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Being an English professor keeps me busy doing what I love, which is reading books, writing about books, and talking about books with other people. I teach many courses (listed below), but my favorites at the moment are Development of the Novel, Jane Austen (4000-level), & 20th Century Postcolonial Literature (4000-level). I’m also at work on a book about Protestants, death, and literature in 17th century England, which is not as dreary as it sounds. A few parts of it have been published as articles (listed below).
I could easily spend all my time on teaching and research, but fortunately I have a wife (Melissa) and two young children, and they’re even more fun and interesting than books. My 5 year old daughter Meike (pronounced “Micah”) really likes the ballet the Nutcracker, and I sometimes get to play a small part in the performances she stages in our living room. My son Marcus (3 yrs old) and I both like nature programs and have fun watching them together, especially ones about whales & dolphins. Before I had kids and a full-time job, I enjoyed listening to music, watching movies, and trying to remain slightly hip. That’s mostly stopped, but here are a few of my favorites:
Music I like:
Bob Dylan, Sufjan Stevens, Warren Zevon, Bruce Cockburn, U2, Bach, Brahms,Arvo Part, & Edgar Meyer
Movies I like:
Chariots of Fire, Jaws, The Mission, The Empire Strikes Back, Tstotsi, Rushmore, Master and Commander, Persuasion (based on the Austen novel), & Bright Star
books & poems I like: Jane Eyre, “Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” Say You’re One of Them (by Uwem Akpan), One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (Solzhenitsyn), Bleak House (Dickens), A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry), and All the Pretty Horses (Cormac McCarthy)
“‘remembrest right’: Remembering the Dead in John Donne’s Songs and Sonets,” Renaissance and Reformation, 33.2 (Spring 2010): 93-124.
“‘over this Jordan’: Dying and the Nonconformist Community in Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress,” Modern Philology, 110:1 (August 2012): 49-73.