About Me

shumway headshotI am a community college professor who teaches writing and speech, but whose real passion is Victorian literature. Occasionally I’m allowed to teach British literature survey courses, and, when I’ve been very good, esoteric (read: “useless”) courses such as female insanity in literature and the films of Alfred Hitchcock. I studied Victorian literature at The University of Texas at Austin, and I have recently recycled a good deal of the scholarly information I acquired for my dissertation (Imagining Female Madness in the Structure of the Novel) into a novel about a young woman in Victorian England who is sent to an insane asylum (called Effie Marten, and available at https://read.amazon.com/kp/card?asin=B00BNPTTG2&asin=B00BNPTTG2&preview=inline&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_oqTAxbKF4WAC9).

I live in remote Northern Michigan, where the words “winter is coming” really mean something. If I haven’t updated my blog recently, it’s because it’s not winter yet and I’m either fishing, dabbling in politics, gardening, playing my clarinet, or reading one of my favorite authors.

But, hopefully, I am writing.

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5 responses to “About Me

  1. “where the words “winter is coming” really mean something.” I laughed.

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  2. We have some similar literary interests. I love women and madness! That sounds strange, but you know what I mean–I hope. I’m glad I found your blog!

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  3. P.S. I just read your “About Me” more carefully and see that you have published a novel about a woman sent to an insane asylum. I will definitely check that out!

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  4. Loved your post Confessions of an Amateur Musician – I would love to share it via twitter with dlp members. I hope that’s ok! Cheers from Dallas.

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