Gary GrayTitle: Assistant Professor
Office Location: Nethery hall 118
Phone: (269) 471-3167
BA Atlantic Union College MDiv Andrews University MA University of Massachusetts/Boston ABD Western Michigan University
The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from
earth to heaven;
And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the
Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy
A local habitation and a name.
The best literature teachers I had created in me a deep fascination for literary study because they stressed the play of ideas. It is this interplay that I try to bring to all the classes I teach.
While I am broadly interested in the areas of theology, philosophy, history and literature, my specific intellectual interests lie in the intersection of religion and literature. I have a BA in theology and a Master of Divinity. I try to combine these two interests in a course called Biblical Literature in which we study to appreciate the literary elements of the English Bible.
I also have a Master's degree in literature from the University of Massachusetts/Boston campus. Now I am pursuing a PhD from Western Michigan University and am working on my dissertation. It is a study of Puritan sermons.
My wife, Meredith Jones Gray, and I team teach a course called the Literature of Love in which we explore some of the more famous (and a few not so famous) pieces of literature that have love as their main theme. In cooperation with history professor and fellow baseball fan, Gary Land, I have developed a course called Baseball Literature. We examine a growing body of literary works whose main theme is baseball.
When not teaching or pursuing graduate studies, I enjoy life at home with my wife and 12- year- old son, Jeremy. In my spare time, I like woodworking, reading, sports, and suffering (I'm a diehard Red Sox fan; okay, so they won in 2004--that only means that we suffer because we can no longer suffer. Go figure!).
Current Research or Professional Activities:
Performance or Exhibition ·Producer. The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail. Dramatic production performed at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI, spring semester, 2010.