Professor, English Language and Literature
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Dean Flower studied at Oberlin College, the University of Michigan and Stanford University, where he received his Ph.D. in English and American literature in 1966. He has taught a wide range of courses in American literature, including Modern American Writing; Recent American Writing; Realism and Naturalism from 1865–1914; and seminars on such subjects as Henry James; William Faulkner; Poe and Nabokov; Dickinson and Bishop; Welty and Morrison; and Visions of American Landscape. He also teaches occasionally in the film studies program, including courses on Film Noir, Alfred Hitchcock, Ingmar Bergman, and a course that theorizes cinematic narrative called Mystery, Cinema, Narrativity.
Flower has written monographs on Henry James and John Updike, edited anthologies of short novels, of American short stories, of works by Thoreau, and of works by James, and he has published articles and reviews in The New England Quarterly, The Massachusetts Review, Essays in Criticism, and The Hudson Review, where he has served as an advisory editor since 1982. His most recent work on issues of American literature and landscape are "Nature Does Not Exist for Us" (Hudson Review, Summer, 1999), "Thrush Music, Audubon, and The Birds of America" (Hudson Review, fall 2000), and a long encyclopedia article on "Wendell Berry" published in Scribner's American Writers Supplement X. For Smith's 1994 Symposium on the Landscape of New England, Flower contributed a lecture titled "Herbs and Apples, Beans and Bogs: Gardens in the Literature of New England."
Flower's colloquium, English 120 Reading the Landscape combines the reading of mainly American essays, personal narratives, and modern poems in a manner reflected in today's discussion of "Thoreau, Mary Oliver, and the Poetics of Landscape."