Division of Humanities
- Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1978
- M.A., Alfred University, 1968
- B.A., Houghton College, 1964
Areas of Emphasis or Expertise
- Victorian, early modern, and 20th century Anglo-Irish literature
- General and critical writing
In a dramatic monologue Tennyson imagines Ulysses addressing his mates as they prepares to sail again, with the reflection “I am a part of all that I have met. . . .” Whether Ulysses means he inevitably affected people and circumstances encountered or carried their influences away upon himself, a two-way impact quite fairly describes a teacher’s career. One of its perks is the diverse friendships that grow and last because of those brief exchanges in the classroom. I welcome word from former students.
Besides book reviews and articles, I published two books during my teaching years, Celtic Christian Socialist: The Novels of Anthony C. West (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1993) and, with Robert F. Garratt, The Uses of the Past: Essays on Irish Culture (University of Delaware Press, 1988). A biographical third, again about A.C. West, awaits publication.
Since retirement I have focused on the restoration and preservation of the Ortlip Family Art Collection, archived and exhibited at Houghton College, Houghton, New York. You can turn virtual pages of Meet the Ortlip Painters, my guide to the collection, at Blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2986326.