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JOHN C BEYNON

Department of English | California State University, Fresno | 5245 North Backer Avenue M/S PB98 | Fresno, CA 93740-2001 | jbeynon@csufresno.edu | http://johncbeynon.com | @johncbeynon | 559.278.2240

ACADEMIC POSITION:

Associate Professor, English Department, California State University, Fresno, August 2000-present.

EDUCATION:

Ph.D., English, University of California, Riverside, June 2001

Dissertation: “Men of Mode: Taste, Effeminacy, and Male Sexuality in Eighteenth-Century England.”

Committee: George E. Haggerty (director), Carole Fabricant, Parama Roy

M.A., English, University of Utah, June 1995

B.A., English, University of Utah, June 1992

TEACHING EXPERTISE:

Restoration & Eighteenth-Century British Literature, Lesbian & Gay Literature, Queer Theory, 20th-Century British Literature, History of the Novel, Digital Literacy

COURSES TAUGHT:

California State University, Fresno (Assistant & Associate Professor, 2000-present):

Introduction to Literature (ENGL 20), Readings in British Literature (ENGL 31), Masterpieces of British Literature (ENGL 102), Introduction to Literary Analysis (105), Restoration & Eighteenth-Century Literature (ENGL 150), Writing Workshop (ENGL 160W), Modern & Contemporary British Literature (ENGL 156), The British Experience (HUM 101TZ); Popular Fiction (ENGL 174), British Theatre (Drama 188TZ), Lesbian & Gay Literature (ENGL 178), Origins of the English Novel (ENGL 193T and 250T), Restoration & Eighteenth-Century British Women Writers (ENGL 194T), Restoration & Eighteenth-Century Drama (ENGL 250T), Identity in British Culture, 1660-1800 (ENGL 250T), Queer Theory (ENGL 280T)

California State University, Fullerton (Adjunct Faculty, English, 1999):

British Literature since 1760 (ENGL 312), The English Novel to Austen (ENGL 456)

University of California, Riverside (Teaching Assistant, English, 1996-2000):

Basic Writing 1 (ENGL 1), Introduction to Personal Writing (ENGL 1A), Introduction to Argument (ENGL 1B), Critical Thinking (ENGL 1C), Ideas in Conflict (ENGL 5)

University of Utah (Teaching Assistant, Writing Program, 1994-95):

Freshman Composition (Writing 112)

RESEARCH EXPERTISE:

Restoration & Eighteenth-Century British Literature, Lesbian & Gay Studies, Queer Theory, Feminist Theory, Postcolonial Studies

PUBLICATIONS:

Book

Co-edited with Caroline Gonda. Lesbian Dames: Sapphism in the Long Eighteenth Century. Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate, 2010.

Articles

“Sister Arts: The Erotics of Lesbian Landscapes” (Review-Essay). The Eighteenth-Century: Theory and Interpretation. Forthcoming: Spring 2015.

Co-Authored with Caroline Gonda. “Introduction.” Lesbian Dames: Sapphism in the Long Eighteenth Century. John C. Beynon and Caroline Gonda, eds. Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate, 2010. 1-7.

“Unaccountable Women.” Lesbian Dames: Sapphism in the Long Eighteenth Century. John C. Beynon and Caroline Gonda, eds. Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate, 2010. 81-94.

“‘William Beckford’s ‘Favourite Propensity.’” William Beckford and the New Millennium. Kenneth W. Graham and Kevin Berland, eds. New York: AMS, 2004. 7-35.

“Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s Sapphic Vision.” Imperial Desire: Dissident Sexualities and Colonial Literature. Philip Holden and Richard J. Ruppel, eds. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2003. 21-43.

“‘Traffic in More Precious Commodities’: Sapphic Erotics and Economics in Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure.” Launching Fanny Hill: Essays on the Novel and its Influences. Patsy S. Fowler and Alan Jackson, eds. New York: AMS, 2003. 3-26.

Book Reviews

Review of The Gendering of Men, 1600-1750, Vol. 2: Queer Articulations by Thomas King. Theatre Journal. 62.1. March 2010. 140-41.

Review of Reading the East India Company, 1720-1840: Colonial Currencies of Gender by Betty Joseph. Eighteenth-Century Women. Vol. 4. Spring 2006. 377-78.

Review of Romantic Genius: The Prehistory of a Homosexual Role by Andrew Elfenbein. Lesbian and Gay Studies Newsletter. Summer 2000.

Review of Swords in Myrtle Dress’d by Jon Thomas Rowland. The Scriblerian and the Kit-Kats. Spring 2000.

