"Each One Teach One: The Legacy of Evangelism in Adult Literacy Education." Written Communication, January 2009.

"Three Models of Mentorship: Feminist Leadership and the Graduate Student WPA." With Rebecca Schoenike Nowacek, Mary Lou Odom, and Bonnie Smith. Feminism and Administration in Rhetoric and Composition Studies. Eds. Krista Ratcliffe and Rebecca Rickley. Forthcoming Hampton Press, 2008.

"Reconceiving Ethos in Relation to the Personal: Strategies of Placement in Pioneer Women's Writing," College English 64 (2002): 660-79.

"Taking Risks, Negotiating Relationships: One Teacher's Transition toward a Dialogic Classroom." With Martin Nystrand. Research in the Teaching of English 36 (2001): 249-86.

Works in Progress

Professor Christoph is writing a book titled Arguing with One's Life: Strategies of Placement in Narrative and Academic Writing, which explores how authors use references to their personal experiences in writing narrative, undergraduate essays, and scholarly writing.


Iconography and the Professional Reader: The Politics of Book Production in the Douce Piers Plowman, with Dr. Kathryn Kerby-Fulton (University of Notre Dame).  University of Minnesota Press, Medieval Cultural Studies Series, vol. 15, 1999.

Ghostly Sights:  Visual Meditation in Late-Medieval Literature, Pilgrim Books, 1989.

Selected Articles

"Medicine and Sacramentals: Performative Material Culture in the York Pageants" in the Journal of Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft (University of Pennsylvania). Forthcoming. 

“Iconography and Iconoclasm:  Christian Doctrine and Religious Heterodoxy,” in The Oxford Handbook to Chaucer, ed. Suzanne Conklin Akbari, 2020.

“Ecstasy and Intimacy:  The Material Culture of Medieval Devotional Literacy,” in The Blackwell Companion to British Literature, ed. Robert DeMaria, Heesok Chang, and Samantha Zacher, 2014.

“Adolescence and Interiority in Aelred’s Lives of Christ,” forthcoming in Mapping Medieval Lives of Christ, eds. Ryan Perry and Stephen Kelly, Queen’s University, Belfast, Ireland, 2014.

“Sacramentals and Ghostly Sights,” Response to Jonathan Juilfs’ “Reading the Bible Differently, Marguerite Porete’s Mirror of Simple Souls,” in Something Fearful:  Medievalist Scholars on the ‘Religious Turn’ in Literary Criticism, ed. Kathryn Kerby-Fulton (Spring, 2010).

“Adolescence and Sanctity:  The Life and Passion of Saint William of Norwich,” Journal of Religion, January 2010.   

“The Protean Jew in the Vernon Manuscript,” in Chaucer and the Jews, ed. Sheila Delaney, Routledge, 2002.


"British Romantic Period Theatre and the French Revolution." Blackwell Encyclopedia of Romanticism. Ed. Frederick Burwick. London: Blackwell, 2010.

"Coleridge as Playwright: A Handbook of Coleridge Studies."The Oxford Handbooks of Literature. Ed. Frederick Burwick. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.

"The Politics of Matter: Newtonian Science and Priestleyan Metaphysics in Coleridge's 'Preternatural Agency.'" European Romantic Review, Volume 19.2, April 2008.

"Mimetic Desire and the Problem of Subjectivity: Rene Girard and the Legacy of Alexandre Kojeve." Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture, Volume 10, Fall 2003.

"The Breakdown of Moral Order in Coleridge's Osorio." The Coleridge Bulletin, New Series 16 (NS), Winter 2001.

Works in Progress

Professor Erving is writing a book entitled Coleridge and the Culture of Dissent, which reassesses the work of the eminent British Romantic poet, philosopher, and literary critic, Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) in light of his early political radicalism and religious heterodoxy during the tumultuous decade of the 1790s.

Select Conference Papers

"Mimetic Desire, Envy, and Violent Rivalry in Blake's The Four Zoas." North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) Annual Conference, University of Toronto, August 2008.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Empire News: The Anglo-Indian Press Writes India. SUNY Press [forthcoming 2021].

“Heads Up: Anglo-Indian Newspaper Mastheads” Victorian Review 43.2, 2017.

Scissors-and-Paste: Ephemerality and Memorialization in the Archive of Indian NewspapersAmodern 7, 2017

Ephemera and Ephemerality: Media, Archive, Performance” (co-authored with Susan Zieger) Amodern 7, 2017.

“Miles Apart: The India Display at the Great Exhibition” in Museum History Journal, 2016.

“Audience Participation: Anglo-Indian Newspaper Advertisements and Readers” in Victorian Periodicals Review, 2016.

“Orientalism,” Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature, eds. Dino Franco Felluga, Pamela Gilbert, and Linda Hughes. (2015)

“1857; or, Can the Indian ‘Mutiny’ Be Fixed?” in BRANCH: Britain, Representation, and Nineteenth-Century History. Ed. Dino Franco Felluga.   (2013)

“An Old Dog Enters the Fray; or, Reading Hard Times as an Industrial Novel,” Dickens Studies Annual, 44; 221-241, 2013.

