William G. Doty
We regret to inform you that Prof. Doty passed
Jan. 2, 2017.
Read more about his life
and work here.
in 2001, William G. Doty is a prolific writer,
translator, and editor who has published fourteen books and
over seventy essays in a wide range of journals including
religious studies, anthropology, psychology, classics, and
art criticism. He served from 1987-1994 as the national coordinator
for the yearly American Academy of Religion competition for
the best book in the field. He has received grants and fellowships
from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the National Endowment
for the Humanities, the Mellen Foundation, B'nai Brith, FIPSE,
the Ford Foundation, and the Society for Values in Higher
Education. In 1991 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award
from the Graduate School of Drew University, and in 1994,
a College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Grant. In 1997-98
he served Auburn University as the Goodwin-Philpott Eminent
Scholar in History.
A frequent lecturer and consultant on college campuses, Doty
has edited, with Julie Thompson Klein, two studies of interdisciplinary
education, Interdisciplinary Resources, and Interdisciplinary
Studies Today, and with Robert Detweiler, a volume of
essays on a short story by Margaret Atwood, entitled The
Daemonic Imagination: Biblical Text and Secular Story.
With Wendell Beane he edited the two-volume Myths, Rites,
Symbols: A Mircea Eliade Reader and with William Hynes,
he edited and contributed to The Mythical Trickster Figure:
Contours, Contexts, and Criticisms. His Myths of
Masculinity was published in 1993, and his Mythography:
The Study of Myths and Rituals first appeared in 1986,
with the second and revised edition appearing in 1997. He
is also editor of and contributor to Picturing Cultural
Values in Postmodern America, 1994, and has been a contributing
writer to Atlanta's Art Papers since 1984. And between 1994-2001
Doty edited Mythosphere: A Journal for Image, Myth, and
Projects underway include studies of myths and rituals of
Native North America; emergence/origin/beginnings myths; the
grotesque male body in postmodernist art; and various essays
in classics, psychology, gender studies, iconography, and
Since retiring from the Department, Professor Doty has taught
in the University's Honors Program, offering an innovative
Freshman Seminar entitled,
"The Heroic Model in Life, Liteature and Film."
from William Doty's retirement reception in Oct., 2001
See the following 1997 interview
(in PDF format) with Professor Doty, on the topic of the function
of myths in human societies.
See the PDF version of Professor Doty's article on "Myth,"
which appeared in the Encyclopedia of Rhetoric and Composition
See the flyer
(PDF) for a 2004 lecture Prof. Doty presented at Gorgas Library,
at the University of Alabama.