Christopher Coffman

C CoffmanSenior Lecturer, Humanities

Education:

BA English and Psychology, Franklin and Marshall College
MA English Language and Literature, The Catholic University of America
PhD English Language and Literature, The Catholic University of America

Teaching interests: Literature, film, philosophy and rhetoric

Research interests: Contemporary American fiction and poetry; William T. Vollmann; Thomas Pynchon; James Merrill

Selected publications:

Book

William T. Vollmann: A Critical Companion. U of Delaware P, 2015. (co-edited with Daniel Lukes)

Framing Films: Critical Perspectives on Film History. Kendall, 2009. (co-edited with Natalie McKnight, Cheryl Boots, and Christopher Fahy)

Articles

“Introduction: Lonely Atoms.” William T. Vollmann: A Critical Companion, edited by Christopher K. Coffman and Daniel Lukes, U of Delaware P, 2015, pp. 1–21.

Postmodern Sacrality and Inherent Vice.” Pynchon’s California, edited by Scott McClintock and John Miller, U of Iowa P, 2014, pp. 165–180.

“Tradition and Critique in Paul Muldoon’s ‘Madoc: A Mystery.’” Irish Studies Review, vol. 22, no. 4, 2014, pp. 432–449.

“Toward a Structural Stylistics of Exhibition: Space, Rhetoric, and Institutional Legitimization.” JAC, vol. 32, no. 1–2, 2012, pp. 251–278.

“Bogomilism, Orphism, Shamanism: The Spiritual and Spatial Grounds of Against the Day’s Ecological Ethic.” Pynchon’s Against the Day: A Corrupted Pilgrim’s Guide, edited by Christopher Leise and Jeffrey Severs, U of Delaware P, 2011, pp. 91–114.

“Barth contra Joyce: Metafiction, Social Satire, and LETTERS.” Critical Engagements 3.2 (2009): 215-39. Print.

“‘Swann’s Way. Basic Training’: Interpretation in James Merrill’s Late Collections and À la recherche du temps perdu.” Comparative Literature 61.4 (2009): 400-15. Print.

“Taming Paranoia: Underground Cinema and the Domestication of the Political Thriller in McElroy, DeLillo, Wallace, and Danielewski.” Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture 42.3-4 (2009): 119-43. Print.

Conference presentations and campus talks

“Love, Death, and Documents: Horror fiction and le mal d’archive,” Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, University of Connecticut, 03/2016

“Haunted Reportage: Vollmann’s Ugly American and Journalistic Exception,” Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, University of Connecticut, 03/2016

Introduction and Response, “Transgression in the Fictional World of William Vollmann,” by Qian Cheng, Boston University, 02/2016

“William T. Vollmann and American Literature after Postmodernism,” Boston University, 02/2015

“Looking with Vollmann: Affect, Intention, Transformation,” Modern Language Association Convention, Chicago, IL, 01/2014

“Picturing William T. Vollmann’s Imperial,” Annual Conference of the American Literature Association, Boston, MA, 05/2013

“Metamorphosis as Historiography: Ovid and Vollmann,” Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, Tufts University, MA, 03/2013

“The Self-Study Committee: Assessing Boston University’s College of General Studies Program from the Inside Out,” American Association of Colleges and Universities: Network for Academic Renewal Conference: General Education and Assessment: A Sea Change in Student Learning, Boston, MA, 02–03/2013 (with Davida Pines and Kathleen Vandenberg)

“Chasing the Abject with Coover and Vollmann,” Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, St. John Fisher College, NY, 03/2012

“Postmodern Sacrality and Paranoiac Epistemology in Thomas Pynchon’s Detective Fiction,” American Literature Association Symposium: Mysterious America: Crime Fiction in American Culture, Georgia Southern University, GA, 09/2011

“Critical Hermeneutics, Weak Theology, and Autobiographical Prolepsis: William T. Vollmann’s Moral Calculus and Symbolic History,” Modern Language Association Convention, Los Angeles, CA, 01/2011

Other professional activity and/or awards:

External Reviewer for Irish Studies Review, Routledge, Lehigh UP, Orbit: Writing around Pynchon

Book Reviews Editor & Editorial Board Member, Impact: The Journal of the Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning, 2011–

Faculty Affiliate, Institute for the Study of Irish Culture, 2012–

External Reviewer, Lehigh University Press, 2013.

Peer Reviewer, Orbit: Writing Around Pynchon, 2011-2013.

Peer Reviewer, Plenum: The South Carolina State University Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 2010-2013.

Organizer (with Magdalena Mączyńska), “Seeking a Postmodern God: Representations of the Absent Center in Contemporary Writing” Panel, Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, McGill University, Canada, April 2010.

Chair, “American Modernism and Loss” Panel, Annual Conference of the American Literature Association, Boston, MA, May 2009.

Chair, “Contemporary Fiction” Panel, Annual Conference of the American Literature Association, Boston, MA, May 2009.

Organizer and Chair (with Antonio Barrenechea), “Colonial Contexts / Contemporary Texts: Rewriting the Americas” Seminar, Global Languages, Local Cultures: Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, Harvard University, MA, March 2009.