Jr. Faculty Focus: Lauryl Tucker

Lauryl Tucker, assistant professor of English, just completed her second year as a full-time faculty member at Ithaca College. She received her Ph.D. in English language and literature in 2007 from the University of Virginia.

Tell us about your experience at IC so far.
I’m thrilled to be a part of this English department; it’s a very supportive, generous group of people. My students at IC are just as terrific—they continue to impress me with their creativity and commitment in the classroom. Just the other day, we were talking about the “blues stanza” in Introduction to Poetry, and one of my students treated us to a brilliant impromptu performance, which we all applauded. I love surprises like that and haven’t had them quite so often anywhere else I’ve taught.

What is your teaching style?
I like to show students how much fun it can be to approach poems from a variety of angles, to really slow down and unpack layer after layer of meaning, all the while trying to maintain that sense of mystery and potential that good poems carry.

Can you tell us about your areas of research interest?
I specialize in 20th-century British women’s poetry. I’m in the process of turning my dissertation, which examines how concepts of gender and humor intersect and shape one another in literature, into a book. I’ve also recently gotten interested in detective fiction and narrative theory. Besides being excellent beach reading, detective stories are fascinating cultural documents that offer crime and its solution as a kind of metaphor for all kinds of other things.