William C. Harris

Professor of English

Office: DHC 009
Phone: 477.1304
Email: wcharr@ship.edu

B.A., Amherst College (1994)
M.A., and Ph.D., The John Hopkins University (1997, 2000)
Research/Teaching Interests:
Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Queer Studies, Literary Theory,
Early American Literature, Victorian Studies, Contemporary Fiction,
Detective Fiction/Noir, Thomas Pynchon



Slouching Toward Gaytheism:

Christianity and Queer Survival in America

Queer Politics and Cultures Series. Albany: SUNY Press, 2014.

Queer Externalities
Queer Externalities: Hazardous Encounters in American Culture.
Queer Politics and Cultures Series. Albany: SUNY Press, 2009.

E Pluribus Unum

E Pluribus Unum: Nineteenth-Century American Literature &
the Constitutional Paradox.Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2005.


"'Orgies of Nameless Horrors': Gender, Orientalism, and the Queering of Violence in Richard Marsh's The Beetle." Co-authored with Dawn Vernooy. Papers on Language and Literature 48.4 (2012): 339-381.

"'Women Love to Have Their Own Way': Delusion, Volition, and 'Freaks' of Sight in Tabitha Tenney's Female Quixotism." Eighteenth-Century Fiction 23.3 (2011): 541-568. Reprinted in Nineteenth- Century Literary Criticism. Vol. 248. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2011.

"Broke(n)back Faggots: Hollywood Offers Queers a Hobson's Choice." Reading Brokeback Mountain: Essays on the Story and the Film. Ed. Jim Stacy. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2007.

"'In my day it used to be called a limp wrist': Flip-floppers, Nelly Boys, and Homophobic Rhetoric in the 2004 Presidential Campaign. Journal of American Culture 29.3 (2006): 278-295.

"Introduction." Proteus: A Journal of Ideas. Fall 2004.

"Queer Eye on the Prize: The Stereotypical Sodomites of Summer." The New Queer Aesthetic on Television: Essays on Recent Programming. Ed. James R. Keller and Leslie Stratyner. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2005.

"Dr. Molly Feelgood; or, How I Never Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Rubyfruit Jungle." EAPSU Online: A Journal. Fall 2004.

"In Flight from the Body: The Rise of Christian Science and the Fall of Reconstruction." Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference on Literature and the Visual Arts. Carollton, GA: State University of West Georgia, 2003.

"The Wrong Kind of Queen" (short story). M2M: New Literary Fiction.San Francisco: Attagirl Press, 2003.

"The Place of Gay and Lesbian Studies in the Quest for Diversity Education." Local Colors: Contextualizing Teaching, Reading, and Writing: EAPSU 2002 Proceedings. Slippery Rock, PA: Slippery Rock University, 2002.

"'The result desired was brought to pass': Edgar Allan Poe and the Business of Detection." EAPSU 2001: Exploring Inner Space:Proceedings. Kutztown, PA: Kutztown University, 2001.

"Whitman's Leaves of Grass and the Problem of the One and the Many." Arizona Quarterly 56.3 (2000): 29-61.

"Edgar Allan Poe's Eureka and the Poetics of Constitution." American Literary History 12.1-2 (2000): 1-40.

"Whitman's Leaves of Grass and the Writing of a New American Bible." Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 16.3-4 (1999): 172-190.

"Undifferentiated Bunnies: Setting Psychic Boundaries in the Animal Stories of Beatrix Potter, Ernest Seton, and Jack London." Victorian Review 23.1 (1997): 62-113.

"Running 'Out of Bounds': The Search for Models of Bodily and Social Conduct in Francis Parkman's The Oregon Trail." The Image of the Frontier in Literature, the Media, and Society. Ed. Will Wright and Steven Kaplan. Pueblo: University of Southern Colorado, 1997. 18-23.

Current Happenings 

February 18, 2016:  Dr. Santalucia will be reading poetry from her dynamic debut Because I Did Not Die at the Grove Spiritual Center, 6:30 p.m.   

All events are free and open to the public!