Professor John Maynard

Maynard, John

Title: Language Educator (Retired)
Location:  Brooklyn, New York, United States

Professor John Maynard, emeritus language educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in higher education.

An emeritus professor of English with demonstrated expertise in literary interpretation and historical and biographical excellence, Prof. Maynard is highly regarded by his past colleagues and students as an exceptionally good citizen of his department, a devoted and admired teacher and a distinguished researcher. He celebrates a career that has spanned over fifty years in higher education. He first established himself with Harvard University in 1969 as an assistant professor. After five years, he joined the faculty at New York University, where he was an assistant professor for two years before advancing to the associate professor level. In 1983, he would progress into a full professor role. He spent three years as director of Undergraduate Study and six years as the chairman of the English Department. Driven by a love of information and literature, and the desire to share these with his students, Prof. Maynard is proud to have helped reinvigorate and redefine the English program at New York University during his tenure. In recognition of his professional successes, the university honored him with the Professor Emeritus title upon his formal retirement in 2018.

Prof. Maynard is a published author of the titles Literary Intention, Literary Interpretation, and Readers, Browning Re-Viewed, Victorian Discourses on Sexuality and Religion, Charlotte Bronte and Sexuality, and Browning’s Youth, for which he won Harvard’s Thomas Wilson Prize. Prof. Maynard is noted as being part of an early discussion of sexuality on Victorian literature as well as a predecessor, in his contextual work on Browning, of New Historicism; his latest work has been focused on issues on interpretation and readers.  Another great point of distinction for Prof. Maynard is the work that he has done as an editor of learned publications for much of his career. Notably, he was co-editor of Victorian Literature and Culture, a top field journal published by Cambridge for twenty-six years, and editor of Literature and Sexuality, a book series published from 1991 to 2004. Prof. Maynard also serves on the Editorial Board of Victorian Poetry. Finally, he has published close to 90 articles and reviews on academic subjects.

At the core of Prof. Maynard’s professional successes is his love of literature. To support his career early on, he completed his education in this area of academia. He achieved a BA in history and literature, summa cum laude, from Harvard University in 1963 and, after a year as a Sheldon traveling fellow, a PhD in English in 1970, also from Harvard University. An expert in his field, Prof. Maynard has been very involved in his professional community over the years. He is the co-director of the New York University Biography Seminar and has been visiting professor at the University of Venice and University of Paris 8, chairman of the faculty council at New York University, organizer of the Concord Square Association, and member of the board of directors of the Browning Institute. His work has been recognized by a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEH senior grant, and a fellowship from the American Philosophical Society. He is also a member of the International Association of University Professors of English, the Modern Language Association, and PEN America. As he looks to the future, Prof. Maynard intends to continue enjoying his retirement with Joan Arkin and their families, including their three grandchildren while pursuing literary projects including writing poetry.

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