After earning a Ph.D. (Comparative Literature) at Rutgers, Virginia Phelan taught at Rutgers, Monmouth and Princeton before coming to Drew. She joined the Caspersen School’s Arts and Letters Program in 1992, became its Director (part-time in 1997 and full-time in 1999), and presided over the institution and development of the Doctor of Letters. Her special interests include the links between ancient and modern literatures and mythology, especially in its contemporary manifestations, such as in “The Journey Back to Self.” She also created “Writing to Heal” for Medical Humanities and several courses for the Irish Studies Concentration, including ‘Joyce’s Journey,” and “The Importance of Being Witty.” Publications include her dissertation, Two Ways of Life and Death, (Garland, 1990), Praying in Your Own Voice through Writing (Liguori, 1994), and articles in journals such as the Yeats-Eliot Review, America, and The New York Times. Current projects include a manuscript of “Writing to Heal” and on-going research on mythology and the journey and Charles Williams.