Carol Blessing

As a literature professor, Dr. Blessing loves diving into a good book.

Dr. Carol Blessing, sees reading as a way to “immerse yourself in another world.” Over the years, she has immersed herself in diverse worlds varying from medieval and Renaissance England to modern-day Liberia.

For her doctorate, she focused on 16th and 17th-century English literature but also explored medieval literature, drama, and feminist theory.

Today, she’s also fascinated with the postcolonial poetry of Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, a survivor of the Liberian Civil War, who visited PLNU in 2008 and 2010 as a part of the annual Poetry Day, hosted by the Department of Literature, Journalism & Modern Languages.

Her favorite classes to teach, she said, are “all of them that involve literature!” Besides loving literature, she also loves her students. Blessing frequently invites students to her house to watch movies and to eat her husband’s renowned cheesecake, and she also organizes field trips to San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre and San Marino’s Huntington Library, which houses a great collection of first edition books and manuscripts, including Shakespeare’s first folio, the Ellesmere Chaucer, and a Gutenberg Bible.

Blessing has used her literature expertise to research women in early Wesleyanism in Manchester, United Kingdom, where she transcribed the journals, manuscripts, and sermons of the early Wesleyan leader, Mary Tooth.

At PLNU, she began the popular women writer’s course and was a founding member of the women’s studies minor.

Through teaching literature, Blessing invites students to gain global, balanced perspectives by immersing themselves in literature from different times and different places.