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Helen Blythe


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Helen Blythe
Professor
Department of English & Philosophy
New Mexico Highlands University
Las Vegas, NM 87701, USA
Phone: 505-454-3329
Email: helenblythe@nmhu.edu

 

CURRICULUM VITAE



EDUCATION

Ph.D. Stanford University, Department of English, June 1998.
Dissertation: The Rise and Fall of the Victorian Colonial Romance; Conjuring New Zealand in the Nineteenth-Century English Imagination. (Directed by Prof. Rob Polhemus & Prof. Regenia Gagnier)

MA. First Class Honors, University of Auckland, New Zealand, Department of English, January 1989.
Thesis: “Baring the Throat to the Knife; Violence and the Body in Margaret Atwood’s Novels.”

BA. University of Auckland, New Zealand, Department of English, December 1986.


ACADEMIC AWARDS
Fall 2005: Faculty Research Grant, New Mexico Highlands University.
Fall 2003: Faculty Research Grant, New Mexico Highlands University.
June 1999: Alden Prize for the most distinguished doctoral dissertation in the Department of English, Stanford University.
1998-1999: Stanford Postdoctoral Fellowship in English.
1997-1998: New Zealand Federation of University Women Fellowship.
1996-1997: English Department Fellowship, Stanford University.
1995: Graduate Research Opportunity Award, Stanford University.
1990-1995: English Department Fellowship, Stanford University.
1989-1990: Ph.D. University Grants Committee Scholarship, University of Auckland, New Zealand.
1987: Senior Scholarship, University of Auckland, New Zealand.
1987: John Tinline English Prize, University of Auckland, New Zealand.


TEACHING & ADMINISTRATIVE POSITIONS
Director of Graduate Studies, Department of English, NMHU: AY 2015-the present
Professor, Department of English, New Mexico Highlands University: August 2013- to the present
Chair, Department of English, NMHU: AY 2011-AY 2015
Associate Professor, Department of English, NMHU: 2008-2013
Director of Graduate Studies, Department of English, NMHU: 2003-2008
Assistant Professor, Department of English, NMHU 2003-2008
Adjunct Professor: The Alliance for Life-Long Learning (Stanford, Yale, & Oxford): 2000-2004
Lecturer, Program of Writing and Rhetoric, Department of English, Stanford University: 1999-2002
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of English, Stanford University: 1998-1999
Teaching Assistant, Department of English, Stanford University: 1993-1998
Tutor, Department of English, University of Auckland: 1992
Tutor, Department of English, University of Auckland: 1988-1990


PUBLICATIONS & REVIEWS

“‘Rubbish and Paste’: Reading and Recurrence in An Old Man’s Love.” Chapter in The Edinburgh Companion to Anthony Trollope. Edited by David Skilton and Frederik Van Dam. Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming.

“‘My real mission is to make young ladies talk’: Storytelling and Woman’s Voice in Anthony Trollope’s Kept in the Dark (1882). Chapter in The Routlegde Research Companion to Anthony Trollope. Edited by Deborah Denenholz Morse, Margaret Markwick, and Mark Turner. Routledge, 2016.

The Victorian Colonial Romance with the Antipodes. Gordonsville, VT: Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2014.

“Pastoral Permutations within the Colonial Romance: Robert Browning’s “Waring” and Alfred Domett’s Ranolf and Amohia, in COLLOQUY text theory critique 23 (2012).

Pacific Islands Writing, The Postcolonial Literatures of Aotearoa / New Zealand and Oceania. Michelle Keown. Oxford Studies in Postcolonial Literatures, Oxford University Press, 2007.
Review in South Atlantic Review, Volume 74, No 3, Summer 2009.

“The Rough and the Beautiful in ‘Catherine Carmichael’; Class and Gender in Trollope’s Colonial Aesthetic.” Chapter in The Politics of Gender: Trollope in the Twenty-First Century. Edited by Deborah Denenholz Morse and Margaret Markwick. Introduced by Regenia Gagnier. Surrey, UK: Ashgate Press, 2008.

“The Space between Life and Death; Euthanasia, Cannibalism, and Colonial Extinction in Trollope’s Australia and New Zealand and The Fixed Period,” in Nineteenth-Century Contexts, An Interdisciplinary Journal. Issue 25. 2, Summer 2003.

