Sam McBride, Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Riverside, 1997
Pre-Foundational English Coordinator
Sam McBride specializes in 20th-Century literature, with emphases in the following areas:
- Postmodern literature
- Cross-disciplinary humanities
- The Inklings (C. S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien)
At La Sierra University he also teaches pre-foundational English.
Recent Publications and Presentations:
- Women Among the Inklings: Feminism, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams (co-authored with Candice Fredrick). Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2001.
- “The Company They Didn’t Keep: C. S. Lewis’s Collaboration with Women.” Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature. Fall 2010“
- “Susan Howe.” A Companion to 20th Century American Poetry. Ed. Burt Kimmilman. New York: Facts on File, 2005.
- “Battling the Woman Warrior: Women and Combat in C. S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien” (co-authored with Candice Fredrick). Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature 25.3/4 (2007): 29-42.
- “Coming of Age in Narnia.” Revisiting Narnia: Fantasy, Myth and Religion in C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles. Ed. Shanna Caughey. Dallas: BenBella, 2005. 59-72.
- “J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.” Encyclopedia of Catholic Literature. Ed. Mary R. Reichardt. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2004.
“Psyche’s Ugly Sister: The Woman Warrior in C. S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces.” Sirens (Vail, CO), October 2009.
“The Company They Didn’t Keep: Women and Collaboration in the Work of C. S. Lewis.” Mythopoeic Society, UCLA, June 2009.
“God and ‘the Gods’ in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.” Conference on Christianity and Literature, Western Region, Biola University (La Mirada, CA). April 2008.
“Becoming Aslanian: Religious Conversion in The Chronicles of Narnia.” Children’s Literature Association Annual Convention (Manhattan Beach, CA), June 2006.
- “Why Tolkien Detested Narnia.” Through the Wardrobe Conference. University of California (Riverside), May 2006.
- “Fate, the Gods, and Evil in The Lord of the Rings.” Through the Wardrobe Conference. California Baptist University (Riverside, CA), March 2006.
- “Why I Hate Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings Films.” Faculty Colloquium. DeVry University (Pomona, CA), April 2004.
- “The Future of Feminist Tolkien Studies.” Modern Language Association Conference (San Diego, CA), December 2003.
- “Postmodern Appropriation in the Arts: or, Originality through Plagiarism.” Faculty Colloquium. DeVry University (Pomona, CA), November 2003.
- “Leonard Bernstein, Postmodernism, and Western Civilization.” Faculty Colloquium. DeVry University (Pomona, CA), March 2003.
- “Where is God in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings?” Faculty Colloquium. DeVry University (Pomona, CA), May 2002.
- “On Forgiveness and a ‘Just’ War: C. S. Lewis, Terrorism, and Care Ethics” (with Candice Fredrick). C. S. Lewis Foundation Western Regional Faculty Forum Conference “The Rediscovery of Evil: A Challenge to the Academy.” Cal Poly University (Pomona, CA), February 2002.
Ph.D., English - University of California, Riverside (1997)
- Twentieth-Century American Poetry, Fiction and Drama
- Interdisciplinary Studies (Literature, Music, Art)
- Theory (Feminist, Postmodern, Performative)
Dissertation: "Performing Laurie Anderson"
M.A., English - Loma Linda University, Riverside, CA (1987)
B.A., Communications (Music minor) - Southern College, Collegedale, TN (1981)