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February
12, 2016
TIMOTHY W.H. PELTASON
Office:
Founders 117
Wellesley College
Wellesley, MA 02481
(781) 283-2592
Home:
7 Upland Road
Wellesley, MA 02482
(781) 237-4426
Education:
A.B. Harvard College, 1972
Ph.D. Yale University, 1978
Instructor, Wellesley College, 1977-78
Assistant Professor, Wellesley College, 1978-83
Associate Professor, Wellesley College, 1983-90
Professor, Wellesley College, 1990- (William R. Kenan Professor 2001-2005)
Visiting Professor, Brandeis University 1996-1997
Director, Newhouse Center for the Humanities, 2004-2009
PUBLICATIONS
Books
1986
Reading 'In Memoriam' (Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press)
1994
Matthew Arnold: Selected Poems, ed., introduction, and notes by Timothy
Peltason (London and New York: Viking-Penguin)
Essays
1983
"The Embowered Self: 'Mariana' and 'Recollections of the Arabian
Nights,'" Victorian Poetry 21, pp. 335-350.
"Supposed Confessions, Uttered Thoughts: The First Person Singular in
Tennyson's Poetry," Victorian Newsletter 64, pp. 13-18.
1984
"Tennyson's Philosophy: Some Lyric Examples," in Philosophical
Approaches to Literature, ed. William Cain (Lewisburg: Bucknell
University Press), pp. 51-72. Rpt in Critical Essays on Alfred Lord
Tennyson, ed. Herbert Tucker (New York: G.K. Hall), 1993.
"Tennyson, Nature, and Romantic Nature Poetry," Philological Quarterly,
pp.. 75-93.
1985
"Tennyson's Fables of Emergence," Bucknell Review, pp. 143-170.
1988
"Imagination and Learning in George Eliot, Mill and Dickens," Essays in
Criticism 38, pp. 35-54.
1990
"Ruskin's Finale: Vision and Imagination in Praeterita" ELH 57, pp. 665684.
1992
"Esther's Will," ELH 59, pp. 671-691. Rpt. Bleak House: Contemporary
Critical Essays, ed. Jeremy Tambling (London: Macmillan), 1998.
"Learning How to See: The Holy Grail," Victorian Poetry 30, pp. 463481.
1994
"The Function of Matthew Arnold at the Present Time," College English
56, pp. 749-765.
1996
"The Place of Reading: Graduate Study and the Literature Classroom,"
ADE Bulletin 113, pp. 9-12.
1998
"Life Writing," in The Blackwell’s Companion to Victorian Literature
and Culture, ed. Herbert Tucker (London: Blackwells), pp. 356-371.
1999
"The Way We Read and Write Now: The Rhetoric of Experience in
Victorian Prose and Contemporary Criticism," ELH 66, pp. 985-1014.
2000
“Making the Case for a Literary Education,” ADE Bulletin 125, pp. 1419.
2004
“The Uncommon Pursuit,” Literary Imagination 6, pp. 499-515.
2007
“Seeing Things As They Are: Literary Judgment and Disinterestedness,
Literary Imagination 9, pp. 177-194
2009
“What the Laureate Did Next: Tennyson’s Maud”; Victorian Poetry 47,
pp. 197-219
2010
“The Esther Problem,” in Approaches to Teaching Charles Dickens’s
Bleak House, eds. John Jordan and Gordon Bigelow (New York: MLA
publications)
Reviews
1980
A review of Victorian Noon, by Carl Dawson, for The South Carolina
Review
1987
A review of Peter Sacks, The English Elegy and Alan Sinfield, Alfred
Tennyson, for Victorian Studies 31, pp. 109-111.
1992
"Hearing Liberal Voices," a review-essay, Intellectual History Newsletter
14, pp. 68-73.
1999
Review of W. David Shaw, Alfred, Lord Tennyson: The Poet in an Age of
Theory, for Victorian Studies 41, pp. 541-542.
2000
Review of Denis Donoghue, The Practice of Reading, Comparative
Literature, 52, pp. 366-369.
2002
“The Polymath,” a review-essay on Ruskin, Partisan Review, 69:3, pp.
478-485.
2010
A review of Joseph Bristow, ed: Oscar Wilde and Modern Culture: The
Making of a Legend, for Victorian Studies 52, pp. 339-342.
Other:
1997
“Unlazy Days of Summer,” US News and World Report, July 14, 1997
“Sending a Daughter to College,” US News and World Report, September
22, 1997
1999
“Why Are You Here?” Wellesley Magazine (rpt. Los Angeles Times,
August 28, 2005; Wellesley College Orientation manual, 2000-2006)
2001-2
Monograph length commentaries on five plays by Shakespeare published
and marketed on the web by Digital Learning Interactive:
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Henry IV, part 1
Othello
King Lear
The Tempest
Work in progress:
Book project: “Oscar in Earnest: Style and Substance in the Line of Wilde”
Essay project: “Love and Judgment in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”
RESEARCH GRANTS
1986
NEH Summer Stipend
1991
NEH Summer Stipend
1993
NEH Research fellowship
PAPERS PRESENTED AT PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS AND SPECIAL
LECTURES, TALKS, AND COLLOQUIA
1986-7
"John Stuart Mill and the Facts of Life," a lecture delivered to New
England Historical Society, October 1986,
and to the University of California, Irvine, in January 1987,
and to the Huntington Library in January 1987
1988
"Hard Times and Modern Education," a talk to the Boston Browning
Society, Spring 1988
1992
Panel chair for "Alfred Lord Tennyson: A Centennial Symposium," at the
Armstrong Library of Baylor University
1995
Wellesley College English department colloquium presentation, "The
Importance of Oscar Wilde"
1995
"Graduate Education and the Literature Classroom," Associated
Departments of English summer seminar, University of Iowa
1999
“Making the Case for a Literary Education” keynote address, Association
of Departments of English, SUNY Purchase
2002
Brandeis University Humanities Seminar:: “The Uncommon Pursuit:
Literary Judgment and Contemporary Criticism”
2003
Association of Literary Scholars and Critics, Boston meeting presentation:
“The Uncommon Pursuit: Literary Judgment and Contemporary
Criticism”
2009
Fisher’s Island Library Lecture Series: “Erotic Antagonism: Jane Austen
and the Tradition of Romantic Comedy”
2010
Boston University Conference on Twain and Tolstoy: “The Convention of
Marriage in Nineteenth Century Fiction”
MEMBERSHIP, ACTIVITIES, AND OFFICES HELD IN PROFESSIONAL
SOCIETIES
Association of Literary Scholars, Critics and Writers (Treasurer, Executive
Committee))
WELLESLEY COLLEGE SERVICE
I have served as department chair on three occasions, for a total of five years; as director
of the First-Year Cluster program; and on a variety of college committees, including the
Committee on Faculty Appointments (twice), the Committee on Curriculum and
Instruction, the Budget Advisory Committee (twice; once as Chair), the President's
Advisory Committee, the Task Force on the Arts, the Reaccreditation Steering
Committee, the Task Force on Academic Excellence, the Trustee-Faculty Committee on
Academic Affairs, and others.
EXTERNAL SERVICE
1999-2009
2004-2009
Dana Hall School, Board of Trustees
Dana Hall School, Board of Trustees, Vice-President
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