Encyclopedia Entries

“Arthur Tress.” Encyclopedia of Gay Histories and Cultures. George E. Haggerty, ed. New York: Garland Publishing, 1999.

“Bathhouses and Sex Clubs.” Encyclopedia of Gay Histories and Cultures. George E. Haggerty, ed. New York: Garland Publishing, 1999.

“Bentham, Jeremy.” Encyclopedia of Gay Histories and Cultures. George E. Haggerty, ed. New York: Garland Publishing, 1999.

Current Project

Tempest in a Teapot: Desire, Identity, and Anxiety in British Tea-Drinking Culture

EDITORSHIP:

Assistant Editor, Encyclopedia of Gay Histories and Cultures. George E. Haggerty, ed. New York: Garland Publishing, 1999.

CONFERENCES, PRESENTATIONS, WORKSHOPS:

Conferences Organized

Co-Organizer, Outlawed: The Naked Truth about Censored Literature for Young People, Arne Nixon Library, California State University, Fresno, April 14-15, 2015.

Member, CSU-Wide Steering Committee, California State University Queer Studies Consortium, Third Annual Conference: Queering Privilege, California State University, Chico, April 7-9, 2006. 

Chair, CSU-Wide Steering Committee, California State University Queer Studies Consortium, Second Annual Conference: Queering the Curriculum Intersections of Race, Class, Genders, Nations and Bodies, California State University, Fresno, April 15-17, 2005.

Conference Sessions Chaired or Organized

Twitter vs Zombies (#TvsZ) and Nurph Workshop. THATCamp Digital Pedagogy. Atlantic City, New Jersey. June 17-18, 2014.

Session Chair, “Platonic Love.” 43rd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. San Antonio, Texas. March 22-25, 2012.

Session Chair, “The Woe of Men: Masculinity in Monique Truong, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.” 21st Annual Conference for Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States. Fresno, CA. March 22-25, 2007.

Session Chair and Organizer, Lesbian and Gay Caucus Session, “Composing Desire.” 35th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Boston, Massachusetts. March 21-28, 2004.

Session Chair, Lesbian and Gay Caucus Session, “In Memoriam Alan Bray.” 11th International Congress on the Enlightenment / 34thAnnual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Los Angeles, California. August 3-10, 2003.

Session Chair, Lesbian and Gay Caucus Session, “Queer Methodologies without Queer Subjects.” 32nd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. New Orleans, Louisiana. April 18-22, 2001.

Session Co-Chair and Co-Organizer, “The Influence of the Arabian Nights.” 6th Annual Meeting of the Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies. Newport, Rhode Island. November 19-22, 1998.

Conference Papers and Panel Participation

Participant, Queer Visions Roundtable. (Proposal Accepted.) 46th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Los Angeles, California. March 19-21, 2015.

“Re-Inthrone the Man”: The Feminizing Effects of Tea Drinking and the Tea Trade in Pierre Motteaux’s Poem in Praise of Tea.” (Proposal Accepted.) Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, California. February 13-14, 2015.

“To Boldy Go Where Few Have Gone Before?” (Panel Participant.) Teaching, Innovation & Pedagogy: Engaging Learners Conference. California State University, Fresno. August 18, 2014.

“‘A Baby Race of Men’: Tea, Effeminacy, Disability.” 43rd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. San Antonio, Texas. March 22-25, 2012.

“Queer Performativity.” (Invited Roundtable Participant.) 42nd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Vancouver, British Columbia. March 17-20, 2011.

“Who Are You Calling a Queer?” QP4 Conference. Christ’s College Cambridge, United Kingdom. July 9-11, 2008.

“Unaccountable Women.” 12th International Congress on the Enlightenment / International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Montpelier, France. July 8-14, 2007.

“Growing Up Gay in the Valley.” 21st Annual Conference for Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States. Fresno, CA. March 22-25, 2007.

“Circulations of Sodomy: Tracing Deviant Desire through British Material Culture.” 36th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Las Vegas, Nevada. March 31-April 3, 2005.

“Tempest in a Teapot: Desire and Identity at the Boston Tea Party.” 35th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Boston, Massachusetts. March 21-28, 2004.

“Eunuchism Display’d: Spectacles of Castration on the Restoration Stage.” 11th Annual Conference of the Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies. Newport Beach, California. October 23-26, 2003.

“Men of ‘Peculiar Softness’: The Sordid Pleasures of Effeminacy in Shaftesbury’s Characteristicks.” 11th International Congress on the Enlightenment / Thirty-Fourth Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Los Angeles, California. August 3-10, 2003.

