Therese M. Jones, Assistant Professor with a Master’s in Literature and Composition Studies from St. Xavier University, has been a part-time member of the Department since 1994, was promoted to half-time in 2000, and has been full-time since 2011. She is the Director of Writing Placement, administering the placement exam and assessing its efficacy (1999-present), and she is the current Editor, Designer, and Coordinator of Lewis\' annual journal, Windows Fine Arts Magazine (2003 to present). She regularly teaches all levels of the First-Year Writing sequence, as well as general education literature courses, particularly Experience of Literature and Introduction to Fiction. She serves the Department on numerous task forces, advises majors in all programs, and regularly presents papers at the ACCA Scholarship of Pedagogy, the annual NIU English Articulation Conference, and has recently applied for a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to study African American Poets and Poetry. Prof. Jones is a published poet, short story author, and has published many papers on composition.
True to Flannery O’Connor’s signature style of writing, her first novel Wise Blood is a Southern Gothic story that masterfully blends religious themes centering on good and evil, and grace, and redemption. It truly engages the reader with perplexing characters from the south who present grotesque qualities, hypocrisy, greed, spiritual and emotional confusion, a lack of identity, immorality, as well as ingenuity, and integrity. Events in their lives lead them into paths of confusion, a lack of faith, behaviors that are contrary to the good, and humorous situations, so the reader ulti...
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