Dr. Josh Doty

Dr. Josh Doty

Dr. Josh Doty

Assistant Professor
Lucey Administration Center, 3rd Floor, Office 382
p: 251-380-4651
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2016)
Master Degree, English, Auburn University (2010)
Bachelor of Arts, English, Mississippi State University (2008)

Dr. Doty studies and teaches American literature before 1865, specializing in the intersection of literature, science, and philosophy. His book project examines nineteenth-century novels, scientific treatises, and other works to argue that fiction helps readers assess the ethical repercussions of emerging sciences.

Selected Courses

ENG 121 and 123

ENG 295: Literature and Medicine

ENG 318: American Literature to 1865

ENG 320: American Transcendentalism

Selected Publications

“Digesting Moby-Dick.” Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies, 2017, forthcoming.

“Satire, Minstrelsy, and Embodiment in Sheppard Lee.” Early American Literature 51.1 (Spring, 2016): 131-156.

“William Faulkner’s Embodied Subjectivities.” Levinas and Twentieth-Century Literature: Ethics and the Reconstitution of Subjectivity. Ed. Donald Wehrs. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2013. 111-131.

Selected Presentations

“Exploring Early American Legacies with Hamilton,” Society of Early Americanists, Tulsa, OK, 2017. (Participant in “The Hamilton Moment” roundtable.)

“The Ethical Content of Habit in the Early American Republic,” Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts, New Orleans, LA, 2015.

“The Digestive Unconscious of Moby-Dick,” C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, Chapel Hill, NC, 2014.

“Seeing Neurosentimentally: Abolitionist Literature and the Moral Force of Mental Vision,” South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, GA, 2013.

“‘Life is simply a huge joke!’: Alice James’s Humor and the Physiology of Memory,” Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts, Greensboro, NC, 2013.

“The Moral of the Story: Re-presenting Moral Insanity in Robert Montgomery Bird's Sheppard Lee,” Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science, Charleston, SC, 2013.