Faculty & Staff


Faculty & Staff

  

Michael Raiger, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Literature
Michael Raiger, Ph.D.
Education: B.A., The University of Iowa; M.A., Boston College; Ph.D., New York University
Office: Academic Bldg 2046
Phone: (239) 280-1694
Fax: (239) 280-1637

Biography

Michael Raiger received his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from New York University in 2002.  He teaches the literary tradition sequence and specializes in Romanticism.

Recent Courses

Literary Tradition I & II

Romanticism

Senior Seminar

Publications
 
“Fancy, Dreams, and Paradise: Miltonic and Baconian Imagery in Coleridge’s Kubla Khan.” Studies in Philology 110 (Forthcoming 2013).
 
“Coleridge’s Light in Malta and Italy.” The Wordsworth Circle 43 (2012): 83-86.
 
“Coleridge’s Theory of Symbol and the Distinction between Reason and Understanding: A Genealogical Recovery of the Baconian Method of Science.” History of European Ideas 36 (2010): 311-23.
 
“The Place of the Self in C. S. Lewis’s The Great Divorce: A Marriage of the ‘Two Lewises’.”  Logos 13 (2010): 109-31.
 
“‘I shot the Albatross’: A Causal Explanation of the Mariner’s Act.” The Coleridge Bulletin 27 (2006): 72-82.
 
“In Memoriam: J. Robert Barth, SJ (1931-2005).” The Coleridge Bulletin 26 (2005): 92-95.
 
“The Intellectual Breeze, the Corporeality of Thought, and the Eolian Harp: Coleridge’s Early Natural Philosophy.” The Coleridge Bulletin 20 (2002): 76-84.
 
“Coleridge, Freud, and the Interpretation of Dreams.” Philosophy Today 45 (2001): 286-309.
 
“Coleridge’s Metaphysics and the Method of Deconstruction from Bacon to Heidegger.” The Coleridge Bulletin 14 (1999): 16-25.
 
“‘Poised, but on the Quiver’: The Paradox of Free Will and Grace in Hopkins’s ‘Spring’ and ‘(Carrion Comfort)’.” Religion and the Arts 3 (1999): 64-95.
 
“Sidney’s Defense of Plato.” Religion and Literature 30 (1998): 21-57.
 
“‘Large and Startling Figures’: The Grotesque and the Sublime in the Short Stories of Flannery O’Connor.” In Seeing Into the Life of Things: Essays on Literature and Religious Experience. Ed. John L. Mahoney (New York: Fordham University Press, 1998): 242-270.
 
“The Poetics of Liberation in Imaginative Power: Coleridge’s ‘This Lime Tree Bower My Prison’.” European Romantic Review 3 (1992): 65-78.
 
“The ‘Epitaph’ of S.T.C. and the Path to God: Coleridge’s Later Poems.” The Wordsworth Circle 21 (1990): 101-105.
 
“Plotinus on Matter.” Lyceum 2 (1990): 37-51.
 
Invited Lectures
 
“The Phenomenological Roots of John Paul II’s ‘Ethos of the Gift’.” Lecture presented at Man and Woman He Created Them: John Paul II’s Theology of the Body; An International Symposium. May 18-20, 2007, Gaming, Austria.
 
“The Recantation of Liberty in Coleridge’s ‘France: An Ode’.” Plenary Lecture presented at the Ninth Coleridge Summer Conference. July 22-28, 2004, Somerset College of Agriculture and Horticulture, Cannington, England.
 
“Freud and Tolkien on Fantasy and Desire.” Lecture delivered to Perspectives Program students and faculty. April 16, 2003, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. 
  
Conference Presentations
 
“Cocteau, Opium, and Art: A Coleridgean Account of the Imagination as a Cognitive Power.” Presented at the Thirty-Sixth Annual International Conference of the American Maritain Association. October 11-13, 2012, La Salle University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
 
“Keats’s ‘La belle dame sans merci’ as the Rejection of the Romantic in Coleridge’s ‘Love’.” Presented at the Forty-First Wordsworth Summer Conference. July 30-August 9, 2012, Grasmere, England.  
 
