Don Daiker

Don DaikerProfessor of English Emeritus


Ph.D., English, Indiana University, 1969

M.A., English, Indiana University

B.A., Rutgers University, Psychology

Teaching Interests

  • Composition
  • How to teach composition
  • American literature
  • Short stories
  • Travel literature

Research Interests

  • Composition
  • Ernest Hemingway

Selected Publications

  • "Defending Hemingway's Henry Adams: The Doctor, the Critics, and the Doctor's Son." Forthcoming in The Midwest Review
  • "An Amateur Sun Also Rises." Forthcoming in Resources for American Literary Study. 2016.
  • "In Defense of Hemingway's Dr. Adams: The Case for "Indian Camp."  The Hemingway Review 35:2 (Spring 2016): 55-69.
  • "'I think Dad probably waited for me': Biography, Intertextuality, and Hemingway's 'Ten Indians.'" MidAmerica XLII (2015): 36-53.
  • "In Defense of Hemingway’s Young Nick Adams: 'Everything Was Gone to Hell Inside of Me.'” Texas Studies in Literature and Language 57:2 (June 2015) 242-257.
  • "What to Make of Hemingway's 'Summer People?'" The Hemingway Review 34:2 (Spring 2015) 36-51.
  • "Hemingway's Neglected Masterpiece: 'Cross-Country Snow.'" MidAmerica XLI (2014) 23-38.
  • "Teaching Hemingway's 'Cross-Country Snow.'"  Forthcoming in Teaching Hemingway's Short Fiction.  Ed. Frederic Svoboda.  Kent, OH: Kent State University Press.
  • "'I Hated to Leave France': The Geography and Terrain of The Sun Also Rises." Forthcoming in Teaching Hemingway and the Natural World.  Ed. Mark Ott  and Kevin Maier.  Kent, OH: Kent State University Press.
  • "Irene and Ernest: A Love Story?" The Hemingway Review. Spring 2014. 
  • "In Search of the Real Nick Adams: The Case for 'A Very Short Story.'"  The Hemingway Review 32:2 (Spring 2013) 28-41.
  • "I sure like to get letters."  Review Essay of The Letters of Ernest Hemingway, 1907-1922.  Twentieth-Century Literature 58:2 (Summer 2012) 349-354.
  • “Jake Barnes as Teacher and Learner: The Pedagogy of The Sun Also Rises” in Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises: Bloom’s Modern Critical Interpretations. New Edition. New York: Infobase Publishing, 2011. Pp. 165-178.
  • “‘Brett Couldn’t Hold Him’: Lady Ashley, Pedro Romero, and the Madrid Sequence of ‘The Sun Also Rises’” Ernest Hemingway: Bloom’s Modern Critical Views. New Edition. Ed. Harold Bloom. New York: Bloom’s Literary Criticism, 2011. Pp. 175-188.
  • “How a Hemingway Story Works”: a Review Essay of Robert Paul Lamb, Art Matters: Hemingway, Craft, and the Creation of the Modern Short Story (Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 2010) in Twentieth-Century Literature 56:4 (Winter 2010) 559-556.
  • “‘Don’t Get Drunk, Jake’: Drinking, Drunkenness, and Sobriety in The Sun Also Rises.”North Dakota Quarterly 76: 1 and 2 (Winter/Spring 2009): 169-185.
  • Composition in the 21st Century: Rereading the Past, Rewriting the Future. Southern Illinois University Studies in the New Millennium: Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2003. With Lynn Z. Bloom and Edward M. White.
  • The Writer’s Options: Lessons in Style and Arrangement. Sixth Edition. New York: Longman, 1999. With Andrew Kerek, Max Morenberg, and Jeffrey Sommers.
  • Composition in the 2lst Century: Crisis and Change. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1996. With Lynn Z. Bloom and Edward M. White.
  • New Directions in Portfolio Assessment. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann-Boynton/Cook, 1994. With Laurel Black, Jeffrey Sommers, and Gail Stygall.
  • The Writer’s Options: Combining to Composing. Fifth Edition. New York: Harper & Row, 1994. With Andrew Kerek, Max Morenberg, and Jeffrey Sommers.
  • The Writing Teacher as Researcher: Essays in the Theory and Practice of Class-Based Research. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann-Boynton/Cook, 1990. With Max Morenberg.
  • Literature: Options for Reading and Writing. Second Edition. New York: Harper & Row, 1989. With Mary Fuller and Jack E. Wallace.
  • Sentence Combining: A Rhetorical Perspective. Carbondale, Il: Southern Illinois University Press, 1985. With Andrew Kerek and Max Morenberg.
  • “Sentence Combining and College Composition.” Monograph Supplement to Perceptual Motor Skills, 51 (1980), pp. 1059-1157. With Andrew Kerek and Max Morenberg.
  • Sentence Combining and the Teaching of Writing. Akron: L & S Books, l979. With Andrew Kerek and Max Morenberg.

Grants and Awards

  • Named to Editorial Board, The Hemingway Review

Work in Progress

  • An extended essay/book on Nick Adams and Jake Barnes: Hemingway's Earliest Heroes and Surrogates.
  • An article on "Hemingway and 'The Lost Generation'"