Associate Professor of English
On Faculty since 2000
Office: Blanchard Hall 315
Ph.D. in English, University of California at Davis, June 2000.
Major Field of Concentration: 19th c. British Literature.
Examination Fields: 19th c. British Literature, Literature by Women, Breadth (British and American Literature from the Middle Ages through the 20th century).
Designated Emphasis: Feminist Theory and Research.
M.A. in English, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 1994.
B.A. in English, summa cum laude, Biola University, La Mirada, CA, 1990.
About Christine Colón
Dr. Christine Colón (Ph.D. University of California at Davis) specializes in nineteenth-century English literature, but occasionally she branches out to explore other authors such as Dorothy L. Sayers or contemporary topics such as singleness in the evangelical church. Her teaching interests also include Women Writers, Latin American Literature, and Methods of Teaching English.
Professionally, I have recently spent a good deal of time at the Wade Center researching Dorothy L. Sayers, and I am beginning a project on postsecular studies and the 19th c. novel. I have also been busy retooling my Jane Austen course for our new General Education curriculum. In addition, I am committed to helping our students become excellent secondary school teachers so I spend a significant amount of time supervising and mentoring student teachers. In addition, I frequently direct the English Department’s summer program in England.
- ENGL 105 - Literature of the Modern World
- ENGL 201 - Non-Western Literature: Latin American Literature
- ENGL 216 - 17th-20th Century British Literature
- ENGL 226 - Topical Seminar: Shakespeare
- ENGL 201/285 – Topics in Global Literature
- ENG 324 – Methods of Teaching English
- ENGL 348 – Jane Austen
- ENGL 355 – Romanticism
- ENGL 361 - Victorian Literature
- ENGL 375 - Women Writers
- ENGL 433 - Varied Literary Topics: Modern British Drama
- ENGW 103 - Writing Effective Prose (4 hrs.)
- ENGW 104 - Writing Effective Prose (2 hrs.)
- ENGW 381 - Advanced Writing
Membership in Professional Societies
- Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century British Women Writers Association
- Conference on Christianity and Literature
- Dorothy L. Sayers Society
- The Jane Austen Society of North America
- Midwest Victorian Studies Association
- National Council of Teachers of English
I am fascinated by the inability of most feminist literary critics to address the empowering role Christianity plays in the lives of many British women writers. They tend to see the history of women writers as one in which women are continually fighting against a repressive, patriarchal status quo (often represented by established religion), and they tend to focus on writers who rebel overtly against the status quo, ignoring anyone who is too "conservative." They also tend to create, what Margaret Ezell calls, an "evolutionary narrative" of women's writing in which women writers become more empowered as British society moves away from its traditional religious roots.
In my research, I question those assumptions by exploring the works of Christian women writers who were extremely popular in their own day but who have been almost entirely ignored by feminist critics. Rather than taking their "conservative" values for granted, I look at how their faith influences their works and how, in many cases, it was what actually empowered them to publish their works.
My interests, then, are twofold: I want to help recover the works of these Christian women writers who have been ignored by mainstream feminist critics, and I desire to help create a new conception of the history of British women writers that is no longer based on this "evolutionary narrative" but instead considers how, throughout history, women writers have had to re-negotiate issues of power as religious, political, and social ideas have shifted.
"Defending Tennyson: Dorothy L. Sayers and the Art of Charitable Reading." Azusa, CA: Christianity and Literature. (Accepted for publication).
Dorothy L. Sayers's Communal Vision. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, (under contract).
Writing for the Masses: Dorothy L. Sayers and the Victorian Literary Tradition. New York: Routledge Press, (under contract).
Joanna Baillie and the Art of Moral Influence. New York: Peter Lang, 2009.
Singled Out: Why Celibacy Must Be Reinvented in Today’s Church. (with Bonnie E. Field) Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos, 2009. Chinese edition translated by Yuen-yi To, edited by Tin-wing Po, published in 2012.
Introduction. Joanna Baillie’s Gothic Dramas. ed. Christine A. Colón. Chicago: Valancourt, 2007. vii-xxxvi.
“Wrestling with their Father’s Faith: Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Respond to Patrick Brontë’s Christianity” “Perplext in Faith”: Essays on Victorian Beliefs and Doubts. ed. Julie Melnyk and Alisa Clapp-Itnyre. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014.
