Literature Faculty

Aiken, Susan Hardy (PhD, Duke U, 1971).
Modern Languages 431. 621-9498.
University Distinguished Professor. Acting Department Head, 2005-06.

Susan Aiken teaches and publishes in the fields of nineteenth-century British and American Literature and culture, gender studies, and poetry. In addition to numerous book chapters and articles in such journals as Signs, PMLA, Contemporary Literature, College English, Scandinavian Studies, and New England Quarterly, she is the author of Isak Dinesen and the Engendering of Narrative (University of Chicago Press, 1990), co-author of Dialogues/Dialogi: Literary and Cultural Exchanges Between (Ex)Soviet and American Women (Duke University Press, 1994), and co-editor of Changing Our Minds: Feminist Transformations of Knowledge (SUNY Press, 1988) and Making Worlds: Gender, Metaphor, Materiality (U. of Arizona Press, 1998). She has received awards from the Ford Foundation, the Burlington Northern Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, among others. She is currently at work on an archivally-based study of antebellum plantation culture, The Creation of a Southern Planter.

Berry, Laura (PhD, U of California at Berkeley, 1992).
Honors College. 621-7408.
Associate Professor. Associate Dean of Honors College.
Nineteenth-century British literature, the English novel.

Laura Berry's publications include "The Body Politic and the Body Fluid: Social Expectorations and Dickens's American Notes," Victorian Literature and Culture (24); "In the Bosom of the Family: The Wet-Nurse, The Railroad and Dombey and Son,Dickens Studies Annual(25); "Acts of Custody and Incarceration in Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" (Novel Fall 1996); The Child, the State, and the Victorian Novel (University Press of Virginia, 1999); "Confession and Profession: George Eliot and the New Coroner," in Jennifer Thorn, ed., Writing British Infanticide (U of Delaware, 2004).

Brown, Meg Lota (Ph.D., U of California at Berkeley, 1987).
Modern Languages . 621
Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century British literature; Early Modern women; Reformation politics.

"`In that the world's contracted thus': Casuistical Politics in Donne's `Sunne Rising,'" in "The Muses Common-Weale": Poetry and Politics in the Seventeenth Century, Claude Summers and Ted-Larry Pebworth , (eds.) (Missouri, 1988); "Interpretive Authority in Biathanatos," in Praise Disjoined: Changing Patterns of Salvation in Seventeenth-Century Literature, Anthony Low, (Gen Editor), Seventeenth-Century Texts and Studies 2 (1991); "The Politics of Conscience in Reformation England," Renaissance and Reformation XXVII (1991); " 'Though it be not according to the law': Donne's Politics and the Sermon on Esther," The John Donne Journal (1992); "Rachel Speght: Mortalities Memorandum," in Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 126, Detroit: Gale (1993); “Marriage as Bullfight in The Old Matador,”, By Design, 1 (1995); Donne and the Politics of Conscience in Early Modern England, E.J. Brill (1995); "Reputation as Rectitude in Christine de Pizan's Book of Three Virtues,” in Au Champ des Escriptures. Ed. Eric Hicks (Paris: Champion Press, 2000); “Shakespeare and the Possibilities of Comedy: 'Much Virtue in If,'” Journal of By Design (2000); “Absorbing Difference in Donne's Malediction Forbidding Morning,” The John Donne Journal. 20 (2001); Contributing Editor of The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne (forthcoming with Indiana University Press);
Women and Gender in the Renaissance (co-author with Kari McBride), Greenwood Press (2005).

Carter, Bryan (PhD, U of Missouri-Columbia, 2001)
Africana Studies, 621-0110
Assistant Professor, Africana Studies

Dr. Bryan Carter received his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri-Columbia and is currently an Assistant Professor in Africana Studies,  at the University of Arizona specializing in African American literature of the 20th Century with a primary focus on the Harlem Renaissance and a secondary emphasis on digital culture. He has published numerous articles on his doctoral project, Virtual Harlem and has presented it at locations around the world. His research focuses on advanced visualization and how sustained and varied digital communication affects student retention and engagement in literature courses taught both online and face-to-face.

Dr. Carter's experience with virtual environments began with his dissertation project on which he began work in 1997; a representation of a portion of Harlem, NY as it existed during the 1920s Jazz Age and Harlem Renaissance. This project, Virtual Harlem, was one of the earliest full virtual reality environments created for use in the humanities and certainly one of the first for use in an African American literature course. Dr. Carter’s most recent book is entitled Digital Humanities: Current Perspectives, Practice and Research through Emerald Publishing.

Cooper Alarcon, Daniel (Ph.D., U of Minnesota, 1992).
Modern Languages 490. 621-7394.
Associate Professor. Chicano/Chicana literature; Latino/Latina literature; Mexicanness in English-language literature; cultural studies, especially tourism and travel.

