Experts Guide — Literature
Classical world — Mythology — Greek and Roman literature — Modern poetry
Luellen Professor of Classics
B.A., Bryn Mawr College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Texas
A classical scholar who regularly teaches classes in Latin language and literature, ancient epic and lyric poetry, Greco-Roman drama, classical mythology and creative writing. Helped establish Centre's major in the classics and has played a leadership role in the college's humanities program. Author of Beyond the Blue Mountains, a narrative poetic play; The Quilt Poems; and noted translations of Catullus' lyrics and Lucan's Pharsalia.
Southern literature, including William Faulkner — Kentucky literature — Contemporary songwriting
Jobson Professor of English
B.A., Centre College; M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Author of The Southern Vision of Andrew Lytle (Louisiana State University Press, 1987) and editor of Home Voices: A Sampler of Southern Writing (University Press of Kentucky, 1991). Contributor to Fifty Southern Writers After 1900 (Greenwood Press, 1987) and The Companion to Southern Literature (LSU Press, 2001). Scholarly interest and expertise in Southern literature, especially Faulkner. Recipient of several teaching awards. Personal interest in Americana music.
American literature — The life and writings of Henry Adams — American autobiography
Stodghill Professor of English
B.A., Amherst College; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University
Scholarly background in American Literature. Has taught major American writers, African-American literature, American autobiography, and poetry. Expertise on American historian and philosopher Henry Adams.
Classics — Homer and the Iliad
Stodghill Professor of Classics
B.A., Oberlin College; M.A., University of Washington;
Ph.D., The University of Michigan
Research interests include Homer and ancient epic, Greek literature and philosophy, Late Republican and Augustan literature and history, and classical tradition in 20th century literature and culture. Author of Homeric Misdirection: False Predictions in the Iliad (University of Michigan Press 1992) and numerous other articles and reviews for academic journals, including Latomus, Journal of American Culture, and Religious Studies Review.
Renaissance literature — Spenser and Chaucer — Shakespeare — History of language — Expository writing
Professor of English
B.A., M.A., Harvard University; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Teaching responsibilities in British literature, medieval and Renaissance periods especially, including Chaucer, Arthurian literature, Spenser, and Shakespeare, as well as the history of the English language, literary theory, and general humanities courses. Special expertise in Chaucer, Arthurian literature, Shakespeare, and Renaissance literature. Published essays on a variety of medieval and Renaissance topics, as well as edited collection Renaissance Literature and Its Formal Engagements (2002). Most recent publication, chapter on “Complaints and Daphnaïda” in the Oxford Handbook of Edmund Spenser, forthcoming. Prior work experience in freelance writing and public relations.
Governor's Scholars Programs — Overseas programs at colleges and universities — Broad-based humanities programs — Herman Melville and Moby Dick
Special Assistant to the President, Director of International Programs,
Cowan Professor of English
B.A., The College of William and Mary; M.A., University of Pennsylvania;
M.A., Ph.D., University of Iowa
A widely experienced and much-honored professor of English and the humanities who has crossed over into top administrative posts in strategic planning, international study, and external affairs. Acting president during 1997-98. Twice a Fulbright lecturer abroad (the University of Warsaw in Poland and Kiev University
in the Ukraine). A year in France directing Centre's residential overseas program in Strasbourg. Publisher
and co-founder of the Danville Quarterly from 1974-77.
Shakespeare — Poetry
Associate Professor of English
B.A., M.A., Brigham Young University;
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Scholarly articles published in Hellas, Twentieth Century Literature and Tudor England: An Encyclopedia. Poetry published in Antioch Review, New England Review, and elsewhere.