“The Other Great Exhibition: Mayhew’s Catalog of the Industrious.” Literature Compass 9/1; 95-105.  (2012) 

“The Middle Classes” and “The Victorians and Race” in Dickens in Context.  Eds. Sally Ledger and Holly Furneaux.  Cambridge UP, 2011.

“Introduction.” The Life and Adventures of Michael Armstrong, the Factory Boy by Frances Trollope.  London: Pickering and Chatto.  ix-xxiii, 2009.

“Masculinity and Gossip in Anne Brontë’s Tenant.”  SEL Studies in English Literature 49(4); 907-924, 2009.

“Mutiny Echoes: India, Britons, and A Tale of Two Cities.” Nineteenth-Century Literature 62(1); 48-87. [Rpt in Global Dickens, eds. John O. Jordan and Nirshan Perara (Ashgate, 2012)], 2007.

“Edwin Chadwick's Self-Fashioning: Professionalism, Masculinity, and the Victorian Poor.” Victorian Literature and Culture 32(2); 353-370, 2004.

Michael Armstrong: Re-reading the Industrial Plot.”  Frances Trollope and the Novel of Social Change.  Ed.  Brenda Ayers.  Greenwood Press. 35-51, 2002.

Book Reviews and Essays on Pedagogy

Review of Will Slauter’s Who Owns the News?: A History of Copyright in Victorian Studies 62(2); 326-328, 2020.

Review of Michael Mann’s Wiring the Nation: Telecommunication, Newspaper-Reportage, and Nation Building in British India, 1850-1930 in Victorian Studies 60(4); 653-5, 2018.

Review of Sukeshi Kamra’s The Indian Periodical Press and the Production of Nationalist Rhetoric in Victorian Periodicals Review 46(4): 581-3, 2013.

Review of Malik Salahuddin’s 1857: War of Independence or Clash of Civilizations? British Public Reactions in Journal of British Studies 48 (4); 1023-4, 2009.

Review of Christopher Herbert’s War of No Pity: The Indian Mutiny and Victorian Trauma in RaVoN: Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net 53, 2009.

“Technology in the Victorian Studies Classroom,” in Teaching Nineteenth-century Fiction, eds. Andrew Maunder and Jennifer Phegley (London: Palgrave), 2010.

“Brontë’s Jane Eyre.” The Victorian Literature Handbook. Eds. Alexandra Warwick and Martin Willis. London: Continuum. 90-94, 2008.

“Revision as Rethinking: Assignments, Sequences, and Class Plans.” A Guide to Teaching with Literacies. Ed. Terence Brunk et al. NY: W. W. Norton. 273-81, 2000.

Work in Progress

“For Illustrative Purposes Only: Representation and Misidentification in British and Anglo-Indian Newspapers” for Edinburgh Companion to British Colonial Periodicals, eds. David Finkelstein, David Johnson and Caroline Davis.

“The Juncture of Journalism and History: The Anglophone Essay in India” for The Cambridge History of the British Essay, eds. Denise Gigante and Jason Childs.

Select Conference Presentations

Moderator and organizer of “Anti-racism and British 19th century Studies”; virtual roundtable for NAVSA (Aug 12, 2020).

“For Illustrative Purposes Only: Representation and Misidentification in British and Anglo-Indian Newspapers” at British Colonial Periodicals Online Conference (July 2, 2020).

“What Matters,” Respondent at “(Re)Theorizing Nineteenth Century Materiality” at MLA, Seattle, WA (Jan 10, 2020).

“Stakes of Representation” at Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States, Seattle, WA (Nov 9, 2019).

“Who’s Who: Tracing Lines of Representation” at North American Victorian Studies Association, Columbus, OH (Oct 19, 2019).

Urban Grace Poet Laureate of Tacoma, 2008


"Osier." The Fourth River 5 (2008)

"On Giving First-Year Students a Quiz on Allen Ginsberg's Howl."  Cimarron Review 136 (Spring 2008)

"Keeper."  Sea Stories.  Hibernal issue.

"A Curse upon Leafblowers and the Men who Love Them," "Audience." NEBO (Fall 2007).

"Slug," "Mole Plants," "Foraging."  Green Letters 6 (2005): 62-67.

"Stinkflower," "Marginalia," "Raw Materials," "Three Olives."  Cimarron Review 144 (2003):  21-25.

"Chestnut." Cumberland Poetry Review 22.2 (2003): 29.

"The Chemistry Set."  Scripsit (Fall 1994): 8.

