Curriculum Vitae

Robert Daly

Department of English

306 Clemens Hall, Box 604610

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY   14260-4610

716-645-2575, ext. 1052





Cornell University, Ph.D. 1972

University of Akron, M.A. 1967, B.A. 1965


Research Fellowships


John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 1979-80

Leverhulme Fellowship, 1972-73




National Endowment for the Humanities Grants to Direct Summer Seminars, 1996-97, l993-94, 1991-92, 1989-90, 1988-89

Faculty Grant for Instructional Technology, 1995-96

New York State/United University Professions "Experienced Faculty Travel Award," 1987

National Endowment for the Humanities Grant (with Professors Ruth Meyerowitz and James

 Bunn), 1984-86

SUNY Research Development Fund Grant, 1982

International Communication Agency Travel Grant (to read papers in Hungary, Denmark, and

 Norway), 1980

American Comparative Literature Association Travel Grant (part of a block grant from the

 American Council of Learned Societies), 1976

Institutional Funds Travel Grant, 1975-76

New York Research Foundation Grants, 1977, 1975




Career Services Award, 2005

Generation magazine selection as one of “Our Favorite Professors,” 2001

Doylestown High School Wall of Fame, 1991

Panhellenic Council Chi Omega Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1989

Student Association Milton Plesur Memorial Teaching Award, 1988

Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1977

Phi Kappa Phi, 1972

Guilford Prize, Cornell University, 1971

Humanities and Social Sciences Fellowship (Ford Foundation), 1969-72

National Defense Education Act Title IV Fellowship, 1969-72

Pixley Award, 1965

Phi Sigma Alpha Scholarship, 1964

Ashton Prize, 1963


Academic Appointments


SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor                             University at Buffalo 1990-

Professor of English                                                               University at Buffalo 1985-90

Associate Professor of English                                               University at Buffalo 1977-85

Assistant Professor of English                                               University at Buffalo 1973-77

Instructor in English                                                                 Iowa State University 1967-69



    Visiting Appointments


    Visiting Professor of English                                              Chapman University 1982

    Visiting Associate Professor of English                             Cornell University 1980

    Visiting Appointment, Faculty of Literature                    Cambridge University 1979-80

    Leverhulme Visiting Fellow                                              University of Essex 1972-73


    Affiliated Appointment


    Program in Comparative Literature                                 University at Buffalo

        Full Member 1996-

        Associate Member 1993-96






God's Altar: The World and the Flesh in Puritan Poetry.  Berkeley: University of California

Press, 1978.




“From World to Word and Back Again: Coopers Now and Next.” Reading Cooper, Teaching Cooper.  New York: AMS Press, 2006.


Entry on The Scarlet Letter. The Literary Encyclopedia. Online reference source. 2006.


Entry on John Gardner. The Literary Encyclopedia. Online reference source. 2005.


Entry on Nathaniel Hawthorne.  The Literary Encyclopedia.  Online reference source.  2004.


“Mischief, Insanity, Memetics, and Agency in The Linwoods.”  Catharine Maria Sedgwick: Critical Perspectives.  Ed. Lucinda  Damon-Bach and Victoria Clements.  Boston: Northeastern UP, 2003.


Entry on The Scarlet LetterDictionary of American History.  Ed. Stanley Kutler.  10 vols.  New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2003.


“A Book for the Millennial Generation: The Linwoods and Sixty Years Hence in America.”  Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society Newsletter 3.1 (2002): 5.


“Endgame: How to Finish up, Saddle up, and Get the Hell out of Dodge.”  The Graduate Quill (April/May 2002) 5, 13.  [Invited, not refereed.]


"Burned by the Hangman: Puritan Agency and the Road Not Taken."  Pynchon Notes 44-45 (1999): 205-213.  Published in February, 2002.


“Lexias and Agency in Anne Bradstreet."  Studies in Puritan American Spirituality 7 (2001): 1-22.


“Publication: How to Break into Print before You Break out in a Rash.”  The Graduate Quill (September 2001): 11-12.  [Invited, not refereed.]


“Nostalgia for the Millennium: The View from 2051.”  Buffalo News.  7 January 2001.  F1,4.  [Invited, not refereed.]


“Literary Competence and the Ruling Classes.”  UB Today (spring/summer, 2000): 48.  [Invited, not refereed.]  


"Anne Bradstreet."  One-thousand-word entry in American National Biography.  24 volumes.

New York: American Council of Learned Societies and Oxford University Press, 1999.


"From Paradox and Aporia to Cultural Hybridization and Complex Adaptive Systems: New

Theories and the Uses of Cooper at the Present Time."  James Fenimore Cooper: His

Country and His Art.  Ed. Hugh C. MacDougall.  New York: James Fenimore Cooper

Society, 1999.  23-31.


