English Program 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
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
Langston Hughes: A Biography. Greenwood Press, 2004.
Essays in Collections
"Heroes and Villains in John Patrick Shanley's Doubt." Concerning Evil. Ed. 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. 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!
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.