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CURRICULUM VITAE FOR DONALD AULT

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

BA Kent State University, 1964

MA Kent State University, 1965

Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1968

EMPLOYMENT

1988-Present Professor of English, University of Florida

1976-1988 Associate Professor of English, Vanderbilt University

1968-1976 Assistant Professor of English, University of California,Berkeley,

1965 Equipment Design Dept., General Tire, Akron, OH

1962 Assistant Project Engineer, E.W. Bliss, Canton, OH

1959-1961 Junior Draftsman, Patent Drawing, Hoover Co., NorthCanton, OH

PUBLICATIONS

Books, Sole Author:

Narrative Unbound: Re-Visioning William Blake's The Four Zoas. Barrytown, NY: Station Hill Press, 1987. xxvi + 518 pp.

Visionary Physics: Blake's Response to Newton. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1974. Reissued as a Midway Paperback, 1975. xvi + 230 pp.

Books, Edited:

Carl Barks: Conversations. University Press of Mississippi, 2003.

Books, Co-Edited:

Critical Paths: Blake and the Argument of Method. Ed. by Donald Ault, Mark Bracher, and Dan Miller. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1987. 382 pp.

Sole-author Books—under contract

"Visionary Physics: Blake, Newton, and Incommensurable Textuality" (revised and expandededition of my 1974 book for the University of Chicago Press) (Station Hill/Barrytown Ltd. Press, nearing completion)

"The Comic Vision of Carl Barks." (University Press of Mississippi)

"The Urizen Equations." (Station Hill Press)

"Holograph(em)ic Singularities: Romanticism, Popular Culture, and Mathematical Notation" (Station Hill Press)

Books, Contributor of Chapter(s):

"Barksin Ankkauniversumi." Vousisadan Ankat: Acar Barksin omat suosikit. (Preface to the 50th anniversary collection of Donald Duck stories by Carl Barks). Helsinki: Helsinki Media, 2001:3-7.

"'Cutting Up' Again, Part II: Lacan on Barks on Lacan." Comics and Culture: Theoretical and Analytical Approaches to Comics. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanums Forlag, University of Copenhagen: 2000: 109-121.

"Foreword. "The Dialectic of Vision: A Contrary Reading of William Blake’s Jerusalem. By Fred Dortort. Barrytown, N.Y.: Station Hill Press, 1998: xv-xxviii.

"Foreword." Coleridge’s "Ancient Mariner": An Experimental Edition of Texts and Revisions, 1798-1828. Ed. Martin Wallen. Barrytown, N.Y.: Station Hill Press, 1993: vii-xv.

"Visual Narrative in ‘Vacation Time.’" The Carl Barks Library of Walt Disney's Donald Duck, Vol. 6. Ed. Bruce Hamilton. Prescott, AZ: Another Rainbow Publications, 1990: 765-768.

"Introduction." The Carl Barks Library of Walt Disney's Donald Duck, Vol. 6. Ed. Bruce Hamilton. Prescott AZ: Another Rainbow Publications, 1990: 7-8.

"Where's Poppa: Or the Defeminization of Blake's Little Black Boy.’" Out of Bounds: Male Writers and Gender(ed) Criticism. Ed. Laura Claridge and Elizabeth Langland. Amherst, MA: Univ. of Massachusetts Press, 1990: 126-153.

"Un-Reading ‘London.’" Approaches to Teaching Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience. Ed. Robert F. Gleckner and Mark Greenberg. New York, NY: Modern Language Association of America, 1989: 132-136.

"Uncle Scrooge in the Global Village." The Carl Barks Library of Walt Disney's Donald Duck, Vol. 5. Ed. Bruce Hamilton. Prescott, AZ: Another Rainbow Publishing, 1989: 185-186, 224-226.

"Comic Karma." The Carl Barks Library of Walt Disney's Donald Duck, Vol. 7. Ed. Bruce Hamilton. Scottsdale, AZ: Another Rainbow Publications, 1988: 89-90, 151-152.

"Blake's De-formation of Neo-Aristotelianism." In Critical Paths: Blake and the Argument of Method. Ed. Dan Miller, Mark Bracher, and Donald Ault. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1987: 111-138.

"Luck's Labor's Lost." The Carl Barks Library of Walt Disney's Donald Duck, Vol. 2.Ed. Bruce Hamilton. Scottsdale, AZ: 1986: 525-28, 640.

