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Paul Harris - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Paul Harris Paul Harris

Professor of English | Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA, UNITED STATES

Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts

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Biography

Raised in Norwich, VT, I have lived in California since 1984 and taught in the LMU English department since 1992; I have also been President of the Faculty Senate and Chair of the English Department.

My scholarship and teaching reflect a deeply curious spirit, and I have relished the academic and professional freedom to pursue a rich range of intellectual interests. I have published essays in literature and science, chaos/complexity theory, literary theory, neuroscience, architecture, constraint-based writing, Bergsonian philosophy, and the interdisciplinary study of time. I have published on canonical American authors (Poe, Melville, Faulkner), and 20th century European writers (Beckett, Perec, Calvino). I have become a recognized specialist on Simon Rodia’s Watts Towers of Los Angeles. My recent publications and teaching focus on Big History and my current manuscript project uses Gilles Deleuze’s philosophy to theorize an “itinerant spirituality.” I have taught courses informed by this work including: Detecting the Divine; A Course About Nothing; Spaces of Wonder; Time in Film, Fiction and Philosophy; and From Eternity to Here.

My persistent professional passion for interdisciplinary intellectual exchange is evident in three professional commitments. I served as President of the International Society for the Study of Time (ISST) from 2004 – 2013. The ISST, founded in 1966 by the late Dr. J.T. Fraser, constitutes a uniquely systematic attempt to explore the nature of time through the collective power of scientific knowledge and humanistic insight.

I have been an editor of SubStance: A Journal of Literary Criticism and Theory since 1996. Renowned as the leading journal on French theory in English, SubStance has in recent years featured issues on topics including ecology and literature, anarchism, consumption, and graphic narratives. I have edited four special issues on topics in philosophy, science, and literature, and review 10 – 20 essays monthly.

I have fostered interdisciplinary engagement at LMU through SynThink, a forum I directed from 1999 – 2006. For SynThink, I taught courses on interdisciplinary themes and hosted conferences that addressed the theme from a variety of critical and creative perspectives. The conferences regularly included papers given by outside scholars and artists, LMU faculty, and LMU graduate and undergraduate students.

Education (3)

University of California at Irvine: Ph.D., English 1991

University of California at Irvine: M.A., English 1986

McGill University: B.A., English 1984

Cum Laude

Areas of Expertise (6)

Geo-Poetics & Geo-Philosophy Literary Theory Interdisciplinary study of time Outsider Art/The Watts Towers of Los Angeles OULIPO/writing under constraints David Mitchell's fiction

Accomplishments (4)

2016-17 Daum Professorship (professional)

Created from a legacy received from Harry M. Daum, Class of 1938, the Daum Professorship is an annual award to a senior professor in the College who has exhibited a record of excellence in teaching and advising, scholarship or creative work, and service to the department, college and university.

President (2004 – 2013), International Society for the Study of Time (http://www.studyoftime.org/) (professional)

Served three terms as President of ISST.

Faculty Senate President, 2010 – 2011 (professional)

Facilitated vote for new Core Curriculum, Faculty Handbook revision

Chair of English Department, 2011 – 2015 (professional)

Chaired department during curriculum revision and transition to 4 unit courses.

Affiliations (2)

  • SubStance: A Journal of Theory and Literary Criticism (Co-Editor)
  • International Society for the Study of Time

Research Grants (6)

Summer Research Grant

Temporal Suspension in the Cretan Labyrinth 

2013

Faith and Justice Research Grant

Re-Engaging Canonical Wisdom Texts: Homelessness in the Book of Job and King Lear 

2011

Faith and Justice Course Development Grant

Detecting the Divine 

2010

Summer Research Grant

“Cosmic Epics and Global Ethics” 

2008

Catholic Studies Course Development Grant

“Wisdom and the Void” 

2007

Marymount Institute Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies

Loyola Marymount University 

2004 - 05

Courses (10)

First Year Seminar: From Eternity to Here

FYS 1000

Spaces of Wonder

ENGL 398

Homelessness: From The Book of Job to the Streets of L.A.

ENGL 398

Time in Philosophy, Fiction, and Film

ENGL 467

Detecting the Divine

ENGL 498

Style in Writing

ENGL 567

A Course About Nothing

ENGL 598

Constraint-based Writing and Literature

ENGL 598

The Labyrinth in American Literature

ENGL 598

Contemporary Critical Theory

ENGL 605

Articles (5)

Tracing the Cretan Labyrinth: Mythology, Archaeology, Topology, Phenomenology Kronoscope: Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Time

"Tracing the Cretan Labyrinth: Mythology, Archaeology, Topology, Phenomenology." Kronoscope: Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Time: 14 (2014): 133-49.

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Introduction: David Mitchell in the Labyrinth of Time SubStance

“Introduction: David Mitchell in the Labyrinth of Time” SubStance 136 Vol 44, no. 1, 2015: 3-7.

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David Mitchell in the Laboratory of Time: An Interview with the Author SubStance

“David Mitchell in the Laboratory of Time: An Interview with the Author.” SubStance 136 Vol 44, no. 1, 2015: 8-17.

David Mitchell’s Fractal Imagination: The Bone Clocks SubStance

“David Mitchell’s Fractal Imagination: The Bone Clocks.” SubStance 136 Vol 44, no. 1, 2015: 148-53.

Sam Rodia's Watts Towers in Six Sections in Succession Towers in Watts

“Sam Rodia's Watts Towers in Six Sections in Succession." In Luisa del Giudice, ed.,Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts (New York: Fordham UP, 2014): 79-89.

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