WILLIAM H. MAJOR
    Department of English
    Hillyer College
    University of Hartford
    200 Bloomfield Avenue
    West Hartford, Connecticut 06117
    Phone:  (860) 768-4935
    Email: major@mail.hartford.edu
 

EDUCATION
1997
Ph.D. English, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, with concentration in nineteenth-century American literature and nineteenth- and twentieth-century autobiography, especially the illness narrative; minor in American studies; December 1997

1990
M.A. English, Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey, May 1990

1988
B.A. English with distinction, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, May 1988

DISSERTATION
Contingent Selves:  The Illness Narrative in American Autobiography
Director:  Paul John Eakin
Readers:  Ray Hedin, Cary Wolfe, John Woodcock

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2000-2002 Assistant Professor of English, Hillyer College, University of Hartford, West Hartford, Connecticut
    First-Year Composition
    First-Year Composition and Introduction to American Literature
    Advanced Composition

2002          College of Arts and Sciences, University of Hartford, West Hartford, Connecticut
    Nineteenth-Century American Literature (American Renaissance)

1998-2000 Assistant Professor of English, Louisiana State University at Eunice, Eunice, Louisiana
    African American Literature
    Introduction to Fiction
    American Literature II:  1865 to Present
    American Literature I:  Colonial to 1865
    First-Year Composition
    Composition and Literature
    Developmental English
    Coordinator of Humanities Writing Lab
    Student Advising

1997-1998  Adjunct Instructor, Department of English, Prince George’s Community College, Largo, Maryland
    Introduction to Literature
    First-Year Composition
    Computer-Assisted Composition

1997  Lecturer, Department of English, Montgomery College, Rockville, Maryland
    First-Year Composition

1991-1995 Associate Instructor, Department of English, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
    Nineteenth-Century American Literature (American Renaissance)
    Recent Writing
    Science and Literature
    Composition
    Business/Technical Writing

1992-1993 American Top Universities Program, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
    Malaysian ESL students

1989-1990 Teaching Assistant, Department of History, Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey
    Intellectual Heritage: 1750-1950

PUBLICATIONS
Articles

    "Aesthetics and Social Critique in Anatole Broyard’s Intoxicated by My Illness." JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory. 32.1 (2002): 97-121.

    "Audre Lorde’s Cancer Journals: Autopathography as Resistance." Mosaic:  A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature. 35.2 (2002): 39-56.

    "Civil War Memoirs in the Age of Confession: Washington Augustus Roebling’s Operations of the 5th Corps in 1864." Mickle Street Review: A Journal of Whitman and American Studies. 14 (2001):  http://micklestreet.rutgers.edu/

    '"This Is . . . Not My Autobiography': The Paralyzed Body and Cultural Critique in Robert Murphy’s The Body Silent." a/b:  Auto/Biography Studies. 14.2 (1999): 241-253. [published winter 2001]

    '"some vital unseen presence':  The Practice of Nature in Walt Whitman’s Specimen Days." ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 7.1 (2000): 79-96.

    "Oliver Sacks, The Embodied Mind, and the Value of Desire."  Arizona Quarterly 55 (1999): 83-106.

Poetry
    Louisiana Review, Summer 2000.
    Louisiana Review, Summer 1999.
    Modern Language Association Newsletter, Fall 1998.

CONFERENCE PAPERS ACCEPTED AND PRESENTED
    “Demystifying Medical Rhetoric:  Audre Lorde’s Cancer Journals,” South Central Modern Language Association, San Antonio, Texas, November 9-11, 2000.

    “Tim O’Brien’s and Robert Olen Butler’s Ghostly Narratives,” American Culture Association/Popular Culture Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 19-22, 2000.

    “Romanticism, Poststructuralism, and the Illness Narrative,” South Central Modern Language Association, Memphis, Tennessee, October 28-30, 1999.

    “Oliver Sacks, The Embodied Mind, and the Value of Desire,” Society for Literature and Science, Gainesville, Florida, November 5-8, 1998.

    “Nineteenth-Century Therapeutics and the Practice of Nature:  Walt Whitman’s Specimen Days,” American Conference on Romanticism, Athens, Georgia, January 22-25, 1998.

    “The Technology of Disability and the Promise of Resistance:  Robert Murphy’s The Body Silent,” Society for Literature and Science, Atlanta, Georgia, October 10-13, 1996.

    “Challenging the Discourse of Biomedicine:  Anatole Broyard and Audre Lorde,” Society for Literature and Science, Los Angeles, California, November 2-5, 1995.

    “Absence Writing Presence:  Frederick Douglass’s Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass,” Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies, Dallas, Texas, October 5-8, 1995.

    “Romancing Pathology:  Anatole Broyard’s Intoxicated By My Illness,” American Conference on
Romanticism, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, September 21-24, 1995.

    “Diagnosing the Subject:  Narrative and Pathology,” Engendering Conversations:  An
Interdisciplinary Forum, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, April 1, 1995.

INVITED LECTURES AND READINGS
    “Of Beaches, Death, and Sex,” Poetry Reading, Louisiana State University at Eunice, Eunice, Louisiana, October 16, 1998.

    “‘I’ in the Nineties:  The Subject Re-Examined,” A Colloquium on Life-Writing, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, February 18, 1995.

    “Biomedicine and Autobiography:  Two Cancer Narratives,” Continuing Education Program, Aspen Systems Corporation/National Cancer Institute, Rockville, Maryland, November 1, 1995.

TEACHING AND RESEARCH  INTERESTS
    American literature and culture
    African American literature
    Ecocriticism
    Autobiography
    Literature of the Vietnam War
    Composition/Rhetoric

ACADEMIC AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
Hillyer College, University of Hartford
    2001-2002 Promotion and Tenure Committee
    2001-2002 Academic Standing Committee
    2000-2001 Faculty Search Committee, Department of English
    2000-2001 Composition Textbook Committee, Department of English

Louisiana State University at Eunice, Eunice, Louisiana
    1999-2000 Chair, Task Force on Developmental Studies
    1999-2000 Search Committee, Division Head of Liberal Arts
    1999-2000 Workload and Compensation Ad hoc Committee
    1999-2000 Academic Advising Training Program
    1999-2000 Facilities Planning Committee
    1999-2000 Initiated recycling program in Liberal Arts Department to benefit Eunice Elementary School
    1999 Career Day, Notre Dame High School, Crowley, Louisiana.
    1999 LSUE English Teachers’ Workshop

Rutgers University-Camden, Camden, New Jersey
    1990     Whitman Studies Conference Organizing Effort: “Walt Whitman’s Camden”
    1989      Whitman Studies Conference Organizing Effort: “Whitman and the Visual Arts”

HONORS AND AWARDS
    1989-1990 Walt Whitman Fellowship, Walt Whitman Association, Camden,
                        New Jersey.
    1988-1990 Campbell Scholarship, Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
    1999-present     American Culture Association
    1998-present     South Central Modern Language Association
    1998-present     Association for the Study of Literature and Environment
    1995-present     The Autobiography Society
    1995-1999           Society for Literature and Science
    1991-present     Modern Language Association