March 27, 2006
Dr. Marty Knepper, professor and chair of English at Morningside College, and Jess Horsley, a senior from Emmetsburg, Iowa, will present papers at the national conference of the Popular Culture Association (PCA)/American Culture Association (ACA) to be held April 12-16, in Atlanta, Ga.
Knepper will make two presentations at the conference. She will introduce and facilitate a celebration of the 75th anniversary in 2005 of the release of the first book in the Nancy Drew series of mysteries, The Secret of the Old Clock.
Knepper will also present her paper "Mr. Collins in Recent Film
Adaptations of Jane Austen's ‘Pride and Prejudice’," a discussion of contemporary films including the Bridget Jones movies, Bride and Prejudice, and others, each containing a different cultural message.
She is co-chair for the mystery and detective fiction area of the national PCA/ACA and helped to organize 16 panels and special events for the conference.
Horsley will present his paper “Emerson’s Matrix: Emersonian Ideas and Theories within ‘The Matrix’ Mythology.” The paper was written as part of an English Capstone Seminar on Ralph Waldo Emerson, taught by Dr. Sean Meehan, assistant professor of English at Morningside. Horsely was the recipient of a $300 travel grant from the PCA/ACA to attend the conference.
Knepper, a member of Morningside’s faculty since 1984, has been active with the PCA/ACA since 1978 and served as president of the PCA from 1991 to 1993. She has written articles, presented papers, and spoken widely on detective fiction, women’s issues, and writing and is a member of the editorial board of Clues, an academic journal on crime fiction. She has a bachelor’s degree from Morningside College, a master’s degree in English from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, and a doctorate in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Horsley is currently pursuing a degree in English education at Morningside after having served in the United States Marine Corps from 2000 to 2003. He is a writer and toy reviewer for www.figures.com and a film critic for the anime website www.animaniacs.com.