“Paradise or Hell: Ranolf and Amohia, The New Zealand Colony, and Alfred Domett,” in “The Idea of Place,” special number, Australian-Canadian Studies. Vol. 18. Nos. 1 & 2 (2000): 113-28.


LECTURES AND CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

“Crystal Forms of Passion and Calm in W. H. Hudson’s A Crystal Age (1887).”
Presented at the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Association Conference (INCS) 2016 – Natural and Unnatural Histories 10-13 March, 2016, University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

“Mother Trollope: The Mother’s Voice.” Presented at The Trollope Bicentennial Conference 17-19 September, University of Leuven, The Irish College, 2015.

“‘My real mission is to make young ladies talk’: Storytelling and Woman’s Voice in Anthony Trollope’s Kept in the Dark (1882). Presented at The Women’s Studies Brown Bag Lecture Series, New Mexico Highlands University, 20 February 2015.

““From Edward to Edwarda”: Memory as Rubbish, or Memory is a Time Machine.” Presented at The Australasian Victorian Studies Association Conference: “The Victorians and Memory,” Auckland, New Zealand. 3-5 February, 2015.

“‘Looking yonderly’: Mary Taylor, Charlotte Bronte, and Emigration to the Antipodes.” Presented at Brown Bag Lecture for Women’s Studies, New Mexico Highlands University, 15 November 2013.

“‘Whoso eateth his dinner is a missionary’: Samuel Butler on crossings and civilizing missions.” Presented at the Department of English Seminar, University of Auckland, New Zealand, May 30, 2012.

“Pastoral Permutations, Alfred Domett, and the Victorian colonial romance.” Presented at the Department of English Seminar, University of Auckland, New Zealand, July 20, 2011.

“Reflections on colonization and the pastoral, or the Victorian romance with the Antipodes.” Presented at “Reimagining Pastoral: A Symposium,” University of Queensland, 12 February 2011.

“‘Looking yonderly’ from the colony to Victorian labor & aesthetics; Mary Taylor and Miss Miles, A Tale of Yorkshire Life Sixty Years Ago.” Presented at the 18th Annual 18th- and 19th-Century British Women Writers Conference: “Journeys,” Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas, 8-10 April, 2010.

“Whoso eateth his dinner is dinner is a missionary; colonial and familial civilizing missions in Samuel Butler’s Erewhon, or Over the Range (1872) and The Way of all Flesh (1903).” Presented at “Family Resemblances”: The INCS Annual Conference, University of Texas at Austin, Texas, 25-27 March, 2010.

“Literary vampirism and zombie rip-offs, Jane Austen and the never-ending sequel.” Presented to the Jane Austen Society of North America, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 6 March, 2010.

“The New Zealander: The ornate man of art presenting his jeweled cane at the slime of Father Thames.” Presented at “Flogging a Dead Horse? Are National Literatures Finished?” Conference, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 10-13 December, 2008.

“The rough and the beautiful in Catherine Carmichael: class and gender in Anthony Trollope’s colonial aesthetic.” Presented at an EMSAH Seminar, University of Queensland, Australia, October 23, 2008.

“Aesthetic intolerance can be terribly violent”; Anthony Trollope, colonialism and the beautiful.” Presented at the Department of English Seminar, University of Auckland, New Zealand, August 27, 2008.

“Rough, coarse, and beautiful; intersections of class and gender in Trollope’s colonial aesthetic.” Presented at New Mexico Highlands University Faculty Research Day, Kennedy Hall, May 4, 2007.

“Pride and Prejudice, and Jane Austen Mania.” Presented at The Jane Austen Society of North America, New Mexico, Center for the Book, Albuquerque, 30 September, 2006.

“She may suffer much before she may succeed: Women in Trollope’s last little novelistic experiments.” Presented at the “Trollope and Gender” conference, Exeter University, United Kingdom, July 17-19 2006.

“Pride and Prejudice, and Austen Mania as Popular Culture.” Presented at The Michael T. Carroll Lectures on Popular Culture, Ilfeld Auditorium, New Mexico Highlands University, 18 April 2006.

“Shall we never shed blood? Romance or Realism in Robert Louis Stevenson’s South Seas.” Presented at The 3rd Annual New Mexico Highlands University Faculty Research Day, 22 April 2005.

“Objects of Terror in the South Seas: R. L. Stevenson and South Sea Tales.” Presented at the “Victorian Terrors” Conference, The Dickens Project, University of California, Santa Cruz, 5-7 August, 2004.

