WWU English Professor to be Published in Anthology

Greg Smith
Greg Smith

Greg Smith, associate professor of English at William Woods University, will have an article published in an upcoming anthology of critical works on early American writer Washington Irving.

Smith’s article is titled “Supernatural Ambiguity and Possibility in Irving’s ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.’”

The article takes a look at Irving’s depiction of the supernatural in his iconic story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”  According to Smith, ambiguity surrounding whether the supernatural characters and occurrences featured in “Sleepy Hollow” are “real” within the world of the narrative contributes significantly to its status as one of America’s most popular and well-known ghost stories.

The anthology is part of an ongoing series called Bloom’s Modern Critical Views, which is published by Chelsea House in New York.  The book will be called “Washington Irving” and is edited by Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the Humanities and English at Yale University.

“I am honored to have my article appear in a critical anthology edited by Dr. Bloom,” Smith said, “and I look forward to reading the other perspectives collected in the book.”

The anthology will be available in electronic format in March 2014 as part of a subscription-based database sold exclusively to schools and public libraries.