Joseph Dane

Professor Emeritus of English


  • Ph.D. Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 6/1979
  • M.A. , Tulane University
  • B.A. , Bowdoin College
  • Tenure Track Appointments

    • Asst/Assoc/Full Professor, Univ. of Southern California, 1982 – 2015
    • Assistant Professor, Bowdoin College, 01/01/1981 – 01/01/1982
    • Assistant Professor, Modern Languages and Classics, University of South Dakota, 01/01/1979 – 01/01/1980
  • Summary Statement of Research Interests

    Professor Dane studies medieval literature, bibliography and the history of printing. His books include Blind Impressions: Methods and Mythologies in Book History (U.Penn, 2013) What is a Book? The Study of Early Printed Books (Notre Dame, 2012); Out of Sorts: On Typography and Print Culture (U. Penn., 2011); The Long and the Short of It: Guide to European Versification Systems (Notre Dame, 2009); The Myth of Print Culture (UToronto, 2003); Who is Buried in Chaucer’s Tomb? (Mich. St. UP, 1998); The Critical Mythology of Irony (Georgia, 1990), and Dogfish Memory: A Memoir (Countryman Press/W. W. Norton, 2011). His articles appear in Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, Studies in Bibliography, The Library, Huntington Library Quarterly, Gutenberg Jahrbuch, and Modern Language Review.