“Exploring the Transformative Power of Literature: Jane Austen, Joanna Baillie, and the Aesthetics of Moral Reform.” Elegance, Harmony, Propriety: Jane Austen and Aesthetics. ed. Natasha Duquette and Elisabeth Lenckos. Bethlehem, PA: Lehigh UP, 2014. 115-30.
“Dorothy L. Sayers and the Theology of Gender” in Christianity and the Detective Story ed. Anya Morlan and Walter Raubicheck. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013. 87-102.
“Detachment is a Rare Virtue: Dorothy L. Sayers and the Construction of Female Identity.” in Persona and Paradox: Issues of Identity for C. S. Lewis, His Friends and Associates. ed. Suzanne Bray and William Gray. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012. 156-67.
“Joanna Baillie and the Christian Gothic: Reforming Society Through the Sublime.” in Through a Glass Darkly: Suffering, the Sacred, and the Sublime in Literature and Theory. ed. Holly Faith Nelson, Lynn Szabo, and Jens Zimmerman. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2010. 129-42.
“Beginning Where Charlotte Left Off: Visions of Community in Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall” Brontë Studies. 33 (2008): 20-9.
“Historicizing Witchcraft through the Ages: Joanna Baillie and Caryl Churchill” in Metafiction and Metahistory in Contemporary Women’s Writinged. Ann Heilmann and Mark Llewellyn. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. 89-101.
"Power and Subversion in Anne Brontë's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White." in Depicting Desire: Gender, Sexuality, and the Family in Nineteenth-Century Europe: Literary and Artistic Perspectives. ed. Rachael Langford. New York: Peter Lang, 2005. 223-37.
"Lessons from the Medieval Convent: Adelaide Procter's 'A Legend of Provence'" in Beyond Arthurian Romances and Gothic Thriller: The Reach of Victorian Medievalism ed. Loretta M. Holloway and Jennifer A. Palmgren. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. 95-115.
"Revising Keats's 'The Eve of St. Agnes': The Shift from Dreams to Reality in Adelaide Procter's 'A Legend of Provence'" Women's Writing 12.2 (2005): 273-92.
"Christina Georgina Rosetti" in Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart 4th ed. Ed. Hans Dieter Betz, et. al. Tubingen: J.C.G. Mohr (Paul Siebeck), 2005.
"Enacting the Art of Moral Influence: Religion and Social Reform in the Works of Anne Brontë" Women's Writing 11.3 (2004): 399-419.
"Christianity and Colonial Discourse in Joanna Baillie's The Bride." Renascence. 54.3 (2002): 163-76.
"The Social Constructions of Douglas McGrath's Emma: Earning a Place on Miss Woodhouse's Globe," Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal On-Line, Occasional Papers, Issue No. 3, Fall 1999.
"Exploring the 'Radical Ordinary': Charles Dickens's Theology in Little Dorrit." Dickens Symposium, Boston, July 2017.
"Exploring the 'Radical Ordinary': A Postsecular Appraisal of Anne Brontë's Agnes Grey" NAVSA, Florence, Italy, May 2017.
"Surviving Religious Abuse in Childhood: Charles Dickens's Reworking of Esther Summerson into Arthur Clennam and Amy Dorrit." NAVSA, Phoenix, AZ, November 2016.
"From Agnes to Helen: Anne Brontë's Exploration of the Virtuous Heroine." Northeast MLA, Hartford, CT, March 2016.
"Defending Tennyson: Dorothy L. Sayers and the Art of Charitable Reading." Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature, Belton, TX, October 2015.
"Patricia Rozema and Whit Stillman Respond to Jane Austen." Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture: Faith and Film. Waco, TX, October 2014.
“The Conflict between Stage and Page in Joanna Baillie’s Plays on the Passions.” International Conference on Romanticism. Minneapolis, MN, September 2014.
“Translating Morality from Literature to Film: The Problem of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park.” Midwestern Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature, Wheaton College, March 2014.
“The Necessity of the Body in Joanna Baillie’s Plays on the Passions.” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Boston University, August 2013.
“Wrestling with their Father’s Faith: Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Respond to Patrick Brontë’s Christianity.” Midwest Victorian Studies Association Conference. Cleveland, OH, April 2013.
“Searching for the ‘rare exceptions’: Anne Brontë and the Role of the Orphan in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.” Religion and Literature in the Long Nineteenth Century Conference. Wheaton College, October 2012.
