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Paul Cappucci

Dr. Paul Cappucci



School of Arts and Sciences



Office Location:

Mercedes 301

Office Hours:

  • Monday & Wednesday: 1-2
  • Tuesday & Thursday: 11-12
  • And by appointment

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. in English Literature, Drew University, Madison, NJ
  • M.Phil. in English Literature, Drew University, Madison, NJ
  • M.A. in English Literature, The College of New Jersey, Trenton, NJ
  • B.A. in English Literature, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Professional Experience

  • Professor, Department of English, 2000-Present
  • Courses taught at GCU: EN111: College Prose Composition,  EN112: College Prose Composition II, EN113: American Literature I, EN114: American Literature II, EN115: World Literature I, EN116: World Literature II, EN201 / EN300: Introduction to Literary Studies, EN304 / EN240: The Short Story, EN305: Understanding Poetry, EN310: Modern American Drama, EN321: The American Renaissance, EN322: American Realism, EN323: Modern American Literature, EN324: Contemporary American Literature, EN327: “Make It New”: 20th American Poetry, EN405: Internship, EN420: War in American Literature, EN425: Major Writers, EN429: Bookends Seminar, EN430: Senior Seminar II, GEN400: Visioning a Future
  • Director, General Education Program (June 2014-July 2019)
  • Chair, General Education Task Force (2011-2014)
  • Chairperson, Department of English ( Jul-Dec. 2008; 2009-2013)

Research / Creativity Interest Area

Book Publications:
  • William Carlos Williams, Frank O’Hara, and the New York Art Scene.  Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2010.
  • William Carlos Williams’s Poetic Response to the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike. New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 2002.
 Editorial Project:
  • Co-Editor with Daniel Morris. William Carlos Williams and the Visual Arts.  Special Issue of the William Carlos Williams Review 32.1-2. (2015).
Book Chapters / Essays:
  • “‘Trying to Build on Their Elders’ Work’: The Correspondence of Donald Allen and William Carlos Williams.”  The New American Poetry: 50 Years Later.  Ed. John R. Woznicki.  Bethlehem, PA: Lehigh University Press, 2014. 15-28.
  • “Jackson Pollock’s ‘Blobs of Paint’ in the Poetry of William Carlos Williams and Frank O’Hara.” The Legacy of William Carlos Williams: Points of Contact.  Ed. Ian Copestake.  Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007. 116-133.
Journal Articles:
  • “Temples and Ghost Shrines: William Carlos Williams, Gary Snyder, and Rediscovering the Sacredness in Urban Waters.” Modern Language Studies 49.1(2019): 35-49.
  • “’Pop! So, you’re not dead!’: Reimagining Loss in William Carlos Williams’s Burning the Christmas Greens’ and ‘The Sparrow.’” William Carlos Williams Review 36.1 (2019) 14-23.
  • Cappucci, Paul R. and Daniel Morris “Guest Editors’ Introduction to volume 32.” William Carlos Williams  Review 32.1-2 (2015): 1-16.    
  • Improvisation at the Armory Show:  An Approach to Understanding Wassily Kandinsky’s Influence on the Writings of William Carlos Williams” William Carlos Williams Review 32.1-2 (2015): 81-94.
  • “A Libretto in Search of Music: The Strain of Collaborative Creation in William Carlos Williams’s The First President.” Journal of Modern Literature 36.2 (2013): 80-104.
  • “‘A Blossoming of the Spirit’: William Carlos Williams, Emanuel Romano, and the Authenticity of Artistic Expression.” William Carlos Williams Review 29.1 (2009): 15-27.
  • “2009 Symposium Commentary.” William Carlos Williams Review 29.1 (2009): 94-95.
  • “Down from the Crow’s Nest: Herman Melville’s Battle Pieces and Aspects of the War.” War, Literature, and the Arts 17.1-2 (2005): 162-169.
  • “The ‘Wash’d-up drift” of Poetic Ideals: Disunion as Poetic Failure in Walt Whitman’s ‘As I Ebb’d with the Ocean of Life.” Journal X 8.1 (2003): 33-41.
  • “‘And Everyone and I Stopped Breathing’: William Carlos Williams, Frank O’Hara, and the News of the Day in Verse.” Papers on Language and Literature 39.4 (2003): 375-389.
  • “Negotiating the 1930s: William Carlos Williams’s Struggle with Politics and Art on his Way to Paterson.”  The Journal of Imagism Fall (1999): 3-21.
  • “Depicting the Oblique: Emily Dickinson’s Poetic Response to the Civil War.” War, Literature, and the Arts 10.1  (1998): 260-273.
  • “Wallace Stevens’ `God is Good. It is a Beautiful Night.’” The Explicator 55.1 (1996): 32-34.
Book Reviews:
  • Transatlantic Avant-Gardes: Little Magazines and Localist Modernism by Eric B. White. William Carlos Williams Review 31.1 (2014): 84-88.
  • Six Modernist Moments in Poetry by David Young. William Carlos Williams Review 27.1(2007): 80-83.
  • Reprinting of The Great American Novel. William Carlos Williams Review 25.1 (2005): 93-94.

Additional Information

  • Virginia Graham Award for Teaching Excellence, 2011
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar, Concord, MA (2015)
  • Co-moderator, Sigma Mu, Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, 2013-Present
  • Moderator, Fountain Spray Literary Magazine, 2001-2005
  • Moderator, Class of 2004, 2003-2004


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