Christine Jespersen, Ph.D.

Christine Jespersen

Professor of English

Education
B.A., University of Colorado Boulder, Women's Studies and English, 1987 (summa cum laude)
M.A., Rutgers University New Brunswick, Literatures in English, 1991
Ph.D., Rutgers University New Brunswick, Literatures in English, 1997
Phone
970.943.2088
Email
cjespersen@western.edu
Office Location
Taylor Hall 218

Biography

Teaching Experience

Professor of English, Western Colorado University, 2005-present.

Associate Professor of English, Western Colorado Univeristy, 2003-2005.

Assistant Professor of English, Western Colorado University, 1998-2003.

Assistant Professor of English (non-tenure track), Rutgers University, 1996-1998.

Publications

The Anatomy of Body Worlds: Critical Essays on the Plastinated Cadavers of Gunther von Hagens. Eds. T. Christine Jespersen, Alicita Rodríguez, Joseph Starr.Jefferson: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2009.

Rev. of Louis Owens Literary Reflections on His Life and Work. Ed. Jacquelyn Kilpatrick. ISLE. 13.1 (2006): 267-68.

“The Chattering of Timothy Strossmeyer or Discipline and the Oppressed.”  Learning as We Teach. Eds. Matt Parfit and Dawn Skorczewski.  Connecticut:  Bonyton and Cook.  2003.

“Negotiating Womanhood through Frontier Adventure in Life Among the Piutes.”  Eds.  Will Wright and Steven Kaplan.  The Image of the Frontier.  Colorado: U of Southern Colorado, 1997.  First presented at “The Image of the Frontier,” “Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery,” Colorado Springs, March 15, 1997.

Unmapping Adventure in the Ages of Empire (in progress).

Conferences

Jespersen, T. Christine and Alicita Rodríguez. "Forced Impregnation: Frankenstein's Laboratory at Body Worlds." Special Plenary Session. Southwest/Texas Popular and american Culture Association Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Feb. 16, 2007.

“Re-meaning Mystery and Environment in Linda Hogan’s Mean Spirit.”  “Literary Natures.”  Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association One-Hundred-Third Annual Conference, Woodland Hills, California, Nov. 11, 2005.

“Linda Hogan’s Wolverine Activism.”  “Environmental Justice, Gender, Sexuality, and Activism.”  Being in the World, Living with the Land.  Association for Study of Literature and the Environment, Eugene, Oregon, June 22, 2005.

“Skeletons of Adventure:  Scars of Hope in Linda Hogan’s Solar Storms.”  “Living Justice.”  Globalization of Environmental Justice Movement Symposium, Tucson, Arizona, Sept. 24, 2004. 

“Unmapping Adventure in Linda Hogan’s Solar Storms.”   American Literature Association, San Francisco, California, May 30, 2004.

"Essayism," Chair.   Connecting the Text and Street.  2002 Conference on College Composition and Communication.  Chicago, Illinois.  March 22, 2002. 

"The Exhaustion of Adventure in Willa Cather's The Professor's House."  "Redefining the American West."  New Mexico Highlands University.  Las Vegas, New Mexico.  Sept. 15, 2001.

"Nature, Gender and Ethnicity,"  Coordinator.  2001 Interdisciplinary Conference.  Western Colorado University.      Gunnison, Colorado, April 16-17, 2001. 

 "The Nature of Representations Shaping Ethnicity and Gender," Chair.  "Nature, Gender and Ethnicity." 2001 Interdisciplinary Conference.  Western Colorado Univeristy.  Gunnison, Colorado, April 16,  2001.

"The Nature of the West Shaping Our Stories," Chair.  "Nature, Gender and Ethnicity."  2001 Interdisciplinary Conference.  Western Colorado University.  Gunnison, Colorado, April 16,  2001.

“Delectare et Educare.” “Lining up the Metaphors.”   1999 Annual Faculty Symposium.  Crested Butte, Colorado, Oct. 16, 1999. 

“Dishing Nature.” “Rewriting the Nature of Gender.”   National Women’s Studies Association. Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 18, 1999.

“As Brave as Any of the Men:  Native American Women in Women’s Tales of Adventure.”  American Literature Association, San Diego, California, May 30, 1998.

“The Value of Writing?  Institutional Contexts and the Teaching of Composition in the Literature Classroom.”  “English Contexts and Connections,” New Jersey College English Association, Middlesex County College, New Jersey, April 4, 1998.

“Ethnicity and the Frontier,” Chair. “The Image of the Frontier,” Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery.  Colorado Springs, Colorado,  March 14, 1997.

"Whose America?  Negotiating Race, Gender, and Nation in Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins' Life Among the Piutes."  "Negotiating Identities in the Americas," Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, April 1, 1995. 

"Adventure as Ecological Witness in the Writings of John Muir."  Fellows Colloquium, Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, November 2, 1994.

"Moving Beyond Pam Houston:  Calamity Jane, The Beet Queen, and Miss Dish Rap About Changing Definitions of Adventure."  "Transformations of Women and Gender," Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, May 17, 1994.

"Roosevelt's Manly Ecological Adventure."  Council on Languages and Literatures, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, April 29, 1994.

"Practicing Feminisms," Chair.  Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, February 28, 1994.

"Spectacular Speaking:  Speculations on Female Voice in Marie de France."  Central New York Conference on Language and Literature, SUNY, Cortland, New York, October 20, 1992.

"Bodies Imagined," Chair. Annual Graduate Student Symposium, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, April 17, 1991.

Other Interests

Professor Jespersen specializes in late 19th and early 20th-century United States literature, gender studies, and colonial and postcolonial discourse.  Currently, she is doing research on Environmental Justice literature and Globalization.