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VITA: JOHN MCWILLIAMS
EDUCATION:
A.B. Princeton University l962 Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude

A.M. Harvard University 1963 English and American Literature

Ph.D. Harvard University l968 English and American Literature

FULL TIME ACADEMIC POSITIONS:
l968-1974 Assistant Professor University of California, Berkeley

l975-1977 Associate Professor University of Illinois, Chicago

l984-1985 Professor University of Maryland

l978-2003 Professor Middlebury College

(Abernethy Professor of American Literature)

2004- College Professor Middlebury College



BOOKS PUBLISHED:
Political Justice In A Republic: James Fenimore Cooper's America University of California Press, l972
ed., with George Dekker, James Fenimore Cooper: The Critical Heritage Routledge & Kegan Paul, l973
with Maxwell Bloomfield and Carl Smith, Law and American Literature, Alfred A.

Knopf, 1983


Hawthorne, Melville and the American Character: A Looking-Glass Business,

Cambridge University Press, l984 (Spanish translation 1987)


The American Epic: Transforming A Genre, Cambridge University Press, l989
ed., James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans, Oxford University Press, 1990.

Second edition, revised & expanded 1994


The Last of the Mohicans: Civil Savagery and Savage Civility, Twayne-Macmillan,

1994
New England’s Crises and Cultural Memory, Cambridge University Press, 2004



SELECTED ARTICLES :
"Great Expectations: The Beacon, The Gibbet and the Ship," Dickens Studies Annual, 1972.
"'Drum Taps and Battle-Pieces'" AQ, 25 (l973), l8l-201.
"The Faces of Ethan Allen," NEQ, 49 (l976), 257-282.
"Fictions of Merry Mount," AQ, 29 (l977), 3-30.
"Progress Without Politics: A Tale of Two Cities," Clio, 7 (l977), 19-31
"Writing Literary History: The Limits of Nationalism," RALS, l3 (l983), 127-134.
"Poetry in the Early Republic," Columbia Literary History of the United States, Columbia University Press, l989, pp. 156-167.
"The Rationale for the American Romance," Boundary II, 17 (1990), 71-82.
"Lexington, Concord and the 'Hinge of the Future,'" ALH, 6 (Spring, 1993), 1-29.
"The Epic in the Nineteenth Century," Columbia History of American Poetry, Columbia University Press, 1993, pp. 33-63.
"Indian John and the Northern Tawnies," New England Quarterly, 69 (1996), 580-604, Reprinted in New England Encounters, ed. Alden T. Vaughan (Northeastern University Press, 1999.
“Puritanism: The Sense of an Unending,” Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature, ed. Parini, Oxford University Press, 2004, III, 434-445.
“Doubling the Last Survivor: Tracks and American Narratives of Lost Wilderness” in

Approaches to the Teaching of Louise Erdrich, (New York: Modern Language

Association, 2004), pp. 158-169



BOOK REVIEWS: AL, EAL (3), JAH, JEGP, MP, NCF, NCL (4), NEQ, RALS, SAF

PAPERS DELIVERED: ASA, MLA (5), ALA (4), MMM, NEMLA,

Baltimore Museum of Art, Hawthorne Society, Melville Society, The Cooper Conference (2)



FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS:
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship, 1962-1963

University of California Humanities Fellowship, 1971-1972

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships

in 1983-1984, 1988-1989, 1993-1994.



ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE:
University of Illinois at Chicago Circle:

Associate Head, Department of English, 1976-1977


Middlebury College: (dates vary)

Chair: Department of American Literature

Chair: Program in American Civilization

Chair: Faculty Council

Chair: Division of Humanities

Committee on Reappointment and Tenure

Council on Senior Faculty Reviews

Appeals Council

Teaching Resources Committee

Vice President For Academic Affairs, 1995-1997

Educational Affairs Committee

Committee on Teaching Evaluation


EDITORIAL AND GOVERNING BOARDS:
Vermont Council on the Humanities 1993-1995

Board of Governors, University Press of New England 1995-7

Editorial Board, Nineteenth Century Literature, 1990--2004

Editorial Board, Early American Literature, 1997—2000

Committee on Teaching Evaluation

ADDRESSES:
318 Munroe Hall 42 Seminary Street

Middlebury College Middlebury, Vermont 05753



Middlebury, Vermont 05753
802-443-5316 802-388-3054


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