English Department Faculty

Dr. Laurie F. Leach

Professor of English

English Department Chair


Education:

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

Publications

Book

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.

Current Committee and Administrative Assignments

  • English Department Chair
  • English Curriculum Committee
  • Common Book Committee

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