Associate Professor of English
Taipei Tech (National Taipei University of Technology)
No. 1, Section 3, Zhongxiao E. Road,
Taipei 10608, TAIWAN, R.O.C.
PhD, English April 2011
University of Minnesota
Dissertation: “Non-consensus Realities: Fantasy and the Child in Victorian Religious Debates”
Director: Brian Goldberg
Committee members: Michael Hancher, Rebecca Krug, and Jack Zipes
PUBLICATIONS IN PRINT
“Genre Problems: Andrew Lang and J.R.R. Tolkien on (Fairy) Stories and (Literary) Belief.” Informing the Inklings: George MacDonald and the Victorian Roots of Modern Fantasy. Ed. Michael Partridge and Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson. Hampden, CT: Winged Lion Press, 2018.
“Lasting Ephemera: Margaret Oliphant and Andrew Lang on Lives and Letters.” Victorian Periodicals Review 50.2 (Summer 2017): 336–65. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/vpr.2017.0025
“Tolkien and the Modern: Reading the Canon Through The Lord of the Rings.” Approaches to Teaching Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and Other Texts. Ed. Leslie A. Donovan. Approaches to Teaching World Literature. New York: MLA, 2015. 126–36.
“She-who-must-not-be-ignored: Gender and Genre in The Lord of the Rings and the Victorian Boys’ Book.” Perilous and Fair: Women in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Work and Life. Ed. Janet Brennan Croft and Leslie Donovan. Altadena, CA: Mythopoeic Press, 2015. 70–96. Reprinted in J.R.R. Tolkien. Ed. Stuart Lee. Routledge, 2017. 4 vols.
“The Iliad and the Articles: Francis William Newman’s Reply to Matthew Arnold.” Nineteenth-Century Prose 39.1/2 (2012): 323–52.
“‘It’s Alive!’: Tolkien’s Monster on the Screen.” Picturing Tolkien: Essays on Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Film Trilogy. Ed. Janice M. Bogstad and Philip E. Kaveny. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2011. 116–38.
“Invented, Borrowed, and Mixed Myths in ‘the kind of books we want to read.’” The Ring Goes Ever On: Proceedings of the Tolkien 2005 Conference. Ed. Sarah Wells. Coventry, England: Tolkien Society, 2008. 22–32.
“Margaret Oliphant and George MacDonald as Scottish Writers for a British Audience.” The Journal of Scottish Thought. Forthcoming. 10,000 words.
GRANTS AND AWARDS
Taipei Tech College of Humanities Grant. “Scottish Victorian Networks: Fantasy Writing and Literary Criticism by Margaret Oliphant, George MacDonald, and Andrew Lang.” 2018.
Ministry of Science and Technology Grant (Taiwan). “Andrew Lang’s Forgotten Journalism: Longman’s and The Morning Post.” 2015–16.
Ministry of Science and Technology Grant (Taiwan). “J.R.R. Tolkien on the Origin of Stories: The Pardoner’s Tale Lectures, Andrew Lang, and Nineteenth-Century Folklore.” 2014–15.
University of St Andrews Special Collections Visiting Scholar for two weeks of research using the Andrew Lang Collection (in-UK travel and housing). July 2014.
National Science Council Grant (Taiwan). “Tolkien and the Nineteenth-Century: Miracle, Fantasy, and Folklore.” 2012–13.
Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (competitive), The University of Minnesota Graduate School, 2009–10.
Department-Level Teaching Award, Taipei Tech, 2017.
The Andrew Lang Site: A site devoted to consolidating full-text primary sources (especially periodical sources) written by the nineteenth-century Scottish writer Andrew Lang, supplemented by a secondary source bibliography and annotations and commentary on Lang’s work.
Book History in Taiwan: An English-language site with resources for book history scholars.
Teaching Website: Supplementary material for my courses at Taipei Tech.
“Andrew Lang and Blackwood’s in the 1890s.” Blackwood’s Bicentenary. University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland. 25 July 2017.
“Margaret Oliphant and George MacDonald as Scottish Writers for a British Audience.” George MacDonald’s Scotland. University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland. 20 July 2017.
“Andrew Lang’s “At the Sign of the Ship” as Historical Record.” Consuming (the) Victorians: 2016 Annual Conference of the British Association for Victorian Studies. Cardiff University, Wales. 31 Aug. 2016.
“Original ‘Litterature’ in an Age of Trains, Telegraphs, and Telepathy: Lewis Carroll’s Sylvie and Bruno and Andrew Lang’s The Disentanglers. Forgotten Books and Cultural Memory. An International Conference by the Department of English, NTUT. NTUT, Taipei. 28 May, 2016.
“J.R.R. Tolkien, ‘The Pardoner’s Tale’ Lectures, and Nineteenth-Century Folklore Scholarship.” Fiftieth International Congress on Medieval Studies. Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. 14 May 2015.
“’Do not laugh!’: Andrew Lang, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Fairy Tale as a Serious Comedy.” Comedy: From the Arts to Cultural Industry. An International Conference by the Department of English, NTUT. NTUT, Taipei. 28 Nov. 2014.