"Oroonoko's Gendered Economies of Honor/Horror: Reframing Colonial Discourse Studies in the Americas," with Stephanie Athey, in American Literature 65 (1993), and reprinted in Subjects and Citizens: Nation, Race and Gender from "Oroonoko" to Anita Hill, Cathy N. Davidson and Michael Moon, (eds.) (Duke University Press, 1995); "The Aztec Palimpsest: Toward a New Understanding of Aztlán, Cultural Identity and History," Aztlán 19.2 (1988-90); "Shortchanged," New Chicana/Chicano Writing, Vol. 3 , (University of Arizona Press, 1993); The Aztec Palimpsest: Mexico in the Modern Imagination (University of Arizona Press, 1997); “The Economy of Virtue,” New World: Young Latino Writers (Dell, 1997); “Shear Destiny: Valentino’s Hair,” MELUS 23.1 (1998); “‘Doomed Enterprises’: McCarthy’s Mexican Representations,” Southwestern American Literature 25.1 (1999); "Deadly Desires: Cinema, Seduction, and Racialized Masculinity," in Sharpened Edge: Women of Color, Resistance, and Writing, ed. Stephanie Athey (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2003).

Dahood, Roger (Ph.D., Stanford U, 1970).
Modern Languages 465. 621-1920.
Professor. Co-editor, Studies in Medieval and Renaissance History. Medieval literature.

The Avowing of King Arthur: A Critical Edition, Garland (1984); Co-editor, Ancrene Riwle: Introduction and Part One (Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1984);"Ancrene Wisse and the Identities of Mary Salome," in Yoko Wada, ed. A Companion to Ancrene Wisse (Brewer, 2003); "The Punishment of the Jews, Hugh of Lincoln, and the Question of Satire in Chaucer's Prioress's Tale, Viator (2005); co-editor, Studies in Medieval and Renaissance History.

Epstein, William (Ph.D., Columbia U, 1972).
Modern Languages 432. 621-5954.
Professor. Post-Renaissance British literature and the novel, literary theory, biography, professional practice, creative non-fiction.

John Cleland: Images of a Life (Columbia, 1974); Recognizing Biography (Pennsylvania, 1987); Editor, Contesting the Subject: Essays in the Postmodern Theory and Practice of Biography and Biographical Criticism (Purdue, 1991); “Counter-Intelligence: Cold War Criticism and Eighteenth-Century Studies, ELH (1990), which won the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies' 1991 Clifford Prize; “Tryouts: A Memoir,” Critical Inquiry (1998); and many other articles in various edited collections and in such journals as GenreSouth Atlantic Quarterly, Biography, ADE Bulletin, The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, Eighteenth-Century Life, Nineteenth-Century Prose, and 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Modern Era.

Evers, Larry (Ph.D., U of Nebraska, 1972).
Modern Languages 361. 621-3416.
Professor. American Indian Studies, American literature.

Editor, The South Corner of Time: Hopi, Navajo, Papago, and Yaqui Tribal Literature (University of Arizona Press, 1981); with Felipe S. Molina, Yaqui Deer Songs: Maso Bwikam: A Native American Poetry (University of Arizona Press, 1987); with Felipe S. Molina, Wo'i Bwikam: Coyote Songs (Chax, 1991); with Felipe S. Molina, "The Holy Dividing Line: Inscription and Resistance in Yaqui Culture," Journal of the Southwest (1992); Co-editor, Home Places (University of Arizona Press, 1995); co-editor with Barre Toelken “Native American Oral Traditions: Collaboration and Interpretation,” special issue of Oral Tradition (1998).

Hogle, Jerrold E. (Ph.D., Harvard U, 1974).
Modern Languages 342. 621-1840.
University Distinguished Professor . Romantic poetry and prose, literary theory and criticism, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century fiction and Gothic.

