JWHC Senior Scholar for Undergraduate Research
Professor of English
Charles E. Bressler (B.A., Wilkes University; M.S., University of Scranton; Ph.D., University of Georgia) joined the IWU community in 2008 as professor of English. In addition to his teaching several English courses each academic semester, Charles is the senior scholar for undergraduate research in the John Wesley Honors College. He is actively involved in the JWHC, teaching research tutorials, Honors World Literature, and Rhetoric and the Sacramental Imagination, as well as supervising and coordinating undergraduate honors theses.
In addition to his work in the Honors College, Charles maintains an active scholarly life. The fifth edition of his text, Literary Criticism: An Introduction to Theory and Practice (Prentice Hall), was published in the fall of 2010. He has also delivered many scholarly presentations at such venues as the British Tolkien Society, the National Hawthorne Society, the C. S. Lewis Oxbridge Conference, the South Atlantic Modern Language Association and the American Popular Culture Association, to name a few. His primary areas of research include literary theory and criticism, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, G. K. Chesterton, Charles Williams, Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne. While writing articles for such journals as Touchstone, he is also working on a scholarly edition of a Hawthorne romance, a new English grammar text for freshman composition courses and a text showing the influence of George MacDonald and G. K. Chesterton in the lives and literary works of the Oxford Christians, known as The Inklings.
Charles has been married for more than 30 years to Darlene. Presently, Darlene is serving as the vice president and academic dean for the College of Arts and Sciences at IWU. He and Darlene have one daughter, Heidi, who married to a Lutheran minister and is a first-grade teacher, as well as a granddaughter, Stella.