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    William Joseph Taylor

    Assistant Professor


    Department of English, Morton Hall

    University of Alabama in Huntsville

    Morton Hall Room 222

    Huntsville, AL 35899


    E-mail: joseph.taylor@uah.edu

    Homepage: https://sites.google.com/a/uah.edu/joseph-taylor/home

     

    Education

    PhD in Medieval and Renaissance Literature, December 2009, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

            Dissertation Committee: Elizabeth Scala (co-chair), Daniel Birkholz (co-chair), Mary Blockely, Marjorie Curry Woods, Geraldine Heng

    M.A. in English Literature, May 2004, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

    B.A. in English, December 1999, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

            Study Abroad, University of Brighton and University of Edinburgh (UK), Summer 1999

    B.A. in History, December 1999, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

     

    Publications

    • The Politics of Ecology: Land, Life, and Law in Medieval Britain, co-edited with Randy P. Schiff (under review)
      • "Introduction: From Forest to City: Ecocriticism and Biopolitics" in The Politics of Ecology
      •  "Sovereign Ecologies: Securing the Royal Flesh in Anglo-Norman Historiography" in The Politics of Ecology
    • Review of Lynn Staley, The Island Garden: England's Language of Nation from Gildas to Marvell. University of Notre Dame Press, 2012. (submitted to JEGP)

     

    Presentations and Conference Papers


    "Arthur's Biopolitical Milieu: Waterways and Conquest in Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia." MLA Convention. Chicago, IL, January 2014.


    “Through the Strait Gait of the Medieval Stage: Northern Messianism and the Townley Cycle.” Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy

    of America. Knoxville, TN. April 2013.


    Session Organizer, "The Bare Life of the Greenwood: A Roundtable" (Ecologies Thread). Biennial New Chaucer Society Congress. Portland, OR, July 2012


    "Work Like the Devil: Redemptive Neighborhoods in Chaucer's Friar's Tale" (To Further a Political Theology of the Neighbor). Biennial New Chaucer Society Congress. Portland OR, July 2012.


    ""'Kyll or sley, or laye adoune': Sovereign Misrule and Border Biopolitics in the Northern Gawain Romances." International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, MI, May 2011


    “Speaking of Chaucer.” English Author Tea Event, Huntsville Literary Association. Huntsville, AL, February 2011.


    “Macbeth Among the Animals.” Pre-Show Lecture for American Shakespeare performance of Macbeth. Huntsville, AL, January 2011.


    “Revulsion, Resistance, and Refiguring “The North” in the Medieval Literature of the Scottish Border.” MLA Convention. Los Angeles, CA, January 2011


    “Smashing the North’s Face: William of Malmesbury and the Ethics of Nationhood.” MLA Convention. San Francisco, CA, December 2008


    “Collapsing Spaces and the Uncanny North in Chaucer’s Reeve’s Tale.” Biennial New Chaucer Society Congress. Swansea, Wales, UK, July 2008


    “‘A myle brood of twenty foot of space’: Physical and Social Space in Fragment I of the Canterbury Tales.” Biennial New Chaucer Society Congress. New York, NY, July 2006


    “The Rhetoric of the Troilus: Chaucer's Truths About Language and Their Applications in Modern Pedagogy.” SAMLA Convention. Atlanta, GA, November 2003


    “Chaucer and Pandarus: The Introverted Author's Self-Embodiment.” Southeastern Medieval Association Annual Conference. Fayetteville, AR, October 2003


    “The Filtration of the Trojan Narrative in Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde.” International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, MI, May 2003.

     

    Courses (as instructor of record)


    University of Alabama in Huntsville


    English 101 and 102: Freshman Composition


    English 105: Freshman Honors Composition


    English 205: British Literature I


    English 207:  Readings in Literature and Culture I


    English 250: Honors World Literature I Seminar


    English 305: Introduction to the English Major


    English 408 and 508 (Undergraduate/Graduate): History of the English Language


    English 450: Chaucer (Undergraduate)


    English 451 and 551 (Undergraduate/Graduate): Middle English Literature


    English 649 Special Topics: Medieval Monsters (Graduate Seminar)


    English 650: Chaucer (Graduate Seminar)

     


    University of Texas at Austin


    English 314L: Introduction to Literary Studies, Fall 2007


    English 316K: Masterworks of British Literature, Spring 2007


    Rhetoric 310: Intermediate Expository Writing, Spring 2008


    Rhetoric 309S: Critical and Persuasive Writing, Summer 2006


    Rhetoric 309S. Liberal Arts Honors, Fall 2009


    Rhetoric 309L: The Writing Process, Fall 2005


    Rhetoric 309K: Topics in Writing: The Rhetoric of the Outsider, Fall 2005, Spring 2006


