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Connections - April 2009


Barker, Evelyn

Evelyn Barker is an information literacy librarian at the University of Texas at Arlington and has worked with the university's OneBook program since its inception in 2006. She has written numerous articles and her first monograph, A Texas Journey: The Centennial Photographs of Polly Smith, was published in 2008. Ms. Barker earned her M.S. from the University of North Texas.

UT Arlington Library and OneBook


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OneBook is a program for all UT Arlington first year students, who each year study a different book in their first semester English composition classes and first year seminars. Besides selecting a book for all incoming first year students to read, the OneBook program draws a theme from each year's book to serve as a frame for all university programming. This paper examines the role the UTA library plays in the successful promotion and academic integration of the OneBook program and explores the various activities with which it is involved.


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O'Connell, Maria

Maria O'Connell is a second year doctoral student in the Literature, Social Justice, and Environment program (Dept. of English) at Texas Tech. She received her MA in English with an emphasis on Comparative Literature from Texas Tech University. Her research interests include systems theory, translation and metaphor, literature of the American West, and narrative representations of social and environmental justice in Cormac McCarthy's westerns. She has a number of conference presentations in both Spanish and English. Her article "El Monstruo en el espejo: Miedo de si mismo en la literature grotesca" appeared in Céfiro journal.

Love and Nature: Ecofeminism in Cormac McCarthy's Novel The Crossing


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"Love and Nature: Ecofeminism in Cormac McCarthy's Novel The Crossing" examines Cormac McCarthy's work, specifically the novel The Crossing, as a type of ecofeminist literature. While McCarthy is not generally seen as a feminist writer, there is a growing body of criticism that recognizes the eco-critical nature of his novels. In using nature to critique the world of men, McCarthy makes a number of connections between the "feminine" and nature but not in an essentialist manner. This paper looks at the ways McCarthy uses performances of the feminine connected to older goddess mythologies to disrupt the National Myths of masculinity and the romance of the cowboy.


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