Timothy D. O'Brien 
Department of English 
U.S. Naval Academy 
Annapolis, Maryland 21402-5044 
(410) 293-6232
obrien@gwmail.usna.edu

 

LINKS TO:

CV

 

Spring Term, AY 2014

HE112 click

 

HE506, Robert Frost  click

 

Fall Term, AY 2014

HE111 click

 

Past Upper Level Courses  

HE217, Western Literature I (click)

HE218, Western Literature II (click)

HE222, Bible and Literature  (click)

HE302, Forms of Poetry (click)

HE318, Modern British Literature (click)

HE313, The Age of Chaucer  (click)

HE333, Shakespeare (click)

HE442, Literary Criticism (click)

HE462, Chasing Medusa (click)

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Curriculum Vitae

Timothy D. O’Brien

 

EDUCATION:  Ph.D. in English, 1981; M.A. in English, 1975; and B.A. in English, 1973 from the University  of California, Santa Barbara

 

DISSERTATION: Character and Authority in Middle English Literature

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

Middle English Literature

18th Century English Literature

Satire

Robert Frost

PUBLICATIONS:  

Book

Names, Proverbs, Riddles, and Material Text in Robert Frost. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan,

     2010.

 

Articles and Reviews

 

Review of David Sanders, A Divided Poet:  Robert Frost, North of Boston, and the Drama of

     Disappearance. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2011. The Robert Frost Review  (22):

     94-98  (Published Fall, 2013). 

 

“Taking the Calf to Market in Robert Frost’s ‘The Pasture.’” The New England Quarterly 86.1

     (March 2013): 125-36.

 

"Textual Tree:  Material Text and the Prefatory Poems of A Witness Tree." The Robert Frost

     Review 16 (Fall 2006) 57-77 (Published September 2007).

 

“Brother as Problem in the Troilus.”  Philological Quarterly 82.2 (Spring 2003), 125-48

     (Published Spring 2006).

  

“Traces of Medusa in the Troilus.” Quidditas: Journal of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and

     Renaissance Association 23 (2002), 33-49 (Published October 2004).

  

Sikernesse and Fere in Troilus and Criseyde.” The Chaucer Review 38.3 (2004), 276-93.

  

’Frost knots on an airy gauze’:  The Search for a Name in Frost.” The Robert Frost Review 13

     (2003), 56-75.

   

"Hand Imagery, Masculinity, and Narrative Authority in The Book of Sir Launcelot and

     Queen Guinevere." English Language Notes 39.3 (March 2002): 1-18.

   

"Seductive Violence and Three Chaucerian Women." College Literature 28.2 (Spring, 2001),

     178-96.

   

"Oppositions in In Country."  Critique 41: 2 (Winter, 2000), 175-90.

   

"Fire and Blood: 'Queynte' Imaginings in Diana's Temple." Chaucer Review 33.2 (1998), 157-67.

    

"The Breton Lays," Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol 146:  Old and Middle English Literature
     (1994), 343-49.

    

"Troubling Waters: the Feminine and the Wife of Bath's Performance." Modern Language

      Quarterly 53.4 (December 1992), 377-391.

     

"Allusion, Word-Play, and the Central Conflict in Hemingway's 'Hills Like White Elephants.'"

      Hemingway Review 12.1 (Fall 1992), 19-25.

     

"'Ars-Metrik':  Science, Satire, and Chaucer's Summoner."  Mosaic 23.4 (Fall 1990), 1-22.

     

Review of Social Chaucer, by Paul Strohm. The Journal of the Midwest MLA, 23.2 (Fall 1990),

      46-50.

  

The Readerly Sir Launfal."  Parergon, 8 (1990), 9-22.

    

"The Shadow and Anima in Sir Orfeo." Mediaevalia, Vol 10 (1984), 235-254, in print Fall 1988.

    

"Archetypal Encounter in 'Mending Wall.'" American Notes and Queries, XXIV Nos. 9 & 10
     (1986), 147-51.

    

Hecht's 'The Dover Bitch' as Parody." The Explicator 44.2 (1986), 51-54.

