Professor of English
English / Academic
- Sherman Hall 123
B.A., Rutgers College of Arts and Sciences
M.A., Ph.D., Rutgers University
The Henry L. and Laura H. Shoap Endowed Professorship of English Literature
I received my doctorate in Victorian Literature at Rutgers College in New Brunswick, New Jersey and decided to teach at Austin College — a private, liberal arts college that I had heard very good reports about — after having already tutored and taught writing and literature (British and American) at two large state universities: Rutgers and Penn State. At Austin College, I have always been able to teach courses in my areas of specialization: Victorian poetry and Modern British Literature, while being encouraged to branch out into areas that also intrigue me, including Gender Studies, Modern Cultural Studies in Western Civilization, Literature and Medicine, LGBT studies, and the Social Construction of AIDS. Although I already knew I wanted to be a teacher in first grade (yes, this is true), I did not decide on college teaching until I had already been certified as a grade school and secondary school teacher of English in New Jersey and had done some volunteer work in Special Education. This is my 28th year teaching English (and other cross-disciplinary undergraduate classes) at Austin College.
- Major Authors: Tennyson and Eliot: Victorianism and Modernism
- Literature, Medicine and Culture
- Confronting Racism, Sexism, Anti-Semitism and Homophobia through Education
- British Romanticism: The Flight of the Imagination
- The Social Construction of AIDS
- Victorian Patterns and Paradoxes
- 19th century British literature and culture
- 20th century American and British literature, especially poetry
- Gender Studies
- LGBT Studies
- The Social Construction of Epidemics
- AIDS and Literature Psychoanalytic Studies
In the News:
Our yearly World AIDs Day services and Spring AIDS Quilt programs have received newspaper coverage in the Herald Democrat.
I have published a book of literary criticism on Tennyson, A BLUEPRINT of HIS DISSENT: MADNESS and METHOD in TENNYSON’S Poetry. Bucknell University Press, 1989.
I self-published a limited edition of original AIDS poems for a hospice AIDS fundraiser — “Bearing Witness: AIDS Poems,” Helianthus Press. The book was “handprinted and bound with handmade papers” by our former Abell librarian Dayna Williams-Capone in the early 1990’s.
I have had numerous poems, short articles, essays, or book reviews published in such journals as COLLEGE ENGLISH, THE EXPLICATOR, VICTORIAN POETRY, THE VICTORIAN NEWSLETTER, LITERATURE and PSYCHOLOGY, FRONTIERS, THE AMERICAS REVIEW, CALLALOO, LAMAR JOURNAL of the HUMANITIES, THE MIDWEST QUARTERLY, THE ELIZABETH GASKELL SOCIETY JOURNAL, CHANGING MAN, ACADEME, POWER and METHOD: POLITICAL ACTIVISM and EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH, and QUEER THEORY in EDUCATION.
I have sponsored AC CARES, Austin College’s AIDS Organization on campus since 1994. In the past I have done volunteer work for Home Hospice of Grayson County and for “Puppy Up.” I have given poetry readings at the Sherman Public Library and at yearly World AIDS Day and Spring AIDS Quilt events. I am currently the President of our Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. I serve on the Heath Science and Gender Studies Committees. I have participated in the Johnson Center talks, a reading group , and a summer writing group on campus.