Scott Simpkins

 

Education

  • 1986    Ph.D.   English,University of Tulsa

  •             (Dissertation: "The Semiotic Dilemma of English Romantic Poetry")

  • 1982    M.A.    English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

  • 1980    B.A.     Journalism , University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Mailing address
 

Department of English:
P.O. Box 311307
University of North Texas
Denton, TX 76203-1307
Phone: (940) 369-8950

Fax: (940) 565-4355

E-mail: scotts@unt.edu
 

Professional Experience

Publications

Papers Presented:

 

Professional Experience

 

  • Oct., 1996 - Present                 Lecturer, Cyber Semiotic Institute

  • Aug., 1995 - Present                Associate Professor, UNT

  • Aug., 1989 - Aug., 1995          Assistant Professor, UNT

  • Aug., 1986 - July, 1989           Assistant Professor, South Dakota State University

  • May, 1983 - Aug., 1983          Adjunct, Tulsa Junior College

  • Aug., 1982 - July, 1986           Adjunct/Teaching Fellow-Assistant, UT

 

AREAS OF EXPERTISE: 

  • English Romantic literature, semiotics, literary theory, modernism, composition

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

 Additional Responsibilities and Related Professional Activities:

  • Fall 2000 - Present                   Co-Editor, Semiotics 2000: Sebeok's Century (Legas Press)    

  • Fall, 1999 - Present                  Co-Editor, Semiotics 1999 (Peter Lang Pub.s)

  • Fall, 1998                                             Manuscript Referee, University of Wisconsin Press       

  • Aug., 1997 - Present                Referee for the European Romantic Review

  • April, 1997 - Present                Referee for Studies in the Literary Imagination

  • Jan., 1997 - Present                 Associate Editor (Literary Semiotics), The Semiotic Review of Books

  • May, 1996 - Present                Advisory Editor, Encyclopedia of the Novel. Ed. Paul Schellinger. 2   vols. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1997

  • May, 1996 - Present                Lecturer, "Critical Semiotics," an 8-lecture Distance Learning course on the World Wide Web sponsored by the Cyber Semiotic Institute -                                                    WWW site: http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/epc/srb

  • Jan., 1996 - Jan., 1997             Section Editor (Literary Semiotics), The Semiotic Review of Books

  • Sept., 1995 - Present                Referee for CLIO: A Journal of Literature, History, Philosophy of  History

  • Nov., 1993 - Present                Editor, Studies in the Novel

  • July, 1993 - Present                  Referee for Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of   Literature

  • Aug., 1991 - Present                Member of UNT Faculty of Environmental Ethics

  • July, 1991 - Present                  Referee for American Journal of Semiotics

  • Aug., 1989 - Nov., 1993                      Associate Editor, Studies in the Novel

  • Jan., 1989 - May, 1989            Community Outreach - taught Introduction to Literature in Sioux Falls, SD to nontraditional students through SDSU

  • Aug., 1988 - May, 1989          "Between The Covers" Lecture/Discussion Series, SDSU - creator and coordinator

  • Jan., 1988 - May, 1988            Community Outreach - Advanced Composition

  • Jan., 1987 - May, 1987            Community Outreach - Technical Communications

  • Aug., 1986 - May, 1989          English Club, SDSU - faculty adviser

  • May, 1986 - Aug., 1986          Research Assistant - "James Joyce" entry by Thomas F. Staley in Anglo-Irish Literature: A Review of Research (MLA) and An Annotated Critical Bibliography of James Joyce (HarvesterWheatsheaf) by Thomas F. Staley

  • Nov., 1984                               Scholar-Leadership Enrichment Program Seminar: Jonathan Culler, "Signs and Authenticity," University of Oklahoma

  • May, 1984 - Dec., 1984            Editorial Assistant  - Dictionary of Literary Biography. Detroit, Mich.: Gale Research Co. (1985).  Vol. 36: British Novelists, 1890-1929: Modernists (1985) and Vol. 34: British Novelists, 1890-1929: Traditionalists

HONORS:

  •  Kirby Award for distinguished article ("The Book of Thel and the Romantic Lament") in the South Central Review for 1988.

  •  Conference of College Teachers of English Award for best British literature paper ("Wordsworth's Pre-Texts: The Fenwick Notes") presented at the 1990 CCTE conference.

  •  Professing Women Award - presented by the UNT Women's Studies Roundtable - Nov., 1995 and 1996.

