Linda Lohn

Professor of English

National Endowment for the Humanities Preceptor in Writing

Macmillian 301

Linda Lohn

"Wells provides an opportunity for faculty to participate in a student's education, not merely in their 'training.' The College persuades students to discover, adopt, and foster the habits of intellectual curiosity, to give and accept guidance and criticism with kindness and aplomb, to engage in meaningful communication with others, and to participate actively in a community of learners. Students challenge themselves to think independently, write cogently, and share their thoughts in an open intellectual forum. At Wells, Socrates' adjuration is taken to heart: 'The unexamined life is not worth living.' "

Research and teaching in both American Literature and American Studies encourages Professor Lohn to create innovative curricula that encourages creative intellectual responses from students. Her research concentration in the often-murky relationship between "high" and "low" culture and her emphasis on literary production as a cultural phenomenon allow her to provide interdisciplinary experience for her students. An advocate of a "hands-on" approach, Professor Lohn has led experiential learning adventures in New York City to study 19 th century immigration and tenement housing.


1972 A.B. Stanford University
1974 M.S. University of Southern California
1984 M.A. University of California, Los Angeles
1990 Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles

Select Publications

Lohn, L.M. "Lesbian Detective Agency: Toward and Epistemology
of Empathy in the Novels of Katherine Forrest." Presented at the Mid
Atlantic Popular Culture Association Conference, November, 2004.

Lohn, L.M. "Hard Boiled or Over Easy, Viewing the Body."
Presented at the New York College English Association Conference, April 2003.

Lohn, L.M. "Just Straight Boys in Drag? Querying Queerness in the Lesbian Detective Novel." Presented at the Wells College Faculty Club, March, 2001.

Lohn, L.M. "Camera Eyes and Sebaceous Glands: Two Narratives in George Stevens's A Place in the Sun." Presented at the invitation of the English Department of the University of California, Los Angeles.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to American Studies
  • American Literature Survey
  • American Minority Literatures
  • The American Novel
  • The Modern Novel
  • Film Studies
  • Popular Literature
  • The Mystery Novel
  • American Justice in Literature and Film
  • Special Topics in Literature
  • Gender Issues in the British and American Novel
  • The Decade