"Teaching Hope to Postmoderns, with Help from CS and Others."  Catharine Maria Sedgwick

Society Newsletter 1.1 (1999): 5-7.


"’We Have Really No Country at All': Hawthorne's Reoccupations of History."  Arachnē: An

 Interdisciplinary Journal of Language and Literature 3.1 (1996): 66-88.


"Anne Bradstreet and the Practice of Weaned Affections."  DISCovering Authors (CD-

ROM).  Detroit: Gale Research, 1996.  Rpt. from God's Altar.


"Powers of Humility and the Presence of Readers in Anne Bradstreet and Phillis Wheatley."

Studies in Puritan American Spirituality 4 (1993): 1-23.


"Transatlantic Perspectives: Founding Fictions in British-American Literature."  American

Literary History 5 (1993): 552-563.


"Engines of Discourse: God and the Odds in Postmodern Literature."  Denver Quarterly 27

            (1993): 6-16.


"Cooper's Allegories of Reading and `the Wreck of the Past.'"  Readers in History: Nineteenth-

Century American Literature and the Contexts of Response.  Ed. James L. Machor.

Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993.  109-137.


"Recognizing Early American Literature."  Early American Literature 25 (1990): 187-199.


"Liminality and Fiction in Cooper, Hawthorne, Cather, and Fitzgerald."  Victor Turner and the

Construction of Cultural Criticism: Between Literature and Anthropology.  Ed. Kathleen M. Ashley.  Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1990.  70-85.


"How We Read Literature and Why It Matters."  Denver Quarterly 24 (1989): 97-106.


"The Danforths: Puritan Poets in the Woods of Arcadia."  Puritan Poetry and Poetics.  Ed. Peter

White.  University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1985. 147-157.


"American Visionary History: The Literary Creation of a Usable Past."  The Origins and

Originality of American Culture.  Ed. Tibor Frank.  Budapest: Akademiai Kiado, 1984.  563-



Entries on Samuel Danforth I, John Danforth, and Samuel Danforth II in the Dictionary of

Literary Biography:  American Colonial Writers 1606-1734.  Ed. Emory Elliott.  Detroit:

Gale Research Company, 1984.  81-86.


"John Gardner and the Emancipation of Genres."  The Georgia Review 37 (1983): 420-428.

Rpt. in The Chelsea House Library of Literary Criticism: Twentieth-Century American

Literature.  Ed. Harold Bloom.  New York: Chelsea House, 1986.


"Puritan Poetics: The World, the Flesh, and God."  Early American Literature 12 (1977): 136-

62.  Rpt. in Early American Literature:  A Collection of Critical Essays.  Ed. Michael T.

Gilmore.  Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 1980.  In the series, Twentieth Century

Views.  Ed. Maynard Mack.


"Dryden's Ode to Anne Killigrew and the Communal Work of Poets."  Texas Studies in

Literature and Language 18 (1976): 184-198.


"A Continuous Renaissance: Contemporary American Poetry."  Literatura na swieci (1976):



"Fideism and the Allusive Mode in ‘Rappaccini's Daughter.'" Nineteenth-Century Fiction 28

(1973): 25-37.


"History and Chivalric Myth in ‘Roger Malvin's Burial.'"  Essex Institute Historical Collections

109 (1973): 99-115.  Rpt. in The Critical Perspective 8.  Ed. Harold Bloom.  New York:

Chelsea House, 1989.


"William Bradford's Vision of History."  American Literature 44 (1973): 557-569.




Liquid Fire: Transcendental Mysticism in the Romances of Nathaniel Hawthorne, by Harvey L.

Gable, Jr.  Nathaniel Hawthorne Review 25.2 (1999): 17-20.


The Fictive and the Imaginary: Charting Literary Anthropology, by Wolfgang Iser.

Comparative Literature Studies 32 (1995): 536-539.


Sinful Self, Saintly Self: The Puritan Experience of Poetry, by Jeffrey A. Hammond.  Early

American Literature 29 (1994): 96-98.


The First Book of the American Chronicles of the Times, 1774-1775, by John Leacock.  Ed.

Carla Mulford.  American Literature 62 (1990): 503-504.


The Poems of Michael Wigglesworth.  Ed. Ronald A. Bosco.  Early American Literature 25

(1990): 321-323.


W. B. Yeats: Man and Poet, by A. Norman Jeffares.  Poet and Critic 4 (1967): 45-46.




“Creole Coopers: James and Susan, Literature and Ethics in America.” Keynote Address to the 15th International James Fenimore Cooper Symposium and Summer Course. State University College at Oneonta.  16 June 2005.


