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Marla Osborne-Anderson

Lora E. Geriguis, Chair

Associate Professor of English

Ph.D. University of California, Riverside 1997

British literature 1600-1800, literary theory and criticism, literature and the environment

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Classes taught

  • Men and Women in 18th century British Poetry
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism
  • Critical Theories of the Rise of the Novel
  • Seminar in Literary Criticism: Ecocriticism
  • Seminar in Literary Criticism: Feminisms
  • Heroes in Literature
  • Survey of British Literature 1600-1800
  • Biblical Literature

Publications (selected)

  • “’A Vast Howling Wilderness: The Persistence of Space and Placelessness in Daniel Defoe’sCaptain Singleton.” Topographies of the Imagination: New Approaches to Daniel Defoe, Kit Kincaid, Katherine Ellison, and Holly Faith Nelson, eds. (AMS Press 2013).
  • “John Donne’s Holy Sonnet 10: ‘Batter my heart, three personed God’.” The Explicator. 68:3 (July-September 2010). 155-158.
  • “Monarchs, Morality, and English Nationalism in the Comedies of Etherege, Steele, and Sheridan.” Restoration and Eighteenth Century Theatre Research 24:1 (Summer 2009). 31-46.

Other Scholarly Activities

  • Archival research conducted at the Huntington Library (San Marino, CA)
  • Submission evaluator for scholarly journals: The Explicator and Digital Defoe.
  • Book reviews published in Journal of English and German Philology, Women’s Studies andInterdisciplinary Studies of Literature and Environment (ISLE).
  • Papers presented and panels organized at conferences held by the Defoe Society, the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), and the Conference on Christianity and Literature (CCL), and the Adventist English Association (AEA).


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Melissa Brotton

Assistant Professor of English

Ph.D. University of North Dakota, Grand Forks 2004

18th and 19th century British literature, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Milton

Director of College Writing

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South Hall Room 121




Education and Prior Professional Activities:

Although she was born in San Diego, Melissa Brotton has spent more time in the northern parts of the US, such as North Dakota, Idaho, and, most recently, New York. Educated in SDA schools from elementary school on up, she completed a BS in Psychology at PUC and a Masters in Clinical Psychology at the University of Idaho. After working as a clinician for several years with children and families, she decided to pursue her dream of teaching with a couple of English degrees from the University of North Dakota, housed in her home state. Traveling back and forth between the northern states and California has been a way of life maybe until now. She has taught in a variety of settings, including a public university, several small private colleges, and an Adventist academy. Cross-cultural work has been part of that experience. In particular, Dr. Brotton has experience teaching young Native American students from a variety of tribes across America.


Areas of Scholarly and Personal Interest:

Dr. Brotton’s academic interests and work have been interdisciplinary and diverse, focusing on juvenile literacy, Regency and Victorian literature, bibliographic studies, adult education, and original manuscripts. She has a special passion for linguistics and the history of books and the Bible, and she loves looking at old books, visiting museums with old books, working in fellowship libraries with old books, and, (gulp!), purchasing old books. She hopes that she will not eventually become musty, dry, cracked, or yellowed as she continues to gaze at old books and manuscripts. Ask her about her personal theory on the Cherchen mummies, but be prepared to stay a while for tea (and maybe a couple of meals). She also spends a lot of time studying the Bible and viewing animals in both natural and captive habitats. Because her research interests extend far beyond what she will be able to do in a lifetime, Dr. Brotton is making plans for heaven, believing in the excellent libraries, special collections, and databases available there.

Among other things, Dr. Brotton believes that human life centers around a gardening theme. “We were originally designed as gardeners, and I think we are gardening all the time. Whether we are cultivating actual gardens or virtual gardens, we are each cultivating something. It might be the minds of our students or the cultures of our individual families, communities or neighborhoods. We always have an effect on our surroundings even if we are only letting the weeds grow or forgetting about the water or sunlight. I think almost every activity can be viewed from a garden perspective. What are we cultivating? How beautiful can it become? Are we reaching our potential as gardeners?”


Current Research:

  1. Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s juvenilia collected in a multivolume edition with a team of international scholars
  2. Children’s story writing
  3. British women writers/educators in the Regency Period, particularly Maria Edgeworth
  4. 18th and 19th century spiritual autobiography
  5. Character education in denominational and public schools


Research Library Fellowships and Visitations

Fellow, Armstrong Browning Library, Baylor University, Waco, Texas - 2003

Fellow, Huntington Library, San Marino, California - 2004

Berg Collection, New York Public Library, NY - 2007

Special Collections, Margaret Clapp Library, Wellesley College - 2007


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Robert P. Dunn

Emeritus Professor of English

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin 1970

Rel.M. School of Theology at Claremont 1977

English Renaissance, religion and literature

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South Hall Room 105




Dr. Dunn completed his degree in English Literature at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1970. He has been a faculty member in the department since 1968.

