Dr. Al Benthall 

Associate Professor of English

albenthall@bac.edu

 

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B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Business Communications
  • EN 101: Writing on Contemporary Issues
  • EN 102: Argumentative Prose
  • EN 104: Creative Writing – Introduction to Poetry
  • EN 199: Newspaper Production
  • EN 201: World Literature
  • EN 202: English Literature
  • EN 204: Southern Literature
  • EN 211: Literary Classics of the Western Tradition I
  • EN 212: Literary Classics of the Western Tradition II
  • EN 302: Southern Catholic Writers
  • EN 305: Introduction to Literary Studies
  • EN 320: Tradition and the Individual Poet\
  • EN 401: English Romantic Writers
  • EN 406: Nineteenth Century American Literature
  • FS 101: First Year Symposium
  • GB 320: Great Books
  • HO 271: Honors American Literature
  • HO 340: Honors Homer
  • HO 355: East Asian Literature and the Western Tradition
  • RH 101: Rhetoric, Logic, Grammar, and Writing I
  • RH 102: Rhetoric, Logic, Grammar, and Writing II
  • “Hopkins, Bridges, and the Music of Sprung Rhythm.” The Hopkins Quarterly (Forthcoming 2014).
  • “What the Thrush Said to T. S. Eliot.” English Studies 94.5 (August 2013): 519-534.
  • “Mystery and Postmodernity.” Rev. of Between Human and Divine. The Catholic Vision in Contemporary
    Literature. Edited by Mary R. Reichardt. St. Austin Review (March/April 2012): 27-28
  • “A Tale of Two Trees: Knowledge and Life in the Book of Genesis.” Nova et Vetera 9.2 (Spring 2011):
    341-360.
  • “Hopkins Alchemized.” Rev. of The Alchemist: Gerard Manley Hopkins’ Poems In Musical Adaptations
    (CD), by Sean O’Leary. St. Austin Review (September/October 2008): 31-33.
  • J. R. R. Tolkien: Mythos and Modernity in Middle Earth. Rev. of special Tolkien edition of The
    Chesterton Review, Vol. XXVIII, Nos. 1 & 2. St. Austin Review (July/August 2008): 31-35.
  • “Ransom’s Travels: Swiftian Satire in C. S. Lewis’s Out of the Silent Planet.” St Austin Review (January/
    February 2006): 52-57.
  • “Worlds of eye and ear in the poems of William Harmon.” The Mississippi Quarterly 58 (Winter 2004):
    277-298.
  • “Introduction” to C. S. Lewis and the Catholic Church, by Joseph Pearce. Ignatius Press: San Francisco,
    2003.
  • “Yet More Tolkien on Video: Two New Tolkien Biographies.” St. Austin Review (May/June 2003). 42-
    46.
  • “Mr. Bloom’s Party” (Poem). Solo: A Journal of Poetry 4 (2000): 33.
  • “Many Deeds of War” Rev. of The Deed of Gift, by Timothy Murphy.” The Carolina Quarterly 51.3
    (Spring 1999). 124-132.
  • “New Moons, Old Ballads, and Prophetic Dialogues in Coleridge’s ‘Dejection: An Ode.'” Studies in
    Romanticism 37 (Winter 1998): 591-614.
  • “Form and Formidability.” Rev. of Rebel Angels: 25 Poets of the New Formalism.” The Carolina
    Quarterly 51.1 (Fall/Winter 1998): 84-92.
  • “O. B. Hardison: In Memoriam” Rev. of Classical, Renaissance, and Postmodern Acts of the
    Imagination: Essays Commemorating O. B. Hardison, Jr. The Carolina Quarterly 49.2 (Winter 1997):
    110-117.
  • Presentations:
    “Philip Larkin and Literary Form in the Jazz Tradition.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association 88,
    Nov. 13-15, 2015.
  • “Transformations in Literature.” Belmont Abbey College Literary Conference, June 22-24, 2012.
    Conference Organizer.
  • “What the Thrush Said to T. S. Eliot.” T. S. Eliot Society Panel, Louisville Conference on Literature &
    Culture since 1900, February 24-26, 2011.
  • “T. S. Eliot’s Affiliations” (Chair). T. S. Eliot Society Panel, Louisville Conference on Literature &
    Culture since 1900, February 24-26, 2011.
  • “Shakespeare’s Catholicism and the Action of Grace.” Medieval-Renaissance Conference XVI, The
    University of Virginia’s College at Wise, September 19-21, 2002.
  • “Coleridge and the Undersong of Meter: An Overview of Coleridge’s Metrical Theory and Practice.”
    West Chester University Conference on Form and Narrative, 2000.
  • “The Alder-Darkened Brink: Poe, Hopkins, and the Rhythm of Limits in the Poems of Richard Wilbur.”
    West Chester University Conference on Form and Narrative, 2000.
  • “The Kneeling Ox: Catholicism in the Poems of X. J. Kennedy.” West Chester University Conference on
    Form and Narrative, 1999.
  • “Coleridge and the Undersong of Meter.” Director: Mark L. Reed.

Dissertation investigates theoretical and practical dimensions of Coleridge’s approach to language and rhythm in poetry, showing
how Coleridge conceived poetic meter as a physical and supplementary force that amplifies the semantic
content of any poem.
Focuses on Coleridge’s innovative uses of accentual-syllabic meter as well as
purely accentual meter, demonstrating how these rhythmic innovations set the stage for later
developments in English prosody, most notably in the “sprung rhythm” of Gerard Manley Hopkins.