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Dr. Christopher Cairney

Christopher Cairney

Assistant Chair, Department of English
English

Phone: 478.934.3349
Website: http://www.cairneys.org

Locations:
  • Cochran - Jackson Hall - 201
    Phone: (478) 934-3349
Office Hours: Monday--1:00-2:00
Tuesday--8:00-9:00
Wednesday--8:30-9:30; 1:00-2:00
Thursday--8:00-9:00
Friday--8:30-11:30

Additional hours by appointment.
Courses: Current Courses: ENGL 2121 (British Literature I); ENGL 3010 (Introduction to Literary Studies); ENGL 3990 (On-Campus Internship).
Education: BA-California State University, Chico (Linguistics)
MA-California State University, Chico (Scottish and Irish Studies)
Single-Subject Teaching Credential- California State University, Chico (Language Arts)
MA-University of Missouri, Columbia (English Literature)
PhD- University of Missouri, Columbia (Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature, “The Long Eighteenth Century”)
PhD Minor Field: Colonial American Literature
PhD Outside Area: History/Anthropology
Dissertation: “The Villain Character in the Puritan World: An Ideological Study of Richardson, Radcliffe, Byron, and Arnold"
CV: Books
(1999) Clans and Families of Ireland and Scotland, an Ethnography of the Gael, 550-1750. Westminster MD: Willow Bend Books (Originally published by McFarland and Co., London).
Dissertation
(1995) “The Villain Character in the Puritan World: An Ideological Study of Richardson, Radcliffe, Byron, and Arnold," Dissertation Abstracts International 57:9 (1995): 3946A (University of Missouri). ***Listed and indexed in the MLA International Bibliography.
Chapters in Books
(2018) “Other Dragons or Dragon Others? A Cultural View of the Loch Ness Monster.” Monsters of Film, Fiction and Fable. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
(2008) "Gaelic Borderlines and Borderlands in the New Cultural Geography of Scotland.” In Re- Visioning Scotland: New Readings from the Cultural Canon. Edited by Lyndsay Lunan, Kirsty Macdonald and Carla Sassi (in the series: Anglo-Amerikanische Studien/Anglo-American studies—Rüdiger Ahrens and Kevin Cope gen. eds.). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang. ***Listed and indexed in the MLA International Bibliography.
(2008) “Joseph Conrad, ‘The Secret Sharer’ and ‘An Outpost of Progress’.” In The Blackwell Companion to the British and Irish Short Story. Ed. Cheryl Alexander Malcolm and David Malcolm. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing. ***Listed and indexed in the MLA International Bibliography.
(2005) "Benedict Kiely." In Dictionary of Literary Biography Vol 319: British and Irish Short Fiction, 1945-Present. Columbia, S. C.: Bruccoli Clark Layman. ***Listed and indexed in the MLA International Bibliography.
(2005) "Eilís Ní Dhuibhne." In Dictionary of Literary Biography Vol 319: British and Irish Short Fiction, 1945-Present. Columbia, S. C.: Bruccoli Clark Layman. ***Listed and indexed in the MLA International Bibliography.
(2005) "The Need for Strangeness: Captivity Narratives and Issues of Race and Gender in Early America" In Close Encounters of an Other Kind. Joensuu Finland: U of Joensuu P. ***Listed and indexed in the MLA International Bibliography.
(2005) "A Noble Wanderer of Europe: Traces of the Byronic in Conrad's Marlovian Texts." In Conrad’s Europe. Opole: U of Opole P. (***available online in English and Polish at www.culture.pl).
(2005) "Pushkin, Mickiewicz, and ‘The Horse of Stone’ in Nostromo.” In Nostromo: Centennial Essays. Edited by Allan H. Simmons and J.H. Stape. Amsterdam: Rodopi. ***Listed and indexed in the MLA International Bibliography.
Professional Experience: Published Proceedings
(2004) "The Bird, the Snake, and the River: Conrad's Complicated Look at Colonialism." In Joseph Conrad and His Work: Proceedings of the Tenth METU British Novelists Seminar. Ankara: British Council, 2004.
(2003) "Two Types of Evil, Two Types of Gothic: The Ideology of the Villain 'Montoni' in Ann Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho." In Evil in English Literature: Proceedings of the 23rd All-Turkey English Literature Conference. Ankara: British Council, 2003.
(2002) "The Colonizers Colonized: Structural Implications of the Arrival of the 'Honourable Lieutenant' in Orwell's Burmese Days." In George Orwell and His Work: Proceedings of the Ninth Annual METU British Novelists Seminar. Ankara: British Council, 2002.
Professional Affiliations: Session Chair:
(2004) 14th Conference on British and American Studies, 13-15 May, Timisoara, Romania. Chair, session one, British Literature.
(2004) Transatlantic Relations in a Changing Cultural Context: 9th Conference of the Bulgarian Society for British Studies, 22-24 October, Varna/Shumen, Bulgaria. Chair, session four, British Literature.
(2005) 15th Conference on British and American Studies, 18-21 May, Timisoara, Romania. Chair, session one, British Literature.
(2010) 82nd Conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, 5-7 November, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Secretary and acting Chair of the Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA) session: The Interrelation of Text and Image in Medieval Literature.
(2011) 83rd Conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, 4-6 November, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Chair of the Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA) session: The Power of Medieval Poetry in the Modern World.
(2012) 84th Conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, 9-11 November, Durham, N.C., USA. Chair of the special session: Teaching Heart of Darkness and Other Texts by Joseph Conrad: Strategies, Epiphanies, and Possibilities.
