William C. Watterson
Teaching Areas and Research Interests
Shakespeare, Elizabethan Drama, the literary pastoral, Hawthorne, sonnets, English Renaissance poetry and prose.
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
"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).
"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
The 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 audio)
ELEGY FOR F.O. MATTHIESSEN (1902-1950)
ON A LATE LANDSCAPE BY GEORGE INNESS (For Ann Lofquist)
TO A YOUNG MUSEUM GUARD
CROSSING BROOKLYN BRIDGE
"Campus Memorial" in 1984 Anthology of the Year's Best Magazine
- PhD, English, Brown University, 1976
- AB (cum laude), English, Kenyon College, 1972