Virginia Fowler

Virginia Fowler

Professor

Office

313 Shanks Hall 
181 Turner St. NW 
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone

(540) 231-6919

Email

Department Membership

English

Expertise

  • African-American Literature
  • Women writers
  • Poetry of Nikki Giovanni
  • Gloria Naylor’s fiction
  • Henry James

Professional Activities

  • Director of Undergraduate Studies in English
  • Director of Literature and Language Program

Education

  • Ph.D. English, U of Pittsburgh
  • M.A. English, U of Pittsburgh
  • B.A. English, U of Kentucky

Awards and Honors

  • Academy of Faculty Service, 2015
  • College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising, 2012
  • Denny C. Plattner Award for Outstanding Non-fiction, Appalachian Heritage, 2009

Selected Publications

Books

  • Nikki Giovanni: A Literary Biography.  Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2013. 
  • Gloria Naylor: In Search of Sanctuary.  New York: Twayne/Macmillan, 1996.
  • Nikki Giovanni.  New York: Twayne/Macmillan, 1992.
  • Henry James's American Girl: The Embroidery on the Canvas.   Madison, Wisconsin & London, England: The University of Wisconsin Press, 1984. 

Edited Books

Conversations With Nikki Giovanni.  Jackson, Mississippi: The University Press of Mississippi, 1992.

Journal Articles

  • ""Tennessean by Birth"." Appalachian Heritage: A Literary Quarterly of the Southern Appalachians. 40.4 (2012): 14-22.
  • “‘And This Poem Recognizes That’: Embracing Contrarieties in the Poetry of Nikki Giovanni.”  In Her Words: Diverse Voices in Contemporary Appalachian Women’s Poetry, ed. by Felicia Mitchell, pp. 112-35.  Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2002.
  • "A Nikki Giovanni Chronology."  Appalachian Heritage: A Literary Quarterly of the Southern Appalachians. 40.4 (2012): 51-62
  • “Nikki Giovanni’s Appalachian Ties.”  Appalachian Heritage 36, 3 (2008): 42-50.