William C. Dowling

William C. Dowling (born April 5,1944 in Warner, New Hampshire) is University Distinguished Professor of English and American Literature at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, specializing in eighteenth-century English literature, colonial American literature and literature of the early American Republic, Philosophy of Language, and Literary Theory.


Born in Warner, New Hampshire, Dowling earned a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, where he was editor of the Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern, the college humor magazine, a Senior Fellow in English, and recipient of the Perkins Prize in English and Classics. He received his Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from Harvard University. Dowling is a past fellow of the [http://www.iash.ed.ac.uk/ Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Edinburgh] and the National Humanities Center, and has held Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities, and [http://www.brown.edu/Divisions/Graduate_School/Howard_Foundation/ Howard Foundation] fellowships. In 1995, he was Senior Fulbright Lecturer in American Literature at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. He is past winner of the Richard Beale Davis Prize for work in early American literature and a [http://www.njch.org/ New Jersey Council of the Humanities] award for his book [http://www.upne.com/1-58465-579-8.html"Oliver Wendell Holmes in Paris: Medicine, Theology, and the Autocrat of the Breakfast Table."]

Dowling came to national attention in the 1990s through his work with the [http://members.aol.com/peithosophian/RU1000.html Rutgers 1000] campaign which fought for the removal of Division I sports from Rutgers. The original campaign voted to dissolve itself in 2002 when Francis L. Lawrence resigned from the presidency. In 2007, in the wake of a decision to finance a $102 million football stadium expansion when Rutgers was attempting to deal with a $65 million budgetary deficit, the campaign was revived by a group of Rutgers students, alumni, and faculty.

"Confessions of a Spoilsport: My Life and Hard Times Fighting Sports Corruption at an Old Eastern University", Dowling's memoir of the Rutgers 1000 campaign, was the occasion of a long personal interview in "Inside Higher Education," [http://insidehighered.com/news/2007/08/27/dowling] and received substantial coverage in "The New York Times," "The Weekly Standard", "The Manchester Guardian", and other publications. Dowling is writing "Blossomberry Farm", a memoir of the folk-blues scene at Dartmouth in the 1960s, [http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~wcd/blossom.htm] and "The Strange Death of Literary Studies", a memoir of teaching English and American literature over the last thirty-five years."'


*"Confessions of a Spoilsport: My Life and Hard Times Fighting Sports Corruption at an Old Eastern University" (Penn State Press, 2007) ISBN 978-0-271-03293-1

* "Oliver Wendell Holmes in Paris: Medicine, Theology, And the Autocrat of the Breakfast Table" (University Press of New England, 2006) ISBN 1-58465-579-8

* "A Reader's Companion to Infinite Jest," with Robert H. Bell (Xlibris, 2005) ISBN 1-4134-8446-8 ( [http://rci.rutgers.edu/%7Ewcd/jestcomp.htm] )

* "The Senses of the Text: Intensional Semantics and Literary Theory" (University of Nebraska Press, 1999) ISBN 0-8032-6617-0

* "Literary Federalism in the Age of Jefferson: Joseph Dennie and the Port Folio, 1801-1812" (University of South Carolina Press, 1999) ISBN 1-57003-243-2

* "The Epistolary Moment: The Poetics of the Eighteenth-Century Verse Epistle" (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1991) ISBN 0-691-06891-7

* "Poetry and Ideology in Revolutionary Connecticut" (University of Georgia Press, 1990) ISBN 0-8203-1286-X

* "Jameson, Althusser, Marx: An Introduction to the Political Unconscious" (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1984) ISBN 0-8014-9284-X

* "Language and Logos in Boswell's Life of Johnson" (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1981) ISBN 0-691-06455-5

* "The Boswellian Hero" (University of Georgia Press, 1979) ISBN 0-8203-0461-1

* "The Critic's Hornbook: Reading for interpretation" (Crowell, 1977) ISBN 0-690-00884-8

External links

* [http://www.rutgers.edu www.rutgers.edu] Rutgers University
* [http://english.rutgers.edu Rutgers University Department of English]
* [http://english.rutgers.edu/faculty/profiles/dowling.html Rutgers English Faculty Profile: William C. Dowling]
* [http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~wcd/ William C. Dowling's page at Rutgers]

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