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University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Amherst

English Department

Faculty Profiles: Arthur Kinney

Contact Information:
255 Bartlett Hall
Amherst, MA 0l003
p: 413-545-6596
f: 413-545-3880   

Thomas W. Copeland Professor of Literary History

Arthur F. Kinney has a B.A. from Syracuse University, an M.S. from Columbia University and a PhD from the University of Michigan.  His research interests include Renaissance prose, poetry, and drama and twentieth-century American literature with specialties in William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, and Dorothy Parker.  He has published widely in both areas including books on Humanist Poetics; John Skelton, Priest as Poet; and "Lies Like Truth": Shakespeare, Macbeth, and the Cultural Moment; four books on Faulkner's families and a study of Go Down, Moses; Resources of Being: Flannery O'Connor's Library; and Dorothy Parker Revisited;  He has also edited a volume of Renaissance Drama and Entertainments, The Witch of Edmonton; the Cambridge Companion to English Literature 1500-1600; the Oxford Handbook to Shakespeare; and Dorothy Parker's Coast of Ilyria. His current project is Shakespeare and the Mind's Eye based on Renaissance and current cognitive studies, revising Titled Elizabethans, and publishing a volume of Selected Essays.

Areas of Specialization: American Literature, Drama and Performance Studies, Renaissance Studies, 20th Century and Contemporary Literature