“Reading Your Way from Beauty to Ethics: Nathaniel Hawthorne in the Twenty-First Century.” UB This Summer Cutting Edge Lecture Series. 9 June 2005.


“Metanoia: Nineteenth-Century Writers in the Network Culture of Twenty-First Century Readers.” The Resisting Reader, Then and Now: A Symposium in Honor of Judith Fetterley. University at Albany: State University of New York. 6 November 2004.


“Networks of America: Assembling a Nation in The Linwoods.”  Catharine Maria Sedgwick Symposium.  Stockbridge, Massachusetts.  13 June 2003.


“Leslie Fiedler’s Coming to Iowa.”  American Literature Association Convention.  Cambridge, Massachusetts.  22 May 2003.


“The Rise and Fall of Individualism in American Literature.”  Canisius College.  19 September 2002.


“Nations without Nationalism and Agency without Individualism in Hope Leslie and The Linwoods.”  American Literature Association Annual Conference.  Cambridge, Massachusetts.  25 May 2001.


“Mischief, Insanity, Memetics, and Agency in The Linwoods; or, ‘Sixty Years Since’ in America.”  The Sedgwick Symposium.  Stockbridge, Massachusetts.  10 June 2000.


"Lexias and Agency in Anne Bradstreet."  Society of Early Americanists Biannual Convention.

Charleston, South Carolina.  5 March 1999.


"Subversion as National Service: Catharine Maria Sedgwick as Canny Navigator on the Many

Seas of Convention."  The Sedgwick Symposium.  Stockbridge, Massachusetts.  7 June



"Cooper's Medicine for the Trauma of History."  Central New York Conference on Language

and Literature.  Cortland, New York.  21 October 1996.


"New Theories for Reading Literature and Life: Or Why We Should Care about Narrative

Therapy, Trauma Theory, Ecocriticism, and Literary Anthropology, as Well as Louise

Rosenblatt and Jean-Luc Nancy."  University of Wyoming.  19 June 1996.


"Literary Lessons: What We Learn from Reading."  Niagara County Community College.  2

April 1996.


"New Theories and the Uses of Cooper at the Present Time."  The Cooper Seminar.  Oneonta

and Cooperstown, New York.  14 July 1995.


"`We Have Really No Country at All': Hawthorne's Reoccupations of History."  Modern

Language Association.  Toronto.  30 December 1993.


"Authoring Subjects."  Modern Language Association.  Toronto.  27 December 1993.


"Humility to Die For: The Ironies of Anne Bradstreet and Phillis Wheatley."  Modern

Language Association.  San Francisco.  27 December 1991.


"On the Threshold of America with Washington Irving's Storytellers."  American Literature

            Association.  San Diego.  2 June 1990.


"Culture and Reading: A Better Road from Theory to Practice."  Modern Language

Association.  Washington, D.C.  28 December 1989.


"Making Sense of Early American Literature, with a Little Help from Ludwig Wittgenstein."

University of Connecticut.  18 April 1989.


"How We Read Literature and Why It Matters."  University of Connecticut.  17 April 1989.


"Early American Literature and Cultural Criticism: From Attempts at Thematic Unity to

Epistemological Connections."  Modern Language Association.  New Orleans.  28

            December 1988.


"Rewriting an American Reader: The Example of James Fenimore Cooper."  Modern

Language Association.  San Francisco.  30 December 1987.


"Reimagining the Past:  The Romantic in America."  Hilbert College.  7 October 1987.


"How to Survive in America."  Canisius College.  17 April 1986.


"John Gardner and the Epistemology of Myth."  Modern Language Association.  Chicago.  28

December 1985.


"Another Theory of American Fiction."  Louisiana State University.  11 December 1985.


"Liminality and Fiction in Irving, Cooper, Cather, Fitzgerald, and Gardner."  Modern

Language Association.  Washington, D.C.  28 December 1984.


"Literature and Acculturation in Early America."  Modern Language Association.

            Washington, D.C.  27 December 1984.


"Liminality and Storytelling in Irving, Cooper, Hawthorne, and Cather."  University of Florida.

17 January 1984.


"Literature as History."  University of California at Irvine.  15 February 1983.


"How Foundlings Become Founders."  Chapman University.  7 January 1982.


"Reading America and Writing It."  Modern Language Association.  New York.  29 December



"American Visionary History and the Search for an American Literature."  University of East

Anglia.  5 June 1980.


"From Puritanism to the Present: An Important Continuity in American Literature."  University

of Bergen.  17 April 1980.


"Puritan Influences on Contemporary American Literature."  Copenhagen School of Economics.  15 April 1980.


"`American Literature' as Epistemological Category: From a Puritan Past to an Ethnic Present."

University of Copenhagen.   15 April 1980.


"The Literary Origins of American Culture."  Hungarian Academy of the Sciences, Budapest.

