I grew up in small-town Georgia (about an hour's drive from Flannery O'Connor's Milledgeville and Alice Walker's Eatonton), which is probably why I decided to specialize in Southern literature. Reading Faulkner, O'Connor, Welty, and Walker is, for me, reading about people and situations I know. There is almost nothing I would rather do than talk with students about Southern literature. Everytime I teach Faulkner I take students to Oxford, Mississippi, so they can see Yoknpatawpha for themselves.

In addition to teaching, I am a photographer. My work have been exibited both nationally and internationally. Right now, I'm working on a book of photographs titled WITH ANIMALS which will be published in 2015.

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Texts and Meaning

An introduction to the study of the structures and methods by which texts create and convey meaning. Texts and approaches will be determined by individual instructors, but all emphasize reflective, critical reading, as well as text-centered discussions and written assignments.


Interpretive Strategies

Addressing issues and questions specific to literary and cultural analysis and in the process exploring various interpretive strategies through which ideas of the literary and of literary study are engaged. The content and perspective of this course will vary according to instructor. Students will read primary theoretical texts, and will write about how theories of literature might inform ways of reading prose, poetry, drama, and/or film. By the end of the term, students should have a sense of how over the years critical debate has shaped the many practices of reading literature.


Advanced Composition

Instruction and practice in writing, analyzing, and evaluating narrative, descriptive, expository, and argumentative essays.


Writing with Writers

Supervised by a prominent writer, students will work on their own creative projects. The genre (prose fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry) will change from year to year.



Chronological study of the development of Faulkner's art from FLAGS IN THE DUST to GO DOWN, MOSES. Attention paid to the concept of Yoknapatawpa County and to the various innovative narrative techniques Faulkner employed.


Literature of the South

The dialogue about race, class, and gender that takes place between writers such as Faulkner, Warren, Gaines, Welty, O'Connor, Walker, and Allison.


Irish Renaissance Literature

The remarkable literary flowering contemporary with the late nineteenth-century movements in Ireland that led to the creation of the Irish Free State in 1921, and with the difficult historical circumstances faced by the new nation in the first 20 years of its existence. The major figures studied include: Yeats, Joyce, Synge, and O146Casey.


Film Analysis

Exploration of the fundamentals of film form151narrative construction in the Hollywood system as well as non-narrative formal systems (documentary, abstract and avant-garde film). Includes examination of the fundamentals of film style (mise-en-sc232ne, cinematography, editing, sound) and attention to the relationships between the literary and filmic texts.


Senior Seminar in English

Course topic changes with each offering.


Contemporary Issues on Film

This seminar will focus on films that address global, political, and social issues. The issues will change with each offering of the seminar: in one term the seminar might study films that explore the status of women in a variety of social and cultural contexts. In other terms, the seminar might consider, for example, black/white relationships or the representation of war.


Reading Flannery O' Connor

In this course students will read the short stories, novels, essays and letters of Flannery O'Connor. They will write four or five papers exploring various topics in her work: religion, race relations, the South, etc. Course may include a field trip to Andelusia, her home in Milledgeville, Georgia.

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