Department of English
126 E. 10th St.
Holland, MI 49423
English Department Faculty
Hope College (1965), M.A., George Washington University (1969), Ph.D., Indiana
Expertise: American Literature (esp. 17th-19th
Centuries); Medievalism; Reception of Dante; Modern Fiction; Herman Melville;
Selected Works: Co-editor, A. James Prins:
A Life in Literature (2007); Associate Editor, Studies in Medievalism, 1982-1999;
True Things: The Writings of R. Dirk Jellema (1996); Numerous shorter works
on Dante, Emerson, Forster, Fuller, Hemingway, Lawrence, Medievalism, Melville,
Puritanism, Sayers, Updike, and the Dutch in American literature.
Distinctions: Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching
(Hope, 2005); Organizer, with Leslie Workman, International Conference on Medievalism
(1985-2000); Co-organizer, Four-week Summer Institute on Medievalism, University
of York (UK, 1996, 1998); Annual Sessions on Medievalism, International Congress
on Medieval Studies (1982-89); Hope College Faculty Development Grants (1981,
1983, 1985-87, 1992, 1998).
Contact: Lubbers Hall 316
with Christopher James Prins, editors, A. James Prins:
A Life in Literature (2007).
Jim Prins, a professor in Hope College’s English Department from
1946 to 1981, was legendary for his impassioned courses on the classic
novels of the United States, England, continental Europe, and Russia. This
book collects Prins’s public writings—the famous “Last
Chance Talk,” literary essays and reviews, a chapter from his dissertation
on Bleak House, and a 1975 interview—but also a treasury of his carefully
prepared lecture notes, where former students will hear his voice again.
Memoirs and poems by colleagues, friends, and family complete the volume.
Studies in Medievalism (continuing).
Founded by the late Leslie J. Workman and produced at Hope College from
1983 to 1998, this pioneering series established "medievalism"--in
Workman's definition, "the continuing process of creating the
Middle Ages"--as a new and important academic subject, comparable
in scope to classicism and Romanticism. Now edited by the noted medievalist
Tom Shippey, Studies in Medievalism continues to explore all facets
of the Middle Ages as an idea in western culture since whenever the
Middle Ages may be said to have ended (roughly c. 1500) and a significant
influence on postmedieval art, architecture, literature, religion,
popular culture, and scholarship.
True Things: The Writings of H. Dirk Jellema (1996).
Professor Dirk Jellema's untimely death in 1993 deprived Hope's English
Department of a beloved poet, teacher, and friend. This memorial volume
collects Jellema's poems, reviews, "As I See It" columns,
and a rich harvest of personal correspondence in his inimitable style:
gruff, skeptical, but always warm-hearted, compassionate, and, as in
his deprecating way he liked to put it, "all like that." The
craft of writing, the struggle for faith, and the mixed blessing of
Dutch heritage predominate as themes. Memoirs and poetic tributes by
colleagues and students complete the book.