Name: Dr. Donald Anderson
Title: Professor of English
Office Location: Fontaine 321
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 2298
Degrees Held: B.A. Hartwick College
M.A. University of Arizona
Ph.D. University of Arizona

Bio: Donald Anderson came to the Marist English Department in 1970, and he has also served as Academic Coordinator for the Higher Education Opportunity Program where he founded the Marist Learning Center. His teaching interests, in addition to his graduate fields (American Literature, Medieval Literature, Eighteenth Century Literature), have expanded to include creative writing and interdisciplinary offerings in cultural studies as well as Film and Literature. With a background in theatre, he helped design the Theatre Concentration and the new Theatre Minor and offers courses in playwriting, stagecraft, and dramatic literature. Among plays he has directed at Marist are Ionesco's The Bald Soprano and The Lesson, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Present Laughter and Hay Fever, both by Noel Coward. Several of his own plays have been performed throughout the Hudson Valley. He is currently putting the finishing touches on a book about American playwright Philip Barry.

Dr. Anderson was chair of the English Department from 1995 to 1998 and has served as chair of the Academic Affairs Committee. In addition, he has had terms on the Faculty Executive and Faculty Affairs Committees and served as interim Director of the Writing Program.

Interests: Colonial and 19th Century American Literature, Medieval and 18th Century British Literature, as well as drama and theatre

Awards & Honors: Board of Trustees' Faculty Award for Distinguished Teaching (2002)

Publications: Book:

"Shadowed Cocktails: The Plays of Philip Barry from Paris Bound to The Philadelphia Story". Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 2010.


2012: "Freedom's Lullaby: Rip Van Winkle and the Framings of Self-Deception." Course Reader: American Literature. Online: Gale, 2012.

2011: "A Hasty Kind of Genius: Noel Coward's Hay Fever." Modern Drama. 54:1 (Spring 2011): 45-61.

2006: "Lily Bart at Bellomont: Beauty on the Battlements." (co-authored with Rose De Angelis). Hudson River Valley Review. 23.1 (Fall 2006): 24-55.

2006: "Grounded Perceptions: Land and Value in Two Plays of the New England Decline" American Drama 15.2 (Summer 2006): 1-29.

2004: "Gastronomic Miscuglio: Foodways in Italian-American Narrative" (co-authored with Rose De Angelis). Italian Americana 23.1 (2005): 48-68.

2004: "Renaming American Fault Lines in the Joseph Jefferson Version of 'Rip Van Winkle.'" Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film. 30.2 (Winter 2003). 14-32.

2004. "Freedom's Lullaby: Rip Van Winkle and the Framings of Self-Deception." Reprinted in Children's Literature Review. Vol. 97. (2004) 110-123

2004: "Thomas Wolfe, 'Chickamauga,' and the Truth About Knowin'," The Thomas Wolfe Review. 27.1 and 2 (2003). 22-36.

2003: "Irving's THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW." The Explicator. 61.4 (Summer 2003). 207-210.

2002: "Jewett's 'Foreigner' in the Estranged Land of Almira Todd." Colby Quarterly. 38.4 (2002). 390-402.

2002: "Freedom's Lullaby: Rip Van Winkle and the Framings of Self-Deception." ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance, 46.4 (2002). 255-283.

2001: "Eccles Redux." The Journal of Modern Literature, XXIV, 2 (Winter 2001-2002). 327-336.

2001: "The West of Frederick Jackson Turner in Three American Plays." Journal of American & Comparative Cultures, 23.3 (Fall 2000). 89-97.

2000: "Giles Corey and the Pressing Past." American Transcendental Quarterly. 14.2 (2000): 113-126.

Worldwright: A Global Reader [co-edited with Joseph Belanger and Janice Casey]. Poughkeepsie: Marist C, 1987.
Conferences & Workshops: November 9, 2008 St. Francis College, Brooklyn
American Drama Conference
"Hatching Cock Robin: Giving the Audience What It Thinks It Wants"

February 20, 2008 University of Louisville
20th Century Literature Conference Section Chair for Modern Drama

February 25, 2005 University of Louisville
20th Century Literature Conference Section Chair for Modern Drama

April 7, 2004 San Antonio, Texas
Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference
"A Tree Alone: Mary E. Wilkins Freeman's Six Trees and Transitional Recognitions" (Presented with Patricia Tarantello)

February 27, 2003 University of Louisville
20th Century Literature Conference
"Thomas Wolfe, Chickamauga, and The Truth about Knowin'"

June 2002 Marist
Women in Society Conference
"Narrative Denial in Jewett's 'Foreigner'"

December 2001 New Orleans
Modern Language Association
"The Naming of American Fault Lines in the Stage Version of Rip Van Winkle"

April 2001 Philadelphia
Popular Culture Conference
"The West of Frederick Jackson Turner" (Invited Presenter)

February 24, 2000 University of Louisville
Twentieth Century Literature Conference
"The Rabbit Chronicles in the Classroom of the Shrinking Century"

November 19, 1999 Marist College
Humanities Lecture Series
"Prizing the Mouth of the Sphinx: The Jefferson-Hemings Affair"

April 1998 Orlando, Florida
Popular Culture Conference
"The West of Frederick Jackson Turner in Three American Plays: The Lion of the West, The Girl of the Golden West, and True West"—Co-presented with Richard Platt and Vincent Toscano

December 1993 Ocean City, Maryland
Conference on Literature and Film
"Integrating Literature, History, Film in the Classroom"—Co-presented with Richard Platt and Vincent Toscano

June 1993 Marist
Women and Society Conference
"Giles Corey, Yeoman as Analogue to The Crucible"

October 1987 Cincinnati, Ohio
Association of General and Liberal Studies
"Developing a Global Rhetoric/Reader"--Co-presented with Joseph Belanger and Janice Casey

June 1985 Westbrook College Portland, Maine
Sarah Orne Jewett Conference
"The Role of the Narrator in Sarah Orne Jewett's Country of the Pointed Firs"

December 1976 Marist
Mid-Hudson Modern Language Association Conference
"The End of Huckleberry Finn"
Affiliations: Edith Wharton Society
Modern Language Association
Popular Culture Association
Thomas Wolfe Society