School Department News

Language and Literature

Friday, March 3, 2017 - 11:22am
William Carey University professors and graduates from the Department of Language and Literature attended the 2017 Mississippi Philological Association meeting held Feb. 10-11 on the campus of the Mississippi Valley State University.
Dr. Ernest R. Pinson read his essay titled “Innovative Techniques by Modern Immigrant Writers.” Dr. Lorie Watkins Massey outlined potential classroom uses of the Digital Yoknapatawpha project in an essay titled “The Walking Dead: Mapping Digital Yoknapatawpha.” Watkins Massey is also editor of “Publications of the Mississippi Philological Association,” an academic journal that publishes select conference papers each year.
Laura Scovel, who graduated from Carey in May 2016 and is now a graduate student in the Master of Arts in English program, attended the meeting. Scovel also works as records specialist and Veterans Administration certifying official at WCU. Her parents are Harry and Carol Scovel of Wiggins. Two Carey graduates, Amanda Ringer and Joseph Goss also attended. Ringer, the daughter of David and Susan Ringer of Florence, works as an assistant professor of history and political science at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama. Goss is a fourth-grade teacher at Union Baptist Academy in Caesar. His parents are Chad and Lisa Goss of Picayune. 
Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 3:33pm
William Carey University professor Lorie Watkins Massey will participate in a panel titled “William Faulkner, His Life and Writings” at the Mississippi Book Festival. The panel discussion will be held at 1:45 p.m. Saturday, August 20 in the State Capitol, room 201H. 
The annual book festival, a self-described “literary lawn party” held on the grounds of the state capitol, is free and open to the public.  It features live music, children’s activities, and vendors in addition to literary panels. More information and the full schedule are available at  
Massey is the author of “William Faulkner, Gavin Stevens, and the Cavalier Tradition” published in 2011. She has also published essays in The Faulkner Journal, The Hemingway Review, Southern Studies, African American Review, The Mississippi Quarterly, The Southern Literary Journal, and Modern Philology.
In addition to Massey, the panel will include:
  • James Thomas (moderator), editor of “Conversations with Barry Hannah,” and “Faulkner and the Black Literatures of the Americas”
  • Robert Hamblin, author of “Myself and the World: A Biography of W. Faulkner”
  • Jay Watson, editor of “Fifty Years After Faulkner” and “Faulkner and the Black Literatures of the Americas”
  • M. Thomas Inge, author of “The Dixie Limited: Writers on William Faulkner”
Massey is an associate professor of language and literature at William Carey University, where she has taught since 2008. Her research interests include Southern literature, African American literature, literary tourism, and American modernism. She is currently editing a volume on Mississippi’s literary history for the University Press of Mississippi.
Friday, July 29, 2016 - 11:17am
William Carey University professor Lorie Watkins Massey and students from her William Faulkner seminar attended the Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference held July 17-21 in Oxford. The conference theme was “Faulkner and the Native South” and examined the influence of Native American culture and history on Faulkner’s work. The annual conference features internationally known Faulkner scholars and attracts students and lay readers of Faulkner’s work. Massey is a Faulkner scholar and has published a book and essays on the author. She is currently editing a volume chronicling Mississippi’s literary history for the University Press of Mississippi. 
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 12:57pm
A support group for diabetics and pre-diabetics founded by William Carey University students and Dr. Josye Brookter, assistant professor of language and literature, will meet for the first time at Merit Health Wesley in Hattiesburg from 9 until 10:30 a.m. on April 9.
The group, part of a service-learning project for Brookter’s Expository Writing students, is called Peers for Wellness and will meet in the Glen Smith Room on the main floor of the hospital. The group, which will meet twice monthly after the first meeting, will explore topics related to health, exercise and meals.
In addition to planning the initial meetings, Carey English students have also used their writing skills to develop documents on healthy living and the management of diabetes.
The meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, call (601) 318-6619.
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.