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Barry Laga

Department Head of Languages, Literature and Mass Communication, Professor of English

Contact Information

Escalante Hall 251

970.248.1119

blaga@coloradomesa.edu

Education

PhD, Purdue University

MA, Brigham Young University

BA, Brigham Young University

Biography

Barry Laga is currently the Department Head of Literature, Languages and Mass Communication and a professor of English. He teaches Composition, Introduction to Film Studies, Literary Theory and a wide range of courses in American Literature and Cultural Studies.

Laga's courses focus on what Robert Scholes calls a "canon of methods." "I like the 'toolbox metaphor'," Laga said. "My students fill their intellectual toolbox with strategies that help them write, interpret, create, and critique. I'm less interested in what my students 'know' than what they can 'do' with what I teach them. I like to think that my classes empower students in that my methods provide more ways to read and write."

While seemingly eclectic, Laga's scholarly interests take a cultural studies approach, and he has published essays and presented papers at conferences on a range of topics and texts, from Gerald Vizenor's "Heirs of Columbus", Art Spiegelman's "Maus" and the Coen Brothers' "Barton Fink" to religious art, Holocaust monuments, cosmopolitanism and experimental literature.

Barry Laga's curriculum vitae

Selected Publications

"In Lieu of History Mormon Monuments and the Shaping of History." Dialogue 43.4 (2010) 131-153. "Making the Absent Visible The Real, Ideal, and the Abstract in Religious Art." Dialogue 40.2 (2007) 47-77.

"Cultivating Identities Reflections on Mormon Root Metaphors." Sunstone. March/2004. 32-39.

"Maus, Holocaust, and History Redrawing the Frame." Arizona Quarterly 57.1 (2001) 61-90.

"Decapitated Spectators Posthistory, Barton Fink, and Cinematic Pleasure." Postmodernism in the Cinema. Ed. Cristina Degli-Esposti. Providence Berghahan Books. 1998. 181-201.

"A Postmodern Quest for More Discourse Gerald Vizenor's Heirs of Columbus." American Indian Quarterly 18. 1 (Winter 1994) 71-86.