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Hope College
Department of English
126 E. 10th St.
Holland, MI 49423
phone: 616.395.7620
fax: 616.395.7134


English Department Faculty

Dianne Portfleet
Associate Professor

Education: B.A., Pennsylvania State University (1969, Summa Cum Laude); A.B.D., University of Georgia (1980); Ph.D., Columbia Pacific University (1984); Teaching Certification (K-12), Grand Valley State University (1996).

Expertise: Interdisciplinary Studies; World Literature; Milton; Walter Wangerin, Jr.; Children/Adolescent Literature; Far Eastern Religions.

Selected Works: The Adventure Mining Company Since 1850 (Greenleaf-Witcop Press, 2005); Michigan's Copper (2005); Shaping Our Lives with Words of Power: A Study of the Major Works of Walt Wangerin, Jr. (1996); Articles on L'Engle and Wangerin.

Distinctions: H.O.P.E--Hope Outstanding Professor-Educator (2006); Outstanding Hope Woman Award (2003).

Contact: Lubbers Hall 314


Walter Wangerin, Jr.: Artist, Poet, and Prophet (2007).
"Wangerin talks to us as his readers, and his words 'cause to be what had not been before.' His words create. And 'although only God performs this creative function purely, yet dimly and in a mimic,' Wangerin as a poet 'causes to be what had not been before. He sings and there gathers under the heart of his hearer the pressure of his music, the swelling of a new word, like an infant. . .' And just as this 'creating power of language is potent,' so Wangerin's writings are powerful, and we 'wince with wonder' as his 'language stuns us with a name--and with being.'" ---Dianne R. Portfleet

A History of the Adventure Mining Company from the Ancient Miners to the Present (2005).
The History of the Adventure Mine is one that is filled with mysteries. This compilation begins with the ancient miners (whose identity is still debated); it continues through the early attempts at mining by Europeans; and it concludes with the discovery, establishment, and ongoing development of the Adventure Mine in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan from 1848 to the present. Today there is more probably copper and silver in the mine than has been extracted in all the preceeding years.

Shaping Our Lives with Words of Power: A Study of the Major Works of Walter Wangerin, Jr (1996).
Description Forthcoming.