Saint Louis University

Professor Emeritus 
benoitr@slu.edu
 

Dr. Benoit received his Bachelor's Degree, summa cum laude, from Gonzaga University in 1959, and his Ph.D., with Honors, from the University of Oregon in 1965. A former NDEA and Woodrow Wilson Fellow, he has been a Fulbright Professor of American Literature in Germany, and was Chairman of the Department of English at Saint Louis University throughout the 1970's. His research interests include 19th Century British & American Romantic literature, Myth and Symbolism, and American Literature.

EDUCATION
Ph.D. University of Oregon(1965)

TEACHING & RESEARCH INTERESTS
Romanticism, American Literature, Myth and Literature

BOOKS
Single Nature's Double Name: The Collectedness of the Conflicting in British and American Romanticism (The Hague and Paris: Mouton, 1973)

ARTICLES

"Dickinson's 'I Died for Beauty' and Shakespeare's 'The Phoenix and the Turtle.'" ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews 19 (2006): 31-33. Reprinted in Poetry Criticism, vol. 128, ed. Michelle Lee (Detroit and London: Gale Cengage Learning, 2012): 309-311 

"Hawthorne and His Kinsman, Frank Lloyd Wright." Nathaniel Hawthorne Review 31 (2005): 50-55
 

"Pynchon's Lot 49 on James's Jolly Corner." Notes on Contemporary Literature 35.3 (2005): 10-12

"James's 'The Beast in the Jungle.'" The Explicator 63 (2004): 29-32

"'A Dolphin's at My Door': Unpublished Lines by Theodore Roethke." ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews 14 (2001): 40-44

"Poe's 'The Fall of the House of Usher.'" The Explicator 58 (2000): 79-81

"`My Estrangement from Nature': An Undergraduate Theme of Theodore Roethke." ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews 11 (1998): 31-33

"Irving's `The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.'" The Explicator 55(1996): 15-17

"'Moss-Picking': An Undergraduate Theme of Theodore Roethke." English Language Notes 33 (1996): 47-51

"`Young Goodman Brown': The Second Time Around." The Nathaniel Hawthorne Review 19 (1993): 18-21

"The Existential Intuition of Flannery O'Connor in The Violent Bear it Away." Notes on Contemporary Literature 23 (1993): 2-3

"An Unpublished Note from Edwin Arlington Robinson to Stewart Beach." ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews 6 (1993): 20-23. Co-author: Clarence Miller

"Slothrop Unbound: Shelley's Prometheus and Gravity's Rainbow." Pynchon Notes 30-31 (1992): 188-191

"Archetypes and Ecotones: The Tree in Faulkner's `The Bear' and Irving's `Rip Van Winkle.'" Notes on Contemporary Literature 22 (1992): 4-5

"Fault-Lines in Kierkegaard and Hawthorne: The Sickness Unto Death and "Ethan Brand." Thought 66 (1991): 196-205

"The Complete Walker: Food & Lodging in Hemingway's 'Big Two-Hearted River.'" Notes on Contemporary Literature 20 (1990): 10-12

"An American Hierophany: The Wood-Pile in Hawthorne and Frost." Arizona Quarterly 44 (1988): 22-27

"Bleak House and 'Bartleby the Scrivener.'" Studies in Short Fiction 21 (1984): 272-273

"Dante's Inferno, Canto V. 4-15." The Explicator 41 (1983): 2

"Folklore by Frost: 'Paul's Wife.'" Notes on Modern American Literature 5 (Fall 1981): item 22

"Again with Fair Creation: Holy Places in American Literature." In Prospects: An Annual of American Cultural Studies, vol. 5 (New York: Burt Franklin, 1980), pp. 315-330

"Norman Mailer's Moby-Dick." Notes on Modern American Literature 1 (1977): item 26

"The Prophecy in the Play: Antony and Cleopatra." Greyfriar 17 (1976): 3-7

"Theology and Literature: The Scarlet Letter." Bucknell Review 20 (1972): 83-92

"In Dear Detail by Ideal Light: 'Ode on a Grecian Urn.'" Costerus 3 (1972): 1-7

"Hawthorne's Ape Man: 'My Kinsman, Major Molineux.'" American Transcendental Quarterly 14 (1972): 8-9

"Wharton's The House of Mirth." The Explicator 29 (1971): item 59

"Walden as God's Drop." American Literature 43 (1971): 122-124

"Hawthorne's Psychology of Death: 'The Minister's Black Veil.'" Studies in Short Fiction 4 (1971): 553-560

"The New American Poetry." Thought 44 (1969): 201-218. Reprinted in Richard Wilbur's Creation ed. Wendy Salinger (Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 1983), pp. 201-03. 208-12

"The Alchemy of Teilhard." Continuum, 7 (1969): 218-220

"Shelley's Flying Saucer." The University Review--Kansas City 35 (1968): 139-143

"The Reflective Art of John Knoepfle." The Minnesota Review 13 (1968): 254-257

"Jack London's The Call of the Wild." American Quarterly 2 (1968): 246-248. Reprinted in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, vol. 39, ed. Paula Kepos (Detroit and London: Gale Research Inc., 1991), pp. 265-6

"The Mind's Return: Whitman, Teilhard, and Jung." Walt Whitman Review 12 (1967): 21-28. Reprinted in The Continuous Flame, ed. Harry Cargas (St. Louis: B. Herder, 1973), pp. 79-89

"Emerson on Plato: The Fire's Center." American Literature 24 (1963): 487-498. Reprinted in On Emerson: The Best from "American Literature," ed. Edwin H. Cady and Louis J. Budd (Durham and London: Duke UP, 1988), pp. 127-38

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