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Title: Professor; Director, Helen Zell Writers' Program
Ph.D., Harvard  1999
BA, Princeton University, 1992

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Douglas Trevor

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 work has appeared most recently in Ploughshares Solos, The Iowa Review, The Notre Dame Review, The Minnesota Review, and New Letters. He has also had stories in The Paris Review, Glimmer Train, Epoch, Black Warrior Review, The New England Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and more than a dozen other publications. His short fiction has been anthologized in—among other places—The O. Henry Prize Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. Among his various honors, Trevor has been named the Theodore Morrison Fellow in Fiction at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and served twice as a writer-in-residence at the Ucross Foundation. He holds an undergraduate degree from Princeton, where he worked with Joyce Carol Oates and Toni Morrison, and a PhD in Renaissance Literature 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

Creative Writing; the history of the novel; 16th and 17th century English literature, especially Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, and Milton.

Secondary Interests

Religious studies; theories of the passions.


Books: Girls I Know (a novel, SixOneSeven Books, 2013), The Thin Tear in the Fabric of Space (a collection of short stories, University of Iowa Press, 2005); The Poetics of Melancholy in Early Modern England (Cambridge University Press, 2004); Historicism, Psychoanalysis, and Early Modern Culture, ed. with Carla Mazzio (Routledge Press, 2000). Short Stories and Novellas (selected): "The Detroit Frankfurt School Discussion Group," Ploughshares Solos, vol. 4, no. 5 (2016); "Endymion," The Iowa Review, vol. 45, issue 2 (2015); "Faucets," Midwestern Gothic, issue 16 (2015); "The Program in Profound Thought," Notre Dame Review, no. 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). 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).

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