John Peters, Ph.D. | Department of English
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John Peters, Ph.D.

Distinguished Research Professor
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John Peters is the author of Joseph Conrad's Critical Reception (Cambridge, 2013), a history of the commentary on Conrad, which placed 3rd for the Adam Gillon Book Award in Conrad Studies for the best book published from 2012 through 2014, and Conrad and Impressionism (Cambridge, 2001), which considers Joseph Conrad's works in light of the epistemological underpinning of impressionism. Conrad and Impressionism was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2001 and was runner-up for the Adam Gillon Book Award in Conrad Studies for the best book published from 2001 through 2004. He is also author of The Cambridge Introduction to Joseph Conrad (Cambridge, 2006) and editor of A Historical Guide to Joseph Conrad (Oxford, 2010), Conrad in the Public Eye (Rodopi, 2008), Conrad's Drama (Brill 2019), Joseph Conrad's Under Western Eyes (Broadview, 2010), Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness (Broadview, 2019), volume two of Joseph Conrad: The Contemporary Reviews (Cambridge, 2012), and the Norton Critical Edition of Joseph Conrad's The Secret Sharer and Other Stories (2015). He is translator of Takamura Kōtarō's book The Chieko Poems (Green Integer, 2007) and received a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts to translate Takamura's book Journey. His articles have appeared in such journals as Studies in Short Fiction, Studies in the Novel, Philosophy and Literature, College Literature, English Language Notes, Victorian Review, The Conradian, and Conradiana. He is a past President of the Joseph Conrad Society of America and current General Editor of Conradiana, the oldest journal in Conrad studies, for which he received the Council of Editors of Learned Journals Phoenix Award for 2017. He has received the Joseph Conrad Society of America's highest honor, the Ian Watt Prize for Excellence in Conrad Scholarship and was First Runner-Up for the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in America's Wacław Lednicki Award for Excellence in the Humanities for 2020. He has also received the President's Council University Service Award for 2016, the Toulouse Graduate School's Toulouse Scholar Award for 2020, the Office of Research and Innovation's Research Leadership Award for 2020, and the UNT Foundation's Eminent Faculty Award for 2018, the university's highest honor. His main areas of interest are Conrad studies, British Modernism, Victorian literature, American Modernism, and Japanese translation. Along with his translation of Takamura's book Journey, he is currently working on a book project on the aesthetics of perception in the works of Oscar Wilde and a book project on silence in Conrad's works.

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