    

"The Hungry Author and Narrative Performance in Tom Jones." Studies in English Literature 25 
     (1985), 615-35.

    

"Daring to Read Daring to Dream."  Review of Daring to Dream:  Utopian Stories by United 
     States Women, 1936-1919, ed Carol Farley Kessler. The Arnoldian, 12, No. 2 (1985), 46-48.

    

"Review of Chaucer and the Imagery of Narrative, by V.A. Kolve. The Journal of the Midwest

     MLA, 8, No. 2 (1985), 49-52.

    

"Word Play in the Allegory of King Horn." Allegorica 7.2 (1982), 110-22, in print Fall 1984.

 

 

CONFERENCE PAPERS:  

“’The Pasture’ as Robert Frost’s Great Misgiving.” “Remystifying Robert Frost” Panel at the 128th

    MLA Convention, Boston, MA, January 4, 2013.

 

“’The Lost Follower’:  Something Gold Can Stay.”  “New Work on Robert Frost” Panel at 21st Annual

    American Literature Association Conference, San Francisco, CA, May 27, 2010.

 

“Theorizing Frost’s Christmas Cards.”  “Frost & the Fifties” Panel at the 19th Annual American

    Literature Association Conference, San Francisco, CA, May 24, 2008.

 

"Textual Tree: the Prefatory Poems in Frost's The Witness Tree."  Conference of the American

     Literature Association, San Francisco, CA, May 25-28, 2006.

 

"'They Also Serve . . .':  Proverbial Sayings in Frost's Poetry."  Conference of the America

     Literature  Association, Boston, MA, May 26-29, 2005.

 

"The Problem of ‘Brother’ in Troilus and Criseyde.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language

      Association Convention, Claremont, CA, November 9, 2003.

  

"In the Name of Frost:  Naming and Signature in Frost's Poetry."  Conference of the American

     Literature Association, Cambridge, MA, May 22-25, 2003.

 

"Traces of Medusa in the Troilus." South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference, 
     Baltimore, MD, November 15-17, 2002.

 

"Sticks and Stones:  'Wood' and 'Astoned' as Emotional Material in the Troilus."  Rocky Mountain 
     Medieval and Renaissance  Association Conference, Las Vagas, NV, May 23-25, 2002.

 

"Practicing Seductive Violence:  The Wife in the 'Shipman's Tale.'"  Pacific Ancient and Modern 
     Language Association Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA, November 10-12, 2000

   

"'Fere' and 'Sikerenesse' in Troilus and Criseyde and the 'Merchant's Tale.'"  Sixth Annual

    Conference of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Tempe, AZ,

    February 17-19, 2000.

    

"Gender, Power, and Authority in The Book of Launcelot and Queen Guinevere." Southeastern 
     Medieval Association 25th Annual Meeting, Knoxville, TN, October 14-16, 1999.

   

"Seductive Violence and Three Chaucerian Women."  Conference of the Texas Medieval

     Association, San Antonio, TX, September 1998.

    

"'Queynte' Imaginings in Diana's Temple."  23rd Southeastern Medieval Association Meeting. 
     Nashville, TN., September 1997.

    

"Science and Satire in The Summoner's Tale." The Sixth Citadel Conference on Literature. 
     Charleston S.C., March 1988.

    

"The Shadow and Anima in Sir Orfeo."  Conference of Southwestern Medieval Association, 
     Session on Critical Approaches to Medieval Texts.  Chattanooga, Tenn., October 1985

    

"Three Middle English Androgynes."  Conference of Midwest MLA, session on Feminist 
     Approaches to Literature.  Bloomington, October 1984.
 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
    U.S. Naval Academy