 UNIVERSITY COMMITTEES AND COUNCILS:

  •  Aug., 1988 - May, 1989      European Studies Committee, SDSU - member and secretary

  • Spring, 1991 -                      American Film and Video Association jury, UNT - member

  • Spring, 1994 - Fall, 2000      Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Oversight Committee on the Core Curriculum, UNT - member

  • Fall 2000 - Present               College of Arts and Science Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, UNT - member

  • Fall 2000 - Present              University Tenure Committee, UNT - member

 DEPARTMENT COMMITTEES AND COUNCILS:

  •  May, 1995 - Aug., 1998      English Department Literature Division, UNT - chair

  • May, 1995 - Aug., 1998       English Department Executive Committee, UNT - member

  • Aug., 1993 - May, 1995       English Department Graduate Committee, UNT - member

  • Aug., 1990 - Aug., 1993       English Department Area II (British Literature 1780-Present) Committee, UNT - chair

  • Aug., 1989 - Aug., 1990       English Department Area II Committee, UNT - member

  • Aug., 1986 - May, 1989       Composition Committee, SDSU - member

  • Aug., 1984 - May, 1986       Composition Textbook Review Committee, UT - member

GRANTS:

  • Travel Research Grant:

Research for study entitled "Literary Semiotics: An Attempt to Forestall 'Unlimited Semiosis'?" - funded by SDSU ($650), summer, 1987.

  • Junior Faculty Summer Research Grant:

Research for study entitled The Romantic Antibook - funded by UNT ($3,500), summer, 1990.

  • Faculty Development Grant:

Research for study entitled Signs on the Margin: The Romantic Paratext - funded by UNT ($2,500), summer, 1991.

  • Faculty Development Grant:

Research for study entitled The Romantic Stigma - funded by UNT ($1,800), summer, 1993.

  • Faculty Development Grant:

Research for study entitled The Romantic Antibook - funded by UNT ($2,500), summer, 1994.

  • South Central Modern Language Association Grant:

Research for study entitled The Romantic Antibook - funded by the SCMLA for research at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas, Austin ($1,500), summer, 1994.

  • Small Grant:

Research for study entitled The Romantic Antibook - funded by UNT ($600) - summer, 1995.

  • Developing Scholar Award:

Funded by UNT ($2,500) - 1996.

  • Faculty Development Grant:

Research for study entitled Romantic Masculinities - funded by UNT ($1,800) - summer, 1997.

  • Small Grant

Researcher for distance learning course entitled "Critical Semiotics" - funded by UNT ($750) - summer, 1997.

  • Faculty Development Leave:

Research for distance learning course entitled "Critical Semiotics" - funded by UNT - fall, 1997.

  • Small Grant

Researcher for distance learning course entitled "Critical Semiotics" - funded by UNT ($750) - summer, 1998.

  • Faculty Development Grant:

Research for study entitled Romantic Masculinities - funded by UNT ($1,800) - summer, 1999.

  • Faculty Development Grant:

Research for study entitled Romantic Masculinities - funded by UNT ($1,800) - summer, 2000.

 

Publications

Scholarly Book (refereed):

  •  Literary Semiotics: A Critical Approach  Lanham, Md: Lexington Books, 2001.

 Editions:

  •  Guest Editor for special issue on the Romantic novel. Studies in the Novel (Spring, 1994).

  • Semiotics 1999, ed. Scott Simpkins, C. W. Spinks, and John Deely. New York: Peter Lang, 2000.

  • Semiotics 2000: "Sebeok's Century", ed. Scott Simpkins and John Deely. Ottawa, Canada: Legas Press, (forthcoming October) 2001.

 Chapters:

  •  "W. Somerset Maugham"

  • Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 36 (1985), 159-169.  Reprinted in Concise Dictionary of British Literary Biography: Modern Writers 1914-1945. New York: Bruccoli Clark Layman, Inc., 1991. 159-168.

  • "The Infidelity of the Romantic Fragment: Byron's The Giaour"

  • Approaches to Teaching Byron's Poetry. Ed. Frederick Shilstone. New York: Modern Language Association, 1991. 89-93.

  • "M. H. Abrams: Defender of the Faith"

  • The New Criticism and Contemporary Literary Theory: Connections and Contiguities. Eds. William J. Spurlin and Michael Fischer. New York: Garland Publishing, 1995.  Under Garland Series on "Critical Theory, Literary History, and Cultural Studies."  Series Editor William E. Cain. 185-210.

