David R. Williams
PO Box 12
Lincoln, Va 20160 (540) 338-2503 -h
Email: email@example.com (703) 993-1197 -w
Ph.D. American Civilization, 1982, Brown University
Thesis: "The Fiery Hunt: New England in the Jaws of an Angry God"
Advisor: Barton Levi St. Armand
M.T.S. (Masters of Theological Studies) 1975,
Harvard Divinity School
B.A. (cl) American History, 1972, Harvard College
Currently Visiting Assistant Professor of English, George Mason.
George Mason University, Visiting Assistant Professor of English and American Studies
and Lecturer, Teaching Graduate and Undergraduate courses; and Adjunct Professor of
American Literature and Composition Northern Virginia Community College,
Fulbright Lecturer, American History and Literature,
Philosophical Faculty, Comenius University, Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, 1991/1992
- a one year Fulbright Fellowship
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Mass, Visiting Professor 1983/84
Brown University, Post-graduate Lecturer, History, Education, and English, 1982/83.
George Mason University’s “Excellence in Teaching” 1999/2000
Fulbright Fellowship, Comenius University, Slovakia, 1991/1992
Wilderness Lost: The Religious Origins of the American Mind
Associated University Presses, 1987. 2d printing 1990.
Revolutionary War Sermons, Scholars Facsimiles, 1984. One of the series: "The
Sermon in America." Facsimiles of sermons with substantial introduction and notes.
Sin Boldly! : Dr. Dave's Guide to Writing the College Paper,
Perseus Press, Cambridge, Mass: 2000
In Anarchy and Dissent: American Literature in the ‘60s, chapter titled “Madness and Death – two
ways out of the cage: Ken Kesey’s Liberation American style” Universidad de Salamanca,
Salamanca, Spain, 2000.
In From Virgin Land to Disney World: Nature and its Discontents in the American of Yesterday and
Today,chapter titled “’Back to the Garden:’ The Liberation of the Id in the Antinomian Sixties’” ,
Editions Rodpi: Amsterdam and Atlanta, Forthcoming
[Currently in process ]. : "Jason Sham Too": The Real Meaning of the American Sixties
Published Articles and Reviews (Chronological order)
“Night and Chaos in the Howling Wilderness of Cape Cod: Thoreau’s Final Surrender to the Text,”
Selected publications from the 1999 ASLE Conference, Univ of Texas Press, Upcoming
“Snobs and Slobs” and “Cliches”, The Vocabula Review Robert Fiske, Editor, an on-line magazine
of language: http: www.vocabula.com. March, May 2001
“Cotton Mather's Analysis of Witchcraft: A foreshadowing of the Invisible World of
Psychoanalysis," Clio’s Psyche (Forthcoming)
“Mr. Delay had it right: Absolutism and Relativism were at the heart of the Clinton Matter,”
Outlook Section, Washington Post, Sunday, March 7, 1999
Book reviews & Interviews for LOUDOUN ART
Richard Moore, Formalism and Madness in Poetry, an interview
The Height of our Mountains Michael branch (on eco-regionalism);
Bingo Night at the Fire Hall Barbara Holland (on development and cultural loss);
O Appalachia! Ramona & Millard Lampell (on Appalachian folk art).
Willa Cather’s Loudoun County
“Clinton as all-American con-man” Clio’s Psyche v. 5, no. 3, December 1998
“Bob Dylan and Emily Dickinson: Typological Poets of the Broken Heart.” CRAWDADDY!
and On The Tracks April, 1998.
“Adjunct Faculty:” in Opinion Section Washington Post, Sunday Edition, C8, September 14, 1997
"Critics in the Wilderness: Literary Theory and the Historical Roots of the American
wilderness tradition." Weber Studies (Wilderness Issue), September 1994.
