11 April 2008
English Dept. Professor Receives Honorable Mention in National Literary Award
Dr. Andrea Porter, Assistant Professor of English, Jacksonville State University recently
received Honorable Mention for her paper presented to the College English Association (CEA) at their 39th Annual National CEA Conference.
Her paper was submitted in competition for the James R. Bennett Award for Literature and Peace 2008.
This award is presented annually on behalf
of the Peace Prize Committee for a paper or project that contributes significantly through action or understanding, to the prospect of living
in harmony with the Earth and humankind. Papers are submitted to the CEA Peace Panel organizer. Dr. Porter's paper entitled "Jarhead and
the Failure of the Vietnam Myth" was one of only three entries receiving Honorable Mention.
As a result of her recognition, Dr. Porter was invited to be part of the Peace Panels at CEA at their next annual national CEA Conference.
Dr. Porter was also encouraged to submit her paper in consideration for publication in the CEA publication The Critic.
Dr. Porter's research interest is primarily 20th Century American
literature, particularly literature of the Vietnam War, which served as her
dissertation topic. She also works with Vietnamese texts about the war, and has
studied the Vietnamese language for over three years. Last fall, she presented a paper on
Vietnamese texts at the "Vietnam War in Film and Literature"
Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is revising her dissertation for
Dr. Porter has also delivered papers at SAMLA, the Sylvia Plath
70th Year Symposium, and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference in Nice, France. Her
other teaching and research interests include Caribbean Literature, Southern
Literature, and Popular Culture.
Dr. Porter serves as an Advisor to the Zeta Tau Alpha chapter at JSU, and
she is also a National Officer for the sorority.
On Wednesday, April 16, 2008, the English Department Lecture Series of Jacksonville State University will be presenting a reading by
Dr. Porter of this paper “Jarhead and the Failure of the Vietnam Myth.” See related article on this paper by clicking here:
Eng. Dept. Lect.
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Dr. Porter will supplement her reading of Jarhead with clips from the film of the same name and from Vietnam War films.
This presentation will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Room 233 - Stone Center on the campus of Jacksonville State University and is free and
open to the public. For more information, contact Teresa Reed at (256)782-5456 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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