Kelly Scott Franklin
English

Kelly Scott Franklin

Assistant Professor of English
Some say that we shall never know and that to the gods we are like the flies that the boys kill on a summer day, and some say, on the contrary, that the very sparrows do not lose a feather that has not been brushed away by the finger of God.
— Thornton Wilder, The Bridge of San Luis Rey

Faculty Information

Additional Faculty Information for Kelly Scott Franklin

Education

Ph.D. in English, the University of Iowa

M.A. in Spanish, Middlebury College

M.A. in English, the Catholic University of America

Awards

Presidential Fellowship, the University of Iowa

Summer Leave Funding Award, Hillsdale College

Selected Publications

“In Praise of Walt Whitman.” National Review Online. August 17, 2019.

“An American Bard.” Claremont Review of Books. XIX.3 (Summer 2019).

“A House, A Curse and a Moral Dilemma.” The Wall Street Journal. May 24, 2019.

“The Battle Seen from Both Sides.” Review of Women’s War, by Stephanie McCurry. The Wall Street Journal. April 13-14, 2019.

“Rules for Christian Intellectuals, Part I.” The Catholic World Report. April 5, 2019.

“Master of the Frontier.” National Review LXX.18, (October 1, 2018).

“Peripatetic Ponderings.” Review of The Road to Walden by Kevin Dann. The Wall Street Journal. July 13, 2018.

Review of Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc by Mark Twain. The Catholic World Report. June 29, 2018.

The Shattered Fountain: Selected Tales of Nathaniel Hawthorne. Ed. with introduction by Kelly Scott Franklin. Providence, RI: Cluny Classics, 2018.

“‘I Should be Glad of Another Death’: T.S. Eliot’s timeless poem for Epiphany.” The Catholic World Report. January 5, 2018.

Review of Karen Karbiener, ed. Poetry for Kids: Walt Whitman. Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 35 (2017).

“Much More Than a Glance at the Bad Old Days.” The Wall Street Journal. August 26-27, 2017.

“A Translation of Whitman Discovered in the 1912 Spanish Periodical Prometeo.” Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 35 (2017).

“‘Harmonious Household’: Homer’s Odyssey on the Breakdown of Marriage and Family.” The Public Discourse. July 14, 2017. 

Review of The Civil War Diary of Father James Sheeran, C.Ss.R.. Ed. Patrick J. Hayes. The Catholic World Report. June 14, 2017.

“Stand and Wait: Understanding Milton Anew.” Commonweal Magazine. January 26, 2017.

“Faith and Sci-Fi: The Christian Universe of A Wrinkle in Time.” The Catholic World Report. June 25, 2016.

“Why I Teach Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”The American Conservative. June 14, 2016.

“How and Why We Remember the Dead: A Memorial Day Lesson from Walt Whitman.” Public Discourse. May 27, 2016.

“Reading Flannery O’Connor for the First Time.” The Catholic World Report. May 20, 2016.

“‘Nicaraguan Words’: José Coronel, the Vanguardia, and Whitman’s ‘Language Experiment.’” Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 34 (2016).

“‘Without Being Walt Whitman’: Vicente Huidobro, Whitman, and the Poetics of Sight,” Comparative American Studies 12.4 (2014).

Interviews & Media

Episode, “Walt Whitman Served the Union . . . And the Confederate!” Our American Stories, August 20, 2019.

Interview, National Review Great Books Podcast, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables. March 5, 2019.

Interview, National Review Great Books Podcast, Henry David Thoreau’s Walden. May 1, 2018.

Interview, National Review Great Books Podcast, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. February 13, 2018.

Interview, Radio Free Hillsdale, “Professor Perspective,” December 15, 2017.

Interview, National Review Great Books Podcast, Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself.” September 26, 2017.

Hillsdale College Online Courses: Mark Twain. Fall 2017.

Interview, The Eric Metaxas Show, Homer’s Odyssey. July 31, 2017.

Courses Taught

ENG 104: Great Books in the Ancient and Medieval Traditions

ENG 105: Great Books in the British and American Traditions

COR 450: English Capstone

ENG 360: American Literature 1820-1890

ENG 370: Naturalism and Modernism, 1890-Present

ENG 402: Walt Whitman: Making an American Poetry

ENG 402: The Major Players: Hawthorne, Melville, and Poe

ENG 402: Modern American Novel

ENG 402: Whitman and Dickinson

Biography

I was born in Colorado, spent several years of my childhood in Latin America, and finally settled in northern Minnesota. I graduated with a B.A. in English and Spanish from Franciscan University of Steubenville. I have an M.A. in English from Catholic University of America and an M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College. In 2014, I graduated with a Ph.D. in English from the University of Iowa.

I married my college sweetheart, Jessica, and we have a daughter named Gianna. We are devout Christians. We live in Hillsdale in an old house that we’re slowly fixing up. I play the ukulele and the guitar. I write for various magazines and newspapers on subjects of literature, culture, and faith. I am an avid fountain pen enthusiast and a fair-weather Kansas City Royals fan.