Main Office: Peck Hall 302
Department Chair: Dr. Maria K. Bachman
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Fax: (615) 898-5098
Ph.D. (1990), Columbia University Columbia College; MA (1981), Columbia University Columbia College; MPHI (1985), Columbia University Columbia College; BA (1980), Wichita State University; First Year at MTSU: 1990
Office: PH 347; Phone/Voice Mail: 898-5836
Dr. Neth teaches courses on the British Romantic poets at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including a course he developed on the Verbal and Visual Art of William Blake. He also taught in the Honors Program, where he developed a course on the comparative study of poetry and painting; he regularly teaches English 3020, the second part of the survey course required of all English majors. He is the Faculty Advisor for the MTSU The Great Books Interdisciplinary Minor, which he designed in 1999.
Neth's published research has focused primarily on the textual study and interpretation of the poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley. In 1991, he became the first MTSU faculty member to be awarded a Summer Stipend by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), with which he traveled to the Bodleian Library of Oxford University to co-edit (with Donald H. Reiman) Shelley's manuscript notebook used during the composition of his poem, Hellas. This was published in 1994 as volume XVI of The Bodleian Shelley Manuscripts. Three more trips to the UK over the next decade prepared Neth to edit Shelley's longest poem, the 4800-line epic Laon and Cythna (1817), for volume 3 of The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley (CPPBS), which was published by the Johns Hopkins UP in 2012. Neth and his three co-editors on this volume won the 2011-2012 Richard J. Finneran Award, bestowed biennially by the Society for Textual Scholarship on the best edition or book on editorial theory. He has also won a share of two three-year, $180,000 grants awarded by NEH to continue CPPBS and is currently editing Oedipus Tyrannus for the forthcoming volume 5. He is scheduled to edit Hellas for volume 7 of the series. His piece on Shelley's pre-emptive self-censorships in the draft manuscripts of Laon and Cythna in light of the special restrictions on press freedom in Britain during 1817 has recently appeared in a University of Delaware Press collection of essays in honor of Donald H. Reiman.