William Gracie

William GracieEmeritus Professor of English and Interdisciplinary Studies
Dean, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, 2003–2008



Ph.D, English, Northwestern University, 1969

M.A., English, Northwestern University, 1966

B.A., English, San Francisco State College, 1965

Teaching Interests

  • Victorian literature
  • Survey courses in British literature from 1660 to the present
  • Advanced composition
  • Legal writing
  • Interdisciplinary perspectives on twentieth-century warfare

Research Interests

  • Victorian poetry and non-fiction
  • Tennyson
  • Closure and anti-closure in poetry
  • Gay literature
  • Academic administration

Selected Publications

  • “Summer Reading and an Intellectual Community,” Liberal Education, 83 (Fall 1997): 39-43.
  • “Tennyson and His Queens: Guinevere, Mary, Victoria.” Cahiers Victoriens et Edouardiens, 42 (November 1995): 41-53.
  • “Frederic E. Faverty: His Time and Spirit,” The University of Mississippi Studies in English, NS 9 (1991): 235-243.
  • “James Anthony Froude,” in Dictionary of Literary Biography: Victorian Prose Writers. Ed. William B. Thesing. Detroit: Gale, 1987.
  • “Print Advertising in the Composition Classroom,” in Collective Wisdom: A Sourcebook of Lessons for Writing Teachers. Ed. Sondra J.Stang and Robert Wiltenberg. New York: Random House, 1988.
  • “Victorian Poetry and Poetics,” in Victorian Britain: An Encyclopedia. Ed. Sally Mitchell. New York: Garland, 1988.
  • “The Vast Suspense: Patterns of Anti-Closure in Tennyson.” The University of Mississippi Studies in English ns 6 (1988): 89-105.
  • “Faith of Our Fathers: The Autobiographical Novels of James Anthony Froude.” Victorians Institute Journal 10 (1981-82): 27-44.
  • “Directing Freshman English: The Roles of Administration in Freshman English Programs,” Writing Program Administration 5 (Spring 1982): 21-25.
  • “Accountability Within: Evaluating Freshman English Programs.” College Composition and Communication 27 (February 1975): 34-36.
  • “Truth of Form in Edmund Gosse’s Father and Son,” Journal of Narrative Technique 4 (September 1974): 176-184.