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Dooley publishes essays, joins 'Red Badge of Courage' panel

Feb 24, 2022

Patrick Dooley, professor emeritus of philosophy, has had three essays published:

  • “Biblical Brothers, Being a Brother’s Keeper and Fly Fishing as Therapy in Norman Maclean’s 'A River Runs Through It.'” Renascence 74.1 (Spring 2022). This essay joins an earlier essay in Renascence that discussed the parable of the Prodigal Son as an interpretive key to Maclean’s novel; it explores older brother Norman’s obligations as a brother’s keeper of his younger sibling, Paul, as well as both brothers’ duties on behalf of their brother-in-law, Neal.
  • “Artistic and Literary Synergy: Illustrating Stephen Crane’s “A Man and Some Others.’” Studies in American Naturalism 16.2 (Winter 2021). This article explores an elaborate synergy in the publication of “A Man and Some Others” in the February 1897 Century Magazine. Five luminaries in the American cultural scene at the turn-of-the-last century were involved: Crane, America's best-selling author, provided the short story set on the Mexican/Texan border; Theodore Roosevelt, then police commissioner of New York, offered comments on the first draft; America’s first literary agent, Paul Revere Reynolds, negotiated terms and requests to delete profanity in two sections of the story made by Richard Watson Gilder, editor of America’s then leading magazine; and Frederic Remington, America’s foremost painter and illustrator of the American Old West, provided a full page ink wash illustration of the opening scene of the story.
  • “Willa Cather on Suicides: A Reconsideration.” Willa Cather Review 60 (Spring 2022). Dooley notes: During my last Fulbright Fellowship at the Nanyang Technological University in 2016, I asked students to consider the philosophical and moral issues raised by the three suicides in Cather’s "My Ántonia." Their response: "We don’t understand the question; isn’t suicide a courageous, self-affirming choice?" My reconsidered view is now that Cather accepted suicide as a simple matter of fact — with one notable exception: her account of the suicide of the father of her most famous heroine, Ántonia, is tender and full of pathos.
Additionally, Dooley was a panelist on a Feb. 8 Zoom presentation hosted by The National Association of Scholars discussing Stephen Crane’s "The Red Badge of Courage," the tenth event in a series that the NAS is producing on the Great American Novel.