Poetry Readings

Opening act for Billy Collins reading.  Pantages Theater, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts.  Tacoma, WA.  April 4, 2008; "As Is."  Creative Writers' Panel titled "Soundings."  Western Literature Association Conference.  Tacoma, WA.  October 17-20, 2007; "Shard" poetry series; joint reading with Hans Ostrom.  Center on Contemporary Art.  Seattle, WA.  March 4, 2006; "Songs of Extinction II."  Creative Writers' Panel at the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Conference.  Eugene, OR.  June 21-25, 2005; "Songs of Extinction."  Creative Writers' panel at the Western Literature Conference.  Big Sky, Montana.  September 29-October 2, 2004; Poets Against the War.  Bohemian Cafe.  Stillwater, OK.  February 2, 2003; Regional Poets Panel.  South Central Modern Language Association Convention.  Austin, TX.  October 31-November 2, 2002; New Modernisms IV Conference. Madison, WI.  October 31-November 3, 2002; Loft Poetry Night. [Reading with featured poet Alfred Corn].  Loft Coffee House.  Tulsa, OK.  March 19, 2002; "Poems."  Creative Writers' Panel at the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Conference.  Flagstaff, AZ.  June 19-23, 2001. 


"H. G. Wells's Taxonomy of Waste." The World Turned Inside Out: Essays on Waste in History and Culture. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008. Eds. John F.M. Clark and John Scanlan.

"The Indian Subject of Colonial Hygiene." Filth: Dirt, Disgust, and Modern Life. Eds. Ryan Johnson and William Cohen. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2005. 250-276.

"Wasted Value: The Serial Logic of H. G. Wells's Tono-Bungay." Reprinted In Modern Critical Views: H. G. Wells. Ed. Harold Bloom. Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 2005.


Review Essay on Tracey Teets Schwarze's Joyce and the Victorians, Jean Kimball's Joyce and the Early Freudians, and David Spur's Joyce and the Scene of Modernity for the Irish Studies Review 12.3 (2004): 364-367.

Review of Nicholas Brown's Utopian Generations for the James Joyce Quarterly 44.3 (2007) 613-19.

Review of Margaret McBride's Ulysses and the Metamorphosis of Stephen Dedalus for the James Joyce Quarterly 38.3/4 (2001): 551-54.


“Cont(r)acting Whiteness: The Language of Contagion in the Autobiographical Essays of Zitkala-Ša.” Arizona Quarterly, Forthcoming.

"Got MILF?: Losing Lorelai in Season Seven," with Mita Mahato. Gilmore Girls and the Politics of Identity. Ed. Ritch Calvin. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2008. 

Works in Progress 

Professor MacBain will be travelling this academic year Yale’s Beinecke Library to do archival work on Edith Wharton for an essay in progress.

Select Conference Papers

“‘Real life or long-lasting death’: Zitkala-Ša and the Language of Contagion,” American Literature Association (ALA) Conference, San Francisco, CA, May 2010.

“‘Bad Blood’: The Influence of Inheritance in The Portrait of a Lady,” Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) Conference, Montreal, Quebec, April 2010.

"A Penetrating Cold: White Contact and Contagion in American Indian Stories." Western Literature Association Conference, Tacoma, WA, October 2007.

"Her 'Real' Race Unveiled: Lily Bart in The House of Mirth." The Edith Wharton Society Conference, Hudson Valley, NY, June 2005.

"Behind 'the white curtain' in Edgar Allan Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket." Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Conference, Missoula, MT, October 2003.


"'Why do we always have to talk about race?' Teaching American Literature in the Post-Affirmative Action Liberal Arts Environment," with Tamiko Nimura. Teaching Race in the Twenty-First Century: College Professors Talk About Their Fears, Risks, and Rewards, Ed. Lisa Guerrero. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)

"Uncanny Afflictions: Spectral Evidence and the Puritan Crisis of Subjectivity." Spectral America: Phantoms and the American Imagination. Ed. Jeffrey A. Weinstock. (University of Wisconsin Press; 2004).


"The Coercive Sphere and the Failure of Public Discourse." Review of Voices in the Wilderness: Public Discourse and the Paradox of Puritan Rhetoric, by Patricia Roberts-Miller (University of Alabama Press, 1999). The Review of Communication. Vol 3: 1 (2003).


“Quintilian’s Forensic Grief and The Spanish Tragedy.” Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 60.2 (Spring 2020): 209-28.

“Original Gesture: Hand Eloquence on the Early Modern Stage.” Shakespeare Bulletin 35 (Spring 2017): 65-96.

“Rhetorical Delivery for Renaissance English: Voice, Gesture, Emotion, and the Sixteenth-Century Vernacular Turn.” Renaissance Quarterly 68 (Winter 2015): 1265-96.

“Mulcaster’s Tyrant Sound.” Sound Effects: The Oral/Aural Dimensions of Literature in English. Ed. Chris Jones and Neil Rhodes. Special Issue, Oral Tradition 24.2 (2009): 337-58.

“Spenser’s Wrenock and an Anglo-Welsh Latimer.” Notes & Queries 56 (December 2009): 527-30.

“Acting and Action in the Sermons of Lancelot Andrewes.” Renaissance Studies 23 (November 2009): 678-93.

“The Well-Schooled Wrestler: Athletics and Rhetoric in The Faerie Queene, Book II.” Review of English Studies 60 (March 2009): 34-60.

Works in Progress

John is currently working on the first-ever critical edition of Richard Mulcaster’s Elementarie (1582), an orthographical treatise that is an important primary source for historical studies of education, linguistics, and rhetoric.