"Emerson, Orwell, and the Corruption of Language," Journal of
Slovak Anglicists, Comenius University, Bratislava, CS (1993)
"The Demise of Hard Cider as America's Favorite Working Class Drink" on The Cider
Page Posted 1995 http://www.teleport.com/%7Eincider/demiseCider.Html
Contributing Editor: American National Biography, "Mary Moody Emerson," "Sarah Alden
Bradford Ripley" Oxford University Press, Forthcoming
Contributing author: Dictionary of Christianity in America, "R.W. Emerson," "Alexis de
Tocquiville," "Lew Wallace," "The Pilgrims," 1990
"Edwards' Humiliation and Huck Finn's Damnation: Experience and appearance in
America's Moral Wilderness" in the CRESSET: A Review of Literature, the Arts, and
Public Affairs LII,4, February, 1989.
"The Wilderness Rapture of Mary Moody Emerson," Studies in the American
Renaissance, Joel Myerson, ed., 1986.
"New Directions in Puritan Studies," essay review of Caldwell The Puritan Conversion Narrative
and Gura A Glimpse of Sion's Glory in American Quarterly, Spring, 1985.
"Andreus Bernardus Smolnikar: American Catholic Apostate and Millennial Prophet," American
Benedictine Review, March, 1984. (Written with Br. Jon Alexander, O.P.)
"'This Consciousness that is aware': Emily Dickinson in the wilderness of mind," Soundings; An
Interdisciplinary Journal, Fall, 1983.
"Horses, Pigeons, and the Therapy of Conversion: A Behaviorist Reading of Jonathan Edwards'
psychology," Harvard Theological Review, October, 1981.
"Home Cru," The Washington Post Magazine, 1986, column on home wine-making.
"View from the Ridge" bi-weekly social commentary in The Blue Ridge Leader
Papers Currently at Journals for Consideration:
"John Winthrop's Arbella Sermon and the Origins of American Multiculturalism,"
Professional Papers Presented:
“The Dangers of Romanticism for the Environmental Movement in America”. ASLE Conference, Flagstaff, Arizona June 2001
“Destroying the Ego for Divine Vision” ASLE Conference, Flagstaff, Arizona, June 2001
Moderator: Panel on The Sixties, and presenter of
“’Sympathy for the Devil’: The Post-Modern meaning of Charlie Manson”, Popular Culture Association National Convention, New Orleans, 2000.
“Melville’s ‘Watery Wilderness’: A Nineteenth-century Post-modern Exodus from the Egyptian Text”
Melville and the Sea Conference; Williams College Maritime Studies Program, Mystic Ct .June 1999
Moderator: Panel on Thoreau and presenter of--
“’Night And Kaos’ in the howling wilderness of Cape Cod: Thoreau’s confrontation with Negative Theo-ry/ology” Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE), Kalamazoo, MI June 1999.
Convener, Moderator, and presenter for a material culture panel on Hard Cider in
America, “The Cultural Mystery of Hard Cider’s Demise in 19th Century America”;
Popular Culture Association’s annual convention, Baltimore, October 1997
"The Need to Listen to Other Epistemologies: Old Testament Typology and the Signifying of
Otherness" Conference of Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, ASLE, July,
1997, Missoula, Montana
"Thelma and Louise in the Wilderness: or Butch Cassidy and Jonathan Edwards in Drag." Panel on "Popular Presentation of Religion," New England Popular Culture Association Conference (NEPCA), Worcester, Mass. October 7, 1995
"John Winthrop's Arbella Sermon and American Multiculturalism: A Plea Against Balkanization," Conference on "History, Ideology, and Remarkable Exclusions," Fairfax, Va., June, 1993.
"Reconstructing Amerika: The Sixties as a Great Awakening,” Sixties Generation, An Interdisciplinary Conference, Fairfax, VA., March, 1993.
"Structure and anti-Structure: Patterns of Reform and Religion in American History," Oberreifenberg Seminar 1992, Amerika Haus Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany.
"The Origins of Wilderness Iconography from Aaron to Abbey," The Institute of German Philology, University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy, February, 1992.
