Professor M. Thomas Inge
Randolph-Macon College Humanities Professor M. Thomas Inge recently published two
Will Eisner: Conversations (University Press of Mississippi) is a collection
of interviews with the master comic-book artist and creator of the graphic novel.
He co-edited, in collaboration with Czech scholar Marcel Arbeit, The (Un)Popular
South (Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic), with essays on the
South in popular culture by 10 international critics, including Inge’s “Walt Disney’s
Racial Dilemma in Song of the South.”
Inge also wrote the lead essay, “Li’l Abner, Snuffy, and Friends: The Appalachian
South in the American Comic Strip,” for Comics and the U.S. South
(University Press of Mississippi), in which the editors recognize him for his pioneering
work in the field of comics and Southern culture.
In addition, Inge was invited to serve as a foreign expert and distinguished visiting
professor in the Department of English and American Studies at Palacky University
in Olomouc, Czech Republic, this coming summer for three months. He will lecture
and consult in American literature and culture in a government-funded project that
will continue for three years. Inge was a Senior Fulbright Lecturer at Charles University
in Prague in 1994.
Inge, the Blackwell Professor of Humanities, joined the faculty in 1984. He earned
his B.A. at Randolph-Macon College and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University.