Literature and Languages
Title: Senior Lecturer in English
Department: Literature and Languages
Building: BUS 207A
- B.A., English The University of Texas at Austin 1974
- M.A., Classics The University of Texas at Austin 1978
- Ph.D., Comparative Literature The University of Texas at Austin 1984
John Harris received a B.A. in English, an M.A. in Classics, and a Ph.D. in Comparative
Literature (major in Latin and Greek) from the University of Texas at Austin, between
which courses of study he taught Latin and French in several North Texas high schools.
His doctoral work finished, his teaching focus shifted toward world literature in translation. He prepared such classes under the aegis of English departments at several universities in the southeast before attempting to operate a small publishing house through the budding Internet of the mid-nineties. When this venture failed to prosper, he transformed it into the charitable and tax-exempt organization, The Center for Literate Values. The Center’s quarterly journal Praesidium reflects his own growing concern over the degeneration of literate habits of thought: e.g., a respect for quiet places, a tendency to introspection, an awareness of the individual’s separation from others, and a consequent valuing of individual responsibility and creativity.
Dr. Harris’s specific scholarly interests have evolved largely in support of his study
of the literate/post-literate “psycho-dynamic.” Vergil’s Aeneid, the subject of his
Master’s thesis and partial subject of his dissertation, continues to fascinate him
as a brilliant literate mind’s triumphantly failed effort to produce an oral-traditional
landscape; his reading of Irish Gaelic folktales and autobiographical retrospectives
(of which a great many have been tape-recorded or transcribed by scholars working
in the field) often informs his research.
Footprints in the Snow of the Moon. Novel, 3rd edition. The Center for Literate Values, 2008. E-book available at www.literatevalues.org/e-books.htm.
Key to a Cold City: How the Generation of Black Ballplayers After Jackie Robinson Was Restrained in the Big Leagues. The Center for Literate Values, 2008. E-book available at www.literatevalues.org/e-books.htm.
Chaos, Cosmos, and Saint-Exupéry's Pilot-Hero: A Study in Mythopoeia. Scranton, PA: University of Scranton Press, 1999.
Adaptations of Roman Epic in Medieval Ireland: Three Studies in the Interplay of Erudition
and Oral Tradition. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 1998.
“Crosses in Cellars: Toward a Comparative Literature of the Faithful.” Providence Studies in Western Civilization 6.2 (Winter 2001): 1-13.
“Proteus Surrenders: The Life and Death of the Death-and-Rebirth Myth.” Renascence 49.2 (Winter 1997): 121-38.
“The Medieval Irish Adaptation of Lucan’s Bellum Civile: An Exercise in Creative Conventionality.” Eigse 28 (1994-95): 103-28.
“Orality and Literacy in Tomás O Criomhthain’s Narrative Technique.” Canadian Journal of Irish Studies 19.2 (December 1993): 20-30.
“Aeneas’s Treason and Narrative Consistency in the Medieval Irish Imtheachta Aeniasa.” Florilegium 10 (1988-91): 25-48.