Late Assistant Professor of English.
We are deeply saddened to announce that Dr. Opitz passed away in March 2015. We miss him greatly and appreciate his many contributions to the HPU English Department. We are currently keeping his page available as a tribute to his remarkable, if too short, scholarly career.
Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota, 2007.
B.A., English, Saint John's University, 1998.Publications
Articles in Journals
"Kierkegaard, Gramsci and the Politics of Irony and Sarcasm" Comparative Literature 64.3. (Summer 2012): 270-285.
“Voyage of the Black Joke: The Politics of Piracy and Gallows Humor in an Era of Primitive Accumulation." Darkmatter: In the Ruins of Imperial Culture. Volume 5. (December 2009): 68-79. <darkmatter101.org/site/>
Editorials and Review Articles
"Agents of Chaos and Unlawful Combatants: Pirates in Philosophy and Law."Cultural Politics 7.1. (March 2011):57-60. <culturalpolitics.dukejournals.org/content/7/1/157.extract>
"Liberty and Slavery in the Francophone Atlantic: Christopher L. Miller's The French Atlantic Triangle.” Reviewed for the journal African American Review 43.2-3 (Fall 2009): 503-505. <findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m2838/is_2-3_43/ai_n57258911/>
"Editorial Notes: Pirates and Piracy--Material Realities and Cultural Myths." Darkmatter 5 (Winter 2009): 1-3. <darkmatter101.org/site/2009/12/20/editorial-notes-pirates-and-piracy-material-realities-and-cultural-myths/>
“Atlantic Modernity and the Wreckage of History: Ian Baucom’s Specters of the Atlantic and Elizabeth Kowaleski Wallace’s The British Slave Trade and Public Memory. Reviewed for the journal Cultural Critique 68 (Winter 2008): 251-254.
Recent Conference Presentations
"Rethinking Ruins: Walter Benjamin, C.F. Volney, Hurricane Katrina and the Angel(s) of History. American Comparative Literature Association Conference: Collapse/Catastrophe/Change, Brown University, Providence, RI, March 29-April 1, 2012.
"The Monster's Reading List." American Comparative Literature Association Conference: Global Languages, Local Cultures, Harvard University, Cambridge, March 26-29, 2009.
“From Ingénu to Revolutionary: Outsider Satire and Anti-colonial Rebellion in the Novels of José Rizal.” American Comparative Literature Association Conference: Arrivals and Departures, California State University, Long Beach, April 24-27, 2008.Book chapter -- "The Interplanetary Logic of Late Capitalism: Global Warming, Forced Migration and Cyborg Futures in Philip K. Dick's The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldrich"