Prof. CaldwellEric Caldwell

Assistant Professor of English
Director of the Blue Ridge Summer Institute for Young Artists (BLUR)
B.A., University of Iowa
M.A., University of Illinois, Chicago
Ph.D., University of Virginia
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Professor Caldwell teaches Romantic and Victorian British literature, with a particular emphasis upon the lyric and the novel. His dissertation, The Poetics of Renaissance Subjectivity, explores the ways in which Renaissance writers conceive of subjectivity as a distinctly erotic and specular phenomenon. He is presently completing two articles — one that explores the erotic underpinnings of Richard III's rather disastrous tragedy, and another that examines Augustine's conception of scripture as a specular instrument that redeems the gazer by offering him two very different images: an image of who he is, and one of who he ought to be.

Prof. ClaboughSeth Clabough
Director of the Academic Resource Center and Assistant Professor of English
B.A., Randolph-Macon College
M.A., University of South Carolina
Ph.D., University of Wales, Aberystwyth
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Professor Clabough is a published poet, scholar, and fiction writer. His debut novel, All Things Await, is forthcoming with Savant Books, and his articles and creative work appear in places like Best of Litro Anthology (UK), storySouth, Poiesis Review, New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice & Theory of Creative Writing, London’s Litro Magazine, Fjord's Review, Citron Review, Writers in Education, Aesthetica: the Arts & Culture Magazine (UK), Magma Poetry (UK), The Chaffey Review, Sixers Review, Women's Studies and elsewhere. In addition to creative writing and scholarship, he is engaged in research-based projects focusing on writing center management, peer tutoring, teaching composition, blended learning, and the use of technology in the classroom. During the summer, he is a course developer and teaches online fiction workshops for Duke University TIP.

Prof. ClementsJill Hamilton Clements
Assistant Professor of English
B.A., Truman State University
M.A., Medieval Institute of Western Michigan University
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Professor Clements teaches courses on medieval literature and culture, ranging from Old English poetry and Icelandic sagas to romances and medieval travel narratives. She also teaches language-based courses on Old English and the History of the English Language and contributes to Sweet Briar’s Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program. Professor Clements’ research interests include medieval textual and material culture, death and commemoration in the early Middle Ages, and Anglo-Saxon law; her work has been published in Gesta and Anglo-Saxon England. Her current project focuses on “writing the dead” in Anglo-Saxon England and examines the literal and metaphorical functions of writing in Anglo-Saxon funerary inscriptions and in narratives of death and burial.

Prof. HaileyCarter Hailey
Adjunct Assistant Professor of English
A.B., The College of William and Mary
M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia
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Professor Hailey has taught a number of writing and medieval literature courses. He has held several research fellowships, and publishes on the intersection of book and manuscript history with literary culture from the 14th through the 18th centuries, most recently contributing to the first critical edition of the poetry of Anne Finch, Countess of Winchelsea (d. 1720). He is the designer/builder of the Hailey’s COMET portable optical collator, a primary tool for critical editors, and is a former Garlic King of Virginia.

Prof. LillyTony Lilly
Assistant Professor of English
A.A., B.A., Simon's Rock College
M.A., Ph.D., Tufts University
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Professor Lilly teaches 16th- and 17th-century British literature, including Shakespeare, as well as courses in poetry, sexual diversity in literature, and literary theory. His most recent article examines the rhetorical strategies of the 16th-century Protestant martyr Anne Askew. His current work examines the way psychoanalytical diagnostic categories help us understand different uses of language in early modern drama. Another research project, also based in contemporary psychoanalytic theory, investigates the role of imagination and affect in pedagogy. Prof. Lilly teaches in the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program and in the Gender Studies Program, is the Sweet Briar liaison to the Virginia Program at Oxford, and is the advisor for the student organization GLOW (Gay, Lesbian, or Whomever).

Prof. MaresCheryl Mares
Sara Shallenberger Brown Professor of English
Chair of the Department
B.A., University of Colorado at Boulder
M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University
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Professor Mares teaches modern and contemporary fiction and poetry, including post-colonial literature. Her research interests involve connections between literature, history and politics in contemporary fiction and in works by modernist writers, especially Virginia Woolf and Marcel Proust, on whom she has published a number of articles. 

Prof. RobertsonMarcia Robertson
Associate Professor of English
B.A., Augustana College
M.A., Ph.D, Washington University
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Professor Robertson teaches American literature, including African-American and Native American writers. She also teaches courses in autobiography, nature writing and, most recently, speculative fiction. Her research interests are in regional literature, especially the literature of the South. She writes extensively for Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries