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William M. Hall

PhD Candidate University of California, Santa Barbara

Department of English                                                                                       768 Cypress Walk, Apt. B
2607 South Hall                                                                                                   Goleta, CA 93117
Unversity of California, Santa Barbara                                                       (805) 893-1384
Santa Barbara, CA 93106                                                                                 billy_hall@umail.ucsb.edu

Academic Appointment

Early Modern Center Fellow, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2009-2010

Education

Ph.D., English Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara (expected June 2010)
M.A., English Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2004
M.A., English Literature, Brigham Young University, 2003
B.A., English Literature with a minor in Philosophy, Brigham Young University, 2001
A.S. Firefighter 1 and EMT, Oxnard College of Fire Science and Technology, 1998
A.A., Moorpark College, 1993

Dissertation

The Enlightenment Engine: Aesthetics, Technology, and Pure Poetry in the Long Eighteenth Century
Committee: Alan Liu and William Warner (co-chairs), Elizabeth Cook, Matthew Wickman

Research Interests

Long Eighteenth-Century British Literature                                   Enlightenment Studies
Romanticism                                                                                                History and theories of Technology
Literary and Critical Theory                                                                  Interdisciplinary Literary Studies
Intellectual History                                                                                   History of Aesthetics
Media Studies

Publications

“Techno-Collins: From Visionary Poetics to the Visual Rhetoric of ‘Pure Poetry’ in the Enlightenment” English Literary History (under submission)

“Re-imagining Eighteenth-Century Aesthetics: Forms of Knowledge in Burke, Kant, and de Man” Eighteenth-Century Theory and Interpretation (under submission)

Conferences

“Aesthetic Knowledge: Epistemological Anxiety in William Collins’ ‘Manners: An Ode’” American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Albuquerque, NM, 2010

“Aesthetic Resistance: The Philosophy of Technology and Poetic Things in the Eighteenth Century” American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Portland, OR, 2008.

“Modeling, Simulating, and Mediating: Poetic Technology for Distance Reading Poetry,” roundtable titled “On the Screen and On the Page:  Poetry, Canonicity, Technology” American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Portland, OR, 2008.

Respondent to Maureen Quilligan’s “Rereading the Black Legend: Racing the Atlantic Slave Trade” and Lynn Festa’s “Kin, Kind, Slave: Human Difference and Anti-slavery Discourse in Eighteenth-Century Britain” at the UCSB 2007 Fall Colloquium to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the British Abolition of the Slave Trade.

“‘O Lovely Queen of Mirth and Ease’: Health, Imagination, and Poetic Bodies in the ‘School of Milton,’” American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Atlanta, GA, 2007.

“The Specter of Eighteenth-Century Aesthetics in Paul de Man” Consortium for Literature, Theory, and Culture, Santa Barbara, CA, 2006

“Eighteenth-Century Avant-Garde?” Brigham Young University Graduate Student Symposium, Provo, UT, 2003.

“Gothic Experience and Sublime Returns,” Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Huntington Library, CA, 2003.

“Black Aesthetics/White Aesthetics: The Negative Dialectics of ‘Jes Grew’ in Ishmael Reed,” West Virginia University Colloquium on Race and Racism in Literature and Film, Morgantown, WV 2002.

“A Return to de Man’s Retreat from Burke,” Brigham Young University Graduate Student Symposium, Provo, UT, 2002.

“Paul de Man’s Retreat from Burke,” Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Chapman University, Orange, CA, 2002.

Guest Lectures

“The Logic of Feeling in William Collins’ “Ode to Fear” and “Ode to Evening,” UCSB English 102 Early American and British Literature, 2008.

“Secular Beauty: Hogarth’s Analysis of Beauty at work in “Marriage a-la-Mode,'” UCSB English 102 Early American and British Literature, 2004.

“Adorno through Beckett: Post-traumatic Humor and the Possibilities of Poetry,” UCSB English 104B British Lit. 1900 to Present, 2003.

“Derridian Deconstruction and Western Ontology,” BYU Eng. 666: Late 20th Century American Literature, 2003.

