William C. Watterson

Edward Little Professor of the English Language and Literature


Spring 2014

  • Introduction to Drama (ENGL 1106)
  • Shakespeare's Tragedies and Roman Plays (ENGL 2151)
  • Introduction to Drama (THTR 1806)
  • Shakespeare's Tragedies and Roman Plays (THTR 2811)
Phone 2077253560
Title Edward Little Professor of the English Language and Literature
Department English
Work Location 202 Massachusetts Hall
E-Mail wwatters@bowdoin.edu
William C. Watterson: Bowdoin College: English Department

EDUCATION:

A.B. Kenyon College - 1972  -- cum laude with High Honors in English
John Denham Sutcliffe Prize for English

PH.D.- Brown University - English - 1976
Woodrow Wilson Fellowship
(Dissertation: "Elizabethan Pastoral Satire")

TEACHING AND RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Shakespeare, Elizabethan Drama, the literary pastoral, Hawthorne, sonnets, English Renaissance poetry and prose.

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

1988 - NEH Summer Seminar - Princeton University ("Sidney and the English Renaissance")
1990 - NEH Panelist for Summer Research Grants (reviewed proposals for funding of topics in English Literature from 1550-1800)
1993 - Consultant in poetry for the New England Council for the Humanities
1996 - Leader of "After Frost," an eight-week series of discussions and readings on contemporary poetry at the Portland Public Library (funded by the New England Council for the Humanities)
1996 (ongoing) - Associate editor, Shakespeare and the Classroom Newsletter
2000 - Final Judge of poetry (with Adrienne Rich) for the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

BOOKS AND ARTICLES:

"Faunus and Melliflora Revisited: A Pastoral Knot Untied," in Explorations in Renaissance Culture, Vol. VIII-IX (1982-83).

"His Master's Voice" in The Virginia Quarterly Review, Vol. 60 (1984).

"Parrots, Poppinjays, and Paraquitos: Of Words and Birds in I Henry IV" in Shakespeare: Text, Subtext, and Context (Associated University Press: Selingsgrove, 1989), ed. Ronald Dotterer.

"Gertrude the Poet" in Hamlet Studies, Vol. 13 (1991).

"The Vandyke Portrait of Washington Irving" in Studies in the American Renaissance (University of Virginia Press: Charlottesville, 1992).

Milton Quarterly"Gerontion as Jokester: Humor and Anxiety in Robert Frost's 'Directive'" in The Robert Frost Review (Vol. 1, no. 1, 1992).

For the Dark (Mellen Poetry Press), 1992.

" 'Once more o ye laurels': 'Lycidas' and the Psychology of Pastoral" in Milton Quarterly, Vol. 27 (May, 1993).

" 'O monstrous world': Shakespeare and the Beast with Two Backs" in The Upstart Crow, Vol. XIII (1994).

"Shakespeare's Confidence Man" in The Sewanee Review, Vol. CI, No. 4 (Fall, 1993).

"Hamlet's Lost Father" in Hamlet Studies, Vol. 16 (1994).

"As You Like It as Christian Pastoral" and " Parodic Shepherding in Henry VI" in Shakespeare's Christian Dimension (Indiana University Press: Bloomington, 1994).

" 'Chips Off the Old Block': Birching, Social Class, and the English Public Schools," in Nineteenth Century Studies, Vol. Ten (1996).

Edited and wrote the "Introduction" to New and Collected Poems of Herbert Coursen: 1966-96 (E.M. Press, Inc, 1996).

" 'A Quiver of Moonbeams': The Haunting of the Hawthornes" in The Bowdoin Magazine, Vol. 69, no. 2 (Winter 1998).

"Nation and History: The Emergence of the English Pastoral Elegy," Chapter Seven of the Oxford Handbook of the Elegy (Oxford, 2010), pp. 135-153.

"A Down East Huck Finn: Samuel Pickard, Hawthorne's First Diary, and Bowdoin College" in The Bowdoin Magazine, Vol. 82, No. 1, Winter 2011, pp.30-37 with Devon Shapiro '13

PRESENTATIONS:

"Frost, Eliot, and Modernism at the St. Botolph Club" - a talk and paper delivered at the St. Botolph Club on November 15, 2010 to celebrate a dinner honoring T. S. Eliot there in 1932 at which Robert Frost was also present.

POEMS:

The Sewanee Review 2003The New Yorker, The Kenyon Review, Studia Mystica, Poetry, Habitat, Plains Poetry Journal, American Council of Learned Societies Newsletter, The Sewanee Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Axis, Warren Wilson Review (guest writer Winter '92 issue), Tar River Poetry, The St, Botolph Newsletter

CAT FALL (including audioaudio)
NANTUCKET FAREWELL
ELEGY FOR F.O. MATTHIESSEN (1902-1950)
SEMINAR
ON A LATE LANDSCAPE BY GEORGE INNESS (For Ann Lofquist)
TO A YOUNG MUSEUM GUARD
MONHEGAN REVISITED
CROSSING BROOKLYN BRIDGE

REVIEWS:

CLIO, The New Leader, CHOICE, Christianity and Literature, Shakespeare in the Classroom Newsletter

ANTHOLOGIES:

"Nightscape with Doves" and "Teaching my Son to Talk" in The Kenyon Poets (Gambier, 1989).
"Campus Memorial" in 1984 Anthology of the Year's Best Magazine

Image Gallery:

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fairie queen
Edmund Spencer
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