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Patrick Bixby

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Associate Professor
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 2151
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Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 2151
Biography

After earning a BA in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and a MA in English from California State University, Long Beach, Patrick Bixby completed his PhD in English at Emory University in 2003. He served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Literature at Claremont McKenna College for one year and then joined the faculty of ASU’s New College in 2004.  In 2015, he became Resident Director of the University Studies Abroad Consortium Summer Program at the National University of Ireland, Galway; in 2017, after stepping down from his post as Director of Graduate Studies, he also became Coordinator for International and Tribal Initatives in the New College.

Dr. Bixby's scholarly interests span a variety of fields. While his research falls primarily under the heading of Irish studies, it also includes a range of articles and chapters on British modernism, postcolonial theory and criticism, Continental philosophy, and the history of the novel, as well as issues of sexuality and the body. He teaches courses in these fields and in film history, postmodernism, the history of literary criticism, twentieth-century thought, and methods of interdisciplinary research.  He recently co-edited, with Gregory Castle, Standish O'Grady's Cuculain, a scholarly edition of the Irish historian's writing on the great mythic hero (Syracuse UP, 2016); and the two are currently co-editing A History of Irish Modernism, a collection of 24 essays that traces a long historical arc through Irish cultural production from the 1890s to the 1950s (Cambridge UP, forthcoming).

His current monograph project, “Nietzsche and Irish Modernism,” examines the circulation of the German philosopher’s ideas in the work of Irish writers and, more broadly, in the Irish public sphere between 1896 and 1923 -- tumultuous years of cultural revival, revolution, civil war, and nation building. By exploring Nietzsche’s thought in this context, the study addresses the problematic notion of Irish modernism, focusing on exchanges between an ostensibly narrow, often conservative nationalist culture, and a more expansive, sometimes radical European perspective in order to offer a new understanding of the intricate cultural dynamics at play in early twentieth-century Ireland.

His first monograph, Samuel Beckett and the Postcolonial Novel (Cambridge UP, 2009), set out to revise the Irishman’s reputation as a distinctly “apolitical” and “ahistorical” writer.  Placing Beckett’s novels in the context of the newly founded Irish Free State, the study explores for the first time their confrontation with the legacies of both Irish nationalism and British imperialism.  In doing so, it reveals Beckett’s fiction as a remarkable example of how postcolonial writing addresses the relationships between private consciousness and public life, as well as those between the novel form and a cultural environment including not only the literary tradition, but also political speeches, national monuments, and anthropological studies.

