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Professor Peter Kaye


Peter Kaye

Northwestern University


Ph.D. (1989), English and Humanities, Stanford University.
M.A. (1978), English, Stanford University.
B.A. (1976), St. Mary's College of Minnesota
Majors: English and Philosophy





Dostoevsky and English Modernism, 1900-1930, Cambridge University Press, 1999 ©.

When Constance Garnett's translations (1910-1920) made Dostoevsky accessible, sweeping through England with a disruptive and liberating force, English novelists had to confront a new model and rival. The writers who are the focus of this study—Lawrence, Woolf, Bennett, Conrad, Forster, Galsworthy, and James—either admired or feared Dostoevsky as a monster who might dissolve all literary and cultural distinctions. Though their responses differed greatly, these writers were unanimous in their inability to recognize Dostoevsky as a literary artist. They viewed him instead as a psychologist, a mystic, a prophet, and, in the cases of Lawrence and Conrad, a hated rival who compelled creative response. This study constructs a map of their misreadings while illuminating their aesthetic and cultural values and their own literature. Exploring Dostoevsky's reception serves to map the complex terrain of the modern English novel.

"A Monster in the House of Fiction: Dostoevsky and Modern English Novelists," Ph.D Dissertation, Stanford University, Co-directors: William M. Todd, III, and Lucio Ruotolo.

"Reader Response Theory: From Puzzle to Dialogue," Notes for English Teachers, McDougal Littell, Fall 1990.

"Arnold Bennett and The Waves: Presence Within Absence," Virginia Woolf Miscellany, Fall 1986.

Senior Editor, World Literature, 2002 ©. The Language of Literature, Grade 10, 1997©; 2nd ed., 2000 © (thematically organized literature with writing and language instruction), McDougal Littell, A Houghton Mifflin Company, Evanston, IL.

Editor, Literature and Language, Grade 7, 1994© (thematically organized literature anthology with writing and language instruction), McDougal Littell.

Editor, English and World Literature, Grade 12, 1991© (thematically organized literature anthology with writing and language instruction), McDougal Littell.


NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, Lecturer in School of Continuing Studies, degree-granting adult program (1988–current). Introduction to Literature; Modern English Novel; Modern Culture: the 19th Century (humanities course); Modern Culture: the 20th Century (humanities course); 19th-Century European Novel; 19th-Century British Fiction: Austen to Dickens; Dostoevsky; Effective Reading and Writing (composition).

WRIGHT COLLEGE, Chicago, IL. Co-taught great books seminars sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities: Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time, vol. 1, Fall 1997; Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse, Spring 1998. Also co-taught Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment (Fall 1996); Sophocles’ Oedipus Trilogy (Spring 1997); Dante’s Inferno (Fall 1998); Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1 (Spring 1999) and Othello(Fall 1999); Henry James’s Portrait of a Lady (Spring 2000); Saul Bellow’s Herzog (Fall 2000); William Faulkner’s Light in August (Spring 2001); and Cervantes’s Don Quijote (Fall 2001).

UNIVERSITY OF ST. MARY OF THE LAKE, Mundelein, IL. Instructor, Contemporary Philosophy II (spring 1995, spring 1996).

ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Mellon Fellow. Art of the Novel; Twentieth-Century British Literature; Techniques of Prose; Communication for Business Management (1985–86).

TRITON COLLEGE, part-time instructor, composition and remedial writing (1983–85).

STANFORD UNIVERSITY: Designed and taught thematically organized freshman composition courses: Urban Models and Experience. Teaching Assistant, Western Thought and Literature: The Modern Age; Masterpieces of English Literature I & II; Freshman Composition.

ST. MARY'S COLLEGE: Teaching Assistant, Ancient Philosophy.


20th-century British literature; the English novel, especially modern and Victorian; introductory and survey courses; composition; American and Continental novels; humanities; modern philosophy; critical theory.


Predoctoral Mellon Fellowship (sponsored by the Mellon Foundation and Illinois Institute of Technology), 1985–86.

Stanford English Department Fellowship, four years.


"Crossing Boundaries Creatively: New Trends in Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum." Workshop given at Total Education Congress," Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin, October 14, 1993.

"Cross-Cultural Explorations of the Twenties: Students Research Teams, Fitzgerald, and the Harlem Renaissance." Lecture given at Humanities Education for a Global Society Conference, Somerset, New Jersey, April 1, 1992.

"Multicultural Literature and Reader Response: The Challenges of What and How We Teach." Lecture given to the New York City Association of Assistant Principals, October 17, 1991.

"Teaching Shakespeare Through Reader Response." Workshop given for the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. St. Louis, October 25, 1991.

"New Strategies for Teaching Literature in a Culturally Diverse Classroom." Lecture given to Boston City Schools English Department Chairs, December 9, 1990.


Senior Editor, McDougal Littell, A Houghton Mifflin Company, Evanston, IL (1987–current). Responsible for planning, writing, and editing texts in literature and composition. Also served as California Language Arts Liaison, (1999–current). Previous positions: Assistant Editor (1987–89); Associate Editor (1990–91); Editor (1991–1999).

Copywriter, Advertising and Promotion, Laidlaw Educational Publishers/Textbook Division of Doubleday, River Forest, IL (1982–87).

Writing Consultant, Communication Program, Stanford Business School. Held weekly tutorial with MBA students (1980–81).

Research Assistant for Daniel O'Neill, history professor, St. Mary's College, two years. Compiled annotated bibliographies of library holdings in urban history and U. S. immigration; recommended purchases.


Faculty Advisory Board, University College, Northwestern University (consulting body that serves as a liaison between faculty and administration, initiated in 1997)

Student Senator, St. Mary's College, two years.

Curriculum Standards Committee, St. Mary's, two years. Our committee completely rewrote the general education requirements for the college.

Religious Board of Education, Ascension Catholic Church, Oak Park, IL.


Reading knowledge of French, German, Old English, Middle English; learning Russian.


Modern Language Association; National Council of Teachers of English.


William M. Todd, III, Slavic Dept. Harvard University.

Lucio P. Ruotolo, English Dept. Stanford University.

Wilfred H. Stone, English Dept. Stanford University.

Joseph Frank, Slavic Dept. Stanford University.

Hilary Ward, Assoc. Dean, University College, Northwestern University.


Stanford Career Planning and Placement Center, Stanford University, Stanford CA 94305.

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