Courses Taught

COURSES TAUGHT at SEWANEE: The University of the South (2004 to present):
PHED 106 - Beginning Fencing, Advent Term 2013
PHED 306 - Advanced Fencing, Advent Term 2013
LITC 401 - Literary Criticism, Advent Term 2013
ENGL 352 - Chaucer, Advent Term 2103
HUMN 201- Early Modern World, Advent Term 2013
PHED 106 - Beginning Fencing, Easter Term 2013
PHED 306 - Advanced Fencing, Easter Term 2013
ENGL 203 - Roots of Western Lit [NEW COURSE], 
Easter Term 2013
ENGL 351 - Medieval Literature,
Easter Term 2013
ENGL 352 - Chaucer,
Easter Term 2013
PHED 106 - Beginning Fencing, Advent Term 2012
PHED 306 - Advanced Fencing, Advent Term 2012

English 352 - Chaucer, Advent Term 2012
English 359 - Renaissance Drama, Advent Term 2012
HUMN 201 - Early Modern Atlantic World, Advent Term 2012

PHED 106   - Beginning Fencing, Easter Term 2012
PHED 306   - Advanced Fencing, Easter Term 2012

English 358 - Shakespeare II, Easter Term 2012
English 101 - Literature and Composition, Easter Term 2012
HUMN  102 - The Medieval World, Easter Term 2012

PHED 106   - Beginning Fencing, Advent Term 2011
PHED 306   - Advanced Fencing, Advent Term 2011

English 352 - Chaucer, Advent Term 2011
English 359 - Renaissance Poetry, Advent Term 2011
HUMN  201 - Early Modern Atlantic World, Advent Term 2011
English 101 - Literature and Composition, Easter Term 2011
English 211 - Studies in Fiction (American 19th century), Easter Term 2011
English 352 - Chaucer, Easter Term 2011

English 101 - Literature and Composition, Advent Term 2010
English 211 - Studies in Fiction (American 19th century), Advent Term 2010
English 358 - Renaissance Drama, Advent Term 2010
HUMN  102 - The Medieval World, Easter Term 2009
English 352 - Chaucer, Easter Term 2009
English 358 - Renaissance Drama, Easter Term 2009
English 359 - Renaissance Literature I, Advent Term 2008 (after Fall Break)
English 362 - Milton, Advent Term 2008
English 101 - (two sections)  Literature and Composition, Advent Term 2008
English 352 - Chaucer, Easter Term 2008
HUMN  102 - The Medieval World, Easter Term 2008
English 381 - Modern British Poetry, Easter Term 2008
English 101 - (two sections) Literature and Composition, Advent Term 2007
English 362 - Milton, Advent Term 2007
English 101 - Literature and Composition, Easter Term 2007
English 352 - Chaucer, Easter Term 2007
HUMN  102 - The Medieval World, Easter Term 2007
English 101 - (two sections) Literature and Composition, Advent Term 2006
English 362 - Milton, Advent Term 2006
English 101 - Literature and Composition, Easter Term 2006
English 358 - Renaissance Drama, Easter Term 2006
HUMN  102 - The Medieval World, Easter Term 2006
English 101 - (two sections) Literature and Composition, Advent Term 2005
English 362 - Milton, Advent Term 2005
English 101 - Literature and Composition, Easter Term 2005
English 358 - Shakespeare, II, Easter Term 2005
HUMN  102 - The Medieval World, Easter Term 2005
English 101 - (two sections) Literature and Composition, Advent Term 2004
English 253 - Renaissance Drama, Advent Term 2004
English 101 - (three sections) literature and Composition, Easter Term 2004

