. I thought that was pretty interesting. He also taught at Vanderbilt for 15 years.
    I chose my other expert Murray Roston from a larger scope focusing more broadly on Existentialism in modern literature. His book THE SEARCH FOR SELFHOOD IN MODERN LITERATURE discusses existentialism in reference to several writers including Baldwin and Salinger. He is a dual professor of English and Humanities at UCLA and Bar Ilan University located in Israel. He grew up in London and received his MA from Cambridge and his PhD from the University of London. His research focus is on contemporary styles in painting, architecture, and sculpture. To be honest, this man seems like an expert in a vast array of areas. He seems to know equal amounts of information on Renaissance literature and modern literature.

  8. Robyn Leigh Youngs

    Sir Philip Sidney Experts:
    1. Katherine Duncan-Jones is an Honorary Research Fellow from Somerville College at Oxford University. She has thirty-eight years of undergraduate teaching, and is a Research Fellow at Cambridge University. Her most valuable contribuation to my research is her book, Sir Philip Sidney: Courtier Poet, published by Yale University Press in 1994. She has also published numerous books on Shakepeare plays and sonnets, and has written many introductions for books including Sidney’s complete works (including Arcadia). She has published over sixty articles on Shakespeare and Sidney. I got her name from a Renaissance professor at NCSU, Dr. M.T. Hester. I attempted to E-mail her, but I have yet to receive a response (although sometimes my E-mail address does not make it through SPAM blockers).
    2. Paul A. Miller is professor at the University of South Carolina. He recieved his PhD from the University of Austin in 1989. His books, including Lyric Texts and Lyric Consciousness: The Birth of a Genre from Archaic Greece to Augustan Rome (1994), Latin Erotic Elegy: An Anthology and Critical Reader (2002), and Latin Verse Satire: An Anthology and Critical Reader (2005) were published by Routledge. Subjecting Verses: Latin Love Elegy and the Emergence of the Real was published by Princeton (2004). He has edited or co-edited eleven volumes of essays on literary theory, gender studies, and topics in classics, including Rethinking Sexuality: Foucault and Classical Antiquity (Princeton 1998). He has published nearly forty articles on Latin, Greek, French, and English literature as and theory. His research interests include Latin Poetry, Theory, Plato, and the Classical Tradition. He also focuses on Gender Studies. I found him by researching books written on Sidney, and various published articles. I also attempted to E-mail him, where I received an “away” message.

  9. Anonymous

    For my two Titus Andronicus experts, I simply looked up two authors of some of the articles I located through catalog research. They are as follows:
    Coppelia Kahn is a professor of English and gender studies at Brown. She received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1970. Her research interests are drama and the social construction of gender, particularly in Shakespeare. She has written extensively on this subject. Some of her works include Man’s Estate: Masculine Identity in Shakespeare (1981) and Roman Shakespeare: Warriors, Wounds, and Women (1997), as well as numerous articles on his plays and poems. I chose her because she wrote two articles which I’m going to be using. They are ?Roman Shakespeare : warriors, wounds, and women? and
    ?The daughter’s seduction in Titus Andronicus, or, writing is the best revenge?.
    My second expert is Louise Noble, a lecturer in English at the University of New Zealand. I thought that was interesting. She is a relatively new teacher, having joined the staff in 2002. She earned both her MA and Ph.D. from Queen’s University in Canada. Her primary focus is on the motif of cannibalism in early modern English literature, particularly as it relates to medical and religious discourse about the uses of the human body. She is revising an upcoming book called The Healing Corpse: Medicinal Cannibalism in Early Modern English Culture.

  10. Carrie Spruill

    Whoops, forgot to sign my name to the above posting! Sorry about that.

