Welcome. I'm Dr. James Potts, and this Fall I will be teaching Freshman Comp. I and American Literature Survey. I will also be teaching a course designed to assist veterans of the Iraq and Afghan wars in a transition into college.
I will be presenting at a literary conference in Atlanta on James Dickey, and another in Boise on Flannery O' Connor. I have a journal essay coming out on Dickey's conception of God and one on Faulkner and Kristeva. This summer, I spent a month in Flannery O' Connor's hometown with a National Endowment of the Humanities institute.
Hmmmm. Let's see. I lived in Mississippi and Louisiana through high school, then attended Ole Miss as an undergraduate. I was a landman and a negotiator until 1994, when I decided I wanted to teach. Between college and the Master's program at UCF, I lived in eleven different states. Much of that story shows up on the CV.
My wife, Roxanne, hails from Maitland, Florida. We've been married for 22 years. We like to travel, the latest trip being to Prague and Vienna. We love our two terriers and music--I am a blues fan and I play the guitar; she was the drum major in high school, and first-chair All State in two instruments. She went to Auburn on an academic scholarship.
I have published on Southern writers, but Postmodern literature interests me, too, and I'm writing on David Edgar and Tom Stoppard and Cormac McCarthy and Don Delillo lately.