Literary Criticism and Disciplinary Debates

"Humanities Education Then, Now, and Why," South Atlantic Review (October 2008).

“Ethical Engagements over Time: Reading and Rereading David Copperfield and Wuthering Heights,” Narrative XII.3 (October 2004): 281-305.   Article Excerpt

“The Politics of Difference v. the Ethics of Essentializing: Looking Backward and Looking Forward at Humanities Discourse About Human Nature,” AHHE (Arts and Humanities In Higher Education) I.2 (Fall 2002): 125-44.   Article Excerpt

“Escaping the Prison of Singularity: The Behavioral Axis of the Narrative Transaction,” CEA Critic LXIII.2 (Winter/Spring 2001):  1-25.   Article Excerpt

     NB: Robert Miller Prize
     Awarded at the April, 2002 CEA convention for “the best article to

     appear in CEA Critic in 2001.”

“Fictions, Facts, and the Fact(s) in(of) Fictions,” Modern Language Studies XXVIII.3,4 (Spring 1999): 3-40.   Article Excerpt

“Response to Rebecca Moore Howard and George T. Karnezis,” College English LX.1 (January 1988):  89-93.

“Ethical Criticism: What It Is and Why It Matters,” Style XXXII.2 (Summer 1998):  194-220.   Article Excerpt

     NB: Reprinted in There Is No Other Story: Ethics, Literature, and Theory, ed. Stephen K. George &

     M. Kip Hartvigsen (Mason, OH: Thomson Custom Publishing, 2003): 15-36.

“Literature and Life:  Fact and Fiction,” CEA Critic (Fall 1995):  1-6. (co-authored with Elizabeth Turpin)

“Humanism's Heat, Postmodernism’s Cool,” CEA Critic LVII.2 (Winter 1995): 1-25.   Article Excerpt

     NB: Robert Miller Prize
     Awarded at the April, 1996 CEA convention for “the best article to appear in CEA Critic in 1995.”

“The Sound of Story: An Inquiry Into Literature and Ethos,” Narrative III.1 (January 1995): 33-56.  Article Excerpt

“From Ph.D. Program to B.A. College, or, The Sometimes Hard Journey From Life in the Carrel to Life in the World,” ADE Bulletin (Spring, 1994): 20-24Article Excerpt

“Character Formation in the Literary Classroom,” CEA Critic LIII.2 (Winter, 1990): 5-21.   Article Excerpt

“Allan Bloom's Philosopher Who ‘Does Not Love to Tell the Truth.’” Review of Higher Education X1.3 (Spring 1988):  297-310.

“In Response to the Futurists . . .” Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning. A response to readers of Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning XX.4 (July/August 1988):  8, 59-60.

“Do Future Studies Really Help?: ‘Futures Research’ and Present Troubles.” Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning XX.1 (January/February, 1988): 50-53.

“Coping with the Complex Demands of an Academic Career in the 1980s,” co-author Mary Deane Sorcinelli, Chronicle of Higher Education XXXIII. 36 (May 20, 1987): 4 0-41.

“Faculty Stress: The Tension Between Careers and ‘Having it All,’” co-author Mary Deane Sorcinelli, in Faculty Stress, ed. Peter Seldin. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass (March 1987): 43-52.

     NB: Reprinted in Yearbook of American Universities. Garland Press. Oct., 1987.

“Study: Our Faculty Still Struggling With Personal-Professional Balance,” co-author Mary Deane Sorcinelli, Campus Report XI.5 (January, 1987):  5-6.

“The State of Criticism,” Arts Insight 9 (January, 1984): 3-4. (solicited essay)

“Plato's Protagoras:  Professional Models, Ethical Concerns,” Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning XV.3 (April, 1983):  42-45.   Full Text

“The First Amendment and All That Jazz,” commissioned by the Indiana Committee for the Humanities as a position paper for an ICH conference; now distributed through the ICH Resource Center library.  (solicited essay)

“Ethical Criticism: Some Beginning Arguments,” Associator XXIX.2 (May, 1980): 10-14.

“Values and Meaning in Great Expectations:  The Two Endings Revisited,” Essays in Criticism XIX.4 (October, 1969):   402-9.   Article Excerpt

Edited Journal:
CEA Critic. Fall 1995.  Special issue: “Literature and Life:  Fact and Fiction” (co-edited with Elizabeth Turpin, Ferris State University)


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