Posted on August 17, 2022
Dr. Jim Evans is an emeritus faculty member of the English Department who specializes in 18th-Century British Literature. He has had various positions across the University, which includes serving as Head of the English Department for a period of time, and during his career has amassed over 40 years worked at UNCG. In 2014, he was awarded the Gladys Strawn Bullard Award for Service.
Morning, assuming I had a good night’s sleep.
Being department head from 1990 to 1999, a time of transition and growth.
The pandemic waning. I’m ready to travel and dine again.
My big dog Pardner, a 9-year-old Bouvier.
I love the blues, the truest American music.
Family, friends, and red wine, best when enjoyed together. (Jen Feather probably expected me to include the Atlanta Braves and whiskey, both high on my list.)
Better Call Saul. Now just ended.
Visiting Machu Picchu, the Incan ruins in Peru.
Introverted, humorous, serious.
Music, best when melodic, from Baroque to Blues.
Encouragement to publish by my graduate school mentor at Penn.
Self-important people. Worse than robocalls about Medicare plans.
Tom Jones by Henry Fielding.
Novels, without question. Defoe, Sterne, Burney, as well as Fielding.
Jack by Marilynn Robinson, the fourth of her Gilead novels.
Christmas, the only time when my children and grandchildren are all together with my wife and me.
Attorney General Merrick Garland.
The Divine Comedy.
It’s best not to know some things when you’re too young.
A villa in Tuscany.
An impossible choice. The best one I read recently, decades after its publication, is Song of Solomon.
Nineteenth-century Paris, as represented by Zola, James, and others.
Almost any food prepared by my older son, a chef in Charlotte.
The ability to play a guitar.
Austen. Snobs and boors would be easier to deal with than giants who might eat me.
Caritas. Look it up in your Latin dictionary.
Any word used as an excuse for bad behavior
Comic Heroines from Shakespeare to Austen, a topics course for undergraduates first offered in 2010.
Carolina blue—go Tar Heels!
Back in my day: collegiality, learning, teaching.
Social media. A futile gesture, I know.
Play first base for a major league baseball team.
Being part of the Fielding tercentenary conference at the University of London in 2007 (and subsequent publication in the conference volume).
In my day: the people I worked with, both colleagues and students
Nonfiction about growing up in the racist deep South.
Dogs, see 4.
In the short term, taking my first trip to Spain this Fall.
Take pleasure in the literature you read.