Education: Marquette University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1995; Washington State University, M.A., 1997, Ph.D., 2000.
Office—Director, Cultural Studies Minor, Department of English, Ross Hall 1190A, 501 20th St., Campus Box 109, Greeley, CO 80639; fax: 970-351-3378. E-mail—[email protected]
Educator and writer. Washington State University, Pullman, graduate instructor, 1995-2000, Blackburn Fellow, 2000-01; University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, associate professor of English and director of cultural studies, beginning 2001.
Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Tau Delta.
Distinguished Teaching Award, Washington State University, 2000; Faculty Member of the Year, University of Northern Colorado, Student Representative Council, 2005; recipient of numerous grants from the University of Northern Colorado.
Disciplining Love: Austen and the Modern Man, Ohio State University Press (Columbus, OH), 2007.
Contributor to periodicals, including the D.H. Lawrence Review, College Literature, Doris Lessing Studies, Journal of Contemporary Thought, Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal, Rhizomes, Studies in American Culture, and Rocky Mountain Language Review. Editorial board member of Rhizomes, 2002—; reader/reviewer for Rocky Mountain Review, 2002—.
Michael Kramp is an English professor whose interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, gender studies, literary theory, rhetoric, and post-Kantian philosophy. He has published on Jane Austen's cultural reputation, Virginia Woolf and Radclyffe Hall, D.H. Lawrence, and contemporary French philosophy. His writings about Austen include the book Disciplining Love: Austen and the Modern Man, in which the author explores the representation of masculinity in Austen's works. Providing a new perspective on the dynamics of gender, love, and desire in Austen's novels, the author looks at Austen's male characters and the social function of masculinity. He discusses how, following the French Revolution, a period of cultural instability in England arose and led to the dynamic developments of sexual identity and gender relationships that are integral to Austen's stories. The power and legitimacy of the English aristocrat was waning as a new type of man began emerging from different classes and families. According to the author, these men had to learn about their new roles in society, including how to discipline their susceptibility to sexual desire so that they could maintain the role of male dominance and not succumb to irrational passions. This role was especially important in a modernizing English society in which individuals were to be industrious and maximize their utility. The author discusses various topics in relations to Austen's work, including love and social/sexual orientation, the emergence of a modern nation and the modern man, remaking English manhood, and the various types of male characters in Austen's novels, including sensitive men and tradesmen.
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
University of Northern Colorado Student Web site,http://asstudents.unco.edu/ (February 1, 2008), faculty profile of author.