“Andrew Lang and the Origin of Stories: Folklore Studies and Intellectual Property.” Spaces and Places: The Annual Conference of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals. University of Delaware. 13 September 2014.
“Genre Problems: Andrew Lang and J.R.R. Tolkien on (Fairy) Stories and (Literary) Belief.” Informing the Inklings: George MacDonald and the Victorian Roots of Fantasy. George MacDonald Society. Magdalen College, Oxford. 13 Aug. 2014.
“She and He: Travel Fiction, Borrowing, and Literary Plagiarism.” Victorian Transport: The Annual Conference of the Australasian Victorian Studies Association. Hong Kong University, Hong Kong. 10 July 2014.
“Lang, Letters, and Literary History.” Tradition and the New: The Annual Conference of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals. University of Salford, Salford, England. 12 July 2013.
“J.R.R. Tolkien’s Reaction to Andrew Lang: Miracles, Fairy Books, and Folklore.”Celebrating The Hobbit: A Conference on the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana. 2 Mar. 2013.
“Grieving in Public: Margaret Oliphant’s Autobiography.” The Aesthetics of Suffering: An International Conference by the Department of English, NTUT. NTUT, Taipei. 24 Nov. 2012.
“‘[T]here needs no ghost come from the grave to tell us this’: The Search for Spiritual Authority in Margaret Oliphant’s Life of Edward Irving.” Curiosities: The Nineteenth Annual British Women Writers Conference. Ohio State University, Columbus. 31 Mar. 2011.
“‘It is enough to make the dead rise out of their graves!’: Tolkien, Oliphant, and Gendered Conventions of the Supernatural.” Forty-Fifth International Congress on Medieval Studies. Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. 16 May 2010.
“‘Of No Interest to the Public’: Caroline Norton’s Rewritings of Herself.” Rewriting Women Panel. Fiftieth Annual Midwest Modern Language Association Convention. Marriott Minneapolis City Center Hotel. Minneapolis. 14 Nov. 2008.
“Authorial Insecurity: Tolkien’s Modern Medievalized Style.” Forty-Second International Congress on Medieval Studies. Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. 11 May 2007.
“The Shadows of the Past: Invented and Borrowed Myths in ‘the kind of books we want to read.’” Tolkien 2005. Aston University, Birmingham, England. 12 Aug. 2005.
Co-Presenter and Discussion Leader (with Dr. Chiu Kang-yen [ECHSS, NYMU]) for the topic “The Invention of Scotland and Victorian Historiography.” The EARN Reading Seminar at National Chengchi University. Taipei. 12 May 2017.
“Literary Plagiarism in the 1880s: Case Studies of Andrew Lang, Rider Haggard, and Lewis Carroll.” 19th-century British Literature and Culture Studies Study Group (MOST Project). Taipei Tech, Taipei. 17 Mar. 2017.
“Lives and Letters: The Life-Writing Rivalries of Margaret Oliphant and Andrew Lang.” 19th-century British Literature and Culture Studies Study Group (MOST Project). NTU University, Taipei. 21 Oct. 2016.
SELECTED COURSES TAUGHT
- Victorian Literature. Taipei Tech.
- Genre and Culture: Fantasy. Taipei Tech.
- Teaching British Literature. Taipei Tech.
- Teaching American Literature. Taipei Tech.
- British and American Literature (Historical Survey). Taipei Tech.
- British and American Fiction. Taipei Tech.
- Modern Western Literature. Taipei Tech.
- Popular Culture. Taipei Tech.
- Research Methods. Taipei Tech.
- Intermediate Writing (Sophomore Composition). Taipei Tech.
- General English (An advanced EFL course for non-majors). Taipei Tech.
- Survey of British Literatures and Cultures I and II. University of Minnesota.
- Survey of American Literatures and Cultures I and II. University of Minnesota.
- Tolkien: Medieval or Modern? University of Minnesota.
Conference Organizer. Forgotten Books and Cultural Memory. Taipei Tech. May 27–28, 2016.
MA New Student Orientation Organizer. Fall 2016 (our first orientation). Co-organizer Fall 2017.
MA Conference Presentation Workshop Organizer. Fall 2015.
Curriculum Committee Member. Fall 2015–Spring 2017.
Faculty Meeting Coordinator for Taipei Tech MA Program Reform (Literature Track). Spring 2014.
Conference Committee Member. Comedy: From the Arts to Cultural Industry. November 28–29, 2014.
Sophomore Class Advisor. Fall 2012–Spring 2015.
Conference Committee Member. The Aesthetics of Suffering. November 23–24, 2012.
MA Theses Directed
Kevin Kuo: “Elizabeth Gaskell, Charles Dickens, and Working-Class Periodicals.” (In progress.)
Coco Lin: “Harry Potter, Authority, and Fan Fiction.” (In progress.)
- Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP)
- Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP)
- British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS)
- Modern Language Association (MLA)
- George MacDonald Society
- Victorian literature and religion
- Victorian periodicals
- The Fantastic
- Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine
- Book History
- Margaret Oliphant
- Andrew Lang
- J.R.R. Tolkien
- George MacDonald