Shelley's Process: Radical Transference and the Development of His Major Works, (Oxford, 1988); "The Struggle for a Dichotomy: Abjection in Jekyll and His Interpreters" in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde After One Hundred Years (Chicago, 1988); "Teaching the Politics of Gender in Literature: Two Proposals for Reform, with a reading of Hamlet" in Changing Our Minds: Feminist Transformations of Knowledge (SUNY, 1988); "Shelley's Texts and the Premises of Criticism." in the Keats-Shelley Journal (1993); "The Ghost of the Counterfeit in the Genesis of the Gothic" in Gothick Origins and Innovations (1994); coed., Evaluating Shelley (Edinburgh, 1996); "The Gothic and the 'Otherings' of Ascendant Culture: The Original Phantom of the Opera" in South Atlantic Quarterly (1996); "Frankenstein as Neo-Gothic: From the Ghost of the Counterfeit to the Monster of Abjection" in Romanticism, History, and the Possibilities of Genre (Cambridge, 1998); “Stoker’s Counterfeit Gothic” in Bram Stoker: History, Psychoanalysis, and the Gothic (Macmillan, 1998); “The Gothic Ghost as Counterfeit and its Haunting of Romanticism” in European Romantic Review (1998); “The Gothic Ghost of the Counterfeit and the Progress of Abjection” in the Blackwell Companion to the Gothic (2000); guest ed., inaugural issue of Gothic Studies (1999); The Undergrounds Of 'The Phantom Of The Opera' (2002); editor, The Cambridge Companion To Gothic Fiction (2002); "The Gothic-Romantic Relationship: Underground Histories in 'The Eve of St. Agnes'," European Romantic Review (2003). "Language and Form" in The Cambridge Companion To Shelley (Cambridge, 2006); "Hugo's Notre Dame, Leroux's Fantome de L'opera, and the Changing Functions of the Gothic" in Le Gothic (Palgrave, 2008), “Elegy and the Gothic: The Common Grounds,” in The Oxford Handbook of the Elegy (2010);“Hyper-reality and the Gothic Affect:  The Sublimation of Fear from Burke and Walpole to The Ring,” English Language Notes  48.1 (2010); “Romanticism and the ‘Schools’ of Criticism and Theory,” in The Cambridge Companion to British Romanticism, 2nd ed. (2010), pp. 1-33;  “Gothic” in A Handbook of Romanticism Studies (2012); “The Gothic-Romantic Nexus: Wordsworth, Coleridge, Splice, and The Ring,” The Wordsworth Circle, 43.3 (2012);  “The Year of Reaction: 1816 as Janus-Faced,” Keats-Shelley Journal, 61 (2012).

Hurh, J. Paul (Ph.D. Berkeley, 2008)
Modern Languages 427. 621-1836
Assistant Professor.  Colonial and 19th-century American literature

"Dirimens Copulatio and Metalinguistic Negation in Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!The Sound of Incest: Sympathetic Resonance in Melville's Pierre" Novel: A Forum on Fiction (2011); "'The Creative and the Resolvent": The Origins of Poe's Analytical Method" Nineteenth-Century Literature (2012)

Jenkins, Jennifer (Ph.D., U of Arizona, 1993).
ML 476. 621-1780.
Associate Professor. American literatures, Film history and theory, Archival Studies, Southwest/Mexico Studies.

Jennifer Jenkins works at the intersections of literature, film, fine art, and archives.  Publications on literature include essays in ESQ, The Henry James ReviewTwentieth Century LiteratureParadoxa, and the Journal of Popular Culture. Film work appears in The Moving Image and The Philosophy of Tim Burton (forthcoming).  She has presented work on archival film at the Orphan Film Symposium, Mujeres en el cine mudo, and the Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium, curated the Puro Mexicano Tucson Film Festival, and is working to develop an archive of amateur and locally-made films of the Arizona-Sonora borderlands.  She also curated the museum exhibit, “Native Curiosity: Collecting Indian Arts in Territorial Arizona” for the Arizona Historical Society (2003-2006).  In 2011 she brought the American Indian Film Gallery, a digital archive of over 450 films by and about Native peoples of the Americas, to the University of Arizona.  Her current research project, Celluloid Pueblo: Western Ways Film Service and the Invention of the Postwar Southwest, involves the preservation and analysis of the Tucson-based Western Ways films. She is certified to handle cellulose nitrate film, a Class 4 hazardous substance. 

Kiefer, Frederick (Ph.D., Harvard U, 1972).
Modern Languages 467. 621-7398.
Professor. University Distinguished Professor  Renaissance drama and iconography. Shakespeare.

Fortune and Elizabethan Tragedy, Huntington Library (1983); "The Dance of the Madmen in The Duchess of Malfi," Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies (1987); "The Two Gentlemen of Verona on Stage and Screen," The Revised Signet Classic Shakespeare (1988); "Art, Nature,and the Written Word in Pericles," University of Toronto Quarterly (1991/92). Writing on the Renaissance Stage: Written Words, Printed Pages, Metaphoric Books, University of Delaware Press (1996); "Fortune on the Renaissance Stage: An Iconographic Reconstruction." In Fortune: "All is but Fortune," ed. Leslie Thomson (University of Washington Press for the Folger Shakespeare Library, 2000); "Rumor, Fame, and Slander in 2 Henry IV.” Allegorica 20 (1999): 3-43; Shakespeare's Visual Theatre: Staging the Personified Characters (Cambridge University Press, 2003). Editor, Masculinities and Femininities in the Middle Ages and Renaissance (in press).

