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Faculty Profile

Siobhan Phillips

Associate Professor of English (2011)

Contact Information

phillisi@dickinson.edu

East College Room 407
717.245.1729

Bio

Phillips teaches American literature of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, food studies, and creative writing. Her book, The Poetics of the Everyday: Creative Repetition in Modern American Verse, was published by Columbia University Press in 2010. She has published essays, poetry, and fiction in publications including Harvard Review, Missouri Review, and PMLA.

Education

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

2020-2021 Academic Year

Spring 2021

ENGL 101 Letters and Literature
Cross-listed with WGSS 101-02. From personal messages sent by post to emails and texts today, correspondence has been an importance source of connection and self-expression. But are personal letters literature? How has the letter form influenced literary texts? And how do letters clarify literary questions of time, material, privacy, and power (among other issues)? This class will read letters and letter-indebted work from the last two and a half centuries—including fiction, nonfiction, and poems—to think about what letters are and what letters do.

WGSS 101 Letters and Literature
Cross-listed with ENGL 101-01. From personal messages sent by post to emails and texts today, correspondence has been an importance source of connection and self-expression. But are personal letters literature? How has the letter form influenced literary texts? And how do letters clarify literary questions of time, material, privacy, and power (among other issues)? This class will read letters and letter-indebted work from the last two and a half centuries—including fiction, nonfiction, and poems—to think about what letters are and what letters do.

ENGL 220 Intro to Literary Studies
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. Prerequisite: 101. This course is the prerequisite for 300-level work in English.

ENGL 404 Senior Thesis 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.