Creative Writing Profile
Office: LA 101
Courses Taught in Recent Years:
Pastoral, Ecological Philosophy, and Environmental History
My background is in comparative literature, and my primary fields of interest are modern poetry from the romantic period through the present, twentieth-century and contemporary fiction, and literature and philosophy. My first book, The Extravagant: Crossings of Modern Poetry and Modern Philosophy, describes a history of attempts in modern poetry and philosophy to re-articulate, in secular terms, experiences of awakened life and widened vision once articulated in religious languages. It includes detailed discussions of Kant, Wordsworth, Lyotard, Rimbaud, Nietzsche, Bataille, Kierkegaard, Dickinson, Mallarmé, and Derrida. The narrative of the book shapes a sympathetic critique of post-structuralist theory as a late, challenging, but finally desperate version of romanticism. My second book, In Dark Again in Wonder: The Poetry of René Char and George Oppen, is a study of two late modernist poets, one French and the other American, both of whom were fully engaged in the political upheavals of the 1930s and 1940s, both of whom turned time and again to the old metaphysical questions that are still with us. In the conclusion to the book I address a tension at work in both of these poets—a tension between an existential understanding of the self and an historical understanding of the self—and trace it back to different ways in which modern culture has recast Axial Age horizons of meaning. I have also published a translation of a volume of Char's poetry, The Word as Archipelago. In the book I'm currently working on, The Broken and the Mended, I try to illuminate connections between older spiritual bearings and questions at stake in contemporary environmentlist thought.
Ph.D., Comparative Literature, 1997
M.A., Comparative Literature, 1993
University of Wisconsin, Madison
B.A., English, 1988
Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain (Fall 1986)
Field of Study
Poetry and poetics
Modern poetry of Europe and the Americas
Twentieth-century and contemporary fiction
Literature and philosophy
Theories of modernity
The Word as Archipelago, a translation of René Char's La Parole en archipel (Omnidawn, 2012)
In Dark Again in Wonder: The Poetry of René Char and George Oppen (University of Notre Dame Press, 2012)
The Extravagant: Crossings of Modern Poetry and Modern Philosophy (University of Notre Dame Press, 2005)
"Spiritual Idealism and Tragic Wisdom: The Scope of King Lear," in Fictional Worlds and Philosophical Reflection, ed. Garry Hagberg (Palgrave, forthcoming)
"Is There a Place for Spirit in Jane Bennett's Vital Materialism?," Cultural Critique 111 (Spring 2021)
"What Do the Inconsolable See? From Virgil's Orpheus to Marilynne Robinson's Ruth," Religion and the Arts 24.1-2 (April 2020)
"What Do We Mean When We Talk about Transcendence? Plato and Virginia Woolf," Philosophy and Literature 43.2 (October 2019)
"'A Kinship between Air and Awareness': Mei-mei Berssenbrugge's Hello, the Roses," ISLE 26.1 (Winter 2019)
"Forrest Gander's Phenomenology of Encounter," Paideuma 45 (2018)
"The Art of Masks in Anne Carson and Samuel Beckett," Chicago Review, website (October 2018)
"Versions of Ascesis in Louise Glück's Poetry," The Cambridge Quarterly 47.2 (June 2018)
"'All voices should be read as the river's mutterings': The Poetry of Alice Oswald," The Cambridge Quarterly 46.2 (June 2017)
"The Poetics of Encounter: Paul Celan's 'Psalm' and George Oppen's 'Psalm,'" Religion and Literature 48.1 (Spring 2016)
"The Sprawling Genius of Thylias Moss," Religion and Literature 47.3 (Autumn 2015)
"C. D. Wright's Deepstep Come Shining: A Wheeling Collage," Genre 45:1 (Spring 2012)
Affiliate of Global Humanities and Religion
Teaching Assistant; MFA Candidate Poetry
Professor | English Dept Chair and Director of Creative Writing
Judy Blunt spent more than 30 years on wheat and cattle ranches in northeastern Montana, before leaving that life to attend the University of Montana. Her book of poems, Not Quite Stone won the Merriam-Frontier Award, and was published in 1991. Her best-selling memoir, Breaking Clean, was published by A.A. Knopf in 2002 and met with wide critical acclaim.
Her essays explore the complexity of growing up a girl in cowboy country. She challenges the Hollywood mythology but honors the ranching community, paying tribute to a West few people know from the inside out. In her current research, she documents turn-of-the-century homesteaders’ narratives. These are the stories that showed generations how to live where the land doesn’t want you, the rules of behavior and expectation and hope handed down from mother to daughter like recipes, like old love letters.
Recognition of Blunt’s work includes a PEN/Jerard Fund Award for nonfiction, the 2001 Whiting Writers’ Award, 2003 Mountains and Plains Bookseller’s Award, Willa Award for Nonfiction Book of the Year, and a 2004 National Endowment for the Arts writer’s fellowship. Blunt received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2005. She teaches creative nonfiction courses and directs the Creative Writing Program at the University of Montana.
M.F.A., University of Montana (1994)
About Breaking Clean. In this extraordinary literary debut third-generation homesteader Judy Blunt describes her hardscrabble life on the prairies of eastern Montana in prose as big and bold as the landscape. On a ranch miles from nowhere, Judy Blunt grew up with cattle and snakes, outhouse and isolation, epic blizzards and devastating prairie fires.
Persian Love Cake--English Department Awards Reception, Spring 2009.
- Milton (LIT 353)
- Shakespeare (LIT 323)
- Science fiction (LIT 370)
- Cosmos and Poiesis (LIT 391)
- Philip K. Dick and Ursula K. Le Guin (LIT 370)
- Science Fiction: Alien worlds (LIT 370)
- Literature, film, and the problem of evil (LIT 391)
- Enlightenment Frontiers (LIT 246)
- British Literature: Enlightenment to Romantics (LIT 221)
- Introduction to literature (LIT 110)
- Milton and the Romantics (LIT 520)
- History of Literary Criticism and Theory (LIT 421)
- Science Fiction: Other Worlds (522)
My primary areas of research and teaching are British literature of the 17th and 18th centuries; speculative fiction broadly; and the history of literary engagements with astronomy. I regularly teach courses on Milton, Shakespeare, and modern science fiction. My current research projects focus on the history of creative cosmologies from Plato to contemporary science fiction.
Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington
M.A., University of British Columbia
B.A., Kenyon College (3rd year at the University of St. Andrews, SCOTLAND)
Book review of Arthur C. Clarke by Gary Westfahl, forthcoming in Fafnir: Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Reearch (2021).
"Nietzsche among the Aliens in Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey," Science Fiction Studies 47.3 (November 2020): 377-397.
"Anna Letitia Barbauld's 'A Summer Evening's Meditation' and the Cosmic Voyage Since Paradise Lost," Journal For Eighteenth-Century Studies 39.3 (September 2016): 395-412.
"'Immota Triumphans': Paradise Lost and Caroline Corruptions of the Roman Triumph," Milton Studies 51 (2011): 101-135.
“‘To serve my purpose’: Interpretive Agency in George Wither’s A Collection of Emblemes,” in Images of Matter: Essays on British Literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance,University of Delaware Press, 2005.
“‘My God, what has sound got to do with music?!’: Interdisciplinarity in Works by T. S. Eliot and Charles Ives," in T. S. Eliot’s Orchestra: Essays,Garland Press, 2000.
Lecturer, University of Montana. August 2021 – present.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Montana. May 2008 – May 2021.
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Montana. May 2005 – May 2008.
Assistant Professor, University of Louisiana at Lafayette. August 2004 – May 2005.
Visiting Lecturer, Indiana University. Fall 2002 – Spring 2003.
Associate Instructor, Indiana University. Fall 1997 – Spring 2002.
Groups Program Instructor and Tutor, Indiana University. Summers 2001 and 2003.
Teaching Assistant, University of British Columbia, CANADA. Fall 1992 – Spring 1994
Foreign Expert, Sichuan Union University, Chengdu, P. R. CHINA. Fall 1995 – Summer 1996.
Foreign Expert, Guangdong Foreign Studies University, Guangzhou, P. R. CHINA. Fall 1994 – Summer 1995.
Hiking and astronomy
Professor of English
Office: Liberal Arts 109
Fall 2021 office hours--Mondays and Tuesdays, 3 pm to 5 pm by appointment via phone or Zoom.
Because I have numerous meetings, I encourage people to make an appointment at least one day in advance.Personal Website
Director, English Teaching Program & Montana Writing Project
Spring 2020 ENT 595 Advanced Strategies for Teaching Reading and Holocaust/Mullticultural Literature (Mondays, 5 pm to 7:50 pm in LA 235) and ENT 441 Teaching Reading and Literature (Tuesdays, 5 pm to 7:50 pm in LA 235).