Research Interests
  • Irish studies
  • British modernism
  • Postcolonial theory and criticism
  • Continental philosophy
  • History of the novel
Publications
  • . . Review of: A Handbook of Modernism Studies (2014).
  • . . Review of: Scandal Work: James Joyce, the New Journalism, and the Home Rule Newspaper Wars (2014).
  • . "Focus: Literary Letters". (2014).
  • Patrick Bixby. "Ireland: 1906-1945". Beckett in Context (2013).
  • Patrick Bixby. "Not-So-Dead Letters". (2013).
  • Patrick Bixby. The Politics of Homo-ness: Samuel Beckett's How It is and Roger Casement's Black Diaries. The Irish Studies Review (2012).
  • Patrick Bixby. "British Culture at Mid-Century: War Writing and Intermodernism". (2011).
  • Patrick Bixby. "Friedrich Nietzsche". The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory (2010).
  • Patrick Bixby. Beckett and the GPO: Murphy, Ireland, and the "Unhomely". Beckett and Ireland (2010).
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 478Studies in Modernism
ENG 598Special Topics
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 400History of Literary Criticism
MAS 598Special Topics
ENG 598Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MAS 505Theory Change, Culture & Mind
MAS 585Capstone Course
MAS 590Reading and Conference
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 400History of Literary Criticism
ENG 598Special Topics
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MAS 585Capstone Course
MAS 590Reading and Conference
MAS 595Continuing Registration
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MAS 585Capstone Course
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 400History of Literary Criticism
MAS 598Special Topics
ENG 598Special Topics
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MAS 505Theory Change, Culture & Mind
MAS 585Capstone Course
MAS 590Reading and Conference
MAS 592Research
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
MAS 502Perspectives in Interdisc Stud
MAS 584Internship
MAS 595Continuing Registration
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 400History of Literary Criticism
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
IAS 294Special Topics
MAS 580Practicum
MAS 583Fieldwork
MAS 584Internship
JHR 584Internship
MAS 585Capstone Course
MAS 590Reading and Conference
MAS 595Continuing Registration
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 400History of Literary Criticism
MAS 502Perspectives in Interdisc Stud
MAS 585Capstone Course
MAS 595Continuing Registration
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 400History of Literary Criticism
MAS 598Special Topics
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 365History of Film
MAS 585Capstone Course
MAS 590Reading and Conference
Presentations
  • Patrick Bixby. "A ‘philosophy of evil’: the Great War, the Irish Press, and the Nietzsche Debate". Annual of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literature (Jul 2014).
  • Patrick Bixby. Poison Doctrines’: Yeats, Nietzsche, and the Fate of Christian Civilization. The Inaugural Conference of the International Heresy Studies Association (May 2014).
  • Patrick Bixby. Wilde, Nietzsche, and Degenerate Modernism. Queering Ireland 2013 (Jul 2013).
  • Patrick Bixby. "Beckett, O’Brien, and Belatedness". Samuel Beckett: Form and History (Jun 2013).
  • Patrick Bixby. "Nietzsche, Ireland, and the Great War". Modernist Studies Asssocation Annual Conference (Oct 2012).
  • Patrick Bixby. "Beckett, Casement, and the Other". Beckett and the State of Ireland (Jul 2012).
  • Patrick Bixby. "An Egomaniacal Modernist? Wilde/Nietzsche, Nordau/Sedgwick". Who Owns the Legacy of Oscar Wilde? (Jun 2012).
  • Patrick Bixby. "Joyce, Nietzsche, and the Philosophy of the Future.". The American Conference for Irish Studies (Mar 2012).
  • Patrick Bixby. "James Overman’: Nietzschean Transvaluation and the Uncreated Conscience of the Irish.". The North American James Joyce Conference (Jun 2011).
  • Patrick Bixby. "Of Supermen, Irishmen, and John Bull: George Bernard Shaw as Anglo-Irish Modernist". American Conference for Irish Studies (Apr 2011).
  • Patrick Bixby. "Beckett, Nordau, and the Critique of Humanism". 125th Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Philadelphia (Dec 2009).
  • Patrick Bixby. "How to Become Minor: Beckett and the Casement Diaries". Queering Ireland. St. Mary’s University, Halifax (Sep 2009).
  • Patrick Bixby. "1904: Nietzsche, Ireland, Modernism". American Conference for Irish Studies. National University of Ireland, Galway (Jun 2009).
  • Bixby, Patrick. Deathless Rumps and Dying Heroes: Or Mortality, Monumentality, and Murphy. Samuel Beckett, Death, and Dying: An International Conference. University of Northampton (Dec 2006).
  • Bixby, Patrick. Historicizing Beckett: Reading the Novels in a Postcolonial Framework. Annual Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Convention (Oct 2006).
  • Bixby, Patrick. Rethinking the Trilogy: Beckettian Failure and the Postcolonial Subject. Beckett at 100: New Perspectives, An International Conference. Winthrop-King Institute (Feb 2006).
  • Bixby, Patrick. “‘What stalked the Post Office?’: Beckett, Pearse, and Cuchulain.”. American Conference for Irish Studies
  • Bixby, Patrick. “In Context: New Directions in Beckett Studies”. Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Convention
