R. Paul Yoder

Professor of English
English Department
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
2801 S. University
Little Rock, AR 72204-1099
(501) 569-8321
email: rpyoder@ualr.edu


1992: Ph.D. in English, Duke University.
          Dissertation: "Significant Events: Language and Narrative in Blake's Jerusalem."
          Director: Prof. Robert F. Gleckner.
1983: M.A. in English The Ohio State University
1980: B.A. in English, with Departmental Honors, Louisiana State University


The Narrative Structure of William Blake's Poem Jerusalem: A Revisionist Interpretation. Edwin Mellen Press, 2010.

The Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography. Fine Arts Section. Editor. 1994-1999.

Approaches to Teaching Pope's Poetry. Co-edited with Wallace Jackson. New York: MLA, 1993.

Critical Essays on Alexander Pope. Co-edited with Wallace Jackson. New York: G. K. Hall / Twayne, 1993.


"Blake and the Book of Numbers: Joshua the Giant Killer and the Tears of Balaam." The Jews and British Romanticism: Politics, Religion, Culture. Edited by Sheila Spector. New York: Palgrave, 2005. Pp. 87-102.

"What Happens When: Narrative and the Changing Sequence of Plates in Blake's Jerusalem, Chapter 2." Studies in Romanticism, 41.2 (Summer 2002): 259-78.

"Blake's Pope." Romantic Generations: Essays in Honor of Robert F. Gleckner. Edited by Ghislaine McDayter, Guinn Batten, and Barry Milligan. Bucknell UP. 2001. Pp. 23-42.

"Unlocking Language: Self-Similarity in Blake's Jerusalem." Romantic Circles Praxis Series: Romanticism and Complexity, edited by Hugh Roberts. March 2001.

"Theory and Practice: A Response to Arkady Plotnitsky." Romantic Circles Praxis Series: Romanticism and Complexity, edited by Hugh Roberts. March 2001.

"Not from Troy, But Jerusalem: Blake's Canon Revision." Blake/An Illustrated Quarterly 31:1 (Summer) 1997.

"Milton's The Passion." Milton Studies 27 (1991), 3-21.

"Thomas Gray's Pindarics" (co-author Wallace Jackson). Approaches to Teaching Eighteenth-Century Poetry, ed. Christopher Fox (New York: AMS Press, 1990), 302-17.

"Clarissa Regained: Richardson's Redemption of Eve." Eighteenth-Century Life 13 (May 1989), 61-9.

"Wordsworth Reimagines Thomas Gray: Notations on Begetting a Kindred Spirit" (co-author Wallace Jackson). Criticism 31 (1989), 287-300.

Reviews and Encyclopedia Entries:

Rev. of Hazard Adams, William Blake on His Poetry and Painting; A Study of A Descriptive Catalogue, Other Prose Writings and Jerusalem (Jefferson, NC and London: McFarland, 2011). Forthcoming in Blake / An Illustrated Quarterly, as of August 2011.

Rev. of The Cambridge Companion to William Blake, edited by Morris Eaves (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2003). Romantic Circles Reviews July 2009 (online).

Rev. of Morton D. Paley, The Traveller in the Evening: The Last Works of William Blake (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2003). European Romanticism Review 19.3 (2008).

Rev. of Julia M. Wright, Blake, Nationalism, and the Politics of Alienation (Athens, OH: Ohio UP, 2004). Romantic Circles Reviews Winter 2006 (online).

Rev. of Fred Dortort, The Dialectic of Vision: A Contrary Reading of William Blake's Jerusalem (Barrytown, NY: Station Hill Arts / Barrytown, Ltd., 1998). Studies in Romanticism. 42:3 (Fall 2003) pp. 405-412.

Rev. of Henry Summerfield, A Guide to the Books of William Blake for Innocent and Experienced Readers (Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, UK: Colin Smythe Ltd., 1998). Blake/An Illustrated Quarterly 35:4 (Spring 2002) pp. 130-132.

Rev. of Kathryn S. Freeman, Blake's Nostos: Fragmentation and Nondualism in The Four Zoas (Albany: SUNY Press, 1997). Criticism 41:1 (Winter 1999) pp. 145-148.

"William Blake." Britain in the Hanoverian Age, 1714-1834. Edited by Gerald Newman. Garland, 1997.

Rev. of Tassie Gwilliam, Samuel Richardson's Fictions of Gender (Stanford: Stanford UP, 1993). The Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography. n.s. 19 (for 1993).

