Detailed Information for Charles Olson

Dr. Charles J. Olson 
English
 » Professor Emeritus
Office Location
Bea Wood Hall 100 
Voice: (940) 397-6249
 
 

Humanities
 » Professor Emeritus
Office Location
Bea Wood Hall 100 
Voice: (940) 397-6249
 
 

Contact Information

charles.olson@mwsu.edu

My Websites

Interests

Novel as Genre: Faulkner studies, Flannery O'Connor, James Joyce
Narrative Form in Film: Stanley Kubrick, Woody Allen, Joel and Ethan Coen
Humanities: Classical World, Modernism, Post-Modernism
Oral History: Sultanate of Oman
Mid-East Studies: Saudi Arabia, Oman

COURSES TAUGHT AT MSU
English 2613 – American Literature
English
2623 – American Literature
English 4644 – Southern Literature
English
4543 – Narrative Form in Film
English 5003 – Independent Research
English 6125 – Narrative Form in Film
English 6983, 6883 - Thesis
Humanities 2013/4013 - Humanities: The Ancient World
Humanities 2053 – Introduction to Humanities
Humanities 4053 – World Civilizations
Humanities 4063 – Problems in Humanities
History 1133 – Survey of American History to 1865
History 1233 – Survey of American History since 1865


Course Information

  Semester Course #    Section Course Name Location Days / Times
Details Fall 2012 4053  X 10  Humanities: World Civilizations    Prothro-Yeager Hall Internet



Education Background

Institution Degree    Graduation Date
University of New Mexico Ph.D. - English  
Midwestern University M.A. - English  



Employment Background

Institution Position Start Date / End Date
 Damavand College, Tehran, Iran  Assistant Professor  1976  1977
 U.S. Department of State  Personnel Officer  1990  1994
 University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary  Guest Lecturer, American Studies  1992  1993
 Midwestern State University  B.A.A.S. Academic Advisor  2001  2002
 Midwestern State University  Assistant Professor  2001  present
 Midwestern State University  B.A.A.S. Associate Director  2002  2007
 Midwestern State University  B.A.A.S Director  2007  present



Research and Publications

 

PUBICATIONS

 BOOK

Voices of Oman: A Different Mid-East Story. London: Stacey International, 2011.

 

ARTICLES

                “History as Rhetoric/Canon Wars: An Introduction.”  Journal of the American Studies Association of

                  Texas 36 (2005): 1-11.

“Oman on the Mall: The 39th Smithsonian Folklife Festival June 23rd to July 4th, 2005.”

The Newsletter of the Texas Committee on U.S.-Arab Relations 17.2

(2005): 1-3.

Oman – Desert Bloom:  Selective Modernization at Work.”  The Newsletter of the Texas Committee

on U.S. – Arab Relations 16.1 (2004): 3-7.

 

“Reading William Faulkner in the 21st Century:  Cues from a Literary History.”  Faculty Papers of

Midwestern State University. Ed. Lansing Smith.   Series 3, Vol. XV Wichita Falls, TX:

Midwestern State UP, 2003.  65-76.

 

WORKS IN PROGRESS

Editor: Days of Yoknapatawpha: memoirs of V.P. Ferguson, jazz musician, writer, raconteur, who was a student at the University of Mississippi in the late 40’s, early 50’s and knew William Faulkner and the Faulkner family.  I am editing both the Faulkner and the Mississippi/Ole Miss sections of the manuscript.

Book Project:  Currently in outline development in several papers I have presented at various conferences.  William Faulkner Survey of Criticism.  There has not been a survey of Faulkner criticism since O.B. Emerson’s Faulkner Early Literary Reputation in America, and, as the title suggests, this book deals primarily with the 30’s and 40’s.  The project I am working on revisits this period and extends the critical survey to the present.

PRESENTATIONS

“The Omani Oral History Project: Personal Experiences of the Omani Renaissance.” 6th Annual

            Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey,

            July, 2008.

 

“When Narratives Collide: Cultural Identity in the Global Village.” American Studies Association of

            Texas, East Texas Baptist University, Marshall, Texas, November, 2007.

 

“Voices from Oman.” Guest lecturer, Departments of History and Government, Texas Woman’s

            University/University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, October, 2007.

 

“MSU Makes History in the Middle East: The Omani Oral History Project.” Speakers and Issues

            Series, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas, October, 2007.

 

“Oral History in A Global Setting: The Oman Project.” Oral History Association Annual Conference,

 Little Rock, Arkansas, October, 2006.

 

“1001 Modern Omani Nights: What the West Should Know About Oman.” Speakers and Issues Series,

                        Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas, October, 2005.

 

“Oman:  Desert Bloom.”  Speakers and Issues Series, Midwestern State

University, Wichita Falls, Texas, October, 2004.

 

“He Made the Books and Died: William Faulkner’s Literary History – Past, Present, Future.”

Southwestern Social Science Association Conference, Corpus Christi, Texas, March 2004.

 

Panel Discussant:  “American Political Expatriates.”  Southwestern Social Science Association

Conference, Corpus Christi, Texas, March, 2004.

 

“A Partnership Between Community/Technical Colleges and the Four-Year Degree.

Seamless Transitions State Conference, Dallas, Texas, March, 2004.

 

“History As Rhetoric: Canon Wars.”  Southwestern Social Science Association Conference,

            San Antonio, Texas, March, 2003.

 

“Writers and Markets: The Making of William Faulkner’s Literary Reputation.”

American Studies Association of Texas Conference, San Antonio, Texas, November, 2002.

“Old Texts, New Readers: Reading William Faulkner in the 21st Century.”  Midwestern

State University Faculty Forum, Wichita Falls, Texas, March, 2003

.“Life as an English Major Outside the Academy: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Lovethe Job Market.” Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society Southwestern Regional Conference, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas, November, 2002.