James Hall

James M Hall

Emeritus Faculty

Professional Summary

I am the author of John Dryden: A Reference Guide (1984), a fully annotated bibliography of more than three centuries of secondary work on Dryden. My current research interest is the seventeenth-century diarist Samuel Pepys, particularly his manner of narrating sensational events (public and private--e.g. The Great Fire of London and his sex life) in diary form. I regularly teach Shakespeare, Milton, and Advanced Composition on the undergraduate level and Chaucer on both the graduate and undergraduate levels.


Ph.D., Yale University 1966

Research and Practice Interests

Samuel Pepys's Diary (esp. narrative and stylistic issues)

Abbreviated Publications


John Dryden: A Research Guide. Boston: G.K. Hall & Co., 1984.

Peer Reviewed Publications

"Perspectives on the City: A Bibliography." Urban Resources 1 (1984): 53.

"The Spider and the Silkworm: Shelley’s ‘Letter to Maria Gisborne’." Keats-Shelley Memorial Bulletin 20 (1969): 1, 10.


"Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800." The Scriblerian. (1987): 210, 211.


Paper Presentations

(07-06-1989. ) ’Sons of Belial’: Reported Violence and Misbehavior in Pepys’s Diary .University of Durham.

(07-07-1987. ) Samuel Pepys and Margaret Penn: A Curious Episode .University of Durham.

(10-27-1980. ) The Role of the Humanities in Urban Planning .Cincinnati, OH.


English Literature (Medieval, Early Modern, Restoration) Advanced Composition