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alex.blazer@gcsu.edu
alexeblazer.com

478.445.0964

Department of English & Rhetoric

Georgia College & State University

Milledgeville, GA 31061

Education

Ph.D., English, The Ohio-State University, 2003

M.A., English, The Ohio State University, 1999

B.A., English, Denison University, Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, 1997

Publications

"A Phenomenological Approach to Donnie Darko." [under review]

"'blinded by the book': Between Metafictional Madness and Sublime Solitude in the Work of Paul Auster." The Sublime Today: Contemporary Readings in the Aesthetic. Ed. Gillian B. Pierce. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Eng.: Cambridge Scholars, 2012. 49-66. Print. Abstract. Amazon, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

"Chuck Palahniuk: Fight Club." The Literary Encyclopedia. 23 Aug. 2011. Web.

"Bret Easton Ellis: Glamorama." The Literary Encyclopedia. 19 May 2011. Web.

"American Psycho, Hamlet, and Existential Psychosis." Bret Easton Ellis: American Psycho, Glamorama, and Lunar Park. Ed. Naomi Mandel. London: Continuum, 2011. 36-49. Print. Abstract. Amazon, Continuum.

"The Phony 'Martyrdom of Saint Me': Choke, The Catcher in the Rye, and the Problem of Postmodern Narcissistic Nihilism." Reading Chuck Palahniuk: American Monsters and Literary Mayhem. Eds. Cynthia Kuhn and Lance Rubin. London: Routledge, 2009. 143-56. Print. Abstract. Amazon, Routledge.

"Glamorama, Fight Club, and the Terror of Narcissistic Abjection." American Fiction of the 1990s: Reflections of History and Culture. Ed. Jay Prosser. London: Routledge, 2008. 177-89. Print. Abstract. Amazon, Routledge.

"I Am Otherwise": The Romance Between Poetry and Theory After the Death of the Subject. Champaigne, IL: Dalkey Archive Press-U of Illinois, 2007. Print. Abstract. Amazon.com, Dalkey Archive Press.

"The Matrix Trilogy and the Revolutionary Drive through 'The Desert of the Real.'" Literature/Film Quarterly 35.4 (2007): 265-73. Print. Abstract

"Chasms of Reality, Aberrations of Identity: Defining the Postmodern through Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho." Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture (1900-present) 1.2 (Fall 2002): <http://www.americanpopularculture.com/journal/articles/fall_2002/ blazer.htm>. Web. Abstract

"Charting Ironic Progress: The Reflexive and the Romantic in Barrett Watten’s Progress." Moria Poetry Journal 2.3 (2000): <http://www.moriapoetry.com/blazer.htm>. Web. Abstract

"the mad dame's descent." Eclipse 1.16 (Spring 1997): 7. Print. [Poem]

Presentations

"Pussies, Snowflakes, and Bret Easton Ellis: A Case Study of Authorial Persona in Social Media." Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association. Lord Baltimore Hotel, Baltimore MD. 7 Nov. 2014. Abstract

"Vampires, Valium, and Vanitas: A Lacanian Reading of Bret Easton Ellis's The Informers." Southeast Coastal Conference on Languages & Literatures. Coastal Georgia Center, Savannah, GA. 27 Mar. 2014. Abstract

"Jonathan Franzen's Freedom from Depression: Traversing the Vicissitudes of Bad Faith." Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association. Tropicana Casino and Resort, Atlantic City, NJ. 8 Nov. 2013. Abstract

"People Show You Who They Really Are": A Lacanian Reading of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy." Southeast Coastal Conference on Languages & Literatures. DeSoto Hilton Hotel, Savannah, GA. 4 Apr. 2013. Abstract

"'A Good Man Is Hard to Find' and Postmodern Theory." English 661 Flannery
O'Connor Immersion Studies, Grand Valley State University. Milledgeville, GA. 2 Aug. 2012. Abstract

"Media and Melancholia: Notes on David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest." Northeast MLA Convention. Hyatt Regency, Rochester. 17 Mar. 2012. Abstract

"Fight Club and The Social Network: Two Brands of Postcapital Culture." The Louisville Conf. on Literature and Culture since 1900. U of Louisville, Louisville. 24 Feb. 2012. Abstract

"'Disappear Here': The Pathological Decadence of Bret Easton Ellis's Less Than Zero and Imperial Bedrooms." The Louisville Conf. on Literature and Culture since 1900. U of Louisville, Louisville. 24 Feb. 2011. Abstract

