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Department: English

Fred AsheFred Ashe

Professor of English

Office:

Berte Humanities Building 220

Contact Information:

Box 549028
Birmingham-Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Rd
Birmingham, AL 35254
Office Phone: (205) 226-4862
Office Fax: (205) 226-3089
E-mail: fashe@bsc.edu

Brief Career Background:

Samford University 1992
Vanderbilt University 1986-91
University of Montevallo 1989-90
University of Alabama 1988

Educational Background:

Ph.D. Vanderbilt University, English, December 1991
M.A. Vandervbilt University, English, 1986
B.A., Michigan State University, 1983

Areas of Academic Interest:

  • American literature
  • Hemingway
  • Postmodern Fiction
  • African American Literature

Courses Taught:

EH 208 Intermediate Writing (1)
The development of intensive analytical skills, precise and extensive vocabulary, and consciousness of style. Prerequisite: EH 102 or placement by English faculty. Fall, Spring.

EH 220 Literature and the Social Experience (1)
An introduction to the social interpretation of literature through study of a faculty-selected topic (such as African-American literature, war in literature, literature and the environment, or androgyny in literature), focusing on a cultural movement, a social issue, or the perspective of a social group. The course can be taken only once for credit. Prerequisite: EH 102 or 208.

EH 260 Survey of American Literature (1)
An introduction to major American prose and verse written from the Colonial period to the present. Prerequisite: EH 102 or 208.

EH 330 Major Authors (1)
A focused study of the works of one to three authors. Recent offerings have included Dante, Hawthorne, Hemingway, Morrison, Woolf, and Yeats. With the permission of the English faculty, students may enroll more than once for credit, providing that the focus of the course is different. Prerequisite: any 200-level literature course. (Category 2)

EH 389 Contextual Studies in American Literature (1)
A critical examination of selected American writing within its cultural contexts. At present, the focus of the course is African-American autobiography, from slave narratives to the present (an IC designated course). Prerequisite: any 200-level literature course. (Category 1)

EH 392 Contemporary Fiction (1)
An examination of trends in British or American fiction since World War II, including the impact of postmodernism, neorealism, and the belated recognition of minority writing. Prerequisite: any 200-level literature course. (Category 4)

EH 400 Studies in Culture and Text (1)
A theoretical study of texts from a perspective of cultural criticism. Recent offerings have emphasized modernism and postmodernism. With the permission of the English faculty, students may enroll more than once for credit, providing that the focus of the course is different. Prerequisite: any 300-level literature course. (Category 5)