  • "Sources of Magical Realism/Supplements to Realism in Contemporary Latin American Literature"

  • Magical Realism: Theory, History, Community. Ed.s Lois Parkinson Zamora and Wendy B. Faris. Durham: Duke University Press, 1995. 145-162.  Reprint of "Magical Strategies: The Supplement of Realism," Twentieth Century Literature, 34.2 (Summer 1988): 140-154.

  • "Teaching Alien Aesthetics: The Difficulty of Difference in the Classroom"

  • Approaches to Teaching Women Romantic Poets. Eds. Stephen Behrendt and Harriet Linkin. New York: Modern Language Association, 1997, 51-57.

  • "Teaching the Male Gothic: Beckford, Lewis, Stevenson," Approaches to Teaching Gothic Fiction, Diane Long Hoeveler and Tamar Heller, ed.s. New York: Modern Language Association, 2002, forthcoming.

  • "'A Story Fram'd in Sport: Narrative Tricks and Wordsworth's 'Ruined Cottage' Complex," Trickster and Ambivalence: The Dance of Differentiation, ed. C. W. Spinks. Madison, WI: Atwood Publishing, 2001, forthcoming.

 Essays (refereed):        

  •  "The Book of Thel and the Romantic Lament" South Central Review, 5.1 (Spring 1988): 25-39.

  • "Surrealism and Breton's Textes Soluble: An Index to Modernism" Comparative Literature Studies, 25.3 (1988): 242-250.

  • "Magical Strategies: The Supplement of Realism" Twentieth Century Literature, 34.2 (Summer 1988): 140-154.

  •  "'The Infinite Game': Cort zar's Hopscotch" The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, 23.1 (Spring, 1990): 61-74.

  • "The Reader and the Romantic Preface" The Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature (Spring, 1990): 17-34.

  • "The Agency of the Title: Finnegans Wake" James Joyce Quarterly (Summer, 1990): 735-743.

  • "Keats, Polysemy, and Romanticism" South Central Review (Summer, 1990): 15-30.

  • "Reeling in the Signs: Unlimited Semiosis and the Agenda of Literary Semiotics" Versus: Quaderni di studi semiotici 55/56.2 (Gennaio-Agosto 1990): 153-173.

  • "Telling the Reader What to Do: Wordsworth and the Fenwick Notes" Reader: Essays in Reader-Oriented Theory, Criticism, and Pedagogy 26 (Fall, 1991): 39-64.

  • "The Fabrication of the Sign: On Carlyle's Sartor Resartus" Semiotica 91.1/2 (1992): 15-30.

  • "The Remix Aesthetic" European Romantic Review 3.2 (Winter 1993): 193-214.

  • "In the 'Thick' of It: Semiotics, Linguistics and Literary Criticism" Language and Literature 17 (1992): 39-58.

  • "They Do the Men in Different Voices: Narrative Cross-Dressing in Sand and Shelley" Style, 26.3 (Fall 1992): 400-418.

  • "Tricksterism in the Gothic Novel"  The American Journal of Semiotics 14, 1/4 (1997 [1998]): 11-23.

  • "'Crises of Address': Speech-Shifting and Negative Solidarity in Byron's Lara."  Interdisciplinary Journal for Germanic Linguistics and Semiotic Analysis 4, 1 (Spring 1999): 19-35.

Essays (invited):

 

  • "The Two Frankensteins" The Round Table of the South Central College English Association, 27.3 (Fall, 1987): 1-3.

  •  "George Sand and the Role of Semiotic Cues" Semiotics 1986. Ed. John Deely and Jonathan Evans. Lanham: UP of America, 1987, 61-67.

  •  "Naming Names: Plato's Cratylus and the Ground of the Sign"  Semiotics 1987. Ed. Deely and Evans. Lanham: UP of America, 1988, 473-478.

  •  "The Economy of the Gesture: Artaud and Barthes" Semiotics 1987, 297-306.

  • "The Fear of the Arbitrary Sign" Semiotics 1988. Ed. Deely. Lanham: UP of America, 1989, 196-200.

  • "Negative Capabilities: Shifting Signs in Keats's 'Ode to a Nightingale'" Semiotics 1988, 374-379.

  • "Narrative Deception: The Case of Poe and Gilman" Semiotics 1989. Ed. Deely. Lanham: UP of America, 1990, 77-83.

  • "Infinite Regress-Or Progress?: Perspectives on Endless Referentiality" Semiotics 1989, 147-154.

