|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
|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-June 1988:||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|
Art and Politics: Psychoanalysis, Ideology, Theatre. Pluto Press, London, 2007.
Death's Dream Kingdom: The American Psyche Since 9-11. Pluto Press, London, 2006.
An Evening with JonBenét Ramsey: A Play and Two Essays. iUniverse, February 2004.
Deracination: Historicity, Hiroshima, and the Tragic Imperative. Albany: SUNY P, 2001.
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.
“Trim: The Tyger Woods Story.” Staged reading. The Boston Experimental Theatre Company. For The Seventh Annual Social Theory Forum. University of Massachusetts, Boston. April 7, 2010.
“Between Two Deaths” [full-length play set on San Quentin's Death Row]. Fall 2005.
“Cowboy's Sweetheart.” In An Evening with JonBenét Ramsey: A Play and Two Essays. iUniverse, February 2004.
The Holocaust Memorial: A Play About Hiroshima. Bloomington: First Books, 2000.
“Beyond The Corrie Controversy: Manifesto for a Progressive Theatre.” MWC News (April 5, 2006).
“Mendacity: The Prospects of Progressive Theater Under Capitalism.” MWC News (March 24, 2006).
“Mendacity: The Prospects of Progressive Theater Under Capitalism.” Dissident Voice (March 24, 2006): http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Mar06/Davis24.htm.
“The Play's the Thing: Censorship, Theatre and Ideology.” Dissident Voice (March 7, 2006): http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Mar06/Davis07.htm.
“Theater, Ideology and the Censorship of My Name is Rachel Corrie: The Play's the Thing.” CounterPunch (March 6, 2006): http://www.counterpunch.com/davis03062006.html.
“Childhood Play as Tragic Drama,” in a collection of essays on Melanie Klein edited by Jon Mills. Other Banalities (Routledge, 2006).
“Closure, Compassion and State Murder: Fear and Loathing at San Quentin.” CounterPunch (December 15, 2005): http://counterpunch.org/davis12152005.html.
“Life on Death Row.” Dissident Voice (December 2, 2005): http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Dec05/Davis1202.htm.
“A Monologue: Life on Death Row.” CounterPunch (November 29, 2005): http://www.counterpunch.org/davis11292005.html.
“Men of Good Will: Toward an Ethic of the Tragic.” International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies (vol. 2, issue 3, 2005): 197-219.
“Passion of the Christ in Abu Ghraib: Toward a New Theory of Ideology.” Socialism and Democracy (vol. 19, no. 1, March 2005): 67-93.
“Bible Says: The Psychology of Christian Fundamentalism.” CounterPunch (January 8/9, 2005): http://www.counterpunch.org/davis01082005.html.
“Tabloid Justice: Reflections on the Peterson Trial.” CounterPunch (November 27/28, 2004): http://www.counterpunch.org/davis11272004.html.
“Of Pynchon, Thanatos and Depleted Uranium: Weapons of Mass Destruction Found in Iraq.” CounterPunch (October 9/10, 2004): http://www.counterpunch.org/davis10092004.html.
“The Bite of the Whip: Passion of the Christ in Abu Ghraib.” CounterPunch (June 19/20, 2004): http://www.counterpunch.org/davis06192004.html.
“There is Another Court.” In An Evening with JonBenét Ramsey: A Play and Two Essays (iUniverse, February 2004): 107-158, 181-199.
“Casting the Audience: Toward a Theatre of Primary Emotions.” In An Evening with JonBenét Ramsey: A Play and Two Essays (iUniverse, February 2004): 159-180.
“Robert Jay Lifton, or Nostalgia: Responses to 9/11 and the American Aftermath.” CounterPunch (January 3/4, 2004): http://www.counterpunch.org/davis01032004.html.
“Living in Death's Dream Kingdom: The Pyschotic Core of Capitalist Ideology.” CounterPunch (September 6, 2003): http://www.counterpunch.org/davis09062003.html.
“Death's Dream Kingdom: The American Psyche after 9-11.” Journal for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society (Spring 2003): 127-132.
“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.
The Last Catholic (a novel)
Psyche as Tragic Process: A Critique of Psychoanalytic Theory
“The Tragic, Sexuality, Love.” Keynote Address. The Seventh Annual Social Theory Forum. University of Massachusetts, Boston. April 7, 2010.
“Psyche as Tragic Process.” Guest Lecture. Department of Philosophy, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. April 1, 2010.
“Evil: A Psychoanalytic Inquiry.” 8th annual U. of South Carolina Comparative Literature Conference. February 9-11, 2006.
“Ethics and the Tragic.” Annual Conference of the International Federation for Psychoanalytic Education. Chicago, Illinois. November, 2004.
“San Quentin.” Annual Bergamo Conference. Dayton, Ohio. October 20, 2005.
“Fundamentalism and Terrorism.” Invited participant, PsyBC continuing online seminar, 2004-.
“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.
King Lear. Role: King Lear. Touring production of the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company, 2009.
Buried Child. Role: Dodge. University of South Carolina, February 2006.
The San Quentin Monologue [solo performance piece]. The Annual Conference of the Society for Curriculum Theory, September 2005; The University of South Carolina, Jan. 17, 2006.
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.