WRITTEN BY DANIELLE ADONE
Dr. Gregory Tague has been walking the halls of SFC since 1998.
Since Professor Tague has an expertise in the English novel, he has particularly studied authors such as Samuel Richardson, Jane Austen, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, E.M. Forster, Henry James (late novels), and D.H. Lawrence. When Tague was trying to find a full time tenure-track teaching position, after receiving his Ph.D. from NYU in 1998, he was lucky enough to be hired by SFC, a place that has become a second home to him for all of these years.
Dr. Tague is not only a full time professor at SFC but a published author and scholar.
Tague has taken literature beyond what the average reader would consider while reading a novel.
His first book, “Character and Consciousness,” looks at the pre-conceived notions of self and identity in terms of the philosophical concept of character.
His second book, “Ethos and Behavior,” questions the idea of personal responsibility by asking (and addressing,) At what point is circumstance self? His third book, as editor and contributor, is a compilation of scholarly essays that define the origins of English literary Modernism.
In his fourth scholarly book, also a collection of scholarly essays, Dr. Tague, as co-editor and contributor, looks at the origins of English dramatic Modernism. The two modernism books alone consist of over 800 pages of edited material by 37 scholars of modernism from all over the world.
In terms of his academic network, Tague is on the editorial boards of the journal Consciousness, Literature and the Arts and the publisher (Amsterdam,) Rodopi, by virtue of his working relationship with Daniel Meyer-Dinkgrafe, a professor of Drama at the University of Lincoln (UK.)
While teaching Writing 1100, British Literature and honors seminars to SFC students full-time, Tague has created the ASEBL Journal (Association for the Study of Ethical Behavior in Literature.) The ASEBL Journal is an academic journal created for the students to publish their work on the topics of ethical behavior/evolutionary biology as related to literary readings. While the ASEBL Journal is an online publication, there might be an occasional (short-run) print edition.
Tague has tied his own research projects with the students and ASEBL. There is now a blog related to ASEBL (www.asebl.blogspot.com), and Dr. Tague is willing to entertain Guest Posts (provided they fit the mission and goals of the journal.)
Through his own reading in evolutionary biology and evolutionary psychology, Prof. Tague has begun work on a new book-length project that involves the notion of moral sense (from Hume to Darwin) and consciousness. Related to this project, Tague has organized, under the generous auspices of Dr. Timothy Houlihan, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, a Moral Sense Colloquium (bringing together a philosopher, Dr. Sophie Berman, a psychologist, Dr. Kristy Biolsi, and two biologists, Dr. Kathleen Nolan and Dr. Irina Ellison,) on April 26 in Founders Hall, from 2 to 4 pm., with a refreshment reception afterwards in the Callahan Center. The event is free and open to the public.
In 2009, Tague and his wife, Fredericka Jacks, created a literary press, Editions Bibliotekos, that specializes in themed anthologies. Information about the press can be found at its site (www.ebibliotekos.com.)
To date, Editions Bibliotekos has published 107 different relatively short pieces (poems, memoirs, and fiction) in four distinct anthologies. By now, Editions Bibliotekos has worked with 58 different authors worldwide – from places close to home like New York to all the way on the other side of the globe in New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa. In the last three anthologies, only 15-percent of the submissions received by Editions Bibliotekos (vetted by Dr. Tague and his wife) were published.
Every writer has a fair chance, which is why so many writers come back. Tague describes the press as a “labor of love,” and is happy that he and his wife have created a small but growing community of writers.
In fact, the website features profiles of many of the writers (not to mention a few other, interesting people). Three readings (so far) have taken place on campus, featuring Editions Bibliotekos authors, and of note would be Nahid Rachlin and John Guzlowski.
Every anthology Tague has edited has been aided by student proofreaders (Paul Benkert, Kristen Morale, Meagan Meehan, and Sharon Dittus) and English department colleagues who wrote “Forewords. Pain and Memory” (2009,) with a Foreword by John Lennon, “Common Boundary: Stories of Immigration” (2010,) with a Foreword by Jason Dubow, “Battle Runes: Writings on War” (2011,) with a Foreword by Wendy Galgan and “Being Human: Call of the Wild” (2012,) with a Foreword by Ian Maloney.
Dr. Tague is making big strides on and off campus in the future of English and the sciences that coincide with English. Although his schedule is extremely busy his office door is open to students during his office hours. Tague said his experience at SFC thus far has been the absolute best, and he wouldn’t change anything: “The students are great.”
His advice to the current students at SFC, ” Take everything seriously, work hard now, be active in clubs and events, and get to know the instructors in your chosen major-you are preparing to enter the professional world.”
While standing in front of his students every day, Tague keeps in mind that “We are cultivating young professionals who will one day solve all the problems of the world.”