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Joe Lockard

Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1401
Biography

Associate Professor, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Education

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Bio

Joe Lockard joined the English department in fall of 2002. He obtained his Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley in 2000. He has taught in eight colleges and universities in four countries, including: University of California - Santa Cruz, University of California - Berkeley, Mills College, Kibbutzim College of Education (Tel Aviv, Israel), Bet Gordon Teachers College (Haifa, Israel), Palacky University (Olomouc, Czech Republic), and Sichuan University (Chengdu, China). Before joining the department, he spent two years teaching as a UC President's Faculty Fellow in the University of California - Davis English department.

Dr. Lockard researches antislavery literature and human rights philosophy in relation to nineteenth-century American literature.  In 2003 he established the Antislavery Literature Project to digitize and make accessible a range of antislavery literature in a format that is both scholarly and accessible.  Since going online in 2006, the Project website has had over 5.5 million unique visits.  The project operates in cooperation with the English Server, located at Iowa State University. In 2009 in cooperation with Sichuan University he created Project Yao, a digital humanities project to study literary translation between China and the United States. This project is now co-sponsored by Xi'an University (China).  His work areas include nineteenth and twentieth-century American literature; African American literature, minority discourse, and comparative American ethnic literatures; the literatures of ‘race’ and nationalism; cultural studies; Internet culture and digital humanities; translation studies; and Jewish and modern Hebrew literature.

in 2009 Lockard co-founded the Prison English project (now the Prison Education Program) and continues to teach a weekly poetry workshop at Florence State Prison.  He teaches an undergraduate course in prison literature, recently completed the manuscript of an edited volume titled Prison Pedagogies: Learning and Teaching with Prisoners (co-edited with Sherry Rankins-Robertson), and does research in this area.

His recent books include Iraq War Cultures (2011), with Cynthia Fuchs; Watching Slavery: Witness Texts and Travel Reports (2008); and Brave New Classrooms: Democratic Education and the Internet (2006), with Mark Pegrum.  Together with A. Robert Lee, he is editing a volume of criticism on the work of Native American writer Louis Owens.  The book, tentatively titled Louis Owens: Writing Land and Legacy, is under contract to University of New Mexico Press.  He writes introductions and cross-cultural teaching guides for a series of co-edited Chinese translations of North American antislavery literature.  The first, a translation of Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, was published by Shanghai Jiaotong University Press in 2015.  The rest of the series is forthcoming from Yeeyan Press. Lockard's other current writing concerns antislavery poetry, translation ideologies, and prison literature. 

Dr. Lockard is an affiliate faculty member in African and African American Studies and Jewish Studies.

Research Interests
  • Antislavery literature and human rights philosophy
  • Nineteenth and twentieth-century American literatures
  • African American literature
  • Comparative ethnic literatures, minority discourses, anglophone literatures
  • Protest literature
  • Literatures of 'race' and nationalism
  • Internet studies, electronic publishing culture, digital humanities
  • Cultural studies
  • Jewish literature and cultural studies
  • Prison literature and education
  • Translation studies
Publications

Books

Joe Lockard and Sherry Rankins-Robertson [co-editors], Prison Pedagogies: Learning and Teaching with Imprisoned Writers (under review)

Cynthia Fuchs and Joe Lockard [co-editors], Iraq War Cultures (New York: Peter Lang, 2011) 205 pages

Joe Lockard, Watching Slavery: Witness Texts and Travel Reports (New York: Peter Lang, 2008) 213 pages.

Joe Lockard and Mark Pegrum [co-editors], Brave New Classrooms: Democratic Education and the Internet (New York: Peter Lang, 2007).  360 pages.

Joe Lockard [ed.], Mattie Griffith, Autobiography of a Female Slave (Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 1998 and 2010 2nd edition). 401 pages; afterword 15 pages.

Antislavery Literature Project Imprint Series

Shih Penglu (trans.) and Joe Lockard (ed.), Harriet Jacobs – 女奴生平 Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl  – Shanghai Jiaotong University Press, 2015.

Shih Penglu (trans.) and Joe Lockard (ed.), Olaudah Equiano 个非洲黑奴的自传 – Interesting Narrative of the Life of Gustavus Vassa  –  translation, introduction and teaching guide complete; forthcoming from Yeeyan Press.

Xu Chaoli (trans.) and Joe Lockard (ed.), Mary Prince 玛丽·普林斯自传 – The History of Mary Prince – translation, introduction and teaching guide complete; for Yeeyan Press.

Liu Yangxiaolu (trans.) and Joe Lockard (ed.), David Walker – 向全世界有色人种疾呼 大卫•沃克 –Appeal to the Coloured People of the World, in Four Articles – translation complete; introduction and teaching guide complete; for Yeeyan Press.

