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English Faculty – Michael Devine

Portrait of Michael DevineAssistant Professor

Michael Devine received his Ph.D. in English literature from UCLA, where his work on early film, literature, and the visual arts earned the Dickson History of Art Fellowship and was named runner-up for the University of Pennsylvania’s 2013 Zuckerman Prize for the best dissertation in American Studies. A former high school teacher, he focuses on literature’s relationship to other arts and interdisciplinary approaches to classroom practice in his research and teaching. In addition to completing a book on poetry and early film, he is currently writing on visual culture and the American novel in the 1890s and on selfies and self-narratives in the writing classroom. He serves as an Associate Editor for the Saranac Review.


  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles (2011).
  • M.A., Villanova University.
  • B.A., The Catholic University of America.

Teaching Areas

  • ENG 101, College Writing II.
  • ENG 163, Introduction to Film and Literature.
  • ENG 195, Fundamentals of Literary Study.
  • ENG 305, Teaching Writing to Adolescents.
  • ENG 343, American Literature (Civil War to WWI).
  • ENG 346, American Literature (1900-1960).
  • ENG 375, Literature for Classroom Teachers.

Selected Publications

  • Review of Planets on Tables: Poetry, Still Life, and the Turning World by Bonnie Costello. William Carlos Williams Review 29.2 (Fall 2009; appearing Fall 2013]: 200-202.
  • “‘An Art That Won’t Behave’: Film and the Seven Arts, 1907-1921,” American Literature 84.1 (March 2012): 89-117.
  • “‘Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory’: The Cinematic Adaptation of American Poetry,” Adaptation 5.1 (March 2012): 1-17.
  • “Uncomfortable Couplets: The (Un)importance of Philip Larkin’s Early Sonnets,” The Indian Review of World Literature 2:1 (2006): 1-18.
  • “Disputing the ‘Original’ in Swift’s Tale of a Tub,” Swift Studies 18 (2003): 26-33.
  • “‘I Fell Out of the Tree’: The Problem for the Poet in John Berryman’s The Dream Songs,” Concept 25 (2002): 49-66.

Selected Presentations

  • “Reading in the Flipped Classroom: In-Class Strategies for Boosting Reading, Writing, and Discussion,” Center for Teaching Excellence Conference, SUNY Plattsburgh, April 2013.
  • “Electric Anthology: Screening American Literature in 1895,” Modernist Studies Association Conference, Las Vegas, October 2012.
  • “Salome/Topsy/Pearl: Dance in the Age of Early Cinema,” Victorian Interdisciplinary Society of the Western United States Conference, SUNY Plattsburgh, October 2012.
  • “Anthology/Machine,” Tuesday Reflections Series, SUNY Plattsburgh, April 2012.
  • “Epics of the Air: World War I in Film and Poetry,” Film & History Conference, Dallas, November 2006.

Contact Michael Devine

Assistant Professor
Office: Champlain Valley Hall 0206
Phone: (518) 564-2424
Email: mdevi004@plattsburgh.edu