"Introduction." The Carl Barks Library of Walt Disney's Donald Duck, Vol. 2. Ed. Bruce Hamilton. Scottsdale, AZ: Another Rainbow Publishing, 1986: 5-6.

"Re-Visioning The Four Zoas." In Unnam’d Forms: Blake and Textuality. Ed. Nelson Hilton and Thomas Vogler. Berkeley, Los Angeles and London: Univ. of California Press, 1986: 105-39.

"Introduction." The Carl Barks Library of Walt Disney's Donald Duck, Vol. 4. Ed. Bruce Hamilton. Scottsdale, AZ: Another Rainbow Publishing, 1985: 7-8.

"Educating the Imagination." The Carl Barks Library of Walt Disney's Donald Duck, Vol. 9. Ed. Bruce Hamilton. Scottsdale, AZ: Another Rainbow Publishing, 1985: 251-252, 409-410, 443.

"The Mental Travellers." The Carl Barks Library of Walt Disney's Donald Duck, Vol. 3. Ed. Bruce Hamilton. Scottsdale, AZ: Another Rainbow Publishing, 1984: 53-57.

"An Essential Detour." The Carl Barks Library of Walt Disney's Donald Duck, Vol.1. Ed. Bruce Hamilton. Scottsdale, AZ: Another Rainbow Publishing, 1984: 379-384, 418.

"In Perilous Paths." The Carl Barks Library of Walt Disney's Donald Duck, Vol. 8. Ed. Bruce Hamilton. Scottsdale, AZ: Another Rainbow Publishing, 1983: 733-741.

"Blake and Newton." In Epochen der Naturmystik: Hermetische Tradition im Wissenschaftlichen Fortschritt. Ed. Antoine Faivre and Rolf K. Zimmerman. Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag, 1979: 277-303.

Journal Publications (Refereed):

"Incommensurability and Interconnection in Blake's Anti-Newtonian Text." Studies in Romanticism, 16, No. 3 (1977): 277-303.

Journal Publications (invited):

"Memoriam for Bruce Hamilton: 1932-2005." ImageTexT 2 .1 (Summer 2005): <http://www.english.ufl.edu/imagetext/archives/v2_1/memoriam.shtml>.

"Preludium: Crumb, Barks, and Noomin: Re-Considering the Aesthetics of Underground Comics." ImageTexT 1. 2 (Winter 2004): <http://www.english.ufl.edu/imagetext/archives/volume1/issue2/intro.shtml>

"Welcome." ImageTexT 1. 1 (Spring 2004): <http://www.english.ufl.edu/imagetext/archive.shtml>

Ault, Donald. "Barks, Marx, og Disney: Nogle bemærkninger vedror den narrative virkeligheds aksiale natur."
http://www.rackham.dk/artikel/artikel011.php (2002)

Ault, Donald. "Nogle Tanker om et Variabelt Barks-Mutivers: om held tilfældigheder og skævheder hos Barks." Rackham 3 (April 2001) Copenhagen: Matthias Wivel: 22-29.
(Translated Title: "Notes Toward a Variable Barks Multiverse.")

"I Never Followed the Rules Very Closely." Interview with Carl Barks. The Comics Journal #227: 61-72.

"From the Duck’s Mouth" (compiled interview material). The Comics Journal #227: 57-60.

"In Memoriam: Carl Barks." The Comics Journal #227: 23.

"‘Cutting Up’ Again: Lacan on Barks on Lacan." Indy 17 (1997): 30-33.

"Considering the Aesthetics of Underground Comics," What’s Up Underground Catalogue (Portland, Oregon: S.K. Josefsberg Studio: 1996) [NP]

"The Tuber Viewed: Reflections on the Ontology of Tele-Leisure." With Will Tomlinson. The Tuber's Voice, 1, No. 2 (1982): 8.

"Comic Art and How to Read It." California Monthly 86, No. 4 (1976): 13-14.

"Librorum Comicorum Explicatio." Occident 1 (2nd Series) (1973): 84-88.

Reviews:

Donald Ault. William Blake in a Newtonian World: Essays on Literature as Art and Science. By Stuart Peterfreund. Norman, Oklahoma: Univ. of Oklahoma Press, 1998. In Modern Philology. (2000) 97: 611-615.

