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faculty photo imageJay M. Dickson

Professor of English and Humanities
English Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Jay M. Dickson is Professor of English and Humanities at Reed College. He received an A.B. in English and American Language and Literature from Harvard University, and his Ph.D. in English is from Princeton University. Professor Dickson has taught at Reed College from 1996 to 1999 as a Visiting Assistant Professor, and then since 2001 on a permanent basis. From 1999 to 2001 he was Assistant Professor of English at the University of Tennessee—Knoxville, where he was awarded the John G. Hodges Excellence in Teaching Award. At Reed, he teaches in Humanities 110 and Humanities 220, and also teaches courses in the English department on British 21st-, 20th-, and 19th- century fiction; memory and desire in modern fiction; detective stories and crime fiction; James Joyce; Virginia Woolf; and the literature and culture of the British Home Front during World War II. He has published on many modernist figures, including Woolf, Joyce, E. M. Forster, Katherine Mansfield, and Lytton Strachey. His most recent article, “Katherine Mansfield, Garsington, and Bloomsbury,” recently appeared in The Bloomsbury Handbook to Katherine Mansfield, ed. Todd Martin (Bloomsbury, 2021). He has forthcoming a specially commissioned essay on sentimentality and expression in Mansfield’s short story “The Garden Party” in the 2022 issue of Katherine Mansfield Studies, and also an article on sentimental education in Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited in Friendship and the Novel, ed. Allan Hepburn (McGill University Press, 2023).


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