Faculty


Tae Sung

Tae Sung, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English

Office Phone: (951) 343-2194
Email: tsung@calbaptist.edu
Department: Arts & Sciences
Office Location: Tyler Plaza, Suite 200
Office Hours: Email to schedule an appointment.

Education

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Date
Ph.D. English University of California, Irvine
M.A. Theology Fuller Theological Seminary
B.A. English University of California, San Diego

Additional Education

Awards: 

Michael and Stacey Koehn Endowed Fellowship in Critical Theory, UCI. 

Donald and Dorothy Strauss Endowed Fellowship in English, UCI. 

Regents' Fellowship, English, UCI. 

Frederick and Bernice Bush Scholarship of Theology, Fuller. 

Classes Taught

I am the course lead for the following: 

ENG233 - Survey of American Literature I 

ENG313 - Multicultural Literature 

ENG401 - Literary Theory and Criticism 

ENG440 - Modern American Literature 

COM340 - Rhetoric & Persuasion 

COM405 - Rhetorical Criticism 

COM530 - Rhetorical Criticism and Contemporary Culture (graduate-level) 

Academic Areas / Scholarly Interests

American literature, religion, and philosophy.

History of rhetoric, literary criticism, and critical theory.

Pragmatism, phenomenology, pneumatology. 

Research, Presentations, and Publications

CURRENT PROJECTS: 

The Spirit and the Gift: Religious Pragmatism in Ralph Waldo Emerson and William James. (In progress) 

     Preface. What Have Pragmatism and Religion To Do with Literature? 

     Chapter 1. A Gospel of Power: Pragmatism and Dynamic Gifts in a Postsecular Age 

     Chapter 2. A Golden Impossibility: The Rhetoric of Dynamic Gifts in Emerson 

     Chapter 3. The Flow of Gifts: Religious Ethics After Derrida and Milbank 

     Chapter 4. A New Sphere of Power: The Hermeneutics of Dynamic Gifts in James 

     Chapter 5. The Direction of Gifts: Identity Politics After Rorty and Taylor 

"In the Way of the Gift: The Conditions of Grace in Marilynne Robinson's Gilead." Special issue on the theology of Marilynne Robinson. Ed. Haein Park. Humanities. (Proposal accepted; in progress)

 

PUBLICATIONS: 

Review of Emerson's Metaphysics: A Song of Laws and Causes, by Joseph Urbas. Religion and Literature. (Forthcoming)

Review of Transcendentalism and the Cultivation of the Soul, by Barry M. Andrews. Emerson Society Papers, vol. 29, no. 1, spring 2019. 

"'A New Sphere of Power': Religious Experience and the Language of Dynamic Gifts in William James." William James Studies, vol.12, no. 2, fall 2016, pp. 52-79. 

"Emerson's 'Self-Reliance' and American Literature." Colonial Era to the 19th Century in American Literature. Ed. Laura A. Leibman. Gale, 2016. 

"The Study of World Religions in a Time of Crises: An Interview with Jack Miles." Books and Culture 22.3 (2016). 

"Our Shared Brokenness: On Mass Incarceration." Rev. of Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson. Books and Culture 22.2 (2016). 
 
“Belief and Poetry: II. Early Modern to the Present.” Co-authored with Michael P. Clark. The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. Fourth edition. Ed. Roland Greene. Princeton UP, 2012. 
 
"For What Has Already Been Given: Religion and the Rorty Papers." "Time Will Tell, But Epistemology Won't: In Memory of Richard Rorty." A Symposium to Celebrate Richard Rorty's Archive. UC Irvine, 2010. 
 
 
DISSERTATION / THESIS: 

"Pragmatism and the Gift: Toward a Charismology of Dynamic Gifts in Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Religion." Diss. University of California, Irvine, 2014. Ann Arbor: UMI, 2014. 

"Discipline, Improvisation, and Style: the Language of Identity and Democracy in Ralph Waldo Ellison." MA thesis. University of California, Irvine, 2006.  

 

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS & LECTURES:

"The Unappropriated Gift: Melville and the Measureless Measure of the Impersonal," presentation at Melville's Measures conference at the University of Paris, France (2019).   

"Conditions of Grace: The Impossibility of the Gift in Herman Melville," presentation at the International Conference on Christianity and Literature at Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA (2019). 

"'The Gift, To Be True': A Non-Economic Theory of Gifts in Ralph Waldo Emerson," presentation at Transcendentalist Intersections conference at the University of Heidelberg, Germany (2018). 

"What Has Pragmatism To Do with Religion?" presentation at the American Literature Association, San Francisco, CA (2018). 

"Shall We Flee or Plunder? A Parable (Loosely) about Augustine, Benedict, and Emerson," presentation at the Conference on Christianity and Literature at George Fox University, Portland, OR (2018). 

"A Gospel of Power: Dynamic Gifts in Literary Pragmatism and Philosophical Hermeneutics," presentation at the Pacific and Ancient Modern Langauge Association at Chaminade University, Honolulu, HI (2017). 

"Multiculturalism, Pragmatism, and Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man," colloquium lecture at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA (2016). 

"Carpe Aeternitatem," convocation lecture for Enduring Questions and Ideas series at Concordia University, Irvine, CA (2016). 

"On Gadamer's Truth and Method: Recovering Philosophical and Rhetorical Hermeneutics for Today," presentation at the Conference on Christianity and Literature at California Baptist University, Riverside, CA (2016). 

"Christianity and American Pragmatism," colloquia lecture for the MA in English program at Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA (2015). 

"The Rhetoric of Divine Grace and Dynamic Gifts in Emerson and James," presentation at Sacred Literature, Secular Religion: A Conference on Cultural Practices at the Le Moyne College Religion and Literature Forum, Syracuse, NY (2015). 

“The Rhetoric of Gratitude in the Writings of W. E. B. Du Bois and Sui Sin Far,” presentation at the International Society for the History of Rhetoric at the University of Bologna, Italy (2011).

“Kenneth Burke and the Epilogue to Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man,” guest lecture for English 102D, “The Age of Ralph Ellison,” undergraduate course by Professor Michael Szalay at UC Irvine (2011). 
 
“For What Has Already Been Given: Religion and the Rorty Papers,” invited presentation at the UC Humanities Research Institute in celebration of the Richard Rorty archives in UC Irvine (2010). 
 
“Whence the Twain Shall Meet? Rhetoric and Biblical Hermeneutics in Augustine’s De Doctrina Christiana,” presentation at the International Society for the History of Rhetoric in Montreal, Canada (2009). 

Community Service / Involvement

Olive Crest Foster Family 

Prison Fellowship Volunteer