• Dr. David Metzger came to Old Dominion University in 1993 after teaching at Montana State University. He earned a B.A. in English and French and an M.A. in English from Emporia State University (Emporia, KS), an M.A. in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College (Boston), and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition (classics minor) from the University of Missouri. The author and editor of four books and over forty single-authored articles and book chapters, he currently serves as Dean of the Honors College and Professor of English. From 2010-2013, he also served as the Interim Dean of Academic Enhancement and led the reorganization of that unit. Other administrative duties have included Chair of English, Founding GPD for the PhD in English, Founding Academic Director for the Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding, and Founding Director of Writing Tutorial Services (now The Writing Center). Dr. Metzger remains active in the English department--teaching classes and directing doctoral dissertations.
  • Selected Publications

    Articles In Academic Journals

    Year Title
    2015 "From Thought Experiment and Machines to Ethical Maps: A Response to Jim Brown"Media Commons: a digital scholarly network.
    2011 "Bobby Who?: A Response to Diane Davis"Journal of Advanced Composition. 273-282.
    2004 "The Call of Rhetoric"Enculturation.
    2003 "But is He Really Smart?: Gardner's Multiple Intelligences Theory in the World of Harry Potter"Popular Culture Review. 25-36.
    2003 "The Process of Analysis and the Queering of Obsessional Discourse"Literature and Psychology. 1-15.
    2002 "Jacques Maritain and the Development of Academic Medievalism"Popular Culture Review. 24-32.
    2000 "4 Degrees of Richard Weaver: the rhetoric of responsibility in standards-based education"Kairos: a Journal for Teachers of Writing in Webbed Environments.
    1998 "Identification and the Real of Obsession"Umbr(a).
    1998 "St. Catherine, Lacan, and the Problem of Psycho-Biography"Disputatio: A Transdisiplinary Journal of Medieval Studies. 87-105.
    1997 "Saul/Paul and the Promise of Technological ReformsEnculturation.
    1997 "Sexuation and the Drive"Umbr(a). 123-139.
    1997 Freud's "Jewish Science" and Lacan's SinthomeAmerican Imago. 87-99.
    1994 "Writing as Symptom and Desire: A Lacanian Perspective on the Emergence of Popular Culture in the Composition Classroom"The Writing Instructor. 101-111.
    1992 "Rhetoric and Death in Thelma and Louise"Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts.
    1989 "Platonic Allegory and the Origins of Writing in the Faerie Queene"Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching. 3-4, 8.
    1988 "Eternity and Patterns of Conversion in the Digby Mary Magdalene"Athenaeum Society Review.


    Year Title
    2006 Chasing Esther: Jewish Expressions of Cultural Difference.  Santa Monica, CA & Haifa, Israel: Kol Katan Press/University of Haifa.
    2000 Medievalism and the Academy II: Cultural Studies.  D.S. Brewer.
    1995 "Lacan and The Question of Writing." Special Issue of Pre/Text a Journal of Rhetorical Theory
    1995 The Lost Cause of Rhetoric: the relation of rhetoric and geometry in Aristotle and Lacan.  Carbondale IL: Southern Illinois University Press.
    1993 Rhetoric and the Language Arts Classroom: A Handbook for Language Arts Teachers.  Journal of Montana Association of Teachers of English Langauge Arts.


    Year Title
    2014 Maimonides' Contribution to a Theory of Self PersuasionJewish Rhetorics: History, Theory, Practice. Brandeis University Press.
    2013 "Foreword: It/Rhetoric is (not) in Heaven"Continegency, Immanence, and the Subject of Rhetoric. West Lafayette, IN: Parlor Press.
    2004 Interpretation and the Topology of LanguageTopologically Speaking. New York: The Other Press.
    2003 "Shoah and The Origins of Teaching"Witinessing the Disaster.. Madison, Wisconsin: U of Wisconsin P.
    2000 "A Dialogue on Dialogues."Genre by Example: Teachers Writing What They Teach. Ed. David Starkey.
    2000 The Neurotic Orientation of Religion in Freud and LacanThe Subject of Lacan: A Lacanian Reader for Psychologists. Albany, New York: State University of New York P.
    1998 "Medievalism and the Problem of Radical Evil in Snodgrass's The Fuehrer Bunker"Medievalism and the Idea of the Middle Ages. Amsterdam: Brepols.
    1998 "Teaching as a Test of Truth"Rhetoric in an Anti-Foundational World. Cambridge, MA: Yale UP.

    Research Overview

  • History of rhetoric (biblical, classical, modern) Jewish studies Composition, pedagogy Psychoanalytic theory
  • Education And Training

  • M.A. in Jewish Studies, Hebrew College 2006
  • Ph.D. in English, University of Missouri 1991
  • M.A. in English Literature, Emporia State University 1986
  • B.A. in French and English, Emporia State University 1984
  • Full Name

  • David Metzger