11 April 1980.


"Colloquium on American Visionary History."  University of California at Santa Barbara.

26 January 1979.


"American Visionary History: The Literary Creation of a Usable Past."  University of

California at Berkeley.  25 January 1979.


"Liminality and the Continuing Need for American Visionary History."  Modern Language

Association.  New York.  28 December 1978.


"Anne Bradstreet and the Poetics of Weaned Affections."  Modern Language Association.

            New York.  28 December 1978.


"American Visionary History."  Modern Language Association.  Chicago.  28 December 1976.


"The European Origins of American Visionary History."  Plenary session.  American

Comparative Literature Association.  Philadelphia.  23 April 1976.


"American Literature and an American's Identity."  New York State English Council.

            Buffalo.  10 October 1975.


"Revising the Classics: The Use of John Seelye's True Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."

University of Essex.  9 November 1972.




Advisory Board, Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society

Board of Directors, James Fenimore Cooper Society

Editorial Board, Cooper and the Early Republic

National Endowment for the Humanities Grant-Review Panelist, Washington D.C., 28-29 April 2004.

Selection Committee for papers to be given at the annual conference of the American Literature Association, Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society, 2002

Outside Evaluator: Department of English, University of Connecticut, 2000

Reader: University of California Press, SUNY Press, University of Tennessee Press, Early

            American Literature, PMLA, Comparative Literature Studies, Prose Studies, American

Literary History, National Endowment for the Humanities Media Program

Consultant on Promotions: New York University, Cornell University, UCLA, George Washington University, George Mason University, Colorado State University, Kansas State University, University of Connecticut

Executive Committee, Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools, 1988-89

Richard Beale Davis Prize Committee, 1991 (Chair), 1987

Executive Committee, Division on American Literature to 1800, Modern Language Association,

1983-87 (Chair, 1986)

Editorial Board, Early American Literature, 1980-83


Membership in Professional Associations


Modern Language Association

American Literature Association

Society of Early Americanists

Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society, founding member and life member

James Fenimore Cooper Society, member of the Board of Directors

Nathaniel Hawthorne Society


Teaching 1973-


            Graduate Seminars


The Puritan Tradition

Definitions of America

Nathaniel Hawthorne

The American Novel

Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Contemporary American Fiction