"Infinite Interiority in Paul Auster and Maurice Blanchot." The Louisville Conf. on Literature and Culture since 1900. U of Louisville, Louisville. 19 Feb. 2010. Abstract

"'the simulacrum is real': Rivka Galchen's Atmospheric Disturbances." South Atlantic MLA Convention. Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown, Atlanta. 8 Nov. 2009. Abstract

"'blinded by the book': Between Metafictional Madness and Sublime Solitude in the Work of Paul Auster." The Louisville Conf. on Literature and Culture since 1900. U of Louisville, Louisville. 21 Feb. 2009. Abstract

"'the dolls are real, but not that real': Chuck Palahniuk's Haunted and Postmodern Horror." Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Assoc. Conf. Sheraton Fallsview Hotel, Niagara Falls, ON, Can. 1 Nov. 2008. Abstract

"'Naked in the guy-light like an emptied sentence': Sexuality and Textuality in Two Novellas by William H. Gass." The Louisville Conf. on Literature and Culture since 1900. U of Louisville, Louisville. 23 Feb. 2008. Abstract

"A Phenomenological Approach to Donnie Darko." South Central MLA Convention. Hilton Hotel, Memphis. 3 Nov. 2007. Abstract

Multicultural Poetry Ready. Northeast MLA Convention. Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel, Baltimore. 4 Mar. 2007.

"'You're not a fictional character, are you, Mr. Ellis?': Bret Easton Ellis's Involution from Intertextuality into Textuality in Lunar Park." The Louisville Conf. on Literature and Culture Since 1900. U of Louisville, Louisville. 22 Feb. 2007. Abstract

"Of Five and a Half Minute Hallways and Useless Tunnels: Some Notes on Nothing in Danielewski's House of Leaves and Gass's The Tunnel." 20th Century Literature & Culture Conf. U of Louisville, Louisville. 23 Feb. 2006. Abstract

"'Too real and too pointless': The Disappearance of the Subject in Bret Easton Ellis's Less Than Zero and The Rules of Attraction." South Central MLA Convention. Hyatt Regency Hotel, Houston. 28 Oct. 2005. Abstract

"Barton Fink and the Vicissitudes of Writing for Film." 20th Century Literature & Culture Conf. U of Louisville, Louisville. 25 Feb. 2005. Abstract

"'Slide down the surface of things': Bret Easton Ellis's Glamorama and the Terror of Narcissistic Abjection." Central New York Conf. on Language and Literature. State U of New York, Cortland. 30 Oct. 2004. Abstract

"The Matrix Trilogy and the Revolutionary Drive through 'The Desert of the Real.'" Central New York Conf. on Language and Literature. State U of New York, Cortland. 29 Oct. 2004. Abstract

"Barrett Watten: From the Other Side of the Machine." 20th Century Literature Conf. U of Louisville, Louisville. 27 Feb. 2004. Abstract

"'Diving into the Wreck': Adrienne Rich and the Language of Death." Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Assoc. Conf. Wyndham Hotel, Wilmington, DE. 8 Nov. 2003. Abstract

"Self-Portrait in an Opaque Language: John Ashbery and the Deconstruction of Language." Tropology: Text & Context. State U of New York, Binghamton. 21 Mar. 2003. Abstract

"Jorie Graham: Hollows and Voids." Summer Fellowship Forum, Department of English. The Ohio State University, Columbus. 16 Oct. 2002. Abstract

"Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho and the Horror of Postmodernism." Central New York Conf. on Language and Literature. State U of New York, Cortland. 28 Oct. 2001. Abstract

"Convolution, Cataclysm, and Conspiracy: The Crying of Oedipa Maas." 20th Century Literature Conf. U of Louisville, Louisville. 23 Feb. 2001. Abstract

"A Symptomatic Sinthome: Adrienne Rich's Floating Poem and the Problem of the Real of Love." Central New York Conf. on Language and Literature. State U of New York, Cortland. 30 Oct. 2000. Abstract

"Jorie Graham's Errant Universalism."  Northeast MLA Convention. Hyatt Regency, Buffalo, NY. 7 Apr. 2000. Abstract

"Charting Ironic Progress: The Reflexive and the Romantic in Barrett Watten's Progress." Student Association of Graduate English Studies, U of Oklahoma, Norman. 15 Oct. 1999. Abstract

Teaching

Teaching Portfolio

 

Associate Professor, Georgia College & State University, 2013-present

Assistant Professor, Georgia College & State University, 2008-2013

Department of English & Rhetoric (semester system, 4/4 load with course release for graduate student instructor coordination)

