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John David Tatter



Education

  • Ph.D. Ohio University, Athens, Ohio (1984)
    • Restoration and 18th-century British literature
    • Dissertation: "The Androgynous Spirit in the Heroic Plays and Tragedies of John Dryden"
  • M.A. Ohio University, Athens, Ohio (1979)
    • English and American literature, creative writing
    • Thesis: "Homecoming" (a volume of original poems)
  • B.A. Houghton College, Houghton, New York (1976)
    • English and creative writing

Full-time Teaching

  • Birmingham-Southern College 1985-present
    Rank: Professor, tenured
  • British Studies at Oxford, Associated Colleges of the South: 1988, 1992, 2008
    Tutor, Summer Program, St. John's College, Oxford
  • Pikeville College, Pikeville, Kentucky 1983-1985
    Rank: Assistant Professor
  • Houghton College, Houghton, New York 1980
    Rank: Instructor

Grants

  • "Understanding the Grenville Monument at Stowe Landscape Gardens" 2012
    Birmingham-Southern College Faculty Development Grant
  • "Redesign of the Stowe Landscape Gardens Web Site" 2011
    Birmingham-Southern College Faculty Development Grant
  • "The Villas, Palaces, and Churches of Andrea Palladio" 2008
    Birmingham-Southern College Faculty Development Grant
  • "The English Landscape Gardens Image Collection" 2005
    Associated Colleges of the South Technology Fellowship
  • "Redesign of the Stowe Landscape Gardens Web Site" 2004
    Birmingham-Southern College Faculty Development Grant
  • "The Iconography of the Western Garden at Stowe" 2002
    Birmingham-Southern College Faculty Development Grant
  • "Virtual Reality Panoramas for the Stowe Gardens Web Site" 2000
    Associated Colleges of the South Technology Fellowship
  • "The Virtual Landscape Garden" 1997
    Birmingham-Southern College Faculty Development Grant
  • "Rollins College Summer Teaching Workshop" 1995
    Birmingham-Southern College Faculty Development Grant
  • "Restoration of the Ha-ha at Stowe Landscape Gardens" 1993
    Birmingham-Southern College Faculty Development Grant
  • "English Landscape Gardening in the Age of Pope" 1991
    Birmingham-Southern College Faculty Development Grant

Presentations

  • “Variations on the Theme of Love: A Walk through the Western Garden at Stowe”
    Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies Conference, February 2015
  • “The Grenville Monument at Stowe: Earl Temple’s Appropriation of Royalist Space in Denham’s ‘Cooper’s Hill’ for Whig Propaganda”
    Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies Conference, February 2014
  • "Location, Location, Location: The Apollo-Daphne Myth in What a Girl Wants"
    International Conference on Literature and Film, Florida State University, January 2004
  • "Sexual Politics in the Western Garden at Stowe"
    Conference on Landscapes and Politics, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, March 2001
  • "Gendered Spaces in the Gardens at Stowe"
    Gendered Environments: Associated Colleges of the South Women's Studies Conference, Birmingham-Southern College, October 1999
  • "The Invisible Border between Art and Nature: Alexander Pope's Aesthetic Principles applied to Poetry and Landscape Gardening"
    International Conference on Borders and Foundations in Literature and the Visual Arts, State University of West Georgia, October 1997
  • "The Virtual Reality of David Mamet's Oleanna"
    International Conference on Literature and Film, Florida State University, January 1997
  • "The Professor Upstaged: Shifting Authority in the Classroom"
    International Conference on Literature and Film, Florida State University, January 1996
  • "Teaching as a Woman: The De-centered Classroom"
    ACS Women's Studies Conference, Trinity University, November 1995
  • "Issues Facing Small Departments of English"
    South Atlantic Modern Language Association Convention, November 1994
  • "Nine Professors in Search of a Major" [with J. Archer, R. Casey, S. Hagen]
    Modern Language Association Convention, December 1993
  • Panel Chair: "The Picturesque"
    Southern Conference on British Studies, November 1993
  • "Poverty Beneath the Mask: Prostitutes in Two Comedies by Aphra Behn"
    ACS Women's Studies Conference, Furman University, October 1993
  • "Reinventing Sylvia: Androgynous Womanhood in Farquhar and Wertenbaker"
    Southeast American Society for 18th-Century Studies, March 1993
  • Panel Chair: "Orientalisms"
    Southeastern American Society for 18th-century Studies, March 1993
  • "English Landscape Gardening"
    Birmingham Botanical Gardens, October 1992

Publications

  • Review of Acheson, Visual Rhetoric and Early Modern English
    Literature,
    in Restoration, 38:2 (Fall 2014)
  • "Poet as Gardener, Gardener as Poet," Stonework (Spring 2007)
  • English Landscape Gardens Image Collection (2005)
    http://csunx2.bsc.edu:8080/ELGIC/html/explain.html
  • Stowe Landscape Gardens Website (1996)
    http://faculty.bsc.edu/jtatter/stowe.html
  • "Smoke," poem, Hiram Poetry Review (Autumn 1989)
  • "Graham Chapel," poem, Stardancer (Autumn 1983)
  • "The Mother Tongue," poem, Milieu (Spring 1983)
  • "A Conversation with Robert Siegel," interview (with John Leax), For The Time Being (Spring 1981)

Professional Associations

  • Modern Language Association
  • South Atlantic Modern Language Association
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • Southern Conference on British Studies

Awards

  • Outstanding Educator of the Year 2004-2005
    Birmingham-Southern College
  • Exemplary Teacher of the Year 2003-2004
    Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church

John D. Tatter, Birmingham-Southern College, jtatter@bsc.edu