E. Thomas Finan
Senior Lecturer, Humanities
Classical literature and philosophy, the epic, American literature from the Puritans to the present, Renaissance art and literature, transnational Romanticism, literary/cultural Modernism, and lyric poetry
Narratives of the real in American literature, American intellectual history, connections between philosophy and literature
The Other Side Stories. Fieldnor Press, 2010.
“Inside the Ruins: On Derek Walcott’s Life and Work,” The Millions, April 2017
“An Essential Human Respect: Reading Walt Whitman During Troubled Times,” The Millions, September 2016
“Geoffrey Crayon’s Reflections on the Puritanical Pleasures of Candlepin Bowling,” Prairie Schooner, August 2016
“‘Captivity is Consciousness’: Consciousness and its Revisions in Dickinson’s Poetry,” The Emily Dickinson Journal 24.2 (2015): 24-45.
“Frederick Douglass, Defender of the Liberal Arts,” The Atlantic, April 2015
“‘The Lords of Life’: Fractals, Recursivity, and ‘Experience,’” Philosophy & Rhetoric 45.1 (2012): 65-88.
“Opening Books: Reading Virginia Woolf on Reading,” Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers, Washington, DC, October 2016
“Walden’s Experimental Jeremiad,” American Literature Association, Boston, May 2015
“Conversations with Longfellow: The Aftershocks of His Poetry,” American Literature Association: Symposium on American Poetry, Savannah, October 2014
Panel Chair, “The Long…Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Poem,” American Literature Association: Symposium on American Poetry, Savannah, October 2014
“New Atlantic Utopias: Rhetorical Response in Emerson and the Puritans,” American Literature Association, Boston, May 2013
“‘It Ain’t in Me No More’: Morphologies of Loss and Change in The Wire,” New England Modern Language Association, Boston, March 2013
“Revolutionary Realism: Emerson, Howells, and the Evolution of the American ‘Real,’” American Comparative Literature Association, Providence, March 2012
“Reflection and Tradition: Some Humanistic Observations on Reforming K-12 English Education,” Association of Literary Scholars and Critics, Denver; October 2009.
“Visions and Re-Visions: The Whole and the Part in Editing Dickinson and Whitman,” Association of Literary Scholars and Critics, Philadelphia; October 2008.
“Emily Dickinson and the Captivity of Consciousness,” American Literature Association, Boston; May 2007.
Other Professional Activity and/or Awards
Editorial Board, IMPACT: The Journal of the Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning, 2011.