Barry Banfield Adams is a Prof Emeritus from the Department of English at Cornell University. As a distinguished scholar of the humanities with a deep commitment to undergraduate education, Barry Adams' tenure in the Department of English spanned 38 years. His essays on medieval and renaissance drama have appeared in many professional journals, and he was a contributor to a volume titled Teaching Shakespeare. During his Cornell Career, he served as vice provost, chairman of the English department, chairman of the University Faculty Library Board, and served on the Faculty Council of Representatives. In 1976, Boston College awarded him a Presidential Bicentennial Award for personal dedication, excellence and service.

Recent Submissions

  • A Conversation with Winthrop (Pete) Wetherbee III 

    Wetherbee, Winthrop (Pete) III; Adams, Barry B (Internet-First University Press, 2019)
    Winthrop (“Pete”) Wetherbee recounts highlights of his career as Professor of English at Cornell with close ties to Cornell’s Medieval Studies Program and its Department of Classics. He also describes his role in developing ...
  • A Conversation with Jonathan Culler 

    Culler, Jonathan; Adams, Barry B. (Internet-First University Press, 2015-09-10)
    During his 38 years on the Cornell faculty, Jonathan Culler (successor to M. H. Abrams as Class of 1916 Professor of English) has served as academic administrator as well as teacher and scholar, first as Director of the ...
  • A Conversation with Roger Gilbert 

    Gilbert, Roger; Adams, Barry B. (Internet-First University Press, 2015-09-10)
    Professor Gilbert discusses the biography he is writing about beloved poet A.R. (Archie) Ammons: he commens briefly about the legendary M.H. (Mike) Abrams.
  • A Conversation with Kenneth A. McClane 

    McClane, Kenneth A.; Adams, Barry B. (Internet-First University Press, 2015-07-27)
    Professor Kenneth McClane reflects on his experience as a Cornell freshman, as a member of the Arts College undergraduate College Scholars Program, as a graduate student in the Cornell English Department, and as the ...
  • A Conversation with Alison Lurie 

    Lurie, Alison; Adams, Barry B. (Internet-First University Press, 2015-07-27)
    As a member of the Cornell English Department, Professor Lurie has taught courses in literature as well as writing. These included treatment of such topics as children’s literature and children in literature that had not ...
  • A Conversation with Jim McConkey 

    McConkey, James R.; Adams, Barry B. (Internet-First University Press, 2015-06-02)
    James McConkey, is Goldwin Smith Professor of English Literature Emeritus at Cornell University. Known for his meditative nonfiction narratives, James McConkey began teaching at Cornell in 1956, as an assistant professor ...
  • A Conversation with Robert Morgan 

    Morgan, Robert R.; Adams, Barry B. (Internet-First University Press, 2015-06-02)
    Robert Morgan looks back on his 44 years as a member of the Cornell English Department faculty to recall his pleasure at receiving a carefully worded invitation to teach creative writing at Cornell “for one year only.” ...
  • Barry B. Adams talks with Gould Colman 

    Adams, Barry B.; Colman, Gould P. (Internet-First University Press, 2013-05-10)
    This video is a contribution to CAPE's Oral History project, The Legacy of Cornell Faculty and Staff


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