George B. Handley, Ph.D.

Department of Humanities, Classics, and Comparative Literature
Brigham Young University

3032 JFSB, Provo, UT 84602

Phone: 801-422-7151

Curriculum Vitae (Requires Acrobat Reader.)


1998 Joined BYU faculty
1995 PhD University of California, Berkeley
1991 MA University of California, Berkeley
1989 BA Stanford University
Also taught at Northern Arizona University.


Literatures of the Americas
Ecocriticism and Ecotheology


Humanities 202: Arts in Western Culture
Humanities 260: Latin American Humanities
Humanities 262: American Humanities
Humanities 350: Interpretation of Literature and the Arts
Humanities 420R: Poetry of the Americas
Humanities 420R: Slavery in the Americas
Humanities 490R: Environmental Humanities
Comparative Studies 610: Introduction to Comparative Studies

Selected Publications and Projects

New World Poetics: Nature and the Adamic Imagination of Walt Whitman, Pablo Neruda, and Derek Walcott. Athens: University of Georgia Press (Forthcoming 2007).

Postslavery Literatures in the Americas: Family Portraits in Black and White. Charlottesville: UP of Virginia, 2000.

Caribbean Literature and the Environment: Between Culture and Nature, with Elizabeth DeLoughrey and Renée Gosson, Eds. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2005.

Stewardship and the Creation: Latter-Day Saint Perspectives on the Environment, with Terry Ball and Steven Peck, Eds. Religious Studies Center, BYU, 2006.

“A New World Poetics of Oblivion” in Look Away: The U.S. South in New World Studies, Deborah Cohn and Jonathan Smith, Eds. Durham: Duke UP, 2004, pp. 25-51.

“Oedipus in the Americas: Lone Star and the Reinvention of American Studies.” Forum for Modern Language Studies, Vol. XL, No. 2 (Spring 2004): 160-181.

“The Environmental Ethics of Mormon Belief.” BYU Studies, 40:2 (Summer 2001), 187-211.

Current Affiliations and Service

Advisory Board, American Comparative Literature Association, Puebla, 2007 (see 2007 conference website at

Program Chair, International American Studies Association Third International Congress, Lisbon, 2007 (see 2007 conference website at

President and Co-organizer, Mormon Scholars in the Humanities, Inaugural Conference, BYU, 2007 (see 2007 conference website at

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