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Diane Scholl

An eager reader of historical fiction and mystery novels with theological resonance, Professor Diane Scholl keeps us all up-to-date on her latest reads.  A St. Olaf grad, a PhD from the U of Chicago, and a devoted teacher of American literature, Diane has published work on Emily Dickinson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Sophia Peabody Hawthorne, on the trial of Ann Hutchinson, and on how seventeenth-century English devotional writing and American conversion stories influenced nineteenth-century American poets.  She has an article on Alice Walker’s The Color Purple as religious parable.  She writes fine poetry.  But she is perhaps most loved by students for her warm attention to their lives and extended families.  Diane never forgets any of her students, past or present.  She and her husband, Peter Scholl, share a joint appointment.

"A good teacher finds out where the class is as they start their reading, and takes them someplace else." -Diane Scholl