Emeritus Profiles

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  • William C. Dowling
  • Position: Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English
  • At Rutgers Since: 1989
  • Retired Since: 2006
  • Bio: 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 Strange Death of Literary Boston: Oliver Wendell Holmes, John Lothrop Motley, and the American Civil War
  • Education: PhD, Harvard University MA, Harvard University BA, Dartmouth College
  • Areas of Specialization: Eighteenth Century English Literature; Nineteenth Century American Literature; Literary Theory
  • 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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