Primary Office: Callaway N210
At Emory Since: 1987
Walter Reed received his B.A. and Ph.D. from Yale and taught in the English Department there until 1976. He moved to the University of Texas at Austin, teaching in the English Department and the Comparative Literature Program until 1987, when he came to Emory as Chair of the English Department. At Emory he has also been Director of the Center for Teaching and Curriculum and is currently Director of the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts and William R. Kenan, Jr. University Professor.
Reed's primary field of interest is British Romanticism, but he has also written on the history and theory of the novel, literary theory in general (with particular attention to the writings of Mikhail Bakhtin), and on the Bible as literature and the relations of literature and religion. His current research deals with the construction of character in literature of the Romantic period and the theory and history of reading.