Current Duties

Dr. Dunn currently teaches courses in Renaissance literature; Shakespeare; religious, moral, and social aspects of English and communication; and literary research.

Current Research Projects

Dr. Dunn is continuing to research Silence in Shakespeare and Richard Baxter on meditation.

Recent Publications and Presentations

“Night and Day in Shakespeare’s Henry IV and Henry V.”  Seminar on ‘The Season of all Natures’:Sleep in Early Modern England.”  World Shakespeare Congress, Brisbane, July 18, 2006.

“Teaching the Bible as a Revolutionary Cultural Force.”  Journal of Adventist Education 68 (Summer 2006): 29-34.

“Dwelling in Hope: Richard Baxter’s Use of the Language of Meditation in The Saint’s Everlasting Rest.”  Conference on Christianity and Literature, Western Regional Meeting.  April 2002.

Recent Book Reviews

Peggy Thayer.  The Experience of Being Creative as a Spiritual Practice: A Hermeneutic-Phenomenological Study.  Revisioning Philosophy 27.  NY: Peter Lang, 2003. Consciousness, Literature, and the Arts 5.2 (August 2004).  http://www.aber.ac.uk.tfts/journal

Roslyn Lander Knutson.  Playing Companies and Commerce in Shakespeare’s TimeShakespeare Bulletin 21.3 (Fall 2003):152-55.


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Sari Fordham

Assistant Professor of English

MFA University of Minnesota 2007

Creative writing, non-fiction, humor

Director of Basic Skills: English


University of Minnesota, MFA in Literary Nonfiction, 2007

Iowa State University, MA in English, 2001

Southern Adventist University, BA in History, 1998

Courses taught at La Sierra University

  • Reading Improvement (Engl 001)
  • Introduction to Composition II (ENGL 005)
  • Experiences in Literature: Humor (Engl 105)
  • Introduction to Creative Writing (Engl 205)
  • English Colloquium   (Engl 285/485)
  • Advanced Expository Writing   (Engl 304)
  • Advanced Writing for the Print Media   (Comm 338)
  • Short Story   (Engl 405A/505A)
  • Humor   (Engl 405E/505E)
  • The Long Project   (Engl 405F/505F)
  • Memoir  (Engl 405G/505G)
  • Writing for Publication   (Engl 406/506)


Columnist, Adventist Review, 2004-2008. Print.

“Dividing Up the World Between Us,” Cerise Press, Summer 2013. Vol. 5, Issue 13. Web.http://www.cerisepress.com/05/13/dividing-up-the-world-between-us/view-all

“Betty Smith.” American Writers Supplement XXIII. Ed. Jay Parini. Charles Scribners & Sons, 2012. 257-271. Print.

“Ugandan Psalm,” 2011 Best of the Net Anthology. Sundress Publications. 2011. Web.http://www.sundresspublications.com/bestof/2011/fordhams.htm

“Ugandan Psalm,” Cerise Press, Fall/Winter 2010-11, Vol. 2, Issue 5. Web.http://www.cerisepress.com/02/05/ugandan-psalm

“Driver Ants” (reprint) Sideways, Sept 2010. Ipad.

“What is an Adventist?” Feature. Adventist Today. Spring 2009. Print.

“Driver Ants,” Brevity: A Journal of Concise Nonfiction, Spring 2006, Vol. 20.https://www.creativenonfiction.org/brevity/past%20issues/brev20/fordham20.htm

The Writer’s Almanac, Script for December 12, 2004, Read by Garrison Keillor, National Public Radio.

Additional work has appeared in: Adventist Today, Adventist Review, Signs of the Times, Women’s Daily Devotional, Insight Magazine, Guide Magazine, Primary Treasure, and Our Little Friend.

Literary Reading

Giving Voice: A Festival of Writing and the Arts. John Brown University, Sager Creek Arts Center, February 11, 2010


Nominated for Best American Essay, 2011

Atlantic Monthly, Student Writing Competition, Honorable Mention, 2007

Gesell Award in Literary Nonfiction, University of Minnesota, 2005 & 2006

Marcella DeBourg Fellowship in Nonfiction Writing, University of Minnesota, 2006

Eva Kriseova Fellowship for Nonfiction Writing, Western Michigan University, 2006

Pearl Hogrefe Award, Iowa State University, 2001.