(2013) 85th Conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, 8-10 November, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Secretary of the affiliated session: Conrad and Technology.
(2014) 86th Conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, 7-9 November, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Chair of the affiliated session: Sustainable Conrad: Teaching Heart of Darkness and Other Texts by Joseph Conrad.
(2016) 88th Conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, 4-6 November, Jacksonville, Florida, USA. Co-chair of the regular, affiliated session: Whose Paradise Is It?: Bearing the “Spark” of Dystopia/Utopia in Conrad.
(2017) 15th Annual Conference of the Georgia Tutoring Association, 21 October, Middle Georgia State University, Macon, Georgia, USA. Moderator of the session: Why College Students Cannot Write and How Can Tutoring Benefit.
(2017) 89th Conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, 3-5 November, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Chair of the regular, affiliated session, Joseph Conrad Society of America: High Art/Low Art: Borders and Boundaries in Conrad’s Fiction.
(2017) 89th Conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, 3-5 November, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Chair of the Undergraduate Research Forum: Shades of the Übermensch.
Organizations: The Joseph Conrad Society of America (life member).
The South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA).
The Georgia Tutoring Association.
Awards and Honors: Recent Conference Presentations
(2012) “Turgenev's superior Homo Duplex: ‘Into’ ‘The Secret Sharer’ and ‘A Smile of Fortune’ and ‘out of’ ‘A Personal Record.’” Affiliated Session: “Conrad’s A Personal Record and Twix Land and Sea at 100.” 127th Conference of the Modern Language Association, 5-8 January, Seattle, Washington, USA.
(2013) “The Other, Othering: A Phenomenology of the Wild Man in Joseph Conrad's Under Western Eyes.” Special Session: Monsters and the Monstrous in Literature. 85th Conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, 8-10 November, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
(2014) “The Raw and the Cooked: Shades of Frankenstein and Wild Men and ‘Eating Dog’ in Conrad’s Fiction.” 40th Annual International Conference of the Joseph Conrad Society (UK), 2-6 July, Canterbury, England.
(2014) “Banishing Dragons: St. Patrick and the Oilliphéist as a type of St. Columba and the Loch Ness Monster in Celtic Christian Hagiography.” Special Session: Literary Monsters. 86th Conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, 7-9 November, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
(2015) “In other words/without words: Gain and Loss in Graphic Novel Versions of Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent and Heart of Darkness.” Regular, affiliated session, Joseph Conrad Society of America: To Make You Hear, To Make You Feel…To Make You See. 87th Conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, 13-15 November, Durham, North Carolina, USA.
(2016) “The Idea and Its Aftermath”: Charting Dystopias in Conrad’s Fiction. Regular, affiliated session, Joseph Conrad Society of America: Whose Paradise Is it? Bearing the ‘Spark’ of Dystopia/Utopia in Conrad. 88th Conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, 4-6 November, Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
(2017) “The Idea(l) and Its Aftermath: Reading Conrad in Light of/in Spite of Achebe.” At the conference: Transnational Conrad, Between Texts and Theory. University of Limoges held in conjunction with the Société Conradienne Française, 21-22 September 2017, Limoges, France.
(2017) “Marlow Watching: High Art, Low Art and Socio-Political Inversions in Heart of Darkness.” Regular, affiliated session, Joseph Conrad Society of America: High Art/Low Art: Borders and Boundaries in Conrad’s Fiction. 89th Conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, 3-5 November, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Publications: Journal Articles
(Forthcoming) “A Third Eye: Reading Conrad in Light of/in Spite of Achebe.” L'Epoque Conradienne.
(2018) “Intertextuality and Intratextuality: Does Mary Shelley ‘Sit Heavily Behind’ Conrad’s Heart of Darkness?” Culture in Focus. 1.1 (2018).
(2006) “Race Relations and Point of View in Joseph Conrad’s ‘Karain.’” British and American Studies. 12 (2006).
(2004) "Pushkin, Mickiewicz, and ‘The Horse of Stone’ in Nostromo." The Conradian. 29.2.
(2004) "Gothic Liminality." In Confluences. Vol. 24. Paris: University of Paris X- Nanterre.
(2004) "The Impossibility in Walpole's The Castle of Otranto." In Studies in English and Comparative Literature, Vol. 20. Tübingen: Stauffenburg Verlag.
(2003) "Austrian Images in the Works of James Joyce." In Studies in English and Comparative Literature, Vol. 19. Tübingen: Stauffenburg Verlag.
(1992) "'That Evil Fiddle': Scotch-Irish Folk Religion and Ethnic Boundary Maintenance in Southern Missouri." The Missouri Folklore Society Journal. 13-14 (1991-1992). ***Listed and indexed in the MLA International Bibliography.
Reviews
(2017) Review of the Academic Session The Idea and Its Aftermath: Charting Dystopias in Conrad’s Fiction. 88th Conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, 4-6 November, Jacksonville, Florida, USA. Joseph Conrad Today , vol. 42, No. 1, 2017.
(2017) Review of In the Realms of Biography, Literature, Politics, and Reception, Polish and East-Central European Joseph Conrad by Wieslaw Krajka (ed.) Joseph Conrad Today Joseph Conrad Today , vol. 42, No. 2, 2017.


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