Professor of Creative Studies
On Sabbatical Fall 2021
With Pitzer Since: 1974
Field Group: Creative Studies
Campus Address: Scott Hall 215
Office Hours: Contact Professor
PhD, State University of New York, Buffalo
BA, Queens College
James Joyce; Shakespeare; epic and scripture; the ancient world; fiction; creative non-fiction, drama and fiction writing; tragedy; theory of literature; 20th-century novel.
World in a Nutshell: The Short Story (CREA25)
Creative Writing and Creative Thought (CREA31)
Greek Tragedy in Translation (CREA120)
The Bible and Homer (CREA124)
Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, Narrative Poetry. (CREA159a)
Shakespeare: Tragedy and Beyond (CREA159b)
Shakespeare and Film (CREA159c)
Fictions of James Joyce (CREA193a)
Yeats and Magic (CREA193)
Vision Beyond Thought: Analogical Forms in Sophocles (CREA198)
Wachtel, Albert, “The Basement,” Broadkill Review, November 2017.
Wachtel, Jonathan and Albert Wachtel, “We Made Allies of Our WW II Enemies; The Same Can Happen with North Korea,” BuzzFeed News, September 28, 2017.
Critical Insights: James Joyce. Amenia, NJ: Salem Press, 2013.
“Unter Den Linden (Under the Linden),” in Erwin Plachetka, ed., Eine deutsche Geschichte:? Anthologie. Ganderkesee, Germany: EPLA-Verlag, 2012. Translated from the English by Daniel Becker.
Critical Insights: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: ?Salem Press, 2011.
“Modernists,” Critical Survey of Poetry, 4th Edition. Ed Rosemary M. Canfield Reisman. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: ?Salem Press, 2011.
“Beyond Subjectivity—the Toddler Stephen Theory and the Quest for Truth,” in Albert Wachtel, ed., Critical Insights: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Hackensack, NJ: Salem Press, 2011.
“Joyce, Byron and the Fall of Seraphim,” in Albert Wachtel, ed., Critical Insights: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Hackensack, NJ: Salem Press, 2011.
“Rappaccini’s Daughter” and reprints of “Dubliners,” “Electra” [of Sophocles], “Oresteia,” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” Masterplots (September 2011).
Selected Conferences and Invited Talks
“Bridging Worlds: Zulu Poet Mazisi Kunene—From Epic Authenticity to Modern Science,” invited lecture, Claremont Discourse Lecture Series, The Claremont Colleges Libraries, Claremont, CA, April 2012.
“DUBLINERS and the Fittest,” seminar, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany, May 16-June 10.
“From Conventional to Telling Metaphor—Verse to Poetry,” presented at Scribblerus Salons, Berkeley, CA, February 18, 2010.
“Performance as Critical Vision: Film as Analysis,” presented at The Shakespeare Club, Claremont, CA, February 8, 2010.
Selected Grants, Awards, and Honors
Member, Writer’s Guild, a distinction granted to writers whose work has been performed in film or on television, 2011.