American Classics and American Culture

Research in American Civilization

The Twentieth-Century American Novel


            Undergraduate Courses


                        Early American Literature

The American Renaissance


Definitions of America

Major American Writers I & II

American Literature 1865-1914

Biography and Autobiography

American Visionary History

The American Novel

Modern American Fiction

American Literature and Culture

Freshman Composition 101 & 201

Mark Twain and His Contemporaries

Literature of American Democracy

 Science, Literature, and Society

The Modern American Novel

Visions of America

American Literature 1828-1865

American Classics and American Culture


    Ph.D. Qualifying Examination Committees


            Sybil James

Mi-ae Park

Andrea Ross

Howard Bennett

Susan Dix

Stephen Kenney

Cory Ireland

Paula Reynolds

Mary Cappello

Nan Clarkson

Valerie Babb

Jocelyn Sheppard

Stratton Rawson

Pamela Hanks

Laura Laffrado

Michael Hodge

Marc Smith

Jeanne Holland

Douglas Pastel

Douglas Crowell

Terese Hartman

Rita Liotta

Laraine Fleming

Nicole Williams

Cheryl Bell

Madelyn Jablon

Beverly Anne Sanford

Ruth Kirstein

Mary Adams Hilmer

Beverly Crockett

Paul Forte

Maria Francesca Cicardi

Martha Werner

Rebecca Cochran

Kathleen Ferracane

Scott Edelstein

Iris Bleeker

Michael Degnan

Geraldine Struble

David Lund

Amy Cohen

Lucinda Damon

Jan Oelhoeft

John Keavey

Clark Davis

Barbara Porter

Joseph Linzmeier

Piotr Parlej

Marcella Sherman

William Brown

Kandace Lombart

James Martin-Diaz

Charles Jones

Ardeth Evans

Ellen Whittier

Scott Michaelson

Gail Brisson

Katherine Walke

Anthony Hughes

Kathy Phelps

Jennifer Spungin Kehoe

Kristin Dykstra

Hugh Rheingold

Kyunghoon Jung

Elizabeth Dill

Ann Keefer

Beth Snyder

Laurel Ode

René Rojas

Gregory Fowler

Yong-ju Lee

Kyeong-hwa Lee

Kan-anek Jaruraksa

Robert Zamsky

Louise Continelli

Kevin Grauke

Sinikka Grant

Elizabeth Santillo

Robert O. Lopez

Ann Rivera

Charity Vogel

Ray Stone

Ayumi Takagi

John Morsellino

Benjamin Robertson

Sophia Forster

Nora Dooley

Maglina Lubovich

Kevin Pelletier

Christopher Leise

Sangjoon Han

Deveryle James

Nozomi Fujimura



    M.A. Qualifying Examination Committees


Ian Stapley

Katharine Stiffler

Jane Marshall

Christopher Teepe

Allison Farrell

Jason Pratt

Kathryn English

Eric Mills

Pamela Emigh-Murphy

Candace Faubert



    Ph.D. Dissertations--Director


James Martin-Diaz

Stephen Kenney

Kathleen Boone

Barbara Porter

Michael Degnan

Beverly Anne Sanford

Mary Adams Hilmer

Laura Laffrado

Scott Edelstein

Paula Reynolds

Jeanne Holland

Brenda Brock

George Kelley

Gail Brisson

Naochika Takao

Kathy Phelps

Jennifer Spungin Kehoe

Elizabeth Anne Dill

Makiko Wakabayashi

Gregory Fowler

Zubeda Jalalzai

Kyunghoon Jung

René Rojas

Todd Nothstein

Charity Vogel

Ray Stone

Ann R. Rivera

Sinikka Grant

John Morsellino


    Ph.D. Dissertations--Reader


Thomas Stender

Mitchell Breitwieser

Blair Boone

Sandra Duguid

Marilyn Matis

Christopher Lalond

Michael Hodge

Pamela Hanks

John Keavey

Ross Pudaloff

Peter Sidlecki

Terese Hartman

Mark Malonek

Douglas Crowell

Nicole Williams

Rita Liotta

Diane Bonora

Patricia Gannon

Stratton Rawson

Jan Oelhoeft

Piotr Parlej

Rebecca Cochran

Valerie Babb

Beverly Crockett

Elizabeth Shipley

Margaret Henderson

Clark Davis

Michael Pikus

Matthew Goodwin

Martha Werner

Katherine Walke Gillespie

Ann Goldsmith

Robert Durante

Amy Smith

Lucinda L. Damon-Bach

Cynthia Doell

Hugh Rheingold

Ann Keefer

Beth Rheingold

Laurel Ode

Kevin Grauke

Robert O. Lopez

Lori Jacobson

Roumiana Velikova

Robert Zamsky

Lia Vella

Koichi Suwabe

Andrew Sutherland

Kyeonghwa Lee

Elizabeth Santillo

Maglina Lubovich


    M.A. Theses--Director


Angelika Ilg

Sheila Rodriguez

Andrea Sullivan

Daniel Weinstein

Shimon Tanaka

Serena Shiuh-huah Chou

Marc Fontanarosa

Charity Vogel

Christopher Teepe

Joomi Kim

Leslie Crowell

Russell Sbriglia


    M.A.H. Theses--Director


Paula Reynolds

Amy Rosen

Harry Hawthorne

Katherine Haynie

Donna Dusel

Cecelia Wallin

Jane Harding

Elizabeth Anne Finnegan

Gentre Michael Garmon

Talia Laura Maiyan

Diane Auerbach

Kristen E. Perillo

Laura Wiggins


    Honors Theses--Director


Henry Henkel

Elizabeth Fleche

Marc Potolsky

Elizabeth Oldach

David Kessler

Jennifer LaClair

Ann Fox

Patrick Kavanagh

Diana Whipple

Jennifer Ferguson

Laura Quebral

Mitchell Maxick

Robert Wegrzynowski

Alexander Guambana

Rafia Mirza

Ji-Hae Park

Angela Snyder

Elizabeth Massa

Lisa Fanaro

Colleen Britten

Allison N. Ritchie

Aimee Woznick

Ben Cady




Department of English


    Administrative Positions


    Director of Graduate Studies, 1983-85

    Associate Chair, 1980-81

    Vice Chair, Director of Teaching Fellows, 1976-77


    Other Service


    Department Chair Hiring Committee, 2005-2006

    Advocate: Hershini Young, Daniel Hack, David Schmid, Alan Spiegel

    Representative lecture for English, CAS 101, 2006, 2005, 2004,  2003 

    Chair, Guidelines on Promotion to Tenure Committee, 1999-2000

    Undergraduate Advising, 1998-99

    Planning Committee, 1997-99

    Endowed Chairs Renewal Committee, 1999

    Placement Committee for English and Comparative Literature, 1996-99

    Graduate Admissions and Fellowships Committee, 1994-95, 1983-85, 1976-77

    Departmental Honors Program Selection Committee, 1992-

    Graduate Review Committee, l999-2000, 1992-94, 1983-85

    Long-Range Planning Committee, 1989-90

    Junior Recruitment Committee, 1989-90, 1984-85

    Butler Chair Committee, 1986-87

    McNulty Chair Search Committee, 1986-87, 1983-84

    Executive Committee, 2005-06, 1991-92, 1982-86, 1980-81, 1975-77

    Butler Prize Committee, 1990 (chair), 1983, 1982 (chair)

