Christian Beck

Christian Beck, Ph.D.

Biography

Christian Beck received his Ph.D. in Medieval English Literature and Cultural Studies from Binghamton University (SUNY). Christian teaches courses on British Literature, Literature of Place and Space, and Literature and Law.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Medieval English Literature and Cutlural Theory from Binghamton University (SUNY) (2010)

Research Interests

  • The history of emotions
  • Spatial theory
  • Anarchist literature and thought
  • Political Movements and activism
  • Chaucer

Recent Research Activities

Christian is currently working on a book project: Spatial Resistance: Literary and Digital Challenges to Neoliberalism


Selected Publications

Books

  • Spatial Resistance: Literary and Digital Challenges to Neoliberalism. NY: Lexington Books, 2019.

Articles/Essays

  • “Web of Resistance: Deleuzian Digital Space and Hacktivism.” Deleuze: Spaces of Change and Challenge in Journal for Cultural Research 20.
  • “Shaping Our (Medieval) Future Through Nomadic Insurgency: A Radical Reading of Ywain and Gawain.” Medievalia 36/37: A Special Issue on Medieval Futures

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
19597 ENG3014 Theories and Tech of Lit Study World Wide Web (W) Unavailable

Theories of Literature will introduce you to ways of accessing texts that will open them up to more varied and challenging readings. Although the critical and theoretical approaches we will study are often complex and daunting, by the end of the semester you will be able to recognize and apply the approaches to a variety of literary and cultural texts. The theoretical background and writing skills you acquire should increase your understanding of literature, authorship, and literary analysis. Questioning the assumptions behind our ways of reading and meaning making is an activity we engage in often, and as a result, we will have dynamic class discussions that leave nothing uncontested. We will work hard not to stereotype or marginalize critical or theoretical approaches that seem "strange" or "old-fashioned" to us.

18008 ENL2012 English Literature Ⅰ World Wide Web (W) Unavailable

This course offers a broad survey of authors, texts, and genres from the medieval period through the late eighteenth century, covering approximately 1000 years of English literature. As a survey, this class presents particular challenges, as we seek to cover a breadth of material without sacrificing depth of understanding. A wide base of knowledge, effective communication skills, and critical thinking are integral to success in virtually every discipline, both in college and beyond, and practicing these vitally important skills lays the groundwork for success in your future as you read and ponder the works of the earliest and greatest writers in the English language. To this end, it is essential that you read the assigned texts carefully.

19609 LIT3206 Place and Space in Literature World Wide Web (W) Unavailable

This course is designed to identify and analyze various uses of space and place in both literature and society. Places and spaces, as we will see, are complex matrices of ideologies, interpellation, geography, architecture, and social planning. A single space can be the intersection of various, if not conflicting, ideas; a space that is both constructed by human subjects and constructs human subjects. Think, for example, of a classroom and how it is constructed, as well as how, in turn, the classroom constructs/determines your behavior/expectations (this will be a perennial example). For the first part of the course, we will be reading and discussing theories of place and space from a variety of perspectives (i.e., Geographically, Marxist, Gender Studies, Anarchist, etc.). At which point we will turn to literature. There are three main goals to this course: 1) To identify and critically analyze the way space is utilized in literature; 2) To identify and critically analyze the way places and spaces are constructed in our society; 3) To think critically about the places and spaces of education (all levels) and how a different structure might produce improved results within critical thinking/education. To meet the goals of the last two goals, you will be asked to investigate and interact with a variety of spaces throughout the semester. These different settings and your experience of them while discussing literature will be the topic of your discussion posts.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
90528 ENL2012 English Literature Ⅰ World Wide Web (W) Unavailable

This course offers a broad survey of authors, texts, and genres from the medieval period through the late eighteenth century, covering approximately 1000 years of English literature. As a survey, this class presents particular challenges, as we seek to cover a breadth of material without sacrificing depth of understanding. A wide base of knowledge, effective communication skills, and critical thinking are integral to success in virtually every discipline, both in college and beyond, and practicing these vitally important skills lays the groundwork for success in your future as you read and ponder the works of the earliest and greatest writers in the English language. To this end, it is essential that you read the assigned texts carefully.

89491 LIT2110 World Literature Ⅰ World Wide Web (W) Unavailable

Renegades, rebels, rogues, tricksters, and the like will be the focus of this survey of early world literature. We will examine the evolution of this complicated character at various times, spaces, and places, from the Greeks to the Mayans to Shakespeare. We will investigate how these figures work within and against the prevailing ideas of their day, and what their tricks, cons, and/or challenges mean in their varied cultural contexts. Sometimes, our discussion will focus on individual characters, sometimes it may focus on authors, and sometimes the trickster element will be more implicit than explicit.

92697 LIT3206 Place and Space in Literature World Wide Web (W) Unavailable

This course is designed to identify and analyze various uses of space and place in both literature and society. Places and spaces, as we will see, are complex matrices of ideologies, interpellation, geography, architecture, and social planning. A single space can be the intersection of various, if not conflicting, ideas; a space that is both constructed by human subjects and constructs human subjects. Think, for example, of a classroom and how it is constructed, as well as how, in turn, the classroom constructs/determines your behavior/expectations (this will be a perennial example). For the first part of the course, we will be reading and discussing theories of place and space from a variety of perspectives (i.e., Geographically, Marxist, Gender Studies, Anarchist, etc.). At which point we will turn to literature. There are three main goals to this course: 1) To identify and critically analyze the way space is utilized in literature; 2) To identify and critically analyze the way places and spaces are constructed in our society; 3) To think critically about the places and spaces of education (all levels) and how a different structure might produce improved results within critical thinking/education. To meet the goals of the last two goals, you will be asked to investigate and interact with a variety of spaces throughout the semester. These different settings and your experience of them while discussing literature will be the topic of your discussion posts.

Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
60808 ENL2012 English Literature Ⅰ World Wide Web (W) A Unavailable

This course offers a broad survey of authors, texts, and genres from the medieval period through the late eighteenth century, covering approximately 1000 years of English literature. As a survey, this class presents particular challenges, as we seek to cover a breadth of material without sacrificing depth of understanding. A wide base of knowledge, effective communication skills, and critical thinking are integral to success in virtually every discipline, both in college and beyond, and practicing these vitally important skills lays the groundwork for success in your future as you read and ponder the works of the earliest and greatest writers in the English language. To this end, it is essential that you read the assigned texts carefully.

Updated: Dec 6, 2018