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Kenneth Hawley, Ph.D.

Professor of English; Director, The Brian S. Donaghey Center for Boethian Studies

Education
  • Ph.D., English, University of Kentucky
  • M.A., English, Texas Tech University
  • B.A., Literature and History, University of Houston at Clear Lake
Office Hours
  • MWF 10:30-11:30 a.m., TTH 8:00-10:00 a.m. and 1:00-2:00 p.m., and by appointment.

Biography

Dr. Hawley has spent much of his academic time with medieval and renaissance literature, especially the epic poem Beowulf, vernacular translations of the Bible, Chaucer's tales and poetry, Milton's major works, and various other religious poets. His dissertation on The Boethian Vision of Eternity in Old, Middle, and Early Modern English Translations of De Consolatione Philosophiæ includes analysis of works by King Alfred the Great, Chaucer, and Queen Elizabeth I (see link below). In addition to his courses in Composition, Literature, and Technical Writing, he also enjoys studying and teaching film, particularly westerns, adaptations of novels, historical epics, and biopics—his M.A. thesis was over Scottish nationalism and Braveheart (see link below).

While at the University of Kentucky, Kenneth earned a graduate certificate in Electronic Texts, with an emphasis on Computing for Humanities, a discipline interested in addressing teaching, learning, and research in the Humanities with the tools, methods, and technologies of Computer Science. He was associated at that time with organizations and projects such as the Collaboratory for Research in Computing for Humanities, The Digital Atheneum, ARCHway, The Electronic Boethius Project, and The Student Edition of Electronic Beowulf.

His most recent scholarly work has been in collaboration with the International Boethius Society, having developed the organization's online newsletter in 2012: boethius.blogspot.com. In the spring of 2015, Dr. Hawley was named co-editor of Carmina Philosophiae: the Journal of the International Boethius Society, joining Dr. Harold Kaylor (Troy University), the founding editor of the journal. He and Professor Kaylor traveled to Sheffield, UK, in the spring of 2016 to gather and ship back to LCU a collection of rare books and scholarly volumes related to the life, work, and influence of Boethius—a remarkable library generously donated by the estate of Professor Brian S. Donaghey, a Trustee of the International Boethius Society. The books from that collection, as well as hundreds of books recently given by Professor Kaylor, are now housed in The Brian S. Donaghey Center for Boethian Studies, located in the LCU Library.

Dr. Hawley teaches Composition (ENG 1301), Composition and Literature (ENG 1302), Masterpieces of Literature (ENG 2301), Writing About Literature (HON 1302), Making Connections: Literature and Life (HON 2307), Classical and Contemporary Rhetoric (ENG 3307), The Rhetoric of Design (ENG 3318), Technical Writing (ENG 3308), Christianity and Literature (ENG 4306), Comparative Literature (4314), Major British Writers to 1800 (ENG 4315), Literature and Film (ENG 4326), and Senior Seminar (HUM 4380). Kenneth and his wife Deborah have three children: William (Will), born in June of 2004; Bennett (Ben), born in March of 2006; and Coleman (Cole), born in April of 2009.

Latest News

Service

·    Director, The Rhodes Family Institute for Undergraduate Research, Fall 2017-Spring 2020.

·    Director, The Brian Donaghey Center for Boethian Studies. A Working Research Collection and Digital Archive. In Partnership with the International Boethius Society, Sponsored by Lubbock Christian University, and Hosted by the LCU Honors Program. Spring 2016-Present. 

·    Editor, Carmina Philosophiæ: Journal of the International Boethius Society. Appointed, Apr. 2015. Volumes 24-27, Volume 28 (Forthcoming, 2020).

·    Assistant Editor, Remaking Boethius: The English Language Translation Tradition of The Consolation of Philosophy. Brian Donaghey, Noel Harold Kaylor, Jr., Philip Edward Philips, and Paul Szarmach, eds. Brepols and Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2019.

 

Publications

·    Sir Harry Coningsbye’s Translation of De Consolatione Philosophiæ: An Introduction and Critical Edition.Carmina Philosophiæ: Journal of the International Boethius Society. 24 (2017).

·    Henry Somerset’s Translation of De Consolatione Philosophiæ: A Critical Edition. Vernacular Traditions of Boethius’s De Consolatione Philosophiae. Western Michigan University, Medieval Institute Publications. 2016.

 

Presentations

·    Guest Lecturer, “Fame, Fortune, and Philosophy: The Enduring Legacy of Boethius.” Spring Lecture Series, The Institute for the Study of Western Civilization, Texas Tech University. February 25, 2019.

·    Presenter, “Divine Wisdom and Profane Reason in Early Modern Translations of The Consolation of Philosophy.” Christian Scholars’ Conference: Pursuing Wisdom: Goodness, Truth, and Beauty. Lubbock, TX: June 5-7, 2019.

·    Presenter, “Boethius and the English Translation Tradition: An Exhibition of Rare Books.” Christian Scholars’ Conference. Lubbock, TX: June 5-7, 2019.

·    Respondent, Teaching Boethius and Chaucer. “Metacognition and Boethian Consolation in Chaucer.” 54thInternational Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, MI: May 8-12, 2019.

·    Presenter, “The Comfort that the Love of Wysdom giveth”: Theological Anxieties in Early Modern Translations of de Consolatione Philosophiae.” MLA Annual Convention. Chicago, IL: Jan. 3-6, 2019.

·    Presenter, Roundtable. “Teaching The Consolation of Philosophy for Honors Freshmen.” 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, MI: May 9-13, 2018.

·    Presenter, “Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and the Consolation of a Happy Ending,” C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Inklings. Christian Scholars’ Conference: Memory, Tradition, and the Future of Faith. Nashville, TN: June 7-9, 2017.

Presenter, “The One and the Other: Parables of Difference in the Old Saxon Heliand.” 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, MI: May 10-14, 2017.