Dr. Lynne Shackelford is a senior member of Furman's English Department and has served as department chair since 2008. Her fields are Nineteenth-Century American Literature and the American Novel. She is especially interested in the relationship between literature and the visual arts. She majored in English at the College of William and Mary and minored in Classics. She then earned a M.A. and a Ph.D. in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also did graduate study for a summer at Trinity College, Oxford University. She taught full-time as a lecturer at the University of North Carolina for one year and then came to Furman in 1982. She has published essays on a variety of American authors, including Henry James, Edgar Allan Poe, Augusta Evans Wilson, Joseph Heller, and Ken Kesey. She is an Aspen Institute-Wye Fellow, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, and an honorary member of Furman's Senior Order.

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Texts and Meaning

An introduction to the study of the structures and methods by which texts create and convey meaning. Texts and approaches will be determined by individual instructors, but all emphasize reflective, critical reading, as well as text-centered discussions and written assignments.


Professional Communication

Development of effective written and oral communication skills, critical thinking, research strategies, collaboration, and professional and ethical behavior in workplace environments. Job search and interviewing strategies will also be covered.


Emerson to Dickinson

Study of Emerson, Thoreau, Douglass, Stowe, Whitman, Fuller, Poe, Hawthorne, Melville and Dickinson. Through exploring poems, essays, novels, and personal narratives, this course examines living well, considering relationships to nature, to God, and to one's self. In addition, the course examines concepts of good and evil and the political realities of slavery and the disenfranchisement of women.


American Novel to WW I

Examination of literary romanticism, realism, and naturalism as reflected in a selection of American novels and study of their cultural contexts, including war, gender roles, slavery, expatriation, and immigration. Authors might include Cooper, Hawthorne, Stowe, James, Twain, Norris, Chopin, and Cather.


American Novel Since WW I

Examination of modern and post-modern novels, emphasizing how these works reflect cultural assumptions about social class, race, ethnicity, gender roles, politics, technology, religion, art and entertainment. Authors might include Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Faulkner, Hurston, Kesey, Walker, and Tan.


Gothic Literature

Examining literature that evokes terror and horror, explores the possibility of supernatural forces, portrays mental disintegration, transgresses social, political, and moral norms, and exposes cultural anxieties and oppression. Topics and texts may vary.


Senior Seminar in English

Course topic changes with each offering.


American Dream Ideal & Reality

An exploration of the concept of America as a place of political and religious freedom, social and economic mobility, and opportunities to achieve personal fulfillment. Students will analyze both literary texts and contemporary culture.


Issues in Women & Gender Stds

Focus on both classical and contemporary issues in Women's and Gender Studies. Survey of feminist theory and historical developments in the women's movement, it provides a foundation for the understanding of contemporary women's issues, including education, family, health, religion, economics and politics.

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