Desmond Harding, Ph.D.
Position: Associate Professor

Department: English Language & Literature
Campus Address: Anspach 224
Phone: 989-774-3417

Courses: Undergraduate
  • ENG 460: Senior Seminar
  • ENG 441: Contemporary English Prose
  • ENG 435: Studies in Texts
  • ENG 345: Studies in Authors
  • ENG 340: Modern British Literature
  • ENG 332: Contemporary Literature and Thought
  • ENG 236: Romantics to Present
  • ENG 234: Introduction to Literary Analysis
  • ENG 201H: Intermediate Composition
  • ENG 201A: Intermediate Composition
  • ENG 134: Introduction to Literature
  • FYE 101: The First Year Experience
Graduate
  • ENG 665D: Seminar in World Literature
  • ENG 635D: Seminar in English Literature
  • ENG 569A: Seminar in Major World Writers
  • HUM 797: Visions of the Modern City: An Interdisciplinary Approach
  • HUM 635: Seminar in English Literature

Areas of Expertise:

  • British modernism, transatlantic modernism, global modernism, contemporary British and Irish literatures and cultures, nineteenth-century British literature, literary and cultural theory, literature and the urban experience, expository writing.

About:

I am currently an Assistant Professor of English at Central Michigan University, where I teach courses in British modernism, global modernism, modern and contemporary British and Irish literatures and cultures, survey courses in English literature, and introductory courses to literary analysis. I was born in Birmingham, England and completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Sheffield before moving on to graduate studies at the University of Southern California. My publications include interdisciplinary articles on nationality and religion as well as articles on the interrelations between urban theory and literature. My first book, Writing the City: Urban Visions and Literary Modernism, provides the impetus for my latest project entitled Emerging Subjects: Transnational Modernism and the Urban Imaginary.

Degrees and Universities:

  • Ph.D., University of Southern California 1999.
  • M.A., University of Southern California 1992.
  • B.A., Hons., English Literature, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, 1989.

Honors and Recognitions

  • 2008 Teaching Excellence Award, Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, Central Michigan University.
  • 2007 University Excellence in Teaching Award, Central Michigan University.
  • 2000 Gamma Sigma Alpha National Greek Academic Honor Society Professor of the Year Award, University of Southern California.
  • 1996 Excellence in Teaching Award, Center for Excellence in Teaching, University of Southern California.
  • 1995 Phi Beta Kappa International Scholarship Award, University of Southern California.
  • Kenneth T. Owler Memorial Scholarship, University of Southern California.
  • 1992 Student Affairs Outstanding Graduate Recognition Award, University of Southern California.

Publications

Books
  • Writing the City: Urban Visions & Literary Modernism. Routledge: New York, 2003. 224 pages.
  • Guest Editor. “Shaw & the City.” SHAW 30: The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies (forthcoming, Penn State UP, 2010).
Book Chapters
  • “‘The Dead’: Joyce’s Epitaph for Dublin.” Joyce and the City: The Significance of Place. Ed. Michael H. Begnal. Syracuse: Syracuse UP, 2002. 123-38.
Articles in Refereed Journals
  • “The Urban Imaginary and the Space of the City.” Konteksty LXIII 2: 281 (forthcoming fall 2008; 37 pages in ms).
  • “Bearing Witness: Heartbreak House and the Poetics of Trauma.” SHAW: The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies 26 (2006): 6-26.
  • “The Power of Place: Richard Wright’s Native Son.” College Language Association 40.3 (March 1997): 367-79.
  • “Edward Said’s Theory of Orientalism and the Literature of the Crusades.” The Year’s Work in Medievalism 9 (Spring 1994): 175-190.

Professional Organizations:

  • Modern Language Association
  • International James Joyce Foundation
  • International Shaw Society
  • Midwest Modern Language Association
  • American Conference for Irish Studies
  • National Council for Teachers of English

Areas of Research:

  • British modernism, transatlantic modernism, global modernism, contemporary British and Irish literatures and cultures, nineteenth-century British literature, literary and cultural theory, literature and the urban experience, expository writing.

Special Projects:

  • Guest Editor. “Shaw & the City.” SHAW 30: The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies (forthcoming, Penn State UP, 2010).
  • Emerging Subjects: Transnational Modernism and the Urban Imaginary (in progess)
 

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