Background + Expertise
Jim Rodgers teaches literature and writing. Teaching at Lawrence Tech has provided a natural environment for his continuing interest in the relations between literature and science. Most recently, he has developed and taught Literature of the Built Environment for graduate architecture students. This experience has stimulated a deepened interest in the interactions between visual and verbal representation, natural and constructed worlds. He is fortunate enough to be able to pursue his interests in English next year as a visiting scholar at the university of East Anglia in Fall 2005 and as visiting fellow at the Center for Research into the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities at the University of Cambridge in Spring 2006. In particular, he'll be writing about modernism, exile, and conversation in the works of Laurence Sterne, James Joyce, and W. G. Sebald. He also plans to complete an essay on James Joyce and early 20th century science and hopes to prepare a final copy of a book-length treatment of Sterne's Tristram Shandy. Dr. Rodgers has a Ph.D. in English Studies from the University of East Anglia; an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and an A.B. in English Language and Literature from Muhlenberg College. After serving for many years as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and chair of the humanities, social sciences, and communication department, he is looking forward to returning to full-time scholarship next year and full-time teaching the year after that.