English Department Faculty

Andy2.jpgAndrew Opitz

Assistant Professor of English


Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota, 2007.

B.A., English, Saint John's University, 1998.

Courses Taught:

WRI 1100: Analyzing and Writing Arguments

WRI 1200: Research, Argument and Writing

ENG 2000: Introduction to Literature

ENG 2201: Literary Utopias and Dystopias

ENG 2301: World Film Studies

ENG 3145: Nonfiction Film

ENG 3150: Television Studies

ENG 3310: Reading Everyday Life


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.

Current Research

Mark Twain, Anti-colonial Satire, Hawai’i and the Philippines

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"

Current Committee Assignments

Chair, Viewpoints Film Series Committee

Faculty Promotion and Review Committee, 2012-2014

English Department Events Committee, 2012-2014