  11. Eric Gerson

    Harold Bloom and Sarah Blacher Cohen.
    Harold Bloom is a professor of Humanities at Yale University who has published the compilation “Literature of the Holocaust,” as well as over twenty books that do and do not pertain to Jewish literary studies. In addition to being a Yale professor, Dr. Bloom is also a Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Professor of English at the New York University Graduate School. Along with the aforementioned text which Dr. Bloom provided the introduction, Dr. Bloom ‘s books, “Yeats,” “Kaballah and Criticism,” “The American Religion,” “The Western Canon,” “Dreams,” and “Resurrection” may be enormously helpful in my research. In 1999, Dr. Bloom received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Criticism, which was followed by the Catalonia International Prize in 2002.
    Sarah Blacher Cohen is a professor of English at the University at Albany, SUNY. Not only is Dr. Cohen a leading scholar in Jewish-American Literature, but she is also a playwright. Her plays include “Molly Picon’s Return Engagement,” “The Old System,” “Sophie,” “Totie & Belle,” “Sophie Tucker: Red Hot Yiddishe Mama,” “Soul Sisters,” and “Belle.” Though the musicals may not be helpful for my research, critical discussions on Saul Bellow and Cnythia Ozick’s works, found in “Saul Bellow’s Enigmatic Laughter,” and “Cynthia Oxick’s Comic Art: From Levity to Liturgy” are pivotal articles for my research. Along with her scholarly and stage achievements, Dr. Cohen collaborated with Isaac Bashevis Singer, the unofficial father of Jewish-American Literature, on the novel “Schlemiel the First.”
    Bloom, Harold. “Literature of the Holocaust.” Pennsylvania: Chelsea House Publishers, 2004.
    Cohen, Sarah Blacher. “Making a Scene: The Contemporary Drama of Jewish-American Women.” New York: Syracuse Univ. Press, 1997.

  12. Baker Pratt

    Well, for the sake of having something a bit more concrete, I’ve decided to go ahead and focus my topic a bit more to gender in the poem Beowulf. I may try to narrow this down further, or possibly widen the scope to include contemporary texts. I’ll just see what sort of sources I can find. That being said, I wasn’t entirely sure who to determine as my experts.
    The first is Jane Chance. According to Mary Dockray-Miller in her essay, “The Masculine Queen of Beowulf”, Dr.Chance was one of the first to address the women in Beowulf in the 1980s. Dr. Chance is currently a professor at Rice University in Houston, and researches in such fields as Middle Ebglish Literature and Old English Women. She teaches in the subjects such as Medeival Literature and Gender and the Study of Women. She has published scores of articles, essays, and books in these fields.
    My other expert is Dr. Gilluan R. Overing. She is a professor at Wake Forest University, so perhaps she might be amenable to inquiries from a student at NCSU. She has written a number of articles and essays that focus on gender in the Anglo-Saxon culture, including one book entitled “Language, Sign and Gender in Beowulf”.

  13. James Phillips

    Topic: American Colonial Captivity Narratives
    Experts: Zabelle Stodola (publishes as Kathryn Zabelle Derounian-Stodola) & Richard VanDerBeets
    Zabelle Stodola, who publishes under the full name Kathryn Zabelle Derounian-Stodola, is an important figure in the study of American Colonial Captivity Narratives. Her name has come up repeatedly in my database searches and in general interenet queries. Her name is also listed in the Wikipedia entry for “American Captivity Narrative”. According to her faculty webpage at http://www.ualr.edu/english/faculty.html, she completed her PhD at Pennsylvania State University. Stodola is currently a Professor of English at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she lectures on Early American Literature, Women Writers, and Captivity Narratives. She has served on the editorial boards of Early American Literature and Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers. Her most recent book is _Women’s Indian Captivity Narratives_, published by Penguin in 1998. She has also published The Indian Captivity Narrative, 1550-1900 co-authored with James A. Levernier (1993) and edited Early American Literature and Culture: Essays Honoring Harrison T. Meserole (1992) and The Journal and Occasional Writings of Sarah Wister (1987).
    In researching the life and career of my second expert, Richard VanDerBeets, I was not as succesful. This was probably due to the fact that he is older and hasn’t published much in recent years. His work as an editor and compiler is still significant though. On a site that was selling one of his anthologies, I read that VanDerBeet is a specialist in early American literature, is emeritus professor of English at San Jose State University, and lives in Aptos, California. However, I could not verify that info by the San Jose State University website. His work in the field of Captivity Narratives is impressive nonetheless. His works include:
    RichardVanDerBeets. _Held Captive By Indians: Selected Narratives, 1642-1836_. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1994. Pp. xxxviii, 374.
    Richard Vanderbeets, “Cooper and the “Semblance of Reality”: A Source for The Deerslayer” _American Literature_, Vol. 42, No. 4. (Jan., 1971), pp. 544-546.
    Richard Vanderbeets. “The Indian Captivity Narrative as Ritual”. American Literature, Vol. 43, No. 4. (Jan., 1972), pp. 548-562.
    I should note that it is my impression that Kathryn Zabelle Derounian-Stodola leads the scholarly study of this particular subject at present.

