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Richard C. Harris

John J. McMullen Professor of Humanities/Assistant Dean/Director of Humanities

Ph.D. in English UNC-Chapel Hill (1974)
M.A. in English UNC-Chapel Hill (1968)
A.B. in English, with Honors UNC-Chapel Hill (1967)

Appointments at Webb Institute:
Assistant Dean (2007 – Present)
Professor of Humanities (1996-Present)
Adjunct Professor of Humanities (1982-1995)

Other Professional Experience:
Professor--Humanities Department; SUNY-Maritime College (Full-time, 1975-1996)
Adjunct Professor--English Department; Hofstra University (1975-2007)
TA/Instructor--English Department; UNC-Chapel Hill (1970-1974)
Instructor—English Department; Virginia Tech (1968-1970)

Courses Taught, 2002 to Present:
Technical Communication
American History
Western Literature
Western Culture I and II
Professional Presentations
Creative Writing
History of Architecture
Social History of Rock and Roll


Important Publications and Presentations:

Publications:

  • “Willa Cather and Henry Blake Fuller: More Building Blocks for The Professor’s House.”  Cather Studies, vol. 9 (U of Nebraska P, Forthcoming, Fall 2011).
  • “The Newly Discovered Cather-Alfred A. Knopf Correspondence and One of Ours.”  Feature article, The Willa Cather Literary Review (Spring 2011).
  • “Pershing’s Crusaders:  G. P. Cather, Claude Wheeler, and the AEF Soldier in France.” Willa Cather: A Writer’s Worlds, Cather Studies, vol. 8 (U of Nebraska P, 2010).
  • “Wagnerian References in the Fiction of Willa Cather.” Outside the Ring: Wagner’s Non-Ring Operas (McFarland, Fall 2009)
  • “‘Happy Birthday, Dear and Noble Artist’:  Willa Cather, Yehudi Menuhin, and the Schubert Letters.”  Willa Cather: New Facts, New Glimpses, Revisions.  (Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2008).
  • “Cather’s A Lost Lady and Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin.” The Willa Cather Literary Review (Fall 2007).
  • “Over There from Over Here: Willa Cather, the Implied Reader, and One of Ours,” in Violence, the Arts, and Willa Cather (Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2007)
  • “Barbusse’s L’enfer: A Source for ‘Aphrodite’ and ‘The Novel Démeublé.’” Cather Studies, vol. 7: Willa Cather as Cultural Icon (U of Nebraska P, 2007).
  •  The Scholarly Edition of Willa Cather’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, One of Ours. Volume Editor.  (U of Nebraska P, 2006).
  •  “Getting Claude Over There: Sources for Book Four of Cather’s One of Ours.” Feature article, Journal of Narrative Theory (Fall 2005).
  •  Claude Wheeler and Pinocchio: Cather’s Allusive Method in One of Ours.” Willa Cather Newsletter and Review (Special Issue, Fall 2004).
  • “Willa Cather, D. H. Lawrence, and the American Southwest.”  Feature article. Willa Cather Literary Review (Summer 2001).
  • Editor of Memorandum of a Jaunt: Peter S. Townsend and the New York Lyceum of Natural History, May-June 1817.  (The Glen Cove [NY] Public Library, 2000). Winner of a Certificate of Commendation from the American Association for State and Local History.   
  • “Pierre Charron and Willa Cather on Wisdom:  The Skeptical Philosophy of Shadows on the Rock.” Cather Studies, vol. IV:  Willa Cather’s Canadian and Old World Connections (U of Nebraska P, 1999).
  • “Alfred A. Knopf.” Scribner’s American Lives.  (Charles Scribner’s Sons 1998).
  • “Sherwood Anderson and Willa Cather: ‘Fragments to Shore against the Ruins.’”  The Winesburg Eagle (official publication of the Sherwood Anderson Society) (Summer 1995).
  • “Some Newly Discovered Fisher-Smart Letters.”  Dorothy Canfield Fisher Newsletter (December 1995).
  • “Willa Cather, J. W. N. Sullivan, and the Creative Process.”  Willa Cather Newsletter (Summer 1993).
  • “Homes and Churches:  The Quest for Order in Willa Cather’s Novels.”  The Willa Cather Yearbook (A Festschrift for Mildred Bennett). (Edwin Mellen 1991).
  • “Willa Cather, Ivan Turgenev, and the Novel of Character” Cather Studies,
  •  “A New View of Cather’s Enid Royce.”  The Mower’s Tree: The Newsletter of the Cather Colloquium. (Spring 2003). vol. I  (U of Nebraska P, 1990).
  • “First Loves:  Willa Cather’s Niel Herbert and Ivan Turgenev’s Vladimir Petrovich.”  Studies in American Fiction (Spring 1989).
  • Celebrating the United States Constitution:  A Series of Lectures Presented to the Glen Cove Historical Society.  Glen Cove, NY:  Glen Cove Historical Society, 1988.
  • “William Sydney Porter (O. Henry), 1862-1910.”  The Book of Days.  (Pierian, 1987).
  • “Jim Burden, Willa Cather, and the Introductions to My Ántonia.”  Willa Cather Newsletter, Special Literary Edition (October 1986).
  • “Peck, Turner, and Willa Cather’s O Pioneers!”  The Midwest Review (Spring 1985).
  • “Ecclesiastical Wisdom and John Gardner’s Nickel Mountain.”  Twentieth Century Literature (Winter 1980).
  • William Sydney Porter (O. Henry):  A Reference Guide.  ( G. K. Hall, 1980).
  • “The Romance of O. Henry.”  Greensboro (N.C.) Record (September 1980).
  • “Renaissance Pastoral Conventions and the Ending of My Ántonia.”  The Markham Review (Fall 1978).

