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DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH FACULTY

KURT HEMMER

Office: L245

Phone: 847-925-6779

E-Mail: khemmer@harpercollege.edu

Courses Taught:

English 101: Composition

English 102: Composition

Literature 105: Poetry

Literature 112: Literature and Film

Literature 117: Crime Literature

The American Experience in Paris

Background:

PhD, English, Washington State University, 2000

    Dissertation: "Cowboys Crashing: The Beat Generation and the American Western Outlaw"

MA, English, University of Connecticut, Storrs, 1996

MAT, English, Rhode Island College, 1994

BA, English, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1992

Interests:

Beat Generation Literature

Crime Literature

Existentialism

Film

History and Culture of Rock and Roll

Publications:

Editor of the Encyclopedia of Beat Literature. Facts On File, 2007.

"The Natives Are Getting Uppity: Tangier and Naked Lunch." Naked Lunch @ 50: Anniversary Essays. Ed. Oliver Harris and Ian MacFadyen. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 2009. 65-72.

"Aestheticizing the Revolution: William S. Burroughs in Tangier." Bowles/Beats/ Tangier. Ed. Allen Hibbard and Barry Tharaud. Tangier: ICPS, 2008. 99-106.

"Political Outlaws: Beat Cowboys." American Studies Journal 50 (Fall 2007).

"The Prostitute Speaks: Brenda Frazer's Troia: Mexican Memoirs." Paradoxa: Fifties Fiction 18 (2003): 99-117.

"Barbarians in the Gates: Recent Beat Scholarship." The Rocky Mountain Review 55.2 (2001): 81-8.

Presentations:

"Letter to Joan Burroughs." 50th Anniversary Celebration of The Naked Lunch. TH!NKART Salon, Chicago, IL. August 2009.

"Naked Lunch & Aurality: How Cronenberg's Naked Lunch Can Help Us Hear Burroughs-You Dig." Naked Lunch @ 50 Symposium. University of London Institute in Paris, Paris, France. July 2009.

"About 136 Rhetorical Questions for Michael McClure (It's Either 136 or 142): An Introduction for Michael McClure's Reading." The Beat Generation Symposium. Columbia College, Chicago, IL. October 2008.

"Infiltrating the Boy Gang: Women in the Encyclopedia of Beat Literature." The Beat Generation Symposium. Columbia College, Chicago, IL. October 2008.

Screening of Rebel Roar: The Sound of Michael McClure at 17th Edition of the Berkeley Video & Film Festival. Berkeley, CA. September 2008.f

Screening of As We Cover the Streets: Janine Pommy Vega at the HOWL Festival-BoweryWomen: Shoot the Poem! New York, NY. September 2007.

"Editing the Encyclopedia of Beat Literature." Spring Liberal Arts Senior Faculty Lecture. Harper College, Palatine, IL. April 2007.

"An African-American Vernacular English Debate: Zora Neale Hurston vs. Richard Wright." Alice Roberts's Linguistics 205. Harper College, Palatine, IL. April 2007.

Screening of Rebel Roar: The Sound of Michael McClure at 18th Annual Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! Festival. Lowell, MA. October 2005.

Screening of Rebel Roar: The Sound of Michael McClure at the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference. Albuquerque, NM. February 2005.

"'The Natives are Getting Uppity': Burroughs, Naked Lunch, and Morocco." Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference. Albuquerque, NM. February 2003.

"Outlaw as Simulacrum: Edward Dorn's Gunslinger." Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association /American Culture Association Conference. Albuquerque, NM. February 2002.

"The Birth and Death of the Beat Generation." Harper College. Palatine, IL. October 2001.

Chair: "'Beating' the System: Other Voices and Other Times in the Beat Movement." Fifth Congress of the Americas. Puebla, Mexico. October 2001.

"The Prostitute Speaks: Brenda Frazer's Troia." Fifth Congress of the Americas. Puebla, Mexico. October 2001.

"Re-Examining Kerouac's Pic." Beat Attitudes 2001. Lowell, MA. October 2001.

Chair: "Beat Generation and Counterculture: Burroughs." 2001 Regional Meeting SouthwestTexas Popular Culture/American Culture Associations. Albuquerque, NM. March 2001.

"Queer Outlaws: William S. Burroughs's The Place of Dead Roads, Schizophrenics, Nomads, and Rhizomes." 2001 Regional Meeting Southwest/Texas PopularCulture/American Culture Associations. Albuquerque, NM. March 2001.

Documentary DVDs with Tom Knoff:

"Wow!"-Ted Joans Lives!" (in production)

Rebel Roar: The Sound of Michael McClure. Harper College, 2004

As We Cover the Streets: Janine Pommy Vega. Harper College, 2003

Awards:

Disc Makers Award Berkeley Video & Film Festival for Rebel Roar: The Sound of Michael McClure 2008

Aurora Award Gold Documentary/Biography for Rebel Roar: The Sound of Michael McClure 2004

Aurora Award Platinum Best of Show Documentary/Biography for As We Cover the Streets: Janine Pommy Vega 2003

Sabbatical:

Spring 2008 to work with true crime author John Gilmore in North Hollywood, CA.