  14. Lorian Long

    I decided to contact Professor Patricia Waugh after coming across her book, Feminine Fictions: Revisiting the Postmodern. (how do you put that into italics?) I found this book while conducting a search for our previous assignment. Dr. Waugh is the head of the department of English Studies at Durham University. She has been at this institution since 1989, and has published many articles and books in the areas of twentieth-century literature, women’s writing and feminist theory, literary criticism and theory, etc.
    I was amazed to find out how easy it was to contact Mary Gaitskill, one of the authors I plan on further researching. There aren’t any “experts” on Gaitskill’s work, so I decided to cut corners and just use her as my second source. She is the author of two novels: Veronica, and Two Girls Fat and Thin. She also has published two collections of short stories: Bad Behavior, and Because They Wanted To. She has published numerous articles and essays, and has been nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the National Book Award. Gaitskill is currently teaching at Syracuse University. As for juicy scandals, Gaitskill worked as a stripper and a call girl before becoming a writer.

  15. Erika J. Galluppi

    I selected two experts in the field of fairy tales and gender studies. The first is Elizabeth Wanning Harries, author of one of my favorite cited works: “Twice Upon a Time: Women Writers and the History of the Fairy Tale” (2001). She is the Helen and Laura Shedd Professor of Modern Languages, as well as the chair of the English department, at Smith College. In addition to this particular work, she has also published “The Unfinished Manner: Essays on the Fragment in the Later Eighteenth Century” (1994). Elizabeth Wanning Harries is Helen and Laura Shedd Professor of Modern Languages, She teaches a wide range of courses in English and in Comparative Literature: Fiction, Fact and Fiction, What Jane Austen Read, Writing Women in the 18th Century, and Fairy Tales and Gender (a course I would love to take!). I contacted Dr. Harries over a year ago in preparation for my senior seminar project on fairy tales and, according to her last email, she is currently working on a book about narrative framing. While she isn?t as published and well-known in fairy tale circles as my second expert, her work prominently explores questions of gender and genre (especially representation, violence, and sexuality)?which are common fairy tale themes.
    My second expert is Jack Zipes, author of another of my ?go-to? sources: “Don?t Bet on the Prince: Contemporary Feminist Fairy Tales in North America and England” (1987), which is credited as the first comprehensive anthology of feminist fairy tales and essays to appear since the 1960?s. In addition to this particular work, Zipes published, to name a few: “Breaking the Magic Spell: Radical Theories of Folk and Fairy Tales” (1979), “Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion” (1983), and “The Trials and Tribulations of Little Red Riding Hood” (1983), “The Outspoken Princess and the Gentle Knight” (1994), and, most recently, “The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature” (ed. 2006). Currently a professor of German at the University of Minnesota, Zipes has held professorships at the universities of Wisconsin, New York, Munich, Berlin, and Frankfurt. He has also co-edited the “New German Critique” as well as issues of “The Lion and the Unicorn: A Critical Journal of Children?s Literature”. In addition to being well known in fairy tale criticism, Zipes, with his strong background in German lore, is knowledgeable about the Brothers’ Grimm, who are responsible for helping to put the “The Fisherman?s Wife” tale on paper. Some of Zipes’ scholarly articles on the Brothers Grimm include: “Critical Observations on Recent Psychoanalytical Approaches to the Tales of the Brothers Grimm”(1987), “The Enchanted Forest of the Brothers Grimm: New Modes of Approaching the Grimms’ Fairy Tales” (1987), as well as “The Grimms and the German Obsession with Fairy Tales” and “Marxists and the Illumination of Folk and Fairy Tales” ? both of which are found in Ruth B. Bottigheimer’s “Fairy Tales and Society: Illusion, Allusion, and Paradigm” (1986), one of my favorite collections of articles dealing with fairy tales and gender issues, especially with regard to the misogyny of the Brothers Grimm and the Marchen genre.
    I was able to get in contact with a chain of fellow fairy tale enthusiasts who connected me with Zipes’ CV, which gave his current work number, work address, and email address. As I delve further into research for my thesis, I will definitely be contacting both Zipes and Harries. Interestingly, at Zipes provided a glowing review for the back cover of Harries’ “Twice Upon a Time”.

