Harold Schechter Vita

EDUCATION:

  • State University of New York at Buffalo (Ph.D., 1975)
  • Purdue University (M.A., 1971)
  • City College of New York (B.A., 1969)

TEACHING POSITIONS:

  • Associé (Visiting), Maitre de Conference, Université de Paris VIII (1992-1993)
  • Professor of English, Queens College (1987-present)
  • Associate Professor of English (Visiting), University of Colorado (1983-1984)
  • Associate Professor of English, Queens College (1981-1986)
  • Assistant Professor of English, Queens College (1975-1980)
  • Visiting Instructor, SUNY College at Fredonia (Spring, 1975)
  • Graduate Teaching Fellow, SUNY/Buffalo (1971-1974)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Purdue (1969-1971)

PUBLICATIONS:

BOOKS

ARTICLES

  • (with Elizabeth Schechter) “Killing with Kindness: Nature, Nurture, and the Female Serial Killer” in Serial Killers: Philosophy for Everyone, ed. S. Waller (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), pp. 117-128.
  • “Murderers Sane & Mad,” in City Secrets Books: The Essential Insider’s Guide, ed. Mark Strand and Robert Kahn (New York: Fang Duff Kahn Publishers, 2009), pp. 240-242.
  • “Five Best,” Wall Street Journal, 10-11 November, 2007, Weekend Section, p. 8.
  • “Mourning on the Inside,” New York Times, 7 April 2007, Sec. A, p. 14.
  • "Preface to The General's Son," TriQuarterly, 122 (Fall 2006) pp. 100-105.
  • “Serial Killers” in Encyclopedia of Law and Society: American and Global Perspectives, Vol. 3, ed. David S. Clark (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2007), pp. 1361-1363.
  • "Introduction," Panzram: A Journal of Murder, ed. Thomas Gaddis and James O. Lomg (Los Angeles: Amok, 2002), pp. 1-3.
  • "Serial Killers," in Violence in America, Vol. 3, ed. Ronald Gottesman (New York: Scribner's, 2000), pp. 133-137.
  • "When Crime Becomes Art," New York Times, 1 July 1999, Sec. 1, p. 28.
  • "Edward Gein," American National Biography, Vol. 8 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999), pp. 830-832.
  • "The Ghoulish Gallery of Professor Mombooze-o," Brooklyn Bridge, Sept. - Oct. 1999, pp. 72-77
  • "A Tragedy Repeated in History," New York Times, 23 May 1998, Sec. 1, p. 27.
  • "Carny of the Gods: Joe Coleman's Savage Archetypes," in Original Sin: The Visionary Art of Joe Coleman. New York: Heck Edition, pp. 43-122.
  • "Yesterday, All His Troubles Seemed So Far Away," Los Angeles Times, 9 February 1997, Sec. E, p. 2.
  • "Myths, Monsters, and the Success of 'Independence Day,'" Los Angeles Times, 5 August 1996, Sec. F, p. 4.
  • "A Short, Corrective History of Violence in Popular Culture, New York Times Magazine, 7 July 1996, pp. 32-33.
  • "Violent Movies Act As a Safety Valve," Hartford Courant, 18 December 1995, Section D, pp. 1 and 4.
  • "The Movies Made Me Do It," New York Times, 3
  • "Clowning Is a Longtime Tradition," Los Angeles Times, 6 February 1995, Sec. F, p. 3. December 1995, Sec. 4, p. 15.
  • "Natural Born Mania for Mayhem," Los Angeles Times, 16 September 1994, Sec. B, p. 9.
  • "Skin Deep: Folk Tales, Face Lifts, and The Silence of the Lambs," LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory, 5 (Spring, 1994), 19-27.
  • "The Vigilante Soul," International Herald Tribune, 31 March 1993, p. 33.
  • Foreword to Human Monsters by David Everitt. Chicago: Contemporary Books, 1993.
  • "Joseph Campbell and the Vanilla-Coated Temple," in The Uses of Comparative Mythology: Essays on the Work of Joseph Campbell, ed. Kenneth Golden. New York: Garland, 1993, 28.
  • "The Serial Killer is Our Dracula," Los Angeles Times, 2 April 1992, Sec. A, p. 11.
  • "Reinventing 'The Same Old Story': A Conversation on Popular Art," Quadrant: The Journal of Contemporary Jungian Thought, 24 (Fall 1991), pp. 65-74.
  • "Leatherstocking on Steroids," New York Newsday, 31 July 1991, p. 41.
  • "The Lore of Gore Goes Way Back," New York Newsday, 3 May 1991, p. 58.
  • "Leatherstocking in 'Nam: Rambo, Platoon, and the American Frontier Myth," Journal of Popular Culture, 24 (Spring 1991), pp, 17-26.
