Arts and Letters Faculty

Daniel Shea

Professor of English


Doctor of Philosophy, State University of New York at Binghamton
Master of Arts, Indiana State University
Bachelor of Arts, Canisius College

Office: Aquinas Hall, Room 120-B
Office Hours:  M/W/F Noon-2 pm; T/Th 1-2 pm
Phone:  845-569-3147


ENG 1020 Forms of Literature
ENG 2020 Major English Authors II
HON 1020 Honors Literature


Having realized early on that there's no better way to go through life than reading good books, I chose to major in English and never looked back.

Practically speaking, English majors graduate with three significant advantages over their peers. First, their knowledge of literary history gives them insight into human nature. Homer knew this and so did Faulkner. Second, their writing and communication skills--highly valued in any context--are second to none. Finally, English majors know how to learn; flexibility and adaptation mean that the English major will never be stuck in a routine job. I've always found this kind of flexibility to be particularly rewarding in my research as well as in my own life.

Specialization/Areas of Research Interest

Irish Literature
British Literature from Romanticism to the Present
Maerchen and Fairy Tale Traditions

Memberships and Professional Associations

The NorthEast Modern Language Association
The James Joyce Society
The American Comparative Literature Association
New England Region of the American Conference for Irish Studies

Achievements / Awards

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
Sigma Tau Delta (National English Honor Society)
Alpha Sigma Nu (National Jesuit Honor Society)
Eta Sigma Phi (National Classics Honor Society)



James Joyce and the Mythology of Modernism. Stuttgart: Ibidem Press, 2006.

Book Articles

“From God of the Creation to Hangman God: Joyce’s Reassessment of Aestheticism.” in Aestheticism: De-Humanizing or Re-Humanizing Art, the Artist and the Artistic Receptor. Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

Journal Articles

“’You Ought to Take Up Writing’: Story, Place and Gender in the Fiction of Mary Lavin.” Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Forthcoming.

“’A Rank Outsider’: Gambling and Economic Rivalry in Ulysses,” James Joyce Quarterly. 48.1 (2012).

“’Do They Photograph Those Girls or Is It All a Fake?’: Walter Benjamin, Film and ‘Nausicaa.’” James Joyce Quarterly. 42.1-2 (2007).

“Prometheus the Modern Matricide: Justice and the Furies in Frankenstein.” English Language Notes. 39.1 (2001): 41-51.


Review of Proust, Mann, Joyce in the Modernist Context (Catholic University Press of America, 2010), by Gerald Gillespie. James Joyce Quarterly, 48.3 (2012).

 Portrait of: Daniel Shea