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Professor of English


Education

  • Ph.D. English-Medieval, 1986, University of TN-Knoxville
  • M. A. English, 1980, ASU
  • B.A. English, 1971, ASU



Teaching Specialties

  • Medieval
  • Arthurian Literature
  • Language History
  • Restoration/18th
  • Century
  • Early Christian Literature
  • Grammar

Courses Taught

  • The English Language
  • Comparative Modern Grammars
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • The Bible as Literature
  • Introduction to Literature of the Western World
  • English Composition I
  • English Composition II

Research Interests

  • Assistant Editor and Contributor, Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang, Vol.1 (1994 ); Vol.2 (1997); Vol. 3 (2007 as The Oxford Historical Dictionary of American Slang).
  • Author, "The Despised Version: Hobbes's Translation of Homer," (1996).
  • Author, "Guy Endore's The Werewolf of Paris: The Definitive Werewolf Novel?" (1995).
  • Current Project:
    18th Century English Views of Sappho, Joseph of Arimathea and the Grail, Lost Music: The Decline of Metrics in Modern Poetry

Honors/Awards

  • ASU Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching (1996)

Jerry Ball


Contact Information

P: (870) 972-2161


Office

Building: Wilson Hall
Room: 414