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Faculty in the Department of English
Beth W. Capo     
   Associate Professor of English    
   217.245.3346 |   
B.A. Denison University; M.A., Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
"Textual Contraception: Birth Control and Modern American Fiction. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 2007.
Print Journal Articles (refereed)
“Midwestern History and Memory in Robinson’s Gilead.” MidAmerica: The Yearbook of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature. 34 (2007): 79-86.
“’She is herself a poem’: Caresse Crosby, Feminine Identity, and Literary History.” Legacy: Journal of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers. 23.1 (June 2006): 30-43.
“’Can This Marriage Be Saved?’: Birth Control and Marriage in Modern American
Literature.” Modern Language Studies 34.1&2 (Spring/Fall 2004): 28-41.
“‘How Shall We Change the Law?’: Birth Control Rhetoric and the Modern American
Narrative.” Literature and the Law. Rodopi Press Perspectives in Modern Literature. Edited by Michael J. Meyer. 2004. 119-144.
“Inserting the Diaphragm In(to) Modern Fiction: Mary McCarthy, Philip Roth, and the
Literature of Contraception.” Journal of American Culture 26.1 (March 2003): 111-123.
“Black Female Absence and the Construction of Womanhood in Faulkner’s Light in
August.” The Faulkner Journal 16.3 (November 2000): 7-31.

On-Line Journal Articles (refereed)
“Teaching Illinois.” College English Association Forum 35.1 (Winter/Spring 2006).

Poetry“Marathon.” My Life at the Gym: Feminist Perspectives on Community through the Body. Edited by Jo Malin. SUNY Press, 2010.
I enjoy teaching 20th century American literature, women writers, and Gender & Women's Studies courses.  Favorite writer is William Faulkner, but I love many writers and read voraciously.  I am slowly overcoming my fear of poetry.  Places I've traveled that have inspired me are Kyoto, Japan, where I lived for a year on Fulbright; Bath, England, where I studied abroad in college; and Barcelona, Spain.  Hobbies include running, swimming, reading, and knitting.

Nicholas P. Capo
, Chair   
   Associate Professor of English    
   217.245.3346 |   
B.A., M.F.A. Pennsylvania State University
Cynthia A. CochranCynthia A. Cochran   
   Associate Professor of English   
   217.245.3456 |   
A.B., M.S., University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana; Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University
Naomi E. Hahn   
   A. Boyd Pixley Professor of Humanities - English   
   217.245.2454 |   Naomi E. Hahn
B.A. Augustana College; M.A., Ph.D. Purdue University
Betsy Hall   
   Instructor in English    
   217.245.3879 |  
B.A., M.A. University of Illinois Springfield
Courses taught:  121, 130, 205, 208
Research interests:  food rhetoric, writing assessment, writing about writing (WAW), first-year composition
Current IC involvement:  IC Connections Academic Director, Student Life Committee
Other interest:  traveling, gardening, reading, bicycling, Homer (!)
Jim L. Kerbaugh   
Jim Kerbaugh   Professor of English   
   217.245.3443 |  
B.A., M.A., Ph.D. North Texas State University
I have led 6 breakaways to England and Italy.  The ones to Italy sparked an interest in art history, which I will use in the Senior Seminar, the topic for which is The Italian Renaissance.  I also teach a course focused on Dante.  Other courses include Chaucer, Studies in the English Renaissance, Classical Literature and Poetry Workshop.  Over forty of my poems have been published and I performed a reading of my work in the Spring 2012 semester. 

Robert C. Koepp
Robert C. Koepp   Frances McReynolds Smith Professor of International Understanding and Professor of English
   217.245.3441 |   
B.A. St. Olaf College; M.A., Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison


Lisa J. Udel
   Associate Professor of English   
   217.245.3284 |  
B.A. University of Michigan; M.A. Indiana University; Ph.D. University of Cincinnati  

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