    University Open House, 1980-85

    Poetry Committee, 1978-79

    Senior Recruitment Committee, 1977-79

    Summer School Committee, 1983-85, 1976-77

    Graduate Scheduling Committee, 1983-85

    Graduate Curriculum Committee, 1980-81, 1975-77

    Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, 1982-83, 1975-79

    Library Committee, 1975-79 (chair, 1978-79)


College of Arts and Sciences


    Sponsored Research Advisory Board, 2003-2006

    Hiring Committee, Comparative Literature, 2002-03   

    Dean’s Panel, Fellowships and Grants Workshop, 11 December 2002

    Dean’s Panel, Promotion and Tenure Workshop, 21 October 2002

    Committee on Awards and Recognitions, 2000-2001    

    Appointments, Promotions, and Tenure Committee, 1999-2002, 1996-99, 1989-90, 1983-84

    Presidential Fellowship Selection Committee, 1997

    Bylaws Committee, 1992-93

    Graduate Divisional Committee, 1983-85, (Summer chair, 1985, 1984)

    External Funds Committee, 1984-85

    Committee on Tolstoy College, 1983-84

    Educational Policy Committee, 1982-85

    Search Committee for a Chair, Department of English, 1976




    Elected Positions


    Board of Directors, Campus Club, 1996-98

    President, University Faculty Club, 1989-90, Vice President, 1988-89


    Administrative Positions


    Associate Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education, 1986-89

    Associate Dean of the Graduate School, 1985-89


    Other Service


    Chair, Provost’s Search Committee for the Dean of Arts and Sciences, 2006

    Provost’s Task Group on Research Incentives and Support, 2005

    Provost’s Working Group on Academic Programs, 2005

    Honors Convocation Readings: 12 May 2006, 13 May 2005, 7 May 2004, 9 May 2003

    Alumni Association Awards Committee, 2003-2004

    Graduate School Fellowships Committee, 2003-2006

    Provost's Committee on Honorary Degrees, 1991-2004

    Committee on Distinguished Alumni Awards, 2000-2004

    Provost's Selection Committee on Distinguished Teaching Professorships, 1999-2001

    Provost's Selection Committee on Distinguished Professorships, 1999-2001

    University Honors Council, 1998-2006

    College of Arts and Sciences Founders Committee: Subcommittee on Personnel, 1998-99

    Mentor, University Honors Program, 1985-

    Provost's Task Force: "Stresses on Research and Education," Subcommittee on Patterns of

            Institutional Support, 1996

    Selection Committee, Conferences in the Disciplines, 1996

    Selection Committee, Sesquicentennial Projects, 1996

    President's Review Board on Faculty Appointments, Promotions, and Tenure, 1996, 1990-


    University Committee on the Humanities, 1994-96

    Faculty Senate Committee on Academic Planning, 1993-96

    University Search Committee for a Dean of the Graduate School, 1994-95

    Chair, Humanities Institute Task Force, 1990

    Graduate Program Evaluation Review Committee, 1989-90

    Graduate School Executive Committee, 1985-89 (Chair, 1986-88)

    Chair, University Graduate Fellowships Committee, 1985-89

    Minority Fellowships Committee, 1987-89

    Mark Diamond Fellowship Research Council, 1987-89

    Visiting Faculty Housing Committee, 1987-89

    Chair, Faculty Club Board of Directors Nominating Committee, 1986-87

    Chair, University Language Policy Action Committee, 1985-89

    Graduate School Subcommittee on External Evaluation, 1986-87

    Graduate School Representative on Recruiting Trips, 1984-89

    Screening Committee, Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching,

1987, 1986, 1981

    Undergraduate Representative on Recruiting Trips, 1986, 1985

    Graduate School Bylaws Committee, 1985-89

    Undergraduate College Executive Committee, 1985-88

    Arts and Sciences Publicity and Recruitment Subcommittee, 1982-83

    University Search Committee for Dean, Faculty of Arts and Letters, 1981

    Screening Committee, Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Librarianship, 1976-78

    Faculty Senate Study Group, 1977

    Faculty Senate Library Committee, 1976-79

    Faculty Senate Bookstore Committee, 1975-76

    Faculty Senate, 1974-77


Community: Lectures and Seminars


“Virtue Ethics in Susan Power’s Grass Dancer.” The Garret Club. October 2006.


“Character Creole: Literature and Ethics in America.” Americanist Colloquium. 8 September 2005.


