Kristen Abbey, PhD

Averaging two dogs and one spouse, she has lived most of her adult life in central New Jersey, despite being born and raised in California by Channel 13’s monster (kaiju) movie marathons, the Superfriends, and Speed Racer. Her dessert island book is Jane Eyre, and movie is Spirited Away.

Field(s) of Interest/Expertise

Comparative literature; Cultural studies; Popular culture - genre fiction, film and anime, gaming, comics; Postcolonial literatures; Medieval literature; Environmental literature; College Writing

Courses Taught at Felician University

ENG 490: Senior Research in ENG
ENG 480: Critical Perspectives on Literature
ENG 366: Magic and Empire around the World: Colonial to Post-colonial literature
ENG 398: The Graphic Novel: Reading Sequential Art
ENG 347: Myths, Fairy Tales and Medieval Romances
ENG 305: Chaucer
ENG 301: King Arthur
ENG 300: Medieval Literature
ENG 220: Children’s Literature
ENG 203: Literatures in ENG III
ENG 202: Literatures in ENG II
ENG 201: Literatures in ENG I
ENG 150: Critical Thinking for Persuasion
ENG 130: Illustrated Travel Journal
ENG 113: Premodern Global Literature
ENG 108: Literature of London
ENG 102: College Writing and Research II
ENG 101: College Writing and Research I
ENG 002: Developmental Writing II
FYE 100: Freshman Year Experience I


“The ‘Angry Fix’: Heuristics of Orality in Ginsberg’s Howl.”
In The Poetic Legacy of Whitman Williams, and Ginsberg, edited by Maria Mazziotti Gillan, 2018.
“‘See with Eyes Unclouded’: Mononoke-Hime as the Tragedy of Modernity.”
Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities, volume 2, issue 3, pp. 113-119, 2015.
“Dog Theory.”
ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, volume 17, issue 4, Autumn 2010, pp. 777-779.
“Teacher Talk: Teaching the Urban Earth.”
Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy, volume 21, issue 1, Spring 2010, pp. 129-142.
Office Location:
Kirby Hall 329
Contact Phone:
(201) 559-6263
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PhD, Program in Comparative Literature, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, January 2006
MA, Program in Comparative Literature, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, 1997
BA, English Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1991

Positions Held

Assistant Professor - Felician University (2006-present)