Education

Ph.D. (Comparative Literature), Columbia University, 1964.
M.A. (Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Latin Literature), University of California, Berkeley, 1959.
B.A. (summa cum laude in Latin and English) St. Anselm College, 1958.

Other Publications

1. books
Neopoetics: The Evolution of the Literate Imagination. Columbia University Press, 2016
Paleopoetics: The Evolution of the Preliterate Imagination. Columbia University Press, 2013
Homeland Mythology: Biblical Narratives in American Culture. Penn State Press, 2007.
Authority Figures: Metaphors of Mastery from the Iliad to the Apocalypse. Rowman & Littlefield, 1996.
The Poetics of the Mind’s Eye: Literature and the Psychology of Imagination. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1991.

Reading the Written Image: Verbal Play, Interpretation, and the Roots of Iconophobia. Penn State Press, 1991.
The Daphnis and Chloe of Longus. (trans.) Imprint Society, 1972.
The Uses of Observation: Correspondential Vision in the Writings of Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman. De Gruyter, 1971.
The Act of Poetry: A Practical Introduction to the Reading of Poems. Random House, 1970.

2. selected articles

“Animus Inscriptus: An Out-of-Body Embodiment?” In The Embodied Basis of Constructions in Greek and Latin, ed. E. Mocciaro & W. Short. Berlin & New York: De Gruyter Mouton, 2019.

“Palaeopoetics: Prefatory Notes Toward a Cognitive History of Poetry.” In Cognitive Semiotics, Issue 2 (Spring, 2008), 41-64.

“Writing and the Nature of the Supernatural Image, or Why Ghosts Float.” In Languages of Visuality: Crossings between Science, Art, Politics, and Literature, ed. Beate Allert. Detroit:Wayne State University Press, 1996, 242-260.

“Groundless Figures: Reader Response to Verbal Imagery.” The CEA Critic, 51.1 (1988), 11-29.

“Milton’s Early Cosmos and the Fall of Mulciber.” In Urbane Milton: The Latin Poetry, ed. J. A. Freeman and A. Low. (Milton Studies, XIX). Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1984.

“The Moving Eye in Williams’ Earlier Poetry.” In William Carlos Williams Poet and Man, ed. Carroll F. Terrell. Orono, Maine: National Poetry Foundation, 1983, 261-285.

“Notes on Prosody.” In The Logic of Poetry, ed. Richard Monaco and John Briggs. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1974, 394-405.

“Figure, Ground, and Open Field.” New York Quarterly, no. 10, Winter,1972, 118-127.

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