Sole Faculty Responder to Six Papers, Graduate Americanist Symposium. 11 February 2005.


“The Work of Inspiration.”  Department of English Commencement Address.  9 May 2004.


“Slow Reading: Why It Matters, How to Do It, How to Teach It.” UB Center for Teaching Resources.  Clemens 120.  14 November 2003.


“The Honors Thesis: Why and How.”  University Honors Program.  3 November 2003.


“Leslie Fiedler’s Coming to Iowa.”  Come Back to the Raft: A Leslie Fiedler Symposium.  UB.  30 October 2003.


“Bringing the Muses Home” Department of English Commencement Address.  11 May 2003.


“Emerson’s Society.”  Unitarian Church of Amherst.  13 April 2003.   


“Getting Things Done: Literature and Agency in the Information Age.”  UB Alumni 50-Year Reunion.  15 June 2001.


Great Books Foundation panel discussion on Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in AmericaBuffalo Historical Society.  18 October 2000.


“Publication: An Outsider’s Guide.”  English Graduate Students Association.  10 February 2000.


"Lies, All Lies: Reading Fictions for Fun and Profit."  Dean's Lecture Series, College of Arts

and Sciences. 22 November 1999.


"Justice and Representation in The Scarlet Letter."  Humanities One Series.  University at

Buffalo. 19 October 1999.


"New Ways of Reading, with Toni Morrison and N. Scott Momaday."  The Garret Club.  16,

23, and 30 April 1999.


"Publication, Fellowships, and Grants."  English Graduate Students Association.  28 April



"The ‘Applicable Technology' of Literary Learning in Nathaniel Hawthorne's `My Kinsman,

Major Molineux.'"  Humanities One Series.  University at Buffalo.  29 September 1998.


"Lexia and Agency in Literature and Life."  Horizons Lecture.  15 September 1998.


"Publishing in Scholarly Journals."  English Graduate Student Association. 10 December



"The `Applicable Technology' of Literature."  Humanities One Series. University at Buffalo.

    23 September 1997.


"William Butler Yeats: The Poetry of Life and the Life of Poetry."  Garret Club.  1, 8, and 15

March 1996.


"Stories and Lives, Meanings and Nations: Or, Why We Bother Reading Things that People Just

Make Up."  Inaugural Lecture, Provost's Distinguished Professor Series.  University at

Buffalo.  20 February 1996.


"At Home in America: The Journeys of Nathaniel Hawthorne."  Garret Club.  7, 14, and 21

January 1994.


"The Powers of Tradition and the Heroism of Wit: Catharine Maria Sedgwick, Edith Wharton,

            and Dorothy Parker."  Garret Club.  27 March, 3 and 10 April 1992.


"The Humanities of Science."  National Science Foundation Distinguished Lecturers Series.

            Roswell Park Memorial Institute.  25 June 1991.


"The Human Values of a Life in Science."  National Science Foundation Distinguished

Lecturers Series.  Roswell Park Memorial Institute.  3 July 1990.


"Science, Literature, and Society."  Emeritus Association, SUNY/Buffalo. 12 and 19 April, 3 and 10 May 1990.


"Mary Rowlandson, Willa Cather, and Emily Dickinson."  Garret Club.  12, 19, and 26

January 1990.


"Dorothy Parker and the Heroism of Wit."  The Thursday Book Club of The Twentieth

Century Club.  6 April 1989.


"The Dangers of Self and the Need for Alterity."  Keynote Address to the Conference on Cross-

Cultural Communication, The International Institute.  5 November 1988.


"Uncommon Commonplaces: Buffalo Seminary Commencement Address."  Westminster

Presbyterian Church.  4 June 1987.


"How We Read Literature and Why It Matters."  Doylestown Lions Club.  17 March 1987.


"The Liberations of Culture in Susan Allen Toth's Ivy Days and Blooming."  The Thursday

Book Club of the Twentieth Century Club.  5 February 1987.


"Children of the Word: The Puritan Founding of America."  Highland Park Baptist Church.

13 August 1986.


"Living with Fiction in Willa Cather's My Antonia."  Westminster Presbyterian Church.  25

May 1986.


"Reflections in a Compound Eye: Fiction and the Founding of America."   Westminster

Presbyterian Church.  18 May 1986.


"A Chronology of the Research Essay."  Faculty Workshop.  West Seneca East Senior High

School.  10 March 1986.


"Liminality and Fiction in American Culture."  Buffalo Seminary.  5 November 1985.


"American Classics and American Culture."  Buffalo Seminary. 13 March 1985.


"The Practical Value of the Arts and Sciences."  Conference on What Teachers Should Know.

SUNY/Buffalo.  5 February 1985.


"Hawthorne and Iser on History and Fiction."  Nichols School.  13 November 1984.


