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Hannah Cowles Freeman: English Professor

By Jada Bratton

Hannah Cowles Freeman is a May 2003 Western Carolina University graduate, earning a master’s degree in English. She recently completed a Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky and will be starting as an assistant professor of English at Pikeville College, a liberal arts school in Eastern Kentucky.

Glady will she learn...

Freeman studies 19th century British Literature, particularly women authors such as George Eliot, Emily Bronte, and Olive Schreiner, who writes about place and landscape. She also finds interest in 20th century postcolonial writers who explore their conflicted relationship to home.

“I loved my time at Western. My relationships with my professors there really inspired me to pursue this profession.”

...And gladly teach

Freeman teaches courses in British literature that begin with the Restoration and move forward to contemporary British and anglophone literatures. Her specialty area is the long 19th century, beginning with Romanticism and concluding with Modernism. Freeman also teaches courses in women’s literature and gender studies.

Freeman plans to contribute to others students’ appreciation of English. “As a teacher, I help students to make their own discoveries through the exchange of ideas and to develop critical thinking through the transmission of those ideas into thoughtful writing. All of my courses and extracurricular activities encourage curiosity, inquiry and reflection because these are essential ingredients to sympathy and understanding. What starts with mutual awareness and enlightenment in the classroom will stay with us and guide us in our daily lives.

Freeman adds, "I hope my classes and the texts I assign can cultivate interest in individuals who might then seek knowledge on their own as they move to lead more introspective and meaningful lives.”

With honors

Freeman has received various awards in her career, including the University of Kentucky’s Provost’s Award for Outstanding Teaching (2007-2008) and the Theodore L. Hughuelet Outstanding Graduate Assistant Teaching and Scholarship Award from Western Carolina University in 2002.

These profiles were created by the Karen Greenstone's English 303 class (spring 2009)
and edited for the web by Mary Adams's English 303 class (summer 2009).

Students in Mary Adams's English 303 class (fall 2009) wrote additional profiles.