John Rothfork

John Rothfork
Northern Arizona University | NAU · Department of English

Ph.D

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Introduction
John Rothfork is a prof. & the former Chair of the English dept. at Northern Arizona U. He does research in Asian literature & in Postmodernism (Pynchon, Rorty, Charles Taylor, Cormac McCarthy, Can Xue). He has had 3 Fulbrights & an English Language Fellowship from the State Dept. that enabled him to teach abroad for 6 years at: U. of Tokyo, Keio U. (Tokyo), Al-Azhar U . (Cairo), IISc-Bangalore, IIT-Kanpur, IIT-Madras, U. Maryland -- Malaysia. John edited the NM Humanities Review for 15 years.
Additional affiliations
August 2001 - present
Northern Arizona University
Position
  • Chair
Education
June 1972 - December 1973
University of New Mexico
Field of study
  • American studies

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Publications (27)
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Pynchon’s Against the Day seems to be a historical novel describing the struggle between capitalism and anarchy in the Gilded Age. However, the antagonists, Scarsdale Vibe and Webb Traverse, perish without successors. The view from the dirigible, Inconvenience, symbolizes Buddhist detachment from the battle (maya), which is elaborated by allusions...
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R. K. Narayan’s novel illustrates how a man matures to abandon adolescent colonial dreams by recovering a Hindu outlook and values. The 1949 novel focuses most on views associated with asrama-dharma or developmental expectations associated with four stages of life: childhood, householder, retiree, and sanyasi (ascetic). In the comic development of...
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Can Xue’s Chinese novel, Frontier, seems to have little coherence. It is often thought to offer a pastiche of dream images. However, an understanding of Zen Buddhism, provided by T. P. Kasulis’ Zen Action Zen Person, offers a vocabulary to explain how the characters in the novel seek answers to koans as they struggle to find meaning in their dreams...
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In Memoirs Found in a Bathtub (1973), Stanislaw Lem offers a parody of Marvin Minsky's artificial intelligence view of humans as "meat machines" in the form of both robots & people who believe they are robots. Lem's dystopian cybernetic world offers a dark comedy that can only be dispelled by the recognition that without moral emotions and judgment...
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This analysis of Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian seeks to identify how the novel illustrates a pragmatic and postmodern understanding of language. We do not discover the truth about the world; we narrate it. This parallels Richard Rorty's point that "We need to make a distinction between the claim that the world is out there and the claim that tru...
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This paper makes recommendations about teaching online professional courses to students lacking relevant professional experience. The course was on ethics and professional writing. Students substituted personal ethics for professional ethics and relied on the skills they had in textual explication and narrative development to defend personal judgme...
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Explanation of Richard Rorty & Michael Polanyi's contribution in defining postmodern ethics.
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First person reflection of life in Iowa compared to life in India in 1982-3. Prairie Schooner, 62.3 (Fall 1988): 92-103.
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Raja Rao’s novel, The Serpent and the Rope, is a complex fictional treatment of inter- or cross-cultural understanding, which ultimately suggests that religion, or what Charles Taylor calls, “social imaginaries,” are an insurmountable barrier to mutual understanding among people formed by different cultures. Ramaswamy, a South Indian Brahmin, marri...
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Henry Barnard's "School Architecture" that advocated Greek Revival style for school buildings.
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How Henry Barnard's "School Architecture" advocated Transcendental ideology & values.