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John Zuern

Associate Professor

John Zuern

I teach classes in literature, literary theory, and electronic media. My research draws on the fields of literary criticism, new media studies, philosophy, and graphic design theory in an effort to think about how emerging media reconfigure our reading and writing practices. I'm interested in trying to understand how cultural productions in both print and digital realms engage in critical (and at least potentially transformative) ways with their technical, social, and economic contexts.

I'm currently engaged in a project that emerged out of my service on the faculty review board for the UHM Contemporary Ethical Issues Focus requirement. I am interested in the question of what makes the study of literature—in particular narrative fiction— distinctive as a domain for ethical inquiry. The project intersects with a range of philosophical and critical discourses on the ethics of literature, but it also aims to address practical questions of pedagogy and curriculum design.

I have been involved in a number of community- and school-based technology initiatives in Hawai‘i, including Pāku‘i ‘Onaehana (Connecting Technology), an effort to integrate digital video and multimedia development into the middle-school Hawaiian Language Immersion curriculum.

I also give workshops on desktop publishing and writing for the Web as part of the Pacific New Media program at the UHM Outreach College.

My web page lists recent classes and publications.

Office Hours

TR 1:30 - 3:00

Areas of Interest

electronic media, literature and technology, literary theory, cultural studies

Awards

  • Presidential/Chancellor's Citation for Meritorious Teaching, 2005
  • Board of Regents' Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2012

Education

BA, English, Moorhead State University
MA Comparative Literature, MA English, University of Texas-Austin
PhD Comparative Literature, University of Texas-Austin

Courses

Fall Semester 2014

Course Title Time  
ENG 495(1) Internship Edit
ENG 625B(1) Theories & Methods of Literary Study (LSE) T 3:30-6:00 Edit

Spring Semester 2014

Course Title Time  
ENG 420(1) STUDIES IN LITERATURE AND CULTURE: FICTION, FINANCE, AND ETHIC MWF 9:30-10:20 Edit
ENG 495(1) INTERNSHIP Edit

Fall Semester 2013

Course Title Time  
ENG 320(3) Intro. English Studies TR 9:00-10:15 Edit
ENG 495(1) Internship: Instructor Approval Hrs. arranged Edit

Session 2 2013

Course Title Time  
ENG 209(1) Business Writing Hrs. arranged
ENG 209(2) Business Writing Hrs. arranged
ENG 495(1) Internship MTWRF

Session 1 2013

Course Title Time  
ENG 495(1) Internship MTWRF

Spring Semester 2013

Course Title Time  
ENG 495(1) Internship Hrs. arranged Edit
ENG 727(1) Sem Lit Criticism (Defenses of Poetry) (LSE/pre-1900) T 6:30-9:00 Edit

Fall Semester 2012

Course Title Time  
ENG 384(1) Lit & Technology (online) Hrs. arranged Edit
ENG 495(1) Internship Hrs. arranged Edit

Session 2 2012

Course Title Time  
ENG 209(1) Business Writing Hrs. arranged
ENG 209(2) Business Writing Hrs. arranged

Spring Semester 2012

Course Title Time  
ENG 352(1) 20C Novel in English TTH 10:30-11:45 Edit
ENG 421(1) St/CompLit (Literature, Hospitality, and Hotels) TTH 1:30-2:45 Edit
ENG 495(1) Internship Edit

Fall Semester 2011

Course Title Time  
ENG 320(1) Intro to English Studies MWF 9:30-10:20 Edit
ENG 320(2) Intro to English Studies MWF 10:30-11:20 Edit

Session 1 2011

Course Title Time  
ENG 209(1) Business Writing (on line) MTWRF
ENG 209(2) Business Writing (on line) MTWRF

Spring Semester 2011

Course Title Time  
ENG 321(1) Backgrounds of Western Litertature TTH 10:30-11:45 Edit
ENG 427(1) Studies in Literary Criticism&Theory: Ethics&Literary Critism TTH 12:00-1:15 Edit
ENG 495(1) Internship

Fall Semester 2010

Course Title Time  
ENG 320(1) Introduction to English Studies MWF 8:30-9:20 Edit
ENG 320(2) Introduction to English Studies MWF 9:30-10:20 Edit
ENG 384(1) Literature and Technology MWF 12:30-1:20 Edit