February 10, 2010: New English Literature Scholarship/Professors Discuss Study of Literature
The Legacy of English Literature
It’s been a long time since the study of English literature could be characterized, even glibly, as “Beowulf to Virginia Woolf.” A life devoted to scholarship is still demanding, but today its purview is endless, interdisciplinary, and as diverse as the people who devote their lives to it. Studying English literature is a calling that UNH is well prepared to meet—and does meet with a faculty who encourage and mentor promising students.
Our inspiration for this article is the late alumna Mary Petrella ’G57. Her gift has funded a scholarship for UNH students in the English literature major. A respected teacher herself, Petrella taught high school English for 30 years in Warwick, R.I. (see Tribute) In honor of her memory, College Letter spoke with three literary scholars from the English department about their own journeys of discovery and how they work with students who just might be their future colleagues.