COURSES TAUGHT at Vanderbilt (1988-96):
English 257 Seventeenth Century Prose [NEW COURSE] Spring 1996
English 115-W The Examined Life (Freshman Seminar) Spring 1996
English 150 Representative English Writers Fall 1995
English 115-W Realizing Destiny (Freshman Seminar) Fall 1995
English 250 Renaissance Drama [NEW COURSE] Spring 1995
English 112-W Introduction to Poetry Spring 1995
English 150 Representative English Writers Fall 1994
English 115-W Life as Journey (Freshman Seminar) Fall 1994
English 248 Sixteenth Century Spring 1994
English 105-W Drama [T.A. MENTOR SECTION] Spring 1994
English 112-W Introduction to Poetry Fall 1993
English 150 Representative English Writers Fall 1993
English 310 Constructing Shakespeare (Graduate Seminar) Spring 1993
English 248 Sixteenth Century Spring 1993
English 355 Renaissance Topoi of Utopia (Graduate Seminar) Fall 1992
English 115-W Dragon Slaying (Freshman Seminar) Fall 1992
English/Latin [Proficiency Exam, Advanced Degree Candidates] Fall 1992
English 248 Sixteenth Century [HONORS SECTION] Spring 1992
English 112-W Introduction to Poetry Spring 1992
English 355 Discourses of Knowledge (Graduate Seminar) Spring 1991
English 248 Sixteenth Century Spring 1991
English 112-W Introduction to Poetry Spring 1991
English 150 Representative English Writers Fall 1990
English 115-W The Examined Life (Freshman Seminar) Fall 1990
English 248 Sixteenth Century Spring 1990
English 105-W Drama: Forms and Techniques Spring 1990
English 150 Representative English Writers Fall 1989
Humanities 140-W Great Books: Homer to Cervantes Fall 1989
English 248 Sixteenth Century Spring 1989
English 112-W Introduction to Poetry [TWO SECTIONS] Spring 1989
English 150 Representative English Writers Fall 1988
Humanities 150-W Survey of Western Tradition Fall 1988

INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSES & TUTORIALS at SEWANEE (beginning 2005)
and at Vanderbilt (ending 1996):

Epistemology of Dreams in Troilus & Creseyde--HONORS THESIS (Clara Wild), Easter 2014
Geneology and History of Illustrated Novels (Toby Hickson), Easter 2014
Dark Romanticism (Peyton Looper), Advent 2013
Digital Humanities, National Geographic (Georgia Howard), Advent 2013
Liminality in Troilus & Creseyde--HONORS THESIS (Caroline Rogers), Easter 2013
Cultural Linguistics (Espree-Conaway), Easter 2013 [AWARDED WATSON FELLOWSHIP, '13]
Norse & Icelandic Sagas (Ellen Doster), Easter 2013
Satire & Compartive Literature (Toby Hickson), Easter 2013
Arthurian Characterology--CAPSTONE Medieval Studies (Jordan Sharpe), Easter 2013
Origins and Development of Gothic Literature (Milby), Advent 2012
Historical Linguistics and Germanic Philology (Abell, Hardin, Manseau), Easter 2012

Ethics/Levinas (Rutz), Easter 2012 [AWARDED WATSON TRAVELING FELLOWSHIP, '12]
Herrick and Literary Mirage--HONORS THESIS (Pleszczynski), Easter 2012

History, Drama, Epistemology (Aaron Rutz), Advent 2011
Fantasy & Medieval Literature (Jordan Sharpe), Advent 2011
Applied Dramaturgy: Euripides's Hecuba (Aaron Rutz), Easter 2011
Survey of Historical Linguistics (DeAndre Espree-Conaway), Easter 2011
Survey of Theatrical Forms (Aaron Rutz), Advent 2010
Paradise Lost and the Poetics of Interiority--HONORS THESIS (Kelly Morrison), Easter 2010
Mathematics in Arcadia--HONORS THESIS (Philly Williams), Easter 2009
Literary criticism: theory, sources, and samples (Haley Robison), Easter 2009
Byron's Childe Harold & Don Juan (Wilhelm and Stockdale), Easter 2009
Milton's Paradise Lost in context (Hanlan, Jasper, Jortner, Murray), Easter 2009
The Culture of the Illustrated Novel (Shaleem Cholera), Easter 2009
Epic similes in Dante and Milton (Leslie Matthews), Easter 2009
Heidegger's Lectures on Nietzsche (Martha Ivey), Easter 2008
The Fortunes of Dido--HONORS THESIS (Cameron Hodge), Easter 2008
Nietzsche's Aphoristic Style (Martha Ivey), Advent 2007
The Book Review (Cassie Gaul), Easter 2007
Dickens in Transition: 1831-34 (Emily Estes), Easter 2007
Faulkner and Greek Tragedy (Sanford Zeigler), Easter 2007
SpenserRoland, Nibelungenlied, Gesar (Murray, Crockett, Posson), Easter 2006
Introduction to Phonology and Philology (Joseph Brew), Advent 2005
Epic Traditions: Homer, Virgil, Beowulf (Murray, Battle, Crockett), Easter 2005

