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Curriculum Vitae


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 (forthcoming, Ohio State University Press)
    • "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

 

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