Christopher Beyers, Ph.D.

Professor of English


Education

  • Ph.D. in English - University of Kentucky, 1996.  Dissertation:  Allegories of Form and the Genres of Free Verse
  • M. A. in English - University of Kentucky, 1990.  Thesis: Stevens and Music
  • B. A. in English -McDaniel College, 1984

Undergraduate Courses Taught

  • LIT 140 Introduction to Literature
  • LIT 140H Honors Introduction to Literature
  • ENG 130 English Composition
  • ENG 130H Honors English Composition
  • ENG 220  Approaches to Interpretation
  • ENG 231  Introduction to Poetry
  • ENG 223  Survey of American Literature
  • ENG 263  Children’s Literature
  • HON 300  Junior Research Seminar
  • ENG 360  Romanticism
  • ENG 360H  Honors Romanticism
  • ENG 371  The Twenties
  • ENG 378  Special Topics:  WW I Poets
  • ENG 382  19th-Century American Poetry
  • ENG 385  Contemporary American Poetry
  • ENG 387  Survey of African American Literature
  • ENG 389  Special Topics:  Blues Literature
  • ENG 389  Special Topics:  Early Modernism
  • ENG 389  Special Topics:  Edgar Allan Poe
  • ENG 393  Contemporary Women’s Poetry
  • ENG 410  Workshop: Teaching of English
  • ENG 411  Seminar: The Auden Group
  • ENG 411  Seminar: Confessional Poetry
  • ENG 412  Seminar:  Poe
  • ENG 415  Seminar: Yeats and Company

Research Interests

  • Poetry and poetics
  • Modernism
  • 18th Century Anglo-American belles lettres
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • American literature

 

Publications & Editorships

Books

  • The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens.  Corrected edition.  Edited with John Serio.  NY: Random House, 2015.        
  • A History of Free Verse. Fayetteville: U of Arkansas P, 2001.

Chapters

  • “Stevens’ Library.”  Wallace Stevens in Context.  Ed. Glen MacLeod.  Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2017.  131-39.
  • “Modern Poetry.”  The History of Virginia Literature.  Cambridge:  Cambridge UP, 2015.  362-75.
  • “Byron.”  Edgar Allan Poe in Context.  Ed. Kevin J. Hayes. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2012.  251-59.
  • “Naturalism and Poetry.” The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Naturalism. Ed. Keith Newlin.  Oxford UP, 2011.   445-62.
  • “Doch--Alles, was dazu mich trieb / Gott! war so gut! ach war so lieb”:  Pleasure and Obligation in Faust.”  Who Are We? Old, New, and Timeless Answers from Core Texts.  Eds. Robert D. Anderson, Molly B. Flynn and J. Scott Lee.  Lanham, MD: UP of America, 2011.  132-36.      
  • “Augustan American Verse.” The Oxford Handbook of Early American Literature. Ed. Kevin J. Hayes. Oxford UP, 2008. 189-214.
  • “Race, Power, and Sociability in Alexander Hamilton's Records of the

            Tuesday Club.”  Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800. Vol. 150.  Eds. Thomas J.           Schoenberg, Thomas J., and Lawrence J. Trudeau. Farmington Hills, MI; Gale, 2008.            187-197. 

  • “Spring and All, William Carlos Williams.”  An Assumption Library.  Worcester, MA:  Assumption College, 2008.  70-72.
  • “Carl Sandburg’s Unnatural Relations.”  Poetry Criticism.   Vol. 41. Ed. David Galens.  Detroit: Gale, 2002.  358-67. 
  • “The Ornithological Autobiography of John James Audubon.” Reading the Earth: New Directions in the Study of Literature and the Environment. Eds. Michael Branch, et al. Moscow: U of Idaho Press, 1998. 119-28.

