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fields: Computer-assisted composition,
Bible as literature, Medieval
rhetoric, Old English
Texas A & M University,
field: English literature
- West Texas
State University, May 1993
summa cum laude
- Title: "Of
Pilgrims and Parables: The Influence
of the Vulgate Parables on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales"
James Earl (chair), Warren Ginsberg,
Anne Laskaya, Stephen Shoemaker
While all Chaucerian
critics agree that the Bible had a profound
influence on Chaucer, the tendency has
been to locate that influence primarily
on the level of Biblical allusion or exegetical
readings of his work rather than to seek
it in narrative structure. On the narrative
level, Italian and French sources traditionally
have been seen as more influential in
his work due to the appearance of identical
themes, characters, or "verbal echoes"
in Chaucer's language. My dissertation
argues that the structure of the Canterbury
Tales shows signs of Biblical influence
on a narrative level, particularly from
the New Testament parables in the Vulgate
Bible. It traces Chaucer's allusions to
the parables in the Canterbury Tales,
as well as imagery adapted from the parables,
as evidence of his familiarity with them.
It then proceeds to examine the tales
as embedded narratives within larger narratives,
akin to the structure of parables within
the Vulgate as embedded narratives within
the larger narrative of the Gospels themselves.
- Title: "Chaucer's Fabliaux:
A Rogue's Rhetoric in Text and
Shearle Furnish (chair), Charmazel Dudt
(supervisor while abroad)
My master's thesis
involved a summer-long paleographical
study of the marginal illumination of
an early Canterbury Tales text
(Lansdowne Manuscript 851) in the British
Museum. While the Ellesmere Manuscript
in the Huntington Library has garnered
a greater share of critical attention
due to its fine quality, lesser known
manuscripts like the Lansdowne are important
in that they contain marginalia revealing
the responses of medieval readers to Chaucer's
works we would not otherwise be able to
access. For my thesis, I examined the
marginal depictions found in his fabliaux
and the accompanying portrait of the pilgrim
storyteller. The fabliaux in
Fragment I (the first four tales) in particular
contain a more favorable response to these
pilgrims and their tales than we might
expect from their rhetorically ambiguous
descriptions in the General Prologue.
Editor, Literature in Context:
Restoration Through Postmodernism. 2nd edition.
Vol. 2 Boston, MA: Pearson Publishing,
2008. 2 Vols.
"Anglo-Saxon Riddles by Saint Aldhelm
and Anonymous Authors." Literature
in Context: Classicism, Middle Ages,
and Renaissance. Ed. Gerald C.
et al. 2nd edition. Vol. 1.
Boston: MA: Pearson Publishing, 2007.
"Sir Gawain and the Green
IV." Literature in Context:
Classicism, Middle Ages, and Renaissance.
Ed. Gerald C. Wood et al.
2nd edition. Vol. 1. Boston: MA: Pearson
Publishing, 2007. 347-52. 2 Vols.
Literature." The Historical
Encyclopedia of Prostitution and
Sex Work. Greenwood
Press. 2006. (Survey of prostitution
as depicted in medieval literature.)
Procrustean Teacher Takes on the Cloned
Cutting and Pasting as a Means of Productive
Debate." Componere 1999-2000
(Componere is an instructional
textbook for beginning teachers and graduate
instructors at the University of Oregon.)
"The Manuscript Zoo: Crowd-Sourcing as a Means of Textual Reconstruction". Faculty Forum At Carson-Newman College. Scheduled for November 2009."
"Teaching Medieval Mystics Through Mock HeresyTrials: A Second Look. " Session: "Teaching Heresies." Sponsored by Carson-Newman College. MART Conference. Carson-Springs Baptist Retreat, Tennessee, October 2009.
"Virtual Reconstruction of Fragmented Manuscripts." Session: "Textual Trauma: Violence Against Texts." 2009 Marco Manuscript Workshop University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 6 February 2009.
as Translator of the Vulgate Parables."