English 1101 English Composition I

first-year composition course, essay oriented

English 1102 English Composition II

first-year composition course, literature oriented

English 2110 World Literature

world literature course

English 2200 Writing about Literature

introduction to literature course

English 3900 Critical Approaches to Literature

theory survey course

English 4110/5110 Literary Criticism

theory specific course

English 4440/5440 Modern Drama

genre course

English 4446/5446 Modern Poetry

genre course

English 4665/5665 American Literature from 1920 to the Present

period course

English 4850 Single Author

single author course on Don DeLillo

English 4950 Special Topics

special topics course on film

English 4970 BA Thesis

Capstone project

English 4980 Study Abroad

Capstone project

English 6685 Graduate Seminar in Critical Approaches to Literature

graduate theory course

English 6690 Variable Topics

graduate theory course

English 6970 MA Thesis

MA thesis

English 6971 MFA Thesis

MFA thesis

Georgia College First-Year Seminar in Critical Thinking

special topics course on science fiction and philosophy

Visiting Assistant Professor, Grand Valley State University, 2006-2008

Department of English (semester system, 4/4 load)

Joint Appointment with Department of Liberal Studies, 2007-2008

English 205 Literatures in English

introduction to literature course

English 225 American Literature I: to 1860

survey course

English 226 American Literature II: from 1860

survey course

English 335 Literature of American Minorities

minorities literature course

English 386 Literary Responses to Death and Dying

theme course

English 399 Independent Study

independent study course

Liberal Studies 310 Creativity

liberal studies course

Liberal Studies 314 Life Journey

liberal studies course

Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Louisville, 2003-2006

Department of English (semester system, 4/4 load with course release for research)

English 101 Introduction to College Writing

composition course

English 102 Intermediate College Writing

composition course, research-oriented

English 310 Writing about Literature

gateway course for English majors

English 311 American Literature I

survey course

English 312 American Literature II

survey course

English 319 American Literature, 1830-1865

period course

English 322 American Literature, 1960-present

period course

English 382 Contemporary Poetry in English

period genre course

English 491 Interpretive Theory, New Criticism-present

theory course for English majors

English 501/502 Independent Study

Honors thesis

Graduate Teaching Associate, The Ohio State University, 1997-2003

Department of English (quarter system, 1/1/1 load, instructor of record for all courses)

English 110 First-Year Composition

first-year composition course

English 260 Introduction to Poetry

genre course

English 261 Introduction to Fiction

genre course

English 263 Introduction to Film

genre course

English 291 U.S. Literature, 1865 to the Present

survey course

English 367 Second-Year Writing, The U.S. Experience

advanced composition course for upperclassmen, research-oriented

367.01 Essay Emphasis

367.02 Literature Emphasis

Administration

Coordinator of the Teaching Fellows

Department of English & Rhetoric, Georgia College & State University, 2008-2013

Hold monthly meetings, advise instructors, observe classes, chair textbook adoption committee, create and maintain website

Graduate Administrative Associate, Computers in Composition and Literature,

Department of English, The Ohio State University, 2001-2003

Now called the Digital Media Project, CCL supported and generated computer-assisted pedagogy and research within the English Department.

Helped administer the program and the website, create and compile lesson plans and activities, and consult with instructors on using technology in their composition and literature courses.

Gave training workshops to new English instructors, professional development workshops to current instructors, and guest lectures in undergraduate classes

Service

Committees

Phi Kappa Phi, Georgia College & State University, 2013-present

President-Elect, 2013-present

University Senate, Georgia College & State University, Spring 2013; 2013-present

Faculty Affairs Policy Committee, University Senate, Georgia College & State University; 2010-2011, Spring 2013, 2013-present

Chair, 2013-present

Compositionist Search Committee, Department of English & Rhetoric, Georgia College & State University, 2013-2014

Curriculum and Instruction Committee, College of Arts & Sciences, Georgia College & State University, 2012-2013

Fiction Writer Search Committee, Department of English & Rhetoric, Georgia College & State University, 2012-2013

Curriculum and Assessment Policy Committee, University Senate, Georgia College & State University, 2011-2012

University Curriculum Committee, University Senate, Georgia College & State University, 2010-2011

Master's Exam and Portfolio Committee, Department of English & Rhetoric, Georgia College & State University, 2008-2013

Chair, 2010-2013 [formerly Master's Exam Committee, 2008-2010]

Early Americanist Search Committee, Department of English & Rhetoric, Georgia College & State University, 2009-2010

Academic Policy Committee, University Senate, Georgia College & State University, 2009-2010

Convocation Book Committee, Georgia College & State University, 2008-2010

Chair, 2009-2010

Internationalization Committee, Department of English, Georgia College & State University, 2008-2009

Master's Program Committee, Department of English, Grand Valley State University, 2006-2008

20th Century Literature & Culture Conference Committee, Department of English and Department of Classical and Modern Languages, University of Louisville, 2003-2006

Conference Panel Chair

Film Theory of Generation History & Adaptation. The Louisville Conf. on Literature and Culture Since 1900. U of Louisville, Louisville. 24 Feb. 2012.

