Victor S. Thomas Professor of English and American Literature, Emeritus
B.A. 1933 University of Michigan; Ph.D. 1943 Harvard University
The Americanist (2007); American Notes: Selected Essays (1994); Cincinnati, Queen City of the West: 1819-1838 (1992); Writers on the Left (1992); Writers on the Left; Episodes in American Literary Communism (1974); The Unwritten War; American Writers and the Civil War (1973); America in Crisis; Fourteen Crucial Episodes in American History (1971)
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Larry D. Benson
Francis Lee Higginson Professor of English, Emeritus
The Canterbury Tales: Complete by Geoffrey Chaucer (2000); King Arthur’s Death: The Middle English Stanzaic Morte Arthur and Alliterative Morte Arthure (1994); The Literary Context of Chaucer’s Fabliaux: Texts and Translations (1971); The Riverside Chaucer (1986)
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Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature, Emeritus
B.A 1958 Concordia University; Ph.D. 1965 Claremont Graduate University
Cambridge History of American Literature, ed. (2004); The Rites of Assent: Transformations in the Symbolic Construction of America (1993); Ideology and Classic American Literature , (1986); Reconstructing American Literary History, ed. (1986); The American Jeremiad, (1978); The Puritan Origins of the American Self, (1975)
Henry B. and Anne M. Cabot Professor of English and American Literature, Emeritus
Hart Crane: A Re-Introduction (1989); Literature and the Continuances of Virtue (1986); American Trajectories: Authors and Readings, 1790-1970 (1984); A Literature Without Qualities: American Writing Since 1945 (1979); Fictions and Events: Essays in Criticism and Literary History (1971); Great Short Works of Herman Melville, ed. (1970); The Ferment of Realism: American Literature, 1884-1919 (1965, 1981); The Example of Melville (1962, 1971)
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Professor of English, Emeritus
B.A. 1948 Amherst College; M.A. 1950, Ph. D. 1957 Columbia University.
The Tainted Muse: Prejudice and Presumption in Shakespeare and His Time (2009); Millennial Stages: Essays and Reviews 2001-2005 (2006); The Theatre of Revolt: Studies in modern drama from Ibsen to Genet (1991); Who Needs Theatre: Dramatic Opinions (1987); Making scenes: A personal history of the turbulent years at Yale, 1966-1979 (1981)
Powell M. Cabot Research Professor of American Literature
Literary Transcendentalism (1973), New England Literary Culture (1986), The Environmental Imagination: Thoreau, Nature Writing, and the Formation of American Culture (1995), Writing for an Endangered World: Literature, Culture, and Environment in the United States and Beyond (2001), Emerson (2003), and The Future of Environmental Criticism (2005). He is co-editor, with Wai Chee Dimock, of Shades of the Planet: American Literature as World Literature(2007)
Restoration and 18th-Century Literature; Romanticism; Puritan Imagination; Enlightenment.
Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World (2013); Tocqueville’s Discovery of America (2010); Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Restless Genius (2005); The Sorrows of the Quaker Jesus: James Nayler and the Puritan Crackdown on the Free Spirit (1996); Fictions of Reality in the Age of Hume and Johnson (1989); The Imaginative World of Alexander Pope (1987);God’s Plot and Man’s Stories: Studies in the Fictional Imagination from Milton to Fielding (1985); Symbol and Truth in Blake’s Myth (1980); The Uses of Johnson’s Criticism (1976); Samuel Johnson and the Tragic Sense (1972).
Francis Lee Higginson Research Professor of English and Research Professor of Folklore Education: B.A. 1961 University of Georgia; B.A. 1967 Cambridge; M.A. 1963, Ph.D. 1969 Harvard. Interests: Old English; Old Norse-Icelandic; Folklore and Mythology. Selected Works: Child’s Children: Ballad Study and Its Legacies, ed. (2012); ‘Speak Useful Words or Say Nothing’: Old Norse Studies by Joseph Harris (2008); Prosimetrum: Crosscultural Perspectives on Narrative in Prose and Verse, ed. (1997); “Eddische Dichtung und die Ballade. Stimme, Vokalität und Performanz unter besonderer Berücksichtigung von DgF 1,” Balladen-Stimmen. Vokalität als theoretisches und historisches Phänomen (2012), 39-57; “Performance and Performers” (with K. Reichl), Medieval Oral Literature (2011), 141-202; “Early Germanic Oral Literature,” ibid., 253-78; “The Rök Stone through Anglo-Saxon Eyes,” The Anglo-Saxons and the North (2009), 11-46; “Philology, Elegy, and Cultural Change,” Gripla 20 (2009): 257-79; “Myth and Meaning in the Rök Inscription,” Viking and Medieval Scandinavia 2 (2006): 45-109 Office: Barker Center 221 Phone Number: 617-495-9767 Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Professor of English, Emeritus
Blessed and Beautiful: Picturing the Saints (2010); Still Learning: Spiritual Sketches from a Professor’s Life (1999); Reverse Tradition, Postmodern Fiction and the Nineteenth Century Novel (1991); Beyond Egotism: The Fiction of James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and D.H. Lawrence (1980); The Romantic Novel in England (1972); Robert Louis Stevenson and the Fiction of Adventure (1965)
William R. Kenan, Jr. Research Professor of History and Literature and of English
B.S.E. 1950 Emporia State University; A.M. 1951, Ph.D. 1956 University of Chicago
Renaissance; Milton; Genre Theory and Criticism; Women in the Renaissance
The Life of John Milton: A Critical Biography (2000); Writing Women in Jacobean England (1993); Paradise Lost and the Rhetoric of Literary Forms (1985); Protestant Poetics and the Seventeenth-Century English Lyric (1979); Milton’s Brief Epic (1966)
Piers Plowman: An Edition of the C-Text (2008); Gothic Europe (2001); The Life of Geoffrey Chaucer: A Critical Biography (1992); (ed.) Chaucer to Spenser: An Anthology of Writings in English 1375-1575 (1999); The Canterbury Tales: A Critical Study (1985); Old English and Middle English Poetry (1978); John Lydgate (1970)
Romanticism and Animal Rights (2003); English Romantic Writers (1995); Is Literary History Possible (1992); A History of Modern Poetry, Vol. 2, Modernism and After (1987); A History of Modern Poetry: Vol. 1, From the 1890s to the High Modernist Mode (1976); Wordsworth and the Poetry of Sincerity (1964)
Associate of the Department of English Education: A.B. 1957 Oberlin; A.M. 1959, Ph.D. 1964 Harvard Interests: 18th Century English Literature; Rise of the Novel; Satire.
Selected Works: The Gates Unbarred: A History of University Extension at Harvard, 1910 – 2009 (2010). Norton Critical Edition of Robinson Crusoe (1975, revised 1993); Concordance to the Poems of Jonathan Swift (1972); Daniel Defoe and Middle-Class Gentility (1968).
Associate of the Department of English Education: A.B. 1957 Brown Interests: Rare books; Bibliography Selected Works: A Bibliographical Description of Books and Pamphlets of American Verse Printed from 1610 Through 1820 (2012); A Library-Keeper’s Business (2002); Edmond Jabès in Bibliography– “Du blanc des mots et du noir des signes”– A Preliminary Record of the Printed Books (1998); Put a Resolute Hart to a Steep Hill: William Gowans, Antiquary and Bookseller (1990); Marks in Books, Illustrated and Explained (1985); Poet and Printer in Colonial and Federal America (1983)