Faculty Profile

Tom Reed

Professor of English (1977)

Contact Information

reedt@dickinson.edu

East College Room 306
717.245.1216
http://users.dickinson.edu/~reedt/

Office Hours for Fall 2014: MW 1-2:30

Bio

His field is medieval literature, with special emphasis on Chaucer and Marie de France. Other research interests include the Victorian novel and film adaptations of classic English and American texts. He is the author of two books -- "Middle English Debate Poetry and the Aesthetics of Irresolution" and "The Transforming Draught: 'Jekyll and Hyde,' Robert Louis Stevenson, and the Victorian Alcohol Debate" - and he is currently revising an historical novel about Stevenson.

Education

  • B.A., Yale University, 1969
  • M.A., University of Virginia, 1971
  • Ph.D., 1978

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

ENGL 101 From Novel to Film
Cross-listed with FLST 210-02. This course cultivates rigorous skills of literary and filmic analysis. Looking at film "remakes" of novels will highlight the capabilities and limitations of the two media and the ways narratives reflect the specific values and concerns of their eras of creation. Possible "pairings": Silence of the Lambs; Black Robe; Dracula; Mary Reilly; Remains of the Day; and The English Patient.

FLST 210 From Novel to Film
Cross-listed with ENGL 101-01. This course cultivates rigorous skills of literary and filmic analysis. Looking at film "remakes" of novels will highlight the capabilities and limitations of the two media and the ways narratives reflect the specific values and concerns of their eras of creation. Possible "pairings": Silence of the Lambs; Black Robe; Dracula; Mary Reilly; Remains of the Day; and The English Patient.

ENGL 220 Crit Approaches & Lit Methods
An introduction to the basic questions that one may ask about a literary text, its author, and its audience. Study of a limited selection of literary texts using several critical approaches. The course will also offer instruction in the elements of critical writing.

ENGL 403 Adapting the Novel
Why and how do writers and film-makers adjust their vision and creativity to re-work pre-existing narratives? We will consider a range of adaptations or revisions of selected novels, some of them classics and some of them of a more "popular" nature. Literary re-tellings may include J. M. Coetzee's version of Robinson Crusoe, Joyce Carol Oates' re-working of The Turn of the Screw, or Valerie Martin's 1990 "Jekyll and Hyde." Films may include Apocalypse Now, Fight Club, Atonement, True Grit, or The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The class will stress active and rigorous discussion based on close formal analysis and reasonable contextual understanding of the texts in question.

Spring 2015

ENGL 350 Medieval Romance
This course will trace the evolution of the literary romance throughout the Middle Ages. Among the works we'll likely consider are Beowulf, Marie de France's Lais, Chretien de Troyes' Arthurian romances, The Quest of the Holy Grail, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and various of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. As for method, we'll aim to hit a productive balance between contextual and inter-textual approaches.

ENGL 404 Senior Workshop
A workshop requiring students to share discoveries and problems as they produce a lengthy manuscript based on a topic of their own choosing, subject to the approval of the instructor. Prerequisites: 300 and 403.