2017 - Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria (Summer)
1988 - Ph.D., University of Iowa (English)
1985 - University of California, Berkeley Greek Workshop (Summer)
1983 - M.A., University of Iowa (English)
1981 - B.A., Glassboro State College (English & Journalism) - Glassboro State is now Rowan University
Chair and Professor, Department of English, University of Texas at Arlington (2013-2018)
Chair of the Department of English, Speech, & Foreign Languages at Texas Woman's University (2005-2009). Professor of English, Texas Woman's University (2009-2013).
Chair of the Department of Literature and Philosophy at Georgia Southern University from 1999-2005. The department had a B.A. and M.A. in English, and the B.A. in Philosophy. The department was home to the Center for Irish Studies, and to the sole faculty member in Religious Studies. Twenty-three full-time faculty members in total.
Associate Professor of English and Film from 1991-99, and Chair of the Department from 1995-97. Department housed the B.A. in English, along with an interdisiplinary M.A. that included the departments of Philosophy, French, Native Studies, and Modern Languages. It was the first interdisciplinary M.A. in Ontario. During 1997-98, while on sabbatical, held post as Visiting Scholar in the English Department at Texas A&M University in College Station.
Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago from 1988-91. Taught a course called "Human Being and Citizen," which was part of the Core Curriculum for undergraduate students. The "Human Being and Citizen" instructors included Amy Kass, Wayne Booth, and Richard Strier, and all the instructors participated in regular meetings to discuss the texts the students were reading. During my time on that fellowship, I revised the dissertation into the book that became Traveling with Hermes: Hermeneutics and Rhetoric. Also, while at Chicago, began work with Richard Heinemann on translation which was later published as Gadamer on Celan.
Articles / Reviews
The stuff of books
"Blumenberg's Barabbas Effect," forthcoming in Dwelling in Possibility, ed. Elizabeth Bonapfel and Alex Hennig (2019).
"'Terminal Stupidity': Graft Zeppelin and Trump Sky Alpha," forthcoming in Trump Fiction: Essays on Donald Trump in Literature, Film, and Television, ed. Stephen Hock (Lexington Books, 2019).
"The Gravity of the Situation," forthcoming in The Anthology of Babel, ed. Ed Simon (Punctum Press, Spring 2019).
Review of Mark Doten's Trump Sky Alpha, forthcoming in the Cleveland Review of Books (2019).
Translation of Hans-Georg Gadamer's "A 'Socratic' Dialogue," in The APA Blog of the American Philosophical Association (November 2018).
Interview about Hans Blumenberg's Work on Myth with Professor Mohamad Shariti from Today's Culture / Farhang Emrooz (online journal based in Tehran): read article in Persian; English version) June 2017.
Bi-weekly movie review column called "Remains to Be Seen" for The Sudbury Star (1996-97).
Review of Jason Stanley's How Fascism Works, (Random House, 2018) in the Cleveland Review of Books. See review online.
Review of Hans Blumenberg's Lions, trans. Kári Driscoll (Seagull Books, 2018) forthcoming in Common Knowledge.
Review of Jean Bollack's The Art of Reading: From Homer to Paul Celan in the Bryn Mawr Classical Review (April 9, 2018). See review online.
Review of Hans Blumenberg's Schriften zur Literatur: 1945-1958 (Suhrkamp, 2017) in Common Knowledge 24.2 (April 2018): 328-29.
Review of Philipp Felsch's Der lange Sommer der Theorie: Geschichte einer Revolte: 1960-1990, (C.H.Beck, 2015) in Common Knowledge 23.1 (January 2017): 111.
Review of Hans Blumenberg's Präfiguration: Arbeit am politischen Mythos (Suhrkamp, 2014), in Common Knowledge 21.3 (2015): 531-32. See review online.
Review of Hakan Tell's Plato's Counterfeit Sophists (Harvard UP, 2011) in Philosophy and Rhetoric 45.3 (Fall 2012): 343-50. See review online.
Review of Hans Blumenberg's Paradigms for a Metaphorology (Cornell UP, 2010), trans. Robert Savage, and Blumenberg's Care Crosses the River (Stanford UP, 2010), trans. Paul Fleming in Common Knowledge (Spring 2012): 358-59. See
Review of Christina Tarnopolsky's Prudes, Perverts, and Tyrants: Plato's Gorgias and the Politics of Shame (Princeton UP, 2010) in the Bryn Mawr Classical Review. See review online.
Review of Nancy Worman's Abusive Mouths in Classical Athens (Cambridge UP, 2008) in Bryn Mawr Classical Review (October 2009). See review online.
