Paul A. Orlov received his B.A. in English from Michigan State University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from University of Toronto, with a concentration in 20th century American literature, and particularly the novel. For 25 years, he has been part of the English faculty at Penn State Brandywine. Dr. Orlov specializes in literary realism and naturalism, and has published extensively on Theodore Dreiser, Stephen Crane, Walt Whitman and Robert Frost. In addition to teaching freshman writing and various literature courses, Professor Orlov has also taught a multi-disciplinary American Studies class which he created for Penn State Brandywine, “The Industrialization of America.” At present he is engaged in completing a work-in-progress, a major study on Rebecca Harding Davis, Eugene O’Neill and naturalism in American literature.
Recent Publications and Presentations
A chief organizer for “Sister Carrie Turns 100”, academic conference honoring centenary of original publication of Theodore Dreiser’s novel, Philadelphia, November 2000.
Panel Chair and participant,“Dreiser, Women and Sexuality”, American Literature Association conference, Cambridge, MA, May 2001.
“Tragic Ironies of Workers’ Lives in an Industrialized Society and the Redemptive Power of Literary Naturalism: Parallel Portrayals by Two American Authors”, refereed paper presented at Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, HI, January 2006.