Papers Presented:

  • “Willa Cather, Edward Burne-Jones, and the Art of Enchantment.”  Presented at the Willa Cather Spring Conference Scholars’ Symposium.  Red Cloud, NE; June 2012.
  • “Thackeray’s Henry Esmond and The Virginians: Literary Sources for Cather’s My Mortal Enemy.”  Plenary presentation at the 13th International Willa Cather Seminar.  Smith College, Northampton, MA; June 2011.
  • Panelist and Presenter at the 2011 Willa Cather Spring Conference—Cather and Popular Culture.  Red Cloud, NE; April 2011.
  • “The Cather-Knopf Correspondence, 1921-1923.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Literature Association. Prescott, AZ; October 2010.
  • Panelist and Presenter at the 2010 Willa Cather Spring Conference—Food and Drink in Cather’s Fiction. Red Cloud, NE; June 2010.
  • “Willa Cather’s War: The Use of Journalistic Sources in One of Ours.”  Presented at the 23rd Annual National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists.  The School of Visual Arts.  New York; October 2009.
  • “Willa Cather and Henry Blake Fuller: More Building Blocks for The Professor’s House.”  Presented at the 12th International Willa Cather Seminar.  Chicago; June 2009.
  • “Cather and Her Contemporaries: The Critical Debate over One of Ours.”  Keynote address at the 2008 Willa Cather Spring Conference. Red Cloud, NE; June 2008.
  • “Elementary, My Dear Watson: Cather Scholarship and the New York Times Historical Index.”  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Literature Association. Tacoma, WA; October 2007.
  • “’Pershing’s Crusaders’: G. P. Cather and the American Expeditionary Force in France.”  Plenary session paper presented at the 11th International Willa Cather Seminar 2007; The Sorbonne, Paris; June 2007.
  • “One Little Feller’s Quest for ‘Something Splendid’: Another Look at Cather’s Claude Wheeler.”  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Literature Association.  Boise, ID; October 2006.
  •  “Cather’s A Lost Lady and Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin.”  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Literature Association.  San Francisco, CA; May 2006.
  • “’Happy Birthday, Dear and Noble Artist’: Willa Cather, Yehudi Menuhin, and the Schubert Letters.”  Presented at the Cather Colloquium, Drew University; September 2005. 
  • “Over There from Over Here: Willa Cather, the Implied Reader, and One of Ours.”  Plenary session paper presented at the 10th International Willa Cather Seminar; University of Nebraska-Lincoln; June 2005.
  • “Getting Claude Over There: Sources for Book Four of Cather’s One of Ours.”  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Literature Association. Big Sky, MT; September 2004
  • “Much More Than Mere ‘Men and Measures’: A New Look at Willa Cather and McClure’s Magazine.”  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Literature Association.  San Francisco, CA; May 2004
  • “Willa Cather and Henri Barbusse: Another French Connection.” Presented at the 9th International Willa Cather Seminar.  Breadloaf, VT; May 2003
  • “G. P. Cather: The One of One of Ours.” Presented at the Willa Cather and World War I Symposium, held in Lincoln, NE; April 2002
  • “G. P. Cather: The One of One of Ours.”  Presented at the International Conference on World War I, “The Great War and the Twentieth Century,” held in London and Northampton, England, August 2001
  • “Peter S. Townsend and the New York Lyceum of Natural History.”  Presented at the Glen Cove Public Library; September 2000
  • “Willa Cather, D. H. Lawrence, and the American Southwest.” Presented at the 8th International Willa Cather Seminar 2000.  Nebraska City, NE; June 2000
  • “Ernest Hemingway and the Revolution in Literary Style.”  Presented at the Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library’s Celebration of the Ernest Hemingway Centennial.  Woodmere, NY;  December 1999
  • Cather’s One of Ours:  The Scholarly Edition.”  Presented at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln; September 1999
  • “Editing Cather’s One of Ours.”  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Literature Association.  Baltimore, MD; May 1999
  • “Willa Cather and Henry Blake Fuller:  Constructing The Professor’s House.”  Presented at the Western Literature Association Annual Meeting.  Banff, Canada; October 1998
  • “Willa Cather, D. H. Lawrence, and the American Southwest.”  Presented at the 7th International Conference of the D. H. Lawrence Society. Taos, NM; July 1998
  • “Willa Cather, Sherwood Anderson, and the Crisis of Modernity.”  Presented at the Drew University International Willa Cather Symposium. Madison, NJ; June 1998
  • “Willa Cather’s Southern Past:  ‘Seeing Through It All to the Bottom.’”  Presented at the 7th International Willa Cather Seminar.  Winchester, VA; June 1997
  • “The Wisdom of Pierre Charron and the Wisdom of Willa Cather.”  Presented at the 6th International Willa Cather Seminar.  Quebec, Canada; June 1995
  • “Mortal Enemies:  Cather’s Myra Henshawe and Thackeray’s Beatrice Esmond.”  Presented at the American Literature Association Conference on American Literature.  San Diego; June 1994
  • “Willa Cather, Lucy Gayheart, and the Question of Suffering.”  Presented at the 5th International Willa Cather Seminar.  Hastings, NE; June 1993
  • “Willa Cather and the Spiritual Development of the Artist.”  Presented at the Western Literature Association Annual Meeting.  Reno, NV; October 1992
  • “Sherwood Anderson and Willa Cather:  ‘Fragments to Shore against the Ruins.’”  Presented at the national conference, Sherwood Anderson after Fifty Years.  Blacksburg, VA; April 1991
  • “Willa Cather and T. S. Eliot:  The Uses of Tradition.”  Presented at the 4th International Willa Cather Seminar.  Santa Fe; June 1990
  • “Waiting and Trusting in Providence:  The Civil War Dairy of Sarah Harris.”  Presented at the American Culture Association Annual Meeting.  Toronto; March 1990
  • “Marian Forrester, Martha Blount, and the Characters of Women.”  Presented at the Western Literature Association Annual Meeting.  Coeur d’Alene, ID; October 1989
  • “Painting the Papers:  The Newspaper in American Painting, 1820-1870.”  Presented at the American Culture Association Annual Meeting.  St. Louis; April 1989
  • “The Power of Citizens in a Democracy:  The Continuing Relevance of New York’s Ratification of the United States Constitution, 1788-1988.”  Five programs sponsored by the Long Island Commission for the Celebration of the United States Constitution.  Funded by a grant from the New York State Commission on the Bicentennial of the Constitution
  • Interview:  “New York’s Debate on the Ratification of the United States Constitution.”  Cable News Network, Long Island; October 1988
  • “Homes and Churches:  The Quest for Order in Willa Cather’s Novels.”  Presented at the Third National Willa Cather Symposium.  Provo, UT; September 1988
  • “Celebrating the United States Constitution.”  Four lectures presented at the Glen Cove Historical Society and sponsored by the Long Island Commission for the Celebration of the United States Constitution.  Funded by a grant from the New York State Council for the Humanities
  • “First Loves:  Willa Cather’s Niel Herbert and Ivan Turgenev’s Vladimir Petrovich.”  Presented at the Western Literature Association Annual Meeting.  Lincoln, NE; October 1987
  • “Willa Cather, Ivan Turgenev, and the Novel of Character.”  Presented at the 3rd International Willa Cather Seminar.  Hastings, NE; June 1987


