William Christmas

Christmas, William
Professor
Literature Advisor
Phone: 
(415) 338-7463
Building: Humanities
Room Number: 544
By Appointment

Biography

Professor Christmas earned his B.A. at the University of Vermont, and his M.A. and Ph.D in English at the University of Washington. He teaches courses on eighteenth-century British literature and culture, women writers, the novel, Aphra Behn, literature and film, and Jane Austen. His research focuses on eighteenth-century British poetry (particularly by laboring-class writers), poetic form and genre, textual studies, and theories of class and gender. He is the author of The Lab’ring Muses: Work, Writing, and the Social Order in English Plebeian Poetry, 1730-1830 (Delaware, 2001) and the editor of Eighteenth-Century English Labouring-Class Poets, vol. 1, 1700-1740, (Pickering & Chatto, 2003). His most recent essays include “Lyric Modes: The Soliloquy Poems of Mary Leapor and Ann Yearsley” (Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, Spring 2015) and “The Verse Epistle and Laboring-Class Literary Sociability from Duck to Burns” (The Cambridge History of Working-Class Writing, forthcoming). Professor Christmas also curates a long-term digital humanities project, Poetical Scavenger: An Annotated Miscellany of Eighteenth-Century Poems, that features the work of SF State undergraduate and graduate students in English. Their work can be seen at http://poeticalscavenger.sfsuenglishdh.net.