Faculty Research & Writing


Professor Julie Nelson Christoph


"Each One Teach One: The Legacy of Evangelism in Adult Literacy Education." Written Communication, January 2009.

"Three Models of Mentorship: Feminist Leadership and the Graduate Student WPA." With Rebecca Schoenike Nowacek, Mary Lou Odom, and Bonnie Smith. Feminism and Administration in Rhetoric and Composition Studies. Eds. Krista Ratcliffe and Rebecca Rickley. Forthcoming Hampton Press, 2008.

"Reconceiving Ethos in Relation to the Personal: Strategies of Placement in Pioneer Women's Writing," College English 64 (2002): 660-79.

"Taking Risks, Negotiating Relationships: One Teacher's Transition toward a Dialogic Classroom." With Martin Nystrand. Research in the Teaching of English 36 (2001): 249-86.

Works in Progress

Professor Christoph is writing a book titled Arguing with One's Life: Strategies of Placement in Narrative and Academic Writing, which explores how authors use references to their personal experiences in writing narrative, undergraduate essays, and scholarly writing.

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Professor Beverly Conner


“Single White Female 19 Years Old,” In Tahoma’s Shadow, Poems from the City of Destiny, Exquisite Disarray, 2009.

"Fan Mail," Crosscurrents, 2008.

"English 203:  Introduction(s) to Writing Poetry," Crosscurrents, Spring 1998.

"Swallowed Poem" and "Green Olives," Crosscurrents, Spring 1978.


Fiction readings and/or presentations at Western Literature Annual Meetings, 1995-2009

"Show and Tell," University of Puget Sound, 1997; "Search and Rescue," Women Studies, University of Puget Sound, 1996; Private Voices, Public Lives, ProArta at Mason methodist Church, 1996; Fiction at Todd Hall, 1994; Fiction at Parnassus, English Majors Association, 1989. "Mercury in Retrograde," Crosscurrents, Fall 1988; "The Runaway Housewife," The Mystic Muse, Autumn 1987; "Year of the Tent Caterpillar, Puget Soundings, April 1980.


“Surgeon Green,” Crosscurrents, University of Puget Sound, Spring 2010.

"Where Light Is a Place: Shaping Fiction Out of Shadow,” Last Lecture series, Mortarboard Honorary Society, University of Puget Sound, April 7, 2009.

“Forward and Back” (retrospective), Crosscurrents 50th Anniversary issue, Spring 2008.

"Between Loyalty and Treachery," Commodore Perry's Minstrel Show by Richard Wiley.  Arches, Autumn 2007; "Search and Rescue," Private Voices, Public Lives, University of North Texas Press, 1995; "Voices from the Writing Center," Colors of a Different Horse, NCTE, 1993.


Finalist, Adult Short Story, Pacific Northwest Writers Conference, 2007; Invitational Writing Residency at Hedgebrook Writers' Retreat for Women, 2004; Juried Writing Residency at Hedgebrook, July-August 1996.

Works in Progress

Where Light is a Place (novel) 

Mercury in Retrograde (short story collection)

Falling from Grace (novel)

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Professor Emeritus Michael Curley


Geoffrey of Monmouth. New York: Twayne, 1994.


"The Miracles of Saint David: A New Text and its Context," Traditio.


Jean Blacker. Anglo-Norman Verse Prophecies of Merlin Speculum.

Jeanette Beer, Beasts of Love: Richard de Fournival's "Bestiaire d'amour" and a Woman's Response. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003. Reviewed in Romance Philology.

Select Conference Papers

"Politics and the Miracles of Saint David," Medieval Association of the Pacific, 2006 Salt Lake City, 2006.

Referee for an Article Submitted to Speculum Espurgatoire Seint Patriz.

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Professor Denise Despres


Iconography and the Professional Reader: The Politics of Book Production in the Douce Piers Plowman, with Dr. Kathryn Kerby-Fulton (University of Notre Dame).  University of Minnesota Press, Medieval Cultural Studies Series, vol. 15, 1999.

Ghostly Sights:  Visual Meditation in Late-Medieval Literature, Pilgrim Books, 1989.

Selected Articles

“Ecstasy and Intimacy:  The Material Culture of Medieval Devotional Literacy,” in The Blackwell Companion to British Literature, ed. Robert DeMaria, Heesok Chang, and Samantha Zacher, forthcoming.

