Master of Arts in English
Available at the Milledgeville Campus
These accomplished, publishing faculty holding doctorates are among those available to guide you in your literary and cultural studies in these and other areas:
Alex Blazer, Post-Modern Studies
Dr. Blazer is an Associate Professor of English at Georgia College. After studying literature and photography at Denison University, he earned a Ph.D. in twentieth-century literature and critical theory at The Ohio State University. He previously taught at the University of Louisville and Grand Valley State University. His poetry scholarship focused on the relationship between critical theory and American poetry in the 1970's and 1980's. His research on the contemporary American novel examines the relationship between postmodern culture and existential madness. Dr. Blazer teaches a wide variety of courses in composition, writing about literature, poetry, drama, critical theory (particularly existentialism and psychoanalysis), and twenty- and twenty-first century American literature (particularly the postmodern novel and contemporary poetry).
Beauty Bragg, African American Studies
Dr. Bragg is Associate Professor at Georgia College, where she also contributes courses in Women’s Studies and Africana Studies. She has published essays and reviews in journals such as Meridians; feminism, race, transnationalism, The Journal of Popular Culture, and MELUS. Currently, her research is focused on the intersections among African American femininity, hip hop culture and post-soul literary aesthetics. Her essay “Feminism and the Streets: the female quest for independence in the era of transactional sexuality” is forthcoming in Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender and the Black International.
Craig Callender, Linguistics
Dr. Callender has been a professor at Georgia College since 2008. He completed a PhD in Linguistics at the University of South Carolina, and regularly teaches courses in Linguistics, Medieval Literature, and World Literature. His research centers on historical linguistics, dialectology, and phonological systems in West Germanic.
Pete Carriere, Literary and Composition Studies
Dr. Carriere is Professor of English and Writing Center Coordinator at Georgia College. His areas of expertise are Composition Theory, Nineteenth-Century British Literature, and British Modernism.
Marshall Bruce Gentry, Flannery O'Connor Studies
Dr. Gentry has earned English degrees from Arkansas, Chicago, and the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his PhD. After eighteen years at the University of Indianapolis, where he served as chair of the English Department, in 2003 he became Professor of English at Georgia College in Milledgeville and Editor of the Flannery O’Connor Review. He is the author of the book-length study Flannery O’Connor’s Religion of the Grotesque, published by the University Press of Mississippi and available in paperback. He is the editor of The Cartoons of Flannery O’Connor at Georgia College and co-editor of At Home with Flannery O’Connor: An Oral History. His articles on O’Connor’s works appear in Flannery O’Connor’s Radical Reality, "On the Subject of the Feminist Business": Re-Reading Flannery O’Connor, Flannery O’Connor: New Perspectives, and The Southern Quarterly. Publications by Gentry on other American fiction writers include Conversations with Raymond Carver (a collection of Carver’s interviews, for which Gentry was co-editor) and articles on such writers as E. L. Doctorow, Philip Roth, and Raymond Carver in Contemporary Literature, South Atlantic Review, The CEA Critic, Shofar, and South Carolina Review. In 2007, Gentry was co-director with John D. Cox for “Reconsidering Flannery O’Connor,” a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for College and University Teachers; the Institute brought 24 college professors to Milledgeville for a month of studying O’Connor’s works. Gentry has also co-directed O’Connor conferences in Milledgeville in 2006, 2008, and 2011.
Esther Lopez, Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century American Literature
Dr. Lopez is Associate Professor of English and Coordinator of the MA program at Georgia College. She began her studies in English at the University of New Mexico and earned her PhD from the University of Rochester. Before coming to Georgia College in 2007, she was a visiting assistant professor at Oklahoma State University. Her current research focuses on the intersection of literary regionalism and ecocriticism in multicultural American literature.
Mary Magoulick, Interdisciplinary Studies
Dr. Magoulick has publications in folklore and literature, Native American studies, and women and popular culture. She also works on nature writing, literature of the Islamic world, and global perspectives. She holds a PhD in folklore from Indiana University, an MA in English from University of Virginia, and a BA in English from University of Michigan—Dearborn. She has traveled widely, teaching, living, and exploring in over 30 countries. She believes cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives enhance the study of literature.
Megan Melancon, Linguistics
Dr. Melancon has a B.S. in French Education from Louisiana State University (1985), a Master’s degree in Second Language Education from Louisiana State University (1990), a Master’s degree in Linguistics from the University of Kansas (1997), and a Ph.D. in Sociolinguistics from Louisiana State University (2000). She is currently an Associate Professor in the English and Rhetoric department at Georgia College & State University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate level English and Linguistics classes.
Eustace Palmer, Interdisciplinary and International Studies
Dr. Palmer received his MA in English Language and Literature and Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. A native Sierra Leonean, Dr. Palmer was Professor of English and Chair of the English Department at Fourah Bay College, the University of Sierra Leone, Dean of the School of Arts, and Dean of Graduate Studies, before relocating to the United States and becoming a naturalized American citizen. He has had extensive teaching experience both in Africa and the United States. He has served as African Scholar in Residence at Randolph Macon Women’s College in Virginia and as Visiting Fulbright Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin. His current position is Professor of English at GCSU. Dr. Palmer’s main areas of specialization are eighteenth-century English Literature and African Literature. Universally regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on African Literature, Dr. Palmer has published scores of articles and reviews on African and English Literatures and is the author of eight books: Studies on the English Novel, An Introduction to the African Novel, The Growth of the African Novel, Knowledge Is More Than Mere Words: A Critical Introduction to Sierra Leonean Literature (jointly edited with Professor Michael Porter), New Essays on the African Novel, A Hanging Is Announced (fiction), Canfira’s Travels (fiction, and A Tale of There Women (fiction). For several years he was Associate Editor of African Literature Today, one of the leading journals on African literature, and is a past President of the African Literature Association, a worldwide association devoted to the promotion, study and teaching of African Literature. He received the African Literature Association’s “Distinguished Member” award in 2012 for his commitment to teaching and scholarship in African Literature, and was named Georgia College and State University’s “Distinguished Professor” for 2010/2011.
Michael Riley, Literary and Bibliographical Studies
Dr. Riley, Professor of English at Georgia College, is the author of Oz and Beyond: The Fantasy World of L. Frank Baum and A Bookbinder’s Analysis of the First Edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He teaches courses in English Romanticism.
Elaine Whitaker, Medieval Studies
Dr. Whitaker received her PhD from New York University in English and American literature. She specializes in late medieval manuscripts and early printed books; she also publishes in composition theory and pedagogy.
Dr. Esther Lopez
MA Program Coordinator
Department of English and Rhetoric
Georgia College & State University
Campus Box 44
Milledgeville, GA 31061
478-445-4222 or 478-445-4581
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