James Heffernan

Dartmouth Professor of English Emeritus

After teaching English at Dartmouth for almost forty years, James Heffernan ( has left the classroom to concentrate on writing and public lecturing. For the Great Courses ( he has taped 24 lectures on James Joyce's Ulysses and another 24 on great authors from Wordsworth to Albert Camus. His books include CULTIVATING PICTURACY: VISUAL ART AND VERBAL INTERVENTIONS (Baylor University Press, 2006 // and HOSPITALITY AND TREACHERY IN WESTERN LITERATURE (Yale University Press, 2014 // He is also Founding Editor of Review 19 (, which has so far reviewed over 400 books on 19th century English and American literature. Beyond literature, his avocational addiction to political news periodically drives him to comment on it.