Patricia Michael



AB, MA, PhD, Temple University
Certificate in 20th-Century British Literature, University of London

Courses Taught

Writing I & II
Honors Writing I & II
Public Speaking
Cooperative Education Option I
World Lit I & II
American Lit I & II
British Lit I & II
The Short Story
Modern American Novel
Irish Literature
Modern Drama
Coming of Age in Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Love in Modern Fiction Early British Literature
The Eighteenth Century
Junior Seminar in Literature
The Romantic Period
The Victorian Period
Twentieth-Century Novel
Advanced Writing Workshop
Senior Seminar in Literature

Teaching Focus/Philosophy

Literature communicates the oneness of the human family; it opens readers' minds to the variety of shared human experience, including our need to seek spiritual transcendence. In addition, writing about literature disciplines us to express ourselves as precisely and profoundly as possible. As a teacher, I try to convey my enthusiasm for my subject and my respect for each individual student. The students and I are on a journey together, a journey of self-discovery through the study of great literature past and present.

Recent Presentations/Publications

Varieties of House, Home, and Transformation in Dickens'Dombey and Son," The House of Fiction as the House of Lfe, eds. Francesca Saggini and Enrichetta Soccio. Newcastle- upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012.

The Freshman Diary: A Guidebook to Self-Discovery for First-Year College Studentss. Needham, Mass.: Ginn Press, 1989.

"The Paradox of Self: Hopkins' Spiritual Conflict in the in the 'Terrible' Sonnets," Victorian Poetry (Summer, 1968).

"Structure and Movement in Cranford," Nineteenth-Century Fiction ,(Summer, 1968).


Awards and Honors

Teaching Excellence Award, St. Joseph's University. 1998.

Additional Info

I love animals. They help me see how wonderful life can be. I love having fun and think life without a sense of humor is deadly. I am a popular culture fan, particularly mystery novels and the television shows, Dr. Who and The Big Bang Theory.

Patricia Michael
Office: ETC 230
Phone: 267-341-3463