Thomas W. Stanford III, Ph.D.

Department of English Language & Literature

Faith & Reason

Contact Information:

Thomas W. Stanford III, Ph.D.
134 Christendom Dr.
Front Royal, VA 22630


B.A., The University of Dallas
M.A., The University of Dallas
M.A., The Catholic University of America
Ph.D., The Catholic University of America

Classes Taught

  • Literature of Western Civilization (I-IV)
  • Foundations of American Literature
  • Modern British and American Literature
  • 20th Century American Literature
  • American Novel
  • British Novel
  • Literary Criticism
  • Poetry and Poetics
  • Modern Catholic Literature
  • Novels of Jane Austen
  • Southern Literature

Areas of Expertise

American Literature


Selected Scholarship

“Toward a Conservative Aesthetic: The American New Critics,” Literature and the Conservative Ideal, ed. Mark Zunac. New York: Lexington Books, 2016. 63-94. 

 “‘What do I not owe you!’:  An Examination of Gratitude in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice,” Logos 18.1 (Winter 2015): 152-168.  Reprinted in Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen, Bloom’s Modern Critical Interpretations Series, ed. Harold Bloom. 2017 Edition. New York:  Chelsea House Publishers/Infobase, 2017. E-book.   

“Ernest Miller Hemingway,” New Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement 2011, ed. Robert L. Fastiggi.  New York:  Gale, 2011.   322-323.

“Membership and Its Privileges: Family and Community in the Novels of Wendell Berry,” Logos 14.2 (Spring 2011): 118-130.   Reprinted in Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vol. 393, ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau, New York: Gale Cengage Learning, 2016.  89-94.

“Huck’s ‘Sound Heart’ in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”  Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain.  Ignatius Critical Editions.  Ed. Mary R. Reichardt. Series Editor Joseph Pearce. San Francisco:  Ignatius Press,  2009.  367-78.  

“Will the Real Monster Please Stand Up?: Creator and Creature in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.”  Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley. Ignatius Critical Editions.  Ed.  Joseph Pearce.  San Francisco:  Ignatius Press, 2008.  243-58. 

“Dorothy and DuBose Heyward.”  Dictionary of Literary BiographyModern American Dramatists. Third Series Vol. 249. Ed. Christopher Wheatley. Detroit:  Gale, 2001.  134-47. 

Southbound: Interviews with Southern Poets, by Ernest Suarez, with T.W. Stanford III and Amy Verner. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 1999.

“This Side of Grace:  Allen Tate and the Consolation of Catholicism.” Humanitas 10.2 (1997): 105-111. Review. 

Professional Affiliations

Association of Literary Scholars and Critics

Earhart Fellow

Weaver Fellow