April 29, 2013
McDowell, Director of the University
Honors Program, was recently named an Assistant Textual Editor for the John
Donne Variorum project. This 8-volume edition involves the collaborative
efforts of more than 30 scholars worldwide. McDowell joins a small team of
editors working on restoring the texts of Donne’s Verse Letters (approximately
one-seventh of Donne’s poetry overall) for Volume 5 of the edition. “Under development since the 1980s, the Variorum Project entails
reconstructing the text of Donne’s lost manuscripts based on cutting edge
textual editing methods, as well as assembling a commentary the entire critical
history of the poems, from their initial appearance in manuscript form until the
present,” McDowell said. 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
peer-reviewed journal Explorations
in Renaissance Culture.
The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest
college in Seattle
University, offers 42 undergraduate majors, 37 minors, and 7 master’s degrees.
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