 Professor, August 1994- Present  

HE111-112 

Rhetoric and Introduction to Literature

HE217-218

Western Literature I and II

HE222

The Bible and Literature

HE302

Forms of Poetry

HE313

Chaucer and His Age

HE333

Shakespeare and His Contemporaries

HE442

Literary Criticism

HE462

Chasing Medusa

HE507

Stopping by the Woods:  Robert Frost

 Associate Professor, August 1987 - June 1994  

HE101

Practical Writing

HE111-112

Rhetoric and Introduction to Literature

HE112V

Rhetoric and Introduction to Literature

HE220

Renaissance to Revolution

HE222

The Bible and Literature

HE224

Science and Literature

HE313

Chaucer and His Age

HE333

Shakespeare and His Contemporaries

 Assistant Professor, August 1984 - June 1987  

HE111-112

Rhetoric and Introduction to Literature

HE222

The Bible and Literature

HE313

Chaucer and His Age

HE333

Shakespeare and His Contemporaries

HE442

Literary Criticism

Iowa State University

 Adjunct Assistant Professor, August 1981 - June 1984

                          Freshman Composition
                          Intermediate Composition
                          Business Communications

ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITIES:
    Department

Department Chair

June 2009 - present

Member, Pay, Promotion, Tenure Committee

Aug 2008 – June 2009

Member, Hiring Committee

Aug 2006 -  June 2008

Department Homepage Administrator

Aug 2006 -  Aug 2008

Member, Information Technology Committee

Jan 2007 -  June 2009

Member, Research and Professional Development Committee

Aug 2007 - June 2009

Member, Assessment Committee

Feb 2003 - June 2005

Member, Pay, Promotion, Tenure Committee

Aug 2002 - June 2006

Member, Plebe Curriculum Committee

Aug 2002 - June 2006

Department Chair

June 1997- June 2001

Chair, Plebe Curriculum Committee

Aug 1992 - July 1993

Member, Ad Hoc Budget Committee 

Aug 1992 - July1993

Member, Hiring Committee

Aug 1988 - June1990

Member, Plebe Curriculum Committee 

Aug 1985 - June1995

Chair, Plebe Curriculum Committee

Aug 1985 - June1988

Member, Pay, Promotion, Tenure Committee

Aug1985 - June 1987

    Division/Yard

Member, NAPS Dean Search Committee

Oct 2009 – May 2010

Member, Research Excellence Award Committee

Aug 2006 - June 2008

Member, Academic Affairs Committee

Aug 2006 – June 2009

Member, Mid-States Self-Study Committee on Mission,

Goals,and Assessment

Aug 2003 - June 2006

Member, Faculty Senate Executive Committee

 

Aug 2006 - Aug 2007

Aug 2001 - Aug 2003

Co-Chair, Service Excellence Award Committee 

Aug 2001 - June 2005

Co-Chair, Promotion and Tenure Committee

Aug 1996 - June 1997
Aug 2003 - June 2005

Chair, Mid-States Self-Study Committee on Mission, Goals, and Assessment

Aug1995 - Dec1996

Member, Faculty Senate

Aug 1994 - June 1997
Aug 2001 - August 2007

Member, Institutional Research Board

Mar 1993 - June 1998

Member, Civilian Faculty Affairs Committee 

Aug 1990 - June 1992

Member, Operational Policy Committee  (Merger of USIS and History)

Apr 1991 - June 1991

Chair, CFAC Academic Affairs Subcommittee 

Aug 1990 - June 1991

Member, Ad Hoc PARS Committee

Jan 1990 - June 1990

Member, Curriculum Review Subcommittee

Aug 1990 - Dec 1990

Member, MARC Subcommittee, History/English

Jan  1989 - June1989

Member, Dean's Study Group on Computer Use

Jan  1989 - June 1989

OTHER ACTIVITIES:  

Faculty Represenatative, Men's Swim Team

Aug 1993 - 1995

Plebe Advisor

Jul 1992 - June1998

Instructor, Computer Training Program

August 1989 &1990

Seminar Leader, USNA Summer Seminar

June 1989 - June 2007

Faculty Advisor, Churchill Society

Aug  1985 - June 1987

Editor, Soundings:  Readings for an Officer of the Sea Services

Jan1987 - June 1987

 

PROFESSIONAL

 

President, The Robert Frost Society

Member, Executive Committee, The Robert Frost Society

May 2011- May2012

May 2009 - present