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  • Dennis McDanielDr. Dennis McDaniel

    Chair and Associate Professor of English  

    Placid Hall, Room 407



    Dr. McDaniel’s teaching and research interests range from British Renaissance literature to popular music studies.  In all of his courses, be they introductory or advanced, writing courses or literature courses, Dr. McDaniel’s students explore forms and statements of cultural resistance.  In addition to chairing the English Department, Dr. McDaniel directs the college’s Interdisciplinary Writing Program and is the Faculty Moderator of the student newspaper, The Review.



    M.A., Ph.D., Duquesne University
    B.A., Saint Vincent College 

    Courses Taught

    British Literature: Middle Ages to the Restoration 

    British Renaissance Literature 

    Shakespeare: Comedies and Tragedies 

    Modern European Literature 

    The Beat Generation 

    Rock ‘n’ Roll Criticism 

    The Literature of Social Protest 

    Literary Criticism II: Contemporary Theories 

    Language and Rhetoric (Freshman Composition) 

    News Writing 


    Recent Publications and Presentations

    “Toward an Aesthetics of Rock Criticism.”  Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA, November 11, 2015 

    “’The Dust Blows Back: Beefheart Writes Bangs.”  Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.  April 1, 2015. 

    “The Treacherous Terrain of Free Speech” National Catholic Reporter, Jan. 17, 2015. 

    “Author Frees Jesus’s Stories to be Read as Living, Vibrant Texts” National Catholic Reporter, Nov. 5, 2014. 

    “’Get Together’: The Theme of Community in the Popular Music of the Sixties.”  Harrisburg Area Community College, September 30, 2014.