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Title: Professor
Ph.D., Harvard  1999
BA, Princeton University, 1992

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DOUGLAS TREVOR is the author of the novel Girls I Know (SixOneSeven Books, 2013), which won the 2013 Balcones Fiction Prize, and the short story collection The Thin Tear in the Fabric of Space (University of Iowa Press, 2005), which received the Iowa Short Fiction Award and was named a finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for First Fiction. His short stories have appeared in publications such as The Paris Review, The Michigan Quarterly Review, The Black Warrior Review, Epoch, The Iowa Review, Fugue, The Notre Dame Review, The Minnesota Review, Glimmer Train, The New England Review, Midwestern Gothic, and The Ontario Review. His work has also been anthologized in The O. Henry Prize Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. He is currently completing another collection of stories, and has a novella from that collection forthcoming in 2016 in the Ploughshares Solos series. Trevor has also begun his second novel, a chapter from which appeared in New Letters last year. The novel is set in Denver and revolves around the central character's discovery of a string of secrets about his family, his city, and himself. Trevor received a BA from Princeton University and a PhD from Harvard. He also teaches courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels on early modern literature, particularly the works of Shakespeare, Donne, and Milton.
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Research Interests

Primary Interests

16th and 17th century English literature, especially Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, and Milton; creative writing.

Secondary Interests

Religious studies; theories of the passions; the rise of the novel.


Books: Girls I Know (a novel, SixOneSeven Books, 2013), The Poetics of Melancholy in Early Modern England (Cambridge University Press, 2004); The Thin Tear in the Fabric of Space (a collection of short stories, University of Iowa Press, 2005); Historicism, Psychoanalysis, and Early Modern Culture, ed. with Carla Mazzio (Routledge Press, 2000). Academic Articles (selected): "Mapping the Celestial in Shakespeare's Tempest and the Writings of John Donne," in Shakespeare and Donne: Generic Hybrids in the Cultural Imaginary, ed. Judith H. Anderson and Jennifer C. Vaught (Fordham University Press, 2013); "Self-Love, Spirituality, and the senses in Twelfth Night,'" in Shakespearean Sensations, ed. Katharine Craik and Tanya Pollard (Cambridge University Press, 2013); "Love, Anger, and Cruelty in 'De l'Affection des peres aux enfans' and King Lear," (Montaigne Studies, vol. 24, nos. 1-2, 2012); "Lacan, Hamlet, and the Problem of Mourning," (Shakespeare Yearbook, vol, 19, 2010); "Milton and Solomonic Education," in Milton and the Jews, ed. Douglas Brooks (Cambridge University Press, 2008); "Milton and Oneness," (Milton Studies, vol. 49, 2009); "Shakespeare's Love Objects," in A Companion to Shakespeare's Sonnets, ed. Michael Schoenfeldt (Blackwell Press, 2006); "Love, Humoralism, and 'Soft' Psychoanalysis," Shakespeare Studies, vol. 33 (2005); "Sadness in The Faerie Queene." In Reading The Early Modern Passions, ed. Gail Kern Paster, Katherine Rowe, and Mary Floyd-Wilson (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004); "Thomas More's Responsio ad Lutherum and the Fictions of Humanist Polemic," The Sixteenth Century Journal, vol. 32, no. 3 (2001); "John Donne's Pseudo-Martyr and the Oath of Allegiance Controversy," Reformation, vol. 5 (2000); "John Donne and Scholarly Melancholy," Studies in English Literature, vol. 40, no. 1 (2000); "George Herbert and the Scene of Writing," in Historicism, Psychoanalysis, and Early Modern Culture (2000). Short Stories (selected): "Endymion," The Iowa Review, Volume 45, Issue 2 (2015); "Faucets," Midwestern Gothic, Issue 16 (2015); "The Program in Profound Thought," Notre Dame Review, Number 38 (2014); "The Novelist and the Short Story Writer," The Minnesota Review, Issue 82 (2014); "Sonnet 126," Michigan Quarterly Review, vol. 52, no. 3 (2013); "Slugger and the Fat Man," New Letters, vol. 79, nos. 3&4 (2013); "The Librarian," Michigan Quarterly Review, vol. 49, no. 3 (2010); "The Thin Tear in the Fabric of Space," The Black Warrior Review, vol. 32, no. 1 (2005); "The Surprising Weight of the Body's Organs," Epoch, vol. 54, no. 2 (2005); "Girls I Know," Epoch, vol. 53, no. 2 (2004); "The Fellowship of the Bereaved," Fugue, no. 26 (2003); "The River," Glimmer Train, issue 45 (2003); "Central Square," New England Review, vol. 23, no. 3 (2002); "Saint Francis in Flint," The Paris Review, no. 158 (2001).

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