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Faculty in the Department of English
Beth W. Capo     
   Associate Professor of English    
   217.245.3346 | bcapo@mail.ic.edu   
  
B.A. Denison University; M.A., Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
 
Publications:
Book
"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).
http://www2.widener.edu/%7Ecea/351capo.htm

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
   
   Associate Professor of English    
   217.245.3346 | ncapo@mail.ic.edu   
 
B.A., M.F.A. Pennsylvania State University
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cynthia A. Cochran   
   Associate Professor of English   
   217.245.3456 | ccochran@mail.ic.edu   
 
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 | hahn@mail.ic.edu   
 
B.A. Augustana College; M.A., Ph.D. Purdue University
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Betsy Hall   
   Instructor in English    
   217.245.3879 | bhall@mail.ic.edu  
 
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 | jlkerbau@mail.ic.edu  
 
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 will be performing a reading of my work in the Spring 2012 semester. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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

 
 
 
 









Megan Milks
 Megan Milks
   Visiting Assistant Professor of English
   217.245.3347 | megan.milks@mail.ic.edu  

B.A., University of Virginia; M.A., Temple University; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago  

I write primarily fiction:  my work has been included in the volumes 
30 Under 30:  An anthology of Innovative Fiction by Younger Writers; Wreckage of Reason; and Fist of the Spider Woman:  Tales of Fear and Queer Desire; as well as many journals.  My short story, "Kill Marguerite" is available as a chapbook through Another New Calligraphy Press, and another chapbook, "Twins," is forthcoming from Birds of Lace Press this fall (2012).  I am presently at work on a collection of short fiction and a novel.
 
My scholarship focuses on contemporary literature; queer and feminist theory and politics; and illness narratives.  I am currently working on a co-edited volume devoted to queer and feminist perspectives on asexuality and on several essays related to narratives of mental illness.
 
I am excited to be teaching introductory and advanced creative writing at Illinois College this year.  Other research/teaching interests include gender and women's studies; disability studies; film, particularly horror; comedy; and the grotesque.
 


Lisa J. Udel, Chair
   Associate Professor of English   
   217.245.3284 | ludel@mail.ic.edu  
 
B.A. University of Michigan; M.A. Indiana University; Ph.D. University of Cincinnati  
 

    
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