Dr. William Levine

Professor

Dr. William Levine
615-494-8846
Room 349, Peck Hall (PH)
MTSU Box 70, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington (1989)
  • B.A., SUNY Center, Stony Brook (1980)

Areas of Expertise

18th Century British Literature
History of Criticsm & Satire
Literature of Jazz and the Blues

Biography

A native of New York, Dr. Levine teaches courses in 18th Century British literature, the history of criticism, satire, and the literature of jazz and the blues.

Publications

Levine, William. "Keeping, Deflating, and Transcending 'The Fool's Conceit': Smart's Hyb...

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A native of New York, Dr. Levine teaches courses in 18th Century British literature, the history of criticism, satire, and the literature of jazz and the blues.

Publications

Levine, William. "Keeping, Deflating, and Transcending 'The Fool's Conceit': Smart's Hybridization of Satiric and Devotional Modes in His Translations of the Psalms," in Reading Christopher Smart (forthcoming, Bucknell Univ. Press/Rowman & Littlefield, 2013).
___. "A 'Bracing Moment': Reynolds' Response to Boswell and Burke on the Aesthetics and Ethics of Public Executions," inStaging Pain 1580-1800: Violence and Trauma in British Theater (Ashgate, 2009).
___. "The Eighteenth-Century Progress Poem and Cultural Jeremiad Traditions in Anna Barbauld's Eighteen Hundred and Eleven," Women's Writing (Fall 2005).
___. "Collins, Historical Representation, and the Ut Pictura Poesis Aesthetic: Some Problems in Conception and Reception,"Trivium 34 (2003): 87-108.
___. "'A Permanent, Nationalized, Learned Order': The Humanistic Displacement of Milton's Politics in Coleridge's Later Cultural Criticism," The Wordsworth Circle 25 (Summer 1994).
___. "Collins, Thomson, and the Whig Progress of Liberty," Studies in English Literature 34 (Summer 1994).
___. "'Beyond the Limits of a Vulgar Fate': The Renegotiation of Public and Private Concerns in the Careers of Gray and Other Mid-Eighteenth-Century Poets," Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 24 (1994).
___. "The Genealogy of Romantic Literary History: Refigurations of Johnson's Lives of the English Poets in the Criticism of Coleridge and Wordsworth," Criticism 34 (Summer 1992): 349-78.
___. "From the Ridiculous to the Sublime: Gray's Transvaluation of Pope's Poetics," Philological Quarterly 70, no. 3 (Summer 1991): 289-309.
___. "The Progress Poem in Coleridge's Political Lyrics," The Wordsworth Circle 20, no. 2 (Spring 1989): 68-74.
___. Review essay on Frans De Bruyn, The Literary Genres of Edmund Burke (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1996); Nicholas Robinson, Edmund Burke: A Life in Caricature (New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1996); and Vol. 3 of The Writings and Speeches of Edmund Burke: Party, Parliament, and the American War, 1774-1780, ed. Warren M. Elofson (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1996), Eighteenth-Century Studies 31 (Summer 1998): 533-36.
___. Review of Robert J. Griffin, Wordsworth's Pope: A Study in Literary Historiography, Modern Philology 96 (August 1998): 122-27.
___.Review of  Dreadful Visitations:  Confronting Natural Catastrophe in the Age of Enlightenment. Ed.  Alessa Johns.  (New York and London: Routledge, 1999), Clio 30 (2001): 239-50.
___. "Mapping a Century of British Poetry and Reassessing Two of its Poets": Review Essay on Clement Hawes, ed.Christopher Smart and the Enlightenment; John Sitter, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry; and Richard Terry, ed. James Thomson: Essays for the TercentenaryEighteenth-Century Studies 36 (Fall 2002): 115-19.
___. "Situating the Careers of Gray and Other British Poets of the Long Eighteenth Century in Their Times: Some Biographical, Historicist, Thematic, and Formalist Treatments": Review Essay on Gleckner, Robert F., Gray Agonistes: Thomas Gray and Masculine Friendship; Griffin, Dustin. Patriotism and Poetry in Eighteenth-Century Britain; Mack, Robert.Thomas Gray: A Life; McCarthy, B. Eugene. Thomas Gray: The Progress of a Poet; Roberts, William, ed. Thomas Gray's Journal of His Visit to the Lake District in October; Zionkowski, Linda. Men's Work: Gender, Class, and the Professionalization of Poetry, 1660-1784Eighteenth-Century Studies 36 (Summer 2003).
___. Review of David Fairer, English Poetry of the Eighteenth Century, 1700-1799, XVIII: New Perspectives on the Eighteenth Century 1 (Spring 2004): 95-97.

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