Academic Honors:
1992 : Graduate Assist. in Teaching
1988 : Scholastic All-American
1987  :Golden Key Nat. Honor Soc.
 
 Writing Honor:
1985  Arizona Playmakers' Award for writing a one-act play, presented in Flagstaff.

          PAUL J. NIEMEYER

Assistant Professor of English

Department of Languages and Literatures

5201 University Boulevard,
A.J and G.A Pellegrino Hall 312B
Texas A & M International University

Laredo,

TX 78041-1900
 
EMail: pniemeyer@tamiu.edu
Ph: (956) 326-2645
Fax:  (956) 326-2469
PAUL NIEMEYER
is a
TTHA
 Vice President
&
Director of the Hardy Association's
MAJOR PUBLICATIONS:  
Seeing Hardy: Film and Television Adaptations of the Fiction of Thomas    Hardy (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2003)
 
"Turning Japan into England (And Vice-Versa): Cross-Culturalism and Loss of  Identity in The Mikado" (in progress).
Education
2000: PhD, Uni. Arizona 
1995: MA, Uni. Arizona. 
1989: BA, Uni. Arizona
Employment

2007- TAMIU

2006-7 -- Visiting Asst Prof., OSU
2004-6 Visiting Asst. Prof., LSU
2002-04:  Faculty Assoc., ASU 
2001-02 : Adjunct Lect., U Arizona
Presentations
Panel Moderator:
"Hardy, Nature and Culture," TTHA, Hardy at Yale conference, 2007
 
"Henchard in the Doorway: Looking Backward and Forward in Two Adaptations of The Mayor of Casterbridge." (HAY, 2007)
 
"Turning Japan into England (And Vice-Versa): Cross-Culturalism and Loss of Identity in The Mikado."  Hawaii Int. Conf. on Arts and Humanities, 2004
 
"Howards End: Maintaining the Internal Empire."  New Directions in Critical Theory Conference, 1995.
 
"'All Men Wou'd Be Sold': Dryden's Amphitryon and Royal Prerogative." ASECS, 1995
 
Panel Moderator:
"The City."  Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference,  2005

 

 

Dissertation

                  Seeing Hardy: The Critical and Cinematic Construction of Thomas Hardy and His Novels

                  Director: Gerald Monsman; Committee: Suresh Raval, Charles Scruggs.

This study examines how the literary and theoretical criticism of Thomas Hardy's novels, as well as the film and television adaptations of these works, have all contributed to the construction of the cultural "image" of Hardy as a writer and as an individual.  The dissertation draws upon Barthean theories on language and intertextuality to examine first how literary and film texts related to one another, and then how literary texts   may be transferred to film.  Through close readings of the original novels and their film versions, the dissertation argues that the critical histories have become as much a part of Hardy's novels as what Hardy wrote, and that the filmmakers more often than not use criticism as interpretative "lenses" through which they make their adaptations.  Ultimately, critics and filmmakers have codified certain ways of seeing Hardy and his works, all of which influence how his novels are read.


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