“Caring for the Orphans: The Question of Pure Religion in Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.” The Hospitable Text: New Approaches to Religion and Literature Conference. London Notre Dame Centre, UK, July 2011.
“‘Detachment is a rare virtue’: Dorothy L. Sayers and the Construction of Female Identity.” C. S. Lewis, His Friends and Associates: Questions of Identity Conference. Lille Catholic University, France, June 2011.
“Ugly Austen: Exploring the ‘Realism’ of Roger Michell’s Persuasion and Joe Wright’s Pride and Prejudice.” Film and History Conference: Representations of Love in Film and Television (University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh), Milwaukee, WI, November 2010.
“Dorothy L. Sayers and the Theology of Gender.” Northeastern Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature, Pace University, New York, NY. March 2010.
“‘Vapour, shadow, smoke and confusion’: Advice for Surviving the City of Bath from Jane Austen and Joanna Baillie.” Midwestern Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature, Wheaton College, September 2009.
“Refusing to Read Like Isabella: Interpreting Austen’s Novels in the 21st Century.” New
Directions in Austen Studies Conference, Chawton House Library, England. July 2009.
“Joanna Baillie’s Unique Theology.” 18th- and 19th-Century British Women Writers Conference, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. March 2008.
“Complete Opposites or Kindred Spirits?: Emily and Anne Brontë’s Search for Truth.” Western Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature, Biola University, La Mirada, CA. May 2008.
“Joanna Baillie and the Christian Gothic.” Western Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature, Trinity Western University, Langley, BC. May 2007.
“Joanna Baillie’s Sensational Morality: Reforming Society Through Gothic Drama.” Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers Conference, Lexington, KY. April 2007.
“Dorothy L. Sayers and the ‘Feminist’ Mystery Novel.” Marquette University Women’s Studies Conference, Milwaukee, WI. March 2007.
“Converting the Natives: West Meets East in Hannah More's and Joanna Baillie's Dramas.” Western Regional Meeting on the Conference on Christianity and Literature, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA. March 2006.
“Redefining Gender Roles: Joanna Baillie's Basil and The Tryal.” Marquette University Women's Studies Conference, Milwaukee, WI. March 2006.
“Enjoying a Spot of Celibacy: Sexual and Artistic Empowerment in Dorothy L. Sayers' Gaudy Night.” Marquette University Women's Studies Conference, Milwaukee, WI. March 2005.
“Beginning Where Charlotte Left Off: Visions of Community in Anne Brontë's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall." Western Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA. January 2005.
Lectures and Talks
“Singleness and Identity: Living Life Abundantly.” Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester NY, March 2013.
“Ugly Austen: Exploring the ‘Realism’ of Roger Michell’s Persuasion and Joe Wright’s Pride & Prejudice.” Lecture for the Roberts Wesleyan College English Department, March 2013.
“Honoring God in Community: Singles and the Church.” T3 Talks. Biola University. 6 October 2012.
“Ugly Austen: Exploring the ‘Realism’ of Roger Michell’s Persuasion and Joe Wright’s Pride & Prejudice.” Lecture for the Biola English Department. La Mirada, CA. 17 February 2012.
“Singleness and Sexuality: Glorifying God in Our Physical Bodies.” Building Biblical Community: Transforming Sex, Power and Prejudice. Christians for Biblical Equality Conference. Seattle, WA. 29-31 July 2011.
“Sex and Sexuality: Glorifying God in the Church Body.” Building Biblical Community: Transforming Sex, Power and Prejudice. Christians for Biblical Equality Conference. Seattle, WA. 29-31 July 2011.
“Singled Out: Why Celibacy Must be Reinvented in Today’s Church.” Blanchard Alliance Church Adult Bible Community. 20 March—17 April 2011.
“Sex and Singleness.” AXIS Gathering. Willow Creek Community Church, 9 February 2011.
“Sex and Singleness: Combating Negative Messages and Learning to Live Abundantly” Willow Creek Community Church, 5 February 2011.
“Singled Out: Is Celibacy Really a Viable Option? (Part I: Why would God ask singles to be celibate?) Belmont University, Nashville, TN. 27 January 2011.
“Singled Out: Is Celibacy Really a Viable Option? (Part II: How do we live as celibate singles?) Belmont University, Nashville, TN. 28 January 2011.
“Is Chastity a Viable Option?” St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. 10 January-24 January 2010.
“Singled Out: Is Celibacy Really a Viable Option?” Willow Creek Community Church. 14 November 2009.