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Kevin M. Plunkett, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus


Kevin Plunkett specializes in 19th-century American literature, modern American writers of color, New England poetry, and film studies. “For three decades at Merrimack, I have prided myself on exploring new subject matter and approaches, introducing 13 new courses into the English curriculum,” he said. “Yet in everything I teach, both literature and film, I am drawn to the most self-reflexive of artists, and art forms that blur the boundaries between writers and readers, divergent mediums and cultures.”


Ph.D. University of Rhode Island


  • Literature and Film
  • Comics into Film
  • Hollywood’s America
  • American Romanticism
  • Trans-Atlantic Romanticism
  • American-Indian Renaissance
  • Poe, Hawthorne and the American Short Story
  • Poets of New England
  • American Women Writers of Color


During his sabbatical leave during the 2014-2015 academic year, Plunkett conducted research at film archives and museums throughout Europe, leading to a new course in World Cinema. “These are innovative times in the English department as we integrate more film courses into the curriculum,” he said, “with the intent of establishing in the future a film concentration within the major.

“I am proud to be involved in this process and will be writing several papers on the impact of European filmmakers on Hollywood, integrating this material into my courses.”




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