June 2021 – This summer, we’re spending time in office hours with some of Drew University’s amazing faculty to learn about what interests and inspires them and their research.
Today, we’re talking with Karen Pechilis, Professor of History and Religion and Chair of the History Department.
What about your field interests you most?
Why does it fascinate you?
The relatively new relationship between history writing and creative nonfiction writing. It brings together two techniques to represent ‘what happened’—history’s demand for accuracy and creative nonfiction’s emphasis on vivid description and accessibility. Some authors are writers who choose historical topics (think Jared Diamond) and some are professional historians who publish in mass media (think Jill Lepore).
Explain the topic for us.
How do you bring the topic into the Drew classroom?