Department of
Comparative Arts and Letters

George Browning Handley — Professor
Comparative Studies, Interdisciplinary Humanities

Picture of George Browning Handley

Contact Information

Office: 3008B JFSB

Phone: 422-7151


Commonly Taught Courses:

Interdisciplinary Humanities 202: Arts in Western Culture

Interdisciplinary Humanities 250: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Humanities

Interdisciplinary Humanities 260: Latin American Humanities

Interdisciplinary Humanities 262: American Humanities

Interdisciplinary Humanities 280R: Humanities and Science

Interdisciplinary Humanities 350: Interpretation of Literature and the Arts

Interdisciplinary Humanities 425R: Nature and the Modern Novel in the Americas

Interdisciplinary Humanities 425R: Postslavery Cultures in the Americas

Interdisciplinary Humanities 490R: Environmental Humanities

Interdisciplinary Humanities 490R: Theology, Film, and Literature

Comparative Studies 610: Introduction to Comparative Studies

Vita: Link to Vita



After teaching for three years at Northern Arizona University, George Handley came to BYU in 1998. His training is in Comparative Literature, focusing on the literatures of the Americas. His publications include two books on inter-american themes: "Postslavery Literatures in the Americas" (Virginia 2000), which is a study of the representation of slavery and family history in novels from the U.S. and the Caribbean, and "New World Poetics: Nature and the Adamic Imagination of Whitman, Neruda and Walcott" (Georgia, 2007), which is a critique of the imagination of nature in inter-american poetry. He has also co-edited "Caribbean Literature and the Environment" (Virginia), "Stewardship and the Creation: LDS Perspectives on the Environment" (BYU), and "Postcolonial Ecologies" (Oxford). His book "Home Waters: A Year of Recompenses on the Provo River" (U of U Press) is a work of creative non-fiction that includes nature writing, personal and environmental history, and reflections on ecotheology. He is currently working on a book, "From Chaos to Cosmos: Literature as Ecotheology." He is also serving as Associate Dean in the College of Humanities. He directed a Study Abroad to London in 2006 and a program to the Caribbean in the summer of 2009 and returned to London in in the Spring of 2013. He is the advisor to the student club, EcoResponse, and is active in many civic activities. He blogs at He and his wife, Amy, have four children and live in Provo.

Degrees: PhD, Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley, 1995
MA, Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley, 1991
BA, Comparative Literature, Stanford University,1989


Literatures of the Americas Ecocriticism and Ecotheology