HPU Professor Presents At Two Academic Conferences

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 3, 2010 ? Dr. Jim Casey, assistant professor of English at High Point University, recently presented a conference paper at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in Orlando and a seminar paper at the Annual Meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America in Chicago.

In his paper for the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, titled “Grendel Wendol: The Construction of Race and Monstrosity in ‘Beowulf’ and ‘Eaters of the Dead,'” Casey examines the depiction of the Grendel character in both the medieval poem and the modern novel, discussing the former’s interpellation of the creature as a “God-cursed brute” and the latter’s representation of the “monster” as a Cro-Magnon tribe. After hearing about the paper at the conference, the editor of the “Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts” has asked Casey to send the full essay to the journal for possible publication.

In his Shakespeare Association of America seminar paper, “A Man’s Office, a Woman’s Shield: Reading Gendered Bodies as (In)Appropriate Sites of Violence,” Casey discusses the gendering of violence in Shakespeare’s plays, paying particular attention to the textual representation of male and female bodies as appropriate and inappropriate recipients of violence. An expanded version of the paper has been selected for inclusion in an upcoming critical book on Ethics and Literature.

“I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity to attend these two wonderful conferences,” Casey says. “Not only do they provide me with possibilities for networking and publication, but they also present me with dozens of ideas for my own teaching and syllabi.”

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at http://www.highpoint.edu/ or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/highpointu.

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration

336-841-4530 cdudley@highpoint.edu

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