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Paulus Pimomo

Department of English

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400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7553
Phone: (509) 963-1553
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Professor of English

Curriculum Vitae | Publications

Paulus Pimomo was born in Nagaland, grew up in northeast India, and was educated in India and the United States. He received a B.A. Honors and an M.A. in English from Dibrugarh University, Assam, and a second M.A. and his PhD from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He has taught English in five universities: two in India, before migrating to the United States in 1984, and three in the States since. You might say, then, that his only legitimate claim in life is to the teaching profession, since society does not grant the status of professional parent with only two children even if they are male and female, nor professional husband with one wife however lasting. He teaches British literature (Victorian and after), postcolonial studies and African American literature, and a bit of theory. He enjoys playing table tennis with three colleagues in the department, and walks off defeats on the John Wayne Trail in Ellensburg, which his doctor says he needs more of, but his colleagues know better and are very considerate. He enjoys levity on the page, on occasion, because life is essentially serious, and at his age he realizes there isn't much left of either life or levity.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., English, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1992.
  • M. A. English, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1987.
  • M. A. English (Brit. Lit), Dibrugarh University, Assam, 1975.
  • B. A. English Honors, Dibrugarh University Assam, 1972.

Professional History:

  • Professor of English, Central Washington U., 2005 to date.
  • Associate Professor of English, CW U., 1998 to 2005.
  • Assistant Professor of English, CWU., 1994-1998.

Teaching Interests and Specialties:

  • 19th & 20th century British Literature
  • Postcolonial Studies.
  • Theory.
  • African-American Literature and Culture.
  • Multicultural History and Literature.

Courses Taught at CWU:

General Education:

  • Eng 102 - Composition (Argument and Documentation)
  • Eng 301 - Composition (Argument)
  • Eng 105 - Introduction to Literature
  • Eng 110 - Black Performative Culture
  • Eng 247 - Multicultural Literature (American; Global; interdisciplinary-History and Literature- strands)

Undergraduate Major:

  • Eng 303 - Principles of English Studies (Theory and Practical Criticism)
  • Eng 306 - English Literature, 1660-1832
  • Eng 307 - English Literature, 1832-Present
  • Eng 329 - World Literature II
  • Eng 330 - African American Literature
  • Eng 383 - Literary Criticism & Theory
  • Eng 496 - Individual Study
  • Eng 498 - Senior Colloquium, co-taught with Dr. Sutphin.


  • Eng 517/414 - Advanced Studies in World Literature
    Emotion and Literature (English across Lit. traditions & interdisciplinary)
    Modern Poetry & Major World Writers.
  • Eng 514/410 - Advanced Studies in English Literature
    E. M. Forster & English Culture.
    Rudyard Kipling, Conrad, & Colonialism.
    G. B. Shaw & Sean O'Casey.
  • Eng 517/414 - Advanced Studies in World Literature
    Literary Counterpoints, A Study of related Canonical and Non-canonical literary texts across time and traditions.
    National & Post-national Narratives: Theory and English Literature on Globalization.
  • Eng 518 - Advanced Literary Criticism and Theory: Plato to the Present.

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Publications and Scholarly Activities (a selection)

Books :

  • Co-author, with Hidemi Masamura, A Practical and Illustrative English-Japanese Dictionary. Shogakukan, Tokyo, Japan. (In press. Publication date, early 2008).
  • Co-author , with Hidemi Masamura, Dictionary of English Word-Images , Tokyo , Japan . Taishukan, 2002. (The book has become part of a Memory Stick series of a half-dozen dictionaries, including the abbreviated pocket OED, produced by Sony , Japan ).


  • "Naga Nationalism's Internal Enemy - Violence." The Morung Express: A Daily Publication for Indigenous Affairs and Justpeace. Oct.10, 2007.
  • Interview. April 25, 2007. is 2007 recipient of The Manthan Award for e-Content and Creativity. The Manthan Award (India) functions under aegis of the World Summit Award (Austria), which is connected to the U.N. World Summit on Information Society (WSIS).
  • "Naga Nationalism and the Indian State under Jawaharlal Nehru," Journal of Commonwealth & Postcolonial Studies , Fall 1995.
  • "The Center Writes/Strikes Back?" Critical Quarterly , Autumn 1991.
  • "Indian Writing on Nagas," Economic & Political Weekly , Oct.13, 1991.
  • "Wordsworth's The Prelude , Bk. V." The Explicator , Summer 1989.

Conference Papers:

  • "Framing Responsibility, a Literary Tradition," "Irresponsibility" & Literature Conference, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, September 28-30, 2006.
  • "Woman as Postnational Exile," Commonwealth & Postcolonial Studies Conference, Georgia Southern University, Savannah, GA., Feb 27-Mar 1, 2003.
  • "Who is a Postnational Writer?" Twentieth-Century Literature Conference, University of Louisville, KY, Feb. 25-28, 1998.
  • "Naga Nationalism and Jawaharlal Nehru," Association of Asian Studies Conference, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Center for South Asian Studies, Nov. 1993.
  • "Eugenics, Frontiers of Empire, and E. M. Forster's Edwardian Novels," Commonwealth & Postcolonial Studies Conference, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, April 1993.
  • "India's Inclusiveness and Freedom in Mau: A Reading of Forster's A Passage to India," Twentieth-Century Literature Conference, University of Louisville, KY, Feb. 1993.

Other Scholarly & Professional Activities:

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Commonwealth & Postcolonial Studies, 1993 to date.
  • Columnist for October 2007 to date. is 2007 recipient of The Manthan Award for e-Content and Creativity.
  • Teaching Excellence Award, College of Arts & Humanities, CWU, 1997.

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