Select Graduate Profiles, Literature

Our graduate program in English has approximately 80 students studying literature or creative writing. The interaction in and out of the classroom among students from a variety of backgrounds and academic interests makes for a lively and dynamic intellectual environment. We value the unique possibilities for scholarly and creative growth that emerge because of the dual tracks in literature and creative writing. Below are some select profiles of doctoral students in our literature program.

 

 

Allison Tharp

Education

B.A., Centenary College of Louisiana, 2010
M.A., The University of Southern Mississippi, 2012
Ph.D., The University of Southern Mississippi, expected 2016

Area of Specialization/Research Interests

nineteenth century American literature, protest literature, and rhetorical criticism

 

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Peer Reviewed
2015
“‘There is a secret down here…’: Physical Containment and Social Instruction in Rebecca Harding Davis’s ‘Life in the Iron Mills.'” The Journal of Narrative Theory.

Other Publications
2013
“The Glorified Trickster Figure in Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.” Synergy 4.1 (2013): 23-27.

Conference Presentations

Panels Organized
2016
“Redefining Behaviors and Quality: Course Contracts and the Negotiation of ‘Good Writing’ in a First-year Basic Writing Course.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Houston, TX. TX.
Discussion Leader
2016
“Repurposing Assessment: Valuing Student Actions via Course Contracts.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Houston, TX.
Papers Presented
2016
“Student-Teacher Negotiation of Quality Writing with Course Contracts.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Houston, TX.
2015
“The Rhetoric of Containment in Rebecca Harding Davis’s and Harriet Jacobs’s Protest Literature.” The International Society for the History of Rhetoric Twentieth Biennial Conference, Tuebingen, Germany.
2014
“’History in the makin’: Alice Childress as Revisionist.” Memphis Center Conference, Memphis, TN.
2013
“’We need the storm, the whirlwind, the earthquake’: The Intersection of Language and Violence in Nat Turner’s ‘Confessions’ and Frederick Douglass’s My Bondage and My Freedom.” Mississippi Philological Association, Hattiesburg, MS. Hattiesburg, MS.
2012
“Power and the Imagination in Yeats’s The Tower.” American Conference for Irish Studies, New orleans, LA.

 

Grants, Honors and Awards

The University of Southern Mississippi
2015
Grand Champion of the USM Graduate School's Three Minute Thesis Competition, Fall
Professionals in Preparation, Graduate School, year-long
Department of English Graduate Teaching Award, year-long (sole recipient)
Office of the Vice President for Research Travel Grant, Spring
College of Arts and Letters Travel Grant, Spring
Bahr Research Award, English Department, Spring
James Sims Graduate Essay Award, English Department, Spring

2014
Guest Coach, Student Academic Enhancement Program, Fall

2011
Product 25 Prize in Nonfiction, Spring

Centenary College of Louisiana
2010- 2006
Nan Christian Scholarship Recipient, full academic scholarship

2009
Freshman English Major of the Year, spring

 

 

 

Paige Gray

Education

B.A., Indiana University, 2005
M.A., Columbia College Chicago, 2008 (Journalism)
M.A., The University of Southern Mississippi, 2012

Area of Specialization/Research Interests

Children's and Young Adult Literature, American Literature, Journalism and Media, Historicism

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"'Bloom in the Moonshine': Imagination as Liberation in Anne of Green Gables," Children's Literature 42, 2014 
Review: “Review: Darger’s Resources by Michael Moon,” The Journal of American Culture, December 2013
“Interview with Actor Gordon Clapp.” The Robert Frost Review 22, 2012/2013
“Finding Our Timeless Neverland: Reconstructing Age Identity through Imagination,” Barrie, Hook, and Peter Pan: Studies in Contemporary Myth. Ed. Alfonso Muñoz Corcuera and Elisa T. Di Biase, Cambridge Scholars, 2012.

Conference Papers

“The Battle of the Pretty Woman in Little Women: Alcott, the Civil War, and the Female Body in the Public-Work Space,” American Literature Association Symposium, 2013
“‘I Want to Know Everything!’: Curiosity and Reporting in Harriet the Spy," Children’ s Literature Association Conference, 2013
“Our Town: Incorporating Community into FYC Studies, ” Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2013

Awards

Children’s Literature Association Graduate Student Honor Essay Award, 2013
Alternate, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Program, 2013
James Sims Essay Award, The University of Southern Mississippi, 2013
Helen Bahr Graduate Research Award , The University of Southern Mississippi, 2013
English Graduate Organization Essay Award, The University of Southern Mississippi, 2012
Best Newspaper and Best Newspaper Section (for The Taos News), National Newspaper Association and New Mexico Press Association, 2010
Distinguished Graduate, Columbia College Chicago, 2008
Graduate Opportunity Award, Columbia College Chicago, 2007

    

 

Jonathan Snyder

Education

B.A. Abilene Christian University, 2009
M.A. Abilene Christian University, 2011

Area of Specialization/Research Interests

War Literature, 20th Century Literature, Modernism, Postmodernism, Narrative Theory 

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“The ‘Make-Believe’ War: Necessary Fictionalization in Alexander Gardner’s Photographic Sketch Book of the Civil War.” -forthcoming in War, Literature, and the Arts

Conference Papers

"'The Bulging Wall of Sound:' Civilians, Rumors, and Noise in Mackinlay Kantor's Long Remember," Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, 2014

“‘What Warlike Noise is This?: Rumors of War in Shakespeare’s Hamlet,” 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies, 2011

 

 

Sreerupa Sengupta

Education

M.Phil. English
University of Calcutta, India, 2006
Dissertation: “Poirot and Marple: Question of Gender in Agatha Christie’s  Detective Novels”
Dissertation Supervisor: Dr. Sinjini Banerjee
Emphasis: Detective Fiction, Feminism, and Literary Theory.
M.A. English
University of Calcutta, India, 2003
Emphasis: Elizabethan and Victorian Literature, Linguistics, and George Eliot.   
B.A. English
University of Calcutta, India, 2001
Emphasis: British Literature [Elizabethan, Victorian, Modern] Indian Writing in English.
B.A. Education
University of Calcutta, India, 2008
Emphasis: Sanskrit, Bengali (as high school subjects), Guidance and Counseling, Educational Management

 

Area of Specialization/Research Interests

Postcolonial/Third World Literature, hird World,n Mississippi, 2013ssociation Conferen, Literature of the Indian Subcontinent, 19th and 20th Century British literature,  Detective Fiction, Gender Studies

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Select Publications

“Public Shame and Private Trauma: Abused Female Bodies in Suchitra Bhattacharya’s Dahan.” 
 Indian Literature in Translation. (Forthcoming)

Rev. of Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Woman Who Created Her. Melanie Rehak. Women
Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal
39.5(July-August 2010)491-493. Print.

 

Conference Papers

“Mother before Time: Pregnancy, Sexuality, and Oppression in Taslima Nasrin’s Getting Even.” British
 Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference, Savanna, GA, February, 2015

“Understanding Lahiri through Nair: Repositioning Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake  through Cinematic
Adaptation.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference, Atlanta, GA, November, 2014.

“Repressed Is the Body: Embodied Subjectivities, Resistance, and Subversion in Twentieth- Century 
Postcolonial Female Fictions.” British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference, Savanna, GA, February, 2014.

 

Awards

Howard and Helen Bahr Graduate Research Award, University of Southern Mississippi, 2014, 2015.