Michael Hancher

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mh@umn.edu

English
Room 310B LindH

207 Church Street SE

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • A.B. magna cum laude: English, Harvard College, 1963.
  • M.A.: English, Yale University, 1964.
  • Birkbeck College, University of London, 1965–66 (Fulbright fellow).
  • Ph.D.: English, Yale University, 1967.

Specialties

  • Victorian studies
  • book history
  • lexicography
  • pragmatics, literature, and the law
  • digital humanities
Courses Taught
  • RECENT COURSES:
  • EngL 3007H, Shakespeare
  • EngL 3010H, Studies in Poetry: American Poetry from Phillis Wheatley to Now
  • ENGL 3161H, Victorian Literatures and Cultures
  • EngL 3960W, Senior Seminar: The Image on the Page
  • EngL 4721, Electronic Text
  • EngL 4722, Alphabet to Internet: History of Writing Technologies
  • EngL 5150, Readings in 19th-Century Literature and Culture
  • EngL 8170, Seminar in Nineteenth-century British Literature and Culture
  • EngL 8510, Studies in Criticism and Theory: Digital Humanities
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Vice chair, Faculty Consultative Committee: 2012 - 2013
  • Member, National Board of Directors, University of Minnesota Alumni Association: 2012 - 2013
  • Co-convener, Digital Humanities 2.0 (Institute for Advanced Study): 2011 - 2013
  • President, Dictionary Society of North America: 2009 - 2011
  • Member, Publications Committee, Dictionary Society of North America: 2007 - 2016
  • Chair: Department of English, University of Minnesota , 2003 - 2006
  • Member, editorial board, Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America , 2000 - present
  • Associate Dean for Faculty and Research: College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota , 1996 - 2000
  • Director of Graduate Studies: Department of English, University of Minnesota , 1983 - 1988
  • Professor of English, University of Minnesota: 1982 - present
  • Associate Professor of English, University of Minnesota: 1973 - 1982
  • Member, editorial board, Centrum: Working Papers of the Minnesota Center for Language, Style, and Literary Theory, 1973–83; editor, 1973–77; co-editor, 1979–83
  • Assistant Professor of English, University of Minnesota: 1972 - 1973
  • Assistant Professor of English, The Johns Hopkins University: 1967 - 1972
Publications
  • The Tenniel Illustrations to the "Alice" Books. 2nd ed. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2019. Advertisement.
  • "Dictionary vs. Encyclopedia, Then and Now".Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America 40 (2019): 113-38. Project MUSE.
  • "Re: Search and Close Reading." Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016. Ed. Matthew K. Gold and Lauren F. Klein. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. 118-38. Digital Conservancy.
  • “College English in India: The First Textbook.” Victorian Literature and Culture 43 (2014): 553–72. Cambridge Core.
  • “Dickens’s First Effusion.” Dickens Quarterly 31 (2014): 285–97. ProQuest.
  • Digital Dictionaries: Introduction.” Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America 35 (2014): 272–74. Project MUSE.
  • "Reading and Writing the Law: Macaulay in India. Law and Language. Ed. Michael Freeman and Fiona Smith. Current Legal Issues 15. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. 187-200. Oxford Scholarship Online.
  • "Learning from LibriVox." Audiobooks, Literature, and Sound Studies. Ed. Matthew Rubery. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 2011: 199-215. Taylor & Francis Online.
  • "Definition and Depiction." Word and Image 26 (2010): 244-72. Taylor & Francis Online.
  • "Illustrating Webster." Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America 31 (2010): 1-45. Project MUSE.
  • "Grafting A Christmas Carol."SEL: Studies in English Literature 48 (2008): 813-27. Project MUSE. Reprinted in Victorian Hybridities: Cultural Anxiety and Formal Innovation. Ed. U. C. Knoepflmacher. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010. 73-85.
Awards
  • President's Award for Outstanding Service, University of Minnesota, 2014
  • Scholar of the College, CLA, University of Minnesota, 1990 - 1993
  • Grants-in-aid, sabbatical leave supplements, and Imagine Fund awards, University of Minnesota, various years
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 1977 - 1978
  • Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship, 1966 - 1967
  • Fulbright Fellowship, Birkbeck College, University of London, 1965 - 1966