Session: "Chaucer as Translator--The
Latin Tradition," sponsored by The
Chaucer Review. 43rd International
Medieval Congress on Medieval Studies,
Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 2008.
and the Gospels: The Evidence for Lukan
Parables." West Texas A & M
University. Canyon, Texas. Presentation
for the Department of English, Philosophy,
and Modern Language. April 2008.
Lady of the Rings: Jewelry in Troilus
and Criseyde." Session: "Costume
in Chaucer," sponsored by
the Medieval Association of the
41st International Medieval Congress
on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo,
Michigan. May 2006.
in the Court! Heresy Trials as Techniques
for Teaching Margery Kempe and Julian
of Norwich." Session: "CSI Middle
Ages: Fictive Trials in the Classroom," sponsored
by TEAMS. 40th International Medieval
Congress on Medieval Studies.
Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 2005.
Translation? Injecting Classical and Ancient
Vocabulary in Literature Surveys." 2005
SCOLT-FLANC Conference. Charlotte, North
Carolina, February 2005.
Lollardy." Session: "Pounding
the Pulpit: Sermons and Social Gospels
in the late Middle Ages," sponsored
by Mark Amos of Southern Illinois University.
38th International Medieval Congress
Medieval studies. Kalamazoo, Michigan,
"'For it shal been
secree': Confessional Inversion in the
Shipman's Tale." Medieval and Early Modern
Students of the Pacific Conference. Eugene,
"Of Maps and Men: Tudor Cartography and
Characterization." Eastern New Mexico
University Graduate Research Conference.
Portales, New Mexico, 1995.
"Teaching with Computers." University
of Oklahoma Research Conference. Oklahoma
City, Oklahoma, 1994.
"Language and Literary
Symbolism in Sir
Gawain and the Green Knight." Sigma
Tau Delta Literary Conference. Denver,
PRESENTATIONS, AND ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS:
Co-Organizer along with Mary Baldridge, First MART (Medieval and Renaissance Teaching) Conference. Carson Springs Baptist Retreat, New Port, Tennessee, 29-31 October, 2009.
Stoker and Dracula's Theatrical
Connections." Presentation for Honors
Students attending the Honors Program
trip to Abington, Virginia, 22 September
the Honors Project." Presentation for
Carson-Newman Honors Students. Emmanuel
Baptist Church, Jefferson City, 29
Twenty-Minute Comedy of Errors:
A Pre-Viewing Guide." Presentation
for Honors Students attending the Honors
Program trip to
Atlanta Georgia. 30 September 2006.
ACA Trip to Greece." Appalachian
College Association Summit. Abingdon,
Virginia. 5 October 2006.
It Could Happen to You." Presentation
for Carson-Newman Honors Students.
Emmanuel Baptist Church, Jefferson City,
"Wizards, Witches, and Wardrobes." Presentation
for Residence Life Association along
with David McNeely and Bethany
Bear. Swan Hall, Jefferson City, Carson-Newman
C. S. Lewis You Never Knew." Presentation
for Honors Students at the Appalachian
Commons along with Mark Hussung,
Walter Crouch, et al. Jefferson City,
College, November 2005.
"Courtly Love." History
of Great Ideas Series for Liberal Arts
Emphasis Week. Jefferson City, Carson-Newman
College, February 2005.
on Teaching in the Computerized Classroom." Presentation
to introduce new GTFs to the computerized
classroom at the University of Oregon,
March 2001. Organizer: Tara Montague.
"Composing Cybernetics: A World of Possibilities." Fall
Composition Conference, University
of Oregon, 2001.
Moderator and Organizer: "Sacred Identities:
Character, Confession, and Introspection." Sponsored
by the Oregon Medieval English Literature
Society at the 36th International
Medieval Congress on Medieval Studies.
Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 2001.
"St. Augustine and Robbing Egyptian Gold." Roundtable
Discussion: Medievalism and the Construction
of the Literary. The
Nature of the Literary Conference, University
of Oregon, 1998.