Review of Santiago Zabala's The Hermeneutic Nature of Analytic Philosophy: A Study of Ernst Tugendhat in Common Knowledge 15.2 (Spring 2009): 219. See review online.
Review of James K. Lyon's Paul Celan and Martin Heidegger: An Unresolved Conversation, 1951-1970 in Modernism/Modernity 14.3 (2007): 589-91. See review online.
Review of Bryan Garsten's Saving Persuasion: A Defense of Rhetoric and Judgment in Bryn Mawr Classical Review (February 2007). See review online.
Review of David Damrosch's What is World Literature? in College Literature 32.4 (Fall 2005): 234-36. See review online.
Review of Joseph Leo Koerner's The Reformation of the Image in Renaissance Quarterly 58.2 (Summer 2005): 652-54. See review online.
Review of Jean Grondin's Hans-Georg Gadamer: A Biography in Common Knowledge 11.2 (Spring 2005): 353. See review online.
Review of Ramona Naddaff's Exiling the Poets. The Production of Censorship in Plato's "Republic" in Bryn Mawr Classical Review (February 2004). See review online.
Review of The Questions of Tenure, ed. Richard P. Chait in South Atlantic Review 68.2 (2003) 129-32.
Review of Anne Carson's Economy of the Unlost: Reading Simonides of Keos with Paul Celan in Bryn Mawr Classical Review (February 2003). See review online.
Review of John McCumber’s Time in the Ditch: American Philosophy and the McCarthy Era in Radical Philosophy 112 (2002): 51-53.
Review of Kathy Eden's Hermeneutics and the Rhetorical Tradition in Rhetorica 17.1 (1999): 104-8.
Review of Hans Blumenberg's Shipwreck with Spectator in Common Knowledge 7.3 (1998): 112.
Review of Adrian del Caro's The Early Poetry of Paul Celan in South Central Review 15 (Fall-Winter 1998): 79-81.
Review of Rhetoric in an Antifoundational World, ed. Michael Bernard-Donals and Richard Glejzer, Rhetoric Society Quarterly 28 (Summer 1998): 102-106.
Review of Marjorie Perloff's Wittgenstein's Ladder: Poetic Language and the Strangeness of the Ordinary, Arachnē 5.1 (1998): 185-89.
Review of George A. Kennedy's Comparative Rhetoric in Bryn Mawr Classical Review (Fall 1997). See review online.
Review of Gianni Vattimo's Beyond Interpretation: The Meaning of Hermeneutics for Philosophy, Philosophy in Review, 17, #5 (October 1997): 393-95.
Review of The Recovery of Rhetoric: Persuasive Discourse and Disciplinarity in the Human Sciences, ed. R.H. Roberts and J.M.M. Good, and Rhetoric, Sophistry, Pragmatism, ed. Stephen Mailloux, Arachnē 4.1 (1997): 227-33.
Review of Horace Fairlamb's Critical Conditions: Postmodernity and the Question of Foundations, Philosophy and Literature 20 (1996), pp. 271-72. See review online.
Review of Joseph Leo Koerner's The Moment of Self-Portraiture in German Renaissance Art in Renaissance Quarterly 49.1 (Spring 1996): 180-81. See review online.
Review of Brigitte Peucker's Incorporating Images: Film and the Rival Arts in Arachnē 2.2 (1995): 270-72.
Review of Stanley Cavell's A Pitch of Philosophy: Autobiographical Essays in Philosophy and Literature (Oct. 1994): 363-65. See review online.
Review of Joel Weinsheimer's Gadamer's Hermeneutics in SubStance 53 (1987): 89-91.
Author and Editor
Small and Large
2009 - $10,000 research stipend from TWU's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for work about a writer of esoterica.
1997 - Modern Language Association's Scaglione Prize for a Translation of a Literary Work awarded for Gadamer on Celan..
1996 - Awarded $1,062 from Laurentian University Research Fund for a triad of essays on Charles Bernstein, Peter Goodrich, and Glenn Gould.
1995 - Awarded $10,000 from Laurentian University Fundraising Committee for publication of Arachnē
1994 - Performance Award from Dean's office.
1994 - Awarded $2,600 from Laurentian University Research Fund.
1993 - Awarded Merit Increment.
1993 - Awarded $2,100 seed grant from Laurentian University.
1992 - Awarded NEH Summer Seminar grant to participate in seminar titled "Law and Religion in the Bible" held at Cornell University.
1992 - (with David Darby) $2,560 award from SSHRCC Small Universities Program for the second year of The Language and Literature Seminar.
