Eric Freeze is a tenured member of the English Department and has enjoyed becoming an integral part of Wabash campus. Besides teaching courses in creative writing and American literature, Dr. Freeze is involved with a number of campus organizations, including Sigma Tau Delta (the English honors society), the Malcolm X Institute for Black Studies, and various committees. He also organizes regular Ultimate Frisbee pickup games and enjoys participating in Intramural sports.
Before coming to Wabash, Eric Freeze taught for three years at Eureka College in Illinois. He completed his PhD at Ohio University in 2004. Classes with Freeze tend to be intense seminar-style discussions with a focus on literary theory and, of course, good literature. His interests are primarily in contemporary American and Canadian fiction, although he is also interested in film, gender criticism, comic books (specifically superhero tropes), and graphic novels. His creative writing classes have become campus favorites and he often challenges students with a variety of innovative (and sometimes unnerving) creative writing exercises. More detailed information about Dr. Freeze’s teaching is available at http://www.ericfreeze.com/teaching/home.htm.
Freeze’s other focus is research and writing. His stories, essays and translations have been published in a variety of literary journals including Boston Review, The Southern Review, New Ohio Review, and Tampa Review. His first book, a collection of short stories titled Dominant Traits, will be published in fall 2011 by Oberon Press. Future projects include a second collection of short stories, a book of essays about France and odd sports, and a superhero-themed literary anthology. He also recently received a Canada Council grant to work on a novel.
A Canadian, Freeze lives in Crawfordsville with his wife Rixa, also an academic, and their three children.
PhD in Fiction Writing: Ohio University, 2004
MA in African American Literature: Brigham Young University, 2000
BA in English: Brigham Young University, 1998
ENG 220 - American Literature 1900-present. This is a survey course of literary authors and movements in the 20th and 21st centuries (offered every year)
ENG 110 - Intro to Creative Writing . This is a multi-genre course in creative writing where students produce their own fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry (offered every year)
ENG 313 - Advanced Fiction Workshop. This is a workshopping course where students produce their own fiction and critique it in a roundtable discussion (offered every other year)
Other courses of interest:
ENG 210 - Special Topics in Creative Writing: Travel Writing. This was a workshopping course where students produced their own original travel narratives. An immersion course, English 210 included a trip to the US Virgin Islands.
ENG 497 - Senior Seminar in English: Contemporary Canadian Literature. This course examined the trends and movements among prominent contemporary Canadian authors such as Alice Munro, Carol Shields, Michael Ondaatje, and Yann Martel.
ENG 300 - Modernity in France and Spain. This was an immersion course covering expatriate American writers in the 20s and 30s. It included a week-long trip at the end of the semester to Paris and Madrid.
Freshman Tutorial: Men in Tights: Superheroes and Gender. This tutorial investigated the superhero trope in film, comic books, literature, video games, and graphic novels.
“Unmasking ‘The Iceman’: Web Surfing Simulacra.” May 2011. Canadian Literature Symposium. University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada.
“Comics, Cutting to Continuity, and Chiaroscuro: Teaching Metonymy in Fiction.” April 2010. Associated Writing Programs Pedagogy Forum. Denver, CO.
“The Fiction of Place: Expatriate Renderings of Canada South of the 49th Parallel.” March 2009. Canadian Literature Conference. University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.
Dominant Traits. Oberon Press, Ottawa, ON.
“Pictogram.” North Dakota Quarterly. 76.4
“Francis the Giant.” The Tampa Review. 41
“The Virgins.” Western Humanities Review.
“The Dummy.” Joyland (Feb 2011): http://www.joylandmagazine.com/stories/toronto/dummy
“Seven Little Stories about Sex.” The Chamber Four Fiction Anthology 2009/2010. Chamber Four. Boston, 2010.
“Seven Little Stories about Sex.” The Boston Review. 35.2 (March/April 2010): 37-40. : http://www.bostonreview.net/BR35.2/freeze.php
“Carnecopia.” Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment. 14.1 (Spring 2011, forthcoming).
“Bolt.” The Normal School. 6 (Spring 2011): 66-68.
“The Fiction of Place: Expatriate Renderings of Canada South of the 49th Parallel.” CLC Studies. 1.1 (Spring 2010): 124-128.
Recipient of 2011 Canada Council for the Arts grant for Writing
“Duplex.” Finalist for the 2010 Nathan Myerson Fiction Prize.
“Bolt.” Winner of the 2010 Patricia Painton Scholarship to the Paris Writers Workshop
“Bolt.” Finalist for the 2010 Iowa Review Award in Creative Nonfiction
“Seven Little Stories about Sex.” Finalist for the 2009 Iowa Review Award in Fiction