  16. Erin Callahan

    I’m going to piggyback on Mary’s answer, as I’m sure several of the linguistics folks will do. My topic is also Hispanic English
    My first expert is Laura Santos, who is the migrant ed. program chair with Granville County Schools. She has worked with LEP/Spanish L2 students in the K-12 public schools system for 20 years, seeing a range of acquisition patterns and varieties of English as spoken by Spanish speakers. Her only publications are the endless memorized rosters in her mind of trailer-park and farmworker parents’ phone numbers, addresses, kids’ medical allergies translations in Spanish, and class rolls over the years filled with Hispanic surnames from Mexico, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Spain, and the U.S. I am hoping that Laura’s “impressionistic folk knowledge” can help me zero in on some of the realities not covered in the academic literature.
    I’m also hoping Phillip Carter (ibid, Mary!) can give me the “down low” on all the angles and issues to explore in this vast Hispanic Englishland. Some of his publications (a few already mentioned by Mary) are:
    1. Thomas, Erik and Phillip M. Carter, Prosodic rhythm and African American English, English World Wide, vol. 27 no. 3 (2006), pp. 331-55, John Benjamins.
    2. Carter, Phillip M., Intersecting identities: race, class, and gender in drag queen onomastics, American Speech, vol. Under review (2006).
    3. Carter, Phillip M., Prosodic variation in SLA: rhythm in an urban NC Hispanic community, Penn Working Papers in Linguistics, vol. 11 no. 2 (2005), pp. 59-71.
    4. Carter, Phillip M., Quantifying rhythmic differences between Spanish, English, and Hispanic English, in Theoretical and Experimental Approaches to Romance Linguistics: Selected Papers from the 34th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (2005), pp. 63-75.
    Happy hunting!
    Erin Callahan

  17. Ashley Merrill

    My Nancy Drew expert is Carolyn Stewart Dyer, who edited and wrote the introduction for “Rediscovering Nancy Drew.” Professor at University of Iowa; Ph.D., 1978, University of Wisconsin at Madison.
    Carolyn Dyer’s current research interests are the reporting of sex crimes, feminist perspectives on media law, and fostering reading among girls and women. She teaches gender and mass communication, legal research methods, law and the media, and advanced reporting and writing courses (freelance, depth, and specialized).
    After receiving a B.A. degree in government, Dyer worked as a journalist for six years. She also has an M.A. degree in journalism with a concentration in higher education and a Ph.D. degree in mass communications with concentrations in history and law.
    Before joining the Iowa faculty in 1978, she worked as teaching assistant, lecturer, and visiting assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and as assistant professor at Colorado State University’s Department of Technical Journalism. She did postgraduate work at the Family and Community History Center at the Newberry Library in Chicago in 1979.
    Dyer worked as a newswoman for WJPG-AM in Green Bay, Wis., reporter for the Green Bay Press-Gazette, and capitol correspondent at the Madison news bureau of the Green Bay Press-Gazette and Appleton Post-Crescent. Her articles have appeared in Journalism and Communication Monographs, Journalism Quarterly, Georgetown Law Journal, Communications and the Law, Sexual Coercion and Assault, and Journalism History. In 1987, she developed The Iowa Guide: Scholarly Journals in Mass Communication and Related Fields, which currently is in preparation for a new online version scheduled for debut in 2002. She coordinated the 1993 Nancy Drew Conference at The University of Iowa and co-edited the book Rediscovering Nancy Drew, which is based on the proceedings. She also has published articles on 19th-century newspaper history. Her current research focuses on news coverage of rape and of mental illness.
    In 1999 Dyer received a first place award in the Third Annual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Web Site Design Competition for the web site created for her Information Gathering course. She has also won research awards for her work on newspaper history, gender and media law, and Nancy Drew.
    My fanfic expert is Kelly Chandler-Olcott, who co-published an article in the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literature entitled “Adolescents’ Anime-Inspired “Fanfictions”: An Exploration of Multiliteracies The Authors Explore “Fanfiction” as a Valid Literacy Practice in the Context of the Multiliteracies Framework”.
    Kelly Chandler-Olcott is an assistant professor in Syracuse University’s Reading and Language Arts Center and the director of the English Education program. She teaches courses in content literacy, children’s literature, and English methods, as well as RED 746, a graduate seminar called Perspectives on Literacy and Technology. In 2001, she and middle-school English teacher Donna Mahar received a research grant from the International Reading Association to investigate adolescent girls’ use of digital technologies in their literacy practices, both in and out of school. A report of this study is forthcoming from Reading Research Quarterly. With technical assistance from Living SchoolBook staffers, she also designed and developed a digital video-enhanced CD-ROM for use in a literacy across the curriculum course taken by preservice students in all seven of SU’s secondary education programs.
    Dr. Chandler-Olcott received her doctorate from the University of Maine and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Harvard University. Before she began a career in higher education, she was a high school English and social studies teacher in her home state of Maine.

