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Emeriti Faculty

Anthony Abbott

I'm formally retired from full-time teaching, but I continue to teach courses on my major fields of interest: modern drama, creative writing (especially poetry), as well as religion and literature. I've written two books on modern drama, Shaw and Christianity and The Vital Lie: Reality and Illusion in Modern Drama. My books of poems include The Girl in the Yellow Raincoat, A Small Thing Like a Breath, The Search for Wonder in the Cradle of the World, and The Man Who.

I received the Novello Prize from the Novello Festival Press of Charlotte for my first novel, Leaving Maggie Hope, and in 2007 I published The Three Great Secret Things, a sequel to the first novel.
I regularly give poetry workshops at Queens University of Charlotte, and I've served as Writer-in-Residence at Lenoir Rhyne College.  I also received the Irene Blair Honeycutt Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature from Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte.

J. Gill Holland

I've retired from Davidson, but still publish.

I studied Mandarin and classical Chinese at Stanford University (three summers) and in Taiwan and Beijing, where I taught on three sabbatical leaves. In addition to articles on English and American literature of the 19th  and 20th centuries, I published a book of translations of classical Chinese poetry and two books of my own poems and also articles and reviews in Norwegian literature and art.
Recent publications include: Norwegian Dictionary and Phrasebook; The Private Journals of Edvard Munch; a ghost story in 13 Terrifying Tales from the North Carolina Piedmont.

Gail McMurray Gibson

I came to Davidson College in 1983 and retired from teaching in August, 2014. In the academic year 2014-2015, I will be an NEH-Folger Fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., where I will be completing my current book project, Medieval Drama in After-Life, a study of the porous borders of medieval and early modern, the cultures of reformations and recusancy, and the meaning of possession for antiquarian and recusant collectors of medieval drama manuscripts.

I am also the author of The Theater of Devotion: East Anglian Drama and Society in the Late Middle Ages (Chicago, 1989) and of other studies of medieval and Tudor drama, visual arts, and spirituality.

Currently, I am the William R. Kenan, Jr. Emerita Professor of English and Humanities and NEH-Folger Fellow for 2014-15 at The Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol Street, SE, Washington, D.C. 20003. My email is

Elizabeth Mills

I came to Davidson in 1985 with a background in American Literature and the English Language. My scholarly interests remain in American literature, particularly poetry, literature of the American South, and all literature by women.

My current research engages the watercolors of poet A.R. Ammons.