Christine Colón, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English
On Faculty since 2000

Office: Blanchard Hall 316
Phone: (630)752-5780
Email:

Education

Ph.D. in English, University of California at Davis, June 2000.

Major Field of Concentration: 19th c. British Literature.

Examination Fields: 19th c. British Literature, Literature by Women, Breadth (British and American Literature from the Middle Ages through the 20th century).

Designated Emphasis: Feminist Theory and Research.

M.A. in English, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 1994.

B.A. in English, summa cum laude, Biola University, La Mirada, CA, 1990.

About Christine Colón

Dr. Christine Colón (Ph.D. University of California at Davis) specializes in nineteenth-century English literature, but occasionally she branches out to explore other authors such as Dorothy L. Sayers or contemporary topics such as singleness in the evangelical church.

Professionally, I devote much of my time to my role as the general education coordinator for the college. Since general education is a key component in a strong liberal arts education, I am committed to insuring that the program consistently works to fulfill the mission of the college. I am also committed to helping our students become excellent secondary school teachers so I spend a significant amount of time supervising and mentoring student teachers. In addition, I frequently direct the English Department’s summer program in England.

Personally, I love traveling, take far too many photographs (and am never caught up on my scrapbooks), and adore the theatre (my record is 8 plays in one week in London).

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 105 - Literature of the Modern World
  • ENGL 201 - Non-Western Literature: Latin American Literature
  • ENGL 216 - 17th-20th Century British Literature
  • ENGL 201/285 – Topics in Global Literature
  • ENG 324 – Methods of Teaching English
  • ENGL 348 – Jane Austen
  • ENGL 355 – Romanticism
  • ENGL 361 - Victorian Literature
  • ENGL 375 - Women Writers
  • ENGL 433 - Varied Literary Topics: Modern British Drama
  • ENGW 103 - Writing Effective Prose (4 hrs.)
  • ENGW 104 - Writing Effective Prose (2 hrs.)
  • ENGW 381 - Advanced Writing

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century British Women Writers Association
  • The Jane Austen Society of North America
  • Midwest Victorian Studies Association
  • MLA

Research

I am fascinated by the inability of most feminist literary critics to address the empowering role Christianity plays in the lives of many British women writers. They tend to see the history of women writers as one in which women are continually fighting against a repressive, patriarchal status quo (often represented by established religion), and they tend to focus on writers who rebel overtly against the status quo, ignoring anyone who is too "conservative." They also tend to create, what Margaret Ezell calls, an "evolutionary narrative" of women's writing in which women writers become more empowered as British society moves away from its traditional religious roots.

In my research, I question those assumptions by exploring the works of Christian women writers who were extremely popular in their own day but who have been almost entirely ignored by feminist critics. Rather than taking their "conservative" values for granted, I look at how their faith influences their works and how, in many cases, it was what actually empowered them to publish their works.

My interests, then, are twofold: I want to help recover the works of these Christian women writers who have been ignored by mainstream feminist critics, and I desire to help create a new conception of the history of British women writers that is no longer based on this "evolutionary narrative" but instead considers how, throughout history, women writers have had to re-negotiate issues of power as religious, political, and social ideas have shifted.

 

Publications

Joanna Baillie and the Art of Moral Influence. New York: Peter Lang, 2009.

Singled Out: Why Celibacy Must Be Reinvented in Today’s Church. (with Bonnie E. Field) Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos, 2009.

Introduction. Joanna Baillie’s Gothic Dramas. ed. Christine A. Colón. Chicago: Valancourt, 2007. vii-xxxvi.

"Power and Subversion in Anne Brontë's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White." in Depicting Desire: Gender, Sexuality, and the Family in Nineteenth-Century Europe: Literary and Artistic Perspectives. ed. Rachael Langford. New York: Peter Lang, 2005. 223-37.

"Lessons from the Medieval Convent: Adelaide Procter's 'A Legend of Provence'" in Beyond Arthurian Romances and Gothic Thriller: The Reach of Victorian Medievalism ed. Loretta M. Holloway and Jennifer A. Palmgren. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. 95-115.

"Revising Keats's 'The Eve of St. Agnes': The Shift from Dreams to Reality in Adelaide Procter's 'A Legend of Provence'" Women's Writing 12.2 (2005): 273-92.

"Christina Georgina Rosetti" in Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart 4th ed. Ed. Hans Dieter Betz, et. al. Tubingen: J.C.G. Mohr (Paul Siebeck), 2005.

"Enacting the Art of Moral Influence: Religion and Social Reform in the Works of Anne Brontë" Women's Writing 11.3 (2004): 399-419.

"Christianity and Colonial Discourse in Joanna Baillie's The Bride." Renascence. 54.3 (2002): 163-76.

"The Social Constructions of Douglas McGrath's Emma: Earning a Place on Miss Woodhouse's Globe," Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal On-Line, Occasional Papers, Issue No. 3, Fall 1999.

“Joanna Baillie and the Christian Gothic: Reforming Society Through the Sublime.” in Through a Glass Darkly: Suffering, the Sacred, and the Sublime in Literature and Theory. ed. Holly Faith Nelson, Lynn Szabo, and Jens Zimmerman. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2010. 129-42.

