The English Department of Dordt College believes that "nothing matters but the kingdom of God, but because of the kingdom, everything, literally everything, matters." (Gordon Spykman, Dordt College commencement 1988, "Kingdoms in Conflict")

From that perspective, we teach students how to read poems, stories, plays, and essays. Such reading requires examining how an author uses language to create imagined worlds and to communicate meaning. It also requires that the reader examine how literature from a variety of time periods and cultures challenges or affirms our values and enriches our lives. We aim to foster life-long reading in all our students.

We also demand that students respond to specific selections they read as well as to the broader world in which they live. Thus we teach our students to write poems, stories, essays, and research papers, all of which may help them articulate their Christian understanding of literature and life.

Because we expect all of our graduates will write for publication, we aim to teach them to write clearly, concisely, and forcefully so that the ideas they express and the causes they represent will be advanced.

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Submissions from 2001

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Visit, Mary Dengler

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Visitant, Mike Vanden Bosch

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Zoned Residential, Lorna Van Gilst

Submissions from 2000

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Because the Unseen May Vanish, David Schelhaas

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Boy in the Wind, Mike Vanden Bosch

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Home in Alfalfa (Book Review), John Van Rys

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Jane Austen's Falling Women, Mary Dengler

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Narene, Mike Vanden Bosch

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Once, They Had Been Friends, James C. Schaap

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Reading at Dusk, David Schelhaas

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Regimes of Truth and the Rhetoric of Deceit -- From a Literary Perspective, John Van Rys

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Sacrament of Grace, Mary Dengler

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Sherwood Anderson: Back Home to Winesburg, James C. Schaap

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Stones for Bread, Lorna Van Gilst

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To My Tibia, Lorna Van Gilst

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Total Immersion, Lorna Van Gilst

Submissions from 1999

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Bedeviled, Mike Vanden Bosch

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Chapter 11, EXODUS, James C. Schaap

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Feeling the Subtext, Mike Vanden Bosch

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Good Friday, Mike Vanden Bosch

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Justice for All, Lorna Van Gilst

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One Piano, Two Sisters, Four Hands, Lorna Van Gilst

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On the Deck, David Schelhaas

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Pro Tem, Mike Vanden Bosch

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Recycled, Lorna Van Gilst

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Right Hand, Bob De Smith

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Walking On, Lorna Van Gilst

Submissions from 1998

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At Dusk, David Schelhaas

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Disconnected, Lorna Van Gilst

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Elder Brother, Mike Vanden Bosch

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For Jill who died on March 1, 1998, Jeri Schelhaas

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Lament for Bert, Mike Vanden Bosch

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Naked Ladies, David Schelhaas

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Our Family Album: The Unfinished Story of the Christian Reformed Church, James C. Schaap

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Submission, Lorna Van Gilst

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To Robinson Jeffers, Mike Vanden Bosch

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Treasures I Should Not Have, Lorna Van Gilst

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War Games, Mike Vanden Bosch

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What He Needed to Say, James C. Schaap

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Worldview, Lorna Van Gilst

Submissions from 1997

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Being Towed Along, Bob De Smith

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Bird-watch, Mike Vanden Bosch

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Entrepreneur, Lorna Van Gilst

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False Alarm, James C. Schaap

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Glimpses of an Andean City, Lorna Van Gilst

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Going Back to A Thousand Acres, James C. Schaap

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Just a Thought, Bob De Smith

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Keeping the Record, Lorna Van Gilst

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None Dare Ask, Mike Vanden Bosch

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Robertson Davies: At War With Orthodoxies, John Van Rys

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To Love, Mike Vanden Bosch

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Valiant, Mike Vanden Bosch

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Wendell Berry's Beloved Community, David Schelhaas

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Wind, My Dad, and I, Jeri Schelhaas

Submissions from 1996

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Backyard in Midsummer, Bob De Smith

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Cave Living, John Van Rys

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Cricket Ball, David Schelhaas

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Crossword, Bob De Smith

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Dancing After Hours (Book Review), James C. Schaap

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Family Tree, John Van Rys

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Fiesta de Cumpleanos en Los Haticos, Lorna Van Gilst

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Foot-Fizz, Bob De Smith

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North of Hope (Book Review), David Schelhaas

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Pony Passage, Mike Vanden Bosch

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Santa Lucia, Maracaibo, 29 de diciembre, Lorna Van Gilst

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Self-Justification, John Van Rys

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Special Music: Cook County Jail, 1982, David Schelhaas

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Spirit Led, Jeri Schelhaas

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Success, Mike Vanden Bosch

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Wester Home Place, James C. Schaap

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Worship, Mike Vanden Bosch

Submissions from 1995

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Cocoon, Lorna Van Gilst

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Doing Justice, Mike Vanden Bosch

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Human Nature, Mike Vanden Bosch

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January Heat, John Van Rys

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My Life as a Boy Soprano, David Schelhaas

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Nesting, Lorna Van Gilst

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On Being Beaten by the Beat, John Van Rys

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Out of the Depths, John Van Rys

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Polonius Syndrome, John Van Rys

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Space, James C. Schaap

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Take This Bread, Jeri Schelhaas

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Ukranian Root Cellar, Lorna Van Gilst

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Who Neighbor?, Mike Vanden Bosch

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Working With Wood, John Van Rys

Submissions from 1994

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Body Language, Lorna Van Gilst

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Coca Cola, Martin Luther King, and the American Dream, David Schelhaas

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Contemporary Literary Theory: A Christian Appraisal (Book Review), John Van Rys

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Fellow Creature Comfort--Night Music, John Van Rys

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Fighting Spirit, Mike Vanden Bosch

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God Talk: The Triteness and Truth in Christian Cliches (Book Review), James C. Schaap

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Have Mercy, John Van Rys

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Home, Mike Vanden Bosch

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Inside Out, John Van Rys

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Kharkov Park, Lorna Van Gilst

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Nether Regions, John Van Rys

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Night Walking, John Van Rys

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November 8, 1993: Snow Again, Bob De Smith

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Paralysis, John Van Rys

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Putting the Sioux in Center: The Games We Play, Bob De Smith