Associate Professor, University Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor
Education: Ph.D., 1973, The University of Texas at Austin
Interests: Legal writing; history of Western thought; the Bible as literature; the modern short story; the modern American novel.
Shakespeare at Winedale Regents Professor and University Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus
Education: Ph.D., 1964, Ohio State University
Education: Ph.D., 2008, Princeton University
Interests: Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literature; the Renaissance future; time; literature and the visual arts; early modern legal theory; classical reception; narrative.
Tony Hilfer Professor of American and British Literature
Education: Ph.D., 1991, Cornell University
Interests: American literature 1870-1930; medicine and literature; gender studies; "masculinity" as a cultural construction; whiteness studies; relationship between literature and liberalism.
Education: Ph.D., 1999, University of Minnesota
Interests: Middle English literature (especially lyric); Anglo-Norman literature (especially fabliau); geography, travel writing, and the history of cartography; medieval manuscript culture (miscellanies especially); Viking literature and culture; biography and biographical theory; popular medievalism; pedagogy
Education: Ph.D., 1979, Johns Hopkins University
Interests: 19th and 20th century American literature; literary and cultural theory and historiography; antebellum evangelism, secularism, and radical politics, and their contemporary legacies; the theory and practice of the humanities.
University Distinguished Teaching Professor, Chair of the English Department
Education: Ph.D., Oxford University
Interests: Only children, Irish literature, politics, and culture; modern poetry; women's studies; drama and film; Shakespeare; the relation between high and popular culture
Assistant Professor, Department of Rhetoric and Writing
Education: Ph.D., Composition and Rhetoric, 2009, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Interests: Rhetorical theory, history and criticism; composition studies; political discourse; critical discourse analysis; comparative/contrastive and (inter)cultural rhetoric; public address; transnational rhetoric; multilingual writing and writing center pedagogy; qualitative research methods; rhetorics of reconciliation and peacemaking.
Education: Ph.D., 1966, University of Pennsylvania
Education: Ph.D., 1986, Columbia University
Interests: Feminist theory since 1970; gender and science; eighteenth-century novel and drama; Samuel Johnson; eighteenth-century lexicography; history of charity and philanthropy.
Education: Ph.D., 1998, Columbia University
Interests: Victorian feminism; psychoanalysis (particularly Freud and Klein); contemporary feminist theory in French and English; lesbian and gay studies; queer theory; international human rights law pertaining to sexual orientations; sexuality and gender issues in Southern Africa.
Education: Ph.D., 2010, Stanford University
Interests: 20th- and 21st-century Anglophone fiction (US focus); environmental literature and criticism; science, technology, and culture; the medical humanities; affect studies; data in narrative and new media
Stiles Professor Emeritus In Humanities and Comparative Literature
Professor, Senior Associate Chair of the English Department
Education: Ph.D., 2000, University of California Los Angeles
Interests: American Renaissance (mid-nineteenth-century New England literary culture); technology and race.
Susan Taylor McDaniel Regents Professor in Creative Writing
Education: B.A., Harvard University, 1969, M.A., University of Chicago, 1972
Education: Ph.D., 2007, Harvard University
Interests: Victorian literature, literature and science studies, environmental literature and criticism, British and American modernism, poetry and poetics, Russian literature.
University Distinguished Teaching Professor
Education: Ph.D., 1979, University of California Los Angeles
Interests: Victorian novel; women's studies; autobiography; authors: William Makepeace Thackeray, Charles Dickens, Julia Margaret Cameron, Anne Thackeray Ritchie, Annie Besant, Elizabeth Robins, Virginia Woolf.
Education: Ph.D., 1986, Stanford University
Interests: Shakespeare; sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English drama; new historicism; queer theory; Shakespearean/early modern themes as they transmogrify and metastasize in contemporary cinema.
James A. Michener Chair in Creative Writing
Education: Ph.D., 1991, Cornell University
Interests: Eighteenth-century English and American literature; women's literature; LGBT literature and culture; poetry and poetics; visual studies and garden history; feminist and queer theory; history of sexuality.
Visiting Creative Writer
University Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor, Director of the Program in Comparative Literature
Education: Ph.D., 1992, Columbia University
Interests: Nineteenth- and twentieth-century European drama; Renaissance drama; Oscar Wilde; the Gothic and Orientalism; decadence; aesthetic and literary theory; literature and the fine arts.
J.R. Millikan Centennial Professor Emeritus
Education: Ph.D., 1969, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
Interests: American literature and culture, especially colonial and nineteenth through early twentieth century; turn-of-the-century British; narrative and poetic morphology.
Education: Ph.D., 2008, University of California, Berkeley
Interests: Anglophone South Asian literature; Hindi/Urdu literature; literature in translation and translation theory; theories of “the nation” (anticolonialism, nationalism, statism, postcolonialism, postnationalism, cosmopolitanism, globalization, transnationalism, internationalism); classical Marxism.
Presidential Excellence Postdoctoral Fellow
Education: Ph.D., 2014, Cornell University
Interests: modern and comparative poetry and poetics; late modernism; the history and philosophy of science; ecocriticism; post-Enlightenment philosophies of language; film theory and global cinema; trauma theory and psychoanalysis; translation theory.
Education: Ph.D., 2003, Cornell University
Interests: Paris as a site of diasporic intellectual exchange and transformation, comparative African American and Caribbean literature, contemporary African diasporic literature, Caribbean women’s writing, apocalyptic narratives
Education: Ph.D., 1984, Yale University
Interests: the history of subjectivity; group identity formation; globalization and transculturation; sixteenth-century travel literature; cognitive criticism; women writers in early modern Europe
Blumberg Centennial Professor of English and University Distinguished Teaching Professor
Education: Ph.D., U. of Toronto
Interests: Medieval literature; medieval and renaissance rhetoric and pedagogy; composition exercises in premodern classroom; modern use of premodern compostion exercises