* * * * *
After the Postmodern: Tracking Lyotard (Reynolds) Spring 1996
Reading Nietzsche's Zarathustra (Oles) Spring 1996
Readings in Aristotle, Galen, and Thomas Aquinas (Corso) Spring 1996
Politics of Kingship in Shakespeare (Randall) Fall 1995
Studies in the Northern European Novel, 1900-40 (DeSimone) Fall 1995
Latin antecedents to Renaissance English literature (Corso) Fall 1995
Women in Shakespeare (Rich) Fall 1995
Studies in the Postmodern Novel (Welborn) Fall 1995
Goethe and the Culture of Enlightenment (Neary) Summer 1995
Masques and Elizabeth of Bohemia [graduate] (Armstrong) Spring 1995
"Music/Literature/Society" Senior Project (O'Keffe) Spring 1995
Tracking Literary Descents into the Underworld (Spengler) Spring 1995
Contemporary Nature Writing (Coviello) Spring 1995
The Illustrated Novel and Contemporary Theory (Lightman) Spring 1995
The Bible as Literature (Martin, C.) Spring 1995
Oscar Wilde's Uses of Renaissance Allegory (Friedland) Spring 1995
Reading Montaigne's Essays (Phillips) Spring 1995
Reading Melville's Moby-Dick (Mayes) Spring 1995
Reading Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy (Lokey) Spring 1995
Situating Ginsberg's America Through Poetry (Morris) Spring 1995
Ginsberg's Longer Poems (Morris) Fall 1994
Renaissance Ballads and Broadsides [graduate] (Nystrom) Fall 1994
James Dickey's Collected Poems (Wilson, M.) Fall 1994
Representative English Writers [credit by exam] (Patterson) Fall 1994
Melville's Later Novels (Chung) Spring 1994
E. A. Poe's Poetry and Literary Criticism (Piccirilli) Spring 1994
Representative English Writers [credit by exam] (Moore, R.) Spring 1994
Character Sketches in the Renaissance (Purifoy) Spring 1994
Writing/Culture/Difference [senior project] (Eure) Spring 1994
Economics of Salvation, Part II: Melville to Mann (Grogan) Spring 1994
Economics of Salvation, Part I: Marlowe to Goethe (Grogan) Fall 1993
Non-Shakespearean Drama [graduate] (Stewart) Fall 1993
Metaphysical Poetry and Prose (Spann) Fall 1992
City Comedies and Revenge Plays (Wikswo) Fall 1992
Evolution of the Essay: Montaigne to Emerson (Parker) Spring 1992
Genealogy of Skepticism [graduate] (Moore) Spring 1992
Shakespeare's late-plays (Hagewood) Spring 1992
The "Modernisms" of Djuna Barnes and T.S. Eliot (Billingsley) Spring 1991
Milton and Renaissance Ideas of Cosmic Order (Crow) Fall 1990
Montaigne: the place of women (McGregor) Fall 1990
Spenser's Minor Poetry [graduate] (Brand) Spring 1990
Family & Identity in Jacobean Tragedy (Fleming) Spring 1990
Literature & Philosophy: Toward Postmodernism (Mullins) Spring 1990
Renaissance Popular Literature: Commonplaces (Holmes) Spring 1990
Renaissance Popular Literature: The Jest Book (Holmes) Fall 1989
Literature and Philosophy in the Early Modern Era (Mullins) Fall 1989
Bacon and Montaigne (Partridge) Spring 1989
Representative English Writers [credit by exam] (Fernandez) Spring 1989

SENIOR HONORS THESES (Vanderbilt):
Gabriel Wicks, "'Death by Cotton': Telling Southern Family History," 1995-96
Andrea Becksvoort, "Necrophiliac Hermeneutics: Culture/Fashion/Death," 1994-96
Mary Curry, "Representations of Venus during the Renaissance," 1993-94
Maurie Nicely, "Pamphlets and Promotional Tracts on the Virginia Colony," 1992-93
Chris Coleman, "Blake and Nietzsche: Prophecy and Alienation," 1992-93

