Speaking of English.....
All presentations at 3:30 pm in CH 109 unless otherwise noted
Tuesday, February 7th, 3:30 p.m., CH109
Dr. Catherine R. Eskin
“Jewish Sacred Space in a 'City of Churches':
Temple Emanuel in Lakeland, Florida”
Dr. Eskin discusses the implications of sacred space from social and architectural perspectives.
Tuesday, March 15th, 3:30 p.m., CH109
“Making Up Words:
A Study in Newspeak, Teen-speak, and Nerd-speak”
Stellar Senior English Major reprise of outstanding English Senior Seminar Presentation.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011:
Capturing a Story: True Tales of Men and the Military
Seabrooke S. Carter, "Panama Breeze"
Clifford Parody, "Footlocker"
Both of these senior English majors originally wrote their stories for ENG4209: Creative Non-Fiction. After conducting oral history interviews with their subjects, these students researched their
periods, topics and specific elements of the stories to produce top-notch essays.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011:
Dr. Rebecca Saulsbury
“The New Recovery Project: Chick Lit and Feminism(s)”
CH 208 at 3:30pm
Tuesday, October 5, 2010:
Prof. Jim Miller, “Red pop and Ritalin"
Professor Miller, an adjunct professor who is currently teaching at Eckerd College and FSC, is an MFA from the University of South Florida and also works as an editor and co-editor for a variety of
creative writing and academic literary journals. He will be reading from his current manuscript of short stories.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
“Discovering the Lost Tribes:
The Effects of Colonialism on Tribal Identity”
Tuesday, February 8th, 20 11
Dr. Keith Huneycutt
"Polk's Literary Landscape: Polk County, Florida as a Literary Setting"
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Joy Marie Strawbridge, Senior Humanities Major
“’She Would Have Been a Good Woman’:
Pride Goeth Before Redemption in Flannery O’Connor’s Female Protagonists”
CH109 at 4pm!
Thursday, September 17
"'What a Piece of Work is a Man': The Failure of Scientific
Ethics in 1950s Horror Films"
Dr. Mary Pharr
This presentation is based on a paper
presented during the summer of 2009 at the 40th annual
Conference of the Science Fiction Research Association (June
11-14, 2009), at Hotel Midtown in the Georgia Tech area of
Atlanta. This year the conference focused on the theme of
scientific engineering of the future. Thanks to the generosity
of FSC's Summer Stipend program, I was able to present a paper
on "What a Piece of Work Is a Man: The Failure of Scientific
Ethics in I Was a Teenage Werewolf and The Fly"-and
it's a slightly expanded version of this paper that I'll be
giving at Speaking of English on September 17.
However slight the two films noted above may seem to
those who have heard of them as drive-in movies, their
meta-narratives yet reveal the tension the public felt about
science in an era when America expected to be first among
nations in technology but also doubted the motivation and
responsibility of the scientists whose discoveries were critical
to progress. That doubt remains a critical part of arguments
about scientific advances even today. Both movies work because
they wrap their cultural comment in accessible narratives that
engage the audience while also making its individual members
think beyond the horror film to its real-time implications.
Thursday, November 5
"Creating Biography: Service Learning, Oral Histories, and
Jewish Lives in Polk County, FL"
Ms. Krystal Caldwell, Ms. Jenna Rice, Ms. Mirna Ezra, Ms.
Lauren Anderson, with Dr. Catherine R. Eskin
This presentation will include the work of four undergraduate
students who took ENG398 in the Spring of 2009 and then
presented their findings at the Florida College English
Association annual meeting in October.
Thursday, January 28
Ms. Colby George
"Marilyn Monroe Through the Lens of Eve Arnold"
Thursday, April 1
Dr. Paula Buck, "Front Door: No Foolin' "
Monday, October 6, 2008:
"Wrestling with the Octopus: Readings from the Mimic Sea"
Dr. Erica Bernheim
Tuesday, February 10th, 2009
"'See Ya' Later, Alligator': Racist Images in Florida Vintage
Dr. Claudia Slate
When we think of postcards, we envision
colorful scenes, sent from tourists to family back home.
Instead, Florida vintage postcards from the Golden Age of
Postcards (early 20th century) all the way up to
the 1960s depict African American babies being threatened or
actually bitten by large toothy alligators. Popular culture
can be an accurate indicator of societal attitudes, in
particular racial prejudices.
March 24, 2009
"Tim O'Brien: Recovering the Hero's Journey in
If I Die in a
Combat Zone, Going after Cacciato, and The Things
Wil Posey, English Senior Honors thesis
Tuesday, Oct. 9th
Margaret Taylor, Ph.D.
"Spreading the News" of the Kiltartan Comedies
Lady Gregory, one of the prominent figures of the Irish
Literary Renaissance, created a series of
multilayered witty peasant comedies that possess
intertextual complexity, as they consolidate Rabelaisian carnivalesque elements, sparkling wit, intricate
irony, biblical parody, Horatian satire, and the
distinctive language the author called Kiltartanese.
This complex comic vision discloses a significant
twofold purpose: to admonish the Irish people for
their frequently foolish and destructive behavior while
exposing the roots of the "Irish problem" and to
advocate a non-sectarian religion based on
compassionate, thoughtful, and responsible human conduct.
Thursday, Nov. 1st
Lynsay McCaulley, recent FSC grad
Ambiguity" takes a detailed look into the enigmatic
character that is Severus Snape. The essay studies the
famed skill of Joseph Campbell, the modern scholar of
mythology, through his text, A Hero With A Thousand
, to discuss the roles and requirements of a
hero as well as gender issues to present Severus Snape
as a postmodern hero in Rowling's internationally
February 21, 2008** RESCHEDULED
Rebecca Saulsbury, Ph.D.
Who's First: The Bondwoman's Narrative and the
Politics of Recovery
In April 2002, Henry Louis Gates
announced the publication of what he claimed to the first
unedited novel manuscript written by a former female slave
and perhaps the first novel written by a black woman, ever.
His announcement rocked the world of literary scholarship,
to be sure. Indeed, its publication and Henry Louis Gates'
role in purchasing, recovering, and publishing Hannah
Crafts' narrative generated a flurry of heated exchanges on
the SSAWW listserv among scholars and teachers of
nineteenth-century U.S. women writers, including Mary Loving
Blanchard and Lori Askeland. These exchanges point to a
number of unresolved but crucial questions in the field of
nineteenth-century U.S. women writers and the politics of
recovery and scholarship, questions which will be considered
in this paper.
Tuesday, March 11th
Graduating Senior English major
Daniele Pantano, Swiss Poet (Recital Hall, B202)
"Harry Potter: Master of Media and Primary Paradox"
Amid Ambiguity in the Harry Potter Series@
Wands, and Wanderings: Pondering Postmodern Ambiguity@
in the Harry Potter Series: Trivial and Not@
and Mary Pharr, Directors
Peter Schreffler, "If No
One Sees the Dangling Modifier, Is It Really Dangling?"
Victoria Sandbrook, "Interning in England: My Summer with Alfred