Leseur, Geta (PhD, Indiana University - Bloomington, 1982)
Modern Languages 488.

Research Areas – 20c American Literature, African American Literature, Caribbean Literature, African
Diaspora Women Writers, The Bildungsroman in Third World Communities

Teaching Focus – Major American Authors, Proletarian Writers, The Slave Narrative, Harlem
Renaissance, Black Women Authors, Gender/Womanist Theory

Other Interests – Oral History of African Americans in the Southwest, Migrant Farming Communities,
Arizona Women’s History, Creative Non-fiction

Mason, Lauren (Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2011).
Modern Languages 472.  621-1836
Assistant Professor.  Visual culture, urbanism, and globalism in contemporary representations of the African Diaspora.

Her dissertation, Postcards from the Edge-City: Mass-Media and Photographic Images in Literature and Film of the Black Diaspora, examines representations of urban spaces and visual narratives in contemporary African, Caribbean, and African-American literature and film.

Her research interests include visual culture, urbanism, and globalism in contemporary representations of the African Diaspora.  She has an article on Chris Abani’s GraceLand forthcoming in Research in African Literatures and is working on a book-length project that examines mass-media representations of Blackness in the twenty-first century.

Medovoi, Leerom (Ph.D., Stanford University, 1995).
Modern Languages 445
Professor. Twentieth-century and Twenty-First-century U.S. literature and culture, globalization, biopolitics, critical race studies, ecocriticism

Lee Medovoi is a Professor and Head of the Department of English at the University of Arizona.  A graduate of the Ph.D. program in Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford University, he was the founding director of the Portland Center for Public Humanities and is currently a member of the PMLA editorial board.  He is the author of Rebels: Youth and the Cold War Origins of Identity (Duke 2005), and has published numerous articles on global American studies, biopolitical theory, critical race studies, and ecocriticism in such journals as Cultural CritiqueMinnesota ReviewScreenInterventions: International Journal of Postcolonial StudiesMediationsNew FormationsAmerican Literary History,Comparative Literature, and Social Text.  He is the principal investigator for a collaborative, three-year Mellon Foundation research grant through the Consortium of Humanities Center and Institutes on the topic of "Religion, Secularism, and Political Belonging in a Global Age."  Lee is currently at work on two book-length projects titled: The Second Axis of Race: Biopolitics of the Dogma Line and Global Allegoresis and World-System Literature.

Monsman, Gerald (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins U, 1965).
Modern Languages 486. 621-6157.
Professor. Nineteenth-century British literature, Anglo-African literature of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, autobiography,history of myths and ideas.

Pater's Portraits: Mythic Pattern in the Fiction of Walter Pater (Johns Hopkins, 1967); Walter Pater (G.K. Hall, 1977); Walter Pater's Art of Autobiography (Yale, 1980); Confessions of a Prosaic Dreamer: Charles Lamb's Art of Autobiography (Duke, 1984); Olive Schreiner's Fiction: Landscape and Power (Rutgers,1991); Editor, Gaston de Latour: The Revised Text (ELT, 1995); Oxford University's Old Mortality Society: A Study in Victorian Romanticism (Mellen, 1998); Editor, King Solomon's Mines (Broadview, 2002); Charles Lamb as the London Magazine's "Elia" (Mellen, 2003); H. Rider Haggard on the Imperial Frontier: The Political and Literary Contexts of His African Romances (ELT, 2006); articles on G.M. Hopkins and on aspects of Romantic and Victorian ideas, culture, and imperialism. His most recent essay is "Satiric Models for Charles Lamb's 'A Dissertation upon Roast Pig" (Nineteenth-Century Prose, 2006).

Nathanson, Tenney  (Ph.D., Columbia U, 1983).
Modern Languages 445G. 621-7393.
Director of the Graduate Literature Program.  Director of Graduate Studies
American poetry.

Whitman's Presence: Body, Voice, and Writing in Leaves of Grass (New York University Press, 1992; rpt. 1994). Poetry: Ghost Snow Falls Through the Void (Globalization) (Chax Press, 2010), Home on the Range (The Night Sky with Stars in My Mouth) (O Books, 2005), Erased Art (Chax Press, 2005), One Block Over (Chax Press, 1998). Recent articles: “The Poetics of Non-Experience: Repetition, Simulation, and Anxiety in Leslie Scalapino’s Trilogy”; “On Beverly Dahlen”; “Topological Transformation in Olson’s Maximus”; “‘Everything is Sound’: Chan, Zen, and the American Poetics of Distraction.”

