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George Butte


The constant thread in my teaching and writing is narrative theory.  I am especially interested in the ways stories present character and human consciousness, and I like to compare print fiction and film narratives. I teach gateway courses: in English (literary theory) and in film (Introduction to Film Studies).  I teach other courses about different kinds of narratives: an entry-level reading fiction course, film topics classes like Hitchcock’s Films and American Film Comedy, advanced courses in the 19th C. British Novel, and senior seminars on problems in narrative theory. My current writing project is a second book, almost completed, which continues the work of my 2004 book on the narration of consciousnesses (that is, intersubjectivity) fiction and film.  This new book studies writers like Henry James and works like The Silence of the Lambs and the Peter Pan tales. In my life outside academia, my wife works in the ER at Memorial Hospital, my daughter is 13, we have three dogs and a turtle, and I play squash twice a week.


Regular Classes

Introduction to Fiction
Introduction to Literary Theory
18th C. British Novel
19th C. British Novel
Introduction to Film Studies
Film History and Theory
American Independent Film, 1960-2000
American Film Comedy 


    B.A. University of Arizona 1967
    B.Phil. Oxford University 1970
    Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University 1973
    Woodrow Wilson Fellow 1967-8
    Rhodes Scholarship 1968-70