1992 - $600 award from Laurentian University Research Fund to continue work on connection between religion and literature.
1991 - $800 award from Laurentian University Research.
Fund for work on producing introduction to translation of Gadamer's book on Paul Celan's poetry.
1991 - (with David Darby) $950 award from SSHRCC Small Universities Program for organizing a series of interdisciplinary faculty talks (with guest speakers) in the
Language and Literature Seminar.
Conferences / Editing / Service
January 2018 - Invited participation on panel devoted to the 400th Anniversary of King Lear ; paper entitled "Recent Philosophical Receptions of King Lear : Slavoj Žižek and Stanley Cavell." To be delivered at the Modern Language Association Convention (New York City).
January 2018 - Participant in special session entitled “'Alternative Facts' and Fictions: Multiplicity and Indeterminacy in the Aftermath of the 2016 Presidential Election." To be delivered at the Modern Language Association Convention (New York City).
November 2016 - "Philip Dick's Fascist Projection as Our Present, Or, Communism as the Structuring Absence of The Man in the High Castle." Delivered at the South Central Modern Language Association Convention (Dallas, TX).
September 2016 - Invited participation in panel discussion about "TV Genre, Political Allegory, and New Distribution Platforms" at Flow 2016 conference at University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)..
May 2016 - "Righteous Deception." Invited response to James Kastely's The Rhetoric of Plato's Republic. Delivered at the conference of the Rhetoric Society of America (Atlanta, GA).
January 2016 - "Little Did He Know: Cavell Absorbed by Nietzschean Esotericism." Delivered at the Modern Language Association Convention (Austin, TX).
July 2015 - "The Legacy of Cain, Builder of Cities: Crime and Megacity." Delivered at Conference of the European Utopian Studies Society (Newcastle, UK).
June 2015 - "Structuring Absences: Žižek and Missing Ideology in the Classroom." Delivered at the London Conference on Critical Thought (London, UK).
January 2015 - "Past and Furious, or House of Bards and How to Rebuild with Rhetoric." Delivered at the Modern Language Association Convention. Special Session on Strategies for Advocacy,
Lobbying, and Activism in the Humanities (Vancouver, Canada).
October 2011 - "What’s the Plural of Apocalypse?: Technology’s Immortality." Delivered at the Hermanns Lecture Series (Arlington, TX).
October 2011 - "Outside Plato's Cave at The Tree of Life : Philosophical Takes on Terrence Malick's Heideggerian Worldview." Delivered at the conference of the Semiotic Society of America (Pittsburgh, PA).
July 2011 - "Rhetoric Wants to be the Law." Delivered at the conference of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric (Bologna, Italy).
November 2010 - "Dead Silence: The Platonic Heritage of Esotericism in Continental Philosophy." Delivered at the conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (Honolulu, HI).
"The Man in the High Castle of Avenel, Nova Caesaria." Delivered at Hidden in Plain Sight: The Influence of Western Esoteric Movements on Modern Thought (San Jose, CA).
April 2008 - "Philosophical Voyeurism: The Cases of Hans-Georg Gadamer and Hans Blumenberg." Invited presentation for 41st meeting of the North Texas Philosophical Association (Denton, TX)
October 2007 - "Strategic Approaches to the New Academic Library." Delivered at Internet
Librarian 2007 (Monterey, CA).
April 2007 - "Gadamer and the Dark Side of Phronesis: Revisiting the Political Incompetence of Philosophy." Invited paper for the 40th meeting of the North Texas Philosophical Association (Denton, TX).
April 2006 - "Speechless over a State Speech Requirement." Delivered at the annual convention of the Southern States Communication conference (Dallas, TX). Invited paper for panel entitled "Through the Looking-Glass:
Perspectives on Contemporary Communication Programs."
April 2004 - "Reoccupying the Platonic City by the Detour of Philosophy: Ficino and Gadamer on the Philebus." Delivered at the annual convention of the Renaissance Society of America (New York City).
December 1998 - "Encrypted Colleagues Consuming Students: The Politics of Technoculture." Delivered at the annual convention of the Modern Language Association (San Francisco).
April 1998 - "The Idea of an Interdisciplinary North: Glenn Gould's Use of Voices." Delivered at meeting of Interdisciplinary Group in Humanities at Texas A&M University (College Station, TX).
March 1997 - "Stanley Cavell's Voices." Delivered at the 10th Anniversary Conference for History of the Human Sciences (Bristol, England).