Pettey, Homer B.  (PhD, U. of Arizona, 1989).
Modern Languages 324.  621-1505
Associate Professor

Homer B. Pettey teaches and publishes on American literature and film, particularly Melville, Faulkner, and film noir.  Additionally, he teaches courses on screenwriting.  He has published essays in The Faulkner JournalStudies in American FictionThe Arizona Quarterly, and Film Criticism.  His “Cannibalism, Slavery, and Self-Consumption” was included in Harold Bloom’s Modern Critical Interpretations of Moby-Dick.  He edited an issue on The Western for Paradoxa (2005), which included essays by John Cawelti, Lee Clark Mitchell, John Lenihan, Fred See, and Jennifer L. Jenkins, as well as interviews with Walon Green (The Wild Bunch) and Max Evans (The RoundersHi-Lo Country).  He has served as script consultant for the six-part ABC mini-series Empire (2005), as well as for the series Millennium (FOX) and Surface (NBC).  His current project explores mid-20th century economic and political theories in hard-boiled detective fiction and film noir

Raval, Suresh (PhD, U of Washington, 1974).
Modern Languages 440. 621-7403.
Professor.  History and theory of criticism, colonial discourse and postcolonial theory, cultural studies, narrative theory, literary theory, modern British fiction, postcolonial fiction, literature and philosophy.

Metacriticism  (Georgia, 1981); The Art of Failure: Conrad’s Fiction (Allen and Unwin, 1986); Grounds of Literary Criticism (University of Illinois, 1998); Editor, Forms of Knowledge in India: Critical Revaluations (Pencraft, 2007). Author of essays such as “Intention and Contemporary Literary Theory” in Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism (1980); “Rational Inquiry in Literary Criticism” in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (1980); “Philosophy and the Crisis of Contemporary Literary Theory” in The Monist (1986); “Metacriticism” and “Intention” in The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (1993); “Jakobson, Method, and Metaphor: A Wittgensteinian Critique” in Style (2003); “Mutinies Against British Rule in India” in A Historical Companion to Postcolonial Literatures in English (2005); “Subaltern Speech and Postcolonial Studies” in Journal of Contemporary Thought (2005); “In Search of an Ethics in a Troubled Society: Coetzee’s Disgrace” in J. M. Coetzee: Critical Perspectives (2008); “Reflections on the Relevance of the Humanities” in Western Humanities Review (2008).

Scruggs, Charles (PhD, U of Wisconsin, 1965).
Modern Languages 332. 621-3527.
Professor. Eighteenth-century British and American literature, African-American literature.

The Sage in Harlem: H.L. Mencken and the Black Writers of the 1920s (Johns Hopkins, 1984); "Ethical Space in the Film Version of The French Lieutenant's Woman," Mosaic (1987); "Crab-Antics and Nigger Heaven: Two Views of the City in Carl Van Vechten's Best Selling Novel," Studies in the Literary Imagination (1988); articles on Richard Wright, Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope, Phillis Wheatley, Jean Toomer, and Ralph Ellison; Sweet Home: Invisible Cities in the Afro-American Novel (Johns Hopkins, 1993), recently translated into Jampanese (1997). He is also the co-author of Jean Toomer and the Terrors of American History (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998); articles on film noir and the co-editor of the forthcoming book of essays on Hemingway and African-American Writers, to be published this next spring (2009) by Kent State University Press.

Selisker, Scott (PhD, U of Virginia, 2010)
Modern Languages 470
Visiting Assistant Professor. Twentieth-century U.S. literature, literature and science, science fiction, digital humanities

Publications include: "Human Programming: The Aesthetics of Unfreedom in U.S. Culture, Science, and Politics" (book manuscript); "Simply By Reacting?: The Sociology of Race and Invisible Man's Automata," American Literature 83.3 (September 2011): 571–96 (MLA Foerster Prize 2011); "The Topos of the Cult in David Mitchell's Global Novels," Novel: A Forum on Fiction 47.3 (fall 2014); reviews and short essays in African American ReviewNovel: A Forum on FictionStanford Arcade, and Los Angeles Review of Books.

Sherry, Charles (PhD, Rutgers U, 1972).
Modern Languages 421. 621-6214.
Associate Professor. Comparative literature, European romanticism, literature and philosophy.

"The Fit of Gogol's `Overcoat': An Ontological View of Narrative Form," Genre (1974); "Folie a Deux: Gogol and Dostoyevsky," Texas Studies in Literature and Language (1975); "Keeping One's Balance: Nathanael West's Equilibrists," Amerikastudien (1976); "The Journey to Jaroslaw," Dimension (1975); "Translating Peter Bichsel: Some Remarks," Dimension (1977); "Wordsworth's Metaphors for Eternity: Appearance and Representation (1978); Wordsworth's Poetry of the Imagination (Oxford, 1980); "Being Otherwise: Nature, History and Tragedy in Absalom, Absalom!," Arizona Quarterly (1989).