Spring 2020 Professional papers, independent studies, cooperative internships
Ph. D. in Curriculum & Instruction, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR--emphasis in Reading & Language Arts and Secondary Education
Graduate courses in Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA--emphasis in Alternative Teacher Education
M. A. in English Education, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL--emphasis in English Education and Higher Education
B. A. in English Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL--emphasis in Education and Humanities
Richard W. Halle Award for an Outstanding Middle Level Educator--National Council of Teachers of English (2015)
Distinguished Service Award of National Council of Teachers of English; a lifetime achievement award for outstanding contributions of professional service (within the Councl and outside), including scholarly or academic distinction at any level; distinguished use of language; and excellence in teaching (2012)
Rewey Belle Inglis Award for an Outstanding Woman in English Education--National Council of Teachers of English; a lifetime achievement award (2005)
Who's Who in American Education (2004)
Distinguished Educator Award--Montana Association of Teachers of English Language Arts (2001)
Distinguished Alumni Award--Florida State University-College of Education (1995)
Phi Kappa Phi (1994)
Distinguished Teacher Award--University of Montana (1987)
Burlington Northern Faculty Achievement Award--University of Montan (1985)
Outstanding Young Women in America (1980)
Phi Delta Kappa (1974)
Kappa Delta Pi (1971)
Phi Beta Kappa (1970)
Lambda Iota Tau (1970)
Mortar Board National Honor Society (1970)
Previous teaching experience:
Asst. Prof. of Education, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
Visiting Asst. Prof. of Education, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Asst. Prof. of English, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Adjunct Asst. Prof. of English, Pinal Community College, Mesa, AZ
Asst. Prof. of Elementary and Secondary Education, University of New Orleans, LA
English & Reading Teacher, Melbourne High School, Melbourne, FL
Adult Education Instructor, Brevard County Public Schools, Melbourne, FL
President, National Council of Teachers of English (1996)
Board Member, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (1995-2003)
Senior Project Consultant, National Assessment of Educational Progress--2011 Writing Framework (2009-2011)
President, Montana Association of Teachers of English Language Arts (1985); NCTE Liaison and UM Representative (2000 to present)
Executive Board, NCTE Middle Level Section Steering Committee (2010-2014)
Executive Committee, Conference on English Leadership (2003-2006)
Executive Committee, Conference on English Education (1982-85)
Member, Adolescent Literature Assemby of NCTE (2000-2015)
Member, Children's Literature Assembly of NCTE (2000-2015)
MFA Candidate Fiction
Erin Costello Wecker
Associate Professor of English & Irish Studies, Director of Composition
Associate Professor of English & Irish Studies, Director of Composition
WRIT 201: Rhetorics of Compassion
WRIT 391: Fashion Forward? : Rhetorics of Misogyny in Fashion and Beauty
WRIT 540: Teaching College Composition
IRSH 380/381: Contemporary Irish Women's Writing
IRSH 382/391:Rhetorics of Irish Music from Traditional to Punk
C & I 194: First-Year Seminar
UNC 101: First-Year Seminar
Ph.D., Composition and Rhetoric, University of New Hampshire
M.A., Irish Studies, Boston College
B.A., English, Native American Studies minor, Montana State University, Bozeman
Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy (RCL), Irish Studies, Feminist Rhetorics and Pedagogies, Studies of Gender and Sexuality in Rhetoric and Composition, Indigenous and Survivance Rhetorics, Basic Writing Pedagogy, and Bridge and Transitional Programs.
Grants and Awards
The Humanities Institute at the University of Montana, “The Persistent Agitator: Kate Kennedy’s Mission for Gender Pay Parity and Protection from Arbitrary Demotion and Dismissal.” $1,500 grant.
CCCC Emergent Researcher Award, "Considering the Context: A Study of Early College and College in the High School Programs." $10,000 grant, January 2017-March 2019. (with Patricia Wilde)
Remote Reviewer, COALESCE Research Fund, Irish Research Council / An Chomhairle um Thaighde in Éirinn, 3 Shelbourne Buildings, Crampton Avenue, Ballsbridge, Dublin, D04 C2Y6. 2019
Co-Chair, "Building Coalition across Commonplaces." Feminist Workshop, Conference on College Composition and Communication. Milwaukee, WI. March 25, 2020.
Co-Chair, "Living Feminist Lives: Materialities, Methodologies, and Practices." Feminist Workshop, Conference on College Composition and Communication. Pittsburgh, PA. March 13, 2019.
“Mining the Archives: Amplifying Women’s Contributions to Irish Independence” with the Honorable Ambassador Daniel Mulhall. Plenary Speaker, Office of the Consulate General of Ireland, San Francisco, CA. (forthcoming December 2021).
"Archival Methods: From Invention to Publication." University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. November 18, 2020.
“Ireland and the West: A Case for Engaged Partnerships between Community and Academic Stakeholders.” with Ambassador Daniel Mulhall and Vice-Consul, Michael Treacy (Office of the Consulate General of Ireland, San Francisco). Missoula, MT. November 10, 2020.
“Mothers and Other Actresses: Performative Readings and Responses.” with Anne Enright and Katie Kane, Montana Book Festival. Missoula, MT. September 11, 2020.
"The Trouble with Invisible Labor: Irish Women’s Work beyond the Emotional, Communal, and Spiritual." Plenary Speaker, American Conference for Irish Studies/An Chomhdháil Mheiriceánach do Léann na hÉireann, Spokane, WA. October 21, 2017.
"Interdisciplinary Keywords Roundtable." with Matthew Spangler, Donna Potts, Sarah Townsend, and Andrew Sanders, American Conference for Irish Studies-West. Portland, OR. October 12, 2019.
Selected Conference Presentations
"Who's In? Who's Out? Addressing Dual Enrollment's Equity Problems." with Patricia Wilde and Patricia Portanova. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Chicago, IL. March 9-12, 2022. (forthcoming)
"Speculative Design: Rhetorics of Reconciliation, Resistance, and Community Healing in Response to Institutional Abuse." American Conference for Irish Studies/An Chomhdháil Mheiriceánach do Léann na hÉireann. Derry, Northern Ireland. June 2-5, 2021.
"You’re Invited to the Coalition: Fostering Practices of Equity and Inclusion in Dual Enrollment Programming." with Patricia Wilde. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Spokane, WA. April 7-10, 2021.
"(Mis)Remembering Women: Inhospitable Rhetorical Mechanisms of Public Memory." with Patricia Wilde, Nancy Ruth Small, and Holland Prior. Rhetoric Society of America Biennial Conference. Portland, OR. May 22-24, 2020.
"One Bourbon, One Scotch, but No Beer: Civil Disobedience and Rhetorics of Erasure in Pub Culture." American Conference for Irish Studies/An Chomhdháil Mheiriceánach do Léann na hÉireann. Houston, TX. April 1-4, 2020.
"Making Room at the Dual Enrollment Table: Coalition Building as a Democratizing Practice." with Patricia Wilde, Ashley Benson, and Mandi Klimpel. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Milwaukee, WI. March 25-28, 2020.
“Persistence of Memory: Remembering as Feminist Activism.” with Patricia Wilde, Cristy Beemer, and Molly Campbell. Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference. Harrisonburg, VA. November 13-16, 2019.
"From the Snug to the Pub: Rhetorical Agency and the Disruption of Women’s Erasure from Public Spaces." American Conference for Irish Studies-West. Portland, OR. October 10-12, 2019.
"'Rocking the System Not the Cradle': Exploring the Irish Suffrage Movement through Material Culture and Public Memory." American Conference for Irish Studies/An Chomhdháil Mheiriceánach do Léann na hÉireann. Boston, MA. March 20-23, 2019.
"Disrupting Narratives of Exclusion, 1955-2019: Exposing Inequities of Composition in Dual Enrollment." with Patricia Wilde, Casie Moreland, and Christine Denecker. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Pittsburgh, PA. March 13-16, 2019.
"‘Did your Granny have a Hammer?’ Militants and Muses: Public Memory and the Irish Suffrage Movement." American Conference for Irish Studies-West. Jackson, WY. October 11-13, 2018.
“The Ecology of Equality: Critical Imagination, Intersectionality, and Civic Participation.” American Conference for Irish Studies/An Chomhdháil Mheiriceánach do Léann na hÉireann. Cork, Ireland. June 18-22, 2018.
“Context Matters: Rethinking Best Practices for Dual Enrollment Programs in First-Year Writing.” with Patricia Wilde and Ashley Benson. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Kansas City, MO. March 14-17, 2018.
“It’s the Small Pieces that Make the Big Picture: The Rhetorical Work of Rendering Visible Women’s Labors.” with Patricia Wilde and Lydia McDermott. Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference. Dayton, OH. October 4-7, 2017.
“Spirits and Debate: Barbadian Tippling Houses as Rhetorical Meeting Spaces.” The International Society for the History of Rhetoric Biennial Conference. London, UK. July 26-29, 2017.
“'Grounded in Tradition. Charging into the Future': Cultivating Success for Students Transitioning from Tribal Colleges to Four-Year Institutions.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Portland, OR. March 15-18, 2017.
“Flipping the Script: Utilizing Inclusive Pedagogy to Reverse Difference as Deficit Models.” International Society for the Advancement of Writing Research: Writing Research Across Borders World Conference. Bogotá, Columbia. February 15-18, 2017.
“Roots and Wings: Balancing Hybrid Sources of Knowledge in the Composition Classroom.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Houston, TX. April 6-9, 2016.
“Rum Dame of the Tippling House: Bajan Women as Agents of Revolution, Rum, and Rhetorical Action.” Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference. Tempe, AZ. October 28-31, 2015.
“Doubling Down: Cultivating Success in Unconventional Spaces.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Tampa, FL. March 18-21, 2015.
“Conscious Cleansing: Rhetorics of Reconciliation and Ireland's Magdalen Laundries.” Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition New Work Showcase, Conference on College Composition and Communication. Tampa, FL. March 18, 2015.
“Can Trauma be Rewritten?: Survival, Triumph, and Revision in Refugee Writing.” National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention. Washington, D.C. November 20-23, 2014.
“Revising to Remember Ourselves: Listening and Responding to Traumatic Texts.” Thomas R. Watson Conference. Louisville , KY. October 16-18, 2014.
“Beyond the Laundry Basket: Rhetorical Silence and the Bleaching of Self in Magdalen Laundries.” Rhetoric Society of America Biennial Conference. San Antonio, TX. May 22-26, 2014.
“Unfolding the Laundry: Using Critical Imagination to Holistically Expand Magdalen Survivor Silence.” Feminisms Workshop. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Indianapolis, IN. March 19-22, 2014.
“More than a Muse: Employing Rhetorics of Imagination to Link Past and Present.” Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference, Stanford University, Stanford, CA. September 25-28, 2013.
