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Dr. Rita D. Costello, Assistant Professor of English

Dr. Rita D. Costello, Assistant Professor of English

B.F.A., Bowling Green State University; M.F.A., Wichita State University; Ph.D., University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Dr. Rita Costello

Kaufman Hall, 106A

rcostello@mcneese.edu

(337) 475-5193


Special Responsibilities

  • Director, Freshman and Sophomore English

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Drama (especially, but not limited to, Absurdist Drama, and Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Theatre)
  • Politics and Literature (especially the effects of HUAC on the arts)
  • World Literature
  • Interdisciplinary Humanities
  • Poetry
  • Graphic Novel
  • Women's Studies
  • Pedagogy

Professional Activities and Affiliations

  • Member, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
  • Member, Conference on College Compostition and Communication (CCCC)
  • Member, Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • Member, Associated Writing Programs (AWP)
  • Member, American Culture Association / Popular Culture Association (ACA/PCA)
  • Member, National Association for Humanities Education (NAHE)
  • Member, National Women's Studies Association (NWSA)
  • Regular Participant, Deep South Writers Conference
  • Secretary, Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts (SCLA)
  • Member, South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA)

Selected Works

Creative Writing

Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and appeared in journals such as: Glimmer TrainACMFeminist StudiesHawai'i ReviewIlluminations, Louisiana LiteratureThe Baltimore Review, and Green Mountains Review; her poetry has been included in anthologies such as: Red, White & Blues: Poetic Vistas on the Promise of AmericaMischiefCaprice & Other Poetic Strategies, and Only Connect.


Scholarly Publications

Scholarly work by Dr. Costello has appeared in publications such as the textbook Western Literary Studies: Traditions, Trends, and Topics and in the journal Interdisciplinary Humanities.