“Adolescence and Interiority in Aelred’s Lives of Christ,” forthcoming in Mapping Medieval Lives of Christ, eds. Ryan Perry and Stephen Kelly, Queen’s University, Belfast,   Brepols.

“Sacramentals and Ghostly Sights,” Response to Jonathan Juilfs’ “Reading the Bible Differently, Marguerite Porete’s Mirror of Simple Souls,” in Something Fearful:  Medievalist Scholars on the ‘Religious Turn’ in Literary Criticism, ed. Kathryn Kerby-Fulton (Spring, 2010).

“Iconography and Iconoclasm:  Christian Doctrine and Religious Heterodoxy,” in The Oxford Handbook to Chaucer, ed. Suzanne Conklin Akbari, forthcoming.

“Adolescence and Sanctity:  The Life and Passion of Saint William of Norwich,” Journal of Religion, January 2010.   

“The Protean Jew in the Vernon Manuscript,” in Chaucer and the Jews, ed. Sheila Delaney, Routledge, 2002.

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Professor George Erving


"British Romantic Period Theatre and the French Revolution." Blackwell Encyclopedia of Romanticism. Ed. Frederick Burwick. London: Blackwell, 2010.

"Coleridge as Playwright: A Handbook of Coleridge Studies."The Oxford Handbooks of Literature. Ed. Frederick Burwick. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.

"The Politics of Matter: Newtonian Science and Priestleyan Metaphysics in Coleridge's 'Preternatural Agency.'" European Romantic Review, Volume 19.2, April 2008.

"Mimetic Desire and the Problem of Subjectivity: Rene Girard and the Legacy of Alexandre Kojeve." Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture, Volume 10, Fall 2003.

"The Breakdown of Moral Order in Coleridge's Osorio." The Coleridge Bulletin, New Series 16 (NS), Winter 2001.

Works in Progress

Professor Erving is writing a book entitled Coleridge and the Culture of Dissent, which reassesses the work of the eminent British Romantic poet, philosopher, and literary critic, Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) in light of his early political radicalism and religious heterodoxy during the tumultuous decade of the 1790s.

Select Conference Papers

"Mimetic Desire, Envy, and Violent Rivalry in Blake's The Four Zoas." North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) Annual Conference, University of Toronto, August 2008.

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Professor Priti Joshi


"The Middle Classes" and "The Victorians and Race," in Dickens in Context, ed Sally Ledger and Holly Furneaux (Cambridge UP, forthcoming 2010).

"Technology in the Victorian Studies Classroom," in Teaching Nineteenth-century Fiction, eds Andrew Maunder and Jennifer Phegley (London: Palgrave, 2010).

"Introduction" to The Life and Adventures of Michael Armstrong, the Factory Boy by Frances Trollope (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2009).

"Masculinity and Gossip in Anne Brontë’s Tenant." SEL Studies in English Literature 49(4), Autumn 2009; 907-924.

"Brontë's Jane Eyre," in Handbook to Victorian Literature, edited by Alexandra Warwick and Martin Willis (Continum, 2008).

"Mutiny Echoes: India, Britons, and A Tale of Two Cities," Nineteenth-Century Literature 62(1), June 2007; 48-87.

"Edwin Chadwick's Self-Fashioning: Professionalism, Masculinity, and the Victorian Poor." Victorian Literature and Culture, 2004.

"Edwin Chadwick" in Biographical Dictionary of British Economists. Gen. Ed. Donald Rutherford. Thoemmes Continuum, 32 (2) 2004.

"Michael Armstrong: Re-reading the Industrial Plot." Frances Trollope and the Novel of Social Change. Ed. Brenda Ayers. Greenwood Press, 2002. 35-51.

"Revision as Rethinking: Assignments, Sequences, and Class Plans." A Guide to Teaching with Literacies. Ed. Terence Brunk et al. NY: W. W. Norton, 2000. 273-81.

"The Dual Work of Wastes in Chadwick's Sanitary Report." Our Mutual Friend Scholarly Pages. The Dickens Project, 1998. http://humwww.ucsc.edu/dickens/OMF/1865.html.


Review of Malik Salahuddin’s 1857: War of Independence or Clash of Civilizations? British Public Reactions in Journal of British Studies 48, Oct 2009; 1023-4.

