Department of English and Applied Linguistics Faculty

Dr. Laurie F. Leach

Professor of English

English Department Chair


Ph.D., English, Louisiana State University,  1990

M.A.,  English, Louisiana State University, 1987

B.A.,  English,  University of Virginia,  1986

Courses Frequently Taught:

WRI      1200       Research, Argument and Writing

ENG       2301       Banned Books

ENG       3102       Nineteenth-Century British Literature

ENG       3122       Nineteenth-Century American Literature

ENG       3202       Literature of Slavery

ENG       3224       Ethnic Literature

ENG       4120       Seminar in Modernism

HUM      3900       Research and Writing in the Humanities



Langston Hughes: A Biography. Greenwood Press, 2004.

Essays in Collections

“A Fuller Statement of the Case:  Valerie Martin’s Mary Reilly and Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”  Beyond Adaptation: Essays on Radical Transformations of Original Works. Phyllis Frus and Christy Williams, Eds.  MacFarland,  2010.

 “Margie Polite, The Riot Starter: Harlem, 1943.”  Part of a collection, Leaping into the Fire: Representations of Women in United States Race Riots, ed. Julie Cary Nerad. Studies in the Literary Imagination  (40.2) 2007: 25-48.

“A Nice Girl Ought to Know!”: Henry James’s Daisy Miller.” Women in Literature: Reading Through the Lens of Gender.

The Bell Jar: Trapped by the Feminine Mystique.” Women in Literature: Reading Through the Lens of Gender. Jerilyn Fisher and Ellen S. Silber, eds. Greenwood Press, 2003. 35-37. 

 “Conflict over Privacy in Indo-American Short Fiction.” Ethnicity and the American Short Story. Ed. Julie Brown. Garland Press, 1997. 197-211.

Articles in Journals

“Lying, Writing and Confrontation: Mary McCarthy and Lillian Hellman.” LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory 15 (2004): 1-24.

"A Comment on `Teachers and Philosophers.'" College English (February 1995): 84-85.

“Explorations of a ‘Sorry Genre’: Andrew Field's Biographies of Vladimir Nabokov.” Biography 15 (1992): 178-91.

“‘The Difficult Business of Intimacy’: Friendship and Writing in Virginia Woolf's The Waves.” South Central Review 7.2 (1990): 53-66.

"Lorenzo and the Noblest Roman: The Noble Assassins of Lorenzaccio and Julius Caesar." Romance Notes 28 (1988): 241-46.

Favorite Literary Quotations:

 Let us then be up and doing/ With a heart for any fate/

Still achieving still pursuing/Learn to labor and to wait.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book!

Jane Austen

Nobody, I think, ought to read poetry, or look at pictures or statues, who cannot find a great deal more in them than the poet or artist has actually expressed.

Nathaniel Hawthorne