Dr. George Diamond

Emeritus Professor of English

Education:
B.A., Allegheny College
M.A., New York University
Ph.D., Lehigh University

 

Department Members:

Joyce Hinnefeld, Chair
John Black
Theresa Dougal
Crystal N. Fodrey
Martha Reid
Christopher Shorr
Nicole Anne Tabor
George Diamond

   
 

Dr. Diamond is a specialist in the Renaissance, American realism and contemporary literature, including science fiction, and playwright Eugene O’Neill. His interests are wide ranging. In 1988 Dr. Diamond had a Mellon Foundation grant to study the Dead Sea Scrolls which he later taught in translation. In 1998 he participated in a National Endowment for the Humanities Institute in Post-Colonial Literature and Theory.  His course in Post-Colonial Literature is one of the offerings of the English Department.  In Fall 2005 he offered Science Fiction, Science Fact, and the Contemporary World, in response to the category of The Social Impact of Science of the LinC Curriculum.  Dr. Diamond serves as advisor to the English Honor Society (Sigma Tau Delta).

"Robert Frost called poetry a 'stay against confusion,' and I like to think that this is also the role of other literary genres and, in fact, the universe of art. In recent years scientists have formulated a theory of chaos. They have put into words what we all see and experience a good deal of the time. Art, especially literature, has a way of ordering and organizing experience so we can understand the world without suffering its full effect. To read Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage is to feel what it might have been like for a raw recruit in the Civil War without having to dodge real bullets. In addition, and here comes Frost again, literature is a well spring of wisdom-never a quality in plentiful supply: 'People forget but poetry makes you remember what you didn't know you knew,' or 'So when at times the mob is swayed/To carry praise or blame to far,/We may choose something like a star/To stay our minds on and be staid.' Literature can remind us about our obligations, 'I have promises to keep,' or suggest new ways or seeing and engaging the world: 'Try to be one of the people on whom nothing is lost,’ Henry James advises us. Although practical considerations force the teacher of English to focus on a relatively narrow area of work, there is a vast and exciting literary world beyond one's field of concentration, and that is what has led me into study of the Dead Sea Scrolls, post-colonial Literature, and science fiction.  My philosophy of literature is, simply, to try with all of the skills that I may have to get each of my students to respond to, understand, and embrace--in a large or even small way--this rich, dense, and wonderful world of literature."