Xiao Xu (trans.) and Joe Lockard (ed.), William Wells Brown – 總統女兒 – Clotel; or, the President’s Daughter – translation complete; introduction and teaching guide complete; for Yeeyan Press.

Cai Beiling (trans.) and Joe Lockard (ed.), Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, American Slave  –  弗雷德里克·道格拉斯 – translation, introduction and teaching guide in progress; for Yeeyan Press.

Tu Manman (trans.) and Joe Lockard (ed.), Josiah Henson, Father Henson's Story of His Own Life –神父亨森的传奇人生translation, introduction and teaching guide completion in progress; for Yeeyan Press.

Anthologies

Bad Subjects Anthology [co-editor] (New York: New York University Press, 1997). 228 pages.

Articles: Refereed Scholarly Journals

“’The Unknown Painter’ Story, Antislavery Fiction, and Zombies” (under review)

“W.E.B. Du Bois in China – 1959,” Journal of American Studies: Eurasian Perspectives 1 (2016) 2:99-109

“Translation Ideologies of American Literature in China,” with Qin Dan, Translation and Interpreting Studies 11 (2016) 2:268-286.

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and a Global Literature of Female Suffering,” with Shih Penglu,Comparative Literature: East & West 20 (Spring-Summer 2014) 1:88-102.

“Jack London, Anti-Chinese Racism, and Chinese Translation,” with Qin Dan, Translation Quarterly 69 (September 2013) 25-51.

“Lucy Larcom and the Poetics of Child Labour,” English Studies in Canada 38 (September-December 2012) 3-4:139-160.

“‘No Possessions but Rages’: Vindication, Salvation, and Prison Letters in Early Kentucky,” Biography 35 (Fall 2012) 4: 610-627.

“Open Access to US Slavery: The Antislavery Literature Project,” Inquire: Journal of Comparative Literature 2.1 (January 2012)

“Right to Education, Prison-University Partnerships, and Online Prison Pedagogy,” with Sherry Rankins-Robertson, Critical Survey 23 (November 2011) 3: 23-39.

“Posthumanism of the New Intermedia: The Cellphone Named Desire,” with Tomasz Kitlinski and Stephane Symons, Reconstruction 8.3 (November 2008) [16 pages, refereed] [http://www.reconstruction.eserver.org/084/kitlinski.shtml] Polish version: Art Inquiry / Recherche sur les Artes 2006, vol. 7, no. 15, 55-68. 

“National Narratives and the Politics of Inclusion:  Historicizing American Literature Anthologies,” with Jillian Sandell, Pedagogy 8 (Spring 2008) 2: 227-254.  Re-publication in Cultural Studies (China) as "National Narratives and the Politics of Inclusion: Literature Anthologies in the US"(民族叙述与收录政治:文学选集在美国).  Forthcoming Spring 2017.

“Justice Story’s Prigg Decision and the Defeat of Freedom,” Amerikastudien 52 (2007) 4:467-480.

“Pogarda i pożądanie ‘obcych’: Z imaginowanych nieczystości w literaturze polskiej” (Scorn and Desire towards ‘Strangers’: On Imaginary Filth in Polish Literature) Tomasz Kitlinski and Joe Lockard, Teksty Drugie (2007) 6: 219-229.

“Jacksonian Mobs, Free Speech, and the Rise of American Antislavery Poetry,” REAL: Yearbook of Research in English and American Literatures, 2006 (Brook Thomas, issue editor) 117-144.

"Somewhere Between Arab and Jew: Ethnic Re-Identification in Modern Hebrew Literature," Middle Eastern Literatures 5 (January 2002) 1: 49-62.

 “Reponse a Chomsky sur 9-11,” Les Temps Modernes 622 (December 2002 – January 2003) 111­­­ ­­-117; also in      Judaism 51 (Spring 2002) 2. [In Croatian, “Odgovor Chomsky,” Europski Glasnik - The European Messenger (Zagreb), Nov. 2006, 385-390.]

“’A Light Broke Out Over My Mind’: Mattie Griffith, Madge Vertner, and Kentucky Abolitionism,” Filson Club Quarterly 76 (Summer 2002) 3: 245-285.

Desert(ed) Geographies: Cartographies of Nuclear Testing,” Landscape Review 6 (Fall 2000) 1, 3-20.

“The Universal Hiawatha,” American Indian Quarterly 24 (2000) 1: 110-125. [Reprinted in A. Robert Lee [ed.], Native American Writing, vol. 1 (Routledge: New York & London, 2011) 179-93]

“’Welding These Residents Together’: Modernization, Neutralism and Ideologies of English in Mandatory Palestine, 1917-1948,” Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies 5 (Fall 1997) 1, 18-34.