“Leaving Las Vegas…with Models.” Conference on College Composition and Communication- International Writing Centers Association Collaborative. Las Vegas, NV. March 13, 2013.
“Quiet Turmoil and Fresh Ink: Refugee Writers, College Composition, and Revision.” Conference on College Composition and Communication- Research Network Forum. Las Vegas, NV. March 14, 2013.
“Learning by Example: Models as Untapped Resources.” National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing. Chicago, IL. November 2-4, 2012.
“Me Life No Rest: Trauma and Revision Among Refugee Writers.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. St. Louis, MO. April 6-9, 2012.
“Reclaiming Magdalenism or Washing Away Sin: Magdalen Laundries and the Rhetorics of Feminine Silence.” Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference. Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN. October 12-15, 2011.
"Neither Here Nor There: A Study of Dual Enrollment Students' Hybrid Identities in First-Year Composition." (with Patricia Wilde) Teaching English in the Two-Year College, vol. 48, no. 1, 2020, pp. 16-43.
"Put Down What You're Carrying: Disrupting Apologia through Rhetorical Tactics of Change." Studi irlandesi. A Journal of Irish Studies, vol. 10, no. 10, 2020, pp. 193-216.
"Looking Backward to See Forward: An Investigative History of Concurrent Enrollment/Dual Credit Writing Courses." WPA: Writing Program Administration, vol. 42, no. 3, 2019, pp.112-118.
“The Trouble with Invisible Labor: Irish Women's Work beyond the Emotional, Communal, and Spiritual.” Ireland, Irish America, and Work. Edited by Donna Potts and Amy May, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018, pp. 22-36.
“Reclaiming Magdalenism or Washing Away Sin: Magdalen Laundries and the Rhetorics of Feminine Silence.” Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 44, no.1, 2015, pp. 264-79.
“Freewriting Reprogrammed: Considerations for Adapting Freewriting to Online Writing Courses.” Learning and Teaching Writing Online: Strategies for Success. Edited by Mary Deane and Teresa Guasch, Brill Academic Publishing, 2015, pp. 113-127. (with Patricia Wilde)
"Fashion Forward?" Misogyny in American Culture: Causes, Trends, Solutions. Edited by Letizia Guglielmo, ABC-CLIO publishers, 2018, vol. 1, pp. 49-74.
(Misogyny in American Culture: Causes, Trends, Solutions, was named one of the best reference books of 2018 by Library Journal)
“Job Seekers, Be Like the Willow Tree.” Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition Blog. September, 12, 2016.
“Conscious Cleansing: Rhetorics of Reconciliation and Ireland's Magdalen Laundries.” Digital New Work Showcase. Spec. issue of Peitho 17.2 (Spring/Summer 2015). Web.
The Best of the Rhetoric and Composition Journals. Parlor Press. 2021. (Associate Editor)
The Best of the Rhetoric and Composition Journals. Parlor Press. 2020. (Associate Editor)
The Best of the Rhetoric and Composition Journals. Parlor Press. 2019. (Associate Editor)
A Guide to College Writing I. Fountainhead Press, 2018. Third Edition. (Editor)
Triple Divide. Fountainhead Press, 2018. Third Edition. (Editor)
A Guide to College Writing I. Fountainhead Press, 2017. Second Edition. (Co-Editor)
Triple Divide. Fountainhead Press, 2017. Second Edition. (Editor)
A Guide to College Writing I. Fountainhead Press, 2016. First Edition. (Co-Editor)
Triple Divide. Fountainhead Press, 2016. First Edition. (Editor)
Fresh Ink: Essays from Boston College’s First-Year Writing Seminar, Vol. 12, No. 2., 2009. (Co-Editor).
The Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition
American Conference for Irish Studies / An Chomhdháil Mheiriceánach do Léann na hÉireann
Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)
Rhetoric Society of America
Council of Writing Program Administrators
National Council of Teachers of English
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Executive Commitee, University of Montana
Montana Museum of Art and Culture, Education & Program Committee
Office: LA 133I
I am the Academic Advisor for English, Creative Writing, and World Languages & Cultures. I offer in-person, Zoom, and phone advising appointments. Masks are required for all in-person appointments. The easiest way to schedule an appointment with me is to go directly to my Personal Availability in Navigate.
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Autumn 2021 Advising Appointment Hours
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M.Ed. International Education Leadership - University of Montana 2017
B.A. English Literature - Willamette University 2013
University of Montana - Global Engagement Office; CH&S Advising Center (2015-2019; 2021-present)
Big Sky Breakout (2020-2021)
Destination Missoula (2019-2020)
Tokyo International University of America (2010-2015)
University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia, 2011
Chris Dombrowski is the author of the memoir Body of Water (Milkweed Editions), a Bloomberg News 2016 Book of the Year and a Top Ten Indie Next Pick from the American Booksellers Associaton. In addition, he has published three books of poems, By Cold Water, a Poetry Foundation Bestseller, Earth Again, and Ragged Anthem, all from Wayne State University Press. His essays and poems have appeared in many publications and anthologies including Poetry, Orion, Outside, The Southern Review, The Sun, Michigan Quarterly Review, Guernica, and Gulf Coast. For the better part of two decades he has taught creative writing to a vast array of age groups, most recently as the Distinguished Kittredge Writer at the University of Montana. He lives with his family in Missoula, Montana, where he founded and co-directs the Beargrass Writing Retreat. His second book of nonfiction, tentatively titled The Nature of Wonder, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in 2022.
MFA Candidate Fiction
B.A. University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A. University of British Columbia
Ph.D. Indiana University, Bloomington
The Ecology of Wonder in Romantic and Postmodern Literature (forthcoming monograph, Palgrave-Macmillan Press, 2016)
"Recycled Creatures and Rogue Genomes: Biotechnology in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas." Literature Compass 6:3 (2009).
"Romantic Individualism, Animal Rights and the Challenge of Multiplicity." Rhizomes 15 (Winter 2007).
"Blake, Heidegger, Buddhism and Deep Ecology: A Fourfold Perspective on Humanity's Relationship to Nature." Romantic Circles Praxis Series (February 2007).
"'Mont Blanc' and the Sublimity of Materiality." Cultural Critique 61 (2005).
Assistant Professor, MFA Program in Creative Writing
- CRWR 510 – Fiction Workshop (graduate)
- CRWR 514 – Techniques in Modern Fiction (graduate)
- CRWR 310 – Intermediate Creative Writing (undergraduate)
- CRWR 410 – Advanced Creative Writing (undergraduate)
Boris Fishman is the author of the novels A Replacement Life (which won the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award and the American Library Association's Sophie Brody Medal) and Don't Let My Baby Do Rodeo, both New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and Savage Feast, a family memoir told through recipes, all from HarperCollins. His journalism has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Saveur, Vogue, Travel + Leisure, and many other publications. He lives with his wife and daughter in Missoula, Montana, where he teaches in the Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Montana. Please see www.borisfishman.com for more info.
- BA, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Princeton University, 2001.
- MFA, Fiction, New York University, 2010.
- A Replacement Life (novel, HarperCollins, 2014)
- Don't Let My Baby Do Rodeo (novel, HarperCollins, 2016)
- Savage Feast: Three Generations, Two Continents, and a Dinner Table (memoir, HarperCollins, 2019)
- See www.borisfishman.com for journalism, essays, and criticism.
- Princeton University, Lecturer in Creative Writing (2015-20).
- See www.borisfishman.com for workshops and seminars.
Suzanne Garcia Pino
MFA Candidate Nonfiction
Office: Jeanette Rankin Hall 1A
Teaching Assistant; MFA Candidate Poetry; MA Candidate Literary Studies
Office: LA 214
Wednesday 11:00AM to 1:00PM
Professor of American Literature & Ethnic Studies
- LIT 596: Graduate Independent Study
- American Literary Criticism since 1930
- Vietnam War Literature
- Asian American Literature
- Modern & Contemporary American Drama
- Vietnam & the Vietnamese Refugee Subject in Literary Imagination
- Multiethnic US Fiction and Non-fiction
- LIT 521: US Literature Seminar
- Multiethnic US Literatures
- Ethnic American Memoirs & Autobiographies
- LIT 420: Critical Race Theory
- LIT 391: Special Topics
- Vietnamese Literature in English Translation, 1930-Present
- Vietnam War Literature
- LIT 380: Literary Approaches to Drama
- American Drama, 1900-present
- LIT 369: Short Fiction
- American Short Stories since 1945
- The American Short Story & Novella
- LIT 344: Asian American Literature
- LIT 343: African American Literature
- The New Negro: Voices of the Harlem Renaissance
- The Black Arts Movement & the Second Renaissance (1960-2000)
- African American Fiction & Drama since 1900
- LIT 304/430: US Writers of Color
- LIT 301: Studies in Literary Forms
- LIT 300: Literary Criticism
- LIT 246: Genres, Themes, and Approaches
- The North American Short Story
- LIT 236: Literary Histories
- Modern US Literature
- American Realism & Naturalism
- LIT 211: American Literature II
- LIT 201: Introduction to Literary Studies
- LIT 110: Introduction to Literature
- Ph.D. in American Literature, Texas Tech University, 2011
- M.A. in English, Middle Tennessee State University, 2006
- Post-M.Ed. Curricular Training, Troy University, 2003-2004
- M.Ed. in English / Language Arts, Troy University, 2003
- B.A. in English, University of Đà Lạt, Vietnam, 2000
Research Areas: Multiethnic US Literatures, Vietnam War Literature, Asian American Literature, Postcolonial Literature & Theory, Literary Translation
Ha, Quan Manh, and Cab Tran, translators. Hà Nội at Midnight: Stories by Bảo Ninh. Texas Tech University Press, 2022 (forthcoming)
Ha, Quan Manh, translator. Luminous Nights: Pioneering Vietnamese Short Stories. La Fremillerie, France, 2021.