Review of Christopher Herbert’s War of No Pity: The Indian Mutiny and Victorian Trauma in RaVoN: Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net 53, Feb 2009 http://id.erudit.org/iderudit/029909ar.

"Domestic Ethnographies." Review of Timothy Caren’s Outlandish English Subjects in the Victorian Domestic Novel in Novel, 39(3), Summer 2006.

Works in Progress

"An Old Dog Enters the Fray: Hard Times and the Industrial Novel," under review at Dickens Studies Annual.

"The Location of the Ladies in Every Airport: Cosmopolitanism, Travel, and Women in Amitav Ghosh" for submission in Journal of Postcolonial Writing.

Haunted: Jane Eyre’s Progeny: an edited volume of scholarly essays on "adaptations" of Jane Eyre.

Select Conference Papers

"Bollywood and Gender" [invited keynote at "Gender and the Performing Arts"], University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA, April 19, 2009.

"Synching Dickens with the Industrial Novel" [invited keynote at the Dickens Universe], Dickens Project, Santa Cruz, CA, July 29, 2008.

"The Location of the Ladies in Every Airport: Women, Travel, Cosmopolitanism." at The Novel and its Borders conference at the University of Aberdeen, UK, July, 2008.

"John Lang, the Picturesque, and the Indian 'Mutiny.'" at the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals conference in Roehampton University, London, UK, July, 2008.

"Situatedness vs Cosmopolitanism: Tagore, Ghosh, and Women." Metamorphosis and Place Conference, Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey, May 26, 2007.

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Professor William Kupinse

Urban Grace Poet Laureate of Tacoma, 2008


"Osier." The Fourth River 5 (2008)

"On Giving First-Year Students a Quiz on Allen Ginsberg's Howl."  Cimarron Review 136 (Spring 2008)

"Keeper."  Sea Stories.  Hibernal issue.  www.seastories.com

"A Curse upon Leafblowers and the Men who Love Them," "Audience." NEBO (Fall 2007).

"Slug," "Mole Plants," "Foraging."  Green Letters 6 (2005): 62-67.

"Stinkflower," "Marginalia," "Raw Materials," "Three Olives."  Cimarron Review 144 (2003):  21-25.

"Chestnut." Cumberland Poetry Review 22.2 (2003): 29.

"The Chemistry Set."  Scripsit (Fall 1994): 8.

Poetry Readings

Opening act for Billy Collins reading.  Pantages Theater, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts.  Tacoma, WA.  April 4, 2008; "As Is."  Creative Writers' Panel titled "Soundings."  Western Literature Association Conference.  Tacoma, WA.  October 17-20, 2007; "Shard" poetry series; joint reading with Hans Ostrom.  Center on Contemporary Art.  Seattle, WA.  March 4, 2006; "Songs of Extinction II."  Creative Writers' Panel at the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Conference.  Eugene, OR.  June 21-25, 2005; "Songs of Extinction."  Creative Writers' panel at the Western Literature Conference.  Big Sky, Montana.  September 29-October 2, 2004; Poets Against the War.  Bohemian Cafe.  Stillwater, OK.  February 2, 2003; Regional Poets Panel.  South Central Modern Language Association Convention.  Austin, TX.  October 31-November 2, 2002; New Modernisms IV Conference. Madison, WI.  October 31-November 3, 2002; Loft Poetry Night. [Reading with featured poet Alfred Corn].  Loft Coffee House.  Tulsa, OK.  March 19, 2002; "Poems."  Creative Writers' Panel at the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Conference.  Flagstaff, AZ.  June 19-23, 2001. 


"H. G. Wells's Taxonomy of Waste." The World Turned Inside Out: Essays on Waste in History and Culture. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008. Eds. John F.M. Clark and John Scanlan.

"The Indian Subject of Colonial Hygiene." Filth: Dirt, Disgust, and Modern Life. Eds. Ryan Johnson and William Cohen. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2005. 250-276.

"Wasted Value: The Serial Logic of H. G. Wells's Tono-Bungay." Reprinted In Modern Critical Views: H. G. Wells. Ed. Harold Bloom. Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 2005.


Review Essay on Tracey Teets Schwarze's Joyce and the Victorians, Jean Kimball's Joyce and the Early Freudians, and David Spur's Joyce and the Scene of Modernity for the Irish Studies Review 12.3 (2004): 364-367.

