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.