Kari Kalve
Professor of English

Kari Kalve, a medievalist by training, teaches a wide range of courses on such topics as English literature, film and literary theory. She has led off-campus programs in England and India and led a student research project exploring connections between literature and architecture.

“I appreciate the college’s commitment to students’ growth as scholars, citizens, future employees and employers, and as happy people,” says Kari. “Earlham students are compassionate and committed to learning and to helping others, and so are the faculty.”

Contact Info

Campus Mail
Drawer 112

Phone
765-983-1508

E-mail
kalveka@earlham.edu

Office
303 Carpenter Hall

Office Hours
They change every semester. At present: Mon, Weds, Fri 11-12, Tues 2-5, Weds 2:30-4:00

Programs/Departments

  • English
  • Comparative Languages and Linguistics
  • Film Studies
  • Medieval Studies
  • Women's, Gender, Sexuality Studies

Degrees

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • M.A., University of California, Berkeley
  • B.A., University of Washington

Selected Courses:

Medieval Literature
Romances, Epics, and Quests
Feminist Film and Literary Theory
Literature and Film
Contemporary Literary Theory
Women in Literature
Understanding Poetry
Cities in Literature.

Transnational approaches to English literature from the British Middle Ages to the contemporary postcolonial world; literary and cultural theory; and liberal arts in higher education.

“The Spaces of Truth and Community in Piers Plowman B.” in Place, Space, and Landscape in Medieval Narrative, Ed. Laura Howe, University of Tennessee Press, 2007

American Council on Education Fellow

Earlham maintains its commitment to a Liberal Arts education, one that combines depth in a field with broad learning across the disciplines from sciences to performing arts.  I believe that a Liberal Arts education best prepares students to engage in a continually changing, transnational world and fosters practical skills and theoretical sophistication.

Also, I appreciate the college’s commitment to students’ growth as scholars, citizens, future employees and employers, and as happy people. Earlham students are compassionate and committed to learning and to helping others, and so are the faculty.

I led students in a research project looking at the relationships of architecture and literature. For our closing project, we transformed a space on campus and invited community members to reflect on how the changes altered their experiences and perceptions of that space.

I love to snorkel; it feels like such a privilege to be able to move in and observe a part of the world that is so different from the one I usually live in. But I also spend time at home in Richmond where I cook, garden, and canoe, and I enjoy practicing yoga with my husband, yoga instructor Stephen Johnson. I am an Earlham sports fan and attend a variety of athletic events.

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