As an academic, I taught literature and art history for nearly fifty years in various colleges, including The Cooper Union and School of Visual Arts. I was very active in the worlds of James Joyce and W.B. Yeats, having earned an M.A. in English Literature on Yeats's "A Vision" and Joyce's "Finnegans Wake" followed by an M.Litt. from Oxford University (UK) with a thesis of textual scholarship on a late play by Yeats, at National Library of Ireland that subsequently became a volume published in the Cornell MSS of WB Yeats Series (1993), my 2nd published book. Meantime, my first book was "The Joyce of Cooking." a humorous yet functional literary cookbook (1986). My third degree, Ph.D. in Comparative Lit. at NYU produced a dissertation (1981) on the application of Roland Barthes' system of reading in S/Z to Joyce's Dubliners story, "Clay."
I was a founding editor of "James Joyce Broadsheet" (1980 - present) in England before returning to the USA and embarking on a Ph.D. program in Comp. Lit., NYU with dissertation on Joyce and Roland Barthes (1989).
I continued to give talks and publish short fiction, poetry, and essays and to review scholarly books, mainly as contributing editor for "Irish Literary Supplement" (1982-present) and recently self-published (with Xlibris) 5 books: "Gazelle: 9 Monologues," "Pentmenti: Selected Memoirs," "Healing Fictions: Essays in Art & Literature; "Two Fables," and The Pen-Ultimate Word: Re-views and Inter-views...." between 2017 and 2020. I am now working on essays in progress concerning language and visual art.
Awards and Recognition
- The Una Ellis-Fermor Research Fellowship, University College London, for textual scholarship on The Herne's Egg mss (1970s)