Dr. Nick Smart
Dr. Nick Smart specializes in English Literature of the 19th and 20th centuries and schools of literary theory, particularly Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and Poststructuralism. He is the author of Success in Sports, a book of African-American history for middle-grade readers, and several critical articles and study guides covering a broad range of English and American Literature from various theoretical and pedagogical perspectives.
Dr. Smart’s research and writing interests include women novelists, women in the novel, the history of the novel, literary theory, cultural criticism, and fiction writing. Dr. Smart also has a scholarly interest in the music of Bob Dylan, and teaches a class titled “The Singer-Songwriter” about the influence of this artist’s music. He also gave the lecture “'Never Do You Justice in Reason or Rhyme’: The Talent of Bob Dylan” at the Larchmont Village Center in October 2010, which aired on Larchmont Mamaroneck Community Television. Dr. Smart is co-editor of Dylan at Play (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011), a collection of essays about Bob Dylan for use by students and fans alike.
“English at the College of New Rochelle is an intellectual and creative place where students come to make a home on campus. Our classrooms are full of thought and talk as students use their analysis of literature to clarify their values and articulate their hopes. My focus has been on the great women writers of England, Virginia Woolf, Charlotte and Emily Brontë, Jane Austen. Advanced seminars in each of these figures prove each semester that the genius of one age becomes useful in the curious minds of the present moment. English Department graduates are right now pursuing higher degrees all across the nation (from Manhattan, to San Antonio, to Anchorage last I checked), or pursuing their chosen professions (teaching, educational administration, advertising, government, law). These former students and their stories of success let us know that English at CNR prepares a student for the practical, emotional, and intellectual challenges of life after the undergraduate years.”
Honors offering: The American Singer-Songwriter