Kirk Boyle, Ph.D.

Department Chair & Associate Professor of English

Contact Information

  • 250-3915
  • 239 Karpen Hall

Office Hours

  • Tuesday 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Wednesday 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Thursday 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Note: And by appointment


I joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina Asheville in 2011, and now serve as Chair of the Department of English and Affiliate in the Humanities Program. I feel honored and proud to teach at North Carolina's public liberal arts university. That UNC Asheville is a public institution appeals to my working-class background as a first-generation college student from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. That it is a liberal arts university suits my generalist proclivities as an academic.

While I specialize in literary theory and criticism, film studies, and rhetoric, my scholarly interests include representations of labor and social class, the relevance of critical theory in the 21st century, and the ideological operations and utopian aspirations of cultural artifacts—specifically screen texts—produced within the political economic context of postmodern, neoliberal late capitalism.

In my classes, UNCA students can expect to learn about the various methodologies for interpreting literature and film; the similarities and differences between literary and cinematic texts; the virtuous and vicious legacies of modernity; critical inquiry and the moves that matter in academic writing; and the expectations, philosophies, and rigors of a liberal arts education.


  • Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, 2009
  • M.A., University of Cincinnati, 2003
  • B.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Robert E. Cook Honors College, 2001



Edited Journal Issues

  • Repeating Jameson?” Editor. International Journal of Žižek Studies, Special Issue, Volume 13.1, 2019.

Book Chapters

Journal Articles


  • HUM 324: The Modern World
  • LANG 120: Foundations of Academic Writing
  • LIT 240: Introduction to Literature
  • LIT 324: American Literary Tradition
  • LIT 330: Readings in Film: Theory, Adaptation, Genre
  • LIT 335: Western Literature: Enlightenment to Modern
  • LIT 440: Seminar in Literary Theory & Criticism
  • LIT 488: Seminar in Major Author: Edith Wharton
  • LIT 497: Senior Seminar I
  • LIT 498: Senior Seminar II
  • LSIC 379: The Culture of Calamity

Dream Courses

  • LIT 374:0H1 Readings in Social Class and Culture
  • LIT 484: Seminar in Major Literary Period: Postmodernism
  • LIT 488: Seminar in Major Author: Bertolt Brecht
  • LIT 328: African American Literature


  • Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS)
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)