Dr. Lynne Shackelford is a senior member of Furman's English Department and has served as department chair since 2008. Her fields are Nineteenth-Century American Literature and the American Novel. She is especially interested in the relationship between literature and the visual arts. She majored in English at the College of William and Mary and minored in Classics. She then earned a M.A. and a Ph.D. in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also did graduate study for a summer at Trinity College, Oxford University. She taught full-time as a lecturer at the University of North Carolina for one year and then came to Furman in 1982. She has published essays on a variety of American authors, including Henry James, Edgar Allan Poe, Augusta Evans Wilson, Joseph Heller, and Ken Kesey. She is an Aspen Institute-Wye Fellow, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, and an honorary member of Furman's Senior Order.

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Texts and Meaning

An introduction to the study of the structures and methods by which texts create and convey meaning. Texts and approaches will be determined by individual instructors, but all emphasize reflective, critical reading, as well as text-centered discussions and written assignments.


Professional Communication

Development of effective written and oral communication skills, critical thinking, research strategies, collaboration, and professional and ethical behavior in workplace environments. Job search and interviewing strategies will also be covered.


Emerson to Dickinson

Study of American literature from Emerson through Dickinson. Focusing on such writers as Douglass, Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, Thoreau, Stowe, Whitman, consideration of how these writers worry over the possibility of living well through their considerations of such concerns as their relationships to creation, to God, to evil, to readers too busy to give letters157 their time, and to an expanding, divided federation compromised by a constitution that allows promotes slavery and disenfranchises women.


American Novel to WW I

Examination of the development of the American novel through its adaptations of such sub-genres as the Gothic novel, the historical romance, the social protest novel, the picaresque novel, the realistic novel of manners, and the naturalistic novel. Authors might include Cooper, Hawthorne, Stowe, James, Twain, Norris, Chopin, and Cather.


American Novel Since WW I

Examination of modern and post-modern novels, emphasizing how these works reflect cultural assumptions about social class, race, ethnicity, gender roles, politics, technology, religion, art and entertainment. Authors include: Anderson, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Faulkner, Hurston, Malamud, Kesey, Walker, and Tan.


Senior Seminar in English

Course topic changes with each offering.


American Dream Ideal & Reality

An exploration of the concept of America as a place of political and religious freedom, social and economic mobility, and opportunities to achieve personal fulfillment. Students will analyze both literary texts and contemporary culture.


Issues in Women & Gender Stds

Focus on both classical and contemporary issues in Women's and Gender Studies. Survey of feminist theory and historical developments in the women's movement, it provides a foundation for the understanding of contemporary women's issues, including education, family, health, religion, economics and politics.

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