Donald Ault. Words of Eternity: Blake and the Poetics of the Sublime. By Vincent De Luca, (Princeton University Press, 1991) and Peter Otto, Constructive Vision and Visionary Deconstruction (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991. In Modern Philology (1994): 91: 526-34.

Donald Ault. Romantic Potency. By Laura Claridge. (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1992). In The Keats-Shelley Journal (1993): 42: 215-18.

Donald Ault. Constructive Vision and Visionary Deconstruction. By Peter Otto. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991. In The Wordsworth Circle (1993): 24, 4: 212-15.

Donald Ault. Literal Imagination: Blake’s Vision of Words. By Nelson Hilton. Berkeley and Los Angeles: Univ. of California Press, 1984. In The Wordsworth Circle (1984): 163-165.

Donald Ault. Blake's Four Zoas: The Design of a Dream. By Bryan Wilkie and Mary Lynn Johnson. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Univ. Press, 1978. In Eighteenth-Century Studies, 13 (1980): 352-356.

Donald Ault. William Blake. By D. G. Gillham. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1973. In Philological Quarterly, "The Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography," 53 (1974): 647-649.

Donald Ault. The Awakening of Albion: The Renovation of the Body in the Poetry of William Blake. By Thomas R. Frosch. Cornell Univ. Press, 1974. In Modern Philology, 72 (1975-76): 428-431.

Donald Ault. William Blake: The Book of Thel: A Facsimile and a Critical Text. Ed. by Nancy Bogen. Providence, RI and New York, NY: Brown Univ. Press and the New York Public Library, 1971. In Modern Philology, 71 (1973): 218-21.

Miscellaneous:

Reprints/revised versions of Previous Work:

Ault, Donald. "Re-Visioning William Blake's The Four Zoas." ImageTexT 3.2 (Fall 2006): <http://www.english.ufl.edu/imagetext/archives/v3_2/ault/>.

"Incommensurability and Interconnection in Blake's Anti-Newtonian Text" (reprinted from Studies in Romanticism). In Essential Articles for the Study of William Blake, 1970-1984. Ed. Nelson Hilton. Archon, 1986:141-173 [Reprint]

"Comic Karma." In Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories in Color by Carl Barks: 10. Prescott, Az.: Gladstone Publishing, 1993. [NP][Reprint]

"Educating the Imagination." Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories in Color by Carl Barks: 32 Prescott, AZ: Gladstone Publishing, 1994. [NP][Revision]

"Allegories of Apocalypse." In Donald Duck Adventures in Color by Carl Barks: 5. Prescott, AZ: Gladstone Publishing 1994[NP] [revision of "An Essential Detour"].

"Barks and the Bending Panel." In Walt Disney’s Donald Duck Adventures in Color: 18. Prescott, AZ: Gladstone Publishing 1997[NP] [revision of "Visual Narrative in ‘Vacation Time’"].

"Uncle Scrooge in the Global Village." Revised and reprinted in Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge Adventures in Color: 36, 1998 [NP].

LECTURES OR SPEECHES PRESENTED AT PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCES/MEETINGS:

International:

Refereed paper:

Donald Ault. “Barks on Marx, Part II: The Social Phenomenology of ‘Paperino’s’ Negative Utopia” International Comic Art Festival. Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., Sept. 5, 2003.

Donald Ault. “Mapping Visionary Physics: Blake Newton and Complex Variable Equations.” Digital Media Center. Georgia Tech, Nov. 15, 2003.

"'Cutting Up’ Again, Part II: Lacan on Barks on Lacan." Conference on Comics Culture, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, September 1998.

Invited papers and presentations:

“The Comic Vision of Carl Barks.” Plenary presentation at the daylong “Carl Barks Symposium” sponsored by the Institute for Applied Aesthetics at the Lahti School of Design, Lahti, Finland, Nov. 16, 2001.

"Narrative Transformation through Holographemic Reading: Blake, Comics, and Mathematical Notation." International Narrative Conference, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, November 1997.

"Carl Barks and the Ideology of Visual Syntax." International Narrative Conference, Vanderbilt University, April 1992.

"Seduction of the Innocent? Representations of the Body in Comics." International Lacan Conference, Kent State University, 1989.

Organizer and Moderator:

Chair and organizer, "Carl Barks and the Disney Ducks." International Narrative Conference, Vanderbilt University, April 1992.

Chair and organizer, "Enlightenment and Eighteenth Century" session of the Society for Literature and Science Conference, Oct. 1987.