“‘Looking where London stood’; Romantic antecedents and the ‘beautiful conception of the New Zealander.’ A meditation on ruins.” Presented at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. English Department Seminar, 22 August 2002.

“Missionary Moreau and the Native Beast-People; H. G. Wells, The Missions, and Polynesia.” Presented at “The Victorian World: Britain, the Empire, and the United States in the Nineteenth Century.” The 6th Annual Conference of VISWAS, UCLA, Los Angeles, 25-27 October 2001.

“‘Repeal the Unions; Restore the Heptarchy!’ Anthony Trollope, ‘The State of Ireland,’ and the Distance of English Rule.” Presented at “Defining Colonies,” Third Galway Conference on Colonialism, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, 17-20 June 1999.

“Digging Potatoes; Sex and the ‘Working Business’ in Arthur Hugh Clough’s The Bothie of Toper-na-fuosich (1848).” Presented at the Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States Annual Conference, Vancouver, Washington, October 1998.

“Teaching ‘the Pacific’ to Stanford Freshmen; Pacific Voices and the Globalization of Culture.” Presented at “Pacific Spaces / Global Marketplaces: Cultural Studies in Pacific Contexts,” Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, July 1998.

“The Space Between Life and Death; The Contiguity of Euthanasia and Colonial Extinction in Anthony Trollope’s Antipodes.” Presented at the MLA Convention, Toronto, Canada, 1997.
“Barbarous Benevolence; Murder or Philanthropy? Anthony Trollope on Euthanasia, Cremation, and Colonial Extinction.” Presented at the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference, UC Berkeley, April 1997.

“Murder and Philanthropy: Trollope on Euthanasia, Cremation and Colonial Extinction.” Presented at the University of Toronto, Canada. English Department Seminar, October 1996.


TEACHING AND RESEARCH INTERESTS
Nineteenth and twentieth-century British, Anglophone, and Postcolonial literatures including fiction, non-fiction prose, and poetry; genre theory; narratology.


OTHER ACADEMIC SERVICE
Member, Tenure and Promotion Committee 2015-2017
Member, Strategic Planning Committee 2015-2016
Member, Campus Climate Taskforce Committee 2015-2016
Member, Graduate Council, NMHU August 2015 to the present
Member, Faculty Advisory Committee, University Honors, August 2015-2016.
Faculty Adviser, “The Bindings,” Undergraduate English Club 2013-2104.
Member, Search Committee for Assistant Professor in Creative Nonfiction, NMHU, 2014-2015
Member, Search Committee for Assistant Professor in English (Old English, Linguistics, and History of the English language), NMHU, 2013-2014.
Chair, Search Committee for Assistant Professor in Creative Nonfiction, NMHU, 2012-2013
Member, Search Committee for Assistant Professor in Composition & Rhetoric, NMHU, 2012-2013
Member, Search Committee for Assistant Professor in Creative Nonfiction, NMHU, 2011-2012
Member, NMHU Library Committee, 2012-January 2016.
Member, NMHU Athletics Committee, 2007-2008; 2011- to May 2015
Chair and Member, Subcommittees for Promotion and Tenure, NMHU, 2009-2010.
Member, Composition Committee, Department of English, NMHU, 2003 to the present.
Member, Fulbright National Screening Committee (for study/research in New Zealand), selecting candidates for U.S. Student Fulbright and foreign-sponsored awards for 2008-2009; 2010-2011; 2012-2013.
Member, NMHU Faculty Research Committee, 2007-2010.
Faculty Advisor, GEEKS, English MA Program NMHU Club, 2006-7.
Member, NMHU Academic Affairs Committee, 2006-07.
Moderator, Jane Austen Tea, El Fidel Hotel, Las Vegas, New Mexico. April 30, 2007.
Member, NMHU Faculty Senate, 2005-2006.
NMHU Outcomes Assessment Committee, Spring 2003-2006.
Project Director, The Michael T. Carroll Lecture Series in Popular Culture, NMHU, 2005-2007.
Chair, Search Committee for Assistant Professor in Composition & Rhetoric, NMHU, 2005.
Technology Committee, Program in Writing and Rhetoric, Stanford University, 2001-2.
Graduate Admissions Committee, English Department, Stanford University, 1994.


MEMBERSHIPS
Modern Language Association
National Education Association
American Federation of University Teachers