Douglas Lane Patey
Sophia Smith Professor of English Language & Literature
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Douglas Lane Patey has a special interest is eighteenth-century British and European literature and culture. He received an A.B. from Hamilton College (1972) before going on to masters' degrees (in philosophy and English) and a Ph.D. at the University of Virginia (1979).
Patey has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Guggenheim Foundation. His publications include Probability and Literary Form (1984) and Evelyn Waugh: A Critical Biography (1998), as well as essays on Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift, Samuel Johnson, G. W. F. Hegel, and the development of literary theory 1660–1820. He's currently at work on a book about the emergence of modern disciplinary divisions between the "arts" and the "ciences."
Patey teaches courses on Pope and Swift; the eighteenth-century novel; history of the English language; "The Technology of Reading and Writing" (on the history of literacy); satire; history of criticism; and occasional seminars on Jane Austen and Evelyn Waugh. He is also active in Smith's interdepartmental program in the History of Science, where he team-teaches "Images and Understanding" (a history of theories of vision, light, and visualization).