Paul Douglass is Professor of English and American Literature at San Jose State University, where he directs the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies and the Steinbeck Fellows Program. His research interests include British Romanticism (Byron Studies), Modern American Literature (Eliot and Steinbeck Studies), Literary Theory, and interdisciplinary approaches to literature-- through Music, Philosophy, and painterly aesthetics.
He is the author of Lady Caroline Lamb: A Biography (Palgrave 2004), and co-editor, with Frederick Burwick, of a facsimile edition of Lord Byron and Isaac Nathan's A Selection of Hebrew Melodies, Ancient and Modern (University of Alabama Press, 1988). In 2007 he received the Elma Dangerfield Award of the International Byron Society for publication of new and original work related to the life, works and times of the 6th Lord George Gordon Noel Byron the Poet. His selection of Lady Caroline Lamb's letters, The Whole Disgraceful Truth, was published by Palgrave in April 2006. Together with Leigh Wetherall, he is editing Lamb's Collected Works for publication by Pickering and Chatto in 2009. Previously, he published the following works:
The Crisis in Modernism: Bergson and the Vitalist Controversy, ed. by Paul Douglass and Frederick Burwick. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1992.
Cradle of the Copperheads , a novel by Jesse Stuart, edited and with an introduction by Paul Douglass. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1988.
A Selection of Hebrew Melodies, Ancient and Modern, by Isaac Nathan and Lord Byron, a facsimile edited and with an introduction and notes by Frederick Burwick and Paul Douglass. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 1988.
Bergson, Eliot, and American Literature. Lexington: UP of Kentucky, 1986.
With Frederick Burwick (UCLA), he has also inaugurated a Romantic-Era Songs Web-Site dedicated to enabling scholars and music-lovers greater access to recordings of the Theater and Popular Songs, Catches, Airs, and Art Songs of the Romantic Period, including modern settings of Romantic-era lyrics.
My work is influenced strongly by feminist and Marxist approaches to literature and culture, but I am eclectic and basically "common sense" in my work, whether biographical, critical, or creative. Joyce, Faulkner, Eliot, Hemingway, Yets, and the Modernists in general influenced my poetry and prose early in life. James Merrill and Salman Rushdie are more recent strong influences.
The Collected Works of Lady Caroline Lamb (Pickering and Chatto, 3 vols., 2010) co-edited with Leigh Wetherall-Dickson, a three year project. A Collection of poems on Maine. Collected essays from the Romualdo del Bianco FOundation's Florence, Italy, Conference on T.S. Eliot and Dante (in progress).
Pickering and Chatto, Palgrave, Cambridge University Press
Swimming, hiking, sailing, guitar, piano, singing, community theater, cooking.
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