Skibsrud, Johanna (Ph.D., University of Montreal, 2012).
Modern Languages **. *****.
Assistant Professor. Modern poetry, critical theory, fiction.

Late Nights With Wild Cowboys, Gaspereau Press (poetry, 2008). “Touching at the Contact Zone: A Spaciousness Enacted within Erin Mouré’s O  Cidadán” The Brock Review (2010). I Do Not Think That I Could Love a Human Being, Gaspereau Press (poetry, 2010). The Sentimentalists, W.W. Norton (novel, 2011). This Will Be Difficult to Explain, and Other Stories, W.W. Norton (short fiction, 2012). “Wallace Stevens and the Ecstatic Mind.”  Mosaic, a Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature (2012).“‘Everywhere Felt and Nowhere Seen’: Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and the ‘Sovereign Paradox.’” Excursions (2014). “Illuminating the Shadows: The Space Between Fact and Fiction.” In Writing a First Novel: Reflections on the Journey, ed. Karen Stevens. (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014).“‘Un Coup de dés’: The Secret History of Poetry—and its Imaginary future.” The Luminary (2014). Quartet for the End of Time, W.W. Norton (novel, 2012). “‘To undo the creature’: Writing and Paradox in Anne Carson’s Decreation.” In: Anne Carson: Ecstatic Lyre, ed. Joshua Marie Wilkinson. (University of Michigan Press, forthcoming January 2015).“‘One Kind of Knowledge’: Poetry and Immanence.” In Immanent Expressions: Literature and the Encounter with Immanence, ed. Brynnar Swenson. (Rodopi Press, forthcoming 2015). Sometimes We Think You are a Monkey, Penguin (children’s picture book, forthcoming March, 2015).

Ulreich, John (PhD, Harvard U, 1969).
Modern Languages 494. 621-5424.
Professor. My scholarly interests include early modern English Literature, especially John Milton, George Herbert, and Aemilia Lanyer, the Bible, and the teachings of Owen Barfield. Besides traditional scholarly projects on these subjects, I am engaged with some colleagues in producing an inclusive version of the Psalms based on the Psalter in the (Episcopal) Book of Common Prayer.

Recent publications include “Samson’s Fiery Virtue: The Typological Problem,” Cithara (1992); “’The Poets Only Deliver’: Sidney’s Conception of Form,” in Essential Articles for the Study of Sidney (Archon, 1986); “’Incident to All Our Sex’: The Tragedy of Dalila,” in Milton and the Idea of Woman, ed. Julia Walker (Illinois, 1988); “’Making Dreams Truth, and Fables Histories’: Spenser and Milton on the Nature of Fiction,” Studies in Philology (1990); “‘Argument Not Less But More Heroic’: Eve as the Hero of Paradise Lost” and (with Kari Boyd McBride) “‘Eves Apology’: Agrippa, Lanyer, and Milton” both in “All in All”: Unity, Diversity, and the Miltonic Perspective, ed. Charles W. Durham and Kristin A. Pruitt (Susquehanna, 1999); “Persephone’s Garden: A Meditation on Life, Death, and Poetry,” Cithara (2000); “‘Substantially Express’d’: Milton’s Doctrine of the Incarnation,” Milton Studies (2001); (with Kari Boyd McBride) “‘Answerable Styles’: Biblical Poetics & Biblical Politics in the Poems of Aemilia Lanyer and John Milton,” Journal of English and Germanic Philology (2001); “Making the Word Flesh: Incarnation as Accommodation,” in Reassembling Truth: Twenty-first-Century Milton, ed. Durham and Pruitt (Susquehanna, 2003); “Two Great World Systems: Galileo, Milton, and the Problem of Truth” Cithara (2003).

Washburn, Franci (PhD, University of New Mexico, 2003)
Harvill 237A 626-8581

Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies
American Indian literature, language, culture 

Franci Washburn holds a BA with a double major in English/Spanish; an MA in English (Creative Writing, Fiction) and a Ph.D. in American Studies with an emphasis in Cultural Studies, all from the University of New Mexico. Her dissertation, Beauty of Sound and Meaning: An Analysis of Lakota Oral Tradition, was directed by M. J. Young. 

She has been employed at the University of Arizona since 2004 with a joint appointment in the American Indian Studies Program and the Department of English. 

