At Shimer detachment from either the class discussions or the life of the community is difficult. I think this makes Shimer College an intellectually and psychologically demanding school, a tough school, a great school
Ph.D., Comparative Literature
Columbia University, 1982
M. Phil., English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University, 1974
M.A., English and Comparative Literature, high honors
Columbia University, 1971
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Awards and Honors
Mellon Instructorship in English and Humanities.
University of Chicago, 1990-93.
Senior Class Teaching Award.
College of William and Mary, 1990.
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Comparative Literature,
Cornell University, 1984-86.