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.

 

James CurtisJames Curtis

Education

B.A., Middle Tennessee State University, 2006
M.A., Middle Tennessee State University, 2009

Area of Specialization/Research Interests

Children's Literature, Psychoanalysis and Gender Studies, Modernism, Postmodernism

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‘We Have a Great Task Ahead of Us!’: Child-Hate in Roald Dahl’s The Witches,Children's Literature in Education (2014).
“This Is Halloween: the History, Significance, and Cultural Impact of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas,Family Films in Global Cinema: The World Beyond Disney, I.B. Tauris, 2014

Conference Papers

"M/Other May I?: An Analysis of the Abject Maternal in Neil Gaiman's Coraline," University of North Alabama Regional Conference, 2010
"Magic in the Real World: the Orphan Hero's Journey in the Low Fantasies of Roald Dahl," University of Southern Mississippi Graduate Research Symposium, 2012
"Trouble at Home: Play, Risk, and Child-Hate in J.M. Barrie's Peter and Wendy," 40th Annual Children's Literature Association Conference, 2013

Awards

Top Honor, University of North Alabama Regional Conference, 2010

 

 

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 (forthcoming)
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: Reconstucting 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

 

Laura Hakala

Education

B.A., Jacksonville University, 2007
M.A., Georgia Southern University, 2010

Area of Specialization/Research Interests

Children's and Young Adult Literature, 19th and 20th-Century American Literature, Southern Literature, Gender Studies

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"'Such a To-Do About Money and Greatness': Widows, Mothers, and Family Politics in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility," Synergy 3.1, Spring 2012

Conference Papers

“Fighting for a ‘Woman’s Stature’: the Civil War and Nineteenth-Century Conceptions of Adult/Child Divisions in Jane Goodwin Austin’s Dora Darling: The Daughter of the Regiment,” South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference, 2013
“Wild Child: Games and Southern Tomboyism in Louise Clarke Pyrnelle’s Diddie, Dumps, and Tot.” Children’s Literature Association Conference, 2013
“Unpacking Hattiesburg: Composition Classrooms, Ethnographic Essays, and Suitcase Colleges.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2013

Awards

Pedagogical Innovation for First Year Composition Course Proposal, University of Southern Mississippi, 2013
Howard and Helen Bahr Graduate Research Award, University of Southern Mississippi, 2013
Kathanne W. Greene Award for Annual Essay and Research Article, University of Southern Mississippi, 2012
Colby H. Kullman Second Place Award for Outstanding Critical Submission, Southern Writers/Southern Writing Graduate Conference, University of Mississippi, 2011

 

 

M. Tyler Sasser

Education

B.A., Mercer University, 2006
M.A., Georgia Southern University, 2008

Area of Specialization/Research Interests

Early Modernism, Shakespeare, Children's Literature, Western Drama (especially Tennessee Williams), Literature and Film, the Bible as Literature, Composition and Rhetoric

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“The Cultural Pluralism of The Snowy Day: How Harlem Renaissance Writers Interpreted Peter.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly (Forthcoming 39.3: 2014).
“The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, 2012.” Theatre Journal 65.2 (2013): 281-83.
Review: Gender and Early Modern Constructions of Childhood. Edited by Naomi J. Miller and Naomi Yavneh; The Child in British Literature. Edited by Adrienne E. Gavin. Children’s Literature 41 (2013): 287-95.
“Interview with Drew Reeves as King Edward III.” The Shakespeare Newsletter 62.1 (2012): 19-22 (double column).
“Edward III and Two Noble Kinsmen by the Atlanta Shakespeare Company, 2010.” Shakespeare Bulletin 29.4 (2011): 666-72.
“Jonson, Shakespeare, and the ‘little eyases’ Who Wrote Hamlet.” Publications of the Mississippi Philological Association (2010): 139-60.

Conference Papers

“Shakespeare's Mythologization of Boyhood and Masculinity.” European Shakespeare Research Association (ESRA). Montpellier, France (2013).
“‘Enter the Boy’: How Falstaff’s Page Critiques Early Modern Manhood in Henry V.” Shakespeare Association of America (SAA). Toronto, Canada (2013).
“Constructing Boyhood in Romeo and Juliet-as-Children’s Literature, Plus Thoughts on Discussing Appropriations of ‘Adult’ Canonical Literature for Children.” Children's Literature Association (ChLA). Boston, MA (2012).

Awards

Pedagogical Innovation Teaching Award, The University of Southern Mississippi, 2013
Best Graduate Essay Award, English Graduate Organization at The University of Southern Mississippi, 2013
Shakespeare Association of America Travel Grant, SAA, 2013
Tennessee Williams Scholars Conference Honorarium, The Historic New Orleans Collection, 2013
Bahr Graduate Research Award, The University of Southern Mississippi, 2011, 2012

 

 

Jennifer RobertsonJennifer Robertson

Education

M.A., English, Literature, The University of Southern Mississippi, 2010
B.A., English, Literature, Ball State University, 2007
B.S., Physics, Applied, Ball State University, 2005

Area of Specialization/Research Interests

19th Century British Literature, Literature and Science, Rhetoric of Science, Transatlantic Literature, History of Rhetoric

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“Using the GLOBE Program to Educate Students on the Interdependence of Our Planet and People.” Creative Education (2013). (Co-author)

“Construction of a modular large-area neutron detector for the NSCL.” Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. A 543 (2005). (Co-author)

Conference Papers

“Incomplete Series Reasoning and the Problem of Female Sexual Selection in Darwin’s The Descent of Man.” International Society for the History of Rhetoric, Chicago, Illinois (2013).

“Her Splendid Children Will Be Born Here”: Sexual Selection and Transatlantic Marriage in Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Shuttle. North American Victorian Studies Association, Madison, Wisconsin (2012).

“The Link Which Unites Man with Brutes”: Linnaean Classification, Sexual Botany, and Wollstonecraft’s “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.” British Women Writers Conference, Boulder, Colorado (2012).

Awards

Committee on Services and Resources for Women Grant (2013).
Pedagogical Innovation Award, Department of English, Univ. of Southern Mississippi (2013).
James Sims Essay Award, Department of English, Univ. of Southern Mississippi (2012).
National Endowment for the Humanities, Mississippi Humanities Council Grant (2011).
Committee on Services and Resources for Women Grant, Univ. of Southern Mississippi (2011).
Pedagogical Innovation Award, Department of English, Univ. of Southern Mississippi (2011).

 

 

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