Conference Organization

Early Modern Center Conference, Chair: “Limits of the Human,” 2010
Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Conference, Committee: Limits of Knowledge,” 2008
Early Modern Center Conference, Co-Chair: “Science and Technology,” 2007
Brigham Young University Graduate Student Symposium, Co-Chair, 2003

Fellowships, Awards & Honors

Graduate Division Dissertation Fellowship, UCSB, 2009
Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, UCSB, 2008-2009
Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Graduate Collaboration Project Award UCSB, 2008
Brigham Young University Summer Teaching Fellow, BYU, 2008
William and Marjorie Frost Memorial Award for Scholarly Writing, UCSB, 2005
Yvonne Gartrell Memorial Scholarship, UCSB, 2003
Ed M. and Minnie Berry Rowe Award for Excellence in Teaching at Brigham Young University, BYU, 2001

Teaching Interests

Long Eighteenth-Century British Literature                                    Interdisciplinary Literary and Cultural Studies
Romanticism                                                                                           Media Studies and Visual Rhetoric
Literary Genres, esp. poetry                                                                 History and Theories of Technology
Critical and Literary Theory                                                                 Enlightenment Science and Aesthetics
Literary and Intellectual History

Teaching: UCSB

Teaching Associate: duties include sole responsibility for course design, lecture, and grading

English 165: Limits of the Human (team-taught with Professor Ken Hiltner in Winter 2010)

English 10: The Science and Technology of Literature in the Early Modern Period (Spring 2008)

English 102: Enlightenment Information: Science, Technology and Literature from 1650-1789 (UCSB Off Campus Ventura/Santa Maria Winter 2008)

  • Experimental undergraduate survey of British and American Literature 1650-1789 taught in person and via closed circuit television
  • UCSB’s Second Life Classroom and a course blog: http://wintereng102.wordpress.com

English 102: What is Enlightenment?: 1650-1789 (Summer 2007)

English 10 EMC: What makes a Public public?: British Literature from 1660-1789 (Fall 2006)

English 10 Why Read Literature? (Summer 2006)

English 10 EMC: Pop Culture in the “Long” Eighteenth Century (Fall 2005)

English 102: The Literature of Enlightenment: 1650-1789 (Summer 2005)

  • Undergraduate survey of British and American Literature 1650-1789

Writing 2: Introduction to College Writing (Fall 2008, Spring 2006, 2004-2005)

  • Five iterations of introduction to writing in the physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

Teaching Assistant: duties included leading discussion sections and grading

English 116B: New Testament, with Prof. Michael O’Connell
English 105 B: Later Shakespeare, with Prof. Michael O’Connell
English 102 A&B, Early American and British Literature, with Prof. Elizabeth Cook
English 133 SO, Southern American Writers, with Prof. Candice Waid
English 103 B, British Literature from 1780 to 1900, with Prof. Julie Carlson
English 104 B, Anglophone Literature from 1900 to Present, with Prof. Enda Duffy

Teaching: Brigham Young University

Teaching Fellow and Composition Instructor: duties include sole responsibility for course design, lecture, and grading

English 291: British Literary History I (Summer 2008)

  • Undergraduate survey course designed to introduce students to the “development of ideas, movements, genres, and styles” in literature from the Middle Ages to the end of the early modern period.
  • Course blog: http://byusummer291.wordpress.com/

English 236: Masterpieces of British Literature (Summer 2008)

  • Undergraduate survey course covering British literature from Caedmon’s Hymn to Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
  • Course blog: http://byusummer236.wordpress.com/

English 115: Introduction to College Writing (2001-2003)

  • Taught nine sections of composition based on a writing across the curriculum program with emphasis on personal essays, collaborative research writing, and textual analysis
  • Also acted as mentor within a larger academic group of incoming freshman in the university’s “Freshman Academy”

Teaching: Brigham Young University, Hawaii

English 101: Individuals and Communities: Imagining a World Literature (Summer 2004)

  • Planned and developed an introduction to literature course that centered on world literature and the concepts of “individual” and the “community”

Technical Skills

As UCSB’s Early Modern Center fellow I collaborate with faculty teaching in the early modern period to develop and facilitate instructional technology. The following digital tools are also integral to my research and teaching:

  • PBWiki, WordPress, Blogspot
  • Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Flash, and iMovie and an array of free web-based applications.
  • Deamweaver, HTML, and CSS programming

Professional Affiliations

Modern Language Association
American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies

References

Professor Alan Liu, Department of English, UCSB; ayliu@english.ucsb.edu
Professor William B. Warner, Department of English, UCSB; warner@english.ucsb.edu
Professor Elizabeth Heckendorn Cook, Department of English, UCSB;
ecook@english.ucsb.edu
Professor Matthew F. Wickman, Department of English, BYU; matthew_wickman@byu.edu
Professor Enda Duffy, Department of English, UCSB; duffy@english.ucsb.edu

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