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Dr. Michele K. Troy

Professor of EnglishMichele Troy
Hillyer Hall 270

Degrees and Certifications

Ph.D. English with distinction, Loyola University Chicago, with concentration in twentieth-century British and American fiction; minor in cultural studies on intersection of economics and culture in the literary marketplace.
M.A. English with distinction, Boston College
Courses at Harvard Extension, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Courses at Universität Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
B.A. Philosophy, summa cum laude, Boston College. Includes semester abroad at Faculté de Rennes, Rennes, France, 1988

Teaching Responsibilities

ENB110:  English Composition and Literature
ENB111:  English Composition and Literature II
ENB221:  English Literature:  Romantics, Victorians, Moderns
ENB260:  Studies in Contemporary British Literature

Research Interests
Anglo-American culture in continental Europe between the wars
Modernism and the literary marketplace (crossfeed between publishers, authors, agents)
Modernism and mass market periodicals
The paperback revolution

Strange Bird:  The Albatross Press and the Third Reich (New Haven:  Yale University Press, 2017).
Edited Collection: 
Michele K. Troy and Andrew J. Kunka, eds. May Sinclair: Moving Towards the Modern, London/Burlington, VT: Ashgate Press, 2006.
“The Dangers of Peace:  The Fight Over Books in English in Post-War Europe,” forthcoming in Quaerendo:  A Journal Devoted to Manuscripts and Printed Books.
“A Modern Press for Modern Times:  Behind the Scenes at the Albatross Press.”  In Spiers, John.  The Culture of the Publisher’s Series, Volume II:  Authors, Publishers and the Shaping of Taste.  London:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, 202-218.
“Books, Swords, and Readers:  The Albatross Press and the Third Reich.” In Frost, Simon and Robert W. Jensen-Rix, Moveable Type-Mobile Nations:  Interactions in Transnational Book History, Series: Angles on the English Speaking World. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2010, 55-72.
“Reading D.H. Lawrence in Europe:  French and German response to 1945.” Études Lawrenciennes 32 (2006):  55-84.
“Two Very Different Portraits: English and German Reception of Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.” James Joyce Quarterly 35 (Fall 1997): 37-58.


2014-2015 Hillyer College Advising Award
2014-2015 J. Holden Camp Faculty Fellowship
2013-2014 Hillyer College Advising Award (Co-Winner)
2012 Vincent Coffin Grant, University of Hartford
2011 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Faculty Research Visit Grant
2009-2010 International Research Grant, Provost’s Office, University of Hartford
2008 International Center Grant, University of Hartford
2006-2007 Outstanding Pedagogy Award, University of Hartford
2006-2007 Bibliographic Society of America Research Fellowship

Why I like teaching students at Hillyer:  
I enjoy seeing them grow into themselves, leaving more capable and confident and inspired than when they arrived.

What makes the study of literature so interesting to me:
I love the combination of research and travel, where I get to dig into another language and culture at the same time that I’m chasing a piece of a historical story in the archive. It’s an interesting challenge to see who we are outside of our comfort zones. I’m also newly diving into book arts, learning how to bind books, and I love experiencing the creative process from a different side, as I experiment with collage and paint and print-making to fill them.