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Mimi Fenton

Mimi Fenton, Ph.D

Visiting Professor

343 Hoyt Hall

Specialization: Milton, Early Modern Literature (teaching also FY seminar and Honors Colloquium)


Dr. Mimi Fenton, earned her BA and MA in English at UW, and her PhD at the University of Kentucky where she specialized in the literature of John Milton. She taught Milton and Renaissance literature as a Professor of English at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC.  She has published many articles and book chapters, one monograph (Milton’s Places of Hope: Spiritual and Political Connections of Hope with Land), and co-edited three books: Their Maker’s Image: New Essays in John Milton (2010); To Repair the Ruins: Reading Milton (2012); With Wandering Steps: Generative Ambiguity in Milton’s Poetics (2015). She served as the President of the Milton Society of America in 2011.  She has received numerous teaching and scholarship awards, including the SAMLA Departments of English Excellence in Teaching award, The University of North Carolina Board of Governor’s Teaching Excellence Award, the WCU Chancellor’s Outstanding Teaching Award, The WCU College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Award (twice), and the University Scholar Award. She served as WCU Dean of the Graduate School and Research (2012-15). In 2017, she was honored as a University of Wyoming Distinguished Alumna. In 2018, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Budapest, Hungary where she taught and researched Milton.

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