“The Trouble with Tea: The Boston Tea Party as Performance.” 33rd Annual Popular Culture Association / 25th Annual American Culture Association Conference. New Orleans, Louisiana. April 16-19, 2003.

“Girls and Boys in Love.” 2001 Modern Language Association Conference. New Orleans, Louisiana. December 27-30, 2001.

“Foppish Fooleries and Monstrous Men: The Effeminizing Effects of Consumerism in Early Eighteenth-Century England.” 9th Annual Meeting of the Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. November 15-18, 2001.

Les Goûts Particuliers: a Philosophy of Trifles.” 32nd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. New Orleans, Louisiana. April 18-22, 2001.

“Men of Mode: Taste, Masculinity, and Sexuality on the Restoration Stage.” 31st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. University of Pennsylvania. April 12-16, 2000.

“‘Traffic in More Precious Commodities’: Sapphic Entrepreneurship in Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure.” 7th Annual Meeting of the Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies. Coral Gables, Florida. October 7-10, 1999.

“Tea and Sodomy: Enervation and Emasculation in Eighteenth-Century Britain.” 30th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. March 24-28, 1999.

“Dreaming of Coconuts: Images of the Indies in William Beckford’s Homoerotic Writings.” Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies 1999 Annual Conference. California State University at San Bernardino. February 19-21, 1999.

“Orientalism and the Americas in Dryden’s Heroic Drama.” 6th Annual Meeting of the Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies. Newport, Rhode Island. November 19-22, 1998.

“Mr. Beckford’s favourite Propensity: Orientalism and Homosexuality in Eighteenth-Century England.” 29th American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference. University of Notre Dame. April 1-5, 1998.

“Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s Sapphic Vision.” 1997 Modern Language Association Conference. Toronto. December 27-30, 1997.

“Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s Sapphic Vision.” 5th Annual Meeting of the Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. December 4-7, 1997.

“Dryden’s Uses of the Exotic.” Modernity’s Histories Conference. University of Santa Cruz, California, Feb. 1997.

“Beckford’s Orientalist Homoerotics and the Politics of West Indian Slavery.” 4th Annual Disciplining the Humanities Graduate Student Conference. University of California, Riverside. January 31-February 1, 1997.

“Bataille’s Excremental Vision and the Anal Photograph.” Southland Graduate Student Conference. University of California, Los Angeles. April 19, 1996.

“Bataille’s Excremental Vision and the Anal Photograph.” The Berkeley Symposium. University of California, Berkeley. March 9-10, 1996.

“Narrative and Plague in the Decameron, or How to Tell Stories in an Epidemic.” 10th International Conference on Narrative. Park City, Utah. April 20-23, 1995.

“Wedding Bell Blues: Hester Prynne’s Needlework and Failed Marriage Contracts in The Scarlet Letter.” Rocky Mountain American Studies Association Annual Conference. University of Utah. April 29, 1994.

Invited Presentations and Guest Lectureships

“Curriculum Vitae Seminar.” M.A. Writing Group, California State University, Fresno. September 4, 2014.

Speaker at “Be the Change” Event for National Coming Out Day. United Student Pride, California State University, Fresno. October 14, 2013.

“Queer Activism / Queer Theory.” Classroom Presentation for Dr. Kathryn Forbes’ Women’s Studies 175: Feminist Activism course, California State University, Fresno. March 28, 2011.

“The Occupy Movement and Student Activism.” Free Speech Area, California State University. December 10, 2010.

Post-Screening Presentation on Ma Vie en Rose, CineCulture Series, California State University, Fresno. January 2007.

“Thematic Introduction.” San Joaquin Literary Association and Tarrying with the Negative. Synergia: A Literary Conference with a Multi-Genre Approach, California State University, Fresno. October 27, 2006.

Panelist. Women’s Studies Program, California State University, Fresno, Considering the Lines: Free Speech, Hate Speech, Hostile Environment. March 28, 2006.

“Tea and Sodomy.” College of Arts and Humanities, Intellectual Artistic Exploration Lecture Series, 2005-06. California State University, Fresno. October 6, 2006.

“Intersections of Literary and Music Theory.” Dr. Benjamin Boone, Music 240T: Advanced Topics in Music Theory, California State University, Fresno. November 1, 2004.

“Queer Theory and Angels in America.” Mark Roberts, “The Play and the Other,” Advanced Placement / Senior English Literature. University High School, Fresno, California. May 28, 2004.

