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Dr. Linda De Roche
Professor of English and American Studies

Why I Teach:

"I teach to learn. In collaboration with students, we enter new worlds, interrogate new ideas, confront ambiguities and inconsistencies, make new knowledge, and come to new understandings of our world and ourselves. My role as an educator is both to facilitate and to participate in this learning process. After more than twenty years of teaching at Wesley College, that role excites me still."

Contact Information

College Center 406
(302) 736-2454


Ph.D., English, University of Notre Dame
M.A., English, University of Notre Dame
B.A., English, Ball State University

Professional Activities

I am a member of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society and lecture on unconventional women for the Delaware Humanities Forum’s Speaker’s Bureau. I have published six books of literary analysis on authors F. Scott Fitzgerald, Willa Cather, Mary Higgins Clark, and Erich Segal. 

I had an essay, "Prohibition in the Age of Jazz," published in F. Scott Fitzgerald in Context (Cambridge University Press). During the Spring 2013 semester, I taught at  Harlaxton College in Grantham, England, a Wesley partner institution, where I instructed students from six different universities in Shakespeare, the English novel, and international cinema.

Courses Taught

EN100 College Writing
EN101 Literature for Composition
EN208 Survey of American Literature 1865 to the Present
EN330 Studies in Short Story
EN331 Studies in Film
EN335 American Realism
EN336 Studies in Drama
EN357 American Modernism
EN415 Lost Generation
EN415A Women Writers
EN440 Contemporary American Literature
AM200 American Culture and Countercultures
AM300 Special Topics (includes the 1920s and American in the Movies)
AM400 The Immigrant Experience
HU400 The Mystery of Culture
HN101 The Nature of Knowledge