Gary Harrington

Gary Harrington

Professor Harrington received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Montana and his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.  In addition to his book Faulkner’s Fables of Creativity, he has published essays or chapters on the medieval drama, Shakespeare, Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Virginia Woolf, and others.  His current research interests include Shakespeare’s Lancastrian Tetralogy and the influence of Shakespeare on twentieth-century American literature.

 

They say that a Fulbright award is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so I feel incredibly fortunate to have had it become a thrice-in-a-lifetime experience for me, and especially to have had all three appointments in the English Department at UMCS.  I initially received a Fulbright Distinguished Chair appointment in 2002, and found it to be such a rich and rewarding experience that I not only returned as a Distinguished Chair during the 2010-2011 academic year, but also applied for and received a Fulbright renewal at UMCS for 2011-2012.  Although I did my homework before arriving in 2002, having read some books on Poland and having explored UMCS and its English Department via the web, I was not prepared for the extraordinary warmth and many, many kindnesses I’ve received while in Poland.  I’ve found Poles typically to be hospitable and helpful, and this is especially true of those in the UMCS American Literature and Culture Department, whose congeniality and collegiality have proven to be nothing short of astounding.  My stay at UMCS has been a splendid part of my life and of my career as an academic:  I teach the courses I proposed, on the schedule I requested; the Department has provided a very comfortable apartment which looks out onto a park and is literally a two-minute walk from campus; my colleagues have been extremely generous with their time both professionally and personally; my students are fluent in English and are used to hard work in their classes; and the two “shepherdesses” I’ve had have both been gems.  I literally could not have asked for more, and I would have been perfectly satisfied with much less.  I very briefly and solely for the sake of variety considered applying elsewhere for my second Fulbright, but given my terrific experience at UMCS in 2002, I couldn’t see any reason other than mere variety for doing so.  Consequently, I applied to return to the English Department at UMCS.  Looking back now as my second appointment is (too) rapidly coming to its close, I’m absolutely certain that I made the right decision.

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