Curriculum Vitae
Joel Porte


Department of English, Cornell University,
Rockefeller 355, Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: 607 255 8349; Fax: 607 255 9446


The City College of New York, A.B., magna cum laude, 1957 (English and Classics)

Harvard University, A.M., 1958; Ph.D., 1962 (English and American Literature)


Harvard University: Instructor in English (1962-64);
Assistant Professor of English (1964-68);
Associate Professor of English (1968-69);
Allston Burr Senior Tutor in Quincy House (1967-70);
Professor of English and American Literature (1969-82);
Acting Director, American Civilization Program (1972-3);
Chairman Program in History and Literature (1979-81);
Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature (1982-87);
Vice-Chairman, Department of English (1984-85);
Chairman, Department of English (1985-87).
Cornell University: Frederick J. Whiton Professor of American Literature (1987-89);
Ernest I. White Professor of American Studies and Humane Letters (1989--);
Director of Program in American Studies (1989--).


On-site visitor for New York State Board of Regents to evaluate Ph.D. programs at University of Rochester, SUNY-Binghamton, and St. John's University (1974)
Principal advisor to PBS station WGBH for dramatization of The Scarlet Letter (1975-79)
Consultant for PBS production on the life and work of Edith Wharton (1977)
Consultant for Library of America (1979)
NEH Panelist (1982, 1984, 1994)
Editorial Board, Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture (1982-92)
Editorial Board, Vanderbilt Univ. Press Studies in American Philosophy (1994 --).

Awards, Honors

CCNY: Claflin Prize (silver) for excellence in Greek

election to Phi Beta Kappa (1956)

Claflin Prize (gold) for excellence in Greek

Ward Prize in English Composition (1957).

Harvard University: Graduate Prize Fellow (1957-8)

Dexter Traveling Fellow (1960)

Helen Choate Bell Prize in American Literature, Bowdoin Prize (1957).

Visiting Lecturer, American Studies Research Centre, Hyderabad, India (spring, 1976).

Scholar-in-Residence, Rockefeller Foundation Study Center, Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio, Italy (summer, 1979).

Guggenheim Foundation Fellow (1981-2).

Fulbright Award to Italy (1982; declined).

Faculty Fellow, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University (spring, 1993).


Contemporary Authors; Who's Who in America.

Professional Societies

MLA (elected to five year term, 1979-83, on Executive Committee of Division on Nineteenth-Century American Literature);

American Studies Association; American Literature Association.

Editorial Boards

The New England Quarterly
Studies in American Fiction
Studies in Romanticism


Emerson and Thoreau: Transcendentalists in Conflict. Middle- town, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 1966.

The Romance in America: Studies in Cooper, Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, and James. Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 1969. (Paperback edition, 1972.)

Representative Man: Ralph Waldo Emerson in His Time. New York: Oxford University Press, 1979. (Paperback edition, re- vised with a new introduction, Columbia University Press, 1988.)

In Respect to Egotism: Studies in American Romantic Writing. New York & Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.

American Texts/ American Topics: Selected Essays (forthcoming).


Introduction to The Scarlet Letter (Dell, 1979);

Introduction, Oliver Wendell Holmes's Ralph Waldo Emerson (Chelsea House, 1980);

Editor, Emerson in His Journals (Harvard, 1982);

Editor, Emerson: Prospect and Retrospect (Harvard, 1982);

Editor, Essays & Lectures of Ralph Waldo Emerson (Library of America, 1983);

Introduction to George Santayana, Interpretations of Poetry and Religion (MIT Press, 1989);

Editor, New Essays on James's The Portrait of a Lady (Cambridge UP, 1990);

Editor, with Saundra Morris, of The Norton Critical Emerson (forthcoming);

Editor, with Saundra Morris, of The Cambridge Companion to Emerson (forthcoming).

Also, from 1962-1995, more than two-dozen essays in journals and collections, as well as over forty reviews in newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals.

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