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Debra San is a retired Professor of English at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where she taught literature and writing.

Teaching literature in an art school may seem strange, but it makes sense for someone with deep roots in both the language and visual arts. Her father was a painter and art teacher, and her brother is a writer, illustrator, and designer. Currently, Debra spends much of her time creating digital paintings.

Debra’s plays have been produced by the Theater Ensemble in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and by the Playwrights’ Platform in Boston. Her academic awards have included a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Grant, a Boston University Professors Alumni Merit Award, and election to Phi Beta Kappa.

Her articles have been published in Literary Imagination and Essays in Criticism (both published by Oxford University Press); in Philosophy and Literature (published by The Johns Hopkins University Press); and in Style, Interdisciplinary Humanities, Nineteenth-Century French Studies, Analecta Husserliana, and The Explicator.

She has given conference presentations to the Modern Language Association, the American Literature Association, the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics, the Poetics and Linguistics Association, the International Association for Philosophy and Literature, the Southern Comparative Literature Association, the National Association for Humanities Education, the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society, and the American Society for Phenomenology, Fine Arts and Aesthetics.

Debra received her Ph.D. from Boston University, her Masters degree from the University of Massachusetts/ Boston, and her Bachelors Degree from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.

Magazine Cover image "Essays in Criticism Magazine" Philosophy and Literature Magazine
[this page written by Lawrence San, Debra’s brother]