Interview with Mary Bly - May 2, 2006, 8:00 PM LiSRadio Webcast: First Tuesday Series
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Dr. Mary Bly
Dr. Mary Bly received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University, a Master of Philosophy from Oxford University and a Ph. D. from Yale. Currently, she is an Associate Professor at Fordham University and Director of Graduate Studies. Her teaching and research interests center on Shakespeare.
Dr. Linda Esser
University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Information Science & Learning Technologies
Linda R. Esser is a Clinical Instructor in the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies. She earned her Ed. D. at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, in 1999 and also holds a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the same institution.
Esser's teaching and research focus is on school media librarianship. She teaches courses related to certification as a library media specialist in Missouri, including library media program administration and curriculum integration. Her research interests center on the intersection of the personal and professional lives of women who are library media specialists.
Prior to joining the SISLT faculty, Dr. Esser taught at Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky and Spalding University, Louisville, Kentucky. She has work experience as both a children's librarian in a public library setting and a K-12 library media specialist.
Summary:Join hosts Linda Esser, Denice Adkins and Diane Velasquez with their guest Dr. Mary Bly, Associate Professor, Fordham University. Dr. Bly writes historical fiction as Eloisa James. Her latest novel, The Taming of the Duke, received a starred review in Booklist. Dr. Bly's impressive academic credentials include an undergraduate degree from Harvard University, a Master of Philosophy from Oxford University and a Ph. D. from Yale. Currently, she is an Associate Professor at Fordham University and Director of Graduate Studies. Her teaching and research interests center on Shakespeare. A reader review on amazon.com describes Dr. Bly's book, Queer Virgins and Virgin Queens on the Early Modern Stage as "...a fascinating job of delving into the use of (bawdy) puns on the Reniassance stage. Her style of writing is vibrant and keeps the reader's attention throughout, and yet is endlessly informative. In the process of examining the puns, and the language of the time, she manages to give the reader a very clear sense of sixteenth/seventeenth century society." Readers of Eloisa James' historical romance novels are no less enthusiastic. Her writing is described as "witty", "smart", "fun" and "romantic".