“Sugar Realism in Caribbean Fiction,” Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies 1 (1995) 2, 80-103.

Chapters: Refereed Series and/or Refereed Chapters

"Working-class Consciousness and Prison Writing," (under review)

“Nat Turner, Slave Revolts, and Child-Killing in US Graphic Novels,” Cultures of War in Graphic Novels, Nimrod Tal and Tatiana Prorokova, eds., Rutgers University Press (forthcoming Fall 2017)

“US Working-class Prison Literature from the Colonial to Contemporary Era,” in Cambridge History of American Working-Class Literature, Nick Coles and Paul Lauter, eds., Cambridge University Press [forthcoming Spring 2017].

“Antislavery Dialogues in the United States,” in Imaginary Dialogues in American Literature and Philosophy: Beyond the Mainstream, Till Kinzel and Jarmila Mildorf, eds., Universitätsverlag Winter, Heidelberg, 2014, 113-131 [18 pages, refereed]

“From Missolonghi to Harpers Ferry: Samuel Gridley Howe and the Ethics of Self-Sacrifice,” in Engaged Romanticism, Mark Lussier and Bruce Matsunaga [eds.], Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008, 143-156 [refereed]

“Facing the Wiindigoo: Gerald Vizenor and Primo Levi,” in Survivance: Narratives of Native Presence, Gerald Vizenor [ed.], University of Nebraska Press, 2008, pp. 209-219 [refereed]

"Reading The Turner Diaries: Jewish Blackness, Judaized Blacks, and Head-Body Race Paradigms," in Complicating Constructions: Race, Ethnicity and Hybridity in American Texts, David Goldstein-Shirley and Audrey Thacker [eds.], University of Washington Press, 2007, pp. 121-139.[Refereed]

“Sex Slavery and Queer Resistance in Eastern Europe,” with Tomasz Kitlinski, in Parameters of Desire, Queer Culture Against Homophobia, Dominika Ferens, Tomasz Sikora, and Tomek Basiuk [eds.] Cambridge Scholars Press, Newcastle, 2006, pp. 127-143. [refereed]

“’Earth Feels the Time of Prophet-Song’: John Brown and Public Poetry,” in Andrew Taylor and Eldrid Herrington [eds.], The Afterlife of John Brown, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2005, pp. 69-87.  [refereed]

“Social Fear and the Terrorism Survival Guide,” in Commodity Terrorism: The Selling of 9/11, Dana Heller [ed.], St. Martin's Press, New York, 2005, pp. 221-232. [refereed]

“Monica Dreyfus,” with Tomasz Kitlinski and Pawel Leskowicz, in Our Monica, Ourselves: The Clinton Affair and National Interest, Lauren Berlant and Lisa Duggan [eds.], New York University Press, 2001, pp. 203-224. [refereed]

“Passing Away, or Narrative Transvestism as Social Metaphor in Multiethnic Societies,” in Literary Studies East and West, vol. 16, Cynthia Franklin and Ruth Hsu [eds.], University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, 2000, pp. 202-208. [refereed]

“Babel Machines and Electronic Universalism,” in Race and Cyberspace, Beth Kolko, Gil Rodman, Lisa Nakamura [eds.], Routledge, New York, 2000, pp. 171-189. [refereed]

“Cooper, Heidegger and the Language of Death: Or, Why is Natty Bumppo Speaking Ebonics?” in James Fennimore Cooper -- His Country and His Art:  Papers from the 1997 Cooper Seminar (no. 11), Hugh C. MacDougall [ed.].  James Fenimore Cooper Society, Oneonta, New York (1999), pp. 69-74. [refereed]

“Progressive Politics, Electronic Individualism, and the Myth of Virtual Community,” in Internet Culture, David Porter [ed.], Routledge, New York (1997), pp. 219-232.  [refereed] [In Croatian, "Progresivna politika, elektronski individualizam i mit o virtualnoj zajednici,” in Etnografije Interneta, Reana Senjkovic and Iva Plese [eds.], Institut za etnologiju i folkloristiku), Zagreb, 2004, pp. 251-262.] 

