Taking a literature class in college could be a life-changing experience. Literature can help us give names to feelings and situations that did t have names, allows us to understand what has happened and what is happening to us so we can move forward. Professors can be the coaches in this so-momentous undertaking, guiding, showing, encouraging, challenging. This is a profession we could be proud to belong. Soon, with luck, we might be able to cry: Literary Studies is dead! Long Live Literature!
Bruce Fleming graduated from Haverford College with a degree in philosophy and earned graduate degrees in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago and Vanderbilt University, with studies in Siena and Paris. His first published short story won and O. Henry Award and more recently he has received the Antioch Review Award for Distinguished Prose, a career award. His most recent books include: Art and Argument: What Words Can't Do and What They Can,Sexual Ethics, Science and the Self, Why Liberals and Conservatives Clash, and his memoir about the U.S. Naval Academy, where he has taught for more than two decades. Annapolis Autumn: Life, Death, and Literature at the U.S. Naval Academy. He is also the author of a memoir, Journey to the Middle of the Forest, two plays, Homage to Eugene O'Neill and Thanksgiving Symposium, as well as a book of dance essays, Sex, Art and Audience, and of the experimental novel Twilley, which reviewers compared to works by Henry James, T.S. Elliot, Proust, Thoreau, and David Lynch.