Robert Ellis Hosmer Jr.

Senior Lecturer in English Language & Literature

Smith College

Contact & Office Hours

By appointment.

Pierce Hall #107



Ph.D., M.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst

A.M., Smith College

A.B., College of the Holy Cross


Robert Ellis Hosmer Jr. teaches introductory courses in fiction, a first-year seminar on literature and opera, intermediate courses in masterpieces of Western literature and British women writers, and seminars on Virginia Woolf and Muriel Spark.

Hosmer specializes in the work of 20th-century women writers, such as Edna O’Brien, Jean Rhys, Anita Brookner and Elizabeth Taylor. He has published Hidden Possibilities: Essays in Honor of Muriel Spark (Notre Dame, 2014), Contemporary British Women Writers: Narrative Strategies (Macmillan, London, 1993), and A Guide to the Norton Reader, Seventh Edition (1988).

Hosmer’s essays, interviews and reviews have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Commonweal, the Paris Review, America, Salmagundi, and The London Magazine. His present research focuses on the letters and papers of Muriel Spark kept at the National Library of Scotland (Edinburgh). His essay on Spark’s novel The Driver’s Seat was published in The Scottish Review of Books in 2017.