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Peter Dorsey

Peter Dorsey

Dean of the College of Liberal Arts

College of Liberal Arts

Bradley Hall
Room 311

+1 (301) 447-5047
  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A., St. Joseph's University
  • Inclusive Excellence Award, Mount St. Mary’s University, 2019
  • Presidential Scholarship Award, Mount St. Mary’s University, 2003
  • Pride of the Mount Award, Mount St. Mary’s University, 2002
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Fellowship for University Teachers, 1999
  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 1994-95
  • Alpha Sigma Nu, National Jesuit Honor Society, 1980-
  • Early American literature, including the literature of the American Revolution
  • African-American literature
  • The American Renaissance and American autobiography


Common Bondage: Slavery as Metaphor in Revolutionary America. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2009.

Sacred Estrangement: The Rhetoric of Conversion in Modern American Autobiography. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1993.

Selected Articles

“To ‘Corroborate Our Own Claims’: Public Positioning and the Slavery Metaphor in Revolutionary America.” American Quarterly 55:3 (2003): 353-86.

“William Wells Brown,” Antebellum Writers in New York and the South. 2nd ed. Ed. Kent Ljungquist. Vol. 248. Dictionary of Literary Biography. Columbia, SC: Bruccoli, Clark, Layman, 2001, 31-37.

“Going to School with Savages: Authority and Authorship among the Jesuits of New France.” The William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd ser. 55:3 (1998): 399-420.

“Becoming the Other: The Mimesis of Metaphor in Douglass’s My Bondage and My Freedom.” PMLA 111:3 (1996): 435-450.

“De-authorizing Slavery: Realism in Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Brown’s Clotel.” ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance 41:4 (1995): 257-288.

“Women’s Autobiography and the Hermeneutics of Conversion.” a/b: Auto/Biography Studies 8 (1993): 72-90.

“From Hero to Portrait: The De-Christification of Stephen Dedalus.” James Joyce Quarterly 26 (1989): 505-513.