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Department of

Cedric Reverand

Professor for the Department of English
Director of UW Cultural Programs
General Editor of Eighteenth-Century Life
Ph.D., Cornell University
M.A., Columbia University
B.A., Yale University


Academic Positions:

Professor, 1982-
Director of UW Cultural Programs, 1983-
Graduate Student Advisor (English Department), 1990-2003
Associate Professor, 1977-82
Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming, 1972-77
Lecturer, St. John's University (NY), 1966-67

Honors and Awards:

Mortar Board "Top Prof" Award, 2008

George Duke Humphrey Distinguished Professor Award (UW's highest honor), 2003

Pepsi Award for Excellence (awarded by the Trustees), 2003

Western Arts Alliance Award for Outstanding Service to the Performing Arts in the West, 1999

Fellow (1993) and Life Member (Hon), Clare Hall, Cambridge, 1993-

University of Wyoming Ellbogen Award for Outstanding Teaching, 1987

Phi Beta Kappa

Selected Publications:

An Expanding Universe: The Project of Eighteenth-Century Studies, ed. Kevin L. Cope and Cedric D. Reverand II. New York: AMS Press, forthcoming.

Queen Anne and the Arts, ed. O M Brack, Jr. and Cedric D. Reverand II. New York: Bucknell University Press, forthcoming.

Dryden's Final Poetic Mode: The Fables. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1988.

Contributions to Books:

“The Unending Dunciad: Pope’s Weird Revenge,” from Editing Lives: Essays in Contemporary Textual and Bibliographical Studies in Honor of O M Brack, Jr., ed. Jesse Be. Swan. Lewisburg; Bucknell University Press, forthcoming.

Entry on “Epic (theory of),” for The Encyclopedia of British Literature, 1660-1789, ed. Philip Smallwood. London: Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming.

"Joshua Reynolds, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Sarah Siddons, and the Battle of the Tragic Muses.. The Expanding Universe: The Project of Eighteenth-Century Studies: Festschrift for Jim Springer Borck. Ed. Kevin C. Cope and Cedric D. Reverand II. New York: AMS Press (forthcoming).

"Dryden and the Canon: Absorbing and Rejecting the Burden of the Past." Enchanted Ground: Reimagining John Dryden. Ed. Maximillian Novak and Jayne Lewis. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004. Pp. 203-25.

"The Final 'Memorial of My Own Principles': Dryden's Alter Egos in His Later Career." John Dryden: Tercentenary Essays. Edited by Paul Hammond and David Hopkins. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2000.
Pp. 282-307.

"John Dryden." Dictionary of Literary Biography. Vol. CI: British Prose Writers, 1660-1800. Edited by Donald T. Siebert. Columbia, SC: Bruccoli Clark Layman, 1991. Pp. 139-71.


"John Dryden: Personal Concerns of the Impersonal Poet," 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era" 13 (2006): 1-23.

"Christopher Wren's Stylistic Development." Eighteenth-Century Life 24 n.s. 2 (2001): 81-115.

"Dryden's 'Essay of Dramatick Poesy': The Poet and the World of Affairs." Studies in English Literature 22 (1982): 375-93.

"Dryden on Dryden in 'To Sir Godfrey Kneller.'" Papers on Language and Literature 17 (1981): 164-80.

"Ut Pictura Poesis, and Pope's ‘Satire II, i.'" Eighteenth-Century Studies 9 (1976): 553-68; rpt. in Pope: Recent Essays by Several Hands [Essential Articles on Pope Series]. Edited by Maynard Mack and James A. Winn. Hamden, CT: Archon Books, 1980.

Other Scholarly Work:

General Editor, Eighteenth-Century Life, 2004-

General Editor, Scriblerian, 2003-2004

Advisory Board Member, Bucknell University Press (its 18th-century series).

English Book Review Editor for The Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography. New York: AMS Press,

Contributing Editor for The Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography. New York: AMS Press, 1982-94 (author of 700+ unsigned reviews).

Interests & Hobbies:

Music (both listening and playing, both classical and jazz), photography (view-camera stuff), art, architecture, baseball (National League).

Harpsichord: French double (8', 8', 4', lute stop) by Milan Misina, Oxford, 1987. Motto: Opening lines of Dryden's "A Song for St. Cecilia's Day" (1687) Engraving: 17th-century, by Nicholas Bonnard (Muse du Louvre), of Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-87), court composer to Louis XIV. While conducting a Te Deum he had composed to celebrate the King's recovery from an operation, Lully got carried away and inadvertently stabbed himself in the toe with the cane he was using to beat out time (this was before conductors used batons); the toe developed an abscess, gangrene set in, and he died, making him one of the few musicians to have killed himself while performing.

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