Assistant Professor of EnglishOlin Hall 232
Christopher Leise earned the B.A. at Hofstra University in 2000, and the Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo (SUNY) in 2007. Before coming to Whitman College, Professor Leise taught at Plattsburgh State University (SUNY), where he frequently and energetically complained about the cold. He specializes in twentieth-century and contemporary American fiction, American Puritanism, and American Indian literatures from pre-contact to the present.
Christopher's first book is a co-edited collection of essays published in Fall 2009, entitled William Gaddis, "The Last of Something." A second co-edited collection, Pynchon's Against the Day: A Corrupted Pilgrim's Guide is forthcoming from the University of Delaware Press in Spring 2011. His essays include "'That Little Incandescence': Reading the Fragmentary and John Calvin in Marilynne Robinson's Gilead " from Studies in the Novel and work forthcoming on Puritan conversion narratives in Gravity's Rainbow from Pynchon Notes. He is currently writing a book assessing the cultural memory of Puritanism as given in American fiction after World War Two, as well as an anthology of Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) writing spanning narratives from pre-Contact to
Dr. Leise is the proud father of two very ticklish children, and perhaps invests more emotion into the outcome of New York Giants and Yankees games than befits a grown man. Alongside the survey of twentieth-century American literature and introductory literature courses, Leise teaches seminars on twenty-first century American literature, a course on representations of the Salem Witch Crisis of 1692, and plans to teach classes in American Indian literatures and (perhaps) on postmodernism.