Dr. Jill Craven

Professor of English

Dr. Jill Craven

Contact Information


Office: Hash 222
Phone: 717-871-7386

Spring 2024

M: 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM
T: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
W: 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM
Comments: Please make appointments through Starfish. Hash 222 is in the corner of the building by the elevator.



  • Ph.D. Comparative Literature, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • B.S. Mathematical Science/Computer Science, UNC-Chapel Hill


  • Film Studies
  • Critical Theory
  • Narrative Studies

Courses Taught:

  • ENGL 232: World Literature II
  • ENGL 237: Literary Research and Analysis
  • ENGL 240: Introduction to Film/Art of Film
  • ENGL 347: Studies of Ethnicity in Cinema
  • ENGL 431: Comparative Literature
  • ENGL 451/651: Literary Theory and Criticism
  • ENGL 481/681: History of Film
  • ENGL 482/682: Film and American Society
  • ENGL 483: Politics, Film, and Electronic Media
  • ENGL 484: Science Fiction, Technology and Film
  • WRIT 311: Advanced Composition
  • WGSS: Introduction to Women's Studies


  • Author: Faulkner
  • Theorists: Foucault, Bakhtin, Arendt
  • Directors: Polanski, Welles

University/Program Connections

Community & Club Connections:

Recent Awards

Lori Souder Award for LGBTQ+ Advocacy (2023)
Presidents Commissition on Status of Women (2023)
President's Committee on Culture Diversity and Inclusion Grant (2023)
Positive Energy Grant for Dyslexia Conference (2023)
EPPIIC Microgrant for Eric McGriff Visit (2023) 
Arts, Humanities and Social Science Travel Grant (2022) to take students to Film Festival
EPPIIC Microgrant (2022) to take student to United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

Passions and Distractions

equity, justice, dogs, cats, films

Sample Publications:

  • "The Marx Brothers" and "Sidney Lumet." Encyclopedia of Jewish American Popular Culture. Ed. Jack Fischel with Susan Ortmann. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. December, 2008.
  • "Reading the Revolution and Writing the Wrongs: Exploring Roya Hakakian's Passion for Possibility." Rapportage: Literary Essays, Interviews, and Profiles: 50-54. Pennsylvania: Lancaster Literary Guild. January, 2006.
  • "Unstitching Cultural Sutures: Medicine and Media." Quarterly Review of Film and Video 23(5): 440-443. Review Article. London, England: Taylor and Francis, 2006.
  • "Ironic Empathy in Cronenberg's Crash: The Psychodynamics of Postmodern Displacement from a Tenuous Reality." Quarterly Review of Film and Video 17(3): 187-209. Harwood Academic Publishers, 2000