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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: Blake’s Response to Newton (1974) and Narrative Unbound: Re-Visioning William Blake’s 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 Disney’s 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:


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