The Hermeneutic Hit List: Postmodernism's Popular Influences. The Louisville Conf. on Literature and Culture Since 1900. U of Louisville, Louisville. 24 Feb. 2012.

H.D. and D.H. Lawrence: Love, Art. The Louisville Conf. on Literature and
Culture Since 1900
. U of Louisville, Louisville. 25 Feb. 2011.

Fictions of Late Capitalism: Ellis, Theroux, Ferris. The Louisville Conf. on
Literature and Culture Since 1900
. U of Louisville, Louisville. 24 Feb. 2011.

Auster. The Louisville Conf. on Literature and Culture Since 1900. U of Louisville, Louisville. 21 Feb. 2009.

Huelle, Nabokov, Pynchon, and Barnes: Purpose, Obsession, and Paranoia. The Louisville Conf. on Literature and Culture Since 1900. U of Louisville, Louisville. 23 Feb. 2008.

Rethinking the Messiah: Christianity and Pop Culture. The Louisville Conf. on Literature and Culture Since 1900. U of Louisville, Louisville. 24 Feb. 2007.

Violence: Formal Questions, Social Questions. 20th Century Literature & Culture Conf. U of Louisville, Louisville. 25 Feb. 2006.

American Pastorals: Childbirth, Family, and Pedagogical Portraits. 20th Century Literature & Culture Conf. U of Louisville, Louisville. 25 Feb. 2006.

The Language of Postmodern Conflict," 20th Century Literature & Culture Conf. U of Louisville, Louisville. 23 Feb. 2006.

Metanarratives and Myths: Constructions and Deconstructions," Narrative: An International Conf., Brown Hotel, Louisville. 8 Apr. 2005.

Commodification and the Grotesque," 20th Century Literature & Culture Conf.. U of Louisville, Louisville. 24 Feb. 2005.

Pop Culture and Postmodernity," 20th Century Literature Conf. U of Louisville, Louisville. 26 Feb. 2004.

Reviews

Panel Member, "Film, Media, and Theory," National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend Program, Washington, D.C., Fall 2011.

Reviewer, College Literature, Fall 2009 - Spring 2010

Reviewer, LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, Summer 2010

Miscellaneous

The DoER: The Department of English & Rhetoric Newsletter, Department of English & Rhetoric, Georgia College & State University,
Founding Editor and Publisher, 2009-present

Honors and Awards

Phi Kappa Phi, Georgia College & State University Chapter, Spring 2011

Eta Sigma Alpha, Georgia College & State University Honors Student Association, Spring 2010

Summer Dissertation Fellowship, Department of English, The Ohio State University, Summer 2002

Undergraduate Teaching Award for Graduate Teaching Associates, Department of English, The Ohio State University, Spring 2002

Phi Beta Kappa, Denison University Chapter, Spring 1997

Denison University Young Scholar Award, Summer 1996

Thesis: "Language Poetry: From the Modern, Some Notes toward Context"

Advisor: Professor Richard Hood

Denison University Young Scholar Award, Summer 1995

Thesis: "Surveying the Gone World: ‘Will Eros or Civilization win' in the Writings of Lawrence Ferlinghetti?"

Advisor: Professor John Miller

References

Allen Gee, Associate Professor, Department of English & Rhetoric, Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville, GA 31061, 478.445.3181, allen.gee@gcsu.edu [colleague]

Lois Tyson, Professor, Department of English, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI, 49401, 616.331.3405, tysonl@gvsu.edu [colleague]

David Anderson, Associate Dean of Diversity and Community Outreach and Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, 40292, 502.852.3050, drande02@louisville.edu [colleague]

Walter A. Davis, Professor Emeritus, Department of English, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, 614.292.6065, davis.65@osu.edu, http://www.walteradavis.com/ [dissertation director]

Susan M. Griffin, Professor and Chair, Department of English, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, 40292, 502.852.6801, sgriffin@louisville.edu[chair]

Rob Watson, Associate Professor (retired), Department of English, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI, 49401, watsonr@gvsu.edu [colleague]