Ha, Quan Manh, and Joseph Babcock, translators and editors. Other Moons: Vietnamese Stories of the American War and Its Aftermath. Columbia University Press, 2020.
ARTICLES & BOOK CHAPTERS (selected publications)
“Violent Memory and Generational Conflict in Andrew Lam’s ‘Birds of Paradise Lost’ and Viet Thanh Nguyen’s ‘The Immolation.’“ Studies in the American Short Story, vol. 2, no. 1, 2021, pp. (forthcoming, co-authored with Lindsey Gallagher)
“‘The truth is memory has not forgotten us’: Memory, Identity, and Storytelling in Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous.” The Rocky Mountain Review of Languages and Literature, vol. 75, no. 2, 2021, pp. 199-220. (co-authored with Mia Tompkins)
“Purple Hats and Threatened Whiteness in Flannery O’Connor’s ‘Everything That Rises Must Converge.’” Short Fiction in Theory & Practice, vol. 10, no. 1, 2020, pp. 9-25 (co-authored with Sierra Gideon)
“An Introduction to ‘Tran Van Dinh’s The Quirks and Whims of Heaven: A Meeting with President John F. Kennedy and the Buddhist Crisis.’” War, Literature & the Arts, vol. 31, 2019, pp. 1-25.
“Postcolonial Satire, Imperialist Nostalgia, and Reconciliation in Huy Duong Phan’s ‘The Billion Dollar Skeleton’ and Andrew Lam’s ‘Slingshot.’” Journal of the Short Story in English, vol. 71, 2018, pp. 271-290. (co-authored with William Frost)
“The Malleability of Truth and Language in Chay Yew’s Porcelain and A Language of Their Own.” Journal of Contemporary Drama in English, vol. 6, no. 2, 2018, pp. 300-314. (co-authored with Andrew Vigesaa)
“The Violence of Duality in Adrienne Kennedy’s Funnyhouse of a Negro.” ANGLICA: An International Journal of English Studies, vol. 27, no. 1, 2018, pp. 121-134. (co-authored with Conor Hogan)
“From ‘Big Red’ Hydrick to Goat Dykeman: Eudora Welty’s Navigation between the Fictional and the Real in ‘Where Is the Voice Coming From?’” Prague Journal of English Studies, vol. 7, no. 1, 2018, pp. 79-96. (co-authored with Ryan Hitchcock).
“‘It’s oil and water’: Race, Gender, Power, and Trauma in Vu Tran’s Dragonfish.” Asian American Literature: Discourses & Pedagogies, vol. 8, 2017, pp. 26-42. (co-authored with Chase Greenfield)
“When Memory Speaks: Transnational Remembrances in Vietnam War Literature.” Southeast Asian Studies, vol. 5, no. 3, 2016, pp. 463-489.
“Domestic Violence in Lac Su’s I Love Yous Are for White People: A Sociological Criticism Approach.” Asian American Literature: Discourses & Pedagogies, vol. 7, 2016, pp. 88-103.
“Charles Baxter’s ‘Gryphon’: A Postmodernist Substitute in a Traditional Classroom.” Journal of the Short Story in English, vol. 64, 2015, pp. 249-261. (co-authored with Jonathan M. Hoyer)
“Lan Cao’s Monkey Bridge: Problematic Representations of Vietnam War History.” Southeast Review of Asian Studies, vol. 36, 2014, pp. 75-90.
“Conspiracy of Silence and New Subjectivity in Monkey Bridge and The Gangster We Are All Looking For.” Journal of Southeast-Asian American Education and Advancement, vol. 8, 2013, pp. 1-16.
“Power and Gender Relations in When Heaven and Earth Changed Places.” War, Literature & the Arts, vol. 25, 2013, pp. 1-18.
“Vietnamese American Survival Literature and Human Rights Discourse.” New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 14, no. 2, 2012, pp. 17-37.
“Thematic Shifts in Contemporary Vietnamese American Novels.” Ethnic Studies Review, vol. 33, no. 2, 2010, pp. 63-81.
Introduction. The Consolation of Queen Elizabeth I: The Queen’s Translation of Boethius’s Consolatio Philosophiae. Ed. Noel Harold Kaylor and Philip Edward Phillips. Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Arizona State University Press, 2009. 1-38.
“Trey Ellis’s Platitudes: Synthesizing Black Voices.” Ethnic Studies Review [a special issue on Ethnicity: Analysis of Cultural, Social & Political Trends], vol. 32, no. 1, 2009, pp. 55-76.
“An Early Voice of the Vietnamese Diaspora in Vietnamese American Literature.” Southeast Review of Asian Studies, vol. 29, 2007, pp. 56-71.
“Milton’s Comus: A Comedy of Menace.” CCTE Studies, vol. 72, 2007, pp. 80-89.
“Utopia and Dystopia Elements in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God.” Themes of Conflict in the Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Literature of the American South. Ed. Ben Robertson, et al. Edwin Mellen, 2007. 27-42.
“A Thematic Approach to Vietnamese American Short Stories Written in English.” Short Story, vol. 13, no. 2, 2005, pp. 83-94.
“The Boethian Cosmos in Henry Fielding’s Joseph Andrews.” Carmina Philosophiae: Journal of the International Boethius Society, vol. 13, 2004, pp. 75-84.
REFERENCE ESSAYS (published in GALE / Cengage Learning’s Literature Criticism Series)
“Ho Anh Thai’s Behind the Red Mist.” Histories of Everyday Life in Totalitarian Regimes. Vol. 3: Literary Approaches. GALE/Cengage Learning, St. James, 2015. 275-78.
“Andrew X. Pham’s Catfish and Mandala.” Histories of Everyday Life in Totalitarian Regimes. Vol. 2: Effects of Totalitarianism. GALE/Cengage Learning, St. James, 2015. 321-324.
“Nguyen Qui Duc’s Where the Ashes Are.” Histories of Everyday Life in Totalitarian Regimes. Vol. 1: Personal Experiences. GALE/Cengage Learning, St. James, 2015. 226-229.
“Kien Nguyen’s The Unwanted: A Memoir of Childhood.” The Literature of Autobiographical Narrative. Vol. 1. GALE/Cengage Learning, St. James Press, 2013. 170-173.
“Elizabeth Kim’s Ten Thousand Sorrows: The Extraordinary Journey of a Korean War Orphan.” The Literature of Autobiographical Narrative. Vol. 1. GALE/Cengage Learning, St. James Press, 2013. 102-104.
“Sichan Siv’s Golden Bones: An Extraordinary Journey from Hell in Cambodia to a New Life in America.” The Literature of Autobiographical Narrative. Vol. 1. GALE/Cengage Learning, St. James Press, 2013. 306-308.
“Vu Trong Phung’s Dumb Luck.” The Literature of Propaganda. Vol. 2. GALE/Cengage Learning, St. James Press, 2013. 309-312.
“Tran Van Dinh’s Blue Dragon, White Tiger: A Tet Story.” Literature of War. Vol. 2. GALE/Cengage Learning, St. James Press, 2012. 315-318.
“Last Night I Dreamed of Peace: The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram.” Literature of War. Vol. 2. GALE/Cengage Learning, St. James Press, 2012. 147-149.
“Interview with Sichan Siv” [author of Golden Bone, a Cambodian American autobiography]. Southeast Review of Asian Studies, vol. 31, 2009, pp. 207-218.
SHORT-STORY TRANSLATIONS (from the Vietnamese into English)
"The Tempest," by Bao Ninh. DELOS: A Journal of Translation and World Literature, vol. 36, no. 2, 2021, pp. 256-75. (co-translated with Cab Tran)
“Birds in Formation,” by Nguyen Ngoc Tu. Words without Border: The Online Magazine for International Literature, 6 Aug. 2020. (co-translated with Joseph Babcock)
“White Clouds Flying,” by Bao Ninh. Mekong Review, vol. 5, no. 4, 2020, p. 24. (co-translated with Joseph Babcock)
“A Missing Person,” by Vuong Tam. Asian Literature and Translation (ALT), vol. 7, no. 1, 2020, pp. 1-6. (co-translated with Wayne Karlin)
“The Blood Lily,” by Vuong Tam. Asian Literature and Translation (ALT), vol. 7, no. 1, 2020, pp. 7-12. (co-translated with Joseph Babcock)
“Twinkling Stars,” by Nguyen Thi Am. Metamorphoses: A Journal of Literary Translation, vol. 27, no. 1, 2019, pp. 145-147.
“A Crescent Moon in the Woods,” by Nguyen Minh Chau. Metamorphoses: A Journal of Literary Translation, vol. 25, no. 2, 2017, pp. 218-228.
“Hunger,” by Thach Lam. Metamorphoses: A Journal of Literary Translation, vol. 25, no. 1, 2017, pp. 157-161.
“An Early Morning,” by Thach Lam. Asian Literature and Translation (ALT), vol. 4, no. 6, 2017, pp. 149-153.
“Moonlit Nights,” by Thach Lam. Asian Literature and Translation (ALT), vol. no. 6, 2017, pp. 153-158.
“Half-dead,” by Nhat Linh. Metamorphoses: A Journal of Literary Translation, vol. 23. no. 2, 2015, pp. 257-260.
“Two Sisters,” by Nhat Linh. Metamorphoses: A Journal of Literary Translation, vol. 23, no. 2, 2015, pp. 251-256.
“Carrion Eaters,” by Nguyen Cong Hoan. Asian Literature and Translation (ALT), vol. 3, no. 1, 2015, pp. 1-5.
“A Poor Family,” by To Hoai. Asian Literature and Translation (ALT), vol. 3, no. 1, 2015, pp. 6-10.