  18. James Sellers

    1. Guy Bailey was named the Peter T. Flawn Professor of English Language and Linguistics in 2004. He has been featured in numerous journals, The New York Times, PBS and other national media outlets. He is currently the chancellor of the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He often writes papers in collaboration with his wife, Jane Tillery (so they’re kind of a two-fer). He studies language variation in the speech of southerners, primarily in Texans (which he began doing in the 1980s). He was the assistant editor of the “Linguistic atlas of the Gulf States” (1986-1992). He co-authored “Language variety in the South :
    perspectives in Black and White” (1986) and “The Emergence of Black English : text and commentary” (1991) with Natalie Maynard. He was also the mentor of my second expert.
    2. Erik Thomas is a professor at NC State. He is a Sociophonetician and he specializes in southern speech. His published articles include several studies in vowel changes in communities in North Carolina, Ohio, and Texas. He authored the book “An Acoustic Analysis of Vowel Variation in New World English” (2001). He appeals to both phonetic factors and sociological factors when examining the cause of sound changes. One interesting fact is that his undergraduate degree was actually in Botany (or biology I can’t remember which). He is also an avid bird watcher.

  19. Leah White

    With regard to gender and language, my first expert is Deborah Tannen. She is a professor at Georgetown University who has published many articles and books on linguistics and gender. Some of her books for a more general audience are “You’re Wearing That?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation,” “Talking from 9 to 5: Women and Men at Work,” and “You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation.” (I know this is not the way to refer to books, but I have no idea how to make this thing underline or italicize.) According to the biography on her faculty website, “You Just Don’t Understand…” was on the NY Times bestseller list for four years, and was #1 for eight months. She has also written and edited more scholarly works about gender and language, including a ridiculously large number of articles, but she is definitely more involved with talking about gender differences in discourse than differences in acquisition. This isn’t really a problem for me, however, because I haven’t narrowed my topic down to exclude either of those.
    My second expert is Jennifer Coates, a professor at Roehampton University in London. She has published several books, including “Women, Men, and Language : a Sociolinguistic Account of Gender Differences in Language” and “Women Talk: Conversation Between Women Friends.” Interestingly, she has also published (in 2002) a book called “Men Talk: Stories in the Making of Masculinities;” this is worthy of mention in my opinion because when most people begin to talk about gender differences in language, they tend to focus on the more historically disenfranchised of the groups, women. Since we have both “Women Talk…” and “Men Talk…” at the NCSU library, it would be interesting to read them both and get a different perspective on each. The only problem that might arise when using her as an expert is that she is British, and her studies would most likely be more concentrated on speakers of British English, although any generalities she comes up with that pertain not just to British English would still be just as valid and useful.