“Racial Transvestism and Treason: The Case of Mattie Griffith,” in Nationalism and Sexuality:  Crises of Identity, Yiorgos Kalogeras and Domna Pastourmatzi [eds.], American Studies in Greece: Series 2, Hellenic Association of American Studies, Thessaloniki (1996), pp. 147-156. [refereed]

“Talking Guns, Talking Turkey: Racial Violence in Early American Law and James Fenimore Cooper,” in Making America, Making American Literature, A. Robert Lee and W.M. Verhoeven [eds.], Rodopi Press, Amsterdam (1996), pp. 313-336. [refereed]

Encyclopedia Articles

“Mattie Griffith Browne,” American National Biography, Oxford University Press, October 2007

Translations

“Diary,” Orly Castel-Bloom.  From Hebrew – 14 pages, November 2011 in Words without Borders

Research Activity
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 345Selected Authors or Issues
ENG 536Study Amer Lit before 1900
ENG 584Internship
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 345Selected Authors or Issues
ENG 353Af/Am Lit: Begin-Harlem Renais
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 345Selected Authors or Issues
ENG 536Study Amer Lit before 1900
ENG 584Internship
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 584Internship
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 345Selected Authors or Issues
ENG 353Af/Am Lit: Begin-Harlem Renais
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
AFR 353African Amer Lit:Harlem Renais
ENG 353Af/Am Lit: Begin-Harlem Renais
ENG 536Study Amer Lit before 1900
ENG 584Internship
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 345Selected Authors or Issues
ENG 369Science Fiction Studies
ENG 584Internship
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 345Selected Authors or Issues
ENG 353Af/Am Lit: Begin-Harlem Renais
AFR 353African Amer Lit:Harlem Renais
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 345Selected Authors or Issues
ENG 353Af/Am Lit: Begin-Harlem Renais
ENG 584Internship
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 241Literatures of the US to 1860
ENG 338Protest Literature
ENG 584Internship
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 333American Ethnic Literature
ENG 345Selected Authors or Issues
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 345Selected Authors or Issues
ENG 444Studies in Amer Romanticism
ENG 584Internship
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 369Science Fiction Studies
ENG 584Internship
ENG 636Advanced Studies American Lit
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 333American Ethnic Literature
ENG 338Protest Literature
ENG 345Selected Authors or Issues
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 338Protest Literature
ENG 536Study Amer Lit before 1900
ENG 584Internship
Presentations
  • Joe Lockard. (1) Reading, Writing and Prisoners: Literature and Prisons in the US Southwest & (2) History and Literature of US Slavery. Sichuan University - Launch of Center for American Culture (Dec 2010).
  • Joe Lockard. ‘Authenticity’ and US Multicultural Literature. Beijing University (Jun 2010).
  • Joe Lockard. (1) Chinese Anthologies of American Literature & (2) Ethnic Pretenders and US Literature. Sichuan University (Apr 2010).
  • Joe Lockard & Qin Dan. Chinese Anthologies of American Literature, Multiculturalism, and Import-Export. Anthologies Conference (Mar 2010).
  • Joe Lockard. (1) History of American Literature Anthologies, (2) US Literary Criticism and the Color Line, and (3) Literature and Social Witness: American Antislavery Writing, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China, September 2009. Lecture series (Sep 2009).
  • Joe Lockard. Witness and Resistance Anthologies, San Francisco, December 27, 2008. Modern Language Association (Dec 2008).
  • Joe Lockard. The Anthology Politics of Antislavery Songbooks. Society for American Music, San Antonio, February 28, 2008 (Feb 2008).
  • Lockard, Joe. States of Moral Exception in US Antislavery Poetry. American Language Association Annual Convention (May 2006).
  • Lockard, Joe. Poetry Rereading British and American Anti-Slavery Poetry: Jacksonian Mobs and the Rise of American Antislavery. Modern Language Association Annual Convention (Dec 2005).
  • Lockard, Joe. William Still and Philadelphia's African American Underground. English Department Lecture Forum, Temple University (Feb 2005).
  • Lockard, Joe. Iraq War Culture. Reading at City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco, CA (September 15, 2004) (Sep 2004).
  • Lockard, Joe. Justice Story's 'Charge to the Maine Grand Jury' and ification of Antislavery Conscience. New England Slavery and the Slave Trade Conference
  • Lockard, Joe. William Still and the African American Encyclopedia Tradition. Narrative 2004 Conference, Society for the Study of Narrative Literature, Burlington, VT
  • Lockard, Joe. William Still's The Underground Railroad and the Composition of Cosmopolitan Space. Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Philadelphia
  • Lockard, Joe. William Still, the Underground Railroad, and the Silent Trauma of Witness. Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Philadelphia
  • Lockard, Joe. Jacksonian Mobs and the Rise of American Anti-Slavery Poetry. Modern Language Association Annual Convention
  • Lockard, Joe. Apocalyptic Democracy and Iraq War Culture. Modern Language Association Annual Convention