English Faculty Mentors

Michael Berthold, Ph.D.

Harvard University, 1987
Associate Professor of English
Office: SAC 465; Phone: 610-519-4630
E-mail: michael.berthold@villanova.edu

Dr. Berthold’s professional interests and research activities center on 19th-century American literature and culture (although he is interested generally in American cultural studies from the Puritans to contemporary popular culture). In particular, he has done work on Melville and on African-American slave narratives and has become interested recently in the American Gothic.

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Charles Cherry, Ph.D.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1968
Professor of English
Office: SAC 402J; Phone: 610-519-4632
E-mail: charles.cherry@villanova.edu

Dr. Cherry’s dissertation was on William Blake and he has taught numerous courses on
Romantic and Victorian literature. His research efforts have been interdisciplinary with several textbooks on composition, articles on University planning and administration, and scholarly work on Quaker history. His book, A Quiet Haven: Quakers, Moral Treatment, and Asylum Reform, deals with concepts of reason and imagination as they relate to treatment of the insane in Quaker asylums during the late 18th and early 19th century in England and America. Dr. Cherry has been editor of Quaker History at Haverford College since 1991 and is an officer of the Friends Historical Association; he is a member of Radnor Meeting in Pennsylvania. He has consulted with a number of corporations and government agencies about issues of corporate communication, especially writing. He is knowledgeable about the Training Industry in the United States. He has taught courses on "Madness and Imagination," i.e., the relationship between neurosis and creativity.

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Crystal J. Lucky, Ph.D.

University of Pennsylvania, 1999
Associate Professor of English
Director, Africana Studies Program
Office: SAC 461; Phone: 610-519-7824
E-mail: Crystal.Lucky@Villanova.edu
Website: http://www.homepage.villanova.edu/crystal.lucky

Education:

Ph.D., English, The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, August 1999
M.A., Afro-American Studies, Yale University, New Haven, CT, May 1989
B.A., English and Communications, The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, August 1985

Fields of Study:
African American Literature, Life and Culture, 1830-1959
African American Preaching Women’s Narratives, 1830-1899
African American Short Story, 1859-Present
The Works of Toni Morrison
The Plays of August Wilson

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Hugh Ormsby-Lennon, Ph.D.

University of Pennsylvania, 1977
Associate Professor of English
Office: SAC 466; Phone: 610-519-4655
E-mail: hugh.ormsby-lennon@villanova.edu

Dr. Ormsby-Lennon is completing a study of Jonathan Swift, Hey Presto! Swift and the
Mountebanks. In conducting research for this project he traverses the fields of quack medicine, popular culture and religious imposture. He continues to work on Quaker history and language, 17th century apocalypsism, cargo cults and the ethnography of communication.

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Evan Radcliffe, Ph.D.

Cornell University, 1983
Chair and Associate Professor of English
Office: SAC 402; Phone: 610-519-4632
E-mail: evan.radcliffe@villanova.edu
Web site: www.homepage.villanova.edu/evan.radcliffe/

Dr. Radcliffe’s research concentrates on the interrelations between literature, politics and moral philosophy in Britain during the debates about the French Revolution in the 1790s, with a special emphasis on William Wordsworth. He is also generally interested in narrative. He teaches courses in Romantic poetry and classical Greek and Roman literature; in all his courses he focuses on teaching writing.

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Megan Quigley, Ph.D.

Yale University, 2006
Assistant Professor of English
Office: SAC 459; Phone: 610-519-4658
E-mail: megan.quigley@villanova.edu

Megan Quigley's academic interests include 20th Century British and Irish Literature, the intersection of philosophy and literature, and feminist and gender studies.  Her current book project is entitled, Vaguely Philosophical: Modernist Fiction and the Challenge of Philosophy, which explores how transformations in early 20th century philosophy impacted modernist literary experimentation.  She is also writing an article on Wallace Stevens and T. S. Eliot. Her articles have been published in the James Joyce Quarterly, Philosophy and Literature, and Modernism/ Modernity.  In 2011 her chapter on Irish Modernism will appear in the Cambridge Companion to European Modernism.  She has happily advised previous projects on James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, E. M. Forster, and Rebecca West.  She teaches courses on British Fiction (Contemporary and 20th Century), Modernist Literature, Irish Studies, and the Philosophy of Modernism.

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Lauren Shohet, Ph.D.

Brown University, 1994
Luckow Endowed Chair in English
Professor of English
Office: SAC; Phone: 610-519-6966
E-mail: lauren.shohet@villanova.edu

Dr. Shohet teaches and publishes on drama and poetry of the English Renaissance, especially Milton and Shakespeare; early-modern women writers; the history and theory of material texts; writing and the Protestant Reformation; comparative literature (especially French, German, and Italian literary relations with England); genre theory; literature and science (especially genetics); literature and music; and adaptation studies.

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Catherine Staples, M.A.

Villanova University, 1986
Adjunct Professor of English
Office: SAC 81; Phone: 610-519-4687
Webpage:
www.catherinestaples.com
E-mail: catherine.staples@villanova.edu

Catherine Staples teaches Augustine and Culture seminars as well as poetry workshops. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Blackbird, The Southern Review, The Michigan Quarterly Review, Third Coast, Commonweal and others. Her chapbook, Never a Note Forfeit, was selected by Betsy Sholl for Seven Kitchens Press’ 2010 Keystone Prize. She has a strong interest in interdisciplinary work involving poetry, fine art, environmental studies and conservation. She’d be open to working with students who wish to pair scientific study of the natural world with more creative “field notes” or poetry.

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