WALTER A. DAVIS

email: davis.65@osu.edu
website: http://people.cohums.ohio-state.edu/davis65



EDUCATION

Ph.D. 1969 The University of Chicago (with Distinction)
    English Language and Literature
    Emphases: Literary Theory, Modern Literature
M.A. 1966 Marquette University (with Honors)
    English Language and Literature
B.A. 1964 Marquette University (Cum Laude)
    Double Major: English and Philosophy


TEACHING

March 2002-Present, Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University, Department of English

September 1988 -2002: Professor, The Ohio State University, Department of English

September 1977 - June1988: Associate Professor, The Ohio State University, Department of English

September 1969 - June 1977: Assistant Professor, The University of California at Santa Barbara, Department of English



PRIMARY PUBLICATIONS

"Death's Dream Kingdom: The American Psyche after 9-11." Journal for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society (Spring 2003): 127-132.

Deracination: Historicity, Hiroshima, and the Tragic Imperative. Albany: SUNY P, 2001.

The Holocaust Memorial: A Play About Hiroshima. Bloomington: First Books, 2000.

Get the Guests: Psychoanalysis, Modern American Drama, and the Audience. Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 1993.

Inwardness and Existence: Subjectivity in/and Hegel, Heidegger, Marx, and Freud. Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 1989

The Act of Interpretation: A Critique of Literary Reason. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1979.

"Offending the Profession (After Peter Händke)." Critical Inquiry (Summer 1984): 706-718.

"The Fisher King: Wille zur Macht in Baltimore." Critical Inquiry (Summer 1984): 668-694.



WORKS IN PROGRESS

An Evening with JonBenét Ramsey: A Play and Two Essays

Psyche as Tragic Process: Toward a theory of Primary Emotions



SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

"The Ramsey Case and the Contradictions of the Postmodern Sensibility." Annual Women's Studies Conference. Marquette University. Spring, 2003.

"Toward a Theory of Primary Emotions." Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society Annual Conference. University of Pennsylvania. Fall, 2002.

"Ethics and Aesthetics." NEH Summer Institute. Visiting Lecturer on Philosophy and Psychoanalysis. Respondent to Presentations by Jessica Benjamin. University of California at Berkeley, June 15-July 30, 1993.

"The Psyche in History: The Tragic View." International Association for Philosophy and Literature Conference. University of California at Berkeley, Spring 1992.

"Beyond Reparation: Art's Continuing Challenge to Psychoanalytic Theory." The American Psychological Association, Division 39 Meeting. Chicago, Spring 1991.

"The Psyche and Its Crypt." The International Association for Philosophy and Literature. Montreal, Spring 1991.

"Beyond Humanism: An Ethics for the '90s." The Nebraska Conference on Pluralism. U of Nebraska,1990.

"Wayne Booth and Walter Davis: A Debate on Theory." Forum on Critical Theory. OSU, Spring 1989.

"Dialectic Enters History: Mann's Doctor Faustus." Marxism and Literature Conference. State University of New York at Stony Brook, Spring 1987.

"Is There an Ethics before Deconstruction?" The International Association for Philosophy and Literature Conference. State University of New York at Stony Brook, Spring 1984.

"From Objectivity to Anguish: On Interpretation." The University of Delaware Lecture Series, Spring 1980.

"Toward a Hermeneutic of Engagement." Respondent to Paul Ricoeur's presentation of "A Hermeneutic of Recovery." Paul Ricoeur Conference. University of California at Santa Barbara, Spring 1976.



ACTING, SELECTED

The Lion in Winter. Role: King Henry II. Central Park Players. 2003.

Beyond Therapy. Role: Dr. Framingham. Contemporary American Theatre Company, 1990.

El Salvador. Role: Fletcher. CATCO, 1989.

Glengarry Glen Ross. Role: Dave Moss. CATCO, 1987.

Serenading Louie. Role: Alex. Player s Theatre, 1984.

Equus. Role: Dr. Dysart. Little Theatre Off Broadway, 1984.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Role: The Player King. Player's Theatre, 1983.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Role: Brick. Little Theatre Off Broadway, 1983.

Getting Out. Role: Carl. Player's Theatre, 1983.

The Odd Couple. Role: Oscar Madison. Gallery Players, 1982.

Family Business. Role: Bobby Stein. Gallery Players, 1982.

I Never Sang for My Father. Role: The Father. Abbey Players, 1981.