"Saving Paper: How to Make the Most of
Your Handouts." Fall Composition Conference,
University of Oregon, 1998.
"Teaching Writing 121:
Integrating Harvest with The
Shape of Reason." Fall
Composition Conference: The Body of Writing,
University of Oregon, 1997.
Chair, English Medieval
and Medievalist Poetry Session, WTAMU
Canyon, Texas: West Texas A & M University,
Art and Poetry Session, WTAMU Research
Conference. Canyon, Texas:
West Texas A & M University, 1994.
Professor, Carson-Newman College:
Visiting Assistant Professor, Gonzaga
University: Fall 2002-Spring 2003
Teaching Fellow, University of Oregon:
Fall 2001-Spring 2002
Graduate Instructor, University
of Oregon: Fall 1996-Spring 2001
Tutor, American English Institute,
University of Oregon: Summer 1998-Fall
Part-Time Instructor, West Texas
A & M University: Fall 1995-Winter
Writing Lab Supervisor, West Texas
A & M University: Summer 1995
Graduate Instructor, West Texas
A & M University: Fall 1993-Spring
Writing Lab Tutor, West Texas State
University: Fall 1991-Spring 1993
COMMITTEES AND DEPARTMENTAL WORK:
- Global Diversity Committee, 2009 through present.
and Grounds and Committee, 2006-2008.
- Honors Council. 2008-present.
Gerald Wood in
editing and proofreading of revised
editions of Writing
at Carson -Newman and in compilation
of First Year Writing at Carson-Newman.
- Assisted in editing and proofreading
of revised editions of English 201
custom textbook and English 301 custom
textbook, Literature in Context,
volumes one and two.
- Responsible for updating and maintaining
online archive of the English Department's
digital photographs at Carson-Newman.
- Liaison for maintaining
and updating the English Department's
Website at Carson-Newman.
- Co-Director, Jon Coffee’s Honor Project: “What Generative Grammar ‘Does’ with ‘Do.’” First Co-Director: Michael Putnam. 2009-2010.
- Reader, Stephanye Gaye’s Honors Project: “ShieldCross: An Exploration of Sequential Art.” 2008-2009.
- Reader, Katie Mitchell’s Honors Project: “Growing up in Wonderland: An Analysis of Lacanian Subject Formation Within the Secondary World of Children’s Fantasy.” 2008-2009.
- Reader, Ashleigh Wetmore’s Honors Project: “Wandering Warriors: Two 20th Century Icons of Revolution.” 2008-2009.
Shannon Korda's Senior Honor Project: "Mytheme-Molding
in Milton and Tolkien: Christianity
in Crisis" Second Co-Director:
Jennifer Hall. 2007-2008.
- Director, Benjamin
Wilkinson's Senior Honor Project: "Sir Gawain
and the Green Knight: Translation
and Theory in Two Texts." 2006-2007.
- Reader, Bethany
Bear's Senior Honor Project: "Wild
Swans and Sister-Saviors: Cultural
Moments in the Life of an Indo-European
Fairy Tale." Main
project advisor: Dr. Shannon Collins.
- Reader, Diana
Lovelace's Senior Honor Project: "Kept from Knowledge:
Contemporary Novelists Challenge Plato's
Theories Concerning Thought Control." Main
Project Advisors: Dr. Victoria Barker
and Dr. Don Olive. 2005.
- Composition Committee, University
of Oregon English Department, 2000-2001.
- Textbook Committee, University of
Oregon English Department, 1998-1999.
Training of New Graduate Teaching
Apprentices at University
of Oregon English
Department, 1997-1998, 1998-1999.
- Harvest Committee, University
of Oregon English Department, 1997-1998.