“Bright Moon,” by Nam Cao. Metamorphoses: A Journal of Literary Translation, vol. 23, no. 1, 2015, pp. 204-211.
“The Soil,” by Nam Ha. Asian Journal of Literature, Culture and Society, vol. 8, no. 2, 2014, pp. 93-101. (co-translated with Chau Tran)
“The Xa-nu Jungle,” by Nguyen Trung Thanh. Asian Journal of Literature, Culture and Society, vol. 8, no. 2, 2014, pp. 102-109.
“Eyes,” by Nam Cao. Asian Journal of Literature, Culture and Society, vol. 7, no. 2, 2013, pp. 87-99.
“Overweening Pride,” by Vu Trong Phung. Asian Journal of Literature, Culture and Society, vol. 7, no. 2, 2013, pp. 80-86.
“Wife,” by Nguyen Cong Hoan. CIRQUE: A Literary Journal for Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, vol. 7, 2012, pp. 15-17.
“From Theory to Practice,” by Vu Trong Phung. Metamorphoses: A Journal of Literary Translation, vol. 21, no. 2, 2013, pp. 183-187.
“The Teeth of an Upper-Class Family’s Dog,” by Nguyen Cong Hoan. CIRQUE: A Literary Journal for Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, vol. 5, 2011, pp. 24-26. Reprinted in Metamorphoses: A Journal of Literary Translation, vol. 21, no. 2, 2013, pp. 188-191.
“Common-law Wife,” by Kim Lân, and Historical Notes. Southern Humanities Review (SHR), vol. 43, no. 4, 2009, pp. 380-389.
BOOK REVIEWS & REVIEW ESSAYS
Review of Caught Dead, by Andrew Lanh (a.k.a. Ed Ifkovic). Journal of Southeast-Asian American Education and Advancement, vol. 10, 2015, pp. 1-3.
Review of The Lotus and the Storm, by Lan Cao. War, Literature & the Arts, vol. 27, 2015, pp. 18-22.
Review of Pioneer Girl, by Bich Minh Nguyen. Asian American Literature: Discourses & Pedagogies, vol. 6, 2015, pp. 60-63.
Review of Love Like Hate, by Linh Dinh. Journal of Southeast-Asian American Education and Advancement, vol. 8, 2013, pp. 1-5.
Review of Inside Out & Back Again, by Thanhha Lai. Journal of Southeast-Asian American Education and Advancement, vol. 8, 2013, pp. 1-4.
Review of I Love Yous Are for White People, by Lac Su. Journal of Southeast-Asian American Education and Advancement, vol. 8, 2013, pp. 1-5.
Review of The Vietnamese-American 1.5 Generation, ed. Sucheng Chan. Ethnic Studies Review, vol. 31, no. 2, 2008, pp. 201-02.
Review of Strategic Reading: Guiding Students to Lifelong Literacy, 6-12, by Jeffrey D. Wilhelm, Tanya N. Baker, and Julie Dube. Alabama English and Language Arts, vol. 13, Summer 2001-2002, pp. 61-64.
Faculty- Davidson Honors College, University of Montana
Office: DHC 004
Faculty: Davidson Honors College
Clinical Professor of Pediatric Cardiology: University of Washington Schoolof Medicine
Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatric Cardiology: Oregon Health Sciences University
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatric Cardiology: University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
HONR 120: The Art and Science of Reading Well
HONR: Ways of Knowing
HONR 391 (Special Topics): James Joyce's Ulysses
AHHS 391-80 (Premedical Science- I am assisting Dr; Mark Pershouse with this course
MOLLI Course: Spring 2018: James Joyce's Ulysses
I was born in Missoula and have lived here all but the fourteen years I was away from Montana for my education. I practiced general pediatrics for sixteen years, then spent three years of training as a pediatric cardiology fellow, and practiced pediatric cardiology throughout Western and Central Montanaa for the next eighteen years; During that time I was on the clinical faculty at three medical schools and spent a moderate amount of time teaching at those institutions.
I have been retired from clinical medicine for almost two years, and now I am thoroughly enjoying teaching in the Davidson Honors College.
I have been married for 43 years to Elaine and we have a daughter named Rose. After an undergraduate degree in Literature, she is now finishing her doctoral thesis concerning pediatric cardiology and rural health care economics.
University of Pennsylvania: BA
Dartmouth Medical School: MD
University of Vermont: Internal Medicine Internship
University of Utah: Pediatric Residency
Oregon Health Sciences University: Pediatric Cardiology Fellowhip
Field of Study
Long history of study concerning pediatric cardiology
Presently: Literature and Humanities, as a teacher
1. Medical reasearch publications: nothing very recent
Outstanding Fellow Award: Oregon Health Sciences University, Pediatric Cardiology Fellowhip
Outstanding Teaching Award: Oregon Health Sciences University, Pediatric Cardiology Fellowhip
Outstanding Research Award: Oregon Health Sciences University, Pediatric Cardiology Fellowhip
Outstanding Volunteer Service Award, University of Montana
Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Academic Society
Clinical pediatric cardiology teaching to medical students, residents, and pediatric cardioliogy fellows;
University of Washington Schoolof Medicine
Oregon Health Sciences University
University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
University of Montana, Davidson Honors College:
James Joyce's Ulysses: most years since 2013
Celtic Myths, Irish Literary Renaissance, James Joyce's Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man 2017, 2018, 2019
Ways of Knowing 2017, 2018, 2019
Introduction to Honors: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
General Pediatrics: 1978-1994
Pediatric Cardiology: 1994-2015
Faculty, Davidson Honors College at University of Montana
University of Montana Davidson Honors College
University of Washington Schoolof Medicine
Oregon Health Sciences University
University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
Reading, HIking, Skiing, etc. (the usual Missoula life-style)
Recent Graduate Courses:
Whales and Shaggy Dogs, Among Others
The Contemporary Novel
Recent Undergraduate Courses:
The American Novel (multiple iterations)
Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1994
M.A. Dalhousie University 1988
B.A. (Hons.) University of Alberta 1986
Field of Study
The History of the Novel
Short Fiction and the Novella
American, Canadian, and English Literatures
Co-Editor with Randi Tanglen, Humanities Montana. Teaching Western American Literature. University of Nebraska Press, 2020.
Co-Editor with Barry Faulk, Florida State University. Punk Rock Warlord: The Life and Work of Joe Strummer. Routledge/Ashgate, 2014.
Co-Editor with Lisa Simon, University of Montana. These Living Songs: Reading Montana Poetry. University of Montana Press, 2014.
Editor, All Our Stories Are Here: Critical Perspectives on Montana Literature. University of Nebraska Press, 2009.
Editor, Davis, Richard Harding. Soldiers of Fortune. Broadview Press, 2006.
Agent of Empire: William Walker and the Imperial Self in American Literature. University of Georgia Press, 2004.
Co-editor, with Tamas Dobozy, Wilfred Laurier University, of a special issue of Short Story, Tripping Across the 49th Parallel, 2005.
ARTICLES in American Studies, Anglophonia/Caliban, Arizona Quarterly, European Journal of American Studies, Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, Novel: A Forum on Fiction, Southwestern American Literature, and other journals and books.
FICTION in Cerise Press, J Journal, The Long Story, The Meadow, Serving House Journal, Short Story, and Wascana Review, among other journals. A novella, "The Dying Athabaskan," won the inaugural Publisher's Long Story Prize from Twelve Winters Press.
POETRY in Badlands Literary Journal, Cardinal Sins, and The Prairie Journal of Canadian Literature, among other journals. Recent poetry also appears inthe anthology, Poems Across the Big Sky II.
ESSAYS in numerous books and journals.
Professeur invité Université de Tolouse II--Le Mirail 2007-08
Professor University of Montana 2006-present
Associate Professor University of Montana 2000-06
Assistant Professor University of Montana 1996-2000
Graduate Teaching Assistant; MA Candidate Literature; MFA Candidate Fiction
Office: LA 228
Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
MA Candidate Literature; MFA Candidate Poetry
Office: COR 258
Budget Analyst II
Office: LA 101-B
B.A. Liberal Studies/Environmental Studies Emphasis, University of Montana, 1993
University of Montana since 2008
Director of Irish Studies
LIT 300 Introduction to Literary Theory
LIT 400 Cultural Studies
Moorhead State University, English Major/Philosophy Minor, BA
University of Texas, English Literature: Ethnic and Third World Concentration/Philosophy Sub-emphasis, Ph.D.
Field of Study
Ethnic and Third World Literature and Culture. Colonials and Postcolonial Literature and Cutlure. Critical Theory. Theories of Globalization. Irish and Native American History and Culture.
“‘Will Come Forth in Tongues and Fury’: Relocating Irish Cultural Studies.” Cultural Studies, Volume, 15:1 (January, 2001), 98-123. Republished in Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vol. 208 (CLC-208), September, 2005.
“Sinn Fein and the Educative Process: An Interview with Daisy Mules.” Jovert: A Journal of Postcolonial Studies, 4.1 (Fall, 1999) http://22.214.171.124/jouvert/. (Co-authored with Karen Steele and Bret Benjamin).
“Nits Make Lice: Drogheda, Sand Creek and the Poetics of Colonial Extermination.” Cultural Critique 42 (Spring, 1999). 81-103.
“Desire and Learning: The Perversity of Pedagogy.” Situating College English: Lessons From an American University. Eds. Evan Carton and Alan Friedman. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996. 159-164.
Newspaper Movie Reviews
“Unmoved: The Changeling,” November 6, 2008. The Independent.
“Raw Bond: Quantum of Solace,” November 20, 2008, The Independent.
“Best of the Year: Thumbs Up, Dark Knight, Burn After Reading, Hellboy II,” December 25, 2008 The Independent.
