August Billingsley, Ph.D.

eNotes Educator



Educator Level


Answers Posted


Answers Bonused


In January 2020, retired from Boricua College, a private, liberal arts institution in New York City. At the time of retirement I held the rank of Professor of English, and was Vice President of Academic Affairs. This is my second stint with e-Notes. I used to answer questions on English Literature, American and Modern Indian Literature. I also did three or four Study Guides: on Bharati Mukherjee's "Tiger's Daughter," Jhumpa Lahiri's "The Name Sake," and William Wycherley's "Man of Mode," a Restoration Comedy of the late seventeenth century. I think I also did a Study Guide on William Congreve's "Way of the World." I am not sure. I hold a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. My specialization at the time of the doctorate was the poetry and prose of John Dryden, Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift. However, since then, I have specialized in Contemprary Literary Theory. I have taught Restoration and Eighteenth Century Literature, and Issues in Contemporary Literary Theory discussing the works of Foucault, Derrida and Roland Barthes. I have lectures on Modern Indian Film and Novels as a Distinguished Scholar at Barnard College. Currently, I am writing on John Dryden's "Religio Laici."

Earned Badges

  • eNotes Educator badge

    eNotes Educator

    This badge is awarded to all eNotes Educators. Only official Educators can answer students' questions on our site. Educators are teachers, professional researchers, and scholars who apply to our...
  • Literature Whiz badge

    Literature Whiz

    Bonuses are awarded when an Educator has gone above and beyond and impressed the editorial team by offering an especially lengthy, nuanced, or insightful answer. This badge is given to an Educator...