• Elliott Professor of Rhetoric and Humanities

    Morton Hall 016
    (434) 223-6215



Ph.D. English, Duke University, 1984
M.A. English, Duke University, 1976
B.A. English, St. John's University, 1975

Teaching Interests

Rhetoric & Composition
Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century British Literature and Culture
Western Culture
Literary Theory and Criticism
History of Rhetoric
British and American Ghost Stories

Committee Assignments & Service to the College

Director, Office of Fellowship Advising
Member, Student Affairs Committee, 2012-present
Co-Director of the Writing Center (with Elizabeth J. Deis)
Member, College Publications Board, 2004-present
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 Papers and Publications

"Leaving Blair's Lectures Quite Behind": Thomas Carlyle's Rhetorical Revolution." The Thomas Green Lecture to the Carlyle Society, University of Edinburgh, July 2012. Forthcoming publication by the Carlyle Society, Fall 2013.

 "'This Offensive and Alarming Set of Pamphlets'": Carlyle's Latter-Day Pamphlets and the Condition of England in 1850." Critical article to be part of special issue of Studies in the Literary Imagination: Carlyle and Totalitarian Temptation. Edited by Tom Toremans and Tamara Gosta. Forthcoming Fall 2013.

"Carlyle and Byron: Anxiety, Influence, and the Choice of Inheritance." Carlyle Studies Annual 27 (2011; appeared 2012): 231-239.

"What Aristotle and Stephen Colbert Have in Common: Writing Revolution, Part Two." With Elizabeth J. Deis and Christopher B. Howard. Article in response to "Writing Revolution," by Peg Tyre. The Atlantic online. 5 October 2012.

"Leaving Blair's Lectures Quite Behind": Thomas Carlyle's Rhetorical Revolution." The Thomas Green Lecture (an invited keynote/plenary address)  at joint meeting of the Carlyle Society and an international conference on Thomas Carlyle, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, July 2012.

"Exploring One's Life for Others: Writing the Personal Statement." Paper presented at a regional conference/workshop of the National Association of Fellowship Advisers, Richmond, VA, July 2012.

"Good Men and Good Citizens: Reading, Writing, & the Liberal Arts." Delivered as part of panel entitled "'Guys Read: Collegiate Edition," organized by Elizabeth J. Deis, at annual meeting of the American Men's Studies Association, Minneapolis, March 2012.

"Revisiting the Past and Imagining the Future: Young Men, Fellowship Advisers, and the Art of the Personal Statement." Paper delivered/workshop conducted (with Laura Neidert) at the biennial conference of the National Association of Fellowship Advisers, Chicago, July 2011.

"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 & Awards

Cabell Award for Excellence in Teaching, May 2006
Thomas Edward Crawley Award for Service to the College, May 1991 (jointly with Elizabeth J. Deis)

Professional Affiliations

Modern Language Association
National Council of Teachers of English/ Conference on College Composition and Communication
Writing Program Administrators
Victorians Institute
Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Association

Other Interests

Member, 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


Spouse: Elizabeth J. Deis
Children: Lowell Charles Deis Frye, Alice Elizabeth Deis Frye