Dec. 1996 - "The Idea of the North: Glenn Gould and Canada's Incorporation of Voices." Delivered at the annual convention of the Modern Language Association (Washington, D.C.).
May 1996 - (with Alan Shandro) "Deprogramming the Cybernetic Classroom: Principles of Radio-Active Learning." Delivered at Laurentian University's Fourth Annual Workshop on Teaching and Learning (Sudbury, Ontario).
May 1995 - "The Rhetorical Myth of Law, and the Myth of Rhetoric as Law: The Case of Peter Goodrich." Delivered at meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric (Montréal).
April 1995 - "The Myth of Law, and the Myth of Rhetoric as Law: The Case of Peter Goodrich." Delivered at 16th annual Discourse Analysis Conference (Philadelphia).
Nov. 1994 - "Blindly Putting Someone Else's House in Order: On Dangerous Ground." Delivered at annual meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Association (Chicago).
April 1993 - "The Impertinence of Theory." Delivered at conference titled "The Human Sciences in the Age of Theory" at the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario).
May 1991 - "Hans Blumenberg and Metaphorology." Delivered at annual meeting of the International Association for Philosophy and Literature (Montréal).
Dec. 1990 - "The Threshold of Theory Is the Threshold of Practice." Delivered at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association (Chicago).
April 1990 - "Reoccupying the 18th Century: Postmodernism's Response to the Legitimacy of the Modern Age." Delivered at annual meeting of the American Society for 18th-Century Studies (Minneapolis, MN)
Dec. 1989 - "The Simple Hermeneutics of 'The Purloined Letter.'" Delivered at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association (Washington, D.C.).
Nov. 1989 - "Cavell after Wittgenstein after Heidegger." Delivered at the annual meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Association (Minneapolis, MN).
May 1989 - "Hans Blumenberg on Novels and Reality." Delivered at annual meeting of the International Association for Philosophy and Literature (Atlanta, GA).
April 1988 - "Gadamer's Aesthetics in Practice in Wer bin Ich und wer bist Du? " Delivered at annual meeting of the International Association for Philosophy and Literature (Notre Dame, IN).
March 1986 - "Wittgenstein, Bakhtin, and Literary Theory." Delivered at annual meeting of the Missouri Philological Association (Kansas City, MO).
Dec. 1985 - "Against Clarity: Hermeneutics and Writing." Delivered at annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (Philadelphia, PA).
Aug. 1985 - "Hermeneutics and the Rehabilitation of Rhetoric." Delivered at the meeting of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric (St. John's, Oxford).
OTHER CONFERENCE ACTIVITY
October 2011 - Blogger for Internet Librarian Conference (Monterey, CA).
February 2007 - Participant in American Council on Education Workshop for Chairs (San Diego, CA).
April 2002 - Organized meeting of Georgia Poetry Society at Georgia Southern University.
February 2002 - Organized workshop on the teaching of non-Western literature. Workshop designed for university, college, and high school instructors who teach World Literature courses (Savannah, GA).
October 1999 - Chair of panel on writings of Kazuo Ishiguro at annual meeting of the South Central Modern Language Association (Memphis, TN).
Sept. 1995 - Co-organizer of "Cinema's Chromatic Scales: Notes on Music, Conversations on Colour," a panel discussion to kick off Sudbury Film Festival.
Sept. 1994 - Co-organizer of "Women, Violence, and the Real World of Cinema," a panel discussion and screening to kick off the Sudbury Film Festival.
May 1994 - Coordinator of special session "Poetry Outside the Limits of Philosophical Reason Alone: Individual Cases" held at the annual meeting of the International Association for Philosophy and Literature (Edmonton, Alberta).
Dec. 1993 - Coordinator of special session "Kierkegaard's Either/Or after 150 Years" held at the 1993 meeting of the Modern Language Association (Toronto).
Sept. 1993 - Co-organizer of "Cinema, Sexuality, Censorship," a Laurentian University film conference, co-sponsored by the Sudbury Film Festival.
May 1992 - Coordinator of special session "The Claim of the Person in Levinas" held at conference titled "Passions, Persons, Powers" (Berkeley, CA).
Dec. 1989 - Coordinator of special session "Hans Blumenberg's Work in the Eighties: Texts since Work on Myth" held at annual meeting of the Modern Language Association (Washington, D.C.).
Nov. 1989 - Respondent for panel "Modern Fiction as Cultural Criticism" at annual meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Association (Minneapolis, MN).
Nov. 1989 - Coordinator of special session "Thinking through Stanley Cavell" at annual meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Association (Minneapolis, MN).