INDEPENDENT MAJORS SUPERVISED (Vanderbilt):
Andrea Becksvoort, "Comparative Cultural Studies," Spring 1996
Matthew O'Keefe, "Music/Literature/Society," Fall 1995
Jack Douglas Eure, "Issues in Contemporary Studies," Spring 1994

MASTERS IN MEDICAL ETHICS, CO-SPONSORED (Vanderbilt):
Sara D. McCamish, "Speaking of Death: Law, Medicine, and the Dying Body," Aug 1994

Ph.D. DISSERTATIONS, CO-DIRECTED (Vanderbilt):
Adriane Stewart, "Ontological Instability in Renaissance Drama," July 1996
Roger E. Moore, "Gnostic Yearnings and Annihilation in Marlowe's Plays," May 1995

Ph.D. THESIS COMMITTEES [Vanderbilt English Department, unless specified]:
Elaine Anderson Phillips, "Prefatory Fictions: Novel Prefaces," July 1996
Phil Phillips, "Invoking the Muse in Milton," July 1996
Brett Armstrong, "Reactions to King James's Book of Sports" [History], March 1996
Risa Nystrom, "Ballads in Shakespeare's Day," March 1996
Bob Richardson, "Architecture and the Crises of Mimesis" [Philosophy], Nov 1995
Jay Helt, "Purgatory, Policy, and Piety in 16th century Essex" [History], March 1995
Clinton Brand, "Marvell's Poetics," May 1995
Derah Meyers, "Mannerism and Shakespeare," April 1994
David Beliles, "Donne and Recent Criticism," Dec 1993
Liz Hart, "Metaphor and Shakespeare's English," Aug 1993
James Schiavoni, "Spenser and Augustine," Aug 1992
Stephen Knadler, "American Renaissance," Aug 1991
Elizabeth Oakes, "The Widow in Renaissance Drama," Aug 1990
Christopher Frongillo, "Power in Marlowe," Aug 1990
Kay Ackerman, "A Life of William Lilly" [History], March 1990
Lee Moore, "Transgression in Burroughs and Bataille," Dec 1989
Joyce McDonald, "Political Family in Shakespeare," Aug 1989
Sally Rodes Lee, "Canto Openings in Faerie Queene," April 1989

EXTRACURRICULAR TEACHING:
Dramaturg for Hamlet, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Dec 2009-Jan 2010
Patrons' Lecture, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery, AL 2005-2007, 2009
Activities Coordinator, Camp Horseshoe, Rhinelander, WI, 2004-present
Fight Choreographer, All's Well that Ends Well (Nashville Shakespeare), 2002
Fight Choreographer, Macbeth, Life is a Dream, Romeo (Montgomery Bell), 1999-2001
NSF Apprentice Company and ESU High School workshops, 2000-2004
Leonard Bernstein Center for Education Through the Arts workshops, 1997-1999
Wilderness and Survival Program, Camp Horseshoe, Minong, WI summers, 1976-82
Student-Teacher, Humanities; Hall High School, West Hartford, CT, Spring 1980

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL INSTRUCTION (West End Synagogue, Nashville):
"The MTV Challenge:" Torah and the Media (eigth grade), 2010- Spring 2011
"Weekly parsha" and "Shtetl Life" (seventh grade, tenth grade), 2010- Spring 2011

Ahrohn Applefeld's The Conversion (tenth grade), Oct 2009
"The Importance of One" (sixth grade), 2007-2009
"Prophets," "Shtetl Life," and "Holocaust" (high school), 2004-09
"Genesis" and "Portraying Jews in Film" (high school), 2003-04
"Modern Israeli Writers" and "Medieval Legends" (high school), 2002-03
"Holocaust Rescuers" (high school), 2001-02
"Literature & Jewish Identity" (high school), 2000-01
"Ethics" and "Holocaust" (high school), 1999-2000
"Holocaust" and "Shtetl" (middle school), Spring 1999
"Modern Hebrew Literature" (high school), Feb 1998
"Diaspora in Context" (adult), April 1997
"Jews in Literature" (adult), Feb 1996

