English professor featured in publication

Murray State assistant professor of English, William (Rusty) Jones attended the Modern Language Association’s annual convention in Boston in January.

Jones is a contributor to the latest edition of The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, a comprehensive and authoritative reference book on all aspects of poetry. The Princeton University Press first published the book in 1965.

Jones and other contributors and editors were celebrated at a launch party for the new book.

Jones wrote the entry on “Satire” for the encyclopedia. Satire is a genre of literature and sometimes graphic and performing arts, in which vices, follies, abuses and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, and society itself, into improvement.

“I was honored to be asked to write the ‘Satire’ entry for the new edition,” Jones said. “Over the course of five years, Dr. Roland Greene, the main editor of the encyclopedia, gathered entries from over 700 scholars from around the world in order to complete this important work. The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics is one of the most highly respected and widely used literary reference books, and I’m very proud that my entry is a part of it.”

Jones is also the director of the Murray Shakespeare Festival.

Staff Report.