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Language and Literature

Monday, April 4, 2016 - 1:41pm
Houston Saxon of Lumberton, a junior English and history major and philosophy minor at William Carey University, recently scored in the 100th percentile nationally on the Area Concentration Achievement Test for English.
 
The ACAT is administered as part of the coursework for ENG 498, a senior-level course, and assesses content knowledge and retention by students at the completion of their major field of study. The ACAT is a timed exam scored on an 800-point scale and acts as a comparison standard to some of the best undergraduate programs in the country.
 
Students who do well on the ACAT for English must be well-read in British and American literature. Sections on the ACAT for English include American to 1865; American Modern; British Medieval; British Renaissance; British Romantic Period; British Victorian Literature; Linguistics; Restoration/18th Century/Romantic; and Shakespeare.
 
Saxon scored a 779 on the exam, with perfect scores on the British Renaissance and Restoration/18th Century/Romantic sections. Other noteworthy sectional scores were a 740 in British Romantic and a 749 in Linguistics, although his scores were high on all sections.
 
“I’ve worked with students and the ACAT for more than seven years and we’ve had some great scores. However, Houston’s score was exceptional,” said Dr. Thomas Richardson, chair of the Department of Language and Literature. “The ACAT is taken without any specific preparation, other than degree coursework and a lifetime of reading and study. Having a student score in the 100th percentile shows his dedication to scholarship and we are so proud of him and his work.”
 
During the summer, Saxon will complete his graduation requirements, as well as enroll in courses in Latin through Louisiana State University’s distance learning program. After graduating from Carey in August, he will travel to Angers, France, for a semester of intensive study in French through the Consortium for Global Education. He hopes to apply for and be accepted into a post-baccalaureate program in classical studies in the fall of 2017.
 
“My ultimate goal is to be a writer of literature. To be a great writer and not have read thoroughly in the tradition is impossible. My scores show I have studied the various styles and aspects of English literature, making me a better writer,” said Saxon.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 8:29am
Dr. Lorie Watkins Massey and Laura Scovel of Wiggins represented William Carey University at the 27th annual Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration as the university’s 2016 William Winter Faculty and Student Scholars.
 
Held from Feb. 25-27, the celebration featured numerous authors and scholars exploring the theme, “Natchez at 300: A River Runs By It.” Several dozen outstanding humanities students and faculty members are selected by the state’s universities and colleges to be honored each year at the annual event, which ties together the historical, literary, political, social, artistic and natural heritage of Mississippi and the South. 
 
The award allows winners to attend most of the celebration free of charge. Winners are honored publicly at the opening and closing sessions of the celebration and also in printed materials and other publicity. Winners are also photographed with former Mississippi Gov. William Winter, after whom the scholarship is named. Winter has served as director of proceedings for the celebration since the event began in 1990.
 
Massey is an associate professor of language and literature at Carey. Her research interests include Southern literature, African-American literature and American modernism. She is currently working on a history of Mississippi’s literature, “Writing in the Crooked Letter State,” for the University Press of Mississippi’s Heritage Series. She is also the editor of POMPA, the academic journal of the Mississippi Philological Association.
 
Scovel is the daughter of Harry and Carol Scovel and a senior English and history major at Carey. She will graduate from Carey in May and plans to begin the university’s graduate English program in the summer. She is president of the Baptist Student Union, a member of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, editor-in-chief of The Indigo literary journal and a member of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society.
 
Joining Massey and Scovel at the celebration were Tim Morris, a Carey alumnus and an instructor at Jones County Junior College, and Anissa Smith of Pass Christian, a senior English major at Carey.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 2:45pm
The Department of Language and Literature represented William Carey University at the 2016 meeting of the Mississippi Philological Association from Feb. 12-13 on the campus of the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus.
 
Dr. Allison Chestnut, professor of language and literature, read her essay, “Ice, Ice Baby: A Look at Imagery in Moira Crone’s The Ice Garden” and Dr. Lorie Watkins Massey, associate professor of language and literature, read her essay, “Everybody Knows About Mississippi?”
 
Joining the professors were three Carey graduate students. Autumn Barnard of Laurel read “Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko: A Celebration of Tragedy.” Nancy Barnard of Laurel read “The Powerful Presence of Absence: Addie Bundren’s Desire for ‘Doing’ Fulfilled in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road,” and Shelby Gresham of Taylorsville read “The Indestructible Nature of the Sublime: Era Embodiment in Edgar Allan Poe’s Ligeia.”
 
In addition to presenting at the meeting, Massey also edits the philological association’s academic journal, POMPA, which publishes select conference papers each year.
Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 2:56pm
Eleven William Carey University students were inducted into the Alpha Gamma Gamma chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta English honor society on Jan. 22.
 
Inductees include Jared Best of Nashville, Tennessee; Katelyn Courtney of Purvis; Sarah Gibson of Petal; Casey Grinder of Carriere; William Kelly of Aberdeen; Allison McSwain of Petal; Miranda Rester of Sumrall; Rebecca Delaney Smith of Lucedale; Colleen Stewart of Laurel; Katharine Thompson of Columbia; and Elizabeth Whipps of Diamondhead.
 
Admission to the chapter is open to undergraduate and graduate students with an overall “B” average in English courses and a ranking in the highest 35 percent of the student’s class in general scholarship. The sponsor of the Carey chapter is Dr. Marsha Newman, associate professor of English.
 
Carey has been affiliated with Sigma Tau Delta for over 20 years. The honor society was founded in 1924 as an order designed to promote the mastery of written expression, encourage worthwhile reading and foster a spirit of fellowship among those specializing in the English language and literature.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 3:39pm
An essay by Dr. Lorie Watkins, an associate professor of language and literature at William Carey University, has been published in “Faulkner’s Geographies,” a book exploring fictional locations created by Mississippi author and Nobel Prize laureate William Faulkner.
 
The essay by Watkins, titled “Woman in Motion: Escaping Yoknapatawpha,” was originally presented at the 2011 Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, which is held annually in Faulkner’s hometown of Oxford. The book, published by the University Press of Mississippi and co-edited by Faulkner scholars Jay Watson and Ann Abadie, collects selected essays read at the conference and is part of a series of Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha books.
 
Watson said in his introduction to the book that the essay by Watkins “draws on the work of feminist geographers to detail the way women experience and use space in Faulkner’s writings.” Watson adds that the collection as a whole demonstrates “the exciting potential of social and historical geography as a window onto Faulkner’s work.”
 
Watkins is the author of “William Faulkner, Gavin Stevens and the Cavalier Tradition,” published in 2011. She is currently working on “Writing in the Crooked Letter State,” a history of Mississippi literature for the University Press Heritage Series. Watkins is also the editor of the annual Publications of the Mississippi Philological Association, also known as POMPA.
 
For more information on the book or to purchase it, visit www.upress.state.ms.us/books/1805.