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William C. Harris

Office: DHC 009
(717) 477-1304


B.A., Amherst College (1994)
M.A., and Ph.D., The John Hopkins University (1997, 2000)

Teaching Interests: 

  • Nineteenth-Century American Literature
  • Queer Studies
  • Literary Theory
  • Early American Literature
  • Victorian Studies
  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Detective Fiction/Noir
  • Thomas Pynchon

Undergraduate Courses Taught: ENG 368 Studies in Fiction (Noir & Neo-Noir in Fiction & Film); ENG 364 Postmodernism; ENG 366 History & Structure of English; ENG 370 Queer Studies; ENG 233 American Literature I; ENG 490 Selected Topics (Thomas Pynchon & the "Long Sixties"); ENG 378 Studies in Early American Literature; ENG 250 Introduction to Literature; ENG 114 WIFYS/Academic Writing.


Featured Publications: 


Slouching Toward Gaytheism: Christianity and Queer Survival in America. Queer Politics and Culture Series. Albany: SUNY Press, 2014.

Queer Externalities: Hazardous Encounters in American Culture. Queer Politics and Cultures Series.  Albany: SUNY Press, 2009.
E Pluribus Unum: Nineteenth-Century American Literature & the Constitutional Paradox. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2005.

“‘Still Raped Over Here’: Gay Male Femininity and the Rewards of Camp Ambivalence in Richard Day’s Girls Will Be Girls.”  Journal of Homosexuality (Taylor & Francis), online 2018 (doi: 10.1080/00918369.2018.1522.810); print version forthcoming.  

“Buy Curio(u)s: Homosocial Possession and Camp Recoding of the Orientalist Objet in Richard Marsh.”  Co-authored with Dr. Dawn Vernooy.  Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies 12.1(2016).

"'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.

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

"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.

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