1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences



  • “Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, and U. S. Environmentalism.” Co-authored with Jonathan Z. Cannon. William and Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review 42, 1 (Fall 2017).
  • "The Strange Case of Dr. Stevenson and Mr. Thoreau." Southwest Review 102, 1 (2017).
  • “The Battle of the Crater in Recent Fiction.”  Cold Harbor to the Crater: The End of the Overland Campaign. Ed. Gary W. Gallagher and Caroline E. Janney.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015.
  • “‘A Harvest of Death.’” Lens of War, ed. J. Matthew Gallman and Gary W. Gallagher.  Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2015.
  • "On Middlebrow Formalism, or the Fallacy of Imitative Form Revisited," Southwest Review, 99, 4 (2014).
  • "Ambrose Bierce, Chickamauga, and Ways to Write History." Gateway to the Confederacy: New Perspectives on the Chickamauga and Chattanooga Campaigns, 1862-1863.  Ed. Evan C. Jones and Wiley Sword.  Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2014.
  • "When Lincoln Met Emerson," Journal of the Civil War Era, 3, 2 (June, 2013).
  • "The Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural."  Cambridge Companion to Abraham Lincoln.  Ed. Shirley Samuels.  New York: Cambridge UP, 2012.
  • "Transcendental Poetics."  Cambridge Companion to Nineteenth-Century American Poetry.  Ed. Kerry Larson.  Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 20011.
  • "Surrender at Appomattox." Encyclopedia Virginia. Ed. Brendan Wolfe. 9 May. 2011. Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. 9 May. 2011.
  • "Why Didn't Hemingway Mention This Crater?" Southwest Review 94, 4 (2009).
  • “The Ambidexterity of Lucinda Roy.”  Multiformalisms.  Ed. Annie Finch and Susan Schultz.  Cincinnati: David Robert Books, 2009.
  • "Walt Whitman's Real Wars." Wars Within a War: Controversy and Conflict Over the American Civil War.  Ed. Gary Gallagher and Joan Waugh.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009.
  • “Five from the Fifties.”  Thinking of Reading.  Ed. Jessica Feldman and Robert Stilling.  Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008.
  • “In the Key of Kora in Hell,” Cue: A Journal of Prose Poetry 4, 2 (Summer 2007): 33-38.
  • "Perpetual Calendar." Southwest Review 92, 1 (2007).
  • "Speaking of Alaska." Virginia Environmental Law Journal 24, 3 (2005).
  • "American Literary Mirrors," American Mirrors: (Self) Reflections and (Self) Distortions, ed. Felisa Lopez Liquete (Bilbao: University of the Basque Country Press, 2005).
  • "Whitman and Patriotism." Virginia Quarterly Review, 81, 2 (Spring 2005).
  • "Hart Crane's Felicitous Juggling," Meridian, 15 (Spring/Summer 2005).
  • "'The Descent of Winter' and the Poetry of the Calendar" in Rigor of Beauty: Essays in Commemoration of William Carlos Williams.  Ed. Ian D. Copestake.  Bern: Peter Lang, 2004.
  • Introduction to B. A. Botkin's A Civil War Treasury of Tales, Legends and Folklore. Bison Books edition. Lincoln: U Nebraska P, 2001.
  • "Poems of the Civil War, Past and Present." Value and Vision in American Literature: Literary Essays in Honor of Ray Lewis White. Ed. Joseph Candido, Athens: Ohio UP, 2000.
  • "Buff, as in Civil War." Virginia Quarterly Review 75,4 (Autumn 1999).
  • With Stephen Arata, Clare Kinney, et al. "Fit Teachers Though Few." Preparing a Nation's Teachers. New York: MLA, 1999.
  • "Pray Without Ceasing' and the Postmodern Canon," Complexities of Motion: A.R. Ammons's Longer Poems (1999).
  • "A. R. Ammons, or the Rigid Lines of the Free and Easy," Critical Essays on A. R. Ammons (1997).
  • "The Literature and Medicine Movement: The Case of William Carlos Williams, M.D," Pharos (1996).
  • "And the Dove Returned," Callaloo 19, 1 (1996).
  • "A Teacher's Attention," Teaching Resource Center Occasional Paper No. 1. Charlottesville: University of Virginia, 1995.
  • "Make New Professors, But Keep the Old," New Literary History 26, 3 (Summer 1995).
  • "The Capabilities of Charles Wright," The Point Where All Things Meet: Essays on Charles Wright (1995).
  • "The Differing Impulses of William Carlos Williams," American Literary History (1991).


  • State Council of Higher Education for Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award, 2015
  • Cavaliers' Distinguished Teaching Professor, 2014-2016
  • Fellow, Virginia Center for the Humanities, 1997
  • Mayo Distinguished Teaching Professor, 1994-1997
  • Fulbright Lecturer, Greece, 1993
  • All-University Teaching Award, 1992
  • Fellow, American Council of Learned Societies, 1986-1987


First Name: 
Robert C. Taylor Professor
Computing ID: 
Office Address: 

441 Bryan Hall


Ph.D. Yale, 1982
M.Phil. Yale, 1981
M.A. Yale, 1980
B.A. Cornell, 1978

Office Hours: 

M 3:00-4:45 and W 9:30-10:30 (both sessions in Bryan 441)

Class Schedule: 

MW 11-11:50
M 5:15-7:15
W 3:30-6