Articles

  • “Rita Dove and Traditional Form.”  Forthcoming, Texas Studies in Language and Literature.
  • “What Happpens to Almeyda?  Love and Patriarchy in Song for Anninho.”  Forthcoming, Callaloo.
  • “Adventures in the Book Trade:  The Secret True History of Harmonium and Ideas of Order.”  The Wallace Stevens Journal 35.1 (2011): 79-97.
  • “Wallace Stevens’s Editors at Knopf and the Shape of Opus Posthumous.”  ANQ 22.4 (2009):  50-53.
  • “Uncorrected Errors in The Letters of Wallace Stevens.” The Wallace Stevens Journal 33.2 (2009): 211-16.
  • “The Hermeneutics of Student Evaluations.”  College Teaching 56.2 (2008): 102-06.
  • “Criticism in a Post-Critical Age: Three New Books Sort of About Wallace Stevens.” College Literature 32.4 (2005): 200-10.
  • “Race, Power, and Sociability in Alexander Hamilton’s Records of the Tuesday Club of Annapolis.” Southern Literary Journal 38.1             (2005): 21-42.
  • “Stevens’, Ahem, Folk Songs: ‘Sur Ma Guzzla Gracile.’” Wallace Stevens Journal 28.2 (2004): 313-21.
  • “Richard Lewis’s ‘Journey’ in Context? It’s Thomson’s Seasons, not The Seasons.” ANQ 17.2 (2004): 24-30.
  • “Louis Zukofsky in Kentucky in History.” College Literature 30.4 (2003): 71-88.
  • “Maryland’s First Essay of LATIN POETRY in English Dress: Conceiving Cultural Change in Eighteenth-Century Maryland.” Early American        Literature 37.2 (2002): 247-80.
  • “The Two Samuel Hastings; or, The Maryland Gazette and the Conceptualization of Labor in Colonial Maryland.” Southern Studies n.s. 8.1 (1998): 13-35.
  • “Ebenezer Cooke’s Satires, Calculated to the Meridian of Maryland.” Early American Literature 33.1 (1998): 62-85.
  • “Carl Sandburg’s Unnatural Relations.” Essays in Literature 22.1 (1995): 97-122.
  • “Marianne Moore’s and John James Audubon’s Frigate Pelican.” Sagetrieb 13.4 (1994): 51 70.
  • “Wallace Stevens and Ludwig Richter.” Wallace Stevens Journal 18.2 (1994): 19- 206.
  • “Stevens’ ‘Loneliness in Jersey City.’” The Explicator  51.1 (1992): 33-38.
  • “Stevens’ Times poems and Their Coos.” Wallace Stevens Journal 16.2 (1992): 136-50.

Reviews

  • Rev. of The Wild that Attracts Us: New Critical Essays on Robinson JeffersStudies in American Naturalism 10.2 (2015): 178-81.
  • Rev. of Six Modernist Moments in Poetry. Wallace Stevens Journal 30.2 (2006): 241-42.
  • Rev. of Shifting Ground. College Literature 32.2 (2005): 195-98.
  • Rev. of Coming of Age as a Poet. College Literature 32.1 (2005):194-96.
  • Rev. of Mysterious Music: Rhythm and Free Verse. ANQ 13.2 (2000): 58-60.
  • Rev. of W. H. Auden. Prose and Travel Books, 1926-38. ANQ 12.2 (1999): 45-47.
  • Rev. of Whitmanism, Imagism, and Modernism in China and AmericaSouth Central Review 15.3-4 (1998): 59-61.
  • Rev. of Reconfiguring Modernism. Wallace Stevens Journal 22.2 (1998): 181-83.
  • Rev. of Auden’s Juvenilia. ANQ 8.2 (1995): 41 42.
  • “The 30 Absolute Truths of the Universe.”  The Provocateur (25 November 2012): A3.
  • “Coffee Poems.” The Coffee Press Journal 6.3 (2006): 6.
  • “Hera Learns of Io.” The Formalist 4.2 (1993): 108.
  • “Descent from Avernus.” Groundwater. Lexington, KY: Lexington P, 1992.  32-44.
  • “[Down from that which].” Through the Gap. Lexington, KY: Lexington   P, 1990. 4-5.

National Research Grants and Fellowships

  • Knopf Fellowship, Harry Ransom Research Center.  2008
  • “We the People” Grant, National Endowment for the Humanities.  2007
  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, Henry E. Huntington Library.  2005-6