THIEL PROFESSOR PRESENTS PAPER AT NATIONAL CONVENTION
April 1 , 2009
GREENVILLE, PA—Dr. Mary Theresa Hall, chair and professor of English, presented a paper at the College English Association (CEA) Conference on March 26-28 in Pittsburgh.
The paper, titled “‘The Scarlet Letter’: A Kaleidoscopic View of New World Literature,” marks a departure in topic for Hall who specializes in British, not American, literature. It resulted from work Hall pursued during her sabbatical in spring 2008. She visit many local high schools and colleges and universities and found that the most popular and most frequently taught literary selection was Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Scarlet Letter. Her paper highlights the multi-faceted way that Hawthorne portrays Salem, Mass., in his book, presenting both a traditional and evolving perspective on the New England town and its inhabitants.
Along with papers focused on the conference theme of “design” and other topics, participants also were treated to a special celebration in honor of the CEA’s 70th anniversary as a professional organization.
Hall, who joined the Thiel faculty in 1999, lives in Hermitage with her husband, the Rev. V. Donald Hall.
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