Joseph E. Becker
Associate Professor of English & Comparative Literature
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Office: 203 Haenssler Honors Center

Additional Titles:
Director, Haenssler Honors Program

Education

  • Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Arkansas 2002
  • M.A., Comparative Literature, University of Arkansas 1999
  • M.A., English Literature, Winthrop University 1990
  • B.A., English Literature, Winthrop University 1988

Teaching Experience

British Literature, Comparative Literature, Composition, Philosophy, & Critical Theory

Research

My main academic interest is utilizing Jungian theory to examine archetypal patterns in literature, mythology, and religion.

Honors, Fellowships, & Memberships

  • Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society
  • Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society

Research Interests

Archetypal patterns in British and World literature (e.g., Milton and Blake); Archetypal patterns in Heroic/Epic Fantasy. Currently working (Fall 2012) on archetypal patterns in the print (1996) and film (2007) versions of Philip Pullman's THE GOLDEN COMPASS (Vol. 1 of HIS DARK MATERIALS).

Campus & Community Service

Chair, Division of Arts & Humanities (2009-2012); Secretary of the Faculty Assembly (multiple terms); Faculty Marshal (2011); various campus committees, Director of the Haenssler Honors Program, co-facilitator of the North Woods Jung Society, Transformative Language Arts Network, Co-reading Dr. Seuss' THE LORAX to first graders each year for Earth Day, Webmaster, THE AROOSTOOK REVIEW

Recent Papers, Presentations & Publications

Co-presenter, "Making Sense of Peace"  Transformational Language Arts Network's 8th annual Power of Words Conference, Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont, September 2010.

"Of Wizards and Waifs: Merlin, Gandalf, and Dumbledore as Storytellers," 10th Annual Cape Breton University Storytelling Symposium, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada, June 2006.

"Tolkien, Barfield, and the Language of Creation," Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, October 2005.

"Faerie Bodies in Arda:  Gnostic Affinities in Tolkien's Mythos," 2nd Annual Tolkien Conference, University of Vermont, April 2005.

"William Blake and the Reintegration of the Feminine," 3rd Annual Hawai'i International Conference on the Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 2005.

"Gnostic Dualism and the Blakean Vision" Consequentiality, Volume I: Human, All Too Human.  San Diego, California, August 2004.

Recent Highlights

Co-reviewer with Geraldine Cannon Becker:  "A Jungian Interpretation of 'Hansel and Gretel'" Crossroads: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Classics. Vol. 5, Issue 2.  The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 2010.

"Alfred, Lord Tennyson" General Themes in Literature. Ed. Jennifer McClinton-Temple. Facts on File, Inc, 2010. ISBN-13: 978-0816071616

"Religion in Tennyson's In Memoriam A. H. H." General Themes in Literature. Ed. Jennifer McClinton-Temple. Facts on File, Inc, 2010. ISBN-13: 978-0816071616

"Grief in Tennyson's In Memoriam A. H. H." General Themes in Literature. Ed. Jennifer McClinton-Temple. Facts on File, Inc, 2010. ISBN-13: 978-0816071616

"Nature in Tennyson's In Memoriam A. H. H." General Themes in Literature. Ed. Jennifer McClinton-Temple. Facts on File, Inc, 2010. ISBN-13: 978-0816071616

"The Da Vinci Code" Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction. Ed. Geoff Hamilton. New York: Facts on File, 2009. ISBN-13: 978-0816071579

"Dan Brown" Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction. Ed. Geoff Hamilton. New York: Facts on File, 2009. ISBN-13: 978-0816071579

Courses Taught

Joseph teaches courses in the subjects of Philosophy, Humanities, Honors Program, and English.

Contact Information

Joseph may be contacted by phone at (207) 834-7588 or by email at joseph.becker@maine.edu.