John Milton helped land Jennifer Doyle-Corn ’04 MA ’10 in the pages of a prestigious English journal. Doyle-Corn’s article “(Mis)shaping History: Milton’s Nationalist Rhetoric in ‘Observations Upon the Articles of Peace’” was one of 12 from more than 1,000 submissions selected for publication in the 2009-10 issue of the Sigma Tau Delta Review, a journal of the prestigious international English honor society Sigma Tau Delta. The article was the only one selected by an author from North Carolina. “This is my first academic publication, and I am thrilled,” said Doyle-Corn, a graduate of WCU’s English literature program.
Doyle-Corn’s essay argues that Milton’s position in the Cromwellian government of England, where he produced nationalistic propaganda including “Observations Upon the Articles of Peace,” represented a discourse of bigotry, anti-Catholicism and sociological intolerance that contributed to a longstanding biased historical picture of the Irish rebellions of the 1640s. Doyle-Corn also read at the Sigma Tau Delta national conference in St. Louis in March.
Doyle-Corn capped her career at WCU with the 2010 Dennis J. McKevlin Memorial Graduate Award, recognizing outstanding achievement by a graduate student in English; and a College of Arts and Sciences Deans’ Outstanding Scholar Award. She and her husband, Worth Corn ’04, a writer and editor at The Mountaineer newspaper in Haywood County, live in Cullowhee, but soon will depart for Tallahassee, Fla., where Doyle-Corn was accepted into a program to begin work this fall on her doctorate in Irish literature.