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William L. Svitavsky, PhD

Associate Professor | Access Services Librarian

Bill Svitavsky

Bill Svitavsky is an associate professor and emerging services librarian at the Olin Library and liaison librarian to the departments of Applied Behavior Analysis & Clinical Science, Counseling, English, History, Music, Psychology, and Theatre Arts & Dance. His research interests include American comic book history, the work of M.P. Shiel, and geek culture. Among his publications, he has coedited and contributed to the essay collections Ages of Heroes, Eras of Men: Superheroes and the American Experience and Assembling the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Essays on the Social, Cultural, and Geopolitical Domains.

T. 407.646.2679
bsvitavsky@rollins.edu

Emerging Services Librarian | Rollins College Olin Library
May 2012 - present

Head of Digital Services & Systems/ Associate Professor | Rollins College Olin Library
March  2008 - May 2012

Electronic Resources Librarian/ Associate Professor | Rollins College Olin Library
September 2003 - March 2008

Reference Librarian/ Assistant Professor | Rollins College Olin Library
January 2000 - September 2003

Information Technologies Librarian | Newbury College Library, Brookline, MA
February 1998 - December 1999

Webmaster | Newbury College
October 1998 - December 1999

Reference Librarian | Newbury College
October 1997 - February 1998

Education

Master of Information and Library Science, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1995
New York State Teaching Certification, State University of New York College at Brockport, 1991
M.A. in English, Syracuse University, 1990
B.A. in English,  University of Dallas, 1988

Research Articles

Svitavsky, William and Julian C. Chambliss. “From Pulp Hero to Superhero: Culture, Race, and Identity in American Popular Culture, 1900-1940” Studies in American Culture October 2008. Winner of the American Culture Association in the South’s Jerome Stern Award for most outstanding essay of 2008. Available at http://scholarship.rollins.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1002&context=as_facpub

“From Decadence to Racial Antagonism: M.P. Shiel at the Turn of the Century.” Science Fiction Studies 31.1 (March 2004): 1-24.

“Geek Culture: An Annotated Interdisciplinary Bibliography.” Reconstruction 1.1. <www.reconstruction.ws>

“Geek Culture: An Annotated Interdisciplinary Bibliography.” Bulletin of Bibliography 58.2 (June 2001): 101-108.

Book Chapters

Svitavsky, William L. “’Your Ancestors Called It Magic’: Building Coherence in the MCU Through Continuity with the Past” in Assembling the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Essays on the Social, Cultural and Geopolitical Domains. Jefferson, NC: Mcfarland. (April 2018.)

Svitavsky, William L. “Race, Superheroes, and Identity: ‘Did You Know He Was Black?’” in Ages of Heroes, Eras of Men: Superheroes and the American Experience, edited by William Svitavsky, Julian Chambliss, and Thomas Donaldson. Newcastle, UK : Cambridge Scholars Press. (September 2013.)

Svitavsky, William L. and Julian Chambliss.  “The Origin of the Superhero: Culture, Race, and Identity in US Popular Culture, 1890-1940.” in Ages of Heroes, Eras of Men: Superheroes and the American Experience, edited by William Svitavsky, Julian Chambliss, and Thomas Donaldson. Newcastle, UK : Cambridge Scholars Press. (September 2013.)

Edited Volumes

Svitavsky, William, Julian Chambliss, and Daniel Fandino. Assembling the Marvel Cinematic Universe:Essays on the Social, Cultural and Geopolitical Domains. Jefferson, NC: Mcfarland. (March 2018.)

Svitavsky, William, Julian Chambliss, and Thomas Donaldson. Ages of Heroes, Eras of Men: Superheroes and the American Experience. Newcastle, UK : Cambridge Scholars Press. (September 2013.)

Book & Database Reviews

Review of Examining the Evolution of Gaming and Its Impact on Social, Cultural, and Political Perspectives. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 54.6 (February 2017).              

Review of Youth Cultures in America. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 54.3 (November 2016).

Review of British Pirates and Society, 1680-1730 Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 52.10 (June 2015).

Review of Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction in LiteratureChoice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 52.8 (Apr 2015).

Review of Comics Art. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 51.12 (Aug 2014).

Review of Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists.Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 52.2 (Oct 2014).

Review of Icons of the American comic book: from Captain America to Wonder Woman. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 50.12 (July 2013).

Review of Google Cultural Institute. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 50.7 (March 2013).

Review of Google and the Culture of Search. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 50. 6 (Feb 2013): 1018.

Review of  Comic books and American Cultural History: An Anthology, by Matthew Pustz. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 49.7 (Jul. 2012): 2048.

Review of Rock and Roll, Counterculture, Peace and Protest: Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 49. 10 (Jun 2012): 1851-1852

Review of Culture Catch, by Dusty Wright. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 49.6 (Feb. 2012): 1035.

Review of Historical dictionary of Science Fiction Cinema. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 48.8 (Apr 2011): 1448.

Review of Pirates of the Americas: v.1: 1650-1685v.2: 1686-1725Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 47. 12 (Aug. 2010): 2303.

Review of Jerry Beck's Cartoon ResearchChoice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 47. 7 (Mar. 2010): 1272.

Review of On Tarzan, by Alex Vernon. Studies in American Culture 32.1 (October 2009).

Review of British Cartoon ArchiveChoice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 46.12 (Aug. 2009): 2289.

Review of Routledge Annotated Bibliography of English StudiesChoice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 46. 6 (Feb. 2009): 1070.

Review of The Greenwood Encyclopedia of World Popular CultureChoice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 45. 5 (Jan. 2008): 800.

Review of The Encyclopedia of Magic and AlchemyChoice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 44.7 (Mar. 2007): 1140.              

Review of The Supervillain Book: The Evil Side of Comics and HollywoodChoice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 44.3 (Nov. 2006): 452.                                          

Review of The Historical Dictionary of Fantasy LiteratureChoice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 43.7 (Mar. 2006): 1194.               

Review of Literature Online with MLAChoice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 43.5 (Jan.2006): 820.

Review of Latin American Science Fiction Writers: An A-to-Z Guide. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 42.3 (Nov. 2004): 450.

Review of Villains of All Nations: Atlantic Pirates in the Golden AgeChoice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 42.3 (Nov. 2004): 538.

Review of The Alexander Pope EncyclopediaChoice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 42.2 (Oct. 2004): 268.

Review of Index to Science Fiction Anthologies & Collections, combined edition. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 41. (Aug. 2004): 89.

Review of Comic Art of Europe through 2000: an International BibliographyChoice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 41.6 (Feb. 2004): 1053.

Review of Samuel Johnson's dictionary: Selections from the 1755 Work that Defined the English languageChoice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 41.4 (Dec. 2003): 682 

Review of Censorship: A World EncyclopediaChoice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 39.10 (June 2002): 1731.

Credited Courses Taught at Rollins

  • HIS 235: American Graphic Media (with Julian Chambliss)
  • CMC 200: Research, Media, Culture (with Lisa Tillmann)
  • IFT 106: Using the Web for Research
  • RCC 100: Comic Books and American History (with Julian Chambliss)
  • IFT 101: Information Fluency

The American Library Association

assembling the marvel cinematic universe book cover

Chambliss and Svitavsky publish collection of essays on the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Professor of history Julian Chambliss, along with associate professor and emerging services librarian William L. Svitavsky and Daniel Fandino, has published Assembling the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Essays on the Social, Cultural and Geopolitical Domains.
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