“Feminism, Literature, and Literary Analysis.” Dr. Kathryn Forbes, Women’s Studies 153: Feminist Research Methods, California State University, Fresno. March 24, 2004.

“AIDS Politics and the Graphics of AIDS activism.” Dr. Maura Keefe, “ A Social History through the Arts.” Ohio University. May 20, 2003.

“Eighteenth-Century Culture and the Duchess of Devonshire.” Presentation and discussion of Amanda Foreman’s biography, Georgiana: the Duchess of Devonshire for the San Joaquin Valley History Project, Fresno, California. October 29, 2001.

HONORS AND AWARDS:

Research Awards

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Award/Assigned Time for Research, College of Arts and Humanities, California State University, Fresno, 2012-13. For “A Baby Race of Men: Tea, Effeminacy, Disability.”

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Award/Assigned Time for Research, College of Arts and Humanities, California State University, Fresno, academic year 2006-07. For “Tempest in a Teapot: Performing ‘Indianness’ at the Boston Tea Party.”

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Award/Assigned Time for Research, College of Arts and Humanities, California State University, Fresno, academic year 2002-03. For “The Trouble with Tea.”

Fellowships

Visiting Fellowship, Lewis-Walpole Library, Yale University, summer 2001.

Dissertation Fellowship, English Department, University of California, Riverside, 1999-2000.

Center for Ideas and Society Fellow, University of California, Riverside, spring, 1998

Graduate Division Humanities Research Fellowship, University of California, Riverside, Sept. 1997.

Distinguished Chancellor’s Fellowship, University of California, Riverside, 1995-1999.

Interdisciplinary Museum Internship, University of Utah Fine Arts Museum, 1991-92.

ACADEMIC SERVICE:

Profession

Delegate to the Assembly, Modern Language Association, 2006-2009.

Co-Chair, Lesbian and Gay Caucus, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2002-2004.

University

Coordinator, Upper-Division Writing Exam, California State University, Fresno. 2008-present.

Member, Academic Information Technology Committee, California State University, Fresno. 2012-present.

Member, LGBT+ Allies Network, California State University, Fresno, 2003-present.

Member, Academic Senate, California State University, Fresno, 2001-2006.

Faculty Co-Mentor, United Student Pride, California State University, Fresno, 2001-2005.

Member, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Allies Training Network Organizing Committee, California State University, Fresno, 2001-2003.

Hutchings-Pazin Scholarship Committee, California State University, Fresno, 2001-2002.

Planning Committee, Central California Research Symposium, 2000-2001.

College

Chair, Arts & Humanities Technology Committee, California State University, Fresno. 2014-present.

Chair, Arts and Humanities College Curriculum Committee, California State University, Fresno, 2005-2007.

Member, Arts and Humanities College Curriculum Committee, California State University, Fresno, 2005-2007.

Department

Chair, Hiring Committee: English Teacher Education, English Department, California State University, Fresno, 2012-13.

Member, Writing Committee, English Department, California State University, Fresno, 2010-present.

Member, Hiring Committee: Multi-Ethnic U.S. Literature, English Department, California State University, Fresno, 2005-2006.

Internship Coordinator, English Department, California State University, Fresno, 2004-present.

Member, Budget Committee, English Department, California State University, Fresno, 2003-present.

Chair, Curriculum Committee, English Department, California State University, Fresno, 2001-2004.

Member, Curriculum Committee, English Department, California State University, Fresno, 2004-2007.

Representative, Graduate Student Association, English Department, University of California, Riverside, 1998-99.

Secretary, Graduate Student Association, English Department, University of California, Riverside, 1997-98.

Student Representative, Committee on Writing Courses, English Department, University of California, Riverside, 1996-97.

Union

Representative, Council for Affirmative Action, California Faculty Association, Fresno Chapter. 2012-present.

Member, Contract Development and Bargaining Strategy Team. California Faculty Association. 2013-present.

Secretary, California Faculty Association, Fresno Chapter. 2008-2012.

Grievance Mediation Officer, Graduate Student Association, University of California, Riverside, 1998-99.

COMMUNITY SERVICE:

Organizing Committee, Fresno Rogue Festival, 2007-present.

Volunteer, Fresno Rogue Festival, 2002-2006.

Host Committee, Reel Pride Film Festival, 2005-present.

House Manager, Reel Pride Film Festival, 2003-2005.

Member, Creative Fresno, 2013-present.

Member, Central Valley Progressive Political Action Committee, 2013-present.

Member, Peace Fresno, 2013-present.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

Association for Computers and the Humanities

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

National Education Association

California Teachers Association

American Association for University Professionals

 

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