|VITA: JOHN MCWILLIAMS
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
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.
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,
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.
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
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
318 Munroe Hall 42 Seminary Street
Middlebury College Middlebury, Vermont 05753
Middlebury, Vermont 05753
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