Laura FineAssociate Professor of English; Department Head, English
108 Joyner Hall
Areas of Expertise
- Contemporary American Literature
- Southern Literature
- American Women’s Literature
Dr. Fine received her B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Davis. After teaching for a number of years in Atlanta, she came to Meredith College in 2007. She teaches American literature, world literature, and composition. In 2013 she became department head.
M.A and Ph.D. - University of California at Davis
B.A. - University of Minnesota
“‘Make Them Know’: Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones,” The South Carolina Review. Fall 2016. Vol. 49, No. 1: 48-58.
“What should readers look for in Harper Lee’s new novel?” TheConversation.com February 5, 2015
“Space and Hybridity in Jhumpa Lahiri’s ‘Unaccustomed Earth’ and ‘Only Goodness.’” South Asian Review 32.2 (November 2011): 209-222. Print.
Reviewed Mockingbird Passing: Closeted Traditions and Sexual Curiosities in Harper Lee’s Novel. By Holly Blackford. Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press, 2011. 349 pp. South Atlantic Review 76.2 (Spring 2011): 146-149. Print.
Reviewed resubmitted essay on To Kill a Mockingbird for submission to the Children’s Literature Association Quarterly (Katherine Capshaw Smith, Acquisitions Editor). August 2010.
“Reframing Responses to Masculine Performances in Barbara Kingsolver’s Prodigal Summer.” South Carolina Review. 42.1 (Fall 2009). 123-131.
“Harper Lee’s Structuring of Her Narrator’s Rebellion in To Kill a Mockingbird.” Farley, Alice Hall (Ed). Harper Lee: Essays and Reflections. University of Tennessee Press. (2007): 176-204.
Reviewed manuscript by Shane Borrowman and Ed White for Longman Publishers (Whitney Baer, Editorial Assistant – English). August 2005.
Reviewed manuscript by Wil Haygood for Vanderbilt University Press (Betsy Phillips, Editorial Coordinator). May 2005.
Reviewed manuscript on To Kill a Mockingbird for PMLA (Judy Goulding, Managing Editor, MLA Publications). September 2004.
"Claiming Personas and Rejecting Other-Imposed Identities: Self-Writing as Self-Righting in the Autobiographies of Richard Rodriguez." Reprinted in Contemporary Literary Criticism: Volume 155. Ed. Janet Witalec. Detroit: The Gale Group, (2002): 271-279.
Prefaces on “Sappho,” “Plato,” and “Dante.” Global Literature: One World, Many Voices, Volume One (Second Edition). Ed. Charles Duncan. Orlando: Harcourt, 2000.
“Going Nowhere Slow: The Post-South World of Bobbie Ann Mason" The Southern Literary Journal 32 (Fall 1999): 87-97.
"Gender Conflicts and Their 'Dark' Projections in Coming of Age White Female Southern Novels." Southern Quarterly (Summer 1998): 121-129.
Prefaces on “Gender and Society,” “Robert Hayden,” “Seamus Heaney,” and “Richard Rodriguez.” Global Literature: One World, Many Voices, Volume Two. Ed. Charles Duncan. Orlando: Harcourt, 1998.
Prefaces on “Plato” and “Dante.” Global Literature: One World, Many Voices, Volume One. Ed. Charles Duncan. Orlando: Harcourt, 1997.
"Claiming Personas and Rejecting Other-Imposed Identities: Self-Writing as Self-Righting in the Autobiographies of Richard Rodriguez." Biography 19 (Spring 1996): 119-136.
“Atticus Revised: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Go Set a Watchman and To Kill a Mockingbird.” Presented at the SSSL (Society for the Study of Southern Literature) Conference at Boston University, March 10, 2016.
“Make Them Know”: Literary and Cultural Reconstructions in Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones.” Presented at the American Studies Association conference at Sam Houston University in Huntsville, Texas on November 14, 2014.
“You Can’t Not Go Home Again: Jhumpa Lahiri’s ‘Unaccustomed Earth.’” Paper presented at the American Literature Association Conference, Savannah, GA. 9 October 2009.
Reviewed manuscript on To Kill a Mockingbird for submission to the Children’s Literature Association Quarterly (Katherine Capshaw Smith, Acquisitions Editor). August 2009.
“Reframing Responses to Masculine Performances in Barbara Kingsolver’s Prodigal Summer.” Paper presented at the Society for the Study of Southern Literature Biennial Conference, Williamsburg, VA. 19 April 2008.
“Imlay Foundation English Fellowship Program.” $10,000 Fellowship. Awarded to Crystal Thompson, M.A. English Department Graduate Student, 2001-2002.
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