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February 25, 2009

English professor to present expertise at national conference

Helen Lock, Ph.D., will present her paper "The Trickster in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes were Watching God" at the National Association of Ethnic Studies conference in San Diego, Calif., March 31 - April 4. Lock, an English professor, has worked at ULM since 1991.

A native of Britain, Lock came to the United States to study American literature in 1983, and has remained here studying and teaching it ever since. Her main interests are African American, contemporary American, and multicultural fiction, though she loves nineteenth century American fiction, too.

She has published a book “A Case of Mis-Taken Identity: Detective Undercurrents in Recent African American Fiction,” and has also published many articles. She is an active member of the National Association of Ethnic Studies, and is a big music fan — an interest that sometimes finds its way into her research, according to her web site.

She earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia.

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