Studies of Victorian Literature





John P. Farrell



About Professor J. P. Farrell

Selected Writings On Website

C Bronte: Farrell on Jane Eyre ( doc | pdf )
E Bronte: Reader's Role in WH ( doc | pdf )
E Bronte: Wuthering Heights Dreams ( doc | pdf )
Arnold: What I Want The Reader to See ( doc | pdf )
Arnold Chronology Timeline ( doc | pdf )
Arnold on Carlyle ( doc | pdf )
Arnold Touchstone ( doc | pdf )
Arnold: Dialogue with the Mind ( doc | pdf )


John was born in Brooklyn, New York, 1939 and has two daughters, Sheridan A. Farrell (RISD, 1992) and Marcy D. Farrell (Colorado College, 1992; University of Wisconsin, MA, 1997). He is married to Carlene Wyndham, RN and is nicknamed, "Jack." His fields of study and special interests include Victorian Literature; Romantic Literature; Ideas and Beliefs of the Victorians; Contemporary American Poetry; Contemporary Irish Literature; the Gothic Imagination in British and American Literature; Dialogics and Reader-Response Criticism; and the Ethics of Reading.

B. S., Fordham University, 1961
Ph.D., Indiana University, 1967

Academic Career

Assistant Professor, University of Kansas, 1966-1970
Associate Professor, University of Kansas, 1970-1974
Associate Professor, University of Texas, 1974-1982
Professor, University of Texas, 1982--the present
Visiting Professor, University College, Galway 1988
Visiting Professor, Rice University Spring term , 1989

Honors and Awards
Faculty Research Assignment, University of Texas, spring terms, 1981, 1987, 1995
Nominee, Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship, 1988
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, fall, 1980
Outstanding Teacher Award, College of Humanities, University of Texas, 1977
American Philosophical Society travel grant, 1972
Younger Humanist Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1972-1973
Watkins Faculty Fellowship, University of Kansas, summer, 1969

Selected Publications
"Matthew Arnold and the Middle Ages: The Uses of the Past," Victorian Studies 13 (1970), 319-338
Revolution as Tragedy: The Dilemma of the Moderate from Scott to Arnold, Cornell University Press, 1980.
"The Beautiful Changes in Richard Wilbur's Poetry," Contemporary Literature 12 (1971), 74-87; rpt. & trans. in Interpretationen XII: Amerkanische Literatur des 20 Jahrhunderts, ed. G. Hoffmann (Frankfort: Fischer, 1972); also rptd. in Wendy Salinger, ed. Richard Wilbur's Creation (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1983), 187-202.
"Toward a New History of Fiction: The Wolff Collection and the Example of Mrs. Gore," The Library Chronicle, n.s. #37 (1986), 29-38.
"Transcendental Despair: The French Revolution" in Harold Bloom, ed., Thomas Carlyle: Modern Critical Views (New York: Chelsea House, 1986).
"'What You Feel, I Share': Breaking the Dialogue of the Mind with Itself," in Matthew Arnold 1988: A Centennial Review, ed. Miriam Allott, Essays and Studies, n.s. Vol. 41 (London: John Murray, 1988), 45-61.
"Reading the Text of Community in Wuthering Heights," ELH 56 (1989), 173-208.
"Crossroads to Community: Jude the Obscure and the Chronotope of Community" in Dialogue and Critical Discourse: Language, Culture, Critical Theory. ed. Michael Macovski ( New York: Oxford University Press, 1997), pp. 65-79.
"The Partners' Tale: Dickens and Our Mutual Friend," ELH 66 (1999)759-799.

Courses taught at the University of Texas
E324: The Gothic Imagination
E328: The Novel from Scott to Hardy
E375L: Victorian Poetry
E370: Victorian Essays and Ideas
E392: Revolution, Community, and Dialogics in Nineteenth-Century Literarture
E392: Dickens Colloquium
E392: Fictions of Community

Special Seminars: The Poet in His Book: Stevens, Lowell, Wilbur;
Reading Yeats; Yeats and Revolution; The Victorian Sages;
The Romantic Novel ; Revising Love: Tennyson, Hardy and Modern Poetry;
Arnold and the Idea of Culture; Culture and Society in Victorian England

Current Research

Writing in Space: Thomas Hardy and the Construction of Wessex

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