Name: Brian  Anderson
Department: English
Title: Instructor, English
Office Location:
Library, 322B
Central Campus
Phone Number: (704) 330-6586
Fax Number: (704) 330-6644
Email Address:
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Office telephone: 704.330.6586


Educational Background:
MA English  Appalachian State University   1990
Thesis:  From Shylock to Shadrach to Sheva:  The Descent of the Eighteenth-Century Stage Jew

BA History  Appalachian State University   1988
Minor:  Women's Studies
Educational Experience:
Edgar Allan Poe's "The Gold Bug" With Samples of His Cryptography.
Recent academic interests
Reading, Publication and WWII:  Armed Services Editions

Art History
Little Free Library Movement
Children's Literature and Literacy
Thomas Hardy
Emily Dickinson

I.William Faulkner

A. The relationship between Faulkner's independently published short stories and the stories as they made their way into his novels, such as The Hamlet and Go Down, Moses.

B. Absalom, Absalom! as cultural schist; Thomas Sutpen rejects African and French culture as he attempts (and spectacularly fails) as he attempts to produce Anglo-Saxon Utopia at Sutpen's Hundred.

II. Books Go to War

A. During WWII, an organization called Editions for the Armed Services produced pocket-sized books for American soldiers.

B. The largest category of the 1300+ titles was adventure novels: Westerns, sea stories, mysteries.

C. But the books were also chosen to be useful and uplifting, so that books on music, science, engineering, business, geography, history were also proffered.

D. I'm mostly interested in the belles lettres--why were certain authors (Thoreau, Chaucer) chosen when others (Shakespeare, Byron) were not?

III. John Reed's The Day in Bohemia

An Innovative Treatment: John Reed wrote The Day in Bohemia in 1912, and it was published the next year.  The poem is quite long, running 47 pages as it was originally printed. It is in the form of a mock epic, a comic literary device which, by definition, contains all the conventions of an epic poem (invocation of the muse, catalog of ships, mythological “machinery,” etc.) but is comic because the exalted language and style are imposed on a trivial subject.  

The Day in Bohemia is ideal for this project because it is highly allusive. Reed satirizes life in Greenwich Village, New York among the artists, critics, writers, journalists and social reformers who haunted the neighborhood around Washington Square in the years before World War I. Unfortunately for a contemporary reader interested in literature or history or art, many of the persons and events Reed mentions are either completely forgotten or only dimly familiar, even if the reader is well informed, so the poem suffers. The Day in Bohemia also contains mythological machinery, parodies of poetic styles and geographical references which beg for explanation.
Other Information:
      Office: 8:30-10:30, 1:00-2:00
Class: 10:30-12:30, 2:00-3:45

Tuesday       Office: 8:30-9:30, 2:00-3:00
                      Class: 9:30-1:45

Wednesday     Office: 8:30-10:30, 1:00-2:00  
Class: 10:30-11:30, 2:00-3:45

Thursday       Office: 8:30-9:30, 2:00-3:00
                      Class: 9:30-1:45

Friday Office: 8:30-10:30, 12:30-2  
Class: 10:30-12:30

And by appointment.  It’s usually easy for me to come early or stay late—just let me know.

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My Internet Links

Here's how to find out more about Armed Services Books

Here's my English 113 Website

Here's my English 114 Website

Here's the best William Faulkner page on the web