“Moral Dilemma: “The Trap,” December 11, 2008, The Independent.
“Glass of Hope: Milk,” February 12, 2009, The Independent.
“Big Sky Film Festival: Rough Aunties, Rock-A-Fire Explosion, Blast, and March Point,” Feb 19, 2009, The Independent.
“Reversal of Fortune: Duplicity,” March 26, 2009, The Independent.
“Half Baked: Julia & Julie,” August 13, 2009, The Independent.
Irish 100 Education, 2009, Irish Voice and The Irish American Magazine.
Humanities Montana Grant Award, 2008-2009
Council of Irish Culture, Irish Government: Research Award, 2008
NEH Summer Institute “Anglo-Irish Identities, 1600-1800” Notre Dame, 2007
The Inaugural Outstanding Faculty Mentoring Award, 2006-2007
The Winston and Helen Cox Teaching Award, University of Montana, 2003
Rocky Mountain Center for the Study of the West Faculty Research Fellowship in Regional or Western Studies, 2002
Modern Languages Association: Delegate Assemblyperson, 2006-2009.
American Conference for Irish Studies
American Studies Association
Montana Gaelic Cutlural Society
MFA Candidate Nonfiction
Office: Working Remotely Spring 2021
Virtual Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Associate Dean of the Graduate School / Professor of English
Professor of English, Associate Dean of the Graduate School
Spring 2020: LIT 494 (English Capstone): Death and Literature (W 3:30-6:20)
Spring 2020: LIT 520.01 (Graduate Seminar): Chaucer and the Natures of the Human (T 6:30-9:20)
I am a professor of English literature specializing in the literature of the medieval period, particularly late medieval literature. I also study the history of lyric poetry and work in the field of translation studies, specifically Middle English translations of Latin and French writing in the fifteenth century. My book Imago Mortis: Mediating Images of Death in Late Medieval Culture (Brill, 2013) studies the art and literature of death and dying in the early 15th century. I have also published recent articles on neuroscience and literature, as well as word-image relations in both medieval literature and in the work of a contemporary American poet, Cole Swensen. Past work includes several articles and an edited collection on the French writer and diplomat Alain Chartier, the most influential European author of the 15th century. I am developing a project comparing the aesthetic structure and social dialectics of the Luttrell Psalter and Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. I am a co-PI on a Keck Foundation grant to develop an integrated curriculum in neuroscience across multiple disciplines. I serve on the Institute of Health and Humanities, and the Humanities Institute at the University of Montana. I have extended my research and thinking on death into public humanities projects, including funding from the Institute of Health and Humanities to develop writing workshops on death, and to produce a modern adaptation of a 15th century multi-media art form known as the "Dance of Death." Since Fall 2017, I have served as Associate Dean of the Graduate School.
Occidental College, A.B. English and Comparative Literary Studies
University of Michigan, PhD, English (Specializations: Middle English Literature and critical theory)
Medieval Literature, particularly Middle English Literature
Late Medieval Art
Thanatology / Death Studies
History of the English Lyric
Neuroscience and Literature
“Intervisual Texts, Intertextual Images: Chaucer and the Luttrell Psalter," Visual Approaches to Chaucer (Penn State University Press; 2016), 1-25.
“Affirmative Negation: The Affective Economy of Late Medieval Illustrations of the Office of the Dead,” Anglistik: Special Issue on Text and Illustration (ed. Colin Wilcockson) vol. 25.1 (2014), 15-27.
A Cultural History of Death: 850-1450, ed. Ashby Kinch, vol. 2 of Bloomsbury's 6-volume Cultural History of Death (Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2017)
Imago Mortis: The Mediating Image of Death in late Middle English Culture (Leiden Brill, 2013).
“Re-Visioning History in Cole Swensen’s Such Rich Hour,” Contemporary Literature 53 (2012), 143-73.
“‘Mind Like Wickerwork’: The Neuroplastic Aesthetics of Chaucer’s House of Tidings,” postmedieval 3.3 (2012), 302-14.
“The Broken Mirror of the Book: Cole Swensen’s Such Rich Hour and Les Très Riches Heures de Jean, duc de Berry, Word & Image 27.2 (2011), 175-189.
Chartier in Europe, eds. Emma Cayley and Ashby Kinch (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2008).
“Image, Ideology, and Form: The Middle English Three Dead Kings in its Iconographic Context,” Chaucer Review 43.1 (2008), 49-82.
“De l’ombre de mort en clarté de vie”: The Evolution of Alain Chartier’s Public Voice,” Fifteenth-Century Studies 33 (2008), 151-170.
“A Prolegomenon to the Stonyhurst Medulla: An Edition of the Letter A,“ Bulletin du Cange (Archivium latinitatis medii aevi) 65 (2007), pp. 45-116 (co-authored with Vince McCarren and Sean Pollack)
“‘To thenke what was in hir wille’: A Female Reading Context for the Findern Anthology,” Neophilologus 91. 3 (July, 2007), 729-44.
“A Naked Roos: Translation and Subjection in the Middle English La Belle Dame Sans Mercy” JEGP 105.3 (2006), 415-445.
Kealing Junior High School Latin Teacher (1992-3)
Composition Instructor, University of Michigan (1994-97)
Great Books Instructor, University of Michigan (1997-2000)
Assistant Professor, Christopher Newport University (2000-03)
English Teacher, Japan, 1992
Luce Scholar, Malaysia 1995-6
Research/Archival work in the Bibliotheque Nationale de France (Paris) and the British Library (London)
Extensive travel in Europe (England, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, and Switzerland)
Extensive travel in Asia (China, Mongolia, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia)
International Courtly Literature Society
New Chaucer Society
International Alain Chartier Society
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
Skiing, hiking, rugby (mostly watching these days), guitar.
Keetje Kuipers is the author of three books of poems, all from BOA Editions: Beautiful in the Mouth (2010), which was chosen by Thomas Lux as the winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, The Keys to the Jail (2014), which was a book club selection for The Rumpus, and All Its Charms (2019), which includes poems honored by publication in both The Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies. Keetje’s poetry and prose have appeared in Narrative, Tin House, Virginia Quarterly Review, The New York Times Magazine, American Poetry Review, Orion, The Believer, and over a hundred other magazines. Her poems have also been featured as part of the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series and read on NPR. Keetje has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, the Katharine Bakeless Nason Fellow in Poetry at Bread Loaf, the Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College, and the recipient of multiple residency fellowships including PEN Northwest’s Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency. Keetje is Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Montana and Editor of Poetry Northwest.
Stegner Fellow, Stanford University, 2009-2011
MFA, University of Oregon, Creative Writing (Poetry), 2004-2006
BA, Swarthmore College, Theatre Studies, 1998-2002
A sample of poems published in individual magazines:
“Interview,” Gulf Coast, forthcoming 2021.
“Summer, Again,” Pleiades, forthcoming 2021.
“At Forty, the Mountains Are More Green,” Orion, forthcoming 2021.
“In the Outdoor Shower with My Pregnant Wife” and “With Garbo in Palm Springs,” Four Way Review, 2020.
“The Rats,” Academy of American Poets, Poem-A-Day, 2019.
“Shooting Clay Pigeons After the Wedding,” The Believer, 2019.
“Spring Letter from the South,” The New York Times Magazine, 2019.
“Crossing,” Virginia Quarterly Review, 2019.
“The Great Lakes,” Tin House, 2019.
“Self-Care at the Playground,” “Picking Huckleberries as the World Ends,” “Essentials,” “Wife,” and “Anemoia,” Narrative, 2018.
“Collaborators,” Kenyon Review, 2018.
“Outside the Refugium,” Ecotone, 2018.
“Still Life with Sage and the Names of My Children,” New England Review, 2018.
“Landscape with Child,” Orion, 2018.
Full length collections of poetry:
All Its Charms (BOA, 2019)
The Keys to the Jail (BOA, 2014)
Beautiful in the Mouth (BOA, 2010)
Pushcart Prize, 2015.
Katharine Bakeless Nason Fellow in Poetry at Bread Loaf, 2015.
Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize, 2013.
A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, 2009.
Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency, 2007.
Editor, Poetry Northwest, 2020--
Editor, Southern Humanities Review, 2015-2016
MA Candidate English Teaching
Professor, School of Media Arts
Michael Murphy began teaching at The University of Montana in the fall of 1995. He brings to this University 18 years of professional involvement in theatre, film and television as an actor and director, both in New York City and Los Angeles.
In New York, he was a member of one of the premier theatre companies in the United States, the Circle Repertory Company. There he worked with many of the great playwrights of the country, including Lanford Wilson, Edward Albee, A.R. Gurney, Jr., John Bishop and Marsha Norman.
He was honored to perform at the Japanese National Theatre in Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” in 1985. During this period, he also was involved in more than thirty productions on and off Broadway, including a co-starring role in “Hide and Seek” with Elizabeth Ashley and in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Tony award-winning dramatic musical “Piaf.“ Michael was also an established film and television presence, appearing in numerous televisions series and films, including “Lisa,” “Boardwalk,” “Kate and Allie,” “Golden Girls,” “thirtysomething,” “Coach,” “L.A. Law,” “Father Dowling Mysteries,” and “Murphy Brown.” On moving to Los Angeles in 1988, he began directing for Circle Rep West and serving as Co-Artistic Director of that theater. Michael returned to Montana in 1992 and has been a vital contributor to the university, first as a graduate student, then as a professor. He has directed productions of “Three Sisters,” “Arcadia,” “K-2,” Uncle Vanya,” and the Montana Rep’s "Road" and “The Miracle Worker.” He has been featured in leading roles in UM's productions, including “Equus,” "Three-penny Opera," “A Little Night Music,”and “Sweeney Todd.”
