Ardis Butler James Endowed Chair Recipient, 2012-2013.
The purpose of the Ardis Butler James Endowed Chair is to support Doane University faculty in advancing the liberal and fine arts through original scholarship or creative work, or through the development of curricula that effectively integrate a variety of perspectives on art, culture, or the human condition.
Statement of Purpose
Most important for me in the classroom is getting students to think cogently and to express themselves clearly and convincingly in response to literary art. My primary interests include medieval literature and drama, Shakespeare, postmodern anarchism theory and application, the contemporary American novelist Tom Robbins, and the history of European nations in the Caribbean.
- Chaucer and the English Language (English 393)
- Shakespeare (English 392)
- Introduction to Fiction (English 237)
- The Writing Seminar (English 101)
- Creative Fiction Writing (English 238)
- The Senior Seminar (English 495)
"Als I Lay in a Winteris Nyt and the Second Death," in Bonnie Wheeler, ed., Mindful Spirit in Late Medieval Literature: Essays in Honor of Elizabeth D. Kirk. New York: Palgrave, 2006. Pp. 45-56.
"Sir Guido and the Green Light: Confession in Sir Gawain and Inferno XXVII" (Co-authored with Julian N. Wasserman). Neophilologus 84 (2000): 647-66.
"The Rite of Vassalage in Havelok the Dane." Medievalia et Humanistica 20 (1993): 25-39.
"The Pardoner's Old Man and the Second Death." Studies in Philology 89.3 (1992): 334-49.
Conversations with Tom Robbins (Co-edited with Beef Torrey). Jackson, MS: University of Mississippi Press, 2011.
The Wakefield Master's Dramatic Art: A Drama of Spiritual Understanding. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2003.
The Rusted Hauberk: Feudal Ideals of Order and Their Decline (Co-edited with Cindy Vitto). Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1994.
Liam O. Purdon
Professor of English
Department of English
Crete, NE 68333
Tel.: 402-826-8276; Fax: 402-826-8278
Ph.D. Rice University, Houston, Texas
M.A. Rice University, Houston, Texas
B.A. The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
A.A. The American College in Paris, Paris, France
Doane College, Professor of English
Wharton County Junior College, Instructor of English
North Harris County College, Instructor of English
Houston Community College, Instructor of English
University of Houston (Downtown), Instructor of English
Rice University, Instructor of English
FELLOWSHIPS AND HONORS
Ardis Butler James Endowed Chair (Doane College), 2012-2013
Outstanding Professor (Doane College), 2005-2006
Outstanding Professor (Doane College), 1999-2000
Outstanding Professor (Doane College), 1992-1993
Outstanding Professor (Doane College, Humanities), 1991-1992
NEH Summer Seminar in European Feudalism,
University of California, Berkeley, 1986
Director: Professor Thomas Bisson, History
Nebraska Consortium for International Studies Grant, 1983-1985
NEH Summer Seminar in Medieval Literature,
Brown University, 1983
Director: Professor Elizabeth D. Kirk, English
ADMINISTRATIVE/ PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
English Department Chair, 2006-present
Computer, Admissions, Education (Chair), Faculty Development, Steering, Academic Affairs, Student Standing/Life (Chair), Graduate Academic Affairs, Interterm, Faculty Affairs (Chair)
Administered and supervised the CIC-funded “City” project, 1988-89, a project involving 9 faculty members from all college divisions and the first-year class.
External Evaluator for the Nebraska Council for the Humanities “Literacy and
Democracy” program, an NEH-funded literacy program, hosted by the English
Department, UN-L, fall, 1987.
“Technology and the Liberal Arts: The City,” a grant in the amount of
$10,000, funded by the Council of Independent Colleges (1988 89).
Manuscript Evaluator for the University Press of Florida:
Reader for "Chaucer’s 'Knight’s Tale' and Theories of Scholastic
Psychology," "New Directions in Crusades Studies," "The Clerks of Venus:
Gender and Language in Chaucer," and "The Judaic Other in Dante, the
'Gawain'-Poet, and Chaucer."
Continuing Special Projects:
The Caribbean Interterm: Creator, Organizer, and Leader, 1995-present.
Faculty Fulbright Liaison Officer (1989-1991); Secretary, 'Pearl'-Poet Society (1991 1994); Councilor, Medieval Association of the Midwest (1990-1992); Vice President, Medieval Association of the Midwest (1992 1993); President, Medieval Association of the Midwest (1993-1994); memberships in scholarly organizations: Medieval Academy, NCS, MLA, SEMA, MAM, ALA, AHSA, MTC; director of/actor in the 1998 SEMA Conference production of the Towneley Collection’s 'Coliphizacio' (video available).
Conversations with Tom Robbins. Co-edited with Beef Torrey.
Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2011.
The Wakefield Master’s Dramatic Art: A Drama of Spiritual
Understanding. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2003.
