CV

(Curriculum vitae, summer 2017)

Education:

  • Vanderbilt University: Ph.D. in English, 2013
    • Dissertation: “Zoological Modernism: Literature, Science, and Animals in Early Twentieth-Century Britain” (chaired by Jay Clayton and Mark Wollaeger)
  • Vanderbilt University: MA in English, 2009
  • University of Florida: BA in English, 2008

Current Position:

Assistant Professor of English and Writing, University of Tampa (2014-present)

Past Positions:

Lecturer in English, Vanderbilt University (2013-2014)

Book Project:

“Animal Subjects: Literature, Zoology, and British Modernism” – In the wake of Darwin’s revolutionary claim that humans and animals are biologically related and psychologically contiguous, writers and scientists alike faced an old, but newly urgent question: What is animal life like? For modern intellectuals, recognizing animals as sentient subjects meant testing the limits of both scientific epistemology and literary representation. This manuscript explores the efforts of a group of British writers and scientists to represent the lives of animals. It tracks the circulation of ideas about animals through a literary-scientific network that includes H.G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, D.H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, Charles Elton, Henry Eliot Howard, Julian Huxley, Bertrand Russell, C. Lloyd Morgan, and J.B.S. Haldane. As modernist literature and modern biology coevolved in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, they developed a range of techniques for writing animal subjectivity, from ironic fable to thin description to free verse to delayed decoding. Not only do these representations index a shift in cultural understandings of animals, they also provide a critical vantage point from which we can reevaluate modern science and literary modernism. From this perspective, the former appears self-reflexive and tolerant of uncertainty; the latter fosters an ethics of curiosity and respect toward animal others.

Journal Articles:

  • “Rereading H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine: Empiricism, Aestheticism, Modernism,” English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 58:4 (2015)
  • “Philosophical Barnacles and Empiricist Dogs: Knowing Animals in Modernist Literature and Science,” Configurations 21.3 (2013)
  • “Of Bodies, Families, and Communities: Refiguring the 1918 Influenza Pandemic,” Literature and Medicine 29.1 (2011)

Other Publications:

  • [Book Review] The Sorceress of the Strand and Other Stories, by L.T. Meade, ed. Janis Dawson, forthcoming in English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 61.1 (2018)
  • [Book Review] Joseph Conrad and H.G. Wells: The Fin-de-Siècle Literary Scene by Linda Dryden, English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 60.1 (2017)
  • “The Last Glaciers” (essay), Rockhurst Review 29 (2016)

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships:

  • Inquiry-Based Course Redesign Grant, Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry, University of Tampa, 2017
  • Robert Manson Myers Dissertation Prize, Vanderbilt University, 2013 (award for best dissertation in English)
  • Edgar Hill Duncan Award, Vanderbilt University, 2013 (award for overall achievement in graduate career)
  • Elizabeth E. Fleming Fellowship, Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, 2012-2013
  • Dissertation Enhancement Grant, Vanderbilt University, Fall 2012
  • Rose Alley Press Achievement Award, 2012
  • University Fellowship, 2008-2012

Conference Papers and Presentations:

  • “The New Zombies: Global Warming, Climate Refugees, and Junot Diaz’s ‘Monstro’”: Accepted for Society of Literature, Science, and the Arts Annual Conference, November 2017
  • “Disaster Time: Natasha Trethewey’s Beyond Katrina and Photographic Witnessing”: Timescales: A Conference of the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities, October 2016
  • “Ethology as Mind Science: Julian Huxley, Aldous Huxley, and Animal Behavior”: Modernist Studies Association Conference, November 2015
  • “Five Ways of Looking at a Trope”: Seminar on “Catastrophe and the Limits of Genre,” Modernist Studies Association Conference, November 2015
  • “Representing Animal Minds: Aldous Huxley, Ethology, and Thin Description”: Brown Bag Series, University of Tampa, February 2015
  • “Mapping Intellectual Networks in Modernist Britain”: Modern Language Association Annual Convention, January 2015
  • “D.H. Lawrence’s Zoological Poetics: A Debate with Julian Huxley”: Modern Language Association Annual Convention, January 2014
  • “Towards Invertebrate Animal Studies: Julian Huxley and the Flatworm”: Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Annual Conference, October 2013
  • “Romantic Ethologies: Julian Huxley, D.H. Lawrence, and Zoological Modernism”: Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities Graduate Fellows Lecture Series, Vanderbilt University, April 2013
  •  “Natural History and Modernist Aesthetics in the Secrets of Nature Films”: Modernist Studies Association Conference, October 2012
  • “Weird Science: Aldous Huxley, Julian Huxley, and the Monsters of Developmental Biology”: Seminar on “Fantastic Spectacle: Magic, Monsters, and Modernism,” Modernist Studies Association Conference, October 2012
  •  “Inhuman Nature: W.H. Hudson, D.H. Lawrence, and the Bat”: The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, February 2012
  •  “Snail Senses: Virginia Woolf and the Study of Animal Perception”: Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Annual Conference, September 2011
  • “British Modernism and the Biological Sciences”: Seminar on “Nature and the Limits of Modernism,” Modernist Studies Association Conference, October 2011
  • “Strange Company: Social Space in Katherine Mansfield’s Pension Sketches”: The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, February 2011
  • “Fossils and Fragments: The Discontinuous Histories of Charles Darwin and Walter Pater”: Graduate Student Research Symposium at Vanderbilt University, March 2010
  • “Illness and Incoherent Bodies in Pale Horse, Pale Rider”: Graduate Student Research Symposium at Vanderbilt University, April 2009

