Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1965
M.A., New York University, 1961
B.A., University of Rochester, 1959
Professor Hays joined the faculty in 1966 after teaching at Ohio State University. He has also taught at Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität in Mainz, Germany, and guest lectured at Purdue. His areas of interest are twentieth-century American literature, especially the period of high modernism, and drama. He retired in 2004. He has been a reader for the Hemingway Review and a reviewer for American Literature; he has also been a member of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society Board, the Edith Wharton Society Board and the Ernest Hemingway Foundation. He is editor of News and Notes for The Fitzgerald Newsletter.
- Senior Fulbright Lecturer, 1977-78
- Danforth Foundation Summer Fellowship, 1976
- Regent's Humanities Grant, 1974
- UCD Faculty Fellowship, 1967
- Edward A. Dickson Emeritus Professor, 2011-2012
- Listed in Who's Who, Dictionary of International Biography, International Authors, Contemporary Authors, and Writers Who's Who
Fifty years of Hemingway Criticism, Scarecrow, 2013. Selected essays from books and journals.
The Critical Reception of Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, Camden House, 2011.
Seventy years of reviews and essays on Hemingway's best novel, showing not only changing opinion about Hemingway, but also changing trends in criticism.
Teaching Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises
- The Limping Hero. New York: NYU Press, 1971, reprinted Scrivenery Press, 2000
- Ernest Hemingway. New York: Ungar Publishing Co., 1990.
- A Concordance to Hemingway's IN OUR TIME. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1990.
- Recent book chapters in Hemingway and the Natural World, ed. Robert Fleming (Un of Idaho Press), 1999; The Author as Character, ed. Paul Frannsen and Ton Hoenselaars (Associated University Presses), 1999; Encyclopedia of American Literature, ed. Stephen Serafin and Alfred Bendixen (Continuum), 1999; Neil Simon: A Casebook, ed. Gary Konas (Garland Press), 1997; The Neglected Short Fiction of F. Scott Fitzgerald, ed. Jackson Bryer (University of Missouri Press), 1996. Hemingway in Context, ed. Moddelomog and del Gizzo; Fitzgerald in Context, ed. Bryant Mangum (2013).
- Recent articles (of some eighty) in The Hemingway Review, Studies in the Humanities, Etudes Anglaises, and English Language Notes.