Daniel Bivona
Associate Professor of English
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-0302
Email: dbivona@asu.edu
Web page: http://www.public.asu.edu/~dbivona/


• Ph.D., English, Brown University, 1987
• M.A., English, Northeastern University, 1979
• B.A., University of Connecticut, 1974

Full-Time Administrative Appointments

• Divisional Dean of Undergraduate Programs, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University, July 2004-June 2007
• Associate Dean for Academic Programs, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University, January 2002-June 2004
• Chair of English Department, Arizona State University, 2000-2002
• Associate Chair of English Department, Arizona State University, 1998-1999

Full-Time Academic Appointments

• Associate Professor of English, Arizona State University, 1999-present
• Assistant Professor of English, Arizona State University, 1996-1999
• Assistant Professor of English, Rowan University, 1995-6
• Assistant Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania, 1988-1995
• Assistant Professor of English, Rhode Island College, 1987-1988
• Instructor, Humanities, Lesley College, 1985-1987
• Instructor, English, Northeastern University, 1979-80

Part-time Administrative Appointments

• Director of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' Learning Community Institute, July 2007-July 2009 (from January 2002 through June 2007 the directorship of the Learning Community Institute was included as part of my duties as Associate Dean and then Divisional Dean)

Part-Time Academic Appointments

• Teaching Assistant, Brown University, 1981-85
• Writing Instructor, Stonehill College, 1983-84
• Instructor, Community College of Rhode Island, 1981-83
• Teaching Assistant, Northeastern University, 1977-79

Awards and Grants

• Principal Investigator on successful Arizona Board of Regents Grant to support development of freshman learning communities (2003-4) [$50,000].
• Involved in preparing 4 successful Quality of Instruction grants from the ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for English Department faculty (2000-1).
• Preparing Future Faculty Mentoring Award, Arizona State University, 1999 & 2000
• Research Award, The Research Foundation, University of Pennsylvania, 1992 (for British Imperial Literature, 1870-1940)
• Research Award, The Research Foundation, University of Pennsylvania, 1989 (for Desire and Contradiction)
• University Fellowship, Brown University, 1980-1981

Publications and Work in Progress


• Bivona, Daniel (and Roger B. Henkle). The Imagination of Class: Masculinity and the Victorian Urban Poor (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2006). [Reviewed by Joseph Kestner in Victorian Studies 49.2 (Winter 2007): 329-331; Ellen B. Rosenman in ELT 51.3 (2008): 337-340; Frank Christianson in Novel 41.1 (2007): 162-5; Ruth Livesey in Nineteenth Century Literature 63.2 (September 2008): 272.]
• Bivona, Daniel. British Imperial Literature, 1870-1940: Writing and the Administration of Empire. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998. [Reviewed by Anne E. Fernald in Modern Fiction Studies 45.2 (1999): 533-535; John McBratney in Nineteenth-Century Prose 26.1 (Spring 1999): 172-176; Philip Holden in Jouvert: A Journal of Postcolonial Studies 3.3 (1999); V. G. Kiernan in Literature and History 9.2 (2000): 95-6; Deirdre David in Victorian Studies 43.1 (Autumn 2000): 142-144; Patrick Brantlinger in English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 43.3 (2000): 341-343; Brian Gasser in Notes and Queries 47.4 (Dec. 2000): 531-2; and Brian Young in Review of English Studies 52.208 (November 2001): 550-6]. [Reissued in paperback, 2008]
• __________. Desire and Contradiction: Imperial Visions and Domestic Debates in Victorian Literature. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1990. [Reviewed by Bruce Robbins in Victorian Studies 35.2 (Winter 1992), pp. 209-214; by Peter Hulme in Literature and History (1992); by Patrick Brantlinger in Novel 26.1 (Fall 1992), pp. 112-115; by K.A. Robb in Choice 28 (May 1991), pp. 1481-2].