Research and teaching interests:American Indian literature, Indigenous World literature, Globalization and Indigenous Peoples, Critical Theory, Creative Writing (fiction and poetry), Curriculum Structure and Development

She is currently developing a new course on Globalization and Indigenous People.She has directed or served on, or is currently serving on student dissertation committees with the following topics:

Trauma and Healing in American Indian Literature
The Captivity Narrative of Mary Rowlandson
American Indian Studies Theory and Curriculum Development
Turtle Mountain Chippewa Treaties
Diaspora in American Indian Literature
Comparative Literature: Latino/a, American Indian, and Middle Eastern
Pocahontas in Literature, Film, and Drama
Geography and the Concept of Land in Navajo Writing
Other topics in American Indian Literature and Culture

White, Susan (PhD, Johns Hopkins U, 1987).
Modern Languages 434. 621-7404.
Professor. Film and comparative literature.

"Male Bonding, Orientalism, and the Repression of the Feminine in Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket," Arizona Quarterly (Autumn 1988); "Allegory and Referentiality: Vertigo and Feminist Film Criticism," MLN (1991); "Split Skins: Female Masochism and Bodily Mutilation in The Little Mermaid," in Jim Collins and Ava Collins, ed., Film Theory Goes To The Movies (Routledge/AFI Film Readers Series, 1992); " 'I Burn for Him': Sadomasochism and Female Subjectivity in Stahl's Back Street (1932)," Post Script (1994); The Cinema of Max Ophuls: Magisterial Vision and the Figure of Woman (Columbia, 1995); "The Trouble With Angels," with Mary Beth Haralovich and Janet Jakobsen in Annette Kuhn, ed., Queen of the 'B's: Ida Lupino behind the Camera (London: Flicks Books, 1995); "Veronica Clare and the New Film Noir Heroine," Camera Obscura 33-34 (1996); "Vertigo and Problems of Knowledge in Feminist Film Theory," in Richard Allen and S. Ishi-Gonzales, ed., Alfred Hitchcock: Centenary Essays (London: British Film Institute, 1999), 279-306; "T(he)-Men's Room: Masculinity and Space" in Anthony Mann's T-Men, in Peter Lehman, ed., Masculinity: Bodies, Movies, Culture (N.Y.: Routledge/AFI Film Readers Series , 2001),“Kubrick and Death,” in Daniel Sullivan and Jeff Greenberg, ed., Fade to Black: Cinema and Death (N.Y.: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming). “Nicholas Ray’s Wilderness Films:  Word, Law, and Landscape,” in Scheibel, Will and Stephen Ryan, Lonely Places, Dangerous Ground Nicholas Ray and American Cinema (N.Y.: SUNY Press, forthcoming).“Anthony Mann” (with Homer Pettey), in Film Noir: The Directors, ed. Alain Silver and James Ursini.  (N.Y.: Limelight, 2012), 243-292).“Max Ophuls,” in Film Noir: The Directors, ed. Alain Silver and James Ursini.  (N.Y.: Limelight, 2012), 292-308."La notion de performance dans Lola Montès," in Julien Servois, Eric Dufour, and Laurent Jullier, ed., Analyse d’une oeuvre: Lola Montès (Paris: J. Vrin, 2011), 161-177. “Hitchcock and Performance,” in Thomas Leitch and Leland Poague, ed., The Hitchcock Companion (N.Y.:  Blackwell, 2011), 181-198.“Marlon Brando, Actor, Star, Liar,” in R. Barton Palmer, ed., Larger Than Life: Movie Stars of the 1950s (New Brunswick, N.J.:  Rutgers UP, 2010), 165-183.“'I felt like, "This guy's really hurting me." And it hurt.': Funny Men in Pain from Zoolander to Anchorman," in Murray Pomerance and John Sakeris, ed., Popping Culture, 5th edition (Boston:  Pearson Education, 2008),  129-38; reprinted in 6th edition, 2010.“Kubrick’s Obscene Shadows” in Robert Kolker, ed., Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, New Essays. N.Y: Oxford UP, 2006, 127-46. “’You Want a Good Crack in the Mouth?’:  Rebel Without a Cause, Violence, and the Cinema of Nicholas Ray” in J. David Slocum, ed., Rebel Without a Cause: Approaches to a Maverick Masterwork (NY:  SUNY UP, 2005), 53-87.“La mascolinità (che in) tossica nei film di Max Ophuls,” in Il Piacere e il Disincanto nel Cinema de Max Ophuls, ed. Luciano De Giusti and Luca Giuliani; trans. Sonia Dose and Giuliani Puppin (Milano:  Editrice Il Castor: 2003), 111-12

Willard, Thomas S. (PhD, U of Toronto, 1978).
Modern Languages 330. 621-1154.
Associate Professor. Literary studies.

