Alan W. Powers
- University of Minnesota, M.A., Ph.D.
- Amherst College, B.A.
- NEH Seminar, "Felix Campania," Naples, Italy, 2000
- Marquis Who's Who, 54th, 55th Editions, etc. 2000, 2001
- Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowship in Italy,1996
- John Carter Brown Library, NEH Instit. Maritime History,1992
- Folger Library, NEH Institute, Ren. Ceremony & Text, 1991
- Breadloaf NEH Seminar, Cultural History, 1990
- Breadloaf Writer's Conference, 1989
- Cornell University, NEH Seminar, Medicine & Humanities, 1986
- Harvard University, NEH Seminar, Shakespeare, 1983
- Brown University, NEH Fellowship in Ren. History, 1979-1980
- Princeton University, NEH Seminar on Comp. Lit., 1978
- National Merit Scholarship, at Amherst College, 1962-1966
- Amherst Fellowship, at Minnesota, 1966-1967
- Massachusetts Artists Foundation, Finalist in Poetry, 1989
- Minnesota Arts Festival Poetry Prize, 1968
- Mass. Foundation for the Humanities (1989-5)
- Northeast Modern Language Association (1992-5)
- Creative Television of Rhode Island (1994-96).
- 1988 -(-1992Chair), English
Community College.Shakespeare, World Literature, English
Literature Survey, Intro. to Lit. and Fresh. Comp.
- 1974 - 1988.Asst., Assoc. Prof. English Bristol
Comm. Coll. Above courses andAmerican Literature, and interdisciplinary
Humanities such as Coping with Death, Bus. Ethics
- 1971 - 1973.Instructor, Berkshire Community College,
Pittsfield, MA.Freshman Composition, Soph. Lit.
Publications and Papers
- "Philosophy and Medicine in the Age of Giordano Bruno," atVilla Vergiliana, Cuma, Italy, conference on Healing in Antiquity. 22 June 2001.
- "Will's Monosyllable," on Shakespeare's prosody, Upstart Crow XX, 2001.
- "'Gallia and Gaul, French and Welsh': Comic Ethnic Slander inHenry the Fifth" in Acting Funny: Comic Theory andPractice in Shakespeare's Plays, ed. Frances Teague.London and Toronto: Associated University Presses, 1994.
- "Rip Van Angelo Awakens from the Late Elizabethan Sleep to Law Reform, 1604," (Open Submission Winning Paper, Shakespeare Association of America, 1994 Meeting, Albuquerque) Upstart Crow, 1996: 35-48.
- "Meaner Parties: Spousal Conventions and Oral Culture inMeasure for Measure and All's Well That Ends Well," in theTenn. Shakespeare journal, The Upstart Crow, vol.8 (1989).
Abstracted in Shakespeare Newsletter,XL:1 (Spring, 1990)p.14.
- "Minesweeping? Try Mindsweeping," End Paper of New York
TimesEducation Week (Jan. 3, 1988) p.78.
- "Head Over Googols," (guest Safire "On Language"), New York
Times Magazine (August 9, 1987) p.10. Rpt. International
- "When the Punishment is a Crime: Arrests of Women in Fall River,
1892-1922," in ed. Ryckebusch. Proceedings of the Lizzie BordenConference.
Portland, Me.: King Phillip Publishing, 1993.
- Anthony Hecht, lead article for The Friends of the Amherst College Library Newsletter, 1992-93, which I co-edit.
- "Shakespeare and Stigmatization," in huMAnities [sic],
Foundation for the Humanities & Public Policy (Spring,1987).
- "Not Born for Death-- Or Wast Thou?" in Companion Essays
the film Keats and His Nightingale: A Blind Date, Academy Award nominee, Documentary Shorts, 1986. Script consultant, writer.
- "Bowlawicket, Tipcat and Peggyball: Fall River StreetGames," in Spinner, vol. 1 no. 3 (New Bedford, MA.: 1984).
- "Bowlawicket..." cited in Yankee, "In Praise of Peggyball."
July, 1989: p.59.
- "Bowlawicket: The Provenance of a New England Street Game,"
Folklore, vol.93:ii, 1982, p.164.
- "Reading the Notes, Playing the Words of Othello,"California English, vol.17 no.5 (Nov., 1981), p.8.
- "A Litmus Test for Literacy," California English, vol.17
no. 1 (January, 1981), p.18. Reviewed by Phyllis Brooks
(UC Berkeley) in "Litmus Tests," Cal. Engl., Sept. 1981.
- Westport Soundings: Poems and Translations. Westport, MA:
- "This Critical Age: Deliberate Departures from Literary
Conventions in Seventeenth Century English Poetry,"
(diss. Minnesota 1976), Ann Arbor, University Microfilms.
- Translation of Martial III.liii. in The Second Berkshire
Anthology, Lenox, Massachusetts, 1975.
- Translation of Catullus CI and "Joseph Kennedy Watches
Eisenhower's Funeral" (poem) in Our Place (Pittsfield,1973).
- "Literacy as Male Pregnancy, 1578-1624," paper for Regional Central Renaissance Conference. St. Louis, 1994.
- "Classical Ventriloquies in Jonson, Herrick and Dryden,"Lecture at Amherst College, April 30, 1993.
- "Against the Muses: Classical Voice in Jonson, Donne, and Marvell," Lecture at Amherst College, April 26, 1991.
- "The Maculate Moon: Lunar Mappers Hevelius, Langrenus, and Riccioli," NEMLA, 1992, Ren. and Baroque Comp. Lit.
Reading Rings: Oral Texts and our Literate
Judgements," Comp. Lit. Panel on Ren. Imitation. NEMLA, 1990.
- "Dickens and `Little Dickenses,'" Dramatic Readings ofDickens on Education: four public readings from Hard Times,
Nicholas Nickleby, The Uncommercial Traveller, and David
Copperfield (February, 1989). Funded by the MFH & PP.
- "Shakespeare's Dropouts: Kate and Petruchio as Marginals,"
Humanist lecture for professional performance of Taming
Of the Shrew (April 12, 1988).Funded by the MFH " PP.
- "Slander and Stigma in Othello," Humanist introduction
to Shakespeare and Co.'s performance, April 15, 1987.
- "Shakespeare and Oral Culture," Seminar Director,
Shakespeare Association of America, Seattle, April 10,1987.
- "Men of Words, Women of Action, " Paper at "Feminist Per-
spectives" session at RMMLA, October, 1986.
- "Shakespeare and Aging," Lecture and Project Humanist for
Tempest performance directed at senior citizens. Funded
by the MFH & PP. April 16, 1986.
- "`Musick, the Mosaique of the Air': Marvell, Baudelaire,
and Synaesthesia," Lecture at U. of Rhode Island Baroque
Conference (October 18, 1985).
- "Shakespeare's Runaway Daughters and Tragic Senexes,"
Paper at Brown Renaissance Colloquium. November 17, 1984.
- "Live-Togethers in Shakespeare," Lecture at SACHEM college
campuses, including Cape Cod Community (Nov. 14, 1984) and
Dean Junior College (October 16, 1984).
Born in Springfield, Massachusetts; married
to Susan Mohl Powers, Artist; two daughters,
Emily and Tess.