Anne Cavender

Professor, English

Degrees: M.A. and Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Washington; B.A., East Asian Studies, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Middlebury College

Office: English , Hall of Letters #307

Phone: 909/748-8575 Campus Ext. 8575



Research and Academic Interests

Aesthetics and ethics (China and the West); classical Chinese poetry and poetics; comparative poetics; American, British and Irish modernist writers; theories of reading and ethics.

Background Highlights

She has published and presented on topics including comparative theories of lyric poetry, classical Chinese theories of reading, modernist pedagogy, the modernist sublime, James Joyce’s "Finnegans Wake" and William Carlos Williams’s "Paterson."  Current projects include an essay on Williams’s theory of reading in Book III of "Paterson" and a book-in-progress on the modernist sublime.

Degrees Held

  • B.A., East Asian studies, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Middlebury College
  • M.A. and Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Washington

Awards and Honors

Her work has been supported by grants from the Blakemore Foundation (1999-2000), the Woodrow Wilson Foundation (2000-2002), the Freeman Foundation (2004), and a University of Redlands Faculty Research Grant (2007-2008).

Courses Offered at Redlands

  • Introduction to Chinese Literature
  • Chinese Nature Writing
  • Classical Chinese Poetry
  • Finnegans Wake Seminar
  • Literary Theory
  • Lyric Poetry: East-West
  • Modernism
  • Single-Author Seminar: William Carlos Williams

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Appleton Hall

The back of the University of Redlands own Appleton Hall contains a mathematically designed ‘Echo Chamber’ that uses calculated angles to refract sound.

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