“Historicizing Witchcraft through the Ages: Joanna Baillie and Caryl Churchill” in Metafiction and Metahistory in Contemporary Women’s Writing ed. Ann Heilmann and Mark Llewellyn. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. 89-101.

“Beginning Where Charlotte Left Off: Visions of Community in Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell HallBrontë Studies. 33 (2008): 20-9.

Presentations

Refusing to Read Like Isabella: Interpreting Austen’s Novels in the 21st Century.” New
Directions in Austen Studies Conference, Chawton House Library, England. July 2009.

Joanna Baillie’s Unique Theology.” 18th- and 19th-Century British Women Writers Conference, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. March 2008.

Complete Opposites or Kindred Spirits?: Emily and Anne Brontë’s Search for Truth.” Western Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature, Biola University, La Mirada, CA. May 2008.

Joanna Baillie and the Christian Gothic.” Western Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature, Trinity Western University, Langley, BC. May 2007.

Joanna Baillie’s Sensational Morality: Reforming Society Through Gothic Drama.” Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers Conference, Lexington, KY. April 2007.

Dorothy L. Sayers and the ‘Feminist’ Mystery Novel.” Marquette University Women’s Studies Conference, Milwaukee, WI. March 2007.

"Converting the Natives: West Meets East in Hannah More's and Joanna Baillie's Dramas." Western Regional Meeting on the Conference on Christianity and Literature, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA. March 2006.

"Redefining Gender Roles: Joanna Baillie's Basil and The Tryal." Marquette University Women's Studies Conference, Milwaukee, WI. March 2006.

"Enjoying a Spot of Celibacy: Sexual and Artistic Empowerment in Dorothy L. Sayers' Gaudy Night." Marquette University Women's Studies Conference, Milwaukee, WI. March 2005.

"Beginning Where Charlotte Left Off: Visions of Community in Anne Brontë's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall." Western Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA. January 2005.

"Lessons from the Medieval Convent: Adelaide Procter's A Legend of Provence" North East Conference on British Studies, Montreal, Canada. October 2004.

"The Landscape of Her Childhood: Joanna Baillie's Representation of Scotland in The Phantom." 18th-19th-c. British Women Writers Conference, University of Georgia, Athens, GA. March 2004.

"Exploring the Process of Sympathetic Curiosity: From De Monfort to Henriquez." NEMLA, Pittsburgh, PA. March 2004.

"Historicizing Witchcraft throughout the Ages: Joanna Baillie and Caryl Churchill." Hystorical Fictions Conference, University of Wales, Swansea. August 2003.

"Revising Keats's 'The Eve of St. Agnes': Adelaide Procter's Commitment to Social Reform in 'A Legend of Provence'" Marquette University Women's Studies Conference, Milwaukee, WI. March 2003.

"Appropriating Shakespeare's Heroines: Joanna Baillie's The Tryal and Romiero." 18th-19th-c. British Women Writers Conference, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX. March 2003.

"'Subverting the Idealization of the Home': Femininity and the Gothic in Joanna Baillie's Plays." 18th-19th-c. British Women Writers Conference, University of Wisconsin, Madison. April 2002.

"Empowered by God: Joanna Baillie and the Interpretation of Scripture." American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies Conference, Colorado Springs, CO. April 2002.

"Power and Subversion in Anne Brontë's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White." Textual Intersections in the 19th Century Conference, Cardiff, Wales. July 2001.

"Transforming Words into Action: Catholicism, Feminism and Social Reform in Adelaide Procter's Poetry." 18th-19th-c. British Women Writers Conference, University of Kansas, Lawrence. March 2001.

"The Radical Implications of Conservative Theology in the Works of Joanna Baillie and Anne Brontë." Beyond Understanding: Re-Considering Knowledge and Belief Conference at the Townsend Center, UC Berkeley. April 2000.

"Religion, Morality, and Reform in the Works of Joanna Baillie, Anne Brontë, and Adelaide Procter." Marquette University Women's Studies Conference, Milwaukee, WI. March 2000.

“Caring for the Orphans: The Question of Pure Religion in Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.” The Hospitable Text: New Approaches to Religion and Literature Conference. London Notre Dame Centre, UK, July 2011.

“’Detachment is a rare virtue’: Dorothy L. Sayers and the Construction of Female Identity.” C. S. Lewis, His Friends and Associates: Questions of Identity Conference. Lille Catholic University, France, June 2011.

“Ugly Austen: Exploring the ‘Realism’ of Roger Michell’s Persuasion and Joe Wright’s Pride and Prejudice.” Film and History Conference: Representations of Love in Film and Television (University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh), Milwaukee, WI, November 2010.

”Dorothy L. Sayers and the Theology of Gender.” Northeastern Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature, Pace University, New York, NY. March 2010.

”’Vapour, shadow, smoke and confusion’: Advice for Surviving the City of Bath from Jane Austen and Joanna Baillie.” Midwestern Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature, Wheaton College, September 2009.

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