Rev. of William C. Dowling, The Epistolary Moment: The Poetics of the Eighteenth-Century Verse Epistle (Princeton: Princeton UP, 1991). The Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography. n.s. 17 (for 1991).

Rev. of Michael Ferber, The Poetry of William Blake (New York: Penguin, 1991). The Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography. n.s. 17 (for 1991).

Rev. of Robert Essick, William Blake and the Language of Adam (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989). The Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography, n.s. 15 (for 1989).

Papers and Other Conference Participation:

2011: "Apophenia: The Association of Ideas in John Locke, William Wordsworth and William Gibson." NASSR. Park City, UT.

2009: "The Terrible Wonder: Blake's Rejection of Milton's Economy of Redemption." NASSR. Durham, NC.

2009: Participant in Roundtable Celebrating the Career of Robert F. Gleckner. NASSR. Durham, NC.

2006: "The Disappearing Context Trick: The Rhetoric of Discontinuity in Blake's Jerusalem." NASSR. Lafayette, IN.

2005: "Breaking through the Walls of Words in Blake's Jerusalem." NASSR. Montreal, Canada.

2002: "Joshua the Giant Killer: Jack, Joshua, Balaam and the Valleys of Peor in Blake's Jerusalem." NASSR. London, Ontario, Canada.

2002: "Pope's Jerusalem." Borromeo Conference on Catholicism and Literature. Little Rock, AR.

2001: "Blakean Self-Satire in Jerusalem." NASSR. Seattle, WA.

2000: "Organ-ized and Bonified: Soft Tissues and Hard in Blake's Jerusalem." NASSR. Tempe, AZ.

1999: "Self-Similarity in Blake's Jerusalem." NASSR. Halifax, Nova Scotia.

1998: "Gouging Jerusalem: Reading Blake's Revisions." NASSR/BARS. Strawberry Hill, England.

1997: Chair. Open Session on William Blake. NEMLA. Philadelphia, PA.

1996: "Blake's Pope." NASSR. Conference. Boston, MA.

1996: "Epigrams and Epics: Two Models for Reading Blake's Jerusalem." NEMLA. Montreal, Canada.

1995: "The Progress of Tyranny in Gray's 'Progress of Poesy.'" EC-ASECS. Newark, DE.

1994: "Righting Albion: Blake's Canon Revision." NASSR. Durham, NC.

1994: "The Pre-Longinian Sublime." Penn State Conference on Rhetoric and Composition.

1991: "John Milton's 'The Passion.'" NEMLA. Hartford, CT.

1990: (with David Smith, Prof. of Mathematics, Duke). "Project CALC: Writing and Mathematics." Mini-course for Carolinas and Ohio Science Ed. Network. Granville, OH.

1990: "Project CALC: Writing and Mathematics." Math. Assoc. of America. Louisville, KY.

1989: Panel Chairperson. "The Writing Portfolio in the Composition Class." CCCC. Seattle, WA.

1988: "Paul de Man and the Correction of the Rhetorical Self." CCCC. St. Louis, MO.

Invited Lectures:

2008 June 26: "Teaching Core Romantic Texts." Arkansas Summer Institute for AP Teachers. UALR.

2008 March 2: Roundtable discussion on Jane Austen on AETN (Public Television). 2007 June 27: "Teaching Romantic Poetry to Smart Students." Arkansas Summer Institute for AP Teachers. UALR.

2006 February 1: "Allen Ginsberg's Kaddish." LI MUD HA'AM Series. Temple B'Nai Israel. Little Rock, AR.

2005 September 28: "Searching for the Sound: The Autobiography of Phil Lesh." Life Quest Adult Education, Little Rock, AR.

2005 February 16: "Jewish Holy Books." Life Quest Adult Education, Little Rock, AR.

2004 July 15: "Lyrical Ballads: The Roots of Romanticism." Central Arkansas Library's "Third Thursdays" series.

2004 November 9: "Locke, Wordsworth and Winnie-the-Pooh." Phillips Community College.

2003 Sept. 30: "William Blake and the Doors of Perception." Phillips Community College.


UALR Bailey Award for Excellence in Teaching (2009) Teaching Excellence Award, UALR College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (2009)
Visiting Fellow, Yale Center for British Art (1998)
Duke Univ. Director of Graduate Studies Dissertation Fellowship
Association of American Colleges Junior Teaching Fellow
Phi Kappa Phi
LSU English Departmental Honors

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