Faculty Profile for Dr. Mark B Busby

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Dr. Mark B Busby
Distinguished Professor Emeritus — English
FH 217
phone: (512) 245-3782

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Mark Busby, a native of Ennis, Texas, is Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at Texas State University-San Marcos. He is author of Larry McMurtry and the West: An Ambivalent Relationship and Ralph Ellison. He is the author of two novels, Fort Benning Blues and Cedar Crossing (TCU Press). His reference book, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Regional American Culture: The Southwest, was published by Greenwood. He edited, with Terrell Dixon, John Graves, Writer. His most recent publication is Through Our Times Occasional Poems 1960-2017 (Lamar University Literary Press, 2017).
Professor Busby previously taught at Texas A&M University, College Station. In 1996 he was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters, and served as the TIL secretary, vice-president, and president and also as President of the South Central Modern Language Association the American Studies Association of Texas. He received the Texas State College of Liberal Arts Presidential Distinction Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity for 2014 and was named Distinguished Professor Emeritus in 2018.

Teaching Interests

Cormac McCarthy, Tim O'Brien, Ernest Hemingway, Katherine Ann Porter, Willa Cather, Flannery O'Connor, Ralph Ellison, American Drama

Research Interests

Western and Southwestern Studies, Texas literature and film

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Busby, M. (2019, September 1). Poems for Steven. Writing Texas 6. Beaumont, TX, US: TACWT. Retrieved from https://www.tacwtgroup.com
  • Busby, M. B. (2019, September 30). GRAHAM, DON BALLEW: Handbook of Texas. In The Handbook of Texas: State Encyclopedia, Texas State Historical Association (Vol. Current Issue online). Austin: Texas State Historical Association, US: The Handbook of Texas: State Encyclopedia, Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved from https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fgrdb
  • Busby, M. B. (n.d.). Review of Cormac McCarthy’s Violent Destinies: The Poetics of Determinism and Fatalism. Edited by Brad Bannon and John Vanderheide. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2018. Hardcover 349 pp $60.00. Southwestern American Literature. San Marcos, TX, US: Center for the Study of the Southwest.
  • Busby, M. (2018). The Slave Narrative from Frederick Douglass to William Styron’s _The Confessions of Nat Turner_ to Nate Parker’s _Birth of a Nation_. Scholarship and Creativity On Line: A Publication of the Texas College English Association, (2018). Retrieved from https://sites.google.com/site/texascea/home/scholarship-and-creativity-journal
  • Busby, M. (2017, April). Petra Mundik. A Bloody and Barbarous God: The Metaphysics of Cormac McCarthy. U of New Mexico P, 2016. 440 pp. $65.00 hardcover.  Nicholas Monk. True and Living Prophet of Destruction: Cormac McCarthy and Modernity. U of New Mexico P, 2016. 278 pp. $65.00 hardcover. Southwestern American Literature. San Marcos, TX, US: Center for the Study of the Southwest. Retrieved from http://www.txstate.edu/cssw/publications/sal.html

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Professor Emeritus, Texas State University. September 2017
  • Award / Honor Nominee: University Distinguished Professor, Texas State Univ. April 2016
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Selected as Featured Author, The Mayo Review Launch, Texas A&M-Commerce. 2015
  • Award / Honor Nominee: University Distinguished Professor. April 2015
  • Award / Honor Recipient: College of Liberal Arts Presidential Distinction Award for Scholarly/Creative Activity ($2000), Texas State University. 2014

Selected Grants

  • Busby, Mark B. Funding for Endowment Support for the Southwest Regional Humanities Center, Albert and Margaret Alkek Foundation, $200000. (Funded: 2006). Grant.
  • Busby, Mark B. Funding for Endowment Support for the Southwest Regional Humanities Center, Albert and Margaret Alkek Foundation, $200000. (Funded: 2005). Grant.
  • Busby, Mark B. Funding for Endowment Support for the Southwest Regional Humanities Center, Albert and Margaret Alkek Foundation, $200000. (Funded: 2004). Grant.
  • Busby, Mark B. Southwest Regional Humanities Center Web support, Tocker Foundation, $25000. (Funded: 2003). Grant.
  • Busby, Mark B. Southwest Regional Humanities Center, National Endowment for the Humanities, $378900. (Funded: 2002). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Reader
University of Oklahoma Press
2000-Present
Reader
Western American Literature
1996-Present
Member
Texas Institute of Letters
1996-Present
Member
Graduate Studies, Texas State University, San Marcos
August 1991-Present
Member
TKL, Texas State University, San Marcos
August 1991-Present