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





Fall Term, AY2017

HE112/112S click


Spring Term, AY2016

HE112 click


Past Upper Level Courses  

HE217, Western Literature I click

HE218, Western Literature II click

HE222, The Bible and Literature click

HE285A, Methods of Literary Analysis: Robert Frost 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

HE506, Robert Frost click





























































































































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


Middle English Literature

18th Century English Literature


Robert Frost



Names, Proverbs, Riddles, and Material Text in Robert Frost. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2010.


Articles and Reviews

“Simple Calculation in ‘Christmas Trees.”  The Robert Frost Review 25 (Fall 2015): 19-38.


Review of Grzegorz Kosc. Robert Frost’s Political Body. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2014. 

   The Robert Frost Review 25 (Fall 2015):  125-30.


“Robert Frost.”  Resources for American Literary Study, Vol. 37 (Dec 2014): 3-28.


Review of The Letters of Robert Frost, Vol 1. Ed. Sheehy, Richardson, Faggen. Cambridge:

     Harvard  UP, 2014. 811 pp. The Robert Frost Review 23 & 24 (Fall 2014): 144-54.


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

     (Fall 2013): 94-98.


“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.


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.


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


“A Paine(ful) Stay against Confusion: Robert Frost and the Great Debate.”  “The Global Frost” Panel

    at the 30th Annual MLA Convention, Vancouver, Jan 8, 2015. 


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

      Annual MLA Convention, Boston MA, 3-6 Jan 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 American 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, Nevada, 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.

    U.S. Naval Academy

 Professor, August 1994- Present  



Practical Writing

Rhetoric and Introduction to Literature


Western Literature I and II


The Bible and Literature


Forms of Poetry


Chaucer and His Age



Modern British Literature

Shakespeare and His Contemporaries


Literary Criticism


Chasing Medusa


Robert Frost: The Great Misgiver

 Associate Professor, August 1987 - June 1994  


Practical Writing


Rhetoric and Introduction to Literature


Rhetoric and Introduction to Literature


Renaissance to Revolution


The Bible and Literature


Science and Literature


Chaucer and His Age


Shakespeare and His Contemporaries

 Assistant Professor, August 1984 - June 1987  


Rhetoric and Introduction to Literature


The Bible and Literature


Chaucer and His Age


Shakespeare and His Contemporaries


Literary Criticism


Iowa State University

 Adjunct Assistant Professor, August 1981 - June 1984

                          Freshman Composition
                          Intermediate Composition
                          Business Communications


Member, Information Technology Committee

Member, Pay, Promotion, Tenure Committee

Department Chair

Aug 2012- present

Jun 2012 - present

Jun 2009 – June 2012

Member, Pay, Promotion, Tenure Committee

Aug 2002 – June 2006

Aug 2008 – June 2009

Aug 2013 – June 2015

Member, Hiring Committee

Aug 2006- June 2008

Department Homepage Administrator

Aug 2006 - Aug 2008

Member, Information Technology Committee

Jan 2007 -  Jun 2009

Aug 2013 - June 2015

Member, Research and Professional Development Committee

Aug 2007-  Jun 2009

Aug 2015 - present

Member, Assessment Committee

Feb 2003 - June 2005

Member, Pay, Promotion, Tenure Committee

Aug 2002 - June 2006

Member, Plebe Curriculum Committee

Aug 2002 - June 2006

Aug 2014 - present

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


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

Aug 1995 - Dec1996

Member, Faculty Senate

Aug 1994 - June 1997
Aug 2001 – Aug  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


Faculty Represenatative, Men's Swim Team

Aug 1993 - 1995

Plebe Advisor

Jul 1992 - June1998

Instructor, Computer Training Program

Aug1989 &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




President, Robert Frost Society

Member, Executive Committee, The Robert Frost Society


May 2011 -  May 2012

May 2009 – present