  • "Popular Culture Symposium," in C.G. Jung and the Humanities, ed. Karin Barnaby and Pellegrino D'Arcierno (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1990), pp. 76-90.
  • "If This Movie Seems Familiar," New York Times, 5 Oct. 1990, Sec. 1, p. 37.
  • "The Goblin Child: Folklore Symbolism in Popular Art," in Dominant Symbols in Popular Culture, ed. Ray B. Browne and Marshall Fishwick. (Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green University Press, 1990), pp. 39-48.
  • "Symbols of Initiation in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," in Betwixt and Between: Patterns of Masculine and Feminine Initiation, ed. Louise Carus Mahdi. (LaSalle, Illinois: Open Court Press, 1987), pp. 67-78.
  • "Special Effects," in The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 397-399.
  • "B Movies," in The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, ed. Jack Sullivan. (New York: Viking, 1986), pp. 18-20.
  • "The Bosom Serpent: Folklore and Popular Art," The Georgia Review, XXXIX (1985), pp. 93-108.
  • "The Bloody Chamber: Terror Films, Fairy Tales, and Taboo," in Forbidden Fruits: Taboo and Tabooism in Culture, ed. Ray B. Browne (Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green University Press, 1984), pp. 67-82. Reprinted in Gender, Language and Myth: Essays on Popular Narrative, ed. Glenwood Irons. Toronto: Univiversity of Toronto Press, 1992, pp. 233-251.
  • "The Velvet Paw: A Note on the Cat Image in Melville's Fiction," Melville Society Extracts, 55 (1983), pp. 11-12.
  • "Bartleby the Chronometer," Studies in Short Fiction, XIX (1982), pp. 359-366.
  • "Fetishism, Consumerism, and the Flight from Women," in Fetishes and Fetishism in American Culture, ed. Ray B. Browne (Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green University Press, 1982), pp. 45-53.
  • "The Eye and the Nerve: A Psychological Reading of James Dickey's Deliverance," in Seasoned Authors for a New Season: The Search for Standards in Popular Writing, ed. Louis Filler (Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green University Press, 1980), pp. 4-19. Reprinted in Struggling for Wings: The Art of James Dickey, ed. Robert Kirschten (Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press, 1997), pp. 176-193.
  • Editor, "Myth and American Popular Art," Special Issue of The Journal of American Culture, II(1979).
  • "The Myth of the Eternal Child in Sixties America," in The Popular Culture Reader, ed. Jack Nachbar et al. (Bowling Green University Press, 1978), pp. 64-78.
  • "The Sot-Weed Factor in Hell," The Higginson Journal, No. 20, 1978 (Special Issue: "Jung and American Literature"), pp. 4-20.
  • (with Charles Molesworth). "It's Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature: The Disaster Movie and Technological Guilt," Journal of Popular Culture, I, (1978), 44-50.
  • "Comicons," in Icons of America, ed. Ray B. Browne and Marshall Fishwick (Bowling Green University Press, 1978), pp. 263-270.
  • "Ancient Myths on TV," in TV Book, ed. Judy Fireman (New York: Workman Publishing Co., 1977), pp. 374-375.
  • "Deep Meaning Comix: The Archetypal World of R. Crumb," San José Studies, III (1977), 6-21.
  • "The Return of Demeter: The Poetry of Daniela Gioseffi," The Psychocultural Review, 1(1977), 452-458.
  • "Kali on Main Street: The Rise of the Terrible Mother in America," Journal of Popular Culture, VIII (1973), 251-263.
  • "The Unpardonable Sin in Washington Square," Studies in Short Fiction, X, (1973), 137-141.
  • "Death and Resurrection of the King: Elements of Primitive Mythology and Ritual in 'Roger Malvin's Burial,'" English Language Notes, VIII, (1971), 201-205.

MISC.

  • "Castoff," teleplay for Law & Order, broadcast on NBC 1/28/98.
  • "He Knows When You've Been Screaming" (short story), in More Phobias, ed. by Wendy Webb et al. New York: Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books, 1995, pp. 194-210.
  • "Slime" (short story), in Phobias, ed. by Wendy Webb et al. New York: Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books, 1994, pp. 122-146.
  • "Mirror, Mirror," teleplay for The Cosby Mysteries, broadcast on NBC 11/29/94.