Work in Progress:

Money/Myths: Money in the Nineteenth Century. Eds. Daniel Bivona and Marlene Tromp. Ohio State UP [A collection of full-length articles from the best of the NCSA conference of March, 2011]
• Bivona, Daniel. The Natural and Social History of Pluck: The Victorian Discourse on Character and Competition.
• __________. “Aesthetic Instinct and Sexual Taste: Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray

Forthcoming Invited Essays:

• Bivona, Daniel. “The Comparative Advantages of Survival: Darwin and the Economy of Nature.” Money/Myths: Money in the Nineteenth Century. Eds. Daniel Bivona and Marlene Tromp. Ohio State UP [forthcoming].
• __________. “Introduction: The Condition of England: Industrialism and Social Reform.” Victorian Non-Fiction Prose. Eds. Lisa Surridge and Mary Elizabeth Leighton. [forthcoming (2011), Broadview Press].


• Bivona, Daniel. “Richard F. Burton, Polygamy, and the Worlding of the American West.” Victorian World Literatures : A Special Issue of Yearbook of English Studies. 41.2 . Ed. Pablo Mukherjee (2011): 73-93 [invited].
• __________. “The House in the Child and the Dead Mother in the House: Sensational Problems of Victorian ‘Household’ Management.” Nineteenth Century Contexts 30.2 (June 2008): 109-125.
• __________. “Poverty, Pity, and Community: Urban Poverty and the Threat to Social Bonds in the Victorian Age.” Nineteenth Century Studies 21 (Winter 2007): 67-83 [appeared in 2009].
• __________. “Human Thighs and Susceptible Apes: Self-Implicating Category Confusion in Victorian Discourse on West Africa.” Nineteenth Century Prose 32.2 (Fall 2005): 71-97.
• __________. “The Erotic Politics of Indirect Rule: T. E. Lawrence’s ‘Voluntary Slavery.’” Prose Studies 20.1 (April 1997): 91-119.
• __________. “Playing the Muslim: Sir Richard Burton’s Pilgrimage and ‘Negative’ Cultural Identity.” Borders of Culture, Margins of Identity. (New Orleans: Xavier Review Press, 1993): 85-94.
• __________. “Conrad’s Bureaucrats: Agency, Bureaucracy, and the Problem of Intention.” Novel 26.2 (Winter 1993): 151-169.
• __________. “Disraeli’s Political Trilogy and the Antinomic Structure of Imperial Desire.” Novel 22.3 (Spring 1989): 305-325. [Reprinted in Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism. Vol. 79. Detroit: Gale Research Press, 1999].
• __________. “Alice the Child-Imperialist and the Games of Wonderland.” Nineteenth-Century Literature (September 1986): 143-171.

Books Reviewed:

Charles Dickens’s American Audience by Robert McParland. Lanham, Boulder, New York, Toronto, and Plymouth, UK: Lexington Books, 2010 in Victorian Studies [forthcoming, 2011].
Victorian Vulgarity: Taste in Verbal and Visual Culture. Eds. Susan David Bernstein and Elsie B. Michie. Burlington, VT and Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate Press, 2009 in The Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies 20 (Spring 2011): 95-98.
Travel Writing in the Nineteenth Century: Filling the Blank Spaces. Ed. Tim Youngs. London, New York, Delhi: Anthem Press, 2006 in Nineteenth-Century Contexts 31.4 (2010): 389-391.
Imperial Masochism: British Fiction, Fantasy, and Social Class by John Kucich. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2007 in Modern Philology 107.2 (November 2009): 1-5.
Upward Mobility and the Common Good: Toward a Literary History of the Welfare State by Bruce Robbins. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton UP, 2007. Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net 49 (February 2008).
Victorian Literature and Finance. Ed. Francis O'Gorman. Oxford and New York: Oxford UP, 2007 in Review of English Studies (January 31, 2008).
Outlandish English Subjects in the Victorian Domestic Novel by Timothy L. Carens (Basingstoke, Hampshire: Macmillan, 2005) in Victorian Studies 49.2 (Winter 2007): 344-45.
Epic and Empire in Nineteenth-Century Britain by Simon Dentith. New York and Cambridge : Cambridge UP, 2006 in Nineteenth-Century Literature 62.1 (June 2007): 127-130.
Gender, Race, and the Writing of Empire: Public Discourse and the Boer War by Paula M. Krebs (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1999) in Nineteenth-Century Literature 55.3 (December 2000): 428-431.
King Khama, Emperor Joe, and the Great White Queen: Victorian Britain through African Eyes by Neil Parsons (Chicago and London: the University of Chicago Press, 1998) in Research in African Literatures 31.3 (Fall 2000): 206-8.
Rule Britannia: Women, Empire, and Victorian Writing by Deirdre David (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1995) in The Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies NS.8 (Spring 1999): 111-113.
Literary Capital and the Late Victorian Novel by N. N. Feltes (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1993) in South Central Review 13.1 (Spring 1996): 56-58.
Exotic Memories: Literature, Colonialism and the Fin de Siècle by Chris Bongie, Nineteenth-Century Prose 20.1 (Winter 1993).
Formations of Fantasy, eds. Victor Burgin, James Donald, and Cora Kaplan, Wilson Library Bulletin 62.1 (Sept. 1987): 103-104.
Robert Graves: the Assault Heroic, 1895-1926 by Richard Perceval Graves, WLB 61.9 (June 1987): 88.
Anger: the Struggle for Emotional Control in America's History by Carol Zisowitz Stearns and Peter N. Stearns, WLB 61.8 (April 1987): 70-1.
• Reviews of the journals Style and Language and Style in Serials Review 33.1 (Summer 1980), pp. 20 and 33.

Papers and Panels:

• Upcoming: “How to Avoid the Lure of the Perversions: Krafft-Ebing’s Psychopathia Sexualis as Public Health Pedagogy.” Modern Language Association Convention. Seattle, WA (January 5-8, 2011).
• “Scholarship as Criminality: The Public and Scholarly Life of Eugene Aram.” North American Victorian Studies Association conference. Nashville, TN (November 3-5, 2011).
•“An Intellectual on the ‘Disintegrating’ Effects of Intellect: Benjamin Kidd’s Social Evolution and the Problem of Intellect.” British Association of Victorian Studies conference. Birmingham, UK. (September 1-3, 2011).
• “A really intelligent detonator”: Conrad’s Secret Agent and Social Predictability.” Joseph Conrad Society Conference. London (July 7-9, 2011).
• “The Comparative Advantages of Survival: Darwin and the Economic Division of Labor in Nature.” NCSA Conference. Albuquerque, NM (March 4, 2011).
• “The Vanishing Point of my Life: Little Dorrit and the Erotics of Scale.” NAVSA conference. Montreal, CA (November 12, 2010).
• “Performing ‘Burton’: Richard F. Burton’s Anti-Sensationalism.” NCSA conference. Tampa, Florida (March 12, 2009).
• “ ’The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it’: the Changing Face of Hyde in Twentieth Century Hollywood Film Versions of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” “Popular Darwinism” panel (Panel organizer). Southwest Texas PCA/ACA conference. Albuquerque, NM (February 10-13, 2010).
• Commentator, “Masculinities and Modern Literature” panel. Western Conference on British Studies. Tempe, AZ. (October 23-4, 2009).
• Invited lecture/discussion: "Subjectivity and the British Novel," Spirit of the Senses Salon, Tempe, AZ (September 17, 2008).
• Invited lecture/discussion, "The Problem of 'Character' and the Presidential Primaries," Spirit of the Senses Salon, Phoenix, AZ (February 1, 2008).
• Invited lecture, "T. E. Lawrence: the Man, the Myth, and the Movie," Spirit of the Senses Salon, Paradise Valley, AZ (October 12, 2007).
• Invited discussant, "Popular Culture and Constructions of Masculinity" panel, Western Social Science Association Conference, Phoenix, AZ (April 22, 2006).
• "Aesthetic Instinct and Sexual Taste: Krafft-Ebing and the Instinct of the Perverse." North American Victorian Studies Association Conference, September 29-October 1, 2005, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.
• “The House in the Child and the Dead Mother in the House: Sensational Problems of Household Management.” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, Notre Dame London Center, London, UK, July 8-10, 2003.
• "Teaching Technology Skills in a Literature Class." Workshop. CLTE. Arizona State University. February 19, 2003; English Department, ASU, March 31, 2003.
• Panel member, Curricular Change Panel, Rocky Mountain MLA convention, Scottsdale, AZ, October 10, 2002.
• "Crossing the Border of Hell: Jack London and Charles Masterman Represent the Abyss," Midwest Victorian Studies Association Conference, University of Illinois, Chicago, April 20, 2002.
• "Sympathy and Distance: Moments in the Victorian Imagination of Urban Poverty," Colloquium, English Department, Arizona State University, September 26, 2001.
• Debate Moderator, Debate on Darwinism between Michael Shermer and Duane T. Gish, Phoenix, Arizona, June 1, 2001.
• "Poverty, Pity, and Community: Urban Poverty and the Threat to Social Bonds in the Late Victorian Age," Pacific Coast British Studies Conference, Stanford University, April 6-8, 2001.
• Panel presentation: "Controlling and Assessing Online English Courses" (with Greg Glau and Shelley Rodrigo Blanchard). Center for Learning and Teaching Excellence. Arizona State University, October 18, 2000.
• Chair, "Deconstructing Discourse" panel, Southern Comparative Literature Association Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, September 15-17, 2000.
• "Suffering with the Sheep: Greenwood's 'Unsentimental' Journalism of Feeling and Lower Class Work." Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference. Yale University, April 6-8, 2000.
• "The Insulating Element of Culture: James Greenwood Inoculates Himself against the Working Classes," The Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 10-12, 2000.
• "The Difference Bureaucracy Makes: Joyce Cary's Satire on Indirect Rule," Middle Atlantic Conference on British Studies, New York, April 16-17, 1999.
• Panel Moderator, Southwest Graduate Literature Conference, Arizona State University, March 14, 1999.
• "Poverty As Profession: Jefferies, Wells, London and the "New Journalism," The Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 25-7, 1999.
• "Baring in Cairo to Gordon in Khartoum: Indirect Rule and the Symbolic Uses of 'Personality,'" Middle Atlantic Conference on British Studies, New York, April 3-4, 1998.
• "Gordon in Khartoum: Indirect Rule and the Problem of "Personality," Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies, Long Beach, CA, March 27-29, 1998.
• Panel moderator, Colonial and Post-colonial Discourse panel, Southwest Graduate Literature Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe, March 7-9, 1998.
• "Indirect Rule and the Pleasures of Self-Effacement: The Case of T. E. Lawrence," Colloquium, Arizona State University, April 16, 1997.
• "Inquisition as Behavioral Determination: Is Acting 'One of Us' All There Is To Being 'One of Us'?" Joseph Conrad Society Conference, Drexel University, Philadelphia, April 10-13, 1997.
• Panel moderator, British Literature and Empire panel, Southwest Graduate Literature Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe, March 7-9, 1997.
• "The Jungle Boy in the Gray Flannel Suit: Kipling and the Management of Hatred," SCMLA Conference, Houston (October 27, 1995).
• "Dickens' Little Dorrit: the Novel, the Family, and the Police," lecture delivered at Fairfield University (March 22, 1995).
• "T. E. Lawrence Among the Bedouins," Semiotics Association Conference, Philadelphia (October 20-1, 1994).
• "White Father/White Master: H. M. Stanley Plays Father," Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, William and Mary College (April 9-10, 1994).
• Faculty participant in a panel discussion on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Annenberg School of Communications, Philadelphia (October 28, 1993).
• "'Gladness of Abasement': Lord Cromer and the Professionalization of the Empire," Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, Arizona State University (April 1-2, 1993).
• "Disraeli and Gaskell: Reactionary and Liberal Crowds," Modern Language Association Convention, New York (December 27-30, 1992).
• "Why Africa Needs Europe: H. M. Stanley's 'Dark Continent,'" Northeast Victorian Studies Association Conference, Rutgers University (April 24-26, 1992).
• "Playing the Muslim: Sir Richard Burton's Pilgrimage and Negative Cultural Identity," Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, Loyola University, New Orleans (April 10-12, 1992).
• "Alice's Game(s)," NYCEA Conference, Syracuse University (November 1988).
• "Empire As Field of Play," Northeast Victorian Studies Association Conference, Wheaton College (April 1987).

