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Professor Bill Monroe

William Monroe is professor of English at the University of Houston. His book Power to Hurt: The Virtues of Alienation was selected as an outstanding academic book of the year by Choice magazine and nominated for the Phi Beta Kappa/Christian Gauss Award. His other publications include the play Primary Care, which deals with personhood issues related to Alzheimer’s Disease, and articles on T.S. Eliot, Vladimir Nabokov, and Willa Cather.  He also publishes in the interdisciplinary field of Literature & Medicine and contributes to the scholarship of teaching, including a forthcoming essay on the “old school” methods of Wayne Booth, his mentor at Chicago. He teaches courses in Literature & Medicine and Contemporary American Fiction, and in 2004 the University of Houston awarded him its Teaching Excellence Award. He is currently at work on The Vocation of Affliction: Flannery O’Connor and American Mastery.


  • Ph.D., University of Chicago
  • M.A., University of Texas at Austin
  • B.A., University of Texas at Austin

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