"Rethinking Cotton Mather's definition of Witchcraft,"
Conference on Literature and Culture in Colonial America, Gutenberg Universitat,
Mainz, Germany, December, 1991.
Keynote Speaker, Association of Lutheran Faculties Conference, October, 1988.
"Edwards' Humiliation, Franklin's Inclination, Huck Finn's Damnation: Experience
and Appearance in America's Moral Wilderness."
Respondent, Panel on Colonial New England Sub-cultures, New England Historical
Association, October, 1983.
Coordinator and MC, Panel Discussion on "The Future of American Civilization,"
Faculty Symposium, Brown 1980
Academic Community Activities:
Chair: “Excellence in Teaching” Selection Committee 2000/01
Adjunct Representative: Chair’s Advisory Committee
Ex-officio Member Faculty Senate Committee on Adjuncts
G.M.U. Freshman Orientation Summer Advisor, 1995
M.A.I.S. (Master of Arts in Independent Studies) advisor
Advisor, G.M.U. Cambodian Students Club; Young Democrats; Zymurgy Club;
Advisor, G.M.U. Program Board (Instrumental in bringing Nat Hentoff to campus)
Contributor and advisor to GMU student paper The Broadside
Active Cybercitizen, IEAHC-Net, H-Amstdy, Amlit-l, ASLE-l,
Local Community Activities:
Ass’t Editor, Contributor: Loudoun Arts Journal
Ass't Editor and Bi-Weekly columnist: Blue Ridge Leader
Discussion Leader, Fairfax Library “Center for the Book”
For Grapes of Wrath and Inherit the Wind
Officer: Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents (LEAP)
-Curriculum Committee Chair
Vice-president: Lincoln Community League
Secretary: Loudoun County Democratic Committee
Local Coordinator: Keep Loudoun Beautiful
Secretary: Loudoun County Electoral Board
Campaign Manager: Eleanor Towe for Supervisor, 1991, 1995
Editor "COURAGE" - Occasional county Democratic newspaper
Recommendations on file:
Chris Thaiss, Chair, GMU English Department, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
George mason University, Fairfax, VA. 22030 703-993-1160
David Kuebrich, Former Chair, American Studies Department,
George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia 22030 703-993-1160 (email@example.com)
Coilin Owens, English Department, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 22030 703-993-1160
Beverly Blois, Chair, Humanities Division, No. Virginia Community College Sterling, Va. 20164 703-450-2505 (email@example.com)
Warren Belasco, American Studies, University of Maryland – Baltimore County,
Baltimore, MD 21250 410-455-1000 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Michael Zimmerman, Professor of Philosophy,
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA.
Veronica Makarova, Professor, Philosophical Faculty,
Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Barton St. Armand, English Department, Brown
University, Providence, R.I. 02912
Theodore Sizer (Former Dean Harvard School of Education)
Education Department, Brown University,
William Hutchison, Harvard Divinity School,
Cambridge, Massachusetts 22038
Gordon Wood, History Department, Brown University,
Providence, R.I. 02912
Brian Hansen, Northern Virginia Community College,
Sterling, Virginia 20164 703-450-2505
George Mason University:
"Colonial American Literature" Senior and Graduate levels,
“Edwards and PostModernism” (independent study)
"Early and nineteenth-century American Literature,"
"Literature and Social Change,"
"The Meaning of the Sixties,"
"Melville and Twain," "Faulkner,"
"The American Renaissance,"
"Nature, Culture, & Literature"
"Composition” (including advanced composition for nursing, business, history, social science)
"Popular Culture in America"
"Introduction to American Studies,"
"The Entrepreneur In America",
"The American Dream"
Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia
"American Popular Culture in the 1960s"
"United States History"
"Modern American Politics"
"Surveys of American Literature"
Northern Virginia Community College
"Composition", developmental and regular
"Introduction to Literature"
Survey of Early and of Modern American Literature
Courses: "The American Revolution,"
"Western Civilization 101"
"Religion and American Culture"