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English and Comparative Literature

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Year Retired from SJSU


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Selected Works of Paul Douglass

Educational Background

University of California, Los Angeles, English, Ph.D. 1981

Claremont Graduate University, Education, MA 1976

Amherst College, English, BA 1974

Dissertation Title

In and Out of Time: Eliot, Bergson, and American Literature

Teaching Experience

Elementary, Secondary, and College/University Teaching 1974-2019.

Administrative and Professional Experience

Chair of English, 1998-2003, 2012-2013.


Director, Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies and Editor of the Steinbeck Review (1993-94, 2005-12, 2013-14)

Director of the Steinbeck Fellows Creative Writing Program (1999-2012, 2013-14)

Director of the Graduate Program, Department of English (2003-2006)

Director of the Central Coast California Literature Project, 1991-2003 (a regional teacher professional development program)

Member of various College and University-level Search, Curriculum, RTP Committees. Spearheaded inauguration of the MFA in Creative Writing Program.

Selected Publications

The Romantics in Italy: Dante, Italian Culture, and Romantic Literature. Ed. and with an introduction and contributions by Frederick Burwick and Paul Douglass. New York: Palgrave, 2011.

T. S. Eliot, Dante, and the Idea of Europe. Ed. and with an introduction and a contribution by Paul Douglass. Cambridge, England: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2011.

The Claremont Graduate University: A History of Its Early Development, by Malcolm Paul Douglass. Ed. and with an afterword by Paul Douglass (his son). Claremont: CGU (Xlibris), 2010.

The Works of Lady Caroline Lamb. 3 vols. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2009. Ed. Paul Douglass and Leigh Wetherall Dickson. Nominated by the publisher for the 2011 MLA Prize for a Distinguished Scholarly Edition.

The Whole Disgraceful Truth: Selected Letters of Lady Caroline Lamb. New York and London: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2006. Ed. and with an introduction by Paul Douglass. Winner: 2007 International Byron Society Prize.

Lady Caroline Lamb: A Biography. New York and London: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2004.

The Crisis in Modernism: Bergson and the Vitalist Controversy. Cambridge UP, 1992. Paperback reissue, 2010. Ed. and with an introduction and contributions by Paul Douglass and Frederick Burwick.

A Selection of Hebrew Melodies, Ancient and Modern, by Isaac Nathan and Lord Byron, a facsimile edited and with an introduction and notes by Frederick Burwick and Paul Douglass. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 1988.

Cradle of the Copperheads, a novel by Jesse Stuart. McGraw-Hill, 1988. Edited and with an introduction by Paul Douglass.

Bergson, Eliot, and American Literature. Lexington: UP of Kentucky, 1986.

Personal Commentary

It was my great good fortune to be hired at SJSU in 1990, under the chairmanship of Jack Haeger, after the small college at which I was teaching in Atlanta (Mercer University) closed. I have greatly valued and deeply appreciated the many kindnesses I have received from my colleagues then and right through my retirement in 2019--especially thinking of those who were my senior colleagues of the 1990s, Cathy Blecki, John Pollock, George Grant, Arlene Okerlund, Lois Rew, Nils Peterson, Alan Soldofsky, Kichung Kim, Wil Crockett, Harvey Birenbaum, Don Keesey, Gabriele Rico, Scott Rice, Scott Hymas, Gene Bernardini, Chris Jochim, John Engell, Bonnie Cox, David Mesher, Sam Maio. As Chair, I was fortunate to work with wonderful staff, especially Admins Mark Bussmann and Brenda Wilhelm, and Deans Crane, Sigler, Toepfer and Vollendorf. These wonderful individuals made teaching at SJSU a joy above and beyond those I derived from working with our smart, ambitious, thoughtful students.



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