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Faculty Profiles

Faculty Profile

William C. Dowling
Professor of English

36 Union Street | Room 101
(732) 745 2831

Office Hours: TBA

Professor Dowling’s publications include: Ricoeur on Time and Narrative (2011), Oliver Wendell Holmes in Paris: Medicine, Theology, and the Autocrat of the Breakfast Table (2005), A Reader’s Companion to Infinite Jest (with Robert H. Bell) (2004), Literary Federalism in the Age of Jefferson (1999); The Senses of the Text: Intensional Semantics and Literary Theory (1999); The Epistolary Moment: the Poetics of the Eighteenth-Century Verse Epistle (1991); Poetry and Ideology in Revolutionary Connecticut (1990); Jameson/Althusser/Marx (1984); Language and Logos in Boswell’s Life of Johnson (1981), The Boswellian Hero (1979), and The Critic’s Hornbook (1977). He is currently at work on a book entitled The Autocrat and the Diplomat: Oliver Wendell Holmes, John Lothrop Motley, and the American Civil War. 
Education Areas of Specialization
PhD, Harvard University
MA, Harvard University
BA, Dartmouth College

Eighteenth Century English Literature; Nineteenth Century American Literature; Literary Theory


Confessions of a Spoilsport : My Life and Hard Times Fighting  Sports Corruption at an Old Eastern University

Oliver  Wendell Holmes in Paris: Medicine, Theology, and The Autocrat of the  Breakfast Table

Literary Federalism in the Age of Jefferson


Other Publications
      Undergraduate Courses Taught
        • Comparative Literature Seminar: The Mirror of Enlightenment
        • Douglass Honors Seminar : Age of Johnson
        • Rutgers College Honors Seminar: The Face of Battle
        • Senior Seminar: New Historicism
        • Senior Seminar: Oliver Wendell Holmes and Literary Boston
        • Senior Seminar: Pepys and Restoration England
        • Senior Seminar: Theory of Internal Audience
        • Principles of Literary Study
        • American Literature Survey: Puritans to Civil War
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