MFA Candidate Nonfiction
Director of Irish Studies
Office: LA 125
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 2:30-4:00.
Irish language, nationalism, Gaelic culture, Irish literature in Irish, Irish history, Irish religious history and philosophy.
Office: LA 212
Tuesdays 12:30 - 2:30 PM
Peer Advisor Intern
Office: Missoula, MT
Associate Professor of English
Introduction to Literature (LIT 110)
Introduction to Literary Studies (LIT 201
British Literature: Victorian to Contemporary (LIT 222)
Applied Literary Criticism (LIT 300)
Music and Literature (LIT 376, LIT 430, LIT 522)
Contemporary Irish Literature (ENIR 360)
Northern Ireland's Troubles (ENIR 360)
Contemporary Caribbean Literature (LIT 376 & 430)
Multicultural British Literature (LIT 430)
Senior Seminar: The Sea and the Sands (LIT 494)
Introduction to Graduate Studies (LIT 500)
Atlantic Crossings (LIT 522)
Salman Rushdie (LIT 322, LIT 430, LIT 522)
M.A. English Literature, University of Montana (1996);
Ph.D. English Literature, University of Oregon (2002).
Field of Study
Contemporary British and Irish literature; Northern Irish/"Troubles" literature; transnational literature and theory; postcolonial theory; history of rhetoric; digital culture, hypertext theory, and electronic writing technologies.
"Sweetness Follows: Michael Stipe, John Keats, and the Consolations of TIme," The Poetics of American Song Lyrics, ed. Charlotte Pence (University of Missippi Press, 2012).
"The Extraordinary Ordinariness of Robert McLiam Wilson's Belfast," Eire-Ireland (Spring/Summer 2010).
"Copia and the Discourse of Abundance in Cross-Cultural Exchange," Journal of Caribbean Literatures 6:2 (2009).
Review of Captured in the Middle: Tradition and Experience in Contemporary Native American Writing (Sidner Larson), American Indian Culture and Research Journal (25:4, 2001).
MA Candidate Literature; MFA Candidate Poetry
Erin is a Lecturer in English and serves as faculty member and academic advisor in the Davidson Honors College. She completed a B.A. in English from Carleton College and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow in fiction. Erin’s work has been selected for The Best New American Voices 2009, and she has received the RRofihe Trophy in Fiction. In 2010, she was awarded PEN/Northwest’s Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Residency, and spent half a year living along the Rogue River in the Klamath mountains of Oregon. Her short stories, reviews, and essays have appeared in Fivechapters, Open City, The New York Times, The Northwest Review, and others. Her debut novel for young adults, The Girls of No Return, was published in 2012 by Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic Books. In addition to writing for both adults and young adults, Erin is also interested in Service Learning. A former Peace Corps and current hospice volunteer, she feels passionately about engaging with the wider world, and seeks to share that enthusiasm with her students.
M.F.A. University of Virginia
Erin Saldin was a Henry Hoyns Fellow in fiction at the University of Virginia. She has been awarded the Rrofihe Trophy in Fiction, and her work has been selected for The Best New American Voices 2009. In 2010, she was awarded PEN/Northwest’s Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Residency, and spent six months living off the grid in the Klamath mountains of Oregon. Her short stories, reviews, and essays have appeared in Fivechapters, Open City, The New York Times, The Best New American Voices, The Northwest Review, and The Virginia Quarterly Review. Her debut novel for young adults, The Girls of No Return, was published in February, 2012 by Arthur Levine/Scholastic Books.
Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 am
MA Candidate English Teaching
Office: LA 227
MFA Candidate Poetry ; MA Candidate Literary Studies
C&I 194: First-Year Seminar
HUSC 194: Humanities First-Year Seminar
CRWR 115: Montana Writers Live!
WRIT 201: College Writing II, Honors
CRWR 234: The Oval Magazine Design Studio
CRWR 320: The Craft of Revision
CRWR 310: Intermediate Fiction Workshop
CRWR 312: Intermeditate Nonfiction Workshop
HONR 391: Water: Interdisicplinary Course offered through Davidson Honors College
CRWR 410: Advanced Fiction Workshop
Robert Stubblefield teaches Creative Writing (fiction) and Composition. Robert is the faculty advisor for The Oval, the undergraduate literary magazine at the University of Montana.
M.F.A., University of Montana, 1994
B.A, Eastern Oregon University, 1992
"Easy as Not"--Short story, Talking River Review, Spring 2015
"Orbits"--Short story, HIgh Desert Journal, Fall 2013
“Self Service”—Short story, The Bear Deluxe, November 2007
“Rank Strangers”—Short story, High Desert Journal, Fall 2006
“Preserves”—Short story, High Desert Journal, Spring 2005, and Best Stories of the American West, Vol. 1, 2007
“Northern Cross”--Short story, Open Spaces, Spring 2002
“Lateral Moves”--Short story, Clackamas Literary Review, 1997
“Hunting Rights”--Short story, Hayden’s Ferry Review, 1994
“Pragmatists”--Short story, Fishtrap Anthology, 1991, and Dreamers and Desperadoes: Contemporary Fiction of the American West, 1993
"More Than Five Minutes"--The Whitefish Review, Fall 2019
"The Empty Hand of the Wind"--basalt, Fall 2018
"October"--basalt, Spring 2013
"Minding the Store"--High Desert Journal, Spring 2011
"Better Than You Found It"--Your National Forests, Spring 2009
“Everything Changes: An Interview with William Kittredge”—High Desert Journal, Fall 2006
“The Measure of Water”—High Desert Journal, Fall 2005.
“The Country of Your Hands”--Oregon Humanities, 2000
“Life as a Watershed Leader”-- Cascadia Times, 1999, and Oregon Salmon at the Millennium, 2001
“Weight”--Essay, Left Bank, 1991
Summer 2009--Short Fiction Workshop, Fishtrap Writers Gathering, Wallowa Lake, Oregon
Summer 2005—Co-Director of Summer Creative Writing Institute, Montana Writing Project
Summer 2004 and 2005--Master Teacher, Whittenberger Writing Project, Albertson College of Idaho
Spring 2000--Visiting Writer, Willamette University
Spring 1997--Visiting Writer, Clackamas Community College
Spring 1995--Visiting Writer, Clackamas Community College
Worked as a Watershed Coordinator for the North Fork John Day Watershed Council from 1997-2002. The North Fork John Day Watershed Council is a private nonprofit 501c 3 corporation devoted to protecting the ecology of the North and Middle Forks of the John Day River, a watershed encompassing approximately 1.7 million acres in Grant, Morrow, Umatilla, Union and Wheeler Counties in Eastern Oregon.
Teaching Assistant; MFA Candidate Poetry
Office: Liberal Arts Room 146 A
I am teaching remotely. Email me for an appointment on Zoom
Co-director, South & South-East Asian Studies
Talking to God: the Bhagavad Gita
British 19th-Century Poetry: Wordsworth to Wilde
Intro to Literature: Love and Death
SSEA202X Introduction to India
LIT520 Oscar Wilde: Life and Work
LIT319E Talking to God: the Bhagavad Gita. Fulfills the Gen Ed Ethics requirement
LIT326 Stories East and West
SSEA202X Introduction to India
LIT 327L Gender and Sexuality in Twentieth-Century English Fiction
LIT329 Fathers and Daughters in Western Literary Traditions
WLC328L Gender and Sexuality in Indian Cinema
LIT246L . Intro to Literature
LIT 327. Shakespeare
Educated entirely in India, Prof Vanita lived and taught there for many years. She is married, with one son. Her first novel, Memory of Light, appeared in 2020 from Penguin. She divides her time between Missoula, Montana, and Gurgaon, India.
Ph.D. Delhi University, India
Field of Study
History of Ideas; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Hindi and Urdu literatures; Hindu philosophy; British literature (Shakespeare; the long nineteenth century)
- The Dharma of Justice in the Sanskrit Epics: Debates on Gender, Varna and Species (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2022).
- Translated with an Introduction. My Family by Mahadevi Varma (a Hindi woman poet's account of her companion animals)
- Dancing with the Nation: Courtesans in Bombay Cinema (Bloomsbury, New York; Speaking Tiger, New Delhi, 2018)
- Edited with an Introduction, India and the World: Postcolonialism, Translation and Indian Literature (New Delhi: Pencraft, 2014).
- Gender, Sex and the City: Urdu Rekhti Poetry in India, 1780-1870 (New York: Palgrave-Macmillan; New Delhi: Orient Blackswan, 2012).
- Love’s Rite: Same-Sex Marriage in India and the West (New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2005; New Delhi: Penguin India, 2005, reprinted 2008).
- Gandhi’s Tiger and Sita’s Smile: Essays on Gender, Sexuality and Culture (New Delhi: Yoda Press, 2005, reissued as an e-book 2015).
- With Saleem Kidwai, Same-Sex Love in India: Readings from Literature and History (New York: Palgrave-St Martin’s, 2000). British Edition, Macmillan, 2000. Indian Edition, Macmillan 2001. Lambda Literary Award Finalist. Updated edition Penguin India, 2008.
- Edited, Queering India: Same-Sex Love and Eroticism in Indian Culture and Society (New York: Routledge, 2002). Lambda Literary Award finalist.
- Sappho and the Virgin Mary: Same-Sex Love and the English Literary Imagination (New York: Columbia University Press, 1996). Indian edition Pearson, New Delhi, 2007.
- Co-edited with Madhu Kishwar, In Search of Answers: Indian Women’s Voices from Manushi (London: Zed Books, 1984, revised edition Horizon Books, Delhi, 1991).
- A Play of Light: Selected Poems (New Delhi: Penguin India, Viking Books, 1994)
- Translated and edited with an introduction, Alone Together: Selected Stories of Mannu Bhandari, Rajee Seth and Archana Varma (New Delhi: Women Unlimited Press, 2013).