PAPERS AND ADDRESSES PRESENTED:

  • May 2010. Panelist. “Mayhem” Conference, sponsored by Bookhampton, East Hampton, NY.
  • January 2009. Guest speaker at “Night of Literary Feasts,” sponsored by Lexington Public Library Foundation, Lexington, KY.
  • September 2008. Talk on the “The Devil’s Gentleman and the Molineux Ruling,” Meeting of the Supreme Court Justices Association of the City of New York.
  • May 2008. Talk on the “The Devil’s Gentleman and the Molineux Ruling,” New York City Bar.
  • March 2007. Speaker, 13th Annual Homicide Conference, Northeast Wisconsin Teachnical College, Madison, Wisconsin.
  • June 2003. Talk on the History of Serial Murder, New York City Medical Examiners.
  • December 1996. Panelist, "Leslie Fiedler's Influence on Our Writing, Teaching, Thinking," MLA Convention, Washington, D.C.
  • December 1996. Guest lecturer. Mystery Writers of America.
  • December 1995. Panelist on “Media Violence” (with Senator Joseph Lieberman), Hartford, CT.
  • Summer 1992. Visiting Faculty, NEH Summer Institute Program, "Telling Tales: Humanities Approaches to the Study of Folk Narrative."
  • November 1987. Panelist, "Artifacts of Class and Myth of Classlessness" section. American Studies Association convention.
  • November 1986. Panelist (with Professor Leslie Fiedler and John Carlin of the Whitney Museum), "Popular Culture" session, "C.G. Jung and the Humanities" conference at Hofstra University.
  • October 1986. Guest lecturer, Queens College Presidential Seminar on Film Studies, Caumsett Center. Paper on "The Incredible Shrinking Man as Fifties Folktale."
  • November 1981. Organizer and moderator, "Violence and the Movies" panel, Mid-Atlantic American Culture Association conference.
  • April 1979. Speaker, "Forms of Religious Expression" section, American Culture Association conference. Paper on religious imagery in popular art.
  • April 1979. Speaker, "Cultural Sources for Composing" section, Conference on College Composition and Communication meeting. Paper on popular culture and writing (subsequently published on microfiche by the Educational Resources Information Center).
  • April 1979. Participant, panel on status of popular culture studies, National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, D.C.
  • March 1979. Chairman, Popular Culture Section, CUNY English Forum.
  • December 1979. Organizer, "Myth and American Culture" section, Modern Language Association convention.
  • April 1978. Guest Lecturer, Bowling Green State University. Paper on "Myth of Eternal Child in Sixties America."
  • December 1977. Speaker, "Jungian and Archetypal Criticism" section, Modern Language Association convention. Paper on myth and popular culture.
  • April 1977. Chairman, "Jungian Criticism" section, Northeast Modern Language Association convention.
  • April 1976. Speaker, "American Dream" section, Northwest Modern Language Association convention. Paper on Hawthorne and Jung.

SPEAKER ON TELEVISION AND RADIO TALK SHOWS (selected)

    Over the years, I have been asked to speak on a variety of issues for numerous programs including: "Today," "Jerry Springer," "Montel Williams," "Burden of Proof," "O'Reilly Factor," "Nachman." "At Large with Geraldo Rivera," "Hardball with Chris Matthews," Fox News, CNN, National Public Radio, MSNBC News, Court TV, The History Channel, NPR.

GRANTS AND PROFESSIONAL HONORS:

  • 2009 PSC-CUNY Research Award for research for a book on the John and Samuel Colt.
  • 1997. Rocky Mountain News "Rocky Award" for Best Original Paperback Novel of 1997 for Outcry.
  • 1996. Rocky Mountain News "Rocky Award" for Best Nonfiction Book of 1996 for The A to Z Encyclopedia of Serial Killers.
  • 1995- Biographical listing in Who's Who in the East.
  • 1994. Washington Irving Book Award for Depraved.
  • 1984. PSC-CUNY Research Award for "Folklore and Film," $2,400.
  • 1983. Bio-bibiographical listing in Contemporary Authors, Vol.108 (Detroit: Gale Research Co.)
  • 1982. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Seminar on Ethnic Literature.
  • 1982. PSC-CUNY Research Award for same project, $1,668.
  • 1981. PSC-CUNY Research Award for "Images of the Devouring Woman in American Culture," $3,402.
  • 1977. PSC-BHE Research Award for same project, $3,075.
  • 1976. CUNY New Faculty Research Award for "Archetypal Patterns in Popular Culture," $3,270.