James Ray

Graduation Year: 2023




M.A. in English, Southern Methodist University (2020)
B.A. in Literary Studies, University of Texas at Dallas (2013)


James is a PhD candidate interested in 18th century English literature at large, with a particular focus on authorship and text-ness. His work includes novels, poems, science writing, it-narratives, almanacs and more, with particular attention paid to genre and how texts are shaped. James enjoys teaching a wide range of texts and topics from the 17th century up through the 20th.


Dissertation working title: “Do Texts Write Themselves?; Curious Trends in Literature of the Long 18th Century”


Conferences presentations:

“‘It’s really something’: Metaphysical Platonism and Meaning in Raymond Carver’s ‘Cathedral,’” Texas Center for Working Class Studies, 2016


Courses taught:

Imagination and Interpretation: Authorship and Prophecy

Writing and Reasoning, Honors Seminar

Discernment and Discourse: Mythologies

Discernment and Discourse: Individual and Community

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