- Authors of Courtly Love (English 451)
- A study of medieval authors who wrote on the theme of courtly love and romantic attraction, including Andreas Capellanus, Marie de France, Chretien de Troyes, Geoffrey Chaucer, the Pearl Poet, and the Sir Orfeo poet
- Ireland And Its Literature (Equivalent to English 301):
- A course taught in Ireland focusing on major works in Irish literature from the medieval period up to the postmodern era, including tours of literary and historical sites in Ireland. The course is taught on-site in Ireland during alternate summer May terms.
of Ireland (Equivalent
to English 301)
- A variant of "Ireland and its Literature" (above), this course studies archetypal imagery in Irish
literature from the medieval period
up to the postmodern era.
of the development of medieval Arthurian
in translated Welsh, French, Latin,
and original English sources including
The Mabinogion, Geoffrey
of Monmouth, Chrétien de Troyes,
the Pearl Poet, and Sir Thomas Malory.
The course culminates with post-medieval
writings such as those of Alfred
Tennyson and T. H. White. Offered spring
- Chaucer and
His Circle (English
study of Chaucer's poetry with brief
into works by Gower, Froissart, Machaut,
and the 15th century Chaucerians.
in the London dialect of Middle English.
Offered every other year.
English Dialects (English
of four Middle English dialects
as appearing in the works of specific
authors including Chaucer (London
dialect), the Pearl Poet
(West Midlands), the Sir Orfeo Poet
(Southern), and Thomas Chester
in the Novel: Science Fiction
of the development of science fiction
narratives with an emphasis
on the novel. The material ranges
from early Renaissance writings
like Francis Bacon's New Atlantis and
finishes with the postmodern Cyberpunk
readings are from the nineteenth
and twentieth centuries.
in Greco-Roman Literature (English
of how classical Greco-Roman authors
portray masculinity and femininity.
texts include Homer's Odyssey,
Symposium, and various
plays by Euripides and Aeschylus.
texts include Virgil's Aeneid,
Apuleius' The Golden Ass,
Art of Love. Offered as
an independent study in the summer
Mythology (English 474)
study of mythology in Greco-Roman
culture and literature from the Homeric
period up through the Augustan and
Patristic ages with an emphasis on
how religious practices appear in
poetic texts. Course content developed
out of the ACA summer study in Greece
(May 2006). Offered in the spring
- Major American
Authors: Poe and Hawthorne (English
- A comparative study of the poetry,
short stories, and longer prose work
of Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
The course emphasizes allegorical and
gothic aspects of the works. Offered
as an independent study in the summer
Literature I (English
survey of representative British
the Anglo-Saxon period through the
18th century for junior-level English
majors at Carson-Newman College. Offered
Composition, Grammar, and Language Studies
of the history of the English language
the development of English grammar
leading up to modern debates in composition
theory. Offered fall terms.
Sagas and Anglo-Saxon Adventures (English
course with Dr. Michael Putnam.
Study of Old Norse/Icelandic Sagas
and continental Germanic medieval
literature compared to Anglo-Saxon
literature. Readings include Tacitus,
Njal's Saga, Grettir's
Nibelungenlied, and various
Anglo-Saxon poetic and prose works.
to the Liberal Arts (LA
course for new students at Carson-Newman
College introducing them to the
history of Carson-Newman and
our place in the Liberal Arts
tradition. Each LA 101 course
is individually shaped around
a topic of interest to the professor
and how that topic relates to
the Liberal Arts. My own LA 101
course for the Fall 2008 class
focuses on science fiction novels
and the way these narratives
depict the human condition.
and Literary Studies III (English
mandatory course at Carson-Newman
literary research and thematic analysis
of literary texts from the Enlightenment
through the Postmodern period. Offered
and Literary Studies II (English
mandatory course at Carson-Newman
literary research, library usage, critical
thinking, and thematic analysis
texts from the Classical Age through
the Renaissance. Offered
- Chaucer (English
- Gonzaga University's
survey of Chaucer's major works, including
The Canterbury Tales, Troilus
and Criseyde, The Book of the
Duchess, The Parliament of
Birds, and minor poems. The course
covers the Great Vowel Shift and assists
students with Middle English pronunciation
in the London dialect. Offered at both
the graduate level and the undergraduate
- Middle English
Survey (English 520/320):
- Gonzaga University's
survey of Middle English prose, drama,
and poetry, excluding Chaucer, with
brief samples of Old English and Middle
French works in translation as a contrast
to better highlight the unique traits
of Middle English. The course covers
the Great Vowel Shift and assists students
with Middle English pronunciation in
the original dialect spellings. Texts
include Sir Gawain and the Green
Knight, Pearl, Mankind,
Piers Plowman, Le Mort
d'Arthur, and assorted Middle
English lyrics and writings by female
mystics. Offered at both the graduate
level and the undergraduate level.