Review Editor, Cauda Pavonis: Studies in Hermeticism (1981-2002 ); editor, Jean D'Espagnet: The Summary of Physics Restored (Garland, 2000); co-editor Visionary Poetics: Essays on Northrop Frye's Criticism (Peter Lang, 1991); contributor to Centre and Labyrinth: Essays in Honour of Northrop Frye (Toronto, 1982), Theorien vom Ursprung der Sprache (de Gruyter, 1989), La linguistique entre mythe et histoire (Nodus, 1993), Literature and Medicine during the Eighteenth Century (Routledge, 1993), Secret Texts (AMS, in 1995), The Legacy of Northrop Frye (Toronto, 1995); "Drinking with the Muses," Alexandria 3 (1997); "Gone Primitive: The Critic in Canada," Northrop Frye: Eastern and Western Perspectives, ed. Jean O'Grady and Wang Ning (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003), 110-20; reviews in Magill's Literary Annual (2003-). “Alchemy in the Theater, Museum, and Library, 1602-1702,” Stanton. J. Linden, ed., Mystical Metal of GoldEssays on Alchemy and Renaissance Culture (New York: AMS Press, 2007), 215-30. “The Metamorphoses of Metals: Ovid and the Alchemists,” Alison Keith, ed., Metamorphosis: The Changing Face of Ovid in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2007), 151-64 and 344-46.

Zwinger, Lynda (PhD, SUNY at Buffalo, 1984).
Modern Languages 469. 621-7401.
Associate Professor. American novel, feminist studies, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century English novel, psychoanalytic theory.

"The Fear of the Father: Dombey and Daughter," Nineteenth Century Fiction (1985); "The Sentimental Gilt of Heterosexuality: Henry James's The Golden Bowl,Raritan (1987); Daughters, Fathers, and the Novel: The Sentimental Romance of Heterosexuality (Wisconsin, 1991); "Blood Relations: Feminist Theory Meets the Uncanny Alien Bug Mother," Hypatia (1992); “Bodies That Don't Matter: Queering Henry James,” Modern Fiction Studies(Fall-Winter 1995); “Tonya's Bad Boot, Or, Go Figure,” (with Robyn Wiegman) in Cynthia Baughman, eds., Women on Ice: Feminist Essays on the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan Spectacle; "Henry James: Out of the Lap of the Actual," ed., Arizona Quarterly (1997); "Dancing Through the Mother Field: On Aggression, Making Nice, and Reading Symptoms," in Generations: Academic Feminists in Dialogue, eds. E. Ann Kaplan and Devoney Looser.(Minnesota, 1997);"Henry James Returned," Arizona Quarterly (1997); "Seeing James Seeing," Arizona Quarterly, ed.(forthcoming); Approaches to Teaching Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying," ed. and pref., with Patrick O'Donnell (MLA, forthcoming).


Croissant, Jennifer (Associate Professor in Gender and Women's Studies and Materials Science and Engineering)
Sociology and anthropolgy of knowledge, science, and technology; rehabilitation and biomechanical engineering.

Joseph, Miranda (Associate Professor of Gender and  Women's Studies)
Dr. Joseph received her PhD from the Program in Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford in 1995. She is the Director of the Sex, Race and Globalization Project, which offers Rockefeller Humanities Residency Fellowships and an ongoing seminar series. She has been a Rockefeller Fellow at the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, CUNY Graduate Center (1997-98) and a Bunting Fellow at Radcliffe College (1999-2000). She is the author of Against the Romance of Community (University of Minnesota Press, 2002), which brings together Marxist and poststructuralist theory to explore the mutually constitutive relationship between community and capitalism. Her work uses the tools of cultural studies -- theory, ethnography, discourse analysis -- to examine social formations and institutions including contemporary gay community, nonprofit organizations, prisons, and academic fields (especially Women's Studies and Cultural Studies). She teaches graduate seminars in feminist theory, queer theory, and Marxist theory as well as introductory level courses in Women's Studies and LGBT.

Soto, Sandra (Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies Department)
Sandra K. Soto is assistant professor of Women's Studies, co-coordinator of the Chicana/Latina Studies Concentration, and affiliate faculty of English and Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Texas at Austin (2001). Her interdisciplinary research agenda draws on Chicana/o and Latina/o literary studies, queer theory, and gender studies to offer innovative approaches to the overdetermined terrain of social relations, cultural representation, and knowledge production. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow with the Latino/a Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she is completing a book manuscript, Queering AztlánSubjectivity, Desire, and the Challenge of Racialized Sexuality in Chicana/o Literature, that replaces the race-based oppositional paradigm of Chicano literary studies with a less didactic, more flexible, framework geared for a queer analysis of the discursive relationship between racialization and sexuality. Her second project, tentatively titled Localizing Transnationalism, pursues unlikely connections between critical transnational studies and U.S. ethnic studies. Her teaching interests include Chicana and Latina literary and cultural studies, feminist theory, transnational feminisms, critical race studies, US Third World Feminism, and queer theory.


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