Saint Louis University

Professor Emeritus

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.

Ph.D. University of Oregon(1965)

Romanticism, American Literature, Myth and Literature

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


"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"'A Dolphin's at My Door': Unpublished Lines by Theodore Roethke."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"An Unpublished Note from Edwin Arlington Robinson to Stewart Beach."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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