Depaolo, Charles 1950-
DEPAOLO, Charles 1950-
Born June 13, 1950, in New York, NY; son of Patrick and Josephine (Lentino) DePaolo; children: Victoria, Patrick. Ethnicity: "Italian-American." Education: Hunter College of the City University of New York, B.A., 1973, M.A., 1976; New York University, Ph.D., 1982. Politics: "Common decency." Religion: Roman Catholic.
Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York, professor of English, 1984—. New York University, adjunct professor, 1988; Bernard M. Baruch College of the City University of New York, visiting associate professor, 1989; DePauw University, member of science-fiction studies group. Science Fiction Foundation, member.
Friends of Coleridge, H. G. Wells Society, Wordsworth-Coleridge Association.
Grant from National Endowment for the Humanities, 1991; travel grant for Italy, American Council of Learned Societies, 1994.
Coleridge's Philosophy of Social Reform, Peter Lang Publishing (New York, NY), 1987.
Human Prehistory in Fiction, McFarland and Co. (Jefferson, NC), 2003.
Contributor to Coleridge: Historian of Ideas, edited by Samuel L. Macey, University of Victoria (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada), 1992; also contributor to reference books. Contributor of articles and reviews to periodicals, including Wordsworth Circle, Wellsian: Journal of the H. G. Wells Society, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, Foundation: International Review of Science Fiction, Romanticism Past and Present, Charles Lamb Bulletin, Science-Fiction Studies, and CLIO: Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History.
WORK IN PROGRESS:
The Literature of Infectious Disease; research on intellectual history, genre taxonomy, and how the experience of epidemic disease is expressed in historical, scientific, and creative writings.
Charles DePaolo told CA: "I am interested in studying the relationship between fiction (drama and sometimes verse) and the scientific milieu in which it was written. I consider the degree to which the fiction reflects contemporary theory in a given discipline, for example, paleo-anthropology or epidemiology. I also consider whether an author misconstrued, embellished, or faithfully recorded scientific theory, and whether the creative work contributes to our understanding of science. Is literature properly thought of as a useful or entertaining reflection of scientific theory? Or does it provide a thought-provoking context within which real scientific progress begins? My belief is that the fiction can enhance the scientific corpus."