Professional Development Activities:
Attended Middle States workshop “Standard 14 in Characteristics of Excellence.” University of Delaware; Newark, DE (September 2007)
Attended Middle States workshop “Taking the Next Step.” University of Delaware; Newark, DE (January 2007)

Honors and Professional Recognition:
Named John J. McMullen Professor of Humanities (2007)
Named a Distinguished Scholar, Inaugural Willa Cather Scholar’s Summit (2004)
Certificate of Commendation from the American Association for State and Local History for edition of Memorandum of a Jaunt: Peter S. Townsend and the New York Lyceum of Natural History, May-June 1817 (2002)

Professional Memberships:
Phi Beta Kappa
Western Literature Association
American Literature Association
Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial Association
American Association for State and Local History

Additional Duties Beyond Teaching, 2002 to Present:
Assistant Dean (Fall 2007-)
Coordinator of Humanities
Chair: Library Committee, Assessment Committee, Thesis Committee
Member: Accreditation Visits Committee, Admissions Committee, CQI Team on Winter Work, CQI Team on Semester Abroad Initiative
Coordinator, Webb Lecture Series
Coordinator, Middle States Commission on Higher Education Reaccreditation Self-Study

Service Beyond Webb Institute:
Member, Board of Governors, Willa Cather Foundation
Member, Board of Directors, North Shore Historical Museum
Director, North Shore Historical Museum Oral History Project