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Rebecca Entel

Rebecca Entel is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Cornell College, where she also directs the Center for the Literary Arts. She teaches courses on a range of topics: Literature and Social Reform in Late Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Multicultural Literature, Studies in African-American Literature, the American Renaissance, Literary Responses to War, Introduction to Creative Writing, Advanced Fiction Writing, Senior Project in Creative Writing, and Bahamian Literature, an immersive experience about literature and the environment taught on the island of San Salvador.

She joined the faculty at Cornell in 2007 after receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where her research focused on the politics of comparison in literature published during the Civil War, and she minored in Creative Writing. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in English.

Her scholarship ranges from articles on Louisa May Alcott in Civil War-era newspapers to Saul Bellow’s use of Yiddish. She has published articles in African-American Review, The Australian Journal of Jewish Studies, and American Periodicals. Her short stories and essays have appeared in such literary journals as Madison Review, Joyland Magazine, Connotation Press, and Cleaver Magazine, among others.

Rebecca Entel reading from her work in Vilnius, Lithuania.

She is committed to being a life-long learner, and as a professor she has taken a seminar on slave narratives at the Gilder-Lehrman Center at Yale University as well as writing workshops at both the Iowa Summer Writing Festival in Iowa City and at the Summer Literary Seminars in Vilnius, Lithuania—to which she returned in 2014 as writer-in-residence. She has also been a member of the Writers WorkSpace in Chicago. She has done archival research at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Wisconsin Historical Society, and the Gerace Research Centre on San Salvador. She enjoys being inspired by unfamiliar cities, searching through old manuscripts, and being part of a community of learners working on their own original projects: all passions she looks forward to sharing with students at the Newberry.

She enjoys facilitating writing workshops for students working on all kind of projects. As a writing teacher, she has taught everything from first-year composition to advanced creative workshops. She also worked for many years as a Writing Center instructor at the University of Wisconsin.

Chicago is her favorite city. She has been a faculty liaison for the ACM’s Chicago Program, and she lived in the city in 2013-2014 while working on a novel. She is thrilled to introduce students to the many ways the Chicago literary scene has always been intertwined with the city’s history of social movements—and to the journey of living, learning, and writing in a new place and within a community of scholars.

Additional information can be found on her Cornell College faculty page.