"Cubism, Epistemology, Ontic Commitments, Semiotics, and Just Growing Up in Padgett

Powell's Edisto."  The Thursday Book Club of the Twentieth Century Club.  1 November



"John Gardner and the Freedom of Art."  Unitarian Church of Buffalo.  21 August 1983.


"The American Puritans and the Word of God."  Highland Park Baptist Church.  30 March



"The Vergilian Quest in American Poetry."  The Twentieth Century Club.  23 February 1983.


"Thoreau's Religion."  Unitarian Church of Buffalo.  14 November 1982.


"`The Rock Foundations of America.'"  Emeritus AssociationSUNY/Buffalo. 9 November



"The Uses of Education in Mickelsson's Ghosts."  The Thursday Book Club of The

Twentieth-Century Club.  4 November 1982.


"Imagining America."  Intensive English Language Institute.  SUNY/Buffalo.  28 April 1982.


"How Foundlings Become Founders."  The Twentieth Century Club.  17 February 1982.


"Our `Foundling Fathers' and the Real American Tradition."  Unitarian Church of Buffalo.  5

July 1981.


"Finding the Right Name for the Past in Freddy's Book, `Rumpelstiltzkin,' and Other Recent

Work by John Gardner."   The Thursday Book Club of the Twentieth Century Club.  5

February 1981.


"American Uniqueness: A European Import?"  The English-Speaking Union.  12 December



"Liminality in American Literature."  Nichols School.  22 September 1980.


"The Ironies of Millard Fillmore and His College."  Awards Ceremony, Millard Fillmore

College.  6 May 1979.


"A Sense of Time, Place, and Community: A Lecture Including Reviews of The Stories of John

Cheever and Lauren Bacall by Myself."  The Thursday Book Club of the Twentieth

Century Club.  5 May 1979.


"A Fan's View of The Silmarillion."  Inaugural lecture in the series Scholars Scan the Sellers.

SUNY/Buffalo.  21 March 1979.


"Literature as an Alternative World."  Emeritus Association.  SUNY/Buffalo.  15 March 1979.


"Poetry after 1950."  Albright-Knox Art Gallery.  8 March 1978.


"Tolkien's Need for Middle Earth, and Ours."  The Thursday Book Club of The Twentieth

Century Club.  6 April 1978.


"How Tolkien Made a World of Words."  Amherst Senior Citizens Center.  3 March 1978.


"A Reader's Guide to Britain."  The Twentieth Century Club.  22 February 1978.


"English Land and English Literature."  Buffalo Seminary Graduates Association.  16

December 1977.


"Growing up in America."  Amherst Senior Citizens Center.  15 March 1977.


"American Visionary History."  Buffalo Seminary Graduates Association.  11 March 1977.


"Childhood in Colonial New England."  Given to Mrs. Rubeck's fourth-grade class at

            Windermere Boulevard Elementary School.  9 December 1976.


"Acculturation in America: A Lecture Including Reviews of Loren Eiseley's All the Strange

Hours and Larry Woiwode's Beyond the Bedroom Wall: A Family Album."  The Study

Club of the Twentieth Century Club.  8 April 1976.


"Books for the Bicentennial: A Lecture Including Reviews of Linda Pastan's Aspects of Eve,

            Richard Hugo's What Thou Lovest Well, Remains American, and Carl Dennis's A House of

My Own."  MacAlpine Presbyterian Church.  18 January 1976.


"America and the History of the Future: A Reconsideration of the Pilgrim Thanksgiving."  The

Twentieth Century Club.  5 November 1975.


"Creating an American Culture: A Lecture Including Reviews of Mary Helen Dohan's Our Own

            Words, William O. Douglas's Go East, Young Man, and E. L. Doctorow's Ragtime."

Amherst Reading Club.  9 October 1975.


"America at the Bicentennial: A Lecture Including Reviews of Edmund Morgan's The Birth of

the American Republic, Daniel J. Boorstin's An American Primer, Gary Snyder's Turtle

Island, and James Wright's Two Citizens."  Amherst Book Club.  2 October 1975.


"Anne Bradstreet and Annie Dillard: Pilgrims in Nature."  The Culture Club of Kenmore.  9

            May 1975.


"Defining an American Culture: A Lecture Including Reviews of Galway Kinnell's The Avenue

Bearing the Initial of Christ into the New World, Robert Lowell's History, William

Stafford's Someday, Maybe, and John Gardner's Nickel Mountain."  The Twentieth

Century Club.  26 February 1975.


"Toward an American Identity: A Lecture Including Reviews of Michael Kammen's People of

            Paradox, Larzer Ziff's Puritanism in America, and Alistair Cooke's America."  Amherst

Book Club.  3 October 1974.