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English Faculty – Michael Devine

Assistant 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 has a second project underway on the turn from the panorama to the attraction, with forthcoming essays on Frank Norris and the "Literature of Attractions," on Stephen Crane, and on early cinema in post-9/11 literature and film. Both book projects tell a larger story of poets, novelists, painters, and filmmakers critiquing and collaborating with emerging media forms--a literary/cinematic history, from the late nineteenth century to today, of efforts to locate the transcendental heritage in an age of new technologies.

He serves as Poetry Editor for the Saranac Review. Both his creative and critical writing explore poetic forms and modernism's afterlife. His first play, based on John Berryman's poetry, was performed at the historic Walnut Street Theatre. Burgh, a film-poem he created with his wife, Julia, kicked off the 2015 Lake Champlain International Film Festival.




  • 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
  • HON 152, Outsiders in American Film
  • ENG 163, Introduction to Film and Literature
  • ENG 195, Fundamentals of Literary Study
  • ENG 301, Expository Writing
  • 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
  • ENG 422, International Film
  • ENG 448, Irish Literature

Selected Publications

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