Faculty Profile

Siobhan Phillips

Assistant Professor of English (2011)

Contact Information

phillisi@dickinson.edu

East College Room 311
717.245.1729

Office Hours for Fall 2014: Tuesday 3 to 5, Thursday 10 to noon

Bio

She teaches and writes about poetry, modernism, and contemporary literature, particularly American literature of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Her book, The Poetics of the Everyday: Creative Repetition in Modern American Verse, was published by Columbia University Press in 2010. Her current project is a literary history of the personal letter. She has published poems and essays in Harvard Review, Modernism/modernity, PMLA, Southwest Review, Twentieth Century Literature, and other journals.

Education

  • B.A., Yale University, 1999
  • M.Phil., Oxford University, 2001
  • M.A., University of East Anglia, 2002
  • Ph.D., Yale University, 2007

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.

ENGL 218 Creative Writ:Poetry & Fiction
An introductory creative writing workshop in poetry and fiction.

ENGL 399 Robert Frost
In an age obsessed with novelty, Robert Frost recommended “the old-fashioned way to be new.” This course will use Frost’s varied career to explore what “modern” means for poetry and poetry scholarship and how the contradictory legacy of "American" literature intersects with that modernity. We will move through questions of philosophy, politics, gender, poetic form, and material publication. We will read Frost’s work among others’, including writing by Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, and Ezra Pound, in order to relate Frost’s work to relevant cultural and theoretical contexts.

Spring 2015

ENGL 218 Creative Writ:Poetry & Fiction
An introductory creative writing workshop in poetry and fiction.

ENGL 220 Crit Approaches & Lit Methods
In literary studies, we explore the work texts do in the world. This course examines several texts of different kinds (e.g., novel, poetry, film, comic book, play, etc.) to investigate how literary forms create meanings. It also puts texts in conversation with several of the critical theories and methodologies that shape the discipline of literary study today (e.g., Marxist theory, new historicism, formalism, gender theory, postcolonial theory, ecocriticism, etc.). This course helps students frame interpretive questions and develop their own critical practice. This course is the prerequisite for 300-level work in English.