  • "Wordsworth's Pre-Texts: The Fenwick Notes" CCTE Studies 55 (September, 1990): 16-22.

  • "The Center Cannot Hold: Semiotics and the Anxiety-Joy of Relativism" Semiotics 1990. Ed. Karen Haworth et al. Lanham: UP of America, 1993, 250-255.

  • "Textual Supplements" Encyclopedia of Romanticism: Culture in Britain, 1780s-1830s. Ed. Laura Dabundo. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1993, 566-569.

  • "The Outer Limits: Eco's Prescriptivist Semiotics" Semiotics 1991. Ed. Karen Haworth et al. Lanham: UP of America, 1993, 135-139.

  • "Aeolian Composition: The Semiotics of the Unwritten Text" Semiotics 1993. Ed. Karen Haworth et al. Lanham: UP of America, 1994, 337-43.

  • "Decoders And/As Encoders in the Construction of the Self" Semiotics 1993. Ed. Karen Haworth et al.  Lanham: UP of America, 1994, 295-301.

  •  "The Semiotics of Discredit Modalities"  Semiotics 1994. Ed. Karen Haworth et al. Lanham: UP of America, 1995, 107-17.

  •  "Coleridge's 'Conversation Poems' as Speech Genre." Semiotics 1995. Ed.s C. W. Spinks and John Deely. New York: Peter Lang, 1996, 242-249.

  •  "Women Should Be Seen But Not Heard: Narrative Suppression in Wordsworth, Shelley and Coleridge"  The Seventh Cause: A Journal of Modern Literature (1995). 

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  • "'Role Stress' and Conflicted Masculinities in Byron's The Corsair"  Semiotics 1996. Ed.s William Spinks and John Deely. New York: Peter Lang, 1997, 280-289.

  •  "Jean-Fran‡ois Lyotard"  Encyclopedia of Semiotics, Ed. Paul Bouissac. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998, 377-379.

  • "Erving Goffman"  Encyclopedia of Semiotics, Ed. Paul Bouissac. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998, 257-260.

  • "Play" Encyclopedia of Semiotics, Ed. Paul Bouissac. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998, 493-495.

  • "Postsemiotics" Encyclopedia of Semiotics, Ed. Paul Bouissac. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998, 509-512.

  • "The Agon for the Male Signifier: Austen's Lady Susan" Semiotics 1997. Ed.s William Spinks and John Deely. New York: Peter Lang, 1998.

  • "White Semiotics: Austen's The Watsons and the Performance of Caucasianality"  Semiotics 1998, William Spinks and John Deely, ed.s. New York: Peter Lang, 1999.

Essay-Reviews:  

  •  "Romanticism and Rhetoric"  Essay-Review of The Rhetoric of Romanticism, by Paul de Man. The Literary Review (Spring, 1986): 392-395.

  •  "Pedagogy and Power, Sex and Ideology: On the Discourse of Romanticism"  Essay-Review of Albert Cook, Thresholds: Studies in the Romantic Experience; Spencer Hall and Jonathan Ramsey, eds., Approaches to Teaching Wordsworth's Poetry; Jeffrey C. Robinson, Radical Literary Education: A Classroom Experiment with Wordsworth's "Ode"; Cynthia Chase, Decomposing Figures: Rhetorical Readings in the Romantic Tradition; Charles J. Rzepka, The Self as Mind: Vision and Identity in Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Keats; Jean H. Hagstrum, The Romantic Body: Love and Sexuality in Keats, Wordsworth, and Blake. College English (November, 1988): 812-818.

  • "Reading the Social Text"  Essay-Review of Social Semiotics, by Robert Hodge and Gunther Kress. The American Journal of Semiotics 7.1-2 (1990): 145-151.         

  • Essay-Review of Romantic Potency: The Paradox of Desire, by Laura Claridge. European Romantic Review (Winter 1994) 4,2: 216-221.  

  • "Vertiginous Semiotics"  Essay-review of Libidinal Economy, by Jean-Fran‡ois Lyotard. The Semiotic Review of Books 6.1 (January 1995): 2-4.

  • "Mary Shelley Revisited" Essay-Review of Audrey Fish, Anne Mellor, and Esther Schor, ed.s, The Other Mary Shelley: Beyond Frankenstein (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993) and Jane Blumberg, Mary Shelley's Early Novels: "This Child of Imagination and Misery" (Iowa City: University of Iowa, 1993). Novel: A Forum on Fiction 28.3 (Spring 1995): 358-362.        

