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C.W. Sullivan III

C.W. Sullivan III (DA, 1975; PhD, 1976) retired recently as Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences from East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.  During his 34 years there, Sullivan won a number of awards and grants and published 10 books and over 50 refereed articles.

Among Sullivan’s awards were a Distinguished Research Professor of English Award from the ECU Board of Trustees, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Dean of the Graduate School at ECU, and a Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award from the UNC Board of Governors.  In 1995, Sullivan was elected to the Welsh Academy for his contributions to the study of medieval Welsh Celtic myth and legend.  Professionally, he was on the Executive Board of the Children’s Folklore Section of the American Folklore Society and edited the journal, Children’s Folklore Review, for 30 years.  In the 1990s, he served as vice-president and then president of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts.

Sullivan’s major publications include: Welsh Celtic Myth in Modern Fantasy (1989), The Mabinogi: A Book of Essays (1996), Fenian Diary: Denis B. Cashman on board the Hougoumont, 1867-1868 (2001), “Cultural Worldview: Marginalizing the Fantastic in the Seventeenth Century” (Para*doxa, 1995), and “Reconsidering the Convict Ships” (New Hibernian Review, 2008).  A great deal of research for those publications, and others, was conducted in Wales, Ireland, and Australia on grants from East Carolina University, the Irish-American Cultural Institute, the British Embassy, and more.  In 2008, he was a senior Fulbright teaching fellow at Debrecen University in Hungary.

Sullivan currently lives in a log cabin near Blacksburg, Virginia, with his wife, oral historian Sheree Scarborough, and teaches in the Summer Graduate Program in Children’s Literature at Hollins University.