    Rhetoric 306: First-Year Writing, Fall 2004, Spring 2005, Summer 2005 

     


    (As TA) E316: Masterworks of World Literature, Summer 2009          

             


    Virginia Tech


    English 1105: Freshman Writing Component, Cultural Embedding and the Primitive Cool,


    Fall 2003


    English 1105: Freshman Writing Component, Critical Literacy, Fall 2002


    English 1106: Freshman Literature Component, Madness and Ethics: Literature and


    Writing, Spring 2004


    English 1106: Freshman Literature Component, Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters-Writing


    Through Cross-Cultural Contact, Spring 2003

     


    Fellowships, Grants and Awards


    Library Enhancement Grant for Medieval Literature and Criticism $3, 360- University of


                Alabama in Huntsville Humanities Center, Dec. 2011.

    Library Enhancement Grant for Medieval Literature and Criticism $1,257- University of


                Alabama in Huntsville Humanities Center, Dec. 2010.


    Faculty Travel Grant $900– University of Alabama in Huntsville Humanities Center


    Doctoral Fellowship, Graduate School, University of Texas at Austin, 2008-2009


    Maxine Hairston Prize for Teaching Excellence, Department of Rhetoric and Writing,


    University of Texas at Austin, 2006-2007


    Martin Crow Fellowship Award for Chaucer Studies, Department of English, University of


    Texas at Austin, 2005-2006


    Carolyn Pace Chermside Award for Best Master’s Thesis, Department of English, Virginia


    Tech, May 2004


    Professional Development Award, Office of Graduate Studies, University of Texas at Austin,


    Spring 2009


    Professional Development Award, Department of English, University of Texas at Austin,


    Summer 2008


    Professional Development Award- Department of English, University of Texas at Austin,


    Fall 2006


    Travel Award, Department of English, Virginia Tech, Spring 2003


    Travel Award, Department of English, Virginia Tech, Fall 2003


    Travel Fund Award, Graduate Student Assembly, Virginia Tech, Spring 2003

     


    Departmental and Related Positions


    University of Alabama in Huntsville


    Assistant Professor, Jan 2010-present


                Composition Committee (2010-present)


                Hiring Committee (for Assistant Professor in Early-Modern/Dramatic Literature), 2010

               

                Faculty Sponsor, Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor's Society


    University of Texas at Austin


    Co-author of the current Department of English Graduate Student Handbook


                (online: www.utexas.edu/cola/depts/english/graduate/orientation/index.html)


    Assistant Director, Department of Rhetoric and Writing, 2006-2008


    Member, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, 2006-2007


    Member, RHE 306 Text Selection Committee, 2006-2008


    Co-Organizer, First-Year Forum Speaker Series, Lawrence Lessig, author of Free


    Culture, February 2007; Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The Devil’s Highway, April


    2008


    Organizer and Co-lecturer, EXPLORE UT: Community Open House of UT-Austin,


    Rhetoric Seminar, “Representing Yourself on MySpace and Facebook,” March 2008


    Assistant Instructor, Department of English, 2006-2007


    Assistant Instructor, Computer Writing and Research Lab, 2005-2006, Fall 2009


    Assistant Instructor, Department of Rhetoric and Writing, 2004-2005, 2007-2008


    Research Assistant, Dr. Marjorie Curry Woods, 2005-2006


    Research Assistant, Dr. Jacqueline Henkel, History of the English Language Web Annotated


    Bibliography (available online at http://slatin2.cwrl.utexas.edu/~taylor/HEL.htm), Summer 2005


    Graduate Student Representative, Graduate Programs Committee, Department of English,


    2007-2008


    Graduate Student Representative, Hiring Committee (for Assistant Professor in Language-


    Linguistics), Department of English, 2006-2007


    Consultant, Undergraduate Writing Center, 2004-2005


    Proctor, Computer Writing and Research Lab, Department of Rhetoric and Writing, 2005-


    2006, Fall 2009

     


    Virginia Tech


    Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of English, 2002-2004


    Consultant, University Writing Center, Fall 2003


    Graduate Student Mentor, Department of English, 2003-2004


    Department of English Representative, Virginia Tech Graduate Student Assembly, 2002-


    2004


    Co-coordinator, English Graduate Student Conference of Virginia Tech, 2004 and 2004


    Budget Director, English Graduate Student Conference of Virginia Tech, April 2003


     

    Membership in Academic Societies


    Modern Language Association


    New Chaucer Society


    Medieval Academy of America