• F. Garvin Davenport


    Gacwp garvin davenportrvin Davenport retired from Hamline in 2006 after a forty year career that included service as a faculty member, Dean of the College, and University Vice President for Academic Affairs. Before going into administration, he taught a wide range of courses in American literature including seminars on William Faulkner, Robert Penn Warren, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Emily Dickinson and Herman Melville. 

    He is a recipient of the Burton and Ruth Grimes Teacher of the Year award and in 2004 was made an honorary member of the Hamline chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for his work on behalf of the liberal arts. His publications include The Myth of Southern History: Historical Consciousness in 20th Century Southern Writing, “Renewal and Historical Consciousness in The Wide Net” in Eudora Welty—Critical Essays, and “Machines and Sexual Ambience in James Agee’s A Death in the Family” in Beyond Two Cultures—Essays on Science, Technology, and Literature

    Garvin founded the Hamline undergraduate writing program and created a special course for science majors, “Writing for the Sciences and Social Sciences,” which focused on communicating technical information to non-technical audiences. He has also published short fiction and poetry in The Hamline Review, an annual CLA faculty journal. Davenport graduated as an English-journalism major from Grinnell College and received his doctorate in American Studies from the University of Minnesota.

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    The Myth of Southern History: Historical Consciousness in Twentieth-Century Southern Literature