Genres (English 102)
- Gonzaga University's
survey of major works in prose, poetry,
and drama, with an emphasis of genre
conventions and close reading. Authors
include Sophocles, Donne, Shakespeare,
Ibsen, Dickinson, Whitman, Keats, Shelley,
Coleridge, Hawthorne, Steinbeck, Poe,
Faulkner, Chopin, Jackson, Cisneros,
Porter, Nash, and others.
About Medieval Monsters (English
experimental course at the University
of Oregon explores
the changes in the literary depictions
of monsters. The class covers the
of the classical period up through
early Renaissance texts. Texts include
epic literature, sagas, demonological
treatises, and the early Renaissance
the Malleus Maleficarum.
to Shakespeare's Early Works (English
sophomore-level course at the University
the class focuses on the sonnets and
early plays of Shakespeare, with
in scansion, meter, classroom performance,
and poetic composition. In various
the course has focused on themes such
as "disguise and desire" and "the
decay of chivalry."
to Shakespeare's Later Works (English
- A sophomore-level
course at the University of Oregon,
the class focuses on the later plays
of Shakespeare, with particular emphasis
on tragedy and Jacobean politics. In
various incarnations, the course has
focused on the supernatural elements
in Shakespeare's later plays and on
the problem of evil within those plays.
to Fiction (English 107)
- A freshman-level
course for non-English majors at the
University of Oregon, the class focuses
on the short story and the novel. Selected
readings include Nathaniel Hawthorne,
Edgar Allan Poe, William Faulkner, Joyce
Carol Oates, and Shirley Jackson.
to the English Major: Medieval through
- The first in
a three-term, mandatory survey series
for English majors at the University
of Oregon, the course covers material
ranging from Anglo-Saxon writings such
as Beowulf to Renaissance poetry
such as The Faerie Queen.
to the English Major: Romanticism through
Modernism* (English 222)
- The last in
a three-term, mandatory survey series
for English majors at the University
of Oregon, the course begins with the
English Romantic movement and American
Transcendentalism, then continues chronologically
to postmodern literature.
- Survey of
Ancient and Classical Literature* (English
- A freshman-level
humanities course at the University
of Oregon, the class contrasts the literature,
philosophy, and early history of classical
Greco-Roman culture with that of classical
*indicates a discussion section within
a larger lecture
and Literary Studies I (English
mandatory freshman course at Carson-Newman
College emphasizing grammar, mechanics,
style, punctuation, usage, and
development, including introduction
to literary analysis with an emphasis
on Appalachian writers. Offered
Composition (English 101)
mandatory, semester-long course at
University and West Texas A&M University
that requires students to write several
essays largely following the traditional
modes. Sample papers include description,
narration, comparison/contrast, analytical
critique, and argumentative writing.
- Basic Grammar
and TASP Remediation (English 099)
introductory course for at-risk students
Texas A&M University who have failed
the statewide TASP examination, this
class provides assistance with basic
language skills including punctuation,
grammar, and mechanics.
Composition I (Writing 121)
- Writing 121
is the first course in a two-term series
of classes devoted to college expository
writing and critical reading. Its primary
focus is on written reasoning and persuasive
Composition II (Writing 122)
- The second in
a two-term series of mandatory writing
courses at the University of Oregon,
Writing 122 continues to work toward
the goal of Freshman Composition I.
