Robert Ellis Hosmer, Jr.
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Sabbatical spring 2015
Robert Ellis Hosmer, Jr. earned an A.B. in English at the College of the Holy Cross; an A.M. in religion from Smith College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He teaches courses in fiction, poetry, and masterpieces of Western literature.
Dr. Hosmer specializes in the work of 20th–century women writers including Virginia Woolf, Anita Brookner, Penelope Fitzgerald, Edna O'Brie and Muriel Spark. He has published A Guide to the Norton Reader, seventh edition (1988), Contemporary British Women Writers: Narrative Strategies (Macmillan, London, 1993), and numerous essays on contemporary fiction and poetry. His most recent publications include entries on Elizabeth Taylor and Muriel Spark in Blackwell's Companion to the English and Irish Short Story (2008).
"Shall we say I had Fun with my Imagination": Essays in Honor of Muriel Spark is in–press (University of Notre Dame). He has now begun preliminary work on a book, tentatively titled "The Eternal Moment: Time and Design in the Fiction of Muriel Spark."