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Associate Professor of English
Full time

Dr. Kane teaches courses in composition and modern literature as well as a popular course in the genre of the short story. His field of expertise is in modern British and American literature, and his book Iris Murdoch, Muriel Spark, and John Fowles: Didactic Demons in Modern Fiction enjoys an international reputation. He is currently working on an article involving literary perspectives on war by Tim O’Brien, Thom Jones, George Garrett, Frank O’Connor, and Albert Camus. In a larger project, he is also exploring the possible nexus between ritual and gender in four modern authors: Christopher Isherwood, John Cheever, Reynolds Price, and Bruce Chatwin.

Most Recent Publications

Kane, Richard. 2008. At The Bottom of The World With Bruce Chatwin. North Dakota Quarterly 75(1)(winter):141-153.

Kane, Richard. 2004. Earth, Water, and Fire: Elemental Representations of Feminist Force in Stories by John Cheever, T. Coraghessan Boyle, and Tobias Wolff. Journal of the Short Story in English, Les Cahiers de la Nouvelle 42(spring):111-134. (Joint European and American publication).

Kane, Richard. 2008. Bruce Chatwin Explores Patagonia. Paper for the Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Association Conference, 31 October - 2 November, in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

Kane, Richard. 2007. The European-American Polarity in the Work of Thomas Wolfe. Paper for the Mid-Atlantic American Culture Association Conference, 1-3 November, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Kane, Richard. 2005. An Analysis of Power and Illusion in the Work of Iris Murdoch. Paper for the Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Association Conference, 4-6 November, in New Brunswick, New Jersey.


Ph.D. in English, Temple University, 1984

M.A. in English, Temple University, 1967

A.B. in English, Villanova University, 1964


E-mail: rck1@psu.edu
Phone: 717-749-6224
Fax: 717-749-4125
Office: 202 General Studies Building