William Orchard

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Associate Professor  
Klapper Hall, Room 637  
worchard@qc.cuny.edu  

Research and Teaching Interests

Latina/o/x literature and culture, contemporary American literature, visual culture (especially comics and graphic narratives), critical race and ethnic studies, gender and sexuality studies, American studies, Native American and Indigenous literatures.

Recent Classes Taught

English 130: Writing About Literature
English 170W: Introduction to Literary Studies
English 244: Theory
English 360: Latina/o/x Literature
English 391W: Senior Seminar: The Graphic Novel
English 391W: Senior Seminar: Superheroes
English 395: 21st-Century Latina/o Novel
English 399: Honors Seminar: Bad Romance
English 636: History of Literary Criticism
English 701: Graduate Methodologies
English 781: The Graphic Novel
English 781: Queer Latinx Studies
English 781: Central America in the US Imagination
English 781: Superheroes

Book Project

Drawn Together: Politics, Pedagogy, and the Latinx Graphic Novel (in progress)

Selected Publications
Edited Collections

The Body in Contemporary Latina/o/x Poetry, co-edited with Francisco Robles, Post45 Contemporaries.

Borders, Bridges, and Breaks: History, Narrative, and Nation in 21st-Century Chicana/o Literary Criticism. Co-edited with Yolanda Padilla. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017.

The Plays of Josefina Niggli: Recovered Landmarks of Latino Literature. Co-edited with Yolanda Padilla. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2007. (Named one of twenty-four “Best of the Best Books Published by University Presses” by the American Library Association).

Articles and Book Chapters

“The Uncertain Harbor of Home: Fragments, Familia, and Failure in Manuel Muñoz’s ‘Bring Brang Brung.’” Decolonizing Latinx Masculinities. Ed. Arturo Aldama and Frederick Luis Aldama. University of Arizona Press, 2020. 213-227.

“Poetry, Pulse, and the Anthology” (co-authored with Amanda Torres), Post45 Contemporaries, January 2020.

“Endless Happy Beginnings: Forms of Speculation in Adam Silvera’s More Happy Than Not” in ASAP/J, special cluster on the Futurities of Latinx Speculative Fiction, December 2019.

“Trans-American Popular Forms of Latino/a Literature: Genre Fiction, Graphic Novels, and Digital Environments.” The Cambridge History of Latina/o Literature. Ed. John Morán González and Laura Lomas. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018. 636-656.

“Machete Don’t Text: From Genre Textualities to Media Networks,” Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies 41.1 (Spring 2016): 235-249.

“Brown Bodies on the Great White Way: Latina/o Theater, Pop Culture, and Broadway.” The Latino Pop Cultural Studies Reader. Ed. Frederick Aldama. New York: Routledge, 2016. 142-150.

“You Find Your Place and You Fight There: An Interview with Ramón Saldívar.” In Bridges, Borders, and Breaks. Co-authored with Yolanda Padilla. Bridges, Borders and Breaks: History, Narrative, and Nation in Twenty-First-Century Chicana/o Literary Criticism. Ed. William Orchard and Yolanda Padilla. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016: 177-200.

“Chicana/o Narratives, Then and Now.” Co-authored introduction to Bridges, Borders and Breaks: History, Narrative, and Nation in Twenty-First-Century Chicana/o Literary Criticism. Ed. William Orchard and Yolanda Padilla. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016: 1-24.

“Theater in the Latina/o Literature Class.” Latina/o Literature in the Classroom: 21st-Century Approaches to Teaching. Ed. Frederick Luis Aldama. New York: Routledge, 2015. 141-149.

“Lost in Adaptation: Chicano History, the Cold War, and the Case of Josefina Niggli.” Co-authored with Yolanda Padilla. Women’s Studies Quarterly 33 (December 2005), special double issue on Gender and Culture in the 1950s, ed. Deborah L. Nelson: 90-113.