Jim Hood '79

Departments and Positions:
English, Professor of English
School Extension 316.2462
UNC Chapel Hill, PHD
Guilford College, '79
Yale University Divinity School, MAR, '81

Current Projects

  • Editor, Quakers and Literature, essay collection

Research Interests

  • 19th-century British literature
  • American nature writing

Notable Work—Scholarly Publications

  • Divining Desire:  Tennyson and the Poetics of Transcendence, Ashgate (2000).
  • “John Keats and Ethical Practice.”  Quaker Perspectives in Higher Education, Friends Association for Higher Education (2014).
  • “‘Permanently Valuable’:  Victorian Christian Literary Annuals and the Commodification of Religion.” Victorians Institute Journal (2010).
  • "Tennyson, D.W. Griffith, and Victorian Pneumatography."  Victorians Institute Journal (1997).

Notable Work—Scholarly Presentations

  • “The Terror Within:  William Carleton, Folk Gothic, and Agrarian Political Violence.”  Victorians Institute Conference, Charlotte, NC (2014).
  • “Grounding the Sacred:  The Rhetoric of Place in American Nature Writing.”  Empowerment and the Sacred Conference, University of Leeds, Leeds, England (2011).
  • “Wild Landscapes:  Exploring Nature and Vocation through Reading, Photography, and Experiential Learning.”  With Maia Dery.  Friends Association for Higher Education conference (2007).
  • “Reading Wilderness:  Teaching Environmental Responsibility and Vocation through Experiential Learning.”   Friends Association for Higher Education conference (2006).

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Literary Studies
  • British Literature II
  • Victorian Literature
  • British Romantic Literature
  • Literature and Ethics
  • American Nature Writing
  • Animal Stories of the Cape Fear River Basin
  • Reading Wilderness
  • Woodworking and Furniture History (January term)

Campus and Community Involvement

  • Consultant, Cape Fear River Basin Studies program, Guilford College
  • Board member, Haw River Assembly
  • Former board member and clerk, New Garden Friends School
  • Former Executive Committee member, Friends Association for Higher Education