  • Essay-Review of The Business of Common Life: Novels and Classical Economics between Revolution and Reform, by David Kaufmann and  Nobody's Story: The Vanishing Acts of Women Writers in the Marketplace, 1670-1820, by Catherine Gallagher. The Wordsworth Circle (Autumn 1995) 26,4.

  • "The Semiotics of Post-Semiotics" Essay-Review of Language As Articulate Contact: Toward A Post-Semiotic Philosophy of Communication, by John Stewart, The Semiotic Review of Books 7,1 (January, 1996), 8-10.

  • "The Semiotics of Humiliation"  Essay-review of Humiliation and Other Essays on Honor, Social Discomfort, and Violence, by William Miller. The American Journal of Semiotics 11, 3-4 (1994 [1997]): 361-68.

  • "Alternative Semiotics?"   An essay-review of Beyond the Symbol Model: Reflections on the Representational Nature of Language, Ed. John Stewart, The Semiotic Review of Books 9,3 (September, 1998), 4-9.

  • Essay-Review of Patricia McKee, Public and Private: Gender, Class, and the British Novel and Gillian Skinner, Sensibility and Economics in the Novel, 1740-1800: The Price of A Tear. The Wordsworth Circle (Winter 1999).

Reviews:          

  •  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Continuing Vitality, eds. Goebel and Zylva. South Central Review (Spring, 1985): 80-83.

  • Romanticism and Language, ed. Arden Reed. Style (Spring, 1985).

  • Reading the Romantic Heroine: Text, History, Ideology, by Leslie W. Rabine. Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature (Fall, 1986): 318-319.

  • The Poem and the Book: Interpreting Collections of Romantic Poetry, by Neil Fraistat. Studies in Romanticism (Summer, 1987): 303-307.

  • Romantic Imprisonment, by Nina Auerbach. The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association (Fall, 1987): 42-46.

  • Mary Shelley & Frankenstein: The Fate of Androgyny, by William Veeder. Studies in the Novel (Winter, 1987): 505-507.

  • The Responsibility of Forms: Essays on Music, Art, and Representation, by Roland Barthes. The American Journal of Semiotics 5.1 (1987): 167-171.

  • The Triumph of Vulgarity: Rock Music in the Mirror of Romanticism, by Robert Pattison. The Journal of Popular Culture 21.2 (Fall, 1987): 152-153.

  • The Self-Conscious Novel: Artifice in Fiction from Joyce to Pynchon, by Brian Stonehill. James Joyce Quarterly (February, 1989): 295-299.

  • The Barthes Effect: The Essay as Reflexive Text, by Reda Bensma‹a. SubStance: A Review of Theory and Literary Criticism (Spring, 1990): 112-115.

  • A Disimprisoned Epic: Form and Vision in Carlyle's French Revolution, by Mark Cumming. South Central Review (Spring, 1990): 84-85.

  • Towards A Literature of Knowledge, by Jerome J. McGann.  European Romantic Review (Spring, 1990): 113-17.

  • Uncontainable Romanticism: Shelley, Bront‰, Kleist, by Carol Jacobs.  Rocky Mountain Review (Spring, 1990): 260-62.

  • Writing Joyce: A Semiotics of the Joyce System, by Lorraine Weir.  James Joyce Quarterly (Spring, 1990): 307-9.

  • Sara Coleridge, A Victorian Daughter: Her Life and Essays, by Bradford Keyes Mudge. Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature (Winter, 1990): 153-55.

  • Between Blake and Nietzsche: The Reality of Culture, by Harvey Birenbaum. The Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography (1993).

  • Fantasy, Forgery, and the Byron Legend by James Soderholm. The Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature (Spring 1997): 104-6.

 

 Papers Presented:

  • "The Romantic Loss: Werther's Inadequate Letters"

South Central MLA conference - October, 1984, Biloxi, MS

 

  • "Art on the Bright Side of the Urn"

SCMLA conference - October, 1985, Tulsa

 

  • "Harold Bloom and the Anxiety of Meaning" 

SCMLA conference - October, 1986, New Orleans

 

  • "George Sand and the Role of Semiotic Cues"

Semiotic Society of America conference - October, 1986, Pensacola, FL

 

  • "Magical Strategies: The Romantic Supplement"

MLA conference - December, 1986, New York City

 

  • "George Sand's Romantic Project" 

MLA conference - December, 1986

 

  • "War and Games, Cat and Mouse"

