1. Mud Song by Terry Thaxton
  2. Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
  3. Everyday Chica by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
  4. The Night We Set the Dead Kid on Fire by Ephraim
  5. Oye What I'm Gonna Tell You by Milanés
Department of English Graduate Programs
James Campbell

James Campbell, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. in English from University of Notre Dame (1996)

Research Interests

British and Irish Literature since 1885, War and Literature, Sexuality Theory, Science Fiction

Selected Publications


  • Oscar Wilde, Wilfred Owen, and Male Desire: Begotten, Not Made. Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 


  • “Fear of a Stupid Planet: Sexuality, SF, and Kornbluth’s ‘The Marching Morons.’” Extrapolation 55 (2014): 51-74.    
  • “See-Thru Desire and the Dream of Gay Marriage: Joe Orton’s Entertaining Mr. Sloane on Stage and Screen.” Modern British Drama on Screen. Ed. R. Barton Palmer and William Robert Bray. Cambridge University Press, 2013. 145-68. 
  • “Sexual Gnosticism: The Procreative Code of ‘The Portrait of Mr. W. H.’” Wilde Discoveries: Traditions, Histories, Archives. Ed. Joseph Bristow. University of Toronto Press, 2013. 169-89.    
  • “Kill the Bugger: Ender’s Game and the Question of Heteronormativity.” Science Fiction Studies 36.3 (2009): 490-507. 
  • "Just Less than Total War: Simulating World War II as Ludic Nostalgia." Playing the Past: History and Nostalgia in Video Games. Ed. Zach Whalen and Laurie N. Taylor. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2008. 183-200.
  • “Interpreting the War.” The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the First World War. Ed. Vincent Sherry. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. 261-79.
  • “Combat Gnosticism: The Ideology of First World War Poetry Criticism.” NLH: New Literary History 30.1 (1999): 203-16.
  • “‘For You May Touch Them Not’: Misogyny, Homosexuality, and the Ethics of Passivity in First World War Poetry.” ELH: English Literary History 64.3 (1997): 823-42.
  • “Enforced Aphasia: Language, Violence and Silence in Christopher Logue’s Homeric Poetry.” LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory 7.4 (1997): 283-300.
  • “Coming Home: Difference and Reconciliation in Narratives of Return to ‘the World.’” The United States and Viet Nam from War to Peace. Ed. Robert M. Slabey. McFarland and Company, 1996: 198-207.


Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
11308 ENG6078 Contemp Movements Lct Theory Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) Th 07:30 PM - 09:20 PM Not Online

The course is designed to provide an overview of recent trends in theoretical approaches to literary and cultural studies. “Recent” is defined in the class as following New Criticism, although New Criticism itself will also be covered. In order to contextualize this material properly, however, we will visit several texts from the 19th and early 20th centuries, specifically excerpts from Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud.

After investigations of New Criticism, structuralism, and poststructuralism, the class will divide more recent trends into the two umbrella concerns of history and gender/sexuality. 

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Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
61369 LIT6936 Studies in Lct Theory World Wide Web (W) C Not Online

LIT 6936

Dr. Campbell

Biblical Hermeneutics

As Terry Eagleton and Gauri Viswanathan have pointed out in very different contexts, the history of “English” as an academic discourse is not a very long one. The interpretation of text, however, does have a very long history, and certainly one of the texts with the longest interpretive histories is the Bible. This class will work toward understanding the complexity of biblical hermeneutics by stressing two different approaches. We will look at modern hermeneutics, by which I mean the Enlightenment-inspired approach that considers the Bible as a historically produced anthology of texts, and at ancient hermeneutics, by which I mean interpretive styles dating back to the ancient world that assume the Bible is a unified text with an overall coherent message.

Throughout the class, our purpose will be not only to understand different traditions of biblical interpretation, but also to think carefully about how these traditions affect the way we read literature. In other words, in what ways is hermeneutics in general affected by the history of specifically biblical hermeneutics?

The course does not presume intimate knowledge of the Bible.

Required texts include The New Oxford Annotated Bible (4th ed.), William Yarchin’s anthology History of Biblical Interpretation, and several supplemental pdfs. Access to a different biblical translation from the NRSV that is contained in the NOAB will be very useful for students.

Updated: Dec 6, 2018

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