School of Language and the Arts

Dr. David Bordelon
Associate Professor of English

Office: Russell Bldg. Rm. 211
Phone: 732.255.0400 Ext. 2408

Office Hours:
Mon. 2:00-2:30 p.m.
Tues. 2:00-3:15 p.m.
Thurs. 2:00-2:50 p.m.
Fri. 2:00-3:15 p.m.

Teaching Schedule
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Course Syllabi
ENGL 151 English I
ENGL 251 American Literature I
ENGL 252 American Literature II
ENGL 256 World Literature II

PH. D. English, The Graduate School and University Center
M.A. English, Hunter College
B.A. English, University of New Orleans


OCC Involvement

I work closely with the faculty union to protect student rights and with colleagues to foster sound pedagogical practices.

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy follows the succinct advice of the Latin writer Horace: “To delight and instruct.”

Grading policies, etc. are on my course syllabus

Openness to Activities That Support Individual Learning

I encourage students to work with me individually during office hours.


“Picturing Books: Southern Print Culture in Howard Cruse’s Stuck Rubber Baby.Crossing Boundaries in Graphic narratives: Essays on Forms, Series and Genres, Eds. Jake Jakaitis and James F. Wurtz. Jackson, Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Compnay, Inc., 2012. 107-122. Print.

"’Raw Pork Steaks with Treacle’: Nineteenth-Century American Sensationalism and Oliver Twist.” Transatlantic Sensations. Eds. John Cyril Barton and Jennifer Phegley. Surrey: Ashgate. 2012. 59-76 Print.

“Growth of a Nation: 1865-1913.” Cultural History of Reading: American Literature. Vol. 2 Ed. Sara Quay. Westport Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2008. 167-202. Print.

“What I do Online (Or How I’ve Spent the Last Two Semesters Teaching ENGL257 The Short Story and Retained[?] My Sanity).” Explorations V May 2000: 1-12. Print.

"Raymond Carver." Encyclopedia of American Literature. New York: Continuum Publishing, 1999. 163-164. Print.

 "James Dickey." Encyclopedia of American Literature. New York: Continuum Publishing, 1999. 267-269. Print.

"George Lippard." Encyclopedia of American Literature. New York: Continuum Publishing, 1999. 671. Print.

"Margaret Forster." Twentieth-Century British Literary Biographers. Ed.Steven Serafin. Vol. 155 Dictionary of Literary Biography. Detroit, MI: Gale Research, 1995. 76-87. Print.


"The Crosses We Bear: Religion, Readers, and Woman's Intellect in Augusta Jane Evans's St. Elmo." The Eudaimonic Turn: Well-Being in Literary Studies. Eds. James Pawelski and D.J. Moores. Madison, New Jersey: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2013. 189-207. Print.

"The Radicalization of the Workers: Hard Times in Nineteenth Century America." International Dickens Society Sympoisum Dickens in Lowell Conference, Lowell, MA 2012

 “Transatlantic Dickens; or, Travels Through Nineteenth-Century Book History in America.” 2009 Symbiosis Conference: Boston and the New Atlantic World. Boston, MA. Summer 2009.

Co-Chaired panel and presented “Graphic Texts: A (Very) Short History.” Panel. “Getting Graphic: Comics in the Classroom” at TYCA, Atlantic City. October 2008.

“Picturing Books: Emancipation, Books, and Reading in Howard Cruse’s Stuck Rubber Baby.” Panel. “Comic Books And The American South.” Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference. Williamsburg, VA. Spring 2008.

“Raw Pork Steaks with Treacle: Oliver Twist and Nineteenth Century American  Sensationalism.” Panel. “Transatlantic Readers: The Audience for the Novel in the US and Britain 1750-1860.” Reception Studies Society Conference. Kansas City, MO. Fall 2007.

“’A Plausible Argument:' Romanticism and Southern Culture in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Paper delivered at the City University of New York Graduate School and Center's Fall 1993 Student Conference.