Robert Kiely, PhD

Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Professor of English, Emeritus, Harvard University

Robert Kiely is the Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Professor of English, Emeritus at Harvard University. A graduate of Amherst College, Kiely served as an officer in the US Navy and worked briefly in advertising in New York City before coming to Harvard for graduate school in English. As a professor at Harvard, he served terms as associate dean of undergraduate education, chair of the English department, and master of Adams House from 1973-1999. He has taught courses in the nineteenth, twentieth, and postmodern novel, the English Bible, and Christian literature. His books include Beyond Egotism: the Fiction of James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and D.H. Lawrence; Reverse Tradition: Postmodern Fiction and the Nineteenth Century Novel; Still Learning: Spiritual Sketches from a Professors Life; and Blessed and Beautiful: Picturing the Saints. He is at work on a book on Jesus as depicted in Italian Renaissance painting and English and American poetry. His current research interests center on narrative, storytelling, and the relationship between Christian literature and the visual arts.


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