Jay Farness, PhD

Jay Farness Professor
Northern Arizona University
Renaissance Literature
Blg 18 Rm #103
Phone: 928-523-6258


Jay Farness earned a B.A. from St. Olaf College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He teaches courses in critical reading and writing, ancient and comparative literature, Shakespeare, Renaissance and Romantic British literature, and literary criticism. He has studied with C.L. Barber, Murray Baumgarten, Harry Berger, Jr., Norman O. Brown, Robert M. Durling, Edward H. Friedman, Mary-Kay Gamel, Stephen Greenblatt, Geoffrey Hartman, H. Marsh Leicester, Jr., Frank Lentricchia, John P. Lynch, and Thomas A. Vogler. His survey, period, and author courses emphasize literary interpretation as a method for culture history. In 1991, Penn State U. Press published Missing Socrates: Problems of Plato's Writing. A textbook he wrote with Peder Jones—College Writing Skills—is in its fifth edition. He has published essays and reviews on Plato, Cervantes, Spenser, Shakespeare, and Coleridge in PMLA, Philological Quarterly, Arethusa, Philosophy and Rhetoric, Shakespeare Studies, Translation Review, and in other journals and collections.