EMLLA News – Shorter University

EMLLA Courses

ENG 2130: World Literature I

Starting with the wonderful story of Gilgamesh, the course will end with Milton’s Paradise Lost and Don Quijote. We will also read Sappho’s poetry, the works of Sophocles, Ovid and Rabelais among others. The readings will take us through the classics to the Renaissance which they inspired, thus allowing us to better understand the position of mankind in the world and beyond.
TR 12:30, Dr. Fabrice Poussin

ENG 2151: Children’s Literature

Children’s books are written by adults, purchased by adults, read to children by adults, so what are adults teaching children through these seemingly innocuous stories? If you want to talk about how Rainbow Fish teaches children to share their individuality and to sacrifice their bodies for the sake of conformity, then join us in ENG 2151 next semester!
TR 12:30, Dr. Julie Pond

ENG 2161: C.S. Lewis

Endlessly quotable and complex, C.S. Lewis stands as one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century, arguably the most famous Christian thinker and writer of our time. But, why? How do we explain the perennial power of his ideas, persisting as they have across decades, bridging cultural, historical, ethnic, and generational divides? Using his fiction and non-fiction as a guide, we will attempt to answer those questions, as well as many others. How do Lewis’ ideas reflect the history and the culture of the early-mid twentieth century? Why do his books resonate with us still today? What is his theology, and what impact does his theology have on our contemporary, “post-Christian” world? What should 21st century people, both Christian and non-Christian alike, take away from his books that might help us navigate faith as well as doubt, both personally and collectively?
MWF 10:00, Dr. Angie O’Neal

ENG2172: American Business Culture and the American Novel 

This course examines changing American attitudes toward business as represented in literature and film. Students will analyze novels, plays, short fiction, and movies covering periods from the Gilded Era to present. Through studying these cultural representations of American workers, students will consider the principles, values, and events that made up each era of American business history.
MWF 9:00, Mrs. Jill Goad

ENG 3190: Early American Literature

Did you know that Christopher Columbus was arrested, ostracized, and sued for his men’s behavior in the Caribbean Islands? Have you ever read Frederick Douglas’s account of beating up his white slave master? Have you had the opportunity to discuss Edgar Allen Poe’s fear of live burial, his depictions of incestuous relationships, and his fascination with detective stories? Early America was just as messy as contemporary America, so join our class next semester to solve the nation’s problems together!
TR 11:00, Dr. Julie Pond

ENG 3035: Shakespeare

This course will examine some of the major comedies and tragedies upon which Shakespeare’s reputation most securely rests. Some of these plays include HamletMacbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Taming of the Shrew. We will explore the nature of comedy and tragedy as dramatic genres and as they relate to his works. Additionally, we will explore and study Shakespeare’s life and times. We will discuss Shakespearean English as a precursor of our own language and increase our understanding of Shakespeare’s age and his cultural legacy.
TR 9:30, Ms. Jackie Payne

ENG 3272, Introduction to Creative Writing

For this course, we will be reading the work of some of our greatest contemporary writers including Ted Kooser and Cormac McCarthy. We will also be sharing and workshopping our own work, as well as discussing what it means to be a writer in the world today, in the hope of further unlocking our creative potential.
TR 3:30, Dr. Zack Strait

ENG4210: Literary Criticism

This course explores theories that reveal what literature can mean. Literary criticism addresses the relationship between author and work, develops the significance of race, class, and gender for literary study, offers approaches for understanding the role of historical context in interpretation, investigates the importance of formal elements of literary structure, and explains how text is the product of a culture. Students will discuss formalism, psychoanalytic criticism, deconstructionism, reader-response criticism, and New Historicism, among others.
MWF 1:30, Mrs. Jill Goad

ENG 2111, French Influences on African American Literature

From Phillis Wheatley to Alice Walker and Toni Morrison, the course examines the writings of the authors who changed the American social, political and cultural landscape during the age of slavery, reconstruction, segregation and the present era. Works will range from poetry to short stories, essays, autobiographies as well as novel excerpts.
July, MR 9:00, Dr. Fabrice Poussin

Alumni News

Nikki Sanchez

Nikki Sanchez (English 2010). Nikki is an English Honors Teacher at Spartanburg Country District 5 Schools in Spartanburg, SC. She received her M.Ed. from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2013, her Educational Specialist degree from Converse College in 2017, and is currently pursuing a M.A. in English Literature from Northern Arizona University.

Anna Dulaney

Anna Dulaney received her B. A. in Liberal Arts in May, 2019. She is now the Assistant Athletic Director and Middle School Volleyball Coach at Unity Christian School. She is in awe and humbled by the opportunities that God has placed in her life! Anna absolutely loves her new job! Go Lions!

Emily Thomas

Emily Thomas is in her fifth year of teaching 7th grade ELA at Bay Springs Middle School in Villa Rica, GA. She has completed two masters degrees since leaving Shorter, a M.A. in English from Jacksonville State and a M.A.T. in Secondary English Education from the University of West Georgia. she is now working on her doctor of arts in English Pedagogy and Technology from Murray State University!

Leah-Joy Smith

Leah-Joy Smith (English 2017) divides her time between her burgeoning business, Violet & Sparrow Pottery, and working with a local artist at Cabell’s Designs. She has had three short stories and one poem accepted for publication by Georgia Backroads Magazine, appearing in their soon-to-be-released August issue. All four pieces are about her late grandmother.

Becca Newell Taylor

Since graduating, Becca Newell Taylor (English 2015) has worked at a non-profit children’s home before deciding to travel. She moved to Sydney, Australia where she worked a a nanny for a year. Now she has begun a M.A. at Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver.

Sarah Geil Bramblett

Sarah Geil (English 2016), now Sarah Bramblett, has completed her M.A. at Georgia State and has embarked on her next adventure: a Ph.D. in Rhetoric & Composition.