The University of Tulsa Comparative Literature Symposium - March, 1987

 

  • "Questions as Remarks: Telling Thel"

International Conference on Narrative Literature - April, 1987, Ann Arbor

 

  • "The Agency of the Title: Finnegans Wake"

Joyce in Milwaukee conference - June, 1987

 

  • "Walking the Fine Line in Performance: The Dumb Waiter and the Preservation of the Absurd"

SCMLA conference - October, 1987, Houston

 

  • "Naming Names: Plato's Cratylus and the Ground of the Sign"

SSA conference - October, 1987, Columbus, OH

 

  • "The Economy of the Gesture: Artaud and Barthes"

SSA conference - October, 1987

 

  • "The Reader and the Romantic Preface"

Midwest Modern Language Association conference - November, 1987, Minneapolis

 

  • "Surrealism and Textes Soluble: An Index to Modernism"

The University of Tulsa Comparative Literature Symposium - March, 1988

 

  • "'The Infinite Game': Cort zar's Hopscotch"

SCMLA conference - October, 1988, New Orleans

 

  • "The Fear of the Arbitrary Sign"

SSA conference - October, 1988, San Francisco

           

  • "Negative Capabilities: Shifting Signs in Keats's 'Ode to a Nightingale'"

SSA conference - October, 1988

 

  • "The Work on the Edge: Byron's Fragmentation of The Giaour"

The University of Tulsa Comparative Literature Symposium - March, 1989

 

  • "Women Should Be Seen But Not Heard: Narrative Suppression in Wordsworth, Shelley and Coleridge"

International Conference on Narrative Literature - April, 1989, Ann Arbor

 

  • "Narrative Deception: The Case of Poe and Gilman"     

SSA conference - July, 1989, Indianapolis

 

  • "Infinite Regress-Or Progress?: Perspectives on Endless Referentiality"

SSA conference - July, 1989

 

  • "The Signs of Clothing-The Clothing of Signs: On Carlyle's Sartor Resartus"

International Summer Institute of Semiotic and Structural Studies - July, 1989, Indianapolis

 

  • "A Polytext for a 'Busy Age': Byron's Generations of The Giaour"

(Re)producing Texts/(Re)presenting History conference - September, 1989, College Station, TX

 

  • "The Gesture of the Poem in Prose"

SCMLA conference - October, 1989, New Orleans

 

  • "M. H. Abrams: Defender of the Faith"

M/MLA conference - November, 1989, Minneapolis

 

  • "Textuality Unbound: Blake's Use of A Symmetry in The Marriage of Heaven and Hell"

M/MLA conference - November, 1989

 

  • "A Model for the Feminist Project: Sand's Mauprat"

MLA conference - December, 1989, Washington, DC

 

  • "Wordsworth's Pre-Texts: The Fenwick Notes"

Conference of College Teachers of English - March, 1990, Ft. Worth

 

  • "The Center Cannot Hold: Semiotics and the Anxiety-Joy of Relativism"

SSA conference - October, 1990, Norman, OK

 

  • "Don't Fence Me In: Gender and Domain in Glaspell and Gilman"

American Studies Association of Texas conference - November, 1990, Corpus Christi, TX

 

  • "Criticism and the Invention of the Reader"

Critical Symposia in Language and Literature - November, 1990, UNT

 

  • "'Bodies to the Wind': Wordsworth, Blake and Romantic Incorporeality"

CCTE - April, 1991, College Station, TX

 

  • "Reinscribing the Male Narrative from Without: Shelley's 'Transformation'"

International Conference on Narrative Literature - June, 1991, Nice, France

 

  • "A Telling Fix: The Romantic Narrative Dependency"

Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association conference - October, 1991, Tempe, AZ

 

  • "The Outer Limits: Eco's Restrictivist Semiotics"

SSA conference - October, 1991, New Orleans

 

  • "Closing the Book on Interpretation"

SCMLA conference - October, 1991, Ft. Worth

 

  • "Romanticism and the Insult of Religion"

M/MLA conference - November, 1991, Chicago

 

  • "The Region of the City"

ASAT conference - November, 1991, Lubbock

 

  • "Image Management and Body Language in the Gothic System of Shelley's Novels"

Southeastern Semiotic Circle conference - March, 1992, Pensacola

 

  • "Ruining the Book: Coleridge's 1816 Volume"

SCMLA conference - October, 1992, Memphis

 

  • "Scar Tactics: The Politics of Stigmatization in Marmion"

M/MLA conference - November, 1992, St. Louis

 

  • "Too Close for Comfort: The Canonical Suppression of Peacock's Novels"

M/MLA conference - November, 1992

 

  • "Pedagogy, Plural Textualities, and Caleb Williams"

South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference - March, 1993, Baton Rouge.

