M. Thomas Inge '59, the Blackwell Professor of Humanities
M. Thomas Inge ’59, the Randolph-Macon College Blackwell Professor of Humanities,
served as the guest editor of the fall issue of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Review
(Vol. 39, No. 2) devoted to the topic “Humor in Hawthorne.”
“Scholars are generally dubious that there is such a thing as humor in Hawthorne,”
says Inge. “But those who read his gloomy Puritanic stories with a careful eye will
detect, beneath the surface, a strong presence of irony and a satiric sensibility.”
The 210-page issue includes seven critical essays and reprints a parody of The Scarlet
Letter in the style of the Little Lulu comic books, the first time an academic
journal has published a comic book story in its entirety.
Inge also has the lead essay on “The American Sense of Humor” in the winter issue
(Vol. 7, No. 1) of the Oklahoma Humanities magazine focused on “Humor in
America.” Another essay on “Communism and American Comic Books,” based on his experiences
teaching behind the Iron Curtain in the 1980s, appears in Alter Ego magazine
(No. 124, May 2014).
In addition, Inge was recently elected vice president of the Board of Trustees of
the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia, and he is a member of the Advisory
Board for the Virginia Commonwealth University Southern Film Festival.
About M. Thomas Inge ’59
Inge earned his B.A. at Randolph-Macon College and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Vanderbilt
He is the author of Will Eisner: Conversations (University Press of Mississippi),
a collection of interviews with the master comic-book artist and creator of the
graphic novel. He co-edited, in collaboration with Czech scholar Marcel Arbeit,
The (Un)Popular South (Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic), with
essays on the South in popular culture by 10 international critics, including Inge’s
“Walt Disney’s Racial Dilemma in Song of the South.” He also edited My Life with
Charlie Brown (University Press of Mississippi), which analyzes the life
and work of “Peanuts” creator Charles Schulz.
In 2013, Inge donated his
William Faulkner collection to the U. S. Military Academy at West Point.
The 800-volume research library is composed primarily of biographical and critical
works. Inge’s donation was covered in the March 16, 2014 edition of the
Richmond Times-Dispatch. Inge has published seven books, including
a biography of Faulkner, and more than 40 essays and articles about the Southern
writer and his fiction. His eighth book on Faulkner, The Dixie Limited: Writers
on Faulkner and His Influence, is scheduled for publication next year by
the University Press of Mississippi.