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Douglas Lane Patey

Sophia Smith Professor of English Language & Literature

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Office hours Fall 2013: T 5:00-6:00, Th 5:00-6:00 & by appt.

Douglas Lane Patey earned an A.B. from Hamilton College, master's degrees (in philosophy and English) from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in English from Virginia. He has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies and the Guggenheim Foundation.

A specialist in 18th-century British literature and thought, Professor Patey has written or edited five books, including Probability and Literary Form (1984), Evelyn Waugh: A Critical Biography (1998), and most recently Of Human Bondage: Historical Perspectives on Addiction (2003), as well as essays on Dryden, Pope, Swift, Johnson, Austen, Hegel and the origins of modern disciplinary distinctions between the "arts" and the "sciences." He's now at work on an edition of the travel book Ninety-Two Days, to appear in the forthcoming 42-volume Collected Works of Evelyn Waugh, to be published by Oxford University Press.

Professor Patey teaches courses on Pope and Swift; the 18th–century novel; the English language; the technology of reading and writing (on the history of literacy); and occasional seminars on Jane Austen, Evelyn Waugh and the development of literary theory. He was among the founders of Smith's programs in Book Studies, Landscape Studies, and History of Science and Technology, and serves as an advisor in Linguistics.