Chair, "Nineteenth Century Poetry and Art" session, International Lacan Conference, Kent State University, 1988.

National:

Refereed papers and presentations:

"Barks and Marx: The Subversion of Disney Ideologies." Re-Thinking Disney Conference. Fort Lauderdale, Florida, November 2000.

"Branch Point Theory in the Complex Variable Field of Blake’s The [First] Book of Urizen," Society for Literature and Science, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, November 1998.

"Translation, Rotation, Stretching, and Inversion: Branch Points in the Complex Variable Field of Blake’s The [First] Book of Urizen." Society for Literature and Science, Pittsburgh, October 1997.

"Marginal Glosses, Illuminated Texts, Punctuation, &" Inaugural meeting of The American Society for the Study of Romanticism, London, Ontario, August 1993.

Chair, "Comics and Culture Studies: The Cartooning of America" session, American Studies Association, New Orleans, 1990.

"Lacanian Meditations on the Visual Narrative Page: William Blake, Carl Barks, and Some E.C. Artists." Literature and Psychology Conference, SUNY Buffalo, April 1990.

"Using Complex Variables to Map Blake's Book of Urizen." "Literature and Mathematics" session, Society for Literature and Science conference, October 1987.

Organizer and/or Moderator:

Organizer of "Comix," Comics Conference at the University of Florida, 2003.

Organizer of "The Graphic Novel," Comics Conference at the University of Florida, 2002.

Chair, "Comics and Culture Studies: The Cartooning of America" session, American Studies Association, New Orleans, spring 1990.

Chair and organizer of "Enlightenment and Eighteenth Century" session of the Society for Literature and Science Conference, October 1987.

Chair and commentator of "Aesthetics and Criticism" session, American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies conference, Washington, D.C., May 1981.

Chair and organizer, "Newton" seminar, American Association of Eighteenth-Century Scholars, Victoria, B.C., September 1977.

Invited Papers and presentations:

“The Social Phenomenology of Paperino’s Negative Utopia.” Society for Utopian Studies, Buffalo, NY, October 5, 2001.

"Re-Visioning Blake's The Four Zoas." Blake and Criticism Conference, University of California, Santa Cruz (co-sponsored by NEH), May 1982.

"Blake's Narrative Ontology." Guest lecture at University of California, Riverside, January 1979.

"Disappearance, Discontinuity, and Overlapping in Blake's The Four Zoas." Romanticism and Science Session, Modern Language Association, New York, December 1975.

"Narrative Techniques in The Four Zoas." Guest lecture at Vanderbilt University, Department of English, February 1974.

Invited Panelist:

Respondent, "World-Building: Comics and Game Studies." The University of Florida's Fifth Annual Comics Conference, Gainesville, FL, March 2007.

Respondent, "Comics in the Classroom," The Popular Culture Association, Orlando, FL, April 1998.

Respondent, "Byron and Shelley: New Light on a Friendship." Modern Language Association, Toronto, Canada, December 1993.

Regional:

Invited Papers and presentations

"Design and Ideology in Mickey Mouse Comics: Gottfredson, Murry Wright, and Others." South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Popular Culture Session, Atlanta, Georgia, November 1997.

"Blake's Narratology." Guest lecture, University of Texas, Austin, April 1982.

"Blake and Energy." Energy Week Symposium, Vanderbilt University, 1981.

Organizer and programmer for Vanderbilt University’s "Rites of Spring" animation festivals, May 1978, 1979, and 1981.

"Notes Toward a Phenomenology of Donald Duck." Popular Culture Association of the South, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 1977.

"Perspective Ontology in Romantic Narrative." Eighteenth-Century/Romantic Session (SAMLA, 1976).

"The World of Uncle Scrooge: A Lecture on the Interrelationship between story and technique in the work of Carl Barks." Conference on "The Contemporary American Comic Book," San Francisco, CA, 1974.

"Disney Comics and animation." The Second Berkeley Comic Art Convention. Berkeley, CA., summer 1974.

"On Carl Barks." The First Berkeley Comic Art Convention. Berkeley, CA., Summer 1973

"William Blake's Response to Eighteenth-Century Doctrines of Vision and Cosmology." History of Science Colloquium, University of California, Berkeley, winter 1969.

Local:

Invited Papers and presentations:

"Barks on Marx, Part II: The Social Phenomenology of Paperino=s Negative Utopia." Marxist Reading Group Conference, Gainesville, FL, April 2000.

