Robert Smith / Professor
John and Elaine Fellowes Distinguished Chair in English

Rob Smith received a B.A. from the University of Strathclyde, and an M.A. and PH.D in English from the University of Massachusetts. His book, The Seductions Of Emily Dickinson, was published by the University of Alabama Press in 1996 and received the Elizabeth Agee Prize and a Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award. In 2003, he co-edited with Ellen Weinauer the collection American Culture, Canons and The Case of Elizabeth Stoddard.  His essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Contemporary LiteratureNarrativeJournal of Narrative TechniqueArizona QuarterlyAmerican Transcendental Quarterly and ESQ. Smith has also published short fiction in numerous U.S. and European literary magazines, including FugueNight Train, BarrelhouseOther VoicesStoryQuarterlyConfrontationCafe IrrealThe Warwick Review, Barcelona ReviewVersal and Chapman, among many others. He received the Scotsman Orange Short Story Award in 2004. His story collection The Violence is now available from Queen’s Ferry Press (fall 2015). His teaching and research interests include nineteenth-century American literature, literary theory and film. Smith, who received the Philip Green Wright-Lombard College Prize for Distinguished Teaching in 2018, is the John and Elaine Fellowes Distinguished Chair in English.

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The Literary Arts
Introduction to Film
Reading Theories
American Literature: Inventing America
American Literature: Shaping New American
Women in Film
FIlming Dream/Dreaming Film
Studies in American Romanticism
Studies in the Literatures of America
Modern and/or Contemporary Fiction
Film Theories
Senior Seminar