  • Bixby, Patrick. “Jack B. Yeats, Samuel Beckett, and the Deterritorializing Aesthetic”. Modernist Studies Association Conference
Service
  • MA in English Advisory Committee, Committee Member (2014 - Present)
  • Interdisciplinary Global Learning and Enhancement Advisory Board, Board Member (2014 - Present)
  • N/A, N/A (2014 - Present)
  • Graduate Deans Advisory Group (Office of Graduate Education), Member (2013 - Present)
  • Graduate Deans Advisory Group (Office of Graduate Education), Member (2013 - Present)
  • MA in Social Justice & Human Rights Curriculum Committee, Member (2013 - Present)
  • MA in Social Justice & Human Rights Events and Fundraising Committee, Member (2013 - Present)
  • Arizona Course Equivalency Tracking Sytem, Evaluator (2013 - Present)
  • Arizona Course Equivalency Tracking Sytem, Evaluator (2013 - Present)
  • SHArCS Director Search Committee, Member (2013 - Present)
  • Oxford University Press, Anthology Evaluator (2012 - Present)
  • School of English, Drama, and Film at University College Dublin, External Examiner (2012 - Present)
  • General Studies Council, Council Member (2012 - Present)
  • General Studies Council, Council Member (2012 - Present)
  • Online Course Fees Committee, Committee Member (2012 - Present)
  • SHArCS Executive Advisory Board, Board Member (2012 - Present)
  • University Graduate Council, Council Member (2012 - Present)
  • University Graduate Council, Council Member (2012 - Present)
  • Eighteenth-Century Literature Search Committee, Member (2011 - Present)
  • SRCA Grant Review Committee, Member (2011 - Present)
  • Graduate Curriculum Committee, Member (2010 - Present)
  • MA in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) Program, Director (2010 - Present)
  • MAIS Admissions Committee, Member (2010 - Present)
  • MAIS Admissions Committee, Member (2010 - Present)
  • MAIS Admissions Committee, Member (2010 - Present)
  • MAIS Admissions Committee, Member (2010 - Present)
  • MAIS Admissions Committee, Committee Member (2010 - Present)
  • MAIS Curriculum Committee, Head (2010 - Present)
  • MAIS Curriculum Committee, Head (2010 - Present)
  • MAIS Curriculum Committee, Head (2010 - Present)
  • MAIS Curriculum Committee, Committee Member (2010 - Present)
  • Graduate Curriculum Committee, Committee Member (2010 - Present)
  • Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences., manuscript reviewer (2009 - Present)
  • Program Coordination Committee, Representative (2009 - Present)
  • Program Review Committee, Member (2009 - Present)
  • Program Review Committee, Member (2009 - Present)
  • Program Review Committee, HArCS, Member (2009 - Present)
  • Program Review Committee, HArCS, Member (2009 - Present)
  • MAIS Advisory Group, Member (2009 - Present)
  • HARCS Curriculum Committee, English Program Representative (2008 - Present)
  • Online Education Group, Member (2008 - Present)
  • Online Education Group, Member (2008 - Present)
  • Online Education Group, Member (2008 - Present)
  • Online Education Group, Member (2008 - Present)
  • Online Education Group, Member (2008 - Present)
  • Online Education Group (OLEG), Member (2008 - Present)
  • English Department -- Tempe, Search Committee Member (2007 - Present)
  • Consultant to the Editors (2003 - Present)
  • Samuel Beckett Society, Lead Conferene Organizer (2014 - 2015)
  • Cambridge University Press, Book Manuscript Reviewer (2014 - 2014)
  • Tenure Peer Review Committee for Dr. Sharon Kirsch, Chair (2014 - 2014)
  • MA in Social Justice & Human Rights Curriculum Committee, Member (2013 - 2014)
  • SHArCS Director Search Committee, Member (2013 - 2014)
  • University Graduate Council, Council Member (2012 - 2014)
  • Graduate Curriculum Committee, Chair (2010 - 2014)
  • Online Education Group, Member (2008 - 2014)
  • MA in Social Justice & Human Rights Events and Fundraising Committee, Member (2013 - 2014)
  • MAIS Curriculum Committee, Head (2010 - 2014)
  • Irish Research Council, Referee (2013 - 2013)
  • Online Course Fees Committee, Committee Member (2012 - 2013)
  • University College Dublin, School of English, Drama, and Film, External Examiner (2013 - 2013)
  • SHArCS Executive Advisory Board, Board Member (2012 - 2013)
  • Program Review Committee, HArCS, Member (2009 - 2013)
  • 19th-Century American Literature Search, Chair (2012 - 2013)
  • University of South Carolina Press, Book Manuscript Reviewer (2012 - 2012)
  • Cambridge University Press, Book Manuscript Reviewer (2011 - 2012)
  • Northwestern University Press, Book Manuscript Reviewer (2012 - 2012)
  • The Journal of Beckett Studies, Journal Referee (2011 - 2011)
  • Graduate Recruitment Team, College Representative (2011 - 2011)
  • HARCS Curriculum Committee, Member (2008 - 2011)
  • The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, Journal Referee (2011 - 2011)
  • Program Coordination Committee, Representative (2009 - 2010)
  • MAIS Advisory Group, Member (2009 - 2010)
  • Palgrave-Macmillan, manuscript reviewer (2009 - 2010)
  • RMMLA, Chair: Annual Beckett Panel (2007 - 2007)
  • Writing Outcomes Committee, Member (2007 - 2007)
  • Irish Cultural Center, Guest Lecturer (2006 - 2007)
  • Faculty Assembly, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Parliamentarian (2005 - 2006)