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  • McDowell Publishes on Curtis and Marvell

    December 3, 2012

    Professor Sean McDowell, Director of the University Honors program, published “Cataloging, Dinnseanchas, and the Lyricism of Tony Curtis” in American Notes and Queries.  Curtis is one of Ireland's most popular poets.  A member of Aosdana, the Irish national academy of the arts, Curtis is a longtime friend of Seattle University and, in particular, to the alumni of the Writers’ Workshop in Ireland, the short-term summer study abroad trip run annually by McDowell and former Washington State Poet Laureate Sam Green. Curtis is tentatively scheduled to return to SU sometime in May. 

    McDowell’s other essay, “The Pictures of Marvell’s Speaker in a Prospect of Little T. C.s,” has just appeared in Explorations in Renaissance Culture, the journal of the South-Central Renaissance Conference. The essay focuses on one of Andrew Marvell’s more controversial lyrics, “The Picture of Little T. C. in a Prospect of Flowers.” A leading satirist and member of parliament during the second half of the 17th century, Marvell is considered a key figure in the development of religious and political toleration in the English-speaking world.  McDowell is a past president of the Andrew Marvell Society, the international scholarly society devoted to the study of the poet’s life and works. 

    McDowell received his Ph.D. from Indiana University and joined the English Department in 2002. His research and scholarship focus on John Donne, Andrew Marvell, William Shakespeare, George Herbert, Richard Crashaw, John Milton, and other Renaissance poets, as well as modern Irish writers. In 2009, he edited The Social Character of Andrew Marvell’s Imagination, a collection of essays, as a special issue of the journal Explorations in Renaissance Culture

    McDowell is currently editing an electronic edition of Donne’s prose satire, Ignatius His Conclave, for the John Donne Society Digital Prose Archive. For this project, he received a Dean’s Research Fellowship and will be assisted by junior Kathleen Banks, a University Honors, History, and English major. He received the Most Inspirational Faculty Member award from the 2006 graduating class.

    TheCollege of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 42 undergraduate majors, 37 undergraduate minors, and 7 master’s degrees.


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