Brief CV

Rhonda Armstrong
Associate Professor of English
Chair of the Department of English and Foreign Languages
Augusta University

Education

Publications

  • “Cross-Pollinating Appalachian Communities: Insider/Outsider Knowledge in Barbara Kingsolver’s Prodigal Summer.” Seeking Home: Tradition and Modernity in Appalachia. Ed. Leslie Worthington and Jürgen Grandt. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P., 2017.
  • “Rewriting the Corpse in Suzan-Lori Parks’s Getting Mother’s Body.” Southern Quarterly 53.1 (Fall 2015). 29-44.
  • “Reading around the Narrator in Lee Smith’s Oral History.” Journal of Appalachian Studies 21.1 (Spring 2015): 7-20.
  • “Transformational Spectacle in Bobbie Ann Mason’s Feather Crowns.” Southern Literary Journal 45.1 (Fall 2012): 39-55.
  • “Affrilachian Poetry and the Evolution of a Regional Identity.” Transitions: Race, Culture, and the Dynamics of Change.  Ed. Hanna Wallinger. American Studies in Austria Series. Vienna: LIT Verlag, 2006.  211-24.
  • Review Essay: “The Allegiances of Strangers.” Fallen Land by Taylor Brown and The Dark of the Island by Philip Gerard. North Carolina Literary Review Online 2017, 77-81. https://issuu.com/eastcarolina/docs/2017-nclronline/76
  • Review: Pavel Cenkl, ed. Nature and Culture in the Northern Forest: Region, Heritage, and Environment in the Rural Northeast. Iowa City: U of Iowa P, 2010. Journal of Ecocriticism 4.2 (Summer 2012), 95-97. http://ojs.unbc.ca/index.php/joe/article/view/402/397
  • Review essay: Hillbilly by Anthony Harkins, The Southern Highlander and his Homeland by John C. Campbell, and Hill Folks by Brooks Blevins.  Western Folklore 63.4 (Fall 2004), 365-368.
  • Reference article: “Suzan-Lori Parks” in Voices from the Gaps: Women Writers of Color. University of Minnesota. Spring 2004. http://voices.cla.umn.edu/artistpages/parksSuzan.php
  • Review: Women in Pants: Manly Maidens, Cowgirls, and Other Renegades by Catherine Smith and Cynthia Grieg. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2003. Women Writers Winter 2004.

Conference  Presentations

  • “Teaching an Entirely Open Access Survey.” Rocky Mountain Modern Language Assocation, Salt Lake City, UT. October 2016.
  • “Using Freely Available Texts in a Literature Classroom.” USG Teaching and Learning Conference, University of Georgia, Athens, GA. April 2016.
  • “The Embodied Justice of Beloved.” Society for the Study of Southern Literature, Boston, MA. March 2016.
  • “Teaching O’Connor in the Era of Trigger Warnings.” Flannery O’Connor and Other Southern Women Writers Conference. Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, GA. September 2015.
  • “‘A story that’s truer than true’: Reading around the Narrator in Lee Smith’s Oral History. Society for the Study of Southern Literature, Arlington, VA. March 2014.
  • “Renegotiating the Southern Past in Suzan Lori Parks’s Getting Mother’s Body.” Southern Women Writers Conference, Berry College, Georgia. September 2012.
  • “The Stains of History in Fred Chappell’s ‘Ancestors’.” Society for the Study of Southern Literature, Nashville. March 2012.
  • “Kingsolver’s Trans-regional Ecologies: the Place of the Local in the Global.” The Preservation of Place: Regionalism and Ecological Conservation. South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta. November 2011.
  • “Signs and Spectacles in Bobbie Ann Mason’s Feather Crowns” Society for the Study of Southern Literature, New Orleans. April 2010.
  • “Standing Her Ground: Rural Lesbian Narratives.” American Studies Association, Washington, D.C.  November 2005.
  • “Cross-Cultural Transactions in Barbara Kingsolver’s Prodigal Summer.”  Southern Women Writers Conference, Berry College, Georgia.  September 2005.
  • “Affrilachians and Hillbillies: Poetry and the Evolution of a Regional Identity.” Austrian Association of American Studies, Salzburg.  November 2004.
  • “Family and Cultural Conflict in Rural American Women’s Literature.” Chesapeake American Studies Association, University of Maryland, College Park.  April 2003.
  • “Co-housing:  A Contemporary Approach to Addressing Gilman’s Problems with the Home.”  Mid-America American Studies Association, Creighton University, Omaha. April 1999.
  • “Backwood Lives and Big City Dreams: Competing Publics in Bobbie Ann Mason’s Fiction.”  Mid-America American Studies Association, University of Iowa, Iowa City.  April 1998.

Invited Presentations

  • “Violent Asceticism of The Violent Bear It Away.” February Four Series. Andalusia Farm, Home of Flannery O’Connor, Milledgeville, GA. February 2017.
  • “The Two Tales of Atticus” (on Harper Lee’s novels To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman), Burke County Public Library, Waynesboro, GA. August 2015.
  •  “Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” Augusta Reads, Richmond County Public Library, Augusta, GA. March 2014.

Local Presentations

  • Roundtable: “Using Open Educational Resources,” Faculty Development Day, Augusta University, September 2017.
  • Pecha Kucha: “Using Freely Available Texts in a Literature Classroom.” Faculty Development Day, Augusta University, September 2016.
  • Talk: “The Body in Southern Literature,” Chair’s Forum, Department of English and Foreign Languages, Georgia Regents University, April 2015.
  • “Joel Chandler Harris, Brer Rabbit, and Georgia Folklore.” Continuing education for kindergarten teachers in Richmond County, GA (with Lee Anna Maynard and Walter Evans), Georgia Regents University. June 2013
  • Talk: “Buffy, Joss Whedon, and the Pop Culture Hero,”  English Club, Augusta State University. April 2012.
  • Lecture: “The Measure of a Man in Suzan-Lori Parks’s Getting Mother’s Body,” Faculty Lecture Series, Newberry College.  September 2008.

Fellowships and Grants

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute: “(Re)considering Flannery O’Connor” at Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, GA, 2014.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute: “Regional Study and the Liberal Arts: Appalachia Up Close” at Ferrum College, Ferrum, VA, 2004.

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