Dr. Lorie Watkins Fulton, assistant professor of language and literature at William Carey University, had her first book,entitled William Faulkner, Gavin Stevens, and the Cavalier Tradition, published in January 2011. In the book, published by Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., New York, Fulton focuses on how Faulkner uses his most frequent narrator, Gavin Stevens, to voice his political opinions and criticize the Southern social and political structure created by the class he belongs to himself. Fulton’s interest in Faulkner developed after reading The Town and other late Faulkner fiction that strongly differed from the earlier works. Her book began as a dissertation while pursuing her PhD in English at The University of Southern Mississippi, which she completed in 2007. She taught at USM for nine years before coming to WCU in 2008, and she now teaches undergraduate and graduate composition, literature and research courses.
“We are immensely proud of our colleague and her new book which makes both an important contribution to Faulkner studies and the profession which we value,” said Dr. Thomas Richardson, chair of the department of language and literature at WCU. “The book enhances the intellectual energy in our department in language and literature here at William Carey and strengthens Dr. Fulton’s classroom teaching and we are absolutely delighted with this significant accomplishment.”