Dr. Lowell T. Frye
Elliott Professor of Rhetoric and Humanities
Morton Hall, 016
B.A., English, St. John's University, 1975; M.A., English, Duke University, 1976; Ph.D., English, Duke University, 1984.
Teaching InterestsRhetoric & Composition
Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century British Literature and Culture
Literary Theory and Criticism
History of Rhetoric
British and American Ghost Stories
Committee Assignments & Service to the CollegeCo-Director of the Writing Center (with Elizabeth J. Deis)
Member, College Publications Board, 2004-2007
Member, Committee on Professional Development, 2004-2007; Chair, 2005-2007
Director of the Honors Program, 1994-2000
Past Member, Academic Affairs Committee, Faculty Affairs Committee, Gender Issues Committee
Co-Director of the Rhetoric Program, 1985-1991
Most Recent Publications
"British Travelers and the ‘Condition-of-America Question': Defining America in the 1830s." Written jointly with Elizabeth J. Deis. In Seeing America: Nineteenth-Century British Travelers in the New World. Edited by Christine DeVine. To be published by Ashgate Press in 2012.
"History as Biography, Biography as History." In Thomas Carlyle Resartus: Reappraising Carlyle's Contribution to the Philosophy of History, Political Theory, and Cultural Criticism. Edited by Paul E. Kerry and Marylu Hill. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson U P, 2010. Pp. 133-147.
Carlyle, Thomas. Essays on Politics and Society. Co-edited, with Introduction and Notes, by Lowell T. Frye and John Ulrich (of Mansfield University). A volume in the Norman and Charlotte Strouse Edition of the Works of Thomas Carlyle. Berkeley: University of California Press.
"'Vocables, Still Vocables': Linguistic and Religious Despair in Carlyle's Latter-Day Pamphlets." Literature and Belief 25 (2007): 196-216.
Mother's Memoirs: The Life and Stories of Lucy Marincel. Compiled and written by Emily Amberg. Revised and edited by Lowell T. Frye. Oral history/genealogical monograph (154 pages), privately printed. 2004.
Articles on Edmund Burke, William Cobbett, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Walter Scott, Robert Southey, and William Wordsworth. In The Carlyle Encyclopedia, ed. Mark Cummings (Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson U P, 2004). Member, Editorial Board of the Encyclopedia.
"Independence Fostering Community: The Benefits of an Independent Writing Program at a Small Liberal Arts College." Jointly written with Elizabeth J. Deis and Katherine J. Weese. In A Field of Dreams. Edited by Peggy O'Neill, Larry Burton, and Angela Crow. Logan, Utah: Utah State U Press, 2002. Pp. 75-89.
"The Ghost Story and the Subjection of Women: The Example of Amelia Edwards, M. E. Braddon, and E. Nesbit." VIJ (The Victorians Institute Journal) 26 (1998): 167-209.
"'Great Burke,' Thomas Carlyle, and the French Revolution." In The Revolution Debate in England. Edited by Lisa Plummer Crafton. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1997. Pp. 83-106.
Honors & AwardsCabell Award for Excellence in Teaching, May 2006
Thomas Edward Crawley Award for Service to the College, May 1991 (jointly with Elizabeth J. Deis)
Professional AffiliationsModern Language Association
National Council of Teachers of English/ Conference on College Composition and Communication
Writing Program Administrators
Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Association
Other InterestsMember, College Presbyterian Church Choir
Member, Commonwealth Chorale
Member, Board of Directors of Farmville-Prince Edward Community Library
Swim official (stroke & turn judge; starter), Southside Virginia YMCA, Virginia High School League
FamilySpouse: Elizabeth J. Deis
Lowell Charles Deis Frye
Alice Elizabeth Deis Frye