Artist Residencies

Djerassi Resident Artists Program, 2009

Soaring Gardens Artists’ Retreat, 2008


Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Participant and Grant Recipient, 2013

Professional Activities

Board of Directors, Society of Adventist Communicators, 2013-Present

Writing Workshop facilitator at Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical & Cultural Research

  • 2007—Writing and the Pastoral Life: A Week with Eugene Peterson
  • 2008—Writing and the Pastoral Life: A Week with Eugene Peterson
  • 2009—Writing and the Pastoral Life: A Week with Eugene Peterson
  • 2010—Writing and the Pastoral Life: A Week with Richard Lischer
  • 2010—Apart, and Yet A Part
  • 2011—Writing and the Pastoral Life: A Week with Richard Lischer
  • 2011—Apart, and Yet A Part
  • 2011—Working Pastors, Writing Pastors: A Week with Lillian Daniel and Martin Copenhaver
  • 2013—Posts, Tweets, Blogs, and Faith: Writing for the Digital Public Square: A week with Verity Jones


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Winona Howe

Professor of English

Ph.D. University of California, Riverside 1991

Romantic and Victorian literature, children's and young  adult literature



Ph.D., English Literature, 1991

University of California, Riverside

  • Victorian Literature
  • Gothic novel
  • Wilkie Collins

M.A., English Literature, 1986

Loma Linda University

B.A., English, 1965

Pacific Union College

Teaching Areas:

  • Victorian Literature
  • Romantic Literature
  • Children’s and Young Adult Literature
  • Southwest Literature

Selected Publications and Presentations:

Book Chapters:

  • “Inspecting Women:  Arthur W. Upfield and Napoleon Bonaparte.”  Investigating ArthurUpfield:  A Centenary of Critical Essays.  Ed. Kees de Hoog and Carol Hetherington. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK:  Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012.  195-201.
  • “Almost Angels, Almost Feminists:  Women in The Professionals.”   Hollywood’s West:  The American Frontier in Film, Television, and History.  Ed. Peter C. Rollins and John E. O’Connor.  Lexington, KY:  UP of Kentucky, 2005.  198-217.


  • “Inspecting Women:  Arthur W. Upfield and Napoleon Bonaparte.”  Antipodes:  A North American Journal of Australian Literature 18 (June 2004):  77-79.
  • “Professional Women—Women in The Professionals (1966).  Film & History 33(2003):  12-18.
  • “Charles Dickens and the ‘Last Resource’:  Arctic Cannibalism in The Frozen Deep” Cahiérs Victoriéns et Edouardiéns (October 1996):  61-83
  • “The Three Little Pigs in the Classroom.”  CEA Forum (Summer 1996):  3-7.


  • “The Prisoner of Uncertainty and Fear:  Emotional Captivity and the Weight of War.” Modern Language Association, Los Angeles, CA, January 7, 2011.
  • “Hunger and Starvation, Gambles and Games." Eaton Science Fiction Conference, Riverside, CA, February 11, 2011.
  • “’Love or Something Like It’:  Wilkie Collins and His Mismatched Couples.” Popular Culture Association, San Antonio, TX, April 22, 2011.
  • “Tearing the Curtain:  Hitchcock + Moore = Mixed Results.” Popular Culture Association, Boston, MA, April 12, 2012.
  • “’All Spurs and Moustaches’:  The Incomparable Brigadier Gerard.” Popular Culture Association, Washington, D.C., March 28, 2013.
  • “’Green Confusion’:  The Three Islands of Dr. Moreau.” Eaton Science Fiction Conference, Riverside, CA, April 12, 2013.
  • “Dion Boucicault:  Citizen of the World, Outsider . . . Dramatist.” International Popular Culture Association, Warsaw, Poland, July 24 2013.

Current Research Projects:

  • Arthur Upfield and the natural world
  • Nineteenth Century Drama
  • Puerto Rican Children’s Literature


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Marilynn Loveless

Associate Professor of English

Ph.D. Griffith University 2004

Drama, Shakespeare, screenwriting, media production

Director of the Drama Program

Marilynn Loveless is the artistic director of the theater program at La Sierra University where she teaches acting, directing, and writing classes. In February 2013 Marilynn received an, “Excellence in Theater Education” for her contributions to the teaching and producing of theater in Region VIII (Arizona, Central and Souithern California, Hawaii, Southern Nevada and Utah).  The national theater education program, based at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., describes the recognition as the most prestigious regional award given by the KCACTF (Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival).

Involved as a respondent with the KCACTF 1999 (in Region VII and Region VIII), she has directed/produced more than 70 shows earning meritorious achievement awards from the KCACTF, for her direction of "Othello" (2005), "The Taming of the Shrew" (2006), "The Accidental Death of An Anarchist" (2007) and, "A Midsummer's Night Dream" (2011).

Her previous career as a writer/producer in television involved the production of more than 135 half-hour television shows in Australia, New Zealand and the U.S.

The recipient of several writing grants, one of Marilynn’s screenplays made the short-list for the Sundance feature film project in 2001.

In 2006 and 2007 Marilynn co-wrote two award-winning Christmas shows that were aired on the Hallmark Channel.