“The Influence of Coleridge’s Romanticism on John Henry Newman’s Rejection of Nature as Providing Evidence for God’s Existence.” Presented at the Thirteenth Coleridge Summer Conference. July 23-27, 2012, Bridgwater College, Cannington, England.
 
“The Italian Influences on Coleridge’s Later Poetic Principles.” Presented at the International Conference “Encountering Malta: British Writers and the Mediterranean, 1760-1840. November 19-20, 2011, University of Malta, Valletta, Malta.
 
“‘Nutting’ as Poetic Supplement to Wordsworth’s Criticism of ‘The Ancient Mariner’ in the 1800 edition of The Lyrical Ballads.” Presented at the Fortieth Wordsworth Summer Conference. July 28-August 7, 2010, Grasmere, England. 
 
“‘The Dream of Pain and Disease’”: ‘Kubla Khan’ and ‘The Pains of Sleep’.” Presented at the Twelfth Coleridge Summer Conference. July 21-28, 2010, Bridgwater College, Cannington, England. 
 
“The Place of the Self in C. S. Lewis’s The Great Divorce: A Marriage of the Two Lewises.” Presented at The C. S. Lewis Summer Institute Oxbridge 2008 Academic Conference, “The Self and the Search for Meaning.” August 4-5, 2008, Clare College, Cambridge, England.
 
“Coleridge’s ‘Hymn in the Manner of the Psalms’: Praise, Dejection, and ‘The Hymn Before Sun-rise in the Vale of Chamouni’.” Presented at the Eleventh Coleridge Summer Conference. July 23-30, 2008, Bridgwater College, Cannington, England.
 
“From Givenness to Gift: Husserl’s Principle of Intentionality, Stein’s Concept of Empathy, and John Paul II’s Ethos of the Gift.” Presented at The Phenomenology of John Paul II Conference, December 1-2, 2006, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
 
“‘I shot the Albatross’: A Causal Explanation of the Mariner’s Act.” Presented at the Tenth Coleridge Summer Conference. July 20-26, 2006, Bridgwater College, Cannington, England.
 
“The Location of Coleridge’s ‘France: An Ode’.” Presented at the Eleventh Annual Conference of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism. August 1-5, 2003, Fordham University, New York, New York.
 
“‘The translucence of the Eternal through and in the Temporal’: Coleridge’s Theory of Symbol and the Distinction between Reason and Understanding.” Presented at the conference “Illumination: Reason, Revelation and Science.” July 23-26, 2002, St. Stephen’s House, Oxford, England.
 
“The Intellectual Breeze, the Corporeality of Thought, and the Eolian Harp: Coleridge’s Early Natural Philosophy.” Presented at the Eighth Coleridge Summer Conference. July 18-24, 2002, Somerset College of Agriculture and Horticulture, Cannington, England.
 
“‘I am a compleat Necessitarian’: Corporeality and the Motion of Thought in Coleridge’s Theory of Association.” Presented at the Seventh Coleridge Summer Conference. July 20-26, 2000, Somerset College of Agriculture and Horticulture, Cannington, England. 
 
“The Appearance of the ‘Uncanny’ in Coleridge’s Distinction between Dream and ‘Night-mair’.” Presented at the Twentieth Annual Conference of The Nineteenth Century Studies Association. March 23-25, 2000, Marymount University, Arlington, Virginia.
 
“Coleridge’s Metaphysics and the Method of Deconstruction from Bacon through Kant to 
Heidegger.” Presented at the Sixth Coleridge Summer Conference. July 23-29, 1998, Somerset College of Agriculture and Horticulture, Cannington, England.
  
“Coleridge, Freud, and the Interpretation of Dreams.” Presented at the First Joint Conference of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism and the British Association for Romantic Studies. July 6-10, 1998, St. Mary’s University College, Strawberry Hill, England. 
 
The Psalms and Ignatian Spirituality: Hopkins’s ‘Spring’ and ‘(Carrion Comfort)’.” Presented at the Fifth Annual St. Charles Borromeo Conference on Catholicism and Literature. April 22-24, 1998, The University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, Arkansas.
 
“Coleridge, Kierkegaard, and the Dialogic Imagination in the Discourse of Faith.” Presented at the Fourth Coleridge Summer Conference. July 22-27, 1994, Somerset College of Agriculture and Horticulture, Cannington, England.