My name is Peter Sinclair.
I have been teaching English at Albertus Magnus since 1998. In fact, the first night I taught at the college (the first time I had ever taught a class in my life), my son, Henry, was born. I received the phone call five minutes before the class ended at 7:50 PM, and raced out of the classroom to the hospital. In what seemed like the blink of an eye I was a new teacher and a new father on the same day.
At Albertus, I have taught a pretty vast range of English classes, including Freshman Writing, Shakespeare, Nature Writing, Romanticism, Tragedy, 18th century satire, Modern Poetry . . .
In short, I love literature, writing and interpretation. I am definitely a geek over books, and proud of it! More than anything, I love getting other people interested in books and writing, discussion and interpretation.
And I love students. Whereas a lot of professors out there teach so that they can do research, I teach so that I can teach.
I have also taught Freshman Writing, Renaissance and Modernism, and Modern British Novel at the University of Connecticut where I will be receiving my PhD in a few months (which means I’ll be editing this post soon). At UConn, I wrote my dissertation on three 20th century British novelists who were Catholic converts, Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene and Muriel Spark.
Maybe someday you’ll see it in the library . . . or more than likely archived on the Internet.
My son, Henry, is ten years old now. (Oh my God.) He goes to middle school, and has an almost maniacal fascination with all things computer. In fact, he knows more about computers than I do. Honestly. If I have a problem with my computer, I ask him first before I seek out repairs. He also likes to draw cartoons — long, detailed, involved cartoons with very literary narratives. But I can’t get him to pick up a book to read on his own!
If occasionally I seem haggard, pixilated or giddy, just remember: I have a ten year old son.
I also love music. A secret confession: I enjoy listening to music more than reading sometimes.
I play the guitar, piano, keyboards, and have made some (fairly lame) recordings.
I look forward to getting to know all of you during your course. My door is (almost) always open.