Susan Felch


Education

Professor Felch received her undergraduate degree in music from Wheaton College and also earned her MA in theology from Wheaton. After teaching high school music and English, Professor Felch entered a doctoral program in literature at the Catholic University of America. She received her PhD in 1991 and joined the Calvin College English department in 1992. Professor Felch is a mentor for the Lilly Graduate Fellows program and a frequent speaker at conferences and workshops.

Biography

Favorite Books

  • Say You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan
  • The Thin Place by Kathryn Davis
  • The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser
  • the Serrailler mystery series by Susan Hill
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  • Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi
  • Otherwise by Jane Kenyon
  • Emma by Jane Austen

Hobbies

  • Cats
  • Books
  • Boating on Lake Wabasis
  • Watching swans
  • Cats
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Cats
  • Watching movies

Additional Information

Academic interests

  • Sixteenth-century British literature
  • religion and literature
  • cultural studies and literary theory

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Publications

Publications include two volumes of The Emmaus Readers: Listening for God in Contemporary Fiction (Paraclete 2008, 2009), co-edited with Gary Schmidt, and Elizabeth I and Her Age (W. W. Norton, 2009), coedited with Donald V. Stump, which received the 2010 Translation or Teaching Edition prize from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. She has also co-authored with Xing Ling of Yunnan Univeristy a textbook for teaching advanced English: Selected Readings of Bible Stories  (2011). 

A book on metaphor and imagination in higher education, co-written with David Smith, and a Cambridge Companion to Literature and Religion are forthcoming in 2015. 

Professional associations

  • Named the director of the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship at Calvin in 2008  
  • Named Executive Editor of The Independent Works of William Tyndale in 2012

Awards

In 2009, she won the Josephine A. Roberts Scholarly Edition Award for her book Elizabeth Tyrwhit's Morning and Evening Prayers (Ashgate, 2008), and in 2000, she received an honorable mention for her first book, The Collected Works of Anne Vaughan Lock (RETS, 1999), both of which were recognized as “significant and authoritative contributions to the field of early modern scholarship.”

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