Laurie Leach PH.D.

College of Liberal Arts - Department of English and Applied Linguistics


College of Liberal Arts - Department of English and Applied Linguistics


Ph.D., English, Louisiana State University,  1990
M.A.,  English, Louisiana State University, 1987
B.A.,  English,  University of Virginia,  1986


WRI       1150    Literature and Argument

WRI       1200    Research, Argument and Writing

AMST     2000    Topics in American Studies

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


RECENT Conference Presentations:

 “The Informative Essay as a Transition to Academic Writing.” First Year Writing in a Time of Transition. 2022 First-Year Writing Symposium, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, March 5, 2022.

"'You and I Were Never Really Married': Role-Playing and Intimacy in FX's The Americans."  Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association 2018, Bellingham, WA, November 10, 2018.

“Portraying Nat Turner: Parker versus Styron.”  Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association 2017, Honolulu, HI, Oct. 10-12, 2017

“‘Good Slaveholders’ and Questionable Allies: The Moral Ambiguity of the White Characters in Roots.” Roots at 40: Reflections and Remembrances.  Goodwin College, East Hartford, CT, October 6, 2017.

“Unsettling Questions: Teaching Kindred in a Course on the Literature of Slavery.”  Octavia E. Butler Conference 2016: Celebrating Letters, Life and Legacy. Octavia E. Butler Society, Atlanta, GA Feb. 26-28, 2016.

 “The Power of the Spoken Word: Oratory and Social Action.”  Community College Humanities Association, Pacific Western Division Conference, Seattle, WA, October 16-18, 2014.

“Heroes and Villains in John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt.” 14th Global Conference on Evil and Human Wickedness. Lisbon, Portugal, March 10-12, 2013



Langston Hughes: A Biography. Greenwood Press, 2004.


"Heroes and Villains in John Patrick Shanley's Doubt." Concerning Evil. Edited by Grace Halden and Gabriela Madlo. London: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2013. Web. ISBN 978-1-84888-232-4.

“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. Edited by Phyllis Frus and Christy Williams.  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, edited by 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. Edited by Jerilyn Fisher and Ellen S. Silber, Greenwood Press, 2003. 85-87.

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

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


"Roots and the Trope of the Good Slaveholder." Slavery and Abolition 40.2 (2019): 361-79.

“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.


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



Laurie Leach

Associate Dean

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