TEACHING FIELDS AND AREAS OF INTEREST:
Classical Poetic Theory (Plato, Horace, Cicero, Quintilian, Augustine, Sidney, Peacham, Puttenham)
Bible and Apocrypha (including main Medieval and Early Modern commentaries)
Western Epic (Homer, Virgil, Lucan, Statius, Beowulf, Dante, Roland, Ariosto, Spenser, Milton)
Medieval Tradition (Pliny, Augustine, Boethius, Parzifal, Niebelunglied, Rose, lays and lyrics)
Medieval Philosophy (Bonaventura, Anselm, Averroes, Avicenna, Maimonides, Aquinas)
Medieval English (drama cycles, Gower, Langland, Lydgate, Pearl, Gawain, Wynnere)
Chaucer (Troilus, Canterbury Tales, Good Women, Fame, Duchess, Fowles, Boece)
Humanist Educational Theory (Seneca, Plutarch, Capella, Erasmus, Mulcaster, Ascham)
Tudor-Stuart Translations (Harington, Golding, Sandys, Florio, North, Holland, Lodge)
Sixteenth Century Poetry (Skelton, Barclay, Wyatt, Surrey, Sackville, Sidney, Spenser)
Renaissance Prose (especially allegorical novels, natural history, moral essays, pastoral)
Renaissance Drama (Marlowe, Shakespeare, Jonson; pageants and masques)
City Comedies (Heywood, Dekker, Munday, Rowley, Beaumont and Fletcher)
Revenge Tragedies (Kyd, Marston, Chapman, Middleton, Tourneur, Webster, Ford)
Seventeenth Century Poetry (Donne, Herbert, Vaughan, Crashaw, Herrick, Lovelace)
Baroque and Encyclopedic Prose (Camden, Ralegh, Bacon, Burton, Browne, Walton)
European Literary Tradition (Petrarch, Rabelais, Montaigne, Cervantes, Goethe)
The Enlightenment (Rousseau, Voltaire, Leibniz, Kant, Schiller, Locke, Hume, Smith)

Romantic Poetry (Thomson, Blake, Burns, Scott, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats)
American Literature (Irving, Poe, Melville, Hawthorne, Longfellow, Twain, Roth, Pynchon)
Modern World Literature (Joyce, Borges, Calvino, Pavic, Kundera, Yourcenar)
Continental Philosophy (Descartes, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Derrida, Levinas, Lyotard)
Literature of the Abyss (Sade, Rimbaud, Lautreamont, Bataille, Blanchot, Burroughs, Gaimon)
Envisioning Materialist Historiography (Hegel, Schopenhauer, Marx, Engels, Spengler, Warburg)
Ages of Revolution (Burke, Paine, Proudhon, Bakunin, Lenin, Trotsky; polemics of emancipation)
Modern British Poetry (Hardy, Hopkins, Yeats, Housman, Lawrence, Auden, Larkin)
Modern Drama (Chekhov, Shaw, Wilde, Brecht, Beckett, Stoppard, Pinter, Kushner)
Modern European Cinema (Vertov, Bunuel, Goddard, Herzog, Svebo, Tarr, Svankmajer)

Structuralism (de Saussure, Mauss, Levi-Strauss, Lacan, Jakobson, Barthes, Althussar, Foucault)
Holocaust Studies (Hitler, Wiesel, Levi, Frankl, Lyotard, Weistrich, Gilman)
Modern Hebrew Poetry (Tchernikhovsky, Shlonsky, Bialik, Amichai, Pagis, Ravikovith)
Modern Hebrew Prose (Amos Oz, Abraham B. Yehoshua, and Aharon Appelfeld)
Opera (Monteverdi, Mozart, Bellini, Rossini, Verdi, Wagner, Strauss, Floyd, Glass, Adams)
Histories of Natural Science (Alchemy, Astronomy, Cartography, Math, Physics)
Literature and the Arts (mnemonics, applied emblematics, song-cycles, jazz, gospel, r&b)
Pedagogical Theory and Practice (Vygotsky, Dewey, Freire, Giroux, Kozol, Mager, Kohn)

 

OTHER AREAS OF TRAINING AND ACCOMPLISHMENT:
Universal Blood Donor, 10-gallon pin, 1984-1999
Basic First-Aid (refresher course pending)
CPR for adults and children (refresher course pending)
Sports Safety Instructor and ASEP certified coach, 1999
USFA Level One Foil coach, 1999
ranked in foil, epee, and sabre, 1996-2001
EMI Climbing Wall certification, 2004
canoe trip leader class II-III rapids, Flambeau River, Wisconsin, 2004-11
on-site adventure-trip leader, Mackinac Island and Madeline Island, 2004-11