Claremont McKenna College

Literature Faculty

Audrey Bilger, Ph.D. -- read full profile

 


Professor of Literature & Faculty Director of the Center for Writing & Public Discourse
B.A., Oklahoma State University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia
Teaching: Comedy, Jane Austen, ...
Research: Feminism, Marriage Equality, ...
abilger@cmc.edu , (909) 607-2765, Roberts South 219

 

Christine Crockett, Ph.D. -- read full profile

 


Visiting Assistant Professor
B.A. Claremont McKenna College M.A. UC Riverside Ph.D. UC Riverside
Research: Eighteenth Century British Literature, The Gothic Novel, Gender Studies, Medical Literature, The English Novel,
ccrockett@cmc.edu , (909) 607-3454, Kravis Center 101b

 

Leland de la Durantaye, Ph.D. -- read full profile

 


Professor
B.A. Michigan State University, School of Arts and Sciences; M.A. Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences; Ph.D. Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences
leland.deladurantaye@cmc.edu , (909) 607- , Roberts South 215

 

Robert Faggen, Ph.D. -- read full profile

 


Barton Evans and H. Andrea Neves Professor of Literature
A.B., Princeton University; A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University
Teaching: American Literature, Science and Literature, Polish Literature, Contemporary Irish Poetry, The Bible, Rhetoric and Oratory, Milton,
robert.faggen@claremontmckenna.edu , (909) 607-3005, Athenaeum Gould Center

 

John C. Farrell, Ph.D. -- read full profile

 


Professor
A.B., Brown University; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University
Teaching: Modern Fiction, Literary Theory, Renaissance and Modern Poetry, Ancient Greek Literature and Culture,
Research: Post-Enlightenment Literature and Culture, Criticism and Critical Theory, ...
john.farrell@claremontmckenna.edu , (909) 607-2656, Roberts South 217

 

Jamaica Kincaid, Ph.D. -- read full profile

 


Josephine Olp Weeks Chair and Professor of Literature
Teaching: Creative Writing, Autobiography, ...
jamaica.kincaid@cmc.edu , (909) 607-3228, Roberts South 220

 

Evan Kindley, M.A. -- read full profile

 


Visiting Instructor
evan.kindley@cmc.edu , ( ) - , Kravis Center 101A

 

August Kleinzhaler, M.A. -- read full profile

 


Writer in Residence
akleinzhaler@cmc.edu , ( ) - , Roberts South

 

Seth Lobis, Ph.D. -- read full profile

 


Assistant Professor
B.A., Ph.D., Yale University
Teaching: Shakespeare, Milton, Pastoral, Literature and Science, Literature and Politics,
Research: Milton, British Poetry and Prose 1500-1800, History of Science, History of Rhetoric, Comparative Epic, Literature and Philosophy, Literature and Linguistics,
slobis@cmc.edu , (909) 607-4221, Roberts South 216

 

Brian McGrath, Ph.D. -- read full profile

 


Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Rutgers University
brian.mcgrath@cmc.edu , (909) 607-3820, Roberts South 204A

 

Margaret McLagan, Ph.D. -- read full profile

 


Visiting Lecturer
margaret.mclagan@claremontmckenna.edu , (909) 607-8475, TBD

 

Kevin Moffett, M.F.A. -- read full profile

 


Visiting Assistant Professor
kmoffett@cmc.edu , (909) 607- , Roberts South

 

James Morrison, Ph.D. -- read full profile

 


Professor
B.A., Wayne State University; M.A., Ph.D., State University of New York, Buffalo; Associate Professor, North Carolina State University, 1990-2001.
Teaching: Film Studies, Modernism/Postmodernism, Creative Writing,
jmorrison@cmc.edu , (909) 607-9678, Roberts South 214

 

Katharine Noel, M.F.A. -- read full profile

 


Writer in Residence
MFA, University of Arizona; BA, Wesleyan University
Teaching: Lecturer, Stanford University,
knoel@cmc.edu , (909) 607-3355, Roberts South 213

 

Lynn Novick, Ph.D. -- read full profile

 


Visiting Lecturer
lynn.novick@claremontmckenna.edu , (909) 607-8475, TBD

 

Eric Puchner, M.F.A. -- read full profile

 


Assistant Professor
B.A., Middlebury College; M.F.A., University of Arizona
eric.puchner@cmc.edu , (909) 607-3481, Roberts South 211

 

Ellen K. Rentz, Ph.D. -- read full profile

 


Assistant Professor
BA Washington University; MA Medieval Studies, University of York, England; MA, PhD English, Columbia University
Teaching: Medieval literature, Chaucer, Dante,
Research: Middle English literature and drama, medieval religious culture, urban studies, history of the book,
ellen.rentz@cmc.edu , (909) 621-8862, Roberts South 212

 

Thomas Schur, Ph.D. -- read full profile

 


Visiting Assistant Professor
thomas.schur@cmc.edu , (909) 607- , Roberts South 203A

 

Robert von Hallberg, Ph.D. -- read full profile

 


Professor
A.B., UC Berkeley (1968) M.A., UCLA (1970) Ph.D., Stanford (1975)
Teaching: Poetry, Film, Literary Criticism, Composition,
Research: Film Noir, Spy Films; Popular Love Songs; Lyric Poetry; African American Poetry; Poet-Critics,
rvh@cmc.edu , (909) 607-4045, Roberts South 218

 

Nicholas Warner, Ph.D. -- read full profile

 


Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty
B.A., Stanford University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Teaching: 18th & 19th-century British, American, and Russian Literature; Romanticism; Leadership in Literature and Film; Literary Theory,
Research: British and American Romanticism; 19th-Century Russian Literature; Leadership in Literature and Film,
nicholas.warner@claremontmckenna.edu , (909) 621-8117, Bauer Center 227

 

Literature

The literature major is designed to give students an understanding and appreciation of our literary heritage, and to allow them to develop and pursue their personal literary interests. Literature is a humanistic discipline that emphasizes close observation and analysis, imaginative response, thinking in a broad intellectual and historical context, and the skills of speech and writing. Literature majors thrive in many professions, but the skills we emphasize translate most directly into careers in law, government, business, advertising, journalism, education, and entertainment.

The major consists of a two-course survey of the principal writers of British literature, usually taken in the sophomore year; an intensive course in the history of literary criticism, usually taken in the junior year; one course focusing on the work of a single British or American author; one course in American literature; and a set of four electives, two unrestricted and two distributed by period. Literature majors should have an advisor in the department, or regularly consult with a member of the department as they are planning their courses.

The Literature department is strongly committed to helping students improve their writing. All first-year students take FWS 010 CM, a one-semester course in composition and literary analysis, or an approved alternative.

James Morrison
Department Chair, Roberts South 214
Claremont McKenna College
850 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 607-9678
jmorrison@cmc.edu

Leslie Elias-Volz
Administrative Assistant
Faculty Support West
Claremont McKenna College
850 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 607-8098
leliasvolz@cmc.edu

Contact

Literature Department

Claremont McKenna College
850 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

Phone: (909) 607-8098
Fax: (909) 621-8419

Campus Location

Kravis Center, Lower Court
888 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711