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Amy S. Gottfried

Amy S. Gottfried

Associate Professor of English and Director of the Masters in Humanities Program

Tel: 301-696-3744
Office: Rosenstock Hall, Room 203
Office hours: Vary by semester


  • Ph.D., Tufts University
  • M.A. Creative Writing, Syracuse University
  • B.A., Syracuse University

Courses taught

  • AF EN 265 African American Voices Before the 20th Century
  • AFEN 266 The Harlem Renaissance and Beyond: 20th & 21st Century African American Literature
  • ENGL 219 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENGL 272 The Short Story
  • ENGL 275 The American Novel
  • ENGL 280 Writing Ourselves into America: Ethnic Narratives
  • EN HN 368/568 American Landscapes: Environmental Literature in the United States
  • ENGL 420/520 Advanced Fiction Writing
  • ENGL 346/546 Erdrich, Silko, and Alexie
  • ENGL 470/570 Outside/Inside/Liminal: Exclusion and Belonging in (Mainly) 20th-Century American Fiction


  • “Chim Chimney.” Glimmer Train 79 (Summer 2011).
  • “A Clever Tongue in His Head.” Adirondack Review 9.4 (Winter 2008)
  • An Interview with Aileen Schumacher. In Florida Crime Writers: 24 Interviews. Ed. Steven Glassman. (2008, McFarland & Co.).
  • Historical Nightmares and Imaginative Violence in American Women's Writings (1998, Greenwood Press)
  • “Rituals and Ceremonies.” Oxford Companion to Women’s Writing in the United States. Eds. Cathy Davidson and Linda Wagner-Martin (Oxford UP, 1994): 763-764
  • “Gayl Jones” and all related entries. Oxford Companion to African American Literature. Eds. William L. Andrews, Frances Smith Foster, and Trudier Harris (Oxford UP, 1997)


When I first contemplated earning a doctorate in English, a professor at a well-known northeastern university noted my M.A. in creative writing and said—not wholly unkindly—“You do realize that a dissertation is not a work of fiction, don’t you?” Needless to say, I was not accepted there. Years later, however, I find myself accepted by a department that not only allows but encourages me to merge the two passions that first sent me on to graduate study: fiction writing and American literature. In addition to teaching the courses listed above, I advise Hood’s literary and arts magazine, Wisteria, and direct the Humanities M.A. program here. I’ve twice been awarded Hood's Mortarboard Excellence in Teaching Award, and feel very lucky in two ways: to have been given the chance to negotiate the bridge between scholarship and fiction, and to work with students who are approaching that bridge for the very first time.