"Barks on Marx: How To Read Donald Duck at the Millennium." Marxist Reading Group Conference, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, April 1999.

CREATIVE WORKS OR ACTIVITIES

Performance:

Director of Choral Reading and Singing of Blake's Poetry, Morrison Poetry Readings, University of California, Berkeley, 1973.

Multimedia Videotape Production:

Executive Producer and Editorial Supervisor, "The Duck Man: An Interview with Carl Barks." Distributed by The Bruce Hamilton Company, 1996.

UNIVERSITY GOVERNANCE, SERVICE, AND ADMINISTRATION

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Tenure and Promotion: University of Florida, 2003 - 2007

Member, Personnel Search Committee for Children's Literature: University of Florida, 2005-2006

Departmental Tenure and Promotion (elected): University of Florida, 1996-2001

Admissions and Awards: University of Florida, 1991-98

Professorial Excellence Program Selection Committee: University of Florida, 1997

Chair, Graduate Studies Committee: University of Florida, 1994-97

CLAS Graduate Coordinator Committee: University of Florida, 1994-97

Graduate Coordinator: University of Florida, 1994-97

Teaching Improvement Program Selection Committee (elected): 1996

Department Council (elected): University of Florida, 1993-95

Associate Graduate Coordinator: University of Florida, 1991-94

Chair, Personnel Search Committee for 20th Century British Literature: University of Florida, 1993-1994

Search Committee for Department Chair: University of Florida, 1993

TEACHING HONORS

Teaching Improvement Award, University of Florida, 1995

PERMANENT COURSES CREATED

University of California, Berkeley (courses formally instituted 1974):

English 176: Literature and Popular Culture (upper division undergraduate)

English 177: Literature and Philosophy (upper division undergraduate)

Vanderbilt University (formally instituted 1987):

English 284: Popular Narrative (upper division undergraduate)

English 370B: Critical Method: Theory and Practice (graduate level) (1987)

PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: MISCELLANEOUS

Appearances in the Los Angeles Times and elsewhere as one of the originators of the "Couch Potato" movement (1982)

Television interviews on Nashville channels 4 and 5 on my comics course; world-wide Associated Press article on my popular narrative course there, which generated live and taped radio interviews from Australia, Hawaii, and Canada to California and Philadelphia. September 22, 1985: interviewed by Dick Heard of Entertainment Tonight, televised October 5, 6, and 7 (1985).

Consultant for the Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibition on Comic Art, 1989.

Contributor and consultant to the Carl Barks Traveling European exhibition.

Publication in Walt Disney Comics and Stories in Color by Carl Barks # 29, #31, #33, and #34 (1994) of the early correspondence between Barks and Ault regarding the origin of the (now six-figure) Disney oil paintings by Barks, for which Ault was one of the original initiators and the sole original agent.

Dissertation and Thesis Committees:

Clay Kinchen Smith. Received PhD in December 2003. Acquired adjunct teaching position at Santa Fe Community College and is being considered for a tenure track Assistant Professor position.

Jason Snart. Received PhD in spring 2002. Tenure track Assistant Professorship at the College of DuPage.

D. Sean Hartigan’s PhD committee, Served as external member, University of Alberta, Canada; defended Dec. 2003 (Blake dissertation).

PhD: Director (ongoing):

Tof Eklund

Sean Fenty

James Fleming

John Ronan

Phil Sandifer

Zach Whalen

Roger Whitson

PhD: Member (ongoing):

D. Sean Hartigan’s PhD. Served as external member, University of Alberta, Canada; defended dissertation.

Trena Houp

Cathlena Martin

MA: Chair (completed in last 5 years)

Jason Currie, 2002.

MA: Member (completed in last 5 years):

James Fleming, 2006.

Lauren Turner, 2006. Served as an external member, Art History

Nathan Gilder, 2005. Served as external member, Digital Arts and Sciences

Zach Whalen, 2004.

Stephanie Kartalopolous, 2002. Creative Writing

Kimberly Sanford, 2003. English Education

Herschel Shepard, 2002.

Paul Anthony Johnson, 2004.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

The North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (1993-94)

The Modern Language Association (1993-94)

The Society for Narrative Study (1993-94, 1997-98)

The Popular Culture Association (1997-99)

The Society for Literature and Science (1997-99)

 


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