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Clark Davis is Professor of English at the University of Denver. He is the author of After the Whale: Melville in the Wake of Moby-Dick (Alabama UP, 1995) and Hawthorne's Shyness: Ethics, Politics, and the Question of Engagement (Johns Hopkins UP, 2005).
His current writing projects include It Starts with Trouble: William Goyen and the Life of Writing, a literary biography of the author of The House of Breath and Arcadio (forthcoming in May 2015 from the University of Texas Press). Early versions of parts of this manuscript have appeared in Raritan and The Southwest Review. An essay on Melville and the Transcendentalists has recently been printed in Critical Insights: Herman Melville, and he is the author of the Melville chapter in the Cambridge Companion to American Novelists. His essay on quietist thinking in Emerson, Melville, and Simone Weil, originally published in the journal Common Knowledge, has also been re-published in Peace and Mind: Civilian Scholarship from Common Knowledge. And his essay on Melville's late poetry manuscripts is in Melville as Poet: The Art of "Pulsed Life" (Kent State UP, 2013).
Professor Davis has served as Director of English Graduate Studies, Associate Department Chair, and Chair of the Department of English. His teaching for 2014-15 includes a First-Year Seminar, "The Fascination of Evil," an undergraduate American Civil War literature course, and a graduate seminar on Puritan Poetics.
Starred review in Publisher's Weekly
University of Texas Press