Reading, Learning, Teaching James Dickey

by William B. Thesing (Author)
©2009 Textbook VIII, 163 Pages


William B. Thesing, James Dickey’s colleague at the University of South Carolina for twenty years, has a unique and complex perspective on the life and writing of this great twentieth-century American author. Dickey offers readers, students, and teachers a variety of energized and imaginative texts, and Thesing provides original and perceptive readings of his life and his novels as well as his most popular poems about animals in nature, man in nature, social and sexual relationships, women, and civilian and wartime death.
This is the only introductory teaching/study guide available on Dickey’s poems and novels. Chapters are conveniently organized around essential thematic categories. The author employs various modern critical approaches – from feminist criticism to deconstruction – to the poems and novels. The book will be useful in college or high school courses on Southern literature, American poetry, and twentieth-century literature.


VIII, 163
ISBN (Softcover)
Dickey, James (1923-1997) american author Dickey, James
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2009. VIII, 163 pp.

Biographical notes

William B. Thesing (Author)

The Author: William B. Thesing is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at the University of South Carolina where he taught for over thirty years. He holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He has authored or edited fifteen books, and served as editor of the James Dickey Newsletter from 2003-2008. In 1980, his book The London Muse won the SAMLA Studies Book Award. His co-edited (with Theda Wrede) collection of essays, The Way We Read James Dickey, is forthcoming.


Title: Reading, Learning, Teaching James Dickey