Education

University of California, Los Angeles. Ph.D. in English, 2002. M.A., 2000.
Indiana University, Bloomington. B.S. in music and history, 1987.

Academic Appointments

St.Edward's University. Associate Professor, 2008-present. Assistant Professor, 2004-2008.
University of Nebraska at Omaha. Assistant Professor, 2002-04. Member of graduate faculty.
University of California, Los Angeles. Teaching Fellow and Associate, 1999-2001.

Awards

Presidential Excellence Grant, St. Edward's University, Summer 2007, 2006 and 2005.
National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar for College Teachers, Rethinking British Romantic Fiction, Summer 2003.

Publications

Book

Americans in English Literature, 1770-1832: A Breed Apart. Burlington: Ashgate, 2008.

Electronic Edition

Defoe's Review: A User-Annotated Edition of A Review of the State of the British Nation. Web project designed in collaboration with Instructional Technology at St. Edward's University.

Articles/Essays

"Frances Trollope's America: From Enlightenment Aesthetics to Victorian Class." Enlightening Romanticism, Romancing the Enlightenment, ed. Miriam Wallace. Burlington: Ashgate, 2009.

""Defoe's Review: Textual Editing and New Media." Digital Defoe. Spring 2009. Invited multimedia project.

"Challenging Enlishness from the Racial Margins: William Charles Macready's The Irishman in London; Or, The Happy African." Irish Studies Review. May 2008, 159-72.

"Dismembering Anglo-America: The Body Politic and the First English Novel about the American Revolution." Symbiosis: A Journal of Anglo-American Literary Relations. Fall 2005, 193-213.

"Body Waxing, Lord Byron and the Long Way Through Turkey." Identity Theory: A Literary Website, Sort of. February 2005.

"Body Waxing, Lord Byron and the Long Way Through Turkey." The Pamphlet of Exciting Thought. October 2005 (Issue 1, Vol. 1). Reprint.

"Coleridge's American Dream: National Genius, Natural Language and the Sonnets of 1794-95."European Romantic Review. Fall 2002, 411-25.

"This Land is Our Land: Nationalism, Commerce and Imperial Anxiety in Defoe's Later Works." Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature. Fall 2000, 11-24.

"'No Other Island in the World': Mansfield Park, North America and Postimperial Malaise." Symbiosis: A Journal of Anglo-American Literary Relations. Fall 2000, 173-86.

Poetry

"Variations on a Regional Apocalypse," "The World, the Light, the Celtic American." Argestes. Fall/Winter 2008.

"Spider Crossing," "Louisville-DFW Trilogy," "Go West." Fiera Lingue Poets' Corner. Fall 2008.

"Go West." Two Review. Fall 2007.

"Summer, after kindergarten," "Adolph Gottlieb and the Gaze." Hotmetalpress. Spring 2007.

Review

Romanticism and Colonialism: Writing and Empire, 1780-1830, Ed. Tim Fulford, Peter J. Kitson, Cambridge UP, 1998. European Romantic Review. Fall 1999, 555-60.

Projects in Process

Editor, A Plan of the English Commerce, by Daniel Defoe. Stoke Newington Defoe Project, AMS Press.

Conference Papers

“Lost Love and the Gallows: Portals to the Sublime in Moll Flanders.” Trauma and the Sublime Conference, University of Wales, Swansea, August 2008.  

“Imagining the Public: Defoe’s ‘Scandal Club’ and New Media.” Southeast Association for the Study of Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, Auburn, Alabama, February 2008.

“Defoe’s Review: Textual Editing and New Media.” South Central Association for the Study of Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, New Orleans, February 2008.

“Byron's American Heroes: Daniel Boone, George Washington and the Limits of
Republican Simplicity.” Symbiosis Conference, Brunel University, London,
England, July 2007.

"Defoe's Review: The First Blog?" Midwestern Society for the Study of 18th Century, Minneapolis, October 2006.

"Defoe's Cross-Dressing Pirates and the Revaluing of Sexuality in the Early 18th Century." South Central Modern Language Association Conference, Houston, October 2005.

"Cabins, Closets and Laboratories: Architecture and the Queering of Space in Frankenstein." North American Society for the Study of Romanticism Conference, Montreal, August 2005.

"Swimming in Context: Corporeal Texts and Byronic Revision." Midwest Modern Language Association conference, St. Louis, November 2004.

"American Sublimity and the Dangers of Tourism: Frances Trollope's Versions of Niagara Falls." International Conference on Romanticism, Laredo, Texas, October 2004.

"Racial Instability and the Threat of Savagery in Tobias Smollett's The Expedition of Humphry Clinker." DeBartolo Conference on Eighteenth-Century Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa, February 2004.

"Charlotte Smith's The Emigrants and Sympathy's Darker Side." International Conference on Romanticism, Marquette University, Milwaukee, November 2003.

"The Art of Emigration: Gilbert Imlay and the American Appeal to English Radicals in the 1790s." International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, Los Angeles, August 2003.

"Black Irishness: Racial Fluidity and the Plight of the Striving Classes in William MacReady's The Irishman in London." North American Society for the Study of Romanticism conference, London, Canada, August 2002.

"Dismembering the Anglo-American Nation: Sentimental Mutilation in Samuel Jackson Pratt's Emma Corbett." Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Chapman University, Orange, Calif., February 2002.

"The American Revolution in the English Novel: Re-Presenting The Colonies." North American Society for the Study of Romanticism conference, Seattle, August 2001.

"Troubled Times, Fractured Texts: The American War in the English Novel." Romantic Nationalisms, 1750-1850, University of Surrey, Roehampton, England, June 2001.

"Narrating a New Order: Blake's 'America' as a Model for Reform." Friendly Enemies: Blake and the Enlightenment, University of Essex, Colchester, England, August 2000.

"Anna Seward and the Loss of the Idea of America." Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association conference, Santa Fe, N.M., October 1999.

" 'Empire of Genius': Coleridge and America." Wordsworth Summer Conference, Grasmere, England, August 1999.

Related Work Experience

San Bernardino County Sun, copy editor, 1995-1996.
The Hemet News, editor, news editor, 1993-1995.
North Jersey Newspapers, reporter, copy editor, 1987-1990.

Academic Service

  • Daniel Defoe Society, board of directors, 2008-present.
  • Sigma Tau Delta, member of the national board of directors, 2008-12. Faculty sponsor at St. Edward's University, 2005-present, and at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2002-04. National Student Advisor, 1999-2001. Far West Student Representative, 1998-99.
  • Faculty Development Committee, St. Edward's University. Member, 2005-07.
  • Fellows Program, St. Edward's University. Faculty mentor, 2005-06.
  • St. Edward's University Cycling Club. Faculty advisor, 2005-present.
  • Arts & Sciences Advisory Committee, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2003-04.
  • Early Modern Literature Hiring Committee, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2003-04.
  • Graduate Program Committee, Computer Advisory Committee, Early Modern Literature Hiring Committee, Opportunity Hiring Committee, English Department, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2002-03.
  • Pendragon Club, English club at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Faculty co-sponsor.
  • Affiliations

    Austin Poetry Society
    Modern Language Association
    Daniel Defoe Society
    Midwest Modern Language Association
    South Central Modern Language Association
    North American Society for the Study of Romanticism
    American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
    Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

    Contact Information:
    Office: PREX212      Phone: (512)416-5842      Campus Mail Box: 937      Email: christof@stedwards.edu