Two Professors Play Key Role in Reference
Book on United States Popular Culture
Posted April 18, 2001
HOLLAND -- Two professors at Hope College played a
key role in the compilation of a recently released reference
book, "The Guide to United States Popular Culture."
Dr. William Reynolds, who is a professor of
English and dean for the arts and humanities at Hope, and
Dr. Elizabeth Trembley, visiting associate professor of
English, served as sub-editors of the book's articles on
mystery and detective fiction.
Reynolds and Trembley also contributed a joint
article on "Mystery and Detective Fiction," and Trembley
contributed an article on author Michael Crichton. They
previously co-edited a book, "It's a Print: Detective
Fiction from Page to Screen" (1994), on adaptations of
detective stories for cinema and television.
"The Guide to United States Popular Culture"
contains some 1,600 encyclopedia-type articles surveying the
total range of subject matter included in popular culture as
an academic field. Ray B. Browne and Pat Browne served as
general editors for the volume.
More than 500 persons contributed articles, and 15
specialists in the popular culture field served as sub-
editors for various focus areas. Reynolds and Trembley
suggested topics to be included, identified experts on those
areas, solicited contributions from them and edited the
submissions as they came in.
Reynolds has been a member of the Hope faculty
since 1971, and has been dean for the arts and humanities
since 1994. He has published numerous articles on detective
fiction, especially on writers in the "golden age" of
detective fiction (1918-39). He holds degrees from Xavier
University, Columbia University, and the University of
Trembley returned to Hope as a visiting instructor
this year, after teaching at Hope, Wittenberg College, and
Davenport University-Holland. Most recently she was head of
academics and faculty development at Davenport. She is
author of a book on Michael Crichton (Greenwood Press, 1996)
and many articles about detective fiction, especially the
well-known stories of Dorothy Sayers. She is a graduate of
Hope College and earned her doctorate at the University of