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Dr. Bethany Hicok

Dr. Bethany Hicok is Professor of English and Director of the Honors Program at Westminster College. Her most recent book, Elizabeth Bishop’s Brazil (University of Virginia Press, 2016), makes extensive use of the Bishop archives to tell the most comprehensive story to date of Bishop’s nearly two decades in Brazil and the impact of this experience on her life and work. Her first book, Degrees of Freedom: American Women Poets and the Women’s College, 1905-1955 (Bucknell, 2008), draws on several archives to tell the story of the poetic development of three American poets: Marianne Moore, Bishop, and Sylvia Plath, in the first half of the twentieth century. Dr. Hicok is the co-editor of Elizabeth Bishop in the 21st Century: Reading the New Editions (Virginia, 2012), a collection of essays that reconsiders Bishop’s writing, reputation and career in light of the many new editions of her work published in the last decade. She has also published on innovative approaches to teaching, including book chapters on teaching the legal, social, and ethical issues of the Human Genome Project in paired courses in literature and biology, and on collaboration, scholarship, and undergraduate research. Dr. Hicok’s experience in interdisciplinary approaches to scholarship and teaching, archival research, and Bishop studies will benefit summer scholars in both one-on-one consultations with Dr. Hicok and in the seminar format. Click here for full CV.