Professor of English, Ware House Don



Office: KEI309

Office Hours

Office:  Keiper 309
Semester:  Fall 2017 
  • Tuesdays: 1:00-3:00 pm
  • Wednesdays:  2:30-3:30 pm
  • By appointment


Professional Employment


2005-present, Professor of English

2002-2005, Chair, Department of English, Franklin & Marshall College

1995-2000, Editor in Chief, Nineteenth Century Studies.

1989-Present, Professor of English

Editorial Position

1995-2000, Editor, Nineteenth Century Studies


1989, Ph.D. English, Rutgers University

1983, M.A. English, University of Delaware

1980, B.A. English, University of Vermont


Late-Victorian representations of rural life and labor


Creative Writing


  • "Posthumous," Cimarron Review, Fall 2008. 
  • "High Tea at Thomas Hardy's House," "Talking Board" (rpt), Southampton Review, 1:1 (Summer / Autumn 2007): 1-3.
  • Fall Back.” Cortland Review,  December 2006.
  • “Talking Board.” Alehouse Poetry Review, Fall 2006. Runner up in APR poetry contest.
  • “Winter Laundry” Harpur Palate, Summer 2006.
  • “Ontology (at the Mütter Museum, College of Physicians, Philadelphia).”  Southwest Review, Summer 2006.


  • "Long Story, Three Days, or thirty-four and a half hours with Me and Robert McKee," Barrelhouse Magazine, 5 (2008): 141-51.
  • "True Confessions," Sports Literature [online], Winter 2007.
  • "Catechresis,"Brevity, issue 23.
  • “Some Questions to Consider.”  In Illness in the Academy, Purdue UP, 2006. Ed. Kimberly Myers.
  • "Stories from the Other Side of Silence,”  Bellevue Literary Review, Spring 2005.
  • "Outfield," Central PA Magazine, August 2004. Personal essay.
  • "Comprehending Tyler," Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine. Online.
  • Interview with Rebecca McClanahan, Fourth Genre, Spring 2004.
  • "Night Lines." Sycamore Review, 15, Winter/Spring 2003.
  • “Charity Means You Don't Pick and Choose." Newsweek, December 23, 2002: 12.  Op-ed.
  • "Her Records." Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, December 2003.
  • “A Moment's Thought." Central PA Magazine, August 2002.
  • “Voices from the Past." Antiques and Collecting, August 2002.
  • "Classroom Divided." The World and I, September 2002.
  • "Her Records." Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, December 2003.



  • KGB Bar, New York, NY. November 11, 2006.
  • Philadelphia Alumni Writers House, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA. October 2004.

Selected Scholarly Publications

"Knowing Hodge: Representing the Rural Labourer in the Late-Victorian Periodical Press." In Victorian Encounters, Palgrave, 2005. Eds. Julie Codell and Laurel Brake, pp. 103-116.

"'The Woman of To-Day': The Fin de Siècle Women of The Music Hall and Theatre Review." Victorian Periodicals Review 30 (1997):141-52. Victorian Studies, 38:1 (1994): 127-129.

"Narrating the Native: Victorian Anthropology and Hardy's The Return of the Native. Nineteenth-Century Contexts. 20 (1997): 147-63.

"'The Willow Pattern That We Knew': The Victorian Literature of Blue Willow." Victorian Studies 36 (1993): 421-442.

"Primitive Marriage, Civilized Marriage: Mythology, Anthropology and The Egoist," Victorian Literature and Culture, 20 (1993): 1-24.  


  • Travel Grant [to London]. English Speaking Union. Summer 2001.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend. Summer 2000.
  • Lindback Award for Excellence in Teaching. Spring 2000.
  • 1998 Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement, Council of Editors of Learned Journals

Course Information

Teaching Interests

Nineteenth-century British literature
Creative writing
Late Victorian literature and culture

Recent Courses with Links to a few sample syllabi

Baseball in American Lit and Culture
Reading and Writing About Place
Introduction to Literary Theory
Studies in the Nineteenth Century
The Victorian Novel
The Myth Making Mind
Introduction to Creative Writing
Nonfiction Workshop


Victorian Nightmares
Hardy and Rural England
Victorian Literature and Culture
Fin de siecle British Literature
Filming Hardy