Professor Sean McDowell, director of the University Honors Program, has been confirmed as the new editor of the prestigious peer-reviewed John Donne Journal: Studies in the Age of Donne (JDJ). For more than 30 years, JDJ, under the direction of founding editor M. Thomas Hester, has published some of the finest scholarship on Donne. Now that the editorial transition is complete, JDJ once again seeks contributions elucidating the life and work of Donne, his contemporaries, and those subsequent writers responsible for the continuation of Donne's literary afterlives.
"I am honored to serve in this new role, especially during a period of such exciting new work in Donne studies," McDowell said. He is currently reviewing submissions for volume 33.
Additionally, McDowell was appointed a member of the advisory board of the Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne. The Donne Variorum has been called one of the most ambitious and valuable collaborative scholarly enterprises of our time by the journal Early Modern Literary Studies. Since 2012, McDowell has served on the project as an assistant textual editor working primarily on the verse letters and the religious lyrics. Recently, he was also named a contributing commentary editor for volume 5: Divine Poems.
This spring, McDowell organized two international conferences. He served on the program committee for the 30th annual John Donne Society Conference in February and was the Program Chair for the 64th annual South-Central Renaissance Conference (SCRC), Exploring the Renaissance 2015: An International Conference, in Raleigh, North Carolina, in March. At the latter conference, he was asked by the Andrew Marvell Society to present a paper on "Energia, Falling Oars, and A Rolling Dew Drop." During the business meeting, he was elected vice president of the SCRC.
Finally, McDowell?s poem "Tooth" was reprinted in the annual, The Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal 2014, published in Melbourne, Australia. Two other poems, "Apple" and "Silver Beech," appeared in the winter issue of Clover, A Literary Rag. His most recent poem, "The Wind at D?n Aonghasa," was just published in volume 18 of the Welsh journal Scintilla.
McDowell received his PhD from Indiana University and joined the English department faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2002. He was appointed director of the University Honors Program in 2012.