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Faculty: Roy Anker

Roy AnkerRoy Anker, Professor, English

Office: CFAC 289 (directions)

Educational Background

Professor Anker did his undergraduate work at Hope College, receiving a bachelor of arts in English. He received a masters of arts from the University of Illinois with a concentration in Victorian literature in 1968. He completed his PhD at Michigan State University in American literature in 1973 with a dissertation titled "Doubt and Faith in late Nineteenth Century Fiction."

Academic Interests/Areas of Specialization

  • The teaching of writing
  • mid-nineteenth-century American literature
  • Moby Dick
  • film and cinematic studies

Recent Activities

Professor Anker attended the 2008 Cannes Film Festival in southern France and wrote about his impressions of the films he saw there for Books and Culture magazine.


  • Collecting vinyl records, mostly used but some new
  • road-biking, thanks to a splendid Serata Concours CS

Favorite Books

  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Great Gatsby by Scott F. Fitzgerald
  • The Centaur by John Updike
  • The Blood of the Lamb by Peter De Vries
  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

Favorite Films

  • Kieslowski, Three Colors: Blue
  • Tyckwer, Heaven
  • Bergman, Winter Light
  • Axel, Babette’s Feast
  • Donner, Superman
  • Coppola, The Godfather
  • Beresford, Tender Mercies
  • Mann, The Last of the Mohicans

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