Biographical / Historical
Craig Barrow was the George Connor Centennial Professor in American Literature at UTC for 36 years. Barrow earned both a B.A. and M.A. in English from University of Chicago, and the Ph.D. in English from University of Colorado. While Barrow has served on many committees at UTC, been president of Alpha and the local chapter of the National Council of Teachers of English, and chaired eight conventions, most of his work has been in teaching and research. He has received four teaching awards, two were at the University of Colorado and two at UTC, one from the SGA and the other last year from the College of Arts and Sciences. In his career at UTC, Barrow has taught nearly 40 different courses. He participated in many postdoctoral seminars run by the NEH at such schools as Dartmouth, Stanford, Northwestern, and California Berkeley as well as a number of Mellon seminars at Vanderbilt. Barrow is the author of over a hundred articles and essays, many reviews, the editor of two collections of essays, “Politics, Society, and the Humanities” and “Gender, Race, and Identity” along with a book on Joyce and film, “Montage in James Joyce’s Ulysses.” In 1985 he was elected to the UTC Council of Scholars, and in 1991 he received the College of Arts and Sciences Research Award.
Gladys Swan is the author of several novels and collections of short stories. Much of her work is set in the southwestern United States and explores the relationship of fiction to history and truth. Swan’s work has appeared in the Kenyon Review, the Ohio Review, the Sewanee Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, and many other periodicals. Her work has been anthologized on many occasions. A native of new York City, Swan received a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Western New Mexico University and a master’s degree in the same field from the Claremont Graduate School.