Digital Writing:

  • “Literature and Science in Modern Britain”: www.carihovanec.com/litsci. This project, a collaboration with programmer Andrew Leathers, maps a social network of writers, scientists, philosophers, and intellectuals associated with British modernism.
  • “Inkwell”: www.carihovanec.com/blog. This blog reflects on literature, science, culture, and pedagogy.
  • “A Foray into the World of Digital Humanities: Making a Social Network.” Invited guest post on the Vanderbilt Institute of Digital Learning blog: my.vanderbilt.edu/vidl.

Courses Designed and Taught:

  • Writing and Inquiry (University of Tampa)
    •  “Writing About TV” and “Writing About TV (Honors)”
    • “Coming of Age” and “Coming of Age (Honors)”
  • Writing and Research (University of Tampa)
    • “End of the World Stories”
    • “Social Disasters”
    • “Literature and Science Since Darwin”
  • Pathways to Honors I (University of Tampa)
    • “Writing with Light: Poetry and Photography”
  • Pathways to Honors II (University of Tampa)
    • “What Should an Education Be?”
  • Introduction to Literary and Cultural Analysis (Vanderbilt University)
    • “Transitional Forms: Literature and Science Since Darwin”
  • Composition (Vanderbilt University)
    • “Inventing the University”
    • “Paying Attention: The Media and Mental Life”
  • Introduction to Literary Criticism (Vanderbilt University)
    • “Literary Theory and the Modernist Short Story”
  • Literature and Analytical Thinking (Vanderbilt University)
    • “Time Warps: Temporality, Memory, and Literature”
    • “Literary Landscapes: Tracing Spaces in Literature”
    • “The Country and the City”

Sample syllabi and teaching materials available at carihovanec.com/teaching

Other Teaching Experience:

  • Grader for Introduction to Film Studies, Vanderbilt University, Fall 2010
  • Vanderbilt University Writing Studio Consultant, 2011-2012

Research and Teaching Interests:

Nineteenth- through twenty-first-century literature; modernism; film; literature and science; animal studies; environmental humanities

University and Departmental Service:

  • Editorial Board, Royal Road (journal for undergraduate research), Department of English and Writing, University of Tampa, 2017-present
  • Sustainability Committee, University of Tampa, 2017-2018
  • Re/Frame Film Series, co-founder and organizer, Department of English and Writing, University of Tampa, 2016-present
  • Poets’ Society, faculty advisor, University of Tampa, 2015-present
  • First-Year Committee, University of Tampa, 2016-2017
  • Honors Committee, University of Tampa, 2015-2016
  • Collegial Dialogue Program, Department of English and Writing, University of Tampa, 2014-present
  • Academic Writing Subcommittee, Department of English and Writing, University of Tampa, 2014-present
  • Graduate Student Mentor, English Department, Vanderbilt University, 2013-2014
  • Teaching Assistant Orientation, guest speaker, Vanderbilt University, 2011 and 2012
  • English Graduate Student Association, Technology Coordinator, Vanderbilt University, 2011-
  • Graduate Student Council, representative for English, Vanderbilt University, 2009-2010
  • Recruitment and Orientation, co-coordinator, English Graduate Student Association, Vanderbilt University, 2009

Professional Service:

  • Referee, Literature and Medicine (2014)
  • Referee, Configurations (2013-2014)
  • Referee, Pickering & Chatto (2013)
  • Conference Planning, North American Victorian Studies Association Conference, 2011

Professional Development:

  • NEH Object Lessons Workshop (selected participant), Tampa, forthcoming in March 2018
  • Faculty Development Studio (instructional design reading group), University of Tampa, 2015
  • Mellon Institute in Digital and Public Humanities for Early-Career Scholars, Vanderbilt University, May 2014
  • THATCamp (The Humanities and Technology Camp): Vanderbilt University, November 2012 and November 2013

References:

  • available upon request