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Andrew Smyth, Ph.D.

SmythProfessor of English

Department Chair; Secondary English Education, Linguistics, Early Modern Literature

Office: Engleman Hall D265B
Phone: 203.392.5113





Ph.D., English-Renaissance Literature, Saint Louis University, 1996
M.A., English, Saint Bonaventure University, 1990
B.A., English, University of Dallas, 1988

About Professor Smyth

I teach in the Secondary English Education program here at Southern, specializing in methods of teaching writing, grammar and linguistics, and fieldwork supervision. I also teach early modern English literature.

 My research interests are wide-ranging. I have developed a deep interest in global education, having spent a recent sabbatical in Kenya, where I taught and conducted field research on the incorporation of Information and Communication Technologies in teacher-training programs. I’m also studying a new field—critical animal studies and literary representation—which I’m connecting with young adult literature. Other longstanding research projects involve studies of Edmund Spenser, Maria Edgeworth, and Anglo-Irish literature and politics.

Recent Courses Taught

ENG 415,  510 - History of the English Language
ENG 493 - Secondary English
ENG 494 - Student Teaching Seminar
ENG 505 - Applied Linguistics
ENG 312 - English Grammar Systems
ENG 342 - Shakespeare I
ENG 307 - Literary Analysis for English Majors

Selected Publications and Presentations

“Can We Be Part of the Pride? Reading Animals through Comics in the Undergraduate Classroom.” Co-authored with Charles Baraw. Animal Comics: Multispecies Storyworlds in Graphic Narratives. Ed. David Herman. London: Bloomsbury, 2017.

“Impersonating Authority: Animals and the Reconceptualization of Anglo-Irish Social Order in Maria Edgeworth’s Ennui and Edmund Spenser’s Mother Hubberds Tale.” Representing Animals in Irish Literature and Culture. Eds. Kathryn Kirkpatrick and Borbala Farago. New York: Palgrave-MacMillan, (2015) 135-48.

Representing the Modern Animal in Culture, eds. Jeanne Dubino, Andrew Smyth, and Ziba Rashidian. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014

“Splicing Genes with Postmodern Teens: The Hunger Games and the Hybrid Imagination.” In Representing the Modern Animal in Culture (see above).

“‘[T]hat this here box be in the natur of a trap’: Maria Edgeworth’s Pedagogical Gardens, Ireland, and the Education of the Poor.” Time of Beauty, Time of Fear: New Essays on Romanticism, Children's Literature, and Childhood Studies. Ed. James McGavran. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2012.

Recent Presentations:

“Comics, Language, and (Baby)Sitting: Adam Hines’s Duncan the Wonder Dog and the Case of Clementine.” Living with Animals Conference, Richmond, KY, March 2017.

“Inspiring Activism in Teacher Candidates Committed to Urban Settings through the Urban Education Fellows Program.” Association of Teacher Educators Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, February 2017.

Workshops, Faculty Seminars, and Presentations. Northeastern University, Shenyang, China, May-July, 2016 (Fulbright Specialist Grant). Titles included “Digital Humanities: Teaching, Learning, Researching, Creating”; “Comics Studies/Animal Studies”; “Digital Composition and Literary Interpretation”; “New Trends in Literary Studies”; among other topics. 

Roundtable Organizer and Presenter: “Comics Studies/Animal Studies: Funny Animals, Animal Masks, ‘Animetaphors’ and Beyond.” Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, Hartford, CT, March 2016.

“Keywords in Young Adult Literature.” National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention, Washington, D. C., November 2014.

“Impersonating Authority: Animals and the Reconceptualization of the Anglo-Irish Social Order in Maria Edgeworth’s Ennui and Edmund Spenser’s Mother Hubberds Tale.” Sixteenth Century Society Conference, New Orleans, LA, October 2014.