- Edited and translated with an introduction, The Co-Wife and Other Stories by Premchand (New Delhi: Penguin, 2008). Some stories from this book also appeared in a low-priced edition in the Penguin Evergreen Classics series, under the title The Shroud (2011).
- Edited and translated with an introduction, Chocolate and other Writings on Male Homeroticism by Pandey Bechan Sharma Ugra (North Carolina: Duke University Press, 2009; with a somewhat different title and introduction, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2006).
- About Me (autobiography of Pandey Bechan Sharma Ugra), with an introduction (New Delhi: Penguin, 2007).
Selected Articles in Journals;
- “Self-Delighting Soul: A Reading of Yeats’s “Prayer for My Daughter” in the Light of Indian Philosophy,” Connotations, 24: 2 (2014/15): 239-57. http://www.connotations.uni-tuebingen.de/vanita0242.htm
- “Wilde’s Will: Shakespeare as Model in In Carcere et Vinculis” in The Wildean: A Journal of Oscar Wilde Studies, No. 47 (July 2015), 90-100.
- “The Romance of Siblinghood in Bombay Cinema,” in South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 36:1 (2013), 25-36. Reprinted in Unfamiliar Ground: Security, Socialisation and Affect in Indian Families ed. Ira Raja (New York: Routledge, 2013).
- “Plato, Wilde and Woolf: The Poetics of Homoerotic ‘Intercourse’ in A Room of One’s Own,” Journal of Lesbian Studies 14: 4 (2010), 415-31.
- “Full of God: Ashtavakra and Ideas of Justice in Hindu Texts,” Research on South Asia (Cambridge University) 3: 2 (2009), 167-81.
- “ ‘Shakespeare’s Tragic Kates: Reframing the Taming in India,” Shakespeare Survey, No. 60 (September 2007), 84-101.
- “Mariological Memory in The Winter’s Tale and Henry VIII,” in Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 40: 2 (Spring 2000), 311-338.
- “ ‘Proper’ Men and ‘Fallen’ Women: The Unprotectedness of Wives in Othello,” Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, 34: 2 (1994), 341-356.Reprinted in Shakespearean Criticism: excerpts from the criticism of William Shakespeare's plays and poetry, from the first published appraisals to current evaluations. (Detroit, Mich.: Gale Research Co., 2002), Vol. 67.
- “Men Beware Men: Shakespeare’s Warnings for Unfair Husbands,” Comparative Drama, 28: 2 (1994), 201-220.
- “The Woman Hater as Beaumont and Fletcher’s Reading of Hamlet,” Hamlet Studies 17 (1995), 63-77.
Selected Chapters in Books
“Sappho in India,” Chapter 32 in The Cambridge Companion to Sappho ed. Adrian Kelly and Patrick Finglass (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020), 457-72.
- “Male-Female Dialogues on Gender, Sexuality and Dharma in the Hindu Epics,” Chapter 13 in The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Philosophy and Gender ed. Veena Howard (New York: Bloomsbury Academic 2019), 299-323.
- “A Web of Intimacies: Marriage in India, Cross-Sex and Same-Sex” in Courtship, Marriage, and Marriage Breakdown: Perspectives from the History of Emotions ed. Katie Barclay (Routledge, 2019).
- “Sappho in India,” Chapter 32 in The Cambridge Companion to Sappho ed. Adrian Kelly and Patrick Finglass (forthcoming Cambridge University Press, 2019).
- “Still Flowing Rivers: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Hinduism,” in Hinduism and the Modern World ed. Brian Hatcher (Routledge, 2016), 275-89.
- “India,” in The Fin-de-Siecle World ed. Michael Saler (New York: Routledge, 2014), 283-99.
- “Goddess, Lesbian, Cow: Teaching Suniti Namjoshi in Montana,” in Teaching Anglophone South Asian Women’s Writing ed. Deepika Bahri and Filippo Menozzi (forthcoming New York: Modern Language Association of America).
- “Hinduism and Sexuality,” in Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism (Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands, 2012), Vol. 4: 740-53.
- “More Lives than One: My Years in Manushi and the Women’s Movement,” in Making a Difference: Memoirs from a Movement ed. Ritu Menon (Women Unlimited, New Delhi, 2011).
- “Democratizing Marriage: Custom, Consent and the Law,” in Law like Love: Queer Perspectives on Law ed. Arvind Narrain (New Delhi: Yoda Press, 2011), 338-354.
- “Naming Love: The God Kama, the Goddess Ganga, and the Child of Two Women,” in The Lesbian Pre-Modern ed. Diane Watts, Noreen Giffney et al (New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011), 119-30.
- “‘The Homoerotics of Travel: People, Ideas, Genres,” in The Cambridge Companion to Gay and Lesbian Writing (Cambridge Companions to Literature) ed. Hugh Stevens (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), 99-115. Updated version appeared under the title, “Sexual Exiles or Citizens of the World?: The Homoerotics of Travel,” in Jindal Global Law Review 4: 2 (Nov 2013), 131-50.
- “‘At All Times Near’: Love between Women in Two Medieval Indian Devotional Texts,” in Same-Sex Love and Desire among Women in the Middle Ages ed. Francesca Canade Sautman and Pamela Sheingorn (New York: Palgrave, 2002). Reprinted in Signifying the Self: Women and Literature ed. Malashri Lal, et al (New Delhi: Macmillan 2004).
- “Dosti to Tamanna: Male-Male Love and Normative Indianness in Hindi Cinema,” in Everyday Life in South Asia ed. Diane Mines and Sarah Lamb (Indiana University Press, 2002), 146-58.
“ ‘Bringing Buried Things to Light’: Homoerotic Alliances in To the Lighthouse,” in Virginia Woolf: Lesbian Readings, ed. Eileen Barrett and Patricia Cramer (New York: New York University Press, 1997). Reprinted in Illuminations: New Readings of Virginia Woolf ed. Carol Merli (New Delhi: Macmillan, 2004).
“‘Less Without and More Within’: The Rewriting of Male Remorse from Much Ado to Cymbeline,” in Shakespeare: Varied Perspectives, ed. Vikram Chopra, introd. Kenneth Muir (Delhi: B. R. Publications, 1996).
“Throwing Caution to the Winds: Homoerotic Patterns in The Waves,” in Re-Reading, Re-writing, Re-Teaching Virginia Woolf, ed. Eileen Barrett and Patricia Cramer (New York: Pace University Press, 1995)
“Love Unspeakable: The Uses of Allusion in Flush,” in Virginia Woolf: Themes and Variations, ed. Vara Neverow-Turk and Mark Hussey (New York: Pace University Press, 1993)
“Mansfield Park in Miranda House,” in The Lie of the Land: English Literary Studies in India, ed. Rajeswari Sunder Rajan (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1992, rep. 1993).
“Together in Life after Life: Same-Sex Marriage and Hindu Traditions,” in Defending Same-Sex Marriage ed. Mark Strasser, Vol. II, Our Family Values: Same-Sex Marriage and Religion ed. Traci West (Praeger, 2006), 3-18.
The first book to show how the figure of the courtesan shapes the modern Indian political, religious and erotic imagination.
On Gender, Sex and the City:
This book explores the urban, cosmopolitan sensibilities of Urdu poetry written in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in Lucknow, which was the center of a flourishing Indo-Islamic culture. Ruth Vanita analyzes Rekhti, a type of Urdu poetry distinguished by a female speaker and a focus on women's lives, and shows how it became a catalyst for the transformation of the love poem.
"The book belongs to my favorite genre, where the translations, excellent as they are, push the reader toward tasting the 'original.'' - Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, series editor (with Hosam Aboul-Ela) of Theory in the WorldOn Love’s Rite:
This absorbing new book…offers a marvelously global perspective characterized by profound historical understanding, impeccable scholarship, and a rare and delightful precision of feeling.
- Terry Castle, Prof, Stanford University
On Sappho and the Virgin Mary:
The story of Mary is that she conceived her son immaculately, an autonomous creation without the intervention of a human male. This Marian ideal of feminine independence, suggests Ruth Vanita in her brilliant book, is one basis for the vast number of independent, unmarried female characters in British fiction. The poetry of Sappho, the direct antecedent of the confessional Romantic lyric, is the other. ... This well-researched, erudite survey shows how present lesbian dynamics have been throughout English literary history.
Ruth Vanita's Sappho & the Virgin Mary is an eloquent refutation of the conventional theoretical association of lesbianism with cultural invisibility. ...Vanita demonstrates that love between women has long constituted an enabling, enriching and ubiquitous component of the literary imagination for female and male authors alike. ... Intrepid, sophisticated, and worldly."
- Corinne Blackmer
Summer 2017 Franklin research grant to work on manuscripts in London Libraries
2015-16 Visiting Scholar, South Asia Centre & Centre for Film and Screen, Cambridge
2014 Featured in Vogue India (October 2014) “The Power of 50: 50 Women
2009 Delivered the Spalding Lecture on Indian Religions, Oxford University2007-08
2007-08 Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship
2003-04 ACLS-SSRC-NEH Senior Research Fellowship
2004 One of ten women worldwide interviewed on film for the Global
Feminisms Project at the University of Michigan
1997-present Ten Merit Awards at the University of Montana for teaching,
scholarship and service
1994-95 Fellow at the Society for Humanities, Cornell University
Visiting Professor, Center for Disciplinary Innovation & South Asian Languages & Civilizations, University of Chicago
Associate Professor in English, Graduate School, Delhi University India
Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor, Miranda House College for Women, Delhi University
Founder co-editor of Manushi, India's first nationwide feminist magazine, 1978-91
Lecturer in English, Miranda House College for Women, and Reader, Department of English, Delhi University, 1976-1997.
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