Alan N. Brown, D.A.

Professor of English
Station 22
Wallace Hall 301A and 307A
(205) 652-3521
Degrees: DA, Illinois State University, 1985
MEd, University of Illinois, 1980
MA, Southern Illinois University, 1974
BA, Millikin University, 1972
Employment Date: August 1986
Professional Biography:

After receiving my B.A. in English from Millikin University in 1972 and my M.A. in American Literature from Southern Illinois University in 1974, I taught English and German at Flora High School in Flora, Illinois, from 1974 to 1976. Between 1976 and 1986, I taught English at Griffin High School in Springfield, Illinois. I have been teaching English at the University of West Alabama since 1986. Since 1990, I have also been a member of the Alabama Humanities Foundation’s Speakers Bureau.

Classes usually taught: EH 99, EH 101, EH 102, EH 211, EH 212, EH 340, EH 480, EH 498, EH 580, EH 598
Additional UWA Assignments:

Director of the Writing Center and the Compensatory Writing Program

Academic / Research Interests:

Southern Folklore, especially oral ghost narratives
American Literature

Current Projects:

An Alabama folklore web page
A video of Alabama ghost stories

Recent Publications:
  • Literary Levees of New Orleans. Montgomery, AL: Black Belt Press, 1998.
  • “Using Transcription in the Teaching of Basic Writing.” ALADE Newsletter Fall 1999: 6-7.
  • “Seeing Is Believing: Ghostly Images from Alabama.” Ghosts of the Prairie Magazine Fall 1999: 5-9.
Recent Presentations:
  • I led a discussion group on Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain at the 19th annual meeting of the Contemporary Literature and Writing Conference at Kennesaw State University on February 11, 1999.
  • I read a paper entitled “Alabama’s Outlaws” at the annual meeting of the Alabama Historical Society at Montgomery on April 23, 1999.
  • I read a paper entitled “The Literary Works of Ruby Pickens Tartt” at the Alabama Writer’s Symposium on May 8, 1999.
  • I read a paper entitled “Utilizing Holistic Grading at the Secondary Level” at the NCTE Conference “Teaching Writing” in Orlando, Florida, on June 26, 1999.
  • I read a paper entitled “Dracula Transfigured: The Redefinition of the Literary Vampire in Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire” at the Alabama Writer’s Symposium on may 8, 1999.
  • I read a paper entitled “Women without Men: Maintaining the Social Contract in Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain” at the international Conference on Utopia and Dystopia” at Atlanta, Georgia, on November 7, 1999.
  • I read a paper entitle ”Using e-mail to Teach Basic Writing” at the annual meeting of the Alabama Association for Developmental Education in Mobile, Alabama, on November 11, 1999.
Recent Grants:

In 1999, I was awarded $2,500 by the Alabama State Council of the Arts and $500 by the UWA Research Committee to support the production of a folklore web site.

Other recent notable works:

I am nearing completion of a video of Alabama ghost tales entitled “Haunts from the Heart of Dixie.”

Additional Information:
  • During the 1999/2000 season, I will be presenting lectures on the topics “Ghosts, Graveyards, and Sitting’ with the Dead: Alabama Deathlore” and “Mysteries and Legends of Alabama” for the Alabama Humanities Foundation’s Speakers Bureau.
  • My book Shadows and Cypress: Ghostlore from the American South will be published by the University Press of Mississippi in October 2000.
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