Albert Wendland PhD

Professor of English

Albert Wendland PhD
Joined Seton Hill
1980
Hometown
Scott Township, PA
Contact Info
wendland@setonhill.edu

I've grown up and lived in the Pittsburgh area all my life, attending both Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. At CMU, I majored in physics with the intention of going on into astronomy and writing science fiction in my off-time. Though I still write science fiction, I soon pursued my first interest of reading and went on into English literature instead. I've been at Seton Hill for some time and have loved all my years here.

Education

  • Ph.D. in English, University of Pittsburgh, PA., 1979
  • M.A. in English, University of Pittsburgh, PA., 1973
  • B.S. in Physics and English, Carnegie Mellon University, PA., 1970

Publications

  • The Man Who Loved Alien Landscapes (novel), Dog Star Press, release date: June 2014
  • “Love Is a Place: Landscape and Desire in Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient and Peeters’ and Schuiten’s The Invisible Frontier” Archaeopteryx: The Newman Journal of Ideas. 1.1 (2012), 194-205.
  • “Description on the Edge: The Sublime in Science Fiction.” Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction. Michael Arnzen, Heidi Ruby Miller, eds. Terra Alta, WV: Headline Books, 2011. 177-181.
  • 29 poems in Eye Contact, the literary magazine of Seton Hill University, 1991-2008
  • “Space Museum: Heroism, Conformity, and the Conflicts of an Age,” Americana: Readings in Popular Culture, Leslie Wilson, ed., Los Angeles: Press Americana, 2006, 123-134
  • “The Universe in a Frame: The Domestic Sublime in Adam Strange and Fifties SF,” Extrapolation 47.2 (Summer 2006), 237-248
  • “Touching the Night Sky: ‘Progressing’ the 50s in Strange Adventures and Mystery In Space,” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, 13.4 (2003), 389-402
  • “The Crystal Man” (short story), Eye Contact, the literary magazine of Seton Hill University, Fall 2002
  • “The Portfolio at Seton Hill College,” Student Learning: A Central Focus for Institutions of Higher Education, Alverno College, 2001
  • Science, Myth, and the Fictional Creation of Alien Worlds, Ann Arbor, Michigan: UMI Research Press,1985

Awards

  • Caritas Christi Award, 20 years of service, Seton Hill University

Organizations

  • International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts
  • Popular Culture Association
  • American Association of Writing Programs

Presentations

  • “Description in Science Fiction: Four Methods and Red Mars,” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts,” March, 2011. Orlando, FL
  • “’Sensory Brinkmanship’ and ‘Dangerous Colors’ in Andre Norton.” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts. March, 2009. Orlando, FL
  • “Description on the Edge: The Rhetorical Sublime in Science Ficiton,” presented at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, March, 2008
  • “Love Is a Place: Landscape and Desire in Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient and Peeters’ and Schuiten’s The Invisible Frontier,” presented at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, March, 2006
  • “Outer Space, Superheroes, and Planetary: Three Aspects of the Sublime,” presented at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, March, 2005
  • “The Universe in a Frame: The Domestic Sublime in Adam Strange and Fifties SF,” presented at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, March, 2004
  • “’The Flower Gems of Pluto’: Gemstone Fascination in 1950s Science-Fiction Comics and Prose,” presented at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, March, 2003
  • “Curriculum for the Millenium Generation: The Portfolio,” part of a panel presentation at the National Conference of the Association for General and Liberal Studies, Pittsburgh, 2001
  • “Flash Gordon: The Fifties Version by Mac Raboy,” Popular Culture Association Conference, Philadelphia, 2001
  • “Space Museum: Heroism and Identity,” International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 2001
  • “Adam Strange: A Scientific Romance,” International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 2000
  • “Touching the Night Sky: Strange Adventures and Mystery In Space,” International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 1999
  • “Teaching the Graphic Novel,” International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts, Florida, 1997

Achievements

  • Director, Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction, Seton Hill University, 2008-present
  • Guest Writer, Context20, Columbus, Ohio, Sept. 2007