Specialization: 20th Century British Novel, Graham Greene, Film Studies
Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 1971
M.A., University of Kentucky, 1969
A.B., Yale University, 1964
JMU Supplementary Research Grant (1978)
JMU Summer Research Grant (one-half time, 1979)
JMU Innovative Summer School Course Award (1979)
JMU Summer Research Grant (1983)
JMU Summer Research Grant (1986)
NEH Grant for Faculty Development Workshops (1989-90)
JMU Educational Leave (Fall, 1990)
Edna Shaeffer Humanist Award (1997)
Honorary Life Membership, College English Association (2004)
Disintinguished Service Award, CEA (2006)
Full-Time Teaching Experience:
James Madison University (1971-present)
Faculty Member-in-Residence, Semester in London Program (Fall, 1980; Spring,
1982; Spring 1999)
President, North Carolina-Virginia College English Association (1984)
Acting Assistant Dean, College of Letters and Sciences (1988)
Coordinator, Liberal Studies Committee (1988)
Coordinator, Freshman Seminar (1988)
Director, Faculty Development Workshops for Teachers of the Freshman Seminar (1989)
Member, Board of Directors, College English Association (1998-99)
Executive Director, College English Association, 1999-2004
Co-Director, JMU Summer Program in Ireland (2005)
Interim Head, Department of English (2005–08)
Historian and Member, Board of Directors, College English Association (2006-present)
Graham Greene: A Character Index and Guide. New York: Garland Publishing
Company, 1991. 512 pp.
Graham Greene: An Approach to the Novels. New York: Taylor and Francis, 1999. 319 pp.
"Iris Murdoch's Midsummer Nightmare," Twentieth-Century Literature 18 (July 1972):
"King Kong and the Myth in Native Son," Teaching English in the Two-Year College
2 (Winter 1976): 123-26.
"Image and Motif in 'The Haystack in the Floods,'" The Journal of the William Morris
Society 3 (Summer 1976): 4-7.
"Hale, Pinkie, and the Pentecost Theme in Brighton Rock," Modern British Literature
3 (Spring 1978): 56-65.
"Swift, Dickens, and the Horses in The End of the Road," The James Madison Journal
37 (1979): 18-32.
"Through a Glass Darkly’: Mirrors in The End of the Affair,” Notes on
Contemporary Literature 9 (May 1979): 3-5.
"Hamlet and A Severed Head," American Notes and Queries 20 (September/
October 1981): 18-21.
"Greene and Wordsworth: The Ministry of Fear," South Atlantic Review 48
(November 1983): 32-42.
"The Napoleonic Strategist of Brighton Rock," College Literature 12 (January 1985): 11-17.
"'Those Dreadful Clothes': The Meaning of Modern Sculpture and the Genesis of
Greene's England Made Me." South Atlantic Review 57 (May 1992): 73-91.
Where I'm From. By George Ella Lyon, with photographs by Robert Hoskins.
Spring, Texas.: Absey & Co., 1999.
Lectures and Papers Presented to Professional Societies:
"Christian Themes in the Novels of Graham Greene." Christian Arts Festival, Harlan,
"Robert Penn Warren and 'Dragon Country.'" Christian Arts Festival, Harlan, KY,
"The Severed Head in Light in August and Native Son." College English
Association, Savannah, GA, 1979.
"The Napoleonic Strategist of Brighton Rock." College English Association,
Clearwater, Fla., 1984; Graham Greene: A Symposium, West Chester
University, West Chester, PA, 1984.
"Keynote Address on Novels by Gilman, Huxley, Zamiatin, and Orwell." "1984 and
Beyond," a Series of Lectures Sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for
the Humanities. Front Royal, VA, 1984.
"Literary Approaches to Hell: Graham Greene's Brighton Rock." Carolinas Symposium
on British Studies, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, 1985.
"Greene's Faustian Novel: The 'Religious Sense' in Brighton Rock." Conference
on Christianity and Literature, Mideast Region, Ashland, OH, 1985.
"Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men." Southern Arts Festival (sponsored by
the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Harrisonburg, VA, 1986.
"Head and Body: John Crowe Ransom, Robert Penn Warren, and World Enough
and Time." College English Association, Philadelphia, PA, 1986.
"The Meaning of Modern Sculpture in Graham Greene's England Made Me."
College English Association, Charleston, SC, 1987.
"Browning's 'Childe Roland' and Graham Greene's A Gun for Sale. College
English Association, Pittsburgh, PA, 1991.
"More About Names and Characters in Graham Greene's Brighton Rock."
Carolinas Symposium for British Studies, Appalachian State University, Boone,
"James Agee's Film Script for Stephen Crane's 'The Blue Hotel.'" College
English Association, Charlotte, NC, 1993.
"Travel as Mental Travel: Graham Greene's Travels with My Aunt." Mid-Atlantic
Popular Culture Association, Baltimore, Md., 1997.
"What Comes Next? Teaching The End of the Affair." South Atlantic Modern
Language Association, Atlanta, Ga., 1997.
"Greene's Alchemical Novel: Brighton Rock." College English Association, San
Antonio, Texas, 1998.
"Teaching Literature and Film." South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta,
"My Yesterdays Walk With Me: Past and Future in William Golding's Free Fall."
College English Association, Charleston, SC, 2000.
“Tragic Wanderer: Ethan Edwards in The Searchers.” College English
Association, Cincinnati, OH, 2002.
“Film Adaptations of The End of the Affair.” South Atlantic Modern Language
Association, Baltimore, MD, 2002.
“Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair.” College English Association, St. Petersburg,
“Undoing Deeds: Reversible Opposites in and Frank Capra’s Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
and Fritz Lang’s Fury.” College English Association, Richmond, VA, 2004.
“Graham Greene’s London in It’s a Battlefield.” College English Association, San
Antonio, TX, 2006.
“‘Vital Morality’ in William Golding’s Free Fall.” College English Association, New
Orleans, LA, 2007.
Modern Language Association
South Atlantic Modern Language Association
College English Association