 

  • "Interactional Discourses and the Compositions of Caleb Williams"

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference - April, 1993, Providence, RI

 

  • "The Stigma of Invisibility: Injustice, Gender, and Image Spoilage in Caleb Williams"

International Association for Philosophy and Literature conference - May, 1993, Pittsburgh

 

  • "Incestuous Thought: The Mental Stigma of Alternative Sexuality in Shelley's Mathilda" 

Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies conference - October, 1993, Norman, OK

 

  • "Aeolian Composition: The Semiotics of the Unwritten Text"

SSA conference - October, 1993, St. Louis

 

  •  "Decoders And/As Encoders in the Construction of the Self"

SSA conference - October, 1993

 

  • "The Victim of Representation in Wollstonecraft's The Wrongs of Woman"

SCSECS conference - February, 1994, Houston

 

  • "The Space of Stigma: Internal and External Social Barriers in Wollstonecraft and Mackenzie"

SCSECS conference - February, 1994

 

  • "Romantic Advertising"

SSA conference - October, 1994, Philadelphia

 

  • "The Semiotics of Discredit Modalities in English Romantic Literature"

SSA conference - October, 1994

 

  • "The Open Book: Coleridge's 1816 Volume"

Society for Textual Scholarship conference - April, 1995, New York City

 

  • "'We Do Not Care For The Price': Byron's Don Juan And Book Price As A Bibliographical Code"

International Conference of the British Association for Romantic Studies - July, 1995, University of Wales, Bangor, Wales, UK

 

  • "A Footnote to the East: Orientalistic Paratexts in Byron's Turkish Tales"

GEMCS conference - October, 1995, Dallas

 

  • "Coleridge's 'Conversation Poems' as Speech Genre"

SSA conference - October, 1995, San Antonio

 

  • "Gender Swapping in Shelley's The Last Man"

American Conference on Romanticism - October, 1996, Park City, Utah

 

  • "'Role Stress' and Conflicted Masculinities in Byron's The Corsair"

SSA conference - October, 1996, Santa Barbara, CA

 

  • "Tricksterism in the Gothic Novel"

SSA conference - October, 1996, Santa Barbara, CA

 

  • "Semiotics After Post-Semiotics: What Next?"

Speech Communication Association conference - November, 1996, San Diego, CA

 

  • "Encoding Masculinity in the Gothic Novel: Shelley's Zastrozzi"

California Semiotic Circle conference - January, 1997, Berkeley, CA

 

  • "Nature Meets Culture in Shelley's Mathilda and The Last Man"

International Association for Semiotic Studies conferences - July, 1997, Guadalajara, Mexico

 

  • "'Troubled Manhood': The Male 'Other' in Byron's Lara"

North American Society for the Study of Romanticism conference -

Hamilton, Ontario, October, 1997

 

  • "The Agon for the Male Signifier: Austen's Lady Susan"

SSA conference - October, 1997, Louisville

 

  • "J. G. Ballard's Crash and the Semiotics of Body-Tech"

SSA conference - October, 1997, Louisville

 

  • "Masculinity Training: Molding the Male Subject in Austen's The Watsons"

American Conference on Romanticism - January, 1998, Athens, GA

 

  • "The Story of 'Jacky and Larry': Bibliographical Codes and the Lara/Jacqueline Volume"

Scenes of Writing conference - July, 1998, Newtown, Wales, UK

 

  • "White Semiotics: Austen's The Watsons and the Performance of Caucasianality"

SSA conference - October, 1998, Toronto

 

  • "Gender Display and the Conflicted Male in Byron's Lara"

SSA conference - October, 1998, Toronto

 

  • "The Work of Art in the Age of Television V‚rit‚: On DeLillo's Underworld" 

Semiotic Circle of California conference - January, 1999, Berkeley, CA

 

  • "Narrative Tricks and Wordsworth's 'The Ruined Cottage'"

SSA conference - October, 1999, Pittsburgh

 

  • "The Black Plague: Naturalizing Whiteness in Shelley's The Last Man"

Exploring the Romantic-era Novel conference - November, 1999, Groningen, The Netherlands

 

  • "Signifying the Other: On Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"

