David García

  • Chair, English Department; Professor of English
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    David García grew up in Texas in a family with deep roots in education: one grandfather was named for the teacher of the one-room schoolhouse his siblings attended in Turnersville, TX; the other was in the first graduating class from the pioneering junior college serving the Lower Rio Grande Valley, and later one of the first two Mexican-American graduates — with his younger brother — from the University of Texas law school.

    Prof. García’s path led him to the east coast, looking back all the while, with stops in New Haven, CT; Ithaca, NY; New York City; Ithaca again; and now Kenosha.

    Entering Yale University as a physics major, Prof. García had a life-changing experience when he really needed one, with a great teacher in an English classroom. He has never forgotten that experience and aspires to replicate it for the benefit of his students.

    Alongside his faculty work, Prof. García has enjoyed a long and fulfilling administrative career at New York University, Ithaca College, and here at Carthage, culminating in a stint as the College’s chief academic officer. A colleague once said that faculty development was his “métier”; after looking up what that meant, he decided it was true.

    • Ph.D. — English, Cornell University
    • M.A. — English, Cornell University
    • B.A. — English, Yale University
    • ENG 1060 Interpreting Literature: Science Fiction
    • ENG 1160 Introduction to Literary Studies
    • ENG 2010 Studies in American Literature: Latinx Literature
    • ENG 2020 Studies in British Literature: Revolution and Romanticism
    • ENG 3020 Literature in Its Time II: Climate Fiction
    • ENG 4000 Junior Seminar
    • ENG 4100 Senior Seminar
    • ENG 675 Writers in Context: Jane Austen’s “Persuasion”
    • British Romanticism
    • Digital Humanities
    • Environmental Humanities
    • Public Humanities
    • Latinx Literature
    • Named a recipient of the 2018 Modern Language Association (MLA) Bibliography Fellowship.
    • Elected as a Councilor for the Arts and Humanities division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR).
    • Named a Wagner Teaching Fellow, 2021–2023, for the project “Digital Humanities at Carthage.”
    • Named to the MLA International Bibliography Advisory Board, 2022–2025.

    “‘Where arts have given place to arms’: The Poetry of Helen Maria Williams in Paul and Virginia” in Female Voices: Forms of Women’s Reading, Self-Education and Writing in Britain (1770–1830), edited and introduced by Eva Antal and Antonella Braida. Presses Universitaires de Franche-Comté, 2022.

    Cornell Yeats and Cornell Wordsworth series

    Responsibilities: Volume design and editorial work necessary to prepare volumes for final approval and publication by Cornell University Press.

    For the Cornell Yeats:

    • Words for Music Perhaps, ed. David Clark, 1999.
    • The Countess Cathleen, eds. Michael Sidnell and Wayne Chapman, 1999.
    • Last Poems, ed. James Pethica, 1997.
    • The Winding Stair (1929), ed. David Clark, 1995.
    • The Wild Swans at Coole, ed. Stephen Parrish, 1994.
    • Michael Robartes and the Dancer, ed. Thomas Parkinson, 1994.
    • The Wind Among the Reeds, ed. Carolyn Holdsworth, 1994.

    For the Cornell Wordsworth:

    • The Excursion, eds. Sally Bushell, James A. Butler, and Michael C. Jaye, with the assistance of David García, 2007.
    • Sonnet Sequences and Itinerary Poems, 1820–1845, ed. Geoffrey Jackson, 2004.
    • “From Spectacle to Specificity, Eyewitness to Enclosure: Helen Maria Williams’s “Letters” a paper given at the 2023 meeting of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR), Huntsville, TX.
    • “A stream scarce heard: Remembering the Leech-Gatherer,” a paper given at the 2020 conference of the Humanities Education & Research Association (HERA), Chicago, IL.
    • “Water’s Edge as Scene of Reading in “Peter Bell,” a paper given at the 2019 NASSR conference, Chicago, IL.
    • “To Preserve and Revise: the Cornell Wordsworth After the Wars,” a paper given at Romanticism in the Age of World Wars, 2018, Leuven, Belgium.
    • “The Circuitous Path into Higher Administration,” a panel presentation with Donald E. Hall, Patricia R. Campbell, William A. Cohen, and Jenifer K. Ward at the 2018 Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention, New York City.
    • “CIC’s Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program,” a panel presentation with Roger Bowen and Darin E. Fields at the 2016 Council of Independent Colleges Institute for Chief Academic Officers, New Orleans, LA.
    • “Opening a Center: Faculty Engaging the Past, Present, and Future,” a presentation with Dennis Munk at the 2015 POD Network Conference, San Francisco, CA.