Ohio Wesleyan Faculty Member Invited to Teach at Bread Loaf School of English

Patricia DeMarco, Ph.D., to teach two courses

The scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, where Patricia DeMarco will teach at the Bread Loaf School of English. Other Bread Loaf campuses are located in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Ripton, Vermont; and Oxford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ken Thomas)

OWU English department faculty member, Patricia DeMarco, Ph.D., has been appointed to teach this summer at the Bread Loaf School of English. Founded in 1919 by Middlebury College to provide graduate education in the fields of English and American literature, creative writing, dramatic production, and the teaching of English, the Bread Loaf School is a distinctive and distinguished program.

The school counts among its previous lecturers and visiting writers such notables as Willa Cather, Robert Frost, Shirley Jackson, and William Carlos Williams. Its faculty has included such outstanding scholars and teachers as Harold Bloom, Cleanth Brooks, Perry Miller, and John Crowe Ransom.

DeMarco, Director of Ohio Wesleyan’s Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program, joins the Bread Loaf School for the first time this year. She will teach a course on medieval romance and a class on vengeance as a theme in world literature at the Asheville campus of Bread Loaf, located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

“On the recommendation of a colleague, I was invited by the director of the program to teach at Bread Loaf,” DeMarco said. “I’m very excited to take part in this amazing tradition and community of scholars, writers, and students. It’s a vibrant, creative community that comes together for six intensive weeks of reading, research and conversation.”

The session runs from June 14 until July 27, DeMarco continued. “Bread Loaf has a reputation of being an innovative graduate training program for the nation’s public and private school teachers. Their service is so critical to our nation. I’m excited to work with these devoted and energetic individuals, and to inspire their classroom teaching of great authors such as Homer, Chaucer and Shakespeare.”

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