Re-Visioning William Blake's The Four Zoas
Donald Ault (PhD University of Chicago) is Professor of English
at the University of Florida. He previously taught at the University
of California, Berkeley, and Vanderbilt University.
He is the author of Visionary Physics: Blakes Response
to Newton (1974) and Narrative Unbound: Re-Visioning William
Blakes The Four Zoas (1987), co-editor of Critical
Paths: Blake and the Argument of Method (1987), and editor of
Carl Barks: Conversations (2003). He served as consultant
and contributor to The Carl Barks Library of Walt Disneys
Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge (1983-1990) and The Barks Library
in Color (1992-98). His work has appeared in journals such as
Studies in Romanticism, Modern Philology, Eighteenth-Century
Studies, The Wordsworth Circle, The Keats-Shelley Journal, and
The Comics Journal, as well as in various essay collections,
including Comics & Culture: Analytical and Theoretical Approaches
to Comics (2000). He was executive producer and editorial supervisor
for the videotape production The Duck Man: An Interview with
Carl Barks (1996).
In 1972-74 he initiated curriculum changes at Berkeley by creating
English 176 (Literature and Popular Culture) and English
177 (Literature and Philosophy). He teaches courses
in Romanticism, in comics, animation, and movie serials, in literary
theory, in William Blake, and in literature and science.
He is currently completing several book projects: The Comic
Vision of Carl Barks, Holograph(em)ic Singularities:
Romanticism, Comics, and Mathematical Notation, Blake, Newton, Disney and, in collaboration
with Chris B. Schaffer (PhD, Physics, Harvard University; currently Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell), The
Urizen Equations. A new and expanded version of his first
book—Visionary Physics and Other Essays: Blake Newton, and Incommensurable
Textuality—is forthcoming. He is also currently contributing to Fantagraphics Books' 30-volume reprint series of the complete works of Carl Barks.
With the help of various students, especially PhD candidate John
F. Ronan, he organized the first two annual installments of University
of Florida Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels-The
Will Eisner Symposium (2002) and Underground(s)
(2003). The eighth annual Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, ImageNexT: Visions Past and Future, was held in March of 2010.
Don Ault is Founder and Editor of ImageTexT (launched 2004), a web journal of comics theory and criticism, now in its seventh volume.
Information regarding the program in comics scholarship
at the University of Florida can be found at: www.english.ufl.edu/comics/