Dr. William Lockwood



Professor Emeritus

A graduate of Williams College with M.A. from the Claremont Graduate School and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. William J. Lockwood was hired by the Flint campus’s English Department in 1969 as Assistant Professor.  (He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1974 and to Professor in 1985.) 

While hired for his expertise in British literature of the Renaissance, over the years Dr. Lockwood considerably widened his areas of teaching and research in response to department needs and to his evolving intellectual interests. 

He consistently taught two of the department’s key courses for majors and minors: Elements of Literary Analysis, the introductory course in English literary study, and The Tradition of English Literature, 1500-1750.  More specialized courses covered parts of this long period, but he also moved into study of more recent British and American literature, building upon his interests in poetics and in the relationship between landscape and literature.  These led to courses in British Classics and British Landscapes and in Western American Literary Landscapes. 

He was very interested in providing valuable introductory courses for English majors and other interested undergraduates, including the required introductory course for majors and minors mentioned above as well as courses in the Elements of Fiction and Elements of Drama.   He led the development of these three courses as a particularly active member of the department’s Literature Committee, stressing careful reading and the dialogic relationship between student reader and text.

Over the years he took on responsibility for the department’s graduate course in American Poetry for the Master of Liberal Studies in American Culture, which proved very popular with students; they remarked upon his command of the material and the intellectual stimulation that the course provided to them

He also had a long-time association with the School of Criticism and Theory, held annually at Dartmouth College, and this interest in literary theory informed both his teaching and his scholarly interests, including his work on landscape and literature and on spiritual aspects of literature.  The poet and priest Thomas Merton was a strong interest, and sabbaticals led him to explore western American literary landscapes, especially those of Colorado and Utah.

Dr. Lockwood established and for many years ran the UM-Flint Visiting Writers series, bringing to campus leading figures in American and British poetry.

Active in faculty governance, he chaired the UM-Flint Faculty Assembly, and also served successively as Secretary, Vice-President and then President of the Flint Chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

Dr. Lockwood retired in 2002.