Dr. John H. E. Paine, Professor of Literature, has been fascinated by European languages and literatures since early childhood. He received a B.A. in Literature from Eckerd College (including a year of French study at the Université de Neuch âtel, Switzerland). His graduate work in Comparative Literature at Emory University (M.A., Ph.D.) included concentrations in French and German as well as American Literature and literary theory and criticism, and a year of study at the Universit ät Zürich. He has done research on European and American short fiction and literary theory and criticism. He has taught German and Humanities at Emory University, French at Georgia Tech, English and American Studies at the Universit ät Regensburg, and American Literature and Culture as a Fulbright Fellow in Angers, France. He has also studied contemporary trends in literary criticism and Philosophy, the literature of the South, and Homer and the oral epic during summer faculty development seminars.
At Belmont, Dr. Paine currently teaches French civilization, conversation, and translation, as well as undergraduate and graduate courses in World Literature, Modern Fiction, The Short Story, and Literary Criticism. He is Co-Editor of Journal of the Stort Story in English. He has directed or co-directed study trips to Paris, Angers, Florence, and Dresden, and has helped to develop student programs with institutions in France, Germany, Russia, Italy, Spain, and China, among others.