  20. Josh Gane

    Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari
    Deleuze was born in Paris in 1925. He studied philosophy at Surbonne studying under Georges Canguilhem (Foucault’s advisor) among many. Later, he would become good friends with Foucault who would give Deleuze much praise and even recommend him for a position at Vincennes, which Deleuze did accept. In the mid 1960’s, he returned to Paris to teach philosophy at the University of Paris, where he remained for the rest of his life. This is where he met Feliz Guuittari he would co-author and collaborate with Deleuze on some major important pieces. Among these are CAPITOLISM AND SCHIZOPHRENIA, ANTI OEDIPUS, and A THOUSAND PLATEUS. These books were unique in the fact that they abandoned and criticized many old philosophical traditions, and ther were written in an odd “postmodern” manner that helped innact and describe the very things they were explaining. In an interview, Deleuze explained, “We don’t claim to have written a madman’s book, just a book in which one no longer kows and there is no reason to know-who exactly is speaking, a doctor, a patient, an untreated patient, a present, past or future patient.” These books would become an expression of the political environment at France at the time, and stand today as a classic example of the move from modern to postmodern/posthuman literature.

  21. Blake Wilder

    Experts: Michael Grimwood and Noel Polk
    Out of force of habit the first search engine I went to was google, which turned out to be fortuitous because the first hit led me to a really helpful site called the SSSL Bibliography, which ?is an annotated checklist of scholarship on writings and writers (novelists, playwrights, poets, essayists, diarists) of the American South. There are over 1,000 writers currently in the checklist, although there are many more who would qualify if there were scholarship available about them.?
    Michael Grimwood is actually a member of the NCSU English department. I was previously aware of his expertise. I have not actually met him yet, but trust me I will.
    Heart in Conflict: Faulkner’s Struggles with Vocation, Athens: Univ of Georgia Press, 1987.
    “Faulkner’s `Golden Land’ as Autobiography” SSF, 23 (Summer 1986), 275-280.
    “The Paradigm Shift in Faulkner Studies” SLJ, 19 (Fall 1986), 100-112.
    “`Mr. Faulkner’ and `Ernest V. Trueblood'” SoR, 21 (Spring 1985), 361-371.
    “Young Man Faulkner” SLJ, 18 (Fall 1985), 101-109.
    “Lyle Saxon’s Father Mississippi as a Source for Faulkner’s `Old Man’ and `Mississippi'” NMW, 17 (1985), 55-62.
    “`Delta Autumn’: Stagnation and Sedimentation in Faulkner’s Career” SLJ, 16 (Spring 1984), 93-106.
    Noel Polk is a member of the faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi and he seems to be (at least one of) the leading authority on Faulkner and Southern Literature in the country. His articles and books are far too numerous to list here, so I will just hit the highlights.
    Intertextuality in Faulkner
    Jackson: Univ Press of Mississippi, 1985.
    Children of the Dark House: Text and Context in Faulkner
    Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1996.
    Reading Faulkner: The Sound and the Fury
    Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1996.
    “Law in Faulkner’s Sanctuary” MissColl Law Review, 4 (Spring 1984), 227-243.
    “`I Taken an Oath of Office Too’: Faulkner and the Law”, in: Fifty Years of Yoknapatawpha: Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha, 1979, ed Doreen Fowler Ann J. Abadie.
    Jackson: Univ Press of Mississippi, 1980, pp. 159-178.
    “The Critics and Faulkner’s `Little Postage Stamp of Native Soil'” MissQ, 23 (Summer 1970), 323-335.
    “Response to `The Military as Metaphor'” FJ, 2 (Spring 1987), 23-27

  22. Jason Jefferies

    I am going to go ahead and post for my other topic in case I decide to do that.
    For my research on William T. Vollmann, I contacted Edward Champion, who runs a blog http://www.edrants.com and does the ‘Bat Segundo’ show, where he interviews contemporary authors. He has a site dedeicated to reading all of the works of Vollmann, and he was the only expert I could find. For my second “expert”, I am hoping I can use Vollmann himself, who I interviewed a few months ago in San Francisco. I don’t really know how to get back in touch with him, but I have talked to him about the book I am going to focus on.