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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

Elizabeth Trembley
Associate Professor

Education: B.A., Hope College (1985); M.A., University of Chicago (1986); Ph.D., University of Chicago (1991).

Expertise: Teaching writing (fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, essay and research); Popular Culture (especially graphic novels and detective fiction); Learning and Thinking Styles; and Faculty Development.

Selected Works: Contributor, Beyond Tests and Quizzes: Creative Assessment in the College Classroom (2007); Contributor, Fresh Water: Women Writing on the Great Lakes (2006--named a Michigan Notable Book in 2007); Michael Crichton: Critical Companions to Popular Contemporary Writers (1996); Co-editor, It's a Print: Detective Fiction from Page to Screen (1994); Contributor, The Guide to U.S. Popular Culture (2001); Women Three Times Three: Writers, Detectives, Readers (1995); Great Women Mystery Writers: Classic to Contemporary (1994).

Distinctions: Certified Practitioner of the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument, as applied to creative thinking, teaching, and learning.

Contact: Lubbers Hall 306


Fresh Water: Women Writing on the Great Lakes (2006). Fresh Water: Women Writing on the Great Lakes is a collection of nonfiction works by women writers. These works focus on the Midwest: living with the five interconnected freshwater seas that we know as the Great Lakes. Contributing to this collection are renowned poets, essayists, and fiction writers, all of whom write about their own creative streams of consciousness, the fresh waters of the Great Lakes, and the region's many rivers: Loraine Anderson, Judith Arcana, Rachel Azima, Mary Blocksma, Gayle Boss, Sharon Dilworth, Beth Ann Fennelly, Linda Nemec Foster, Gail Griffin, Rasma Haidri, Aleta Karstad, Laura Kasischke, Janet Kauffman, Jacqueline Kolosov, Susan Laidlaw, Lisa Lenzo, Linda Loomis, Anna Mills, Stephanie Mills, Judith Minty, Anne-Marie Oomen, Rachael Perry, Susan Power, Donna Seaman, Heather Sellers, Gail Louise Siegel, Sue William Silverman, Claudia Skutar, Annick Smith, Leslie Stainton, Kathleen Stocking, Judith Strasser, Alison Swan, Elizabeth A.Trembley, Jane Urquhart, Diane Wakoski, and Leigh Allison Wilson.

Michael Crichton: A Critical Companion (1996).
Until this book, Crichton’s many readers had nowhere to turn for scholarly information on one of America’s most popular novelists. This companion features clear analyses of Crichton’s life and literary influences, as well as chapters on each of his first ten major novels. It will help Crichton’s readers learn more about how events in his life affected the development of his fiction and literary style and how the heritage of popular fiction, including mystery, gothic, adventure, and science fiction, influenced his writing. This study provides a close textual analysis of each novel, by focusing on plot, character development, theme and critical interpretation.

with William Reynolds, editors. Its a Print!: Detective Fiction from Page to Screen (1994).
The essays in this volume treat true cinematic and television adaptations of works of detective fiction as completely different products from films based loosely on the gimmick or plot or character of a certain work. The essays investigate the many ways in which fiction is transformed into a new art form governed by its own rules and conventions.