Dr. Robert Hanna is a professor of English and has been teaching English courses, along with education courses for future English teachers, for nearly thirty years. He holds degrees from Lake Forest College (B.A.), Northwestern University (M.M.), The College of William and Mary (Ed.S.), and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Ph.D.).
His areas of specialty are the English language, Shakespearean drama, British Romantic and Victorian literature, and modern American and British poetry. At Bethany Lutheran College, his regular course rotation consists of “The English Language,” “Survey of Classical Greek Literature,” “Survey of Roman Literature,” “Survey of Medieval and Renaissance Literature,” “Introduction to Fiction,” “Introduction to Poetry and Drama,” “British Literature: Romantics and Victorians,” “Twentieth Century and Contemporary Poetry,” “Adolescent Literature,” and “Methods in Teaching Communication Arts and Literature.”
Other responsibilities include Faculty Chair and Humanities Division Chair.
Dr. Hanna’s scholarship continues to focus on the life and writings of Charles Dickens, with the publication of twelve articles, and also the publication of the books The Dickens Family Gospel, The Dickens Christian Reader, and Dickens’s Nonfictional, Theatrical, and Poetical Writings: An Annotated Bibliography: 1820—2000. He has edited “Before Boz: The Juvenilia and Early Writings of Charles Dickens, 1820—1833” for Dickens Studies Annual, which includes previously unpublished writings. He has an ongoing membership in The Dickens Fellowship.
Additional publications are the result of his interest in the English teaching profession. These include thirteen articles, from the teaching of English in particular to educational reform in general, and he is a member of the International English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta. His conference presentations have been published, as well, including historical and philosophical papers.
Most recently, Dr. Hanna has spoken on “Dickens and Christianity.” He is in the process of editing two manuscripts of Wilkie Collins’s unpublished play The Storm at the Lighthouse (1855), first performed by Collins, Dickens, and others in Dickens’s amateur theatrical company, and then performed in London by a professional cast.
Dr. Hanna shares Dickens’s enthusiasm for the theater, having appeared in over twenty-five plays and musicals, for which he has been honored with several community theater awards.