Harland S. Nelson

I am pleased to still be considered a member of the departmental “family,” although I retired from full-time teaching at the end of the 1992 January term after 30 years in the English department. I was granted leave twice to serve as a Fulbright Professor, in 1967-68 at Bergen, Norway, and in 1972-73 at Innsbruck, Austria. From 1981 to 1986 I also directed a four-college consortium (Coe, Cornell, Grinnell, and Luther) program on agriculture and the liberal arts, funded by a grant from the Kellogg Foundation.

Besides teaching in the freshman program (like everyone else in the department), I took my turn at courses in modern fiction and expository writing, and was responsible for the courses in film and British Victorian literature (my academic “field”).  When my turn to run a seminar came around, I would offer one on Charles Dickens (whose novels have been my particular interest). My major work on Dickens (Charles Dickens in the Twayne English Authors Series) stayed in print from 1981 to 2000. From now on I plan to be writing (for our offspring, not for publication) reminiscences of life on the family farm in the 1930s.