Posted on October 4, 2022
Dr. Keith Cushman is an emeritus faculty member who focuses on 20th Century British Literature.Dr. Cushman is an avid supporter of Greensboro Opera. He was awarded the 1990-91 Research Excellence Award.
Students who took my D. H. Lawrence/Virginia Woolf seminar did so because of Woolf, but they learned that Lawrence was also a great novelist. Alternately: the round of applause I received at the end of my final Introduction to Drama class when I told the students I would be retiring.
Socializing with friends. Looking forward to traveling again.
Our intelligent tabby Rita.
I have read all 20 of Zola’s Rougon-Macquart series. (I have read Germinal, L’assommoir, and Pot-Bouile twice each.) Many people are surprised that I am a sports fan.
My wife Deb Bell (technically not a thing), opera (I miss Russ McDonald), big league baseball (Go Braves!).
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
Sleeping on a mat on the deck of a boat (four days, three nights) traveling from Bangkok, Thailand, to Penang, Malaysia (while reading a Penguin paperback of The Golden Ass by Apuleius and trying to learn a little Thai). Alternately, sleeping on luggage racks as I traveled third class on Indian trains in 1964-65.
Easygoing, warm, clever.
Actually, the best piece of advice I didn’t receive. When I told the director of graduate studies at Princeton that my “major author” for a special exam would be George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, or D. H. Lawrence, he said (in 1967), “I’m not sure that we consider Lawrence a major author at Princeton.” That decided me to work on D. H. Lawrence.
I have plenty. But my pet peeve is all the grating incorrect grammar spoken by professional television people. And can anyone pronounce “get” or “just,” much less “mischievous,” correctly?
It is not a matter of “preference.” I have always loved attending the theater and reading plays. I am an avid reader of novels, and most of my research is about novels and short fiction.
Lady Chatterley’s Lover – although it is obviously not Lawrence’s greatest novel.
I have no favorite. I am happy to have been present at performances by Placido Domingo, Joan Sutherland, Renata Tebaldi, Yo-Yo Ma, and Itzach Perlman.
I have no favorite.
That life would include many bumps and bruises.
Paris (although I am happy to live in Greensboro, North Carolina).
An impossible question. But everyone reading this list should read The Library Book by Susan Orlean and Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell.
Second Empire France, as represented in Zola’s novels. But only if I could return to 2022.
I have no favorite. When I returned from college, my mother always made me stuffed cabbage.
I try not to snack.
I sang for years in the bass section of the Choral Society of Greensboro, and I also sang in classes and in the hallways of McIver and Moore Humanities. But I wish that I had an excellent singing voice.
The Godfather I and II. Alternately, The Best Years of Our Lives, partly because the world of the movie reminds me of my boyhood.
Tom Stoppard (no contest).
“You know” as a filler. Alternately, “journey.”
Yes (no contest).
Modern English and American drama (in the last third of my time at UNCG).
Green. (I surprise myself.)
Back in the Sullivan/Uprichard glory days: Collegial, hard-working, productive.
That life includes many bumps and bruises.
Be the general manager of a major league baseball team. I couldn’t even fantasize about becoming a major league baseball player.
Being one of three people who organized the first international D. H. Lawrence conference in 1985 and asking Wayne Booth, my colleague at Chicago, to be the keynote speaker. Alternately, being admitted to Yale Law School.
In my time: the collegiality and the professional seriousness as teachers and scholars.
Mostly dispersing some of my rare book collections. So far my unique collection of translations of D. H. Lawrence and my unique collection of signed and inscribed books by my first cousin Calvin Trillin (along with assorted ephemera) have gone to the Lilly Library at Indiana University.
Cats (no contest). Margot and Connie of blessed memory, Rita.
I look forward to traveling: to Boston to see my daughters and their families – to New York City – to Paris for the annual D. H. Lawrence conference – to Vienna and points elsewhere with Deb.
Read, enjoy, learn!