Semiotic Circle of California conference - January, 2000, Berkeley, CA

 

  • "The Romantic Smile"

SSA conference - October, 2000, Purdue University

 

  • "Wordsworth's Sadistic Pedlar of Emotions"

American Conference on Romanticism - October, 2000, Park City, UT

 

  • "The Romantic Pause"

SSA conference - October, 2001, University of Toronto

  • "The Osorio/Borderers Volume and the Tragedy of Masculine Individuation"

American Conference on Romanticism - November, 2001, Miami University in Oxford, OH

 

 

Related Academic Conference Activity:

 

  • Discussant for "'Crime': A Floating Signifier in Sartre's The Flies" by Charles Minahen - M/MLA conference, 1987

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  • Secretary for English II - English Literature 1800-1900: The Teller and the Tale: Narrative Voice in Poetry and Prose session - M/MLA conference, 1990

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  • Chair, Special Session on "Semiotic Approaches to Literature" - M/MLA conference, 1990

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  • Discussant for "Stuffing the Verdant Goose: Art and the Artist in Byron's Don Juan" by Carol Shiner Wilson - M/MLA conference, 1990

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  • Chair, Session on "Interrogating Exoticism" - The University of Tulsa Comparative Literature Symposium, April, 1991

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  • Chair, Special Session on "Semiotic Approaches to Literature" - SCMLA conference, 1991

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  • Chair, English II - English Literature 1800-1900: Recovered Writers/Recovered Texts session - M/MLA conference, 1991

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  • Advisory Board, English II - English Literature 1800-1900 Session - M/MLA conference, 1992

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  • Discussant for "Cultural Constructions" panel - SSA conference, October, 1993

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  • Chair, "Semiotic Mythscapes" panel - SSA conference, October, 1993

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  • Chair, Literary Theory and Criticism session - SCMLA, 1993, Austin

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  • Chair, Special Session on "Narrating Authenticity" - MLA conference, December, 1993, Toronto

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  • Chair, Special Session on "Textual Strategies in Eighteenth-Century Literature" - SCSECS conference, February, 1994, Houston

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  • Chair, Session on "On Subjects and Objects" - SSA conference, October, 1994, Philadelphia

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  • Chair, Nineteenth-Century British Literature session - SCMLA conference, November, 1994, New Orleans

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  • Chair, Session on "Romanticism and the History of Sexuality" - American Conference on Romanticism, October, 1996, Park City, Utah

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  • Respondent, to lecture by Susan Griffin, "Private and Public Lives: Connecting Parallel Universes," Conversations on Coherence conference - April 3, 1997, UNT

  • Lectures:         

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  • "Literary Semiotics: An Attempt to Forestall 'Unlimited Semiosis'?"

  • Presented at the International Summer Institute of Semiotic and Structural Studies - June, 1987 at Victoria University, Toronto

  • "James Joyce: The Modernist as Pervert - The Perversion of Modernism"

  • Presented in the "Between The Covers" lecture series - December, 1988 at SDSU

  • "The Semiotic Dilemma of English Romantic Literature"

  • Presented at the International Summer Institute of Semiotic and Structural Studies - June, 1990 at Victoria University, Toronto

  • "The Stigma of Romanticism"

  • Presented at the University of West Florida, Pensacola - April, 1994

  • "The Lingua Franca of Semioticians"

  • Published in "Critical Semiotics," an 8-lecture Distance Learning course on the World Wide Web sponsored by the Cyber Semiotic Institute - October, 1996

  • "Two Extensive Critiques of Semiotics"

  • Published in "Critical Semiotics," Cyber Semiotic Institute - November, 1996

  • "The Implications of Codes"

  • Published in "Critical Semiotics," Cyber Semiotic Institute - January, 1997

  • "The 'Problem' of Controlling the Decoder

  • Published in "Critical Semiotics," Cyber Semiotic Institute - March, 1997

  • "The Limits of 'System' and the Authority of the Encoder"

  • Published in "Critical Semiotics," Cyber Semiotic Institute - May, 1997

  • "Finite Infinite Semiosis"

  • Published in "Critical Semiotics," Cyber Semiotic Institute - August, 1997

  • "Semiotics Based on Radical Polysemy, Structuration, and Play"

  • Published in "Critical Semiotics," Cyber Semiotic Institute - January, 1998

  • "A Semiotic Reading of James Thurber's 'The Catbird Seat'"

  • Published in "Critical Semiotics," Cyber Semiotic Institute - April, 1998

 

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