The Rusted Hauberk: Feudal Ideas of Order and Their Decline. Co-
edited with Cindy L. Vitto. Gainesville: University Press of
“Als I Lay in a Winteris Nyt and the Second Death,” in Bonnie
Wheeler, ed., Mindful Spirit in Late Medieval Literature:
Essays in Honor of Elizabeth D. Kirk. New York: Palgrave,
2006. Pp. 45-56.
“Huck’s Rattlers and Narrative Sucker Bait in Twain’s Adventures of
Huckleberry Finn,” English Language Notes 40.2 (2002): 47-
“Investiture,” in Carl Lindahl, John McNamara, and John Lindow,
eds., Medieval Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Myths, Legends,
Tales, Beliefs, and Customs, 2 vols. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO,
“Alys’s Formulation of Intent or Her Killing Us Softly with Her
Siren Song,” In Parentheses: Papers in Medieval Studies 1
“The Rite of Vassalage in Havelok the Dane,” Medievalia et
Humanistica 20 (1993): 25-39.
“The Pardoner’s Old Man and the Second Death,” Studies in
Philology 89.3 (1992): 334-49.
“Spenser’s Camel Again,” American Notes and Queries 4.1 (1991):
“Woad in The Owl and the Nightingale,” In Geardagum 11 (1990):
“‘Ne Yaf He Nouth a Stra’ in Havelok,” Philological Quarterly 69
“The Pardoner’s Old Man and Leviticus 19.32,” English Language
Notes 28.2 (1990): 1-5.
“Chaucer’s Use of Woad in The Former Age,” Papers on Language
and Literature 25.2 (1989): 216-19.
“A Possible Source for Keats’s Unheard Melodies in ‘Ode on a
Grecian Urn’,” Keats-Shelley Journal 38 (1989): 21-22.
“Chaucer’s Lak of Stedfastnesse: A Revalorization of the Word,” in
Julian N. Wasserman and Lois Roney, eds., Sign, Sentence,
Discourse: Essays on the Theme of Language in Medieval
Thought and Literature. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press,
1988. Pp. 144-52.
“Sodom and Gomorrah: The Use of Mandeville’s Travels in
Cleanness,” Journal of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and
Renaissance Association 9 (1988): 63-69.
“A Reconsideration of the Ass Image in Book I of The Faerie
Queene,” English Language Notes 26.1 (1988): 18-21.
“The Limits of Reason: Psychic Landscapes in Albee’s Seascape,”
reprinted in Harold Bloom, ed., Edward Albee: Modern Critical
Views. New York: Chelsea House, 1987. Pp. 119-30.
“King Horn and the Medieval Trope of Christ the Lover-Knight,”
Proceedings of the Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance
Convention 10 (1985): 137-47.
“The Limits of Reason: Psychic Landscapes in Albee’s Seascape,” in
Julian N. Wasserman, Joy L. Linsley, and Jerome A. Kramer,
eds., Edward Albee: An Interview and Essays. Houston:
University of St. Thomas, 1983. Pp. 141-53.
“Time and Space in Chekhov’s The Three Sisters,” Publications of the
Arkansas Philological Association 2.2 (1976): 47-53.
Jay Ruud, “Many a Song and Many a Leccherous Lay”: Tradition
And Individuality in Chaucer’s Lyric Poetry (New York:
Garland, 1992), Studies in the Age of Chaucer 16 (1994): 257-
Warren Edminster, The Preaching Fox: Festive Subversion in the
Plays of the Wakefield Master (New York: Routledge, 2005),
Comparative Drama 39.1 (2005): 118-25.
“Sir Guido and the Green Light: Confession in Sir Gawain and the
Green Knight and Inferno XXVII,” Neophilologus 84 (2000):
“The Franklin, Food, and the Freemen of York,” The Chaucer Review
33.1 (1998): 112-15.
“Chivalry and Feudal Obligation in Barbour’s Bruce,” in Liam O.
Purdon and Cindy L. Vitto, eds., The Rusted Hauberk: Feudal
Ideals of Order and Their Decline. Gainesville: University
Press of Florida, 1994. Pp. 77-95.
“If the Shoe Fits: Teaching Beowulf with Achebe’s Things Fall
Apart,” in Sandra Ward Lott, ed. Global Perspectives on
Teaching Literature: Shared Visions and Distinctive Visions.
Urbana: NCTE, 1993. Pp. 311-34.
“The Psychology of Wonder: Miracles and the Middle English St.
Erkenwald,” In Geardagum 14 (1993): 45-65.
“Hollywood’s Myopic Medievalism: Excalibur and Malory’s Morte
d’Arthur,” in Sally K. Slocum, ed., Popular Arthurian
Traditions. Bowling Green: Bowling Green State University
Popular Press, 1992. Pp. 156-61.
The Great Pacific Adventure. Philadelphia: Xlibris, 2009. (A 184-
Page English Translation of Armando Zegrí’s La Gran
Experiencia del Pacifico. Santiago: Zig-Zag, 1947.)
WORKS IN PROGRESS
“Symbolic Language and Action in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening.”
“Codex Exoniensis, fols. 123b-124b: An Old English Poetic Stones of
“Chaucer's Hogge and Some Troubles from the Lower Orders.”
“Some Enchanted Reading: Kantian Aesthetic Contemplation in
Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.”
“Translatio and the Squire’s Fabulous ‘Traveling-Icon’ Narrative
“Holding the Tongue ‘Euen Ther the Good Wife Strokid the Hay’ in
The Towneley Mactatio Abel.”
“Daisy’s ‘Advertisement of the Man’: An Evasive Self-Revelation.”
“‘And of that drynke the Cook was wonder fayn’: A Pilgrim
“Chaucer or,” read at Deree College, Athens, Greece, 1997.