Dr. James Conley attended Georgetown (B.A. English, 1966), Middlebury (MA, Italian, 1968) and Wisconsin (Ph.D., Comp. Lit.,1974); he has taught at Gonzaga-in-Florence (1971-74), Montgomery County Community College (1974-76), Villanova, and St. Thomas University (1976-Present). A founding faculty member of the St. Thomas Honors Program in 1981-82, Dr. Conley also edited the Self-Study for Re-Accreditation (1982-83); he became Honors Program Director in 1984-85. His scholarship includes articles on “Petrarch and St. Augustine” and “Tasso and Milton” as well as participation in NEH Summer Institutes (Princeton, 1980; Huntington Library, 1983; UCLA, 1989; Northwestern, 1990). His specializations are mythology, epic poetry, Italian and English Renaissance, and history of literary criticism.
- “Petrarch and Augustine: The Confessions and the Canzoniere” in Augustinian Studies, XVII (1983). Co-authored with Rev. James McCartney, O.S.A.
- Tasso’s Epic Theory: Selected Writings (printed privately with the assistance of a Biscayne College Sullivan Award for Faculty Development, 1983).