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I had as supportive a mentor as a young scholar could hope for, who helped me attain research grants, guided me through the thesis-writing process and told me over and over again that academic writing could change the world.
Bekah Trollinger ’04

Areas of Study: Literary Studies

The Bethel College Literary Studies department offers a distinctive set of classes reading international literatures across a historical range of contact zones.

We believe that literature should reach beyond the academic walls to engage the greater community: with travel courses, cross-listings with Peace, Justice, and Conflict Resolution Studies, and a range of events. Our individualized creative writing major allows students to take workshop courses in multiple genres and work with faculty one on one.

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Departmental Highlights

Yawp! is Bethel College’s literary magazine, providing a place for students, faculty, and alumni to publish creative writing, art, and photography. The journal hosts literary events throughout the year, including a night of surrealist literary parlor games and a journal release party and reading event every spring. Students can gain editorial experience by working on the magazine and gaining practicum credit.

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Bethel College Literary Studies department has begun a prison writing project in relationship with the Prison Arts program at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility. Students are invited to come to jail once per week and contribute to the meaningful and liberating role of writing in the lives of an incarcerated population.

Opportunities for travel include studying drama in Chicago and a future trip to Haiti is in the works. This fall, BC students from the 300-level Poetry Writing Workshop visited with poet Tony Trigilio at the University of Kansas.

Faculty

Brad Born

Brad Born

Associate Professor of Literary Studies
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Education:
  • B.A. Tabor College 1984
  • M.A. University of Kansas 1987
  • Ph.D. University of Kansas 1993
Carol Flickinger

Carol Flickinger

Adjunct Instructor of Literary Studies
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Education:
  • B.S. Bethel College 1975
  • M.L.S. Emporia State University 1983
Siobhan Scarry

Siobhan Scarry

Visiting Assistant Professor of Literary Studies
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Education:
  • BA University of Arizona 1995
  • MA University of Montana 2004
  • MFA University of Montana 2004
  • Ph.D. State University of New York at Buffalo 2013