In Brief. . .
My areas of teaching interest are the Literature of the American South, Contemporary American Literature, Literary Theory and Criticism, and Drama. I have published essays and articles on subjects ranging from Tolstoy's novel Resurrection to American Cyberpunk fiction, but most of my research and writing concerns the literature of the American South, especially the work of Flannery O'Connor. I am currently continuing work on a project seeking to understand O'Connor's writings in the cultural and historical context of the South during the 1940s and 1950s.
Outside of my professional interest, I am kept busy and amazed by life with my wife, Anne, and my two children, Ben and Kate. I like to travel, read, experiment with fiction writing, and participate in the life of our local church. I hate yard work, grading papers, and attending faculty "functions," but I can, alas, still be spotted doing all of these.
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MLA Bibliographic and Format Assistance: Site One
MLA Bibliographic and Format Assistance: Site Two
Format and Style Writing Guide
Syllabus: American Humor, English 266w.09
Syllabus: American Humor, English 266w.14
Handout Sheets: Useful Terms for Analyzing Humor
Helps for Writing Paper Assignments
Syllabus: English 337W.01, African American Literature--Fall 2002
Syllabus: English 361.01--Survey of American Literature, 1865-Present--Spring 2002
Guide to Preparing an Annotated Bibliography
Syllabus: English 370w.01--Modern Drama--Spring 2002
Syllabus: English 470w.01--American Regional Literature: The South--Fall 2001
Graduate Comprehensive Exam in 20th Century American Lit: Information