Stephen Slimp, Ph.D.

Professor of English
Station 22
Wallace Hall 111A
(205) 652-3707
Degrees: Ph.D., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 1995
M.A., Baylor University, 1987
B.A., University of South Carolina - Columbia, 1985
Employment Date: Fall 1995
Professional Biography:

I have taught at a variety of different colleges—as a teaching assistant at Baylor and the University of North Carolina and as a full-time instructor at Baiko Jo Gakuin in Shimonoseki, Japan, in addition to my teaching here at UWA. While a student, I focused primarily on English literature; already at that time I had a strong interest in Greek and Latin language and literature, and since then my interest in languages and literatures beyond English has grown. These days, my favorite courses are EH 214, in which we study world literature; EH 301, Advanced Composition; and EH 422, Shakespeare.

Classes usually taught:

EH 214, EH 221, EH 301, EH 302, EH 422, EH 423, EH 424

Current Projects:
  • A reading of Rudyard Kipling’s first collection of short stories, Plain Tales from the Hills
  • A study of the teaching of Hamlet in American high schools
  • The influence of the medieval debate on substance and accident on Flannery O’Connor’s “Good Man Is Hard to Find”
Recent Publications and Honors:
  • With John Cunningham, “The Less into the Greater: Emblem, Analogue, and Deification in The Merchant of Venice.” In The Merchant of Venice: New Critical Essays, ed. John W. Mahon and Ellen Macleod Mahon. New York: Routledge: 2002: 225-82.
  • “Joyce Carol Oates’ ‘Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?’” The Explicator 57 (Spring 1999): 179-81. Reprinted in Kirzner, Laurie G. and Stephen R. Mandell, eds. Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing, compact edition, 5th edition, New York: Thomson Wadsworth, 2004.
  • “A Poet’s Apprenticeship: Samuel Johnson’s School Translations.” The Age of Johnson 9 (1998): 109-32.
  • “Sight and Insight: Irony in E.A. Robinson’s ‘Isaac and Archibald.’” Baiko Studies in English Literature 24 (1987): 141-48.
Recent Presentation:
  • With Professor Mark Griffith, “Plato and Homer: Teaching Honors from Different Perspectives.” Presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Core Texts and Courses, Memphis, TN, 18 April 2009.
  • “Substance and Accidents in Flannery O’Connor’s ‘Good Man Is Hard to Find.’” Presented at the Southeastern Conference on Christianity and Literature, Covenant College, Chattanooga, TN 4 April 2009.
  • “Augustine and Milton: Images of the Trinity.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Mississippi Philological Association, Itta Bena, Mississippi, January 2005.
  • “Epistemology in Paradise Lost: Milton and Thomas.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Mississippi Philological Association, Columbus, Mississippi, January 2004.
Curriculum Vitae: download