Christopher Diller

Professor of English

Department: English Rhetoric and Writing
Phone: (706) 238-5877
Fax: 706-368-6951
Campus Box: 350
Location: Evans 215
E-mail: cdiller@berry.edu

Short Bio

Christopher Diller began his Berry career as Assistant Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing in 1999 and then became an Associate Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing in 2005. He also took on the title of the Writing Center Director in 2005 as well. He became a full professor in 2014.

Education

  • B.A. in English (with honors), Miami University (Ohio)
  • M.A. in Languages and Literature, Northwestern University
  • Ph.D. in English/American Studies, University of Utah

Teaching Interests

Dr. Diller primarily teaches first year writing and nineteenth-century American literary Romanticism; he also offers an ENG 201 (Introduction to Literature) course that focuses on Gothic literature from about 1800 to the present.  He is working to incorporate online learning resources into his classes, including the chat and discussion forums on Viking Web, blogs, and forms of visual rhetoric that engage literary texts and analysis.

Research Interests

As an American studies scholar, Dr. Diller’s research engages both literary and non-literary texts.  His current projects include editing and publishing parts of an 1855 Williams College journal by Frederick William Beecher (a member of the famous Beecher/Stowe family) and editing and republishing the autobiography of Hugh Mulzac—the first African American to captain an ocean going government vessel in the Merchant Marine during World War II. 

Selected Publications

Books:

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne in the College Classroom: Contexts, Materials, and Approaches. Eds. Christopher Diller and Samuel Coale. New York: AMS Press. [Forthcoming 2016]
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin.  Editor and Introduction.  Petersborough, Ontario: Broadview Press, 2009

Articles and Reviews:

  • "A Twentieth-Century Abolitionist: John Beecher's Plainspoken Poetry and Contributions to the Civil Rights Movement." African American Review. (2015)
  • "Signifying on Stowe: Ralph Ellison and the Sentimental Subtext of Invisible Man" in Modern Language Quarterly 75.4 (December 2014)
  • “Democratic Doxa: Toward a Genealogy of Typicality in Nationalist American Literature.” American Multiculturalism in International Context. Ed. and intro. Samuel Ludwig.  London: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (forthcoming, 2017).