Eric Smith is assistant professor of English at the University of Alabama-Huntsville where his speciality is Post Colonial Literature. Over ten years ago, Eric was a student in my classes at Athens State University. After completing his B.S. at ASU, Eric attended Mississippi State University on a double scholarship (English and Creative Writing). He received his Ph.D. in English at the University of Florida.
Eric's poem, "Cotton's Pond," was included in the anthology Whatever Remembers Us. On the Discourse site this week, I would like to feature a poem by Eric not found in the anthology. It is entitled Auger and Old Shoes.
Eric Smith’s teaching and research interests include Anglophone Postcolonial and Twentieth-century British literatures with emphasis upon the Irish, Caribbean, and sub-continental Indian novel. Eric has published widely on writers like James Joyce, Robert Antoni, and Ronald Wright in journals including Modern Fiction Studies, Critique, James Joyce Quarterly, Joyce Studies Annual, Papers on Joyce, ARIEL, and Journal of Commonwealth Literature. His MFS article “‘A Slow and Dark Birth’: Aesthetic Maturation and the Entelechic Narrative in James Joyce’s Ulysses” was selected in 2004 for inclusion in James Joyce’s Ulysses, a volume in the Modern Critical Interpretations series edited by Harold Bloom.
Eric's current research agenda includes an examination of anachronism, acoustics, and agency in Jamaican novelist Erna Brodber’s Louisiana; an investigation of the submerged dialogue with Indian nationalist discourse in G.V. Desani’s All About H. Hatterr; and a novelistic reading of Amitav Ghosh’s genre-defying In an Antique Land.
I hope you will continue to check the RiverVue site for more poems by Alabama authors, as well as a review of the recently published novel Kelbrn by Carter Martin, professor emeritus of English at UAH.
Meanwhile, I am off to Italy for two weeks. More on that trip and more on Alabama artists when I return on September 28.
---Penne J. Laubenthal