Marilynn was awarded a Ph.D. from the School of Arts at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia in 2004 for her renegade ficto-critical dissertation, Mrs. Shakespeare:  Muse, Mother, Matriarch, Madonna, Whore, Writer, Woman, Wife--Recovering a Lost Life, that tells the plausible story—including historical and theoretical support—of how Mrs. Shakespeare acquired the necessary skills, education and experience to write the works appropriated by her husband, William.  Her dissertation was cited for academic excellence.


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Sam McBride

Professor of English

Ph.D. University of California, Riverside 1997

American and Twentieth-Century literature, and the Inklings

Director of Graduate Studies

Sam McBride specializes in American and 20th-Century literature, with emphases in:

  • The Inklings (C. S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien)

Recent Publications and Presentations:


  • Women Among the Inklings: Feminism, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams(co-authored with Candice Fredrick).  Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2001.


  • “Psyche’s Ugly Sister: The Woman Warrior in C. S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces.” Sirens: Collected Papers 2009–2011. Hallie Tibbetts, ed. Sedalia, CO: Narrate Conferences, 2012. 106-116.
  • “The Company They Didn’t Keep: C. S. Lewis’s Collaboration with Women.” Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature. Fall 2010“
  • “Susan Howe.” A Companion to 20th Century American Poetry. Ed. Burt Kimmilman. New York: Facts on File, 2005.
  • “Battling the Woman Warrior: Women and Combat in C. S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien” (co-authored with Candice Fredrick). Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature 25.3/4 (2007): 29-42.
  • “Coming of Age in Narnia.” Revisiting Narnia: Fantasy, Myth and Religion in C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles. Ed. Shanna Caughey. Dallas: BenBella, 2005. 59-72.
  • “J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.” Encyclopedia of Catholic Literature. Ed. Mary R. Reichardt. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2004.


  • “’Where Have All the Postmodernists Gone?’ or, Why My Dissertation is Now Meaningless (Musings on Theory-Fads by a Reluctant Eco-Critic)." 5th Annual Natures Conference, Riverside, CA, February 2012.
  • “Nature, Religion, and Critical Discourse: A Collaborative Spiritual / Ecological Analysis of Richard Lewis’s ‘A Journey from Patapsco to Annapolis” (with Melissa Brotton and Lora Geriguis). 5th International Conference of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture,” Malibu, CA, August 2012.
  • “Imperfection, Folly, and Unaligned Evil in Middle-earth.” Mythopoeic Society, Berkely, CA, July 2012.
  • “’May the Valar Turn Him Aside!’: Metaphysical Presence in The Lord of the Rings.” Mythopoeic Society, Albuquerque, NM, July 2011.
  • “Psyche’s Ugly Sister: The Woman Warrior in C. S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces.” Sirens (Vail, CO), October 2009.
  • “The Company They Didn’t Keep: Women and Collaboration in the Work of C. S. Lewis.” Mythopoeic Society, UCLA, June 2009.
  • “God and ‘the Gods’ in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.” Conference on Christianity and Literature, Western Region, Biola University (La Mirada, CA). April 2008.
  • “Becoming Aslanian: Religious Conversion in The Chronicles of Narnia.” Children’s Literature Association Annual Convention (Manhattan Beach, CA), June 2006.
  • “Why Tolkien Detested Narnia.” Through the Wardrobe Conference. University of California (Riverside), May 2006.
  • “Fate, the Gods, and Evil in The Lord of the Rings.” Through the Wardrobe Conference. California Baptist University (Riverside, CA), March 2006.
  • “Why I Hate Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings Films.” Faculty Colloquium. DeVry University (Pomona, CA), April 2004.
  • “The Future of Feminist Tolkien Studies.” Modern Language Association Conference (San Diego, CA), December 2003.
  • “Postmodern Appropriation in the Arts: or, Originality through Plagiarism.” Faculty Colloquium. DeVry University (Pomona, CA), November 2003.
  • “Leonard Bernstein, Postmodernism, and Western Civilization.”  Faculty Colloquium. DeVry University (Pomona, CA), March 2003.
  • “Where is God in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings?” Faculty Colloquium. DeVry University (Pomona, CA), May 2002.
  • “On Forgiveness and a ‘Just’ War: C. S. Lewis, Terrorism, and Care Ethics” (with Candice Fredrick). C. S. Lewis Foundation Western Regional Faculty Forum Conference “The Rediscovery of Evil: A Challenge to the Academy.” Cal Poly University (Pomona, CA), February 2002.


Ph.D., English - University of California, Riverside (1997)


  • Twentieth-Century American Poetry, Fiction and Drama
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (Literature, Music, Art)
  • Theory (Feminist, Postmodern, Performative)

Dissertation: "Performing Laurie Anderson"

M.A., English - Loma Linda University, Riverside, CA (1987)

B.A., Communications (Music minor) - Southern College, Collegedale, TN (1981)


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