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  • Grant Smith, PhD
    Grant Smith, PhD
    Professor of English / Humanities Coordinator
    Patterson Hall 229I
    Phone: 509.359.6023

    Shakespeare, Comparative Literature and Onomastics


    Reed College, BA in Literature
    University of Nevada, MA in English Language
    University of Delaware, PhD in Renaissance Literature

    Dr. Smith came to Eastern in 1968, served as chair of the English Department from 1978-1984, coordinator of humanities since 1979, and interim vice provost 1987-1988. He has initiated 13 different courses of his own as well as numerous programs, e.g., religious studies, MFA in creative writing, rhetoric and technical writing. While vice provost he initiated the Spokane Consortium for Minority Outreach and has been the recipient of major grants. In the early '80s he was the local TV host and scriptwriter for Here's Shakespeare, introducing the BBC productions. He has served on numerous boards, e.g., Spokane Symphony, has an international reputation in onomastics and is frequently interviewed by national media.

    SPECIAL RECOGNITION:  "Distinguished Visiting Professor," Belarusian State University, September 3-17,2015. Keynote speaker at four international conferences (see below).  

    Recent Publications

    Smith, G. (2018). "Symbolic meanings in the names of Midsummer Night's Dream." Regional'naja onomastika: problemy i perspektivy issledovanija: selected scientific articles / Ed. A.M. Mezenko. - Vitebsk: VGU im. Masherova,  260-266.

    Smith, G. (2017) "An elaboration on the symbolicmeanings of names," Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Names and Naming, Ed by Oliviu Felecan. Cluj-Napoca, Romania: Colectia Universitas, 35-45, ISSN: 2501-0727.

    Smith, G. (2017).  "The semiotic meanings of names," Onomastica: A journal devoted to the theory and interpretation of proper names, Yearbook LXI/I. Kraków: Polska Akademia Nauk Komitet Jezykoznawstwa Instytut Jezyka Polskiego, 111-118.

    Smith, G. (2016). "Theoretical foundations of literary onomastics," In:Handbook of Names and Namimg. Ed. Carole Hough, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 295-309.   

    Smith, G. (2009) "A Semiotic Theory of Names." Onoma 41, 15-26.
    Smith, G. (2009) "Ethnic, Class, and Occupational Identities in Shakespeare's Names." Proceedings, 23rd International Congress of Onomastic Sciences, Names in Contact: Names in a Multi-Lingual, Multi-Cultural, Multi-Ethnic World. York University, Toronto.
    Smith, G. "Sea Names and the Preservation of Ecosystems." Proceedings, The Fifthteenth International Seminar on Sea Names. The 32nd International Geographical Congress Special Session. Sung Ji Mun Hwa Sa [Publishing Co.] (2009): 73-81.
    Smith, G. "Names as Art: An Introduction." Onoma 40 (2005 [printed 2008]): 7-26.

    Courses Taught

    Introduction to Poetry
    Classics in Literature
    Masterpieces of the Western World
    Arts and Ideas
    Western Tradition

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