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Faculty: Jane Zwart

Jane Zwart, Associate Professor, English

Jane Zwart616-526-8606
Office: CFAC 290 (directions)

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Educational Background

Professor Zwart received her B.A. from Calvin College in 2000, with majors in English and art history. She then went on to study at Boston University, where she received her M.A. and Ph.D. in English, writing her dissertation on contemporary American rewritings of the Scarlet Letter.

Academic Interests

  • Contemporary literatures written in English
  • Postcolonial literatures, especially Southeast Asian novels
  • Writing poetry

Recent Activities

Professor Zwart frequently reviews contemporary fiction for Books & Culture.  She has also interviewed both Jonathan Safran Foer and Christian Wiman on-stage--and subsequently edited the transcripts of those conversations for publication.  In addition, she anticipates completing a book-length manuscript of poems during her upcoming sabbatical (Spring 2016).


  • Running (slowly, doggedly, and joyously)
  • Photographing beauties (in an amateurish way)
  • Reading for pleasure
  • Listening to music (in living rooms or in concert)
  • Watching worthwhile narratives unfold on-screen (thanks to television series and to film)
  • Puddling around with loved ones—especially her husband-person (Andrew) and her sons (Wendell and Amby)

Favorite Books

  • Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie
  • Gilead, Marilynne Robinson
  • If on a winter’s night a traveler, Italo Calvino
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell
  • To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
  • The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, Vladimir Nabokov
  • A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry

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