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Albert Wachtel, PhD
Professor of Creative Studies

Albert Wachtel

    With Pitzer Since: 1974
    Field Group: Creative Studies
    Campus Address: Scott Hall 215
    Phone: 909.607.3641

    Ph.D., State University of New York, Buffalo
    B.A., Queens College

Research Interests

James Joyce; Shakespeare; epic and scripture; the ancient world; fiction; creative non-fiction, drama and fiction writing; tragedy; theory of literature; 20th-century novel.

Recent Courses:

World in a Nutshell: The Short Story (CREA25)

Creative Writing and Creative Thought (CREA31)

Greek Tragedy in Translation (CREA120)

The Bible and Homer (CREA124)

Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, Narrative Poetry. (CREA159a)

Shakespeare: Tragedy and Beyond (CREA159b)

Shakespeare and Film (CREA159c)

Modernism (ENGL191)

Fictions of James Joyce (CREA193a)

Yeats and Magic (CREA193)

Vision Beyond Thought: Analogical Forms in Sophocles (CREA198)

Selected Publications:

Scholarly Works:

Critical Insights: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.:  Salem Press, 2011.

“Modernists,” Critical Survey of Poetry, 4th Edition. Ed Rosemary M. Canfield Reisman. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.:  Salem Press, 2011.

“Rappaccini’s Daughter,” “Oresteia,” “Electra,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” and “Dubliners,”  Masterplots. Ed. Laurence W. Mazzeno. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Salem Press, 2010.

 “Ur-Namma,” Great Lives from History: The Ancient World. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Salem Press, 2004.

“City Boy” and “Criers and Kibitzers,” Masterplots II: Short Stories. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Salem Press, 2004.

“Adam’s Curse,” Masterplots: Poetry.  Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Salem Press, 2002.

“Curse of Ham,” The Historical Encyclopedia of World Slavery. ABC-CLIO, 1997.

The Cracked Lookingglass: James Joyce and the Nightmare of History. Selinsgrove: Susquehanna UP, 1992.

Modernism: Challenges and Perspectives. Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 1986. Co-edited with Monique Chefdor and Ricardo Quinnones. 

“Eastlake: The Artist as Director of Revels,” Review of Contemporary Fiction (spring 1983).

 “Ripe for Peaching: Stephen Dedalus and the Chain of Command,” James Joyce Quarterly, vol.14, no.1 (fall 1976).

 “On Analogical Action,” The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, vol.22, no. 2 (winter 1963).

Creative Non-Fiction, Drama and Fiction

In 2007-08, Professor Wachtel served as a writer for two episodes ("Billy Best" and "Bonnie Lovett") of the television series, The Incurables on the Versa Network.

 “Goddess,” The Gettysburg Review (2005).

“From Cross to Swastika: The Theology of Hate,” Midstream Magazine (May/June 2000).

“It’s Evolutionary and It’s in the Bible,” Los Angeles Times, syndicated (September 1999).

“A Malignant Metaphor,” The Wall Street Journal, syndicated (August 1997). 

“Ham,” The Gettysburg Review (1996).

HENRY IV, Odyssey Theater, Los Angeles, CA, May-June 1995.

“Damage Control in the Middle East,” Midstream Magazine (May 1992).

“The Spangled Sierra Madre Parade,” Pasadena Star-News (July 1992).

“Why Learn? Why Live?” Los Angeles Times, syndicated (October 1988).

“Some Sour Tastes in L.A.’s Exotic Melting Pot,” Los Angeles Herald-Examiner (April 1984).

“Cradle and All,” The Southern Review (1982).

“Retreating Forward,” Moment Magazine (November 1978).

“A Clean Slate,” Moment Magazine (February 1976).

“The Burden,” Spectrum (winter 1971).

Recent Conferences and Invited Talks:

“DUBLINERS and the Fittest,” seminar, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany, May 16-June 10.

“From Conventional to Telling Metaphor—Verse to Poetry," presented at Scribblerus Salons, Berkeley, CA, February 18, 2010.

“Performance as Critical Vision: Film as Analysis,” presented at The Shakespeare Club, Claremont, CA, February 8, 2010.

Selected Grants, Awards, and Honors

Writer’s Guild, 2011

National Endowment for the Humanities, Ancient Greek Drama, History and Religion,1998

National Endowment for the Humanities, Greek Tragedy, 1986

Danforth Associate,1976

Fellow, Creative Arts Institute,1972

National Defense Education Act Fellow, 1960-63

Additional Information:

Curriculum Vitae