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HARDING, DESMOND

Professor of English

FACULTY

Biography

I am currently a Professor of English at Central Michigan University, where I teach courses in modern and contemporary British and Irish literatures and cultures, world literature, survey courses in English literature, introductory courses to literary analysis, and composition. I was born in Birmingham, England and completed my undergraduate degree in English at the University of Sheffield before moving on to graduate studies at the University of Southern California.

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Books

  • Writing the City: Urban Visions & Literary Modernism. Routledge, 2003.
  • Editor. “Shaw & the City” special issue of SHAW 32: The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies. Penn State UP, 2012.

Book Chapters

  • “Shaw’s London,” George Bernard Shaw in Context, ed. Brad Kent. Cambridge UP, 2015, pp. 29-36.
  • “Staging the City: Bernard Shaw and the Production of Urban Space.” SHAW, vol. 32, no. 1, 2012, pp. 1-15.
  • “The Power of Place: Richard Wright’s Native Son.” College Language Association 40.3 (March 1997): 367-79. Rpt. in Richard Wright’s Native Son, ed. Harold Bloom. Infobase Publishing, 2009, pp. 95-104.
  • “‘The Dead’: Joyce’s Epitaph for Dublin.” Joyce and the City: The Significance of Place. Ed. Michael H. Begnal. Syracuse UP, 2002. pp. 123-38.

Articles

  • “Utopia and Endless War: Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara.” SHAW: The Journal of Bernard Shaw Studies, vol. 39, no. 2, 2019. pp. 158-82.
  • “The Urban Imaginary and the Space of the City.” Konteksty: Polska Sztuka Ludowa, vol 62, no. 3-4, 2008, pp. 5-20.
  • “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.

Book Reviews

  • Rev. of Shaw and Feminisms: On Stage and Off. Eds. D.A. Hadfield and Jean Reynolds. Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 42.7, 2013, pp. 835-41.

Conference Presentations

  • “Yokomitsu Riichi’s Urban Aesthetics.” “The Aesthetics of Global Modernism.” The Modernist Studies in Asia network (MSIA) and the British Association of Modernist Studies (BAMS) Virtua Conference, July 12, 2021.
  • Seminar Organizer and Chair, “Emerging Subjects: Transnational Modernism and the Urban Imaginary II.” American Comparative Literature Association Virtual Annual Meeting, April 8-11, 2021.
  • “Yokomitsu Riichi’s Shinkankaku-ha Modernism.” American Comparative Literature Association Virtual Annual Meeting, April 8-11, 2021.
  • Seminar Organizer and Chair, “Emerging Subjects: Transnational Modernism and the Urban Imaginary I.” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, March 19-22, 2020.
  • “City of Signs: Japanese Urban Modernity and Yokomitsu Riichi’s Shanghai.” 2020 American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, March 19-22, 2020.
  • Seminar Organizer and Chair, “Emerging Subjects: Transnational Modernism and the Urban Imaginary.” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, March 19-22, 2020.
  • Irish Studies Permanent Section Panel Organizer, Chair, and Respondent: ““Duality, Doubles and Doppelga╠łngers.” 2019 Midwest Modern Language Association Conference, Chicago, IL November 14-17, 2019.
  • “Modernist Continuums: Zadie Smith’s NW and the Urban Imaginary.” 2019 Midwest Modern Language Association Conference, Chicago, IL November 14-17, 2019.
  • Irish Studies Permanent Section Panel Organizer, Chair, and Presenter: “Consuming the Nation: Bernard Shaw’s ‘War on War’ and the Militarist State.” 2018 Midwest Modern Language Association Conference, Kansas City, MO, November 15-18, 2018.
  • “Bernard Shaw and the Urbanization of Creative-Destructive Capitalism.” 2017 MLA Annual Convention, Philadelphia. January 5-8, 20-17.
  • Irish Studies Permanent Section Panel Organizer, Chair, and Respondent: “Remembering 1916: The Easter Rising and the Poetics and Politics of Memory.” 2016 Midwest Modern Language Association Conference. St. Louis, Missouri November 10-13, 2016.
  • “Dubliners and the Aesthetics of Trauma.” Anniversary Joyce. XXV International James Joyce Symposium, London, England, June 13-18, 2016.
  • “James Joyce: Memory, History, and Trauma.” 2014 Midwest Modern Language Association Conference, Detroit, MI, November 13-16, 2014.
  • 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.
  • Ph.D., English University of Southern California, 1999.
  • M.A., University of Southern California, 1992.
  • B.A. English (Hons), 1989.

My research explores the ways in which representations of the urban imaginary articulate anew the various interrelations, affiliations, and antitheses of modernity, modernism, and the modern. The modernist city is a particularly generative site for thinking about comparative notions of “planetarity” because it allows us to reconceptualize and recover the processes of transnational theoretical and material cultural exchange across national, racial, and political boundaries. The inter-play and hybridization of competing literary, theoretical, and intellectual paradigms across seemingly disparate cultural formations is central to an expanded conception of transnational modernism; moreover, the vocabulary of mobility, transformation, and exchange provided by the overlapping and shifting boundaries of region, of nation, and of location illuminate the productive possibilities of altering and manipulating categories of subject identities.

  • International Shaw Society
  • Modern Language Association
  • American Comparative Literature Association
  • International James Joyce Foundation
  • Midwest Modern Language Association

Courses Taught

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 337C: The European Novel
  • ENG 332: Contemporary Literature and Thought
  • ENG 262: European Literature
  • ENG 236: Romantics to Present
  • ENG 234WI: Introduction to Literary Analysis
  • ENG 201A: Intermediate Composition
  • ENG 134WI: Introduction to Literary Analysis
  • FYE 101: The First Year Experience

Graduate

  • ENG 569A: Seminar in Major World Writers
  • ENG 602: Introduction to Graduate English Studies
  • ENG 635D: Seminar in James Joyce
  • HUM 635: Seminar in English Literature
  • ENG 665D: Seminar in Transnational Modernism
  • HUM 797: Visions of the Modern City: An Interdisciplinary Approach