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

Books

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

dowling_2011

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

            Faculty News

            IMAGE Evie Shockley has been awarded a Rutgers Faculty Scholar-Teacher Award for 2013-2014.

            This prize is designed to honor tenured professors who make exceptional connections between their... Read More...
            IMAGE Cheryl Wall has been named winner of the university’s Daniel Gorenstein Memorial Award.

            The Daniel Gorenstein Memorial Award, named to honor the memory of a noted mathematician and... Read More...
            IMAGE Rescuing a Film Classic Nearly Lost to History

            A 1914 drama starring Native Americans went missing for years. Read More...

            Graduate News

            Graduate Bookshelf

            Visit our Graduate Bookshelf for a display of recent publications by Rutgers Graduates! Read More...
            IMAGE Rutgers Student Wins Major Book Prize

            We congratulate Carrie J. Preston (Rutgers Ph.D. 2006), winner of the de la Torre Bueno Prize,... Read More...
            IMAGE Annual Graduate Open House

            The annual graduate Open House will be held this year on March 24th and 25th.  We... Read More...

            Undergraduate News

            IMAGE Alexi Lalas Returns to Rutgers

            Alexi Lalas returns to Rutgers for 'unfinished business:' His college degree (Politi) Read More...
            IMAGE Dawn Angelicca Barcelona wins Fulbright

            The Department of English congratulates Dawn Angelicca Barcelona on winning a Fulbright. The... Read More...
            IMAGE Katelyn VerSprill wins Fulbright

            The Department of English congratulates Katelyn Versprill on winning a Fulbright Scholarship.... Read More...
            Fall 2014 Course Descriptions

            Registration for Fall 2014 begins on March 30.  Be sure to view our exciting FALL 2014... Read More...
            Certificate in Creative Writing

            The Certificate in Creative Writing is available to English majors and minors, ensuring the... Read More...
            Graduate Program
            Undergraduate Program