Chris Hair, Professor, currently serves as chair of the English Department. He came to Emmanuel College from Oklahoma State University, where he was a Visiting Assistant Professor for two years. He completed a Ph.D. in English at the University of Kentucky and MA in English and BA in English degrees from Baylor University in Texas. A specialist in British Literature, Dr. Hair’s dissertation is entitled “Seventeenth Century Discord and the Paradise Within: Genesis in the Works of Winstanley, Milton, Hutchinson, and Cavendish.” His teaching interests include renaissance literature, especially Milton, the Metaphysical poets, and Shakespeare; early modern women writers; Medieval literature; eighteenth century literature; early American literature; and composition. His publications include “Satan Illustrated and Interpreted: Interaction of Linguistic and Bibliographic Code in the 1688 Paradise Lost,” appearing in the Kentucky Philological Review, and “The Flaw in Paradise: The Critique of Idealism in Margaret Cavendish’s The Blazing World,” appearing in Renaissance Papers. Dr. Hair is currently the chair of the Honors Program and sponsor of Alpha Chi National Honor Society. He, his wife Amanda, and their four children live on campus.
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