Review of Nicholas Brown's Utopian Generations for the James Joyce Quarterly 44.3 (2007) 613-19.

Review of Margaret McBride's Ulysses and the Metamorphosis of Stephen Dedalus for the James Joyce Quarterly 38.3/4 (2001): 551-54.

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Professor Tiffany Aldrich MacBain


“Cont(r)acting Whiteness: The Language of Contagion in the Autobiographical Essays of Zitkala-Ša.” Arizona Quarterly, Forthcoming.

"Got MILF?: Losing Lorelai in Season Seven," with Mita Mahato. Gilmore Girls and the Politics of Identity. Ed. Ritch Calvin. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2008. 

Works in Progress 

Professor MacBain will be travelling this academic year Yale’s Beinecke Library to do archival work on Edith Wharton for an essay in progress.

Select Conference Papers

“‘Real life or long-lasting death’: Zitkala-Ša and the Language of Contagion,” American Literature Association (ALA) Conference, San Francisco, CA, May 2010.

“‘Bad Blood’: The Influence of Inheritance in The Portrait of a Lady,” Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) Conference, Montreal, Quebec, April 2010.

"A Penetrating Cold: White Contact and Contagion in American Indian Stories." Western Literature Association Conference, Tacoma, WA, October 2007.

"Her 'Real' Race Unveiled: Lily Bart in The House of Mirth." The Edith Wharton Society Conference, Hudson Valley, NY, June 2005.

"Behind 'the white curtain' in Edgar Allan Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket." Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Conference, Missoula, MT, October 2003.

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Professor Mita Mahato


“Virtuous Community:  Online Storytelling in Leroy Sievers’s My Cancer.”  Storytelling, Self, Society 7.3, Forthcoming 2011.

"Got MILF?: Losing Lorelai in Season Seven," with Tiffany Aldrich MacBain. Gilmore Girls and the Politics of Identity. Ed. Ritch Calvin. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2008.

Select Conference Papers

“Drawing Lines:  Identifying Health and Illness in Harvey Pekar’s Our Cancer Year and David Small’s Stitches.”  Joint International Conference of Graphic Novels, Bandes dessinées, and Comics, Manchester, UK, July 2011.

His Cancer Year:  Harvey Pekar’s Alienating Identification.”  Comics and Medicine, Chicago, IL, June 2011.

"Visualizing Writing: Picture Theroy in the Classroom." Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Francisco. March, 2009.

"Compassion Technology: Rethinking the Rhetoric of Disease." Conference on College Composition and Communication, New Orleans, LA. April 2008.

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Professor Hans Ostrom


Poetry in Blue Collar Review, Christianity and Literature, Coal City Review, Commonweal, Cutbank, Intro 10, Journal of the American Medical Association, Ploughshares, Poetry Motel, South Carolina Review, South Dakota Review, SpoonRiver Quarterly, Washington Post, Willow Springs, Wisconsin Review, Xavier Review, Zillah, and others. 

Poetry Readings

Berkeley, California (KPFA Radio); Davis, California (KDVS); Ragdale Artists Colony (Lake Forest, Illinois); "Across the River" Reading Program (Oregon and Washington State Arts Commissions); Tacoma Art Museum; "Distinguished Poets Series," directed by Laura Jensen, funded by a Lila Wallace Foundation/Reader's Digest grant, Tacoma, 1997; University of Puget Sound Faculty Club, 1998; Art Gallery, Pacific Lutheran University, at the opening of "Apertures," an exhibit featuring the photo-collages of Betty Ragan and poems by Hans Ostrom, April 3, 2001; Lawrence High School and Centennial Elementary School, Lawrence, Kansas (February 2002), as part of an outreach program connected to "Let America Be America Again:  An International Symposium on the Art, Life, & Legacy of Langston Hughes," hosted by the University of Kansas; Center for Contemporary Art, Seattle (with Bill Kupinse), Spring 2006; Peninsula Book Group, Gig Harbor, Washington, 2006; Western Literature Association Conference, Tacoma, Washington, Fall 2007; Daedalus Society, University of Puget Sound, April 2008.


"Seven Fables For Teaching and Learning," in In Praise of Pedagogy:  Poems and Stories, ed. Wendy Bishop and David Starkey, with an introduction by Ken Autrey Portsmouth, Maine:  Calendar Island Books, 2000, 134-137.

"I Guard The White Rhino," