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Arthur F. Kinney

Professor Emeritus

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 PoeticsJohn 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, MosesResources 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; theCambridge 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.

Research Areas

  • 20th Century and Contemporary Literature
  • American Literature
  • Drama and Performance
  • Renaissance Studies