Research Fellow 2012-13
Professor Emeritus, English
After 30 years of service, Lyon Evans, professor emeritus of English retired from Viterbo University in June 2014. Evans was the chair of the English department from 1992 to 2000 and from 2011 to 2013. For 27 years, he advised Lumen, the student newspaper. A former professional newspaper reporter and editor in western New York and northern California, he holds a B.A. in history from Swarthmore College, Philadelphia; an M.A. in history from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo. His publications include essays on Herman Melville, the subject of his doctoral dissertation, and on the prominent literary critic, Alfred Kazin—who was also the outside reader of his dissertation. A specialist in pre-Civil War American literature, at Viterbo he taught classes in all periods of American literature, as well as Western Masterpieces, European Novel, Non-Western Literature, Literary Criticism and Theory, Shakespeare, Greek and Roman Literature, Franciscan Values and Traditions (the first-year Mission Seminar), and Living in a Diverse World (the second-year mission seminar).
Besides Viterbo, he has taught at Canisius College, Buffalo, N.Y.; at Iowa State University, Ames; at the Henan University of Science and Technology in Luoyang, China; and as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland. He became interested in postmodernism, a primary focus of his Reinhart Ethics Fellowship project, in a National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminar on postmodernism at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Another focus of his fellowship project globalization—he initially engaged while preparing to teach Living in a Diverse World. In his Reinhart Ethics Fellowship research, he explored the intersection of postmodernism and globalization in the context of contemporary history and literary culture.