December 3, 2012
McDowell, Director of the University
Honors program, published “Cataloging, Dinnseanchas, and the Lyricism of Tony Curtis” in
American Notes and Queries. Curtis is one of Ireland's most popular
poets. A member of Aosdana, the Irish national academy of the arts, Curtis is a
longtime friend of Seattle University and, in particular, to the alumni of the
Writers’ Workshop in Ireland, the short-term summer study abroad trip run
annually by McDowell and former Washington State Poet Laureate Sam Green. Curtis
is tentatively scheduled to return to SU sometime in May.
other essay, “The Pictures of Marvell’s Speaker in a Prospect of Little T. C.s,”
has just appeared in Explorations in Renaissance Culture, the journal
of the South-Central Renaissance Conference. The essay focuses on one of Andrew
Marvell’s more controversial lyrics, “The Picture of Little T. C. in a
Prospect of Flowers.” A leading satirist and member of parliament during the
second half of the 17th century, Marvell is considered a key figure in the
development of religious and political toleration in the English-speaking
world. McDowell is a past president of the Andrew Marvell Society, the
international scholarly society devoted to the study of the poet’s life and
McDowell received his Ph.D. from Indiana University and joined
the English Department in 2002. His research and scholarship focus on John
Donne, Andrew Marvell, William Shakespeare, George Herbert, Richard Crashaw,
John Milton, and other Renaissance poets, as well as modern Irish writers. In
2009, he edited The Social Character of Andrew Marvell’s Imagination, a
collection of essays, as a special issue of the journal Explorations in
McDowell is currently editing an electronic
edition of Donne’s prose satire, Ignatius His Conclave, for the John
Donne Society Digital Prose Archive. For this project, he received a Dean’s
Research Fellowship and will be assisted by junior Kathleen Banks, a University
Honors, History, and English major. He received the Most Inspirational Faculty
Member award from the 2006 graduating class.
TheCollege of Arts and Sciences, the
largest college in Seattle University, offers 42 undergraduate
majors, 37 undergraduate minors, and 7 master’s degrees.
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