Three from Coker to Present at Philological Conference

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. – March 15, 2011 – Three Coker College professors will present talks at the 35th Annual Philological Association of the Carolina’s Conference later this week. 

This year, the association’s conference for English and foreign-language scholars, which covers varied topics including literary criticism, theory, linguistic studies, film, folklore and pedagogy, is being hosted by the University of North Carolina Ashville.

Adjunct Professor of English June Avant will offer a presentation titled “Expanding Anzaldúa’s Borderland’s Theory: Identity Formation in the works of Judith Ortiz Cofer.”  Avant received her Bachelor’s degree from Winthrop University and a Master’s from East Carolina University.

Associate Professor of English and Coordinator of the English Major David McCracken will present “Chuck Palahniuk’s ‘Fight Club’ as Subversive Working-Class Novel.” In this presentation, McCracken applies working-class literary theory to “Fight Club” and addresses it as a working-class text. McCracken received his Bachelor’s degree from Belmont College and his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Texas A&M University.

Associate Professor of English and Director of the Writing Program Jasna Shannon will present a talk titled “Breaking Boundaries of Observation: Swimming Against the Tide of Modern Media.” Shannon’s presentation explores how the use of recent social media affects students’ writing and their perceptions of writing and points to educational responses that can leverage these new technologies in ways that encourage classroom discussion and help students understand how to move between informal and formal modes of writing. Shannon received her Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD degrees from the University of Arizona.

Coker College is committed to preparing students for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. In fact, Peterson’s “Smart Parents Guide to College” has identified Coker’s round table approach a model teaching program. 

The success of Coker’s English programs recently drew national attention when Terrance Hayes, who received a degree in English from Coker in 1994, won the 2010 National Book Award for Poetry for “Lighthead,” his fourth collection of poetic works.

For more information about Coker’s English programs, please contact McCracken at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach. 

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