by Liz Bury
November 1, 2013
Novelist, children’s author, screenwriter and internet phenomenon, the writer Neil Gaiman is set to add another string to his bow, as Bard College appoints him a professor in the arts.
According to Gideon Lester, the college’s chair of theatre and performance programmes who played a significant role in the appointment, it is the wide-ranging nature of Gaiman’s talents that makes him an “ideal teacher”.
“Neil is a perfect 21st-century artist, because he works successfully in so many genres,” Lester said. “He writes long and short fiction, fantasy, graphic novels, children’s literature, screenplays and television scripts with equal finesse. More than almost any other writer, he’s also adapted to new technology, reaching millions of readers and fans through social media.”
“He therefore perfectly exemplifies the interests and needs of today’s undergraduates,” Lester continued, “and has a great deal to teach us about multidisciplinary and transmedia art. He’s also astonishingly erudite and broad in his literary and artistic tastes. Truly an ideal teacher for contemporary students.”