Creative Faculty

Some of the latest creative projects from Bradley faculty aim to enrich our appreciation of grammar, study Chaucer’s humor, probe the balance required for religious liberty and take us into a world where we experience the never-ending life of a vampire.

“American English Grammar”

Seth Katz, associate professor of English and associate department chair

The book introduces students to American English grammar while explaining (and debunking when necessary) its rules. Based on Katz’s 28 years of teaching the subject, as well as ideas from other grammar texts, the goal is to teach students to think like a grammarian. Topics include African-American English, ethnic varieties and non-standard language.

“Chaucer’s Humor: Critical Essays”

Edited by Jean Jost, professor of English emerita

This collection, originally published in 1994 and reprinted recently, examines the nature, perspectives and genres of humor used by the Father of English Literature, best known for “The Canterbury Tales.” The essays add to the understanding of comedy in literature and the first major humorist in English literature.

“Free Exercise of Religion in the Liberal Polity: Conflicting Interpretations”

Emily Gill, Caterpillar Professor of Political Science emeritus

Addresses the delicate balance of allowing the free exercise of religion without permitting the practices of some individuals and groups to adversely affect the rights of others. Also studied are the claims that following certain laws — such as having to serve particular groups or provide coverage for medical procedures — actually infringes on some religious beliefs.

“Thousand Year Old Vampire”

Tim Hutchings, game design instructor, Interactive Media

This analog game lets players chronicle the centuries of a vampire’s existence and how memories and the beauty of life can become meaningless. Designed for one player, it can be adapted for more and the expansively illustrated book of prompts allows for character development and journaling.

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