William HandleyAssociate Professor of English
Phone: (213) 740-3733
Office: THH 404E
- B.A. English; Political Science, Stanford University, 6/1986
- M.A. Humanities, Stanford University, 6/1986
- M. Phil. British Literature, 1880-1960, University of Oxford, England, 5/1988
- D.Phil. English Literature, University of Oxford, England, 7/1995
- Ph.D. English, University of California, Los Angeles, 11/1997
- Associate Professor of English, University of Southern California, 05/01/2002-
- Assistant Professor of English, University of Southern California, 01/01/1999-01/01/2002
- Assistant Professor of Literature and of English and American Literature, Harvard University, 01/01/1995-01/01/1999
- Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, Moderator, Working Group on Fiction and History
- Handley, William R., ed. (Ed.). (2011). The Brokeback Book: From Story to Cultural Phenomenon. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press.
- Handley, William R, and Nathaniel Lewis (Ed.). (2004). True West: Authenticity and the American West. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press.
- Handley, W. R. (2002). Marriage, Violence, and the Nation in the American Literary West. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
- Handley, W. R. (2011). "The Pasts and Futures of a Story and a Film". (Vol. The Brokeback Book). pp. 1-23.. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press.
- Handley, W. R. (2009). "The Popular Western" in 'A Companion to the Modern American Novel', ed. John T. Matthews. (Vol. 10). pp. 437-453.. Malden, MA and Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
- Handley, W. R. (2007). "The Vanishing American (1925)" in *America First: Naming the Nation in U.S. Film*, ed. Mandy Merck. pp. 44-64.. Routledge.
- Handley, W. R. (2004). Willa Cather: "The West Authentic," The West Divided. pp. p. 72-94.. Lincoln, NE: True West: Authenticity and the American West/University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
- Handley, W. R. (2004). "Freeways in the City of Angels" in *Working Sites: Texts, Territories, and Cultural Capital in American Cultures*, eds. William Boelhower and John Leo. pp. p. 178-207.. University of Amsterdam Press.
- Handley, W. R. (2003). "Wister's Omniscience and Omissions" in 'Reading The Virginian in the New West.' Eds. Melody Graulich and Stephen Tatum. pp. p. 39-71.. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press.
- Handley, W. R. (1993). The Ethics of Subject Creation in Bakhtin and Lacan. pp. p. 144-162.. Mikhail Bakhtin: Carnival and Other Subjects/Rodopi Press.
- Handley, W. R. (1991). "War and the Politics of Narration in Jacob's Room" in 'Virginia Woolf and War: Fiction, Reality, and Myth'. Ed. Mark Hussey. pp. p. 110-133.. Syracuse University Press.
- Handley, W. R. (2004). "Western Fiction" in Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature, ed. Jay Parini. Vol. 4, 334-343. University of Oxford Press.
- Handley, W. R. (2005). Detecting the Fictions of History in *Watershed*. Callaloo/Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. p. 305-312.
- Handley, W. R. (2004). Belonging(s): Plural Marriage, Gay Marriage, and the Subversion of 'Good Order'. Discourse/Wayne State University Press. pp. p. 85-109.
- Handley, W. R. (2001). Distinctions without Differences: Zane Grey and the Mormon Question. Arizona Quarterly/University of Arizona. Vol. 57, pp. 1, 1-33..
- Handley, W. R. (1995). The House a Ghost Built: Nommo, Allegory, and the Ethics of Reading in Toni Morrison's Beloved. Contemporary Literature/University of Wisconsin Press. Vol. 36, pp. 4, 676-701..
- Handley, W. R. (1994). The Housemaid and the Kitchen Table: Incorporating the Frame in To the Lighthouse. Twentieth Century Literature/Hofstra University. Vol. 40, pp. 1, 15-41..
- USC Zumberge Research and Innovation Fund Award, 2000-2001
- Huntington Library Research Fellowship Recipient, Keck and Mayers Fellowship, 1998
- Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment, Department of English, 2007-2011
- Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of English, 2003-2005
- General Editor, "Postwestern Horizons" Book Series for the University of Nebraska Press, 2002-
- Executive Secretary and Treasurer, Western Literature Association, 2010-2014
- President, Western Literature Association, 2004-2005
Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History
Description of Research
Summary Statement of Research Interests
My research interests predominantly concern the literature, film, historiography, and culture of the American West, past and present. I have also written about and teach other aspects of British and American literature, particularly modernism and narrative theory.
The American West; American Studies; 19th and 20th Century American Literature; Modernism.
Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions
Honors and Awards
Service to the Profession
Editorships and Editorial Boards
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