Department of English
- American literature (especially fiction)
- Drama (especially modern)
- American humor
- CLA Distinguished Teacher Award, 1984
- University of Minnesota Summer Research Grant, 1983
- University of Minnesota Single Quarter Leave, Spring 1975
- University of Minnesota Summer Research Grant, 1972
University of Chicago, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
- Job history
Associate Professor, University of Minnesota, 1975-
Visiting Professor, University of Lund, Sweden, 1995
Visiting Lecturer, University of East Anglia, Norwich, 1977-78
Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota, 1968-75
Instructor, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 1967-68
Instructor, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1964-67
- Other Activities
Associate Chair, English Department, 1988-1995
Director, Summer Seminar in American Studies for Swedish Teachers, 1986 and 1988
Director of Graduate Studies, American Studies Program, 1982-1984
Director of Undergraduate Studies, 1975-1977
Review (with Philip Furia) of Lewis Hyde's The Gift. Great River Review v:2 (1984): 243-249.
"Silence and Denial: Walt Whitman and the Brooklyn Bridge." Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 1 (1984): 1-11.
Review of Walt Whitman: The Measure of His Song. Great River Review 4 (1983): 259-66.
"Sacred Time, Profane Time, and Confederate Time in The Sound and the Fury." Studies in American Fiction 2 (1974): 174-97. Reprinted in Critical Essays on William Faulkner: The Compson Family. Ed. Arthur F. Kinney. Boston: Hall, 1982. 231-51.
"Walt Whitman and Jules Michelet--One More Time." American Literature 45 (1973): 107-214.
- Combined graduate and undergraduate courses
EngW 5310: Reading as Writers
EngL 5431: Early American Poetry
EngL 5452: Twentieth-Century American Novel
EngL 5471: American Drama
- Courses for undergraduate majors
EngL 3008: Techniques of Literary Study
EngL 3241: Shakespeare
EngL 3455: The American Short Story
- General education courses
EngL 1591: Literature of American Minorities