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Emily Anderson

Associate Professor of English

At Knox Since: 2003


Emily R. Anderson joined the Knox English faculty in 2003. Her research
centers on theories and histories of the 18th and 19th century novel and on
the study of narrative in film and literature. She teaches English literature,
literary theory and film studies, and in 2007 she and colleague Gina Franco won Knox's highest award for teaching, the Philip Green Wright-Lombard College Prize for Distinguished Teaching. A graduate of Willamette University, Anderson earned an M.A. at Mills College and Ph.D. at the University of California - Berkeley.

Why Knox?
I came to Knox because I had loved my own experience as a student at a small liberal-arts college. Now that I'm here, I can't imagine teaching anywhere else. Above all, I appreciate the sense of community, the opportunities, and the people.

What is your most memorable moment at Knox?
I can't pick just one. My most memorable moments have all been watching students do things they didn't know they could--getting into graduate school, writing a good paper, or majoring in dance.

Describe your current research/creative work. What is most interesting about this work?
My current work is on the ways film tells stories, and the way it tells stories differently than novels do. And I'm particularly intrigued by the "voice" in film, and the mechanisms that create it. Storytelling is what we do - all day long, for work and play -- and I'd like to know how it works.

If you weren't a professor, you would be a . . . ?
If I weren't a professor, I would be a freelance constitutional law scholar or a copy editor.

What is your favorite thing about Galesburg?
Knox is my favorite thing. I also like the seasons, the brick streets, and the people who live and work downtown.

What were the last three books you read?
Aside from what I'm teaching? John Stuart Mill's On Liberty, Meredith Small's Our Babies, Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent, and Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are.

What did you do to celebrate receiving tenure?
My son and I went to the Acapulco Restaurant for guacamole.

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