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FHU to Host Annual TPA Meeting

Henderson, Tenn. - Feb 12, 2015

The 110th meeting of the Tennessee Philological Association will be Feb. 26-28 at Freed-Hardeman University. The theme for this year’s meeting will be “The Novel,” according to Dr. John McLaughlin, FHU English professor.

The association also accepts papers on other topics, McLaughlin said. Approximately 70 language and literature teachers and graduate students from across the state are expected to attend.

The event will include a Friday evening banquet featuring an address by Dr. Daniel Pigg, president of TPA.

Founded in 1905, TPA consists of college and university scholars, graduate students and professors who are devoted to language and literature in English and other languages. Papers range in subject matter from composition pedagogy to linguistics, to ancient and modern canonical literature, to film and popular culture.

 Four members of the FHU faculty will present papers Friday, Feb. 27. In the Southern and Appalachian Literature session, McLaughlin will present “Jack Boone’s ‘Dossie Bell is Dead’: The Fiction of West Tennessee Hill County.” English professor Dr. Rebecca Cargile, who wrote “Sut Lovingood: Yarns Spun by a Nat’ral Born Durn’d Fool: The Creation of an Appalachian ‘Hero’ by George Washington Harris,” will also present her paper in this session.

Dr. Margaret Payne, a professor of English, and Rhonda Thompson, an instructor in Spanish, will present papers on the twentieth-century British novel and the global novel, respectively. Payne’s paper is titled “Power and Place: Heterotopian Spaces in the Novels of Iris Murdoch,” while Thompson’s is titled “Soñar en cubano: The Effects of the Cuban Revolution on Cuban Women.”