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Melvin Donalson
Faculty

College of Arts and Letters
Department of English
Acting Chair

Office: E&T-A 635
Phone: (323) 343-4295
E-mail: mdonals@calstatela.edu

Office Hours
Monday 3:15-4:15
Tuesday 3:00-5:00
Wednesday

3:15-4:15

Thursday
Friday  
Saturday  

INTRODUCTION

With an American Studies background, I have examined the ways in which the Humanities and the Social Sciences complement one another. My approach to education has been to seek connections between the conventional and the contemporary, the provincial and the progressive. My position in the English Dept allows me to explore and teach my interests in African American Studies, Film Studies, Gender Studies, Popular Culture, and Creative Writing.

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TEACHING INTERESTS

With my interdisciplinary background, I enjoy teaching and intersecting various fields of study. During the Winter Quarter, I will be teaching Eng 207 (Beginning Creative Writing), Eng 407 (Fiction Writing), and Eng 507 (Graduate Seminar: Fiction Writing). In Spring Quarter, I will be teaching Eng 327 (Ethnicity and Emotions in U.S. Film) and Eng 379 (Gender and Sexuality in Popular Culture).

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RESEARCH

Currently, I have been examining Race and Gender issues in American Cinema, American Literature, and Popular Culture. Additionally, I have been steadily working on pursuing my poetry, fiction writing, stage plays, screenplays, and creative nonfiction.

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PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Title Date

Essay: "African American Traditions and the American Novel," in Companion to the American Novel (Wiley-Blackwell Press)

May 2012

Essay: "Denzel Washington: A Revisionist Black Masculinity," in Pretty People: Movie Stars of the 1990s (Rutger's University Press)

March 2012

Novel: Communion (WingSpan Press)

(available on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com)

January 2012

Book: Hip Hop in American Cinema (Peter Lang Publications)

Book: Masculinity in the Interracial Buddy Film (McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers)

2007

2006

Book: Black Directors in Hollywood (The University of Texas Press) 2003

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EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Ph.D. American Civilization June 1981

  • Brown University
    Providence, R.I.

M.A. American Studies December 1975

  • University of Iowa
    Iowa City, Iowa

B.A. History June 1973

  • Bates College
    Lewiston, Maine

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COURSE LISTING
Course Course Title Day & Time Room Quarter
ENGL 102 Composition II

Mon & Weds

4:20pm-6:00pm

King Hall -B 4018 Spring Quarter 2012
ENGL 207 Beginning Creative Writing

Mon & Weds

1:30pm-3:10pm

King Hall-B 4008

Spring Quarter 2012

ENGL 327 Ethnicity and Emotions in U.S. Films

Tuesday

6:10pm-10:00pm

King Hall-B 2007

Spring Quarter 2012

 

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