Administrative Conferences in which I participated:

• Reinvention Center Conference, Washington, DC (November 17-19, 2004)
• AAC&U Institute, Newport, RI (May 22-26, 2004)
• Reinvention Center Meeting, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA (April 16, 2004)
PAC-10+2 Deans' Conference, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii (March 22-24, 2004)
• Reinvention Center Meeting, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (March 19, 2002).
• PAC-10+2 Deans' Conference, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR (April 7-9, 2002).
• CASUU Conference, Tucson, AZ (April 14-16, 2002)
• Reinvention Center Conference, University of Maryland, College Park, MD (November 13-15, 2002).
• Association of Departments of English (July 2001).

Courses Taught Recently

At Arizona State University (1996-2011):

• Victorian Sexuality (graduate seminar)
• 19th and 20th Century British Literature (undergraduate large lecture)
• Darwin’s Origin and Victorian Culture (undergraduate)
• Research Methods in Literature (graduate)
• Victorian Sexuality (undergraduate seminar)
• Darwin's Origin and Victorian Culture (undergraduate seminar)
• The Empire and the Novel (undergraduate)
• Nineteenth Century Fiction (undergraduate)
• 19th Century Sexuality: Britain and France (graduate seminar, team-taught with Rachel Fuchs, Department of History)
• Victorian Masculinities (graduate and undergraduate)
• The Spectacle of Loss in the Nineteenth Century (graduate and undergraduate)
• Victorians and the Problem of 'Character' (graduate and undergraduate)
• "Human Disease and Society" Learning Community
• Victorian Sexuality (graduate and undergraduate)
• Victorian Sensations (undergraduate)
• Imagining Class in the Victorian Period (graduate and undergraduate)
• Victorian Sexuality (graduate and undergraduate)
• Advanced Composition (undergraduate)
• Victorian Masculinities (graduate and undergraduate)
• British Literature, 19th and 20th Centuries (undergraduate)
• Aestheticism and Decadence (graduate and undergraduate)
• Research Methods and Critical Methodology (graduate)
• Victorian Poetry (graduate and undergraduate)
• British Literature, 19th and 20th Centuries (undergraduate)
• Nineteenth-Century Fiction (graduate and undergraduate)
• Introduction to Literature (undergraduate)

At University of Pennsylvania except where noted (1988-1995):

• The Uses of Empire (graduate)
• "Unwholesome" Victorian Fictions: The Counter-Discourse of a Therapeutic Culture
• The Work of Ruling: Colonial Discourse as Managerial Discourse (graduate)
• Imagining Poverty During the Victorian Age (graduate)
• Dandies, Aesthetes, and 'Manly' Men: Aestheticism, Decadence, and Adventure
• Early 19th-Century British Novel (graduate)
• The British Adventure Novel
• Domestic Spaces and Foreign Places in the American Novel
• The Nineteenth-Century Novel
• Imagining the 'Primitive' in the Age of Darwin
• The British Novel, 1660-1925
• British Poetry Since Pope
• The Gothic Novel and Its Victorian Progeny
• Darwin's Plots
• Conrad and Kipling
• The Work of Empire
• Dickens and Dostoyevsky
• Thomas Hardy in Context
• Transformational Grammar (Rhode Island College)
• History of the English Language (Rhode Island College)
• Postcolonial Fiction (Rowan)
• Introduction to Literary Studies (Rowan)

(In addition to the courses listed above, I have also taught a variety of writing and literature courses while filling the roles of instructor at Lesley College, teaching assistant at Brown University, Instructor at Northeastern University, and part-time Instructor at Stonehill College and the Community College of Rhode Island.)

Ph.D. Dissertations and M.A. Theses at ASU: