Dr. Stephen Barnes
Stephen Barnes has been a member of UMHB’s English Department since the fall of 2011. A native of Oklahoma, Barnes holds a B.S. in Education from Oklahoma State University and began his teaching career in Mongolia, serving with English Language Insitute/China from 1993-95. From 1997 to 1999, Barnes taught secondary humanities courses at Whitefield Academy in Overland Park, Kansas. He completed graduate studies at the University of Dallas (UD), earning both an M.A. in English and a Ph.D. in literature from UD’s Institute of Philosophic Studies. Prior to coming to UMHB, Dr. Barnes was on the faculty of College of the Ozarks (Pt. Lookout, MO) and Shorter University (Rome, GA). Additionally, he taught as a Fulbright Scholar at Daugavpils University (Latvia) during the 2008-09 academic year. His varied literary interests have allowed him to publish on the poetry of Robert Frost, the works of William Faulkner, the Sonnets of William Shakespeare, and the novels of Mikhail Bulgakov and Fyodor Dostoevsky. He has also published on such non-literary topics as the theology of Radical Orthodoxy, the rhetorical theory of Ernesto Grassi, and the political imagination of Latvia. He and his wife, Alyssan, have three daughters: Zoe Louise, Mary June, and Anastasia Ray.
- The philosophy of literature
- The rhetoric of fiction
- Literary and rhetorical structure in the Gospels
- Walker Percy's nonfiction
- Wendell Berry's novels and nonfiction – especially the link between "place" and cultural identity
- Shakespeare's Sonnets