It focuses on specific ways to develop
argumentative essays in response to
increasingly complex contexts, which
may include more sophisticated competing
arguments and more challenging issues
- A variant of
Writing 121, listed above, this course
involves composition in a computerized
classroom. The course's primary focus
is that of Writing 121, successful argumentative
writing and critical reading, but the
class also deals with these issues in
the context of HTML programming, web
rhetoric, and word-processing.
variant of Writing 122, listed above,
this course involves
developing advanced argumentative essays,
but deals with these issues in a
classroom, including the rhetoric of
HTML programming, web rhetoric, and
- Writing the
Research Paper (Writing 123)
freshman-level course at the University
of Oregon focusing on independent
appropriate use of documented information,
arguments, and counter-arguments
in relevant scholarly sources.
HONORS AND AWARDS:
- Carson-Newman Faculty's Teaching
Excellence and Leadership Award 2007.
website honored as a "Feature
of the Day" at Sal Touse's "Web
Resources for Writers" 2004.
- Two nominations,
Graduate Teaching Fellow of the Year,
University of Oregon, 2001
- University of
Oregon GTF Tuition Grant, 1996-2001
- C.W. Foreman
Scholarship for Academic Excellence,
- President of
Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society,
Chi Theta Chapter, 1994
- West Texas A
& M University Tuition Grant, 1993-1995
- Arlin Turner
Memorial Scholarship, 1993
- Mesa Petroleum
- Member of Alpha
Chi Honor Society
- Member of Phi
Beta Kappa Honor Society
- Member of Phi
Eta Sigma Honor Society
- Medieval Academy
- Modern Language
- Oregon Medieval
English Literature Society (member 1996-2002,
- Sigma Tau Delta
of ACA-Mellon-CHS grant for curricular
development in Greece: "Festivals
and Sanctuaries of Ancient Greece." 31
May - June 11 2006.
- Participant in teacher training at
the Appalachian College Association's
Teaching and Learning Institute, June
Dr. Angie Wood in the Nursing
Department by serving as a regional
for HOSA competitors in the "prepared
medical speech" category.
January 2005, January 2006.
- Assisted Dr.
Ev Robertson in the Speech Department
by providing Latin translation and pronunciation
guide to theater students performing
in The Comedy of Errors, February
- Volunteer tutoring
of students in basic Latin grammar
or tutored in computerized classrooms
different universities. Used the Daedalus
Interchange for PC computers
at West Texas A&M University
to teach grammar and literature,
at the University of Oregon using
the Blackboard Program
(see above under "Composition
Familiar with WebCT. Familiar
with HTML editing software and web
design. Familiar with Powerpoint for
general classroom presentations.
firsthand work with fifteenth-century
manuscripts in the British Museum as
part of master's thesis research.
Participated in digital photography
of medieval manuscripts at Mount
Monastery, in Oregon, as part of work
in the Oregon Medieval English Literature
fluency in Spanish, written understanding
of French, Latin, and Anglo-Saxon. Currently
studying Middle Welsh and Koine Greek.
- ESL Tutoring:
- Extensive tutoring
work with non-native speakers of English,
primarily Hispanic and Middle Eastern
students at West Texas State University
and Korean and Japanese students at
the American English Institute in Oregon.
revise the new edition of Ellen Millsaps'
grammar guide, Writing
at Carson-Newman in the summer of 2005.
Helped compile the freshman reader,
First Year Writing at Carson-Newman,
in the summer of 2005. Helped edit
the revised editions of the English
201 and English 301 custom textbooks,
Literature in Context, Volumes I and
II. Served as co-editor in 1997 of
Harvest: A Collection of Student
(Harvest is a mandatory reader for
freshmen composition students at the
University of Oregon.)
- Professor Shawn O'Hare
Chair of English Department,
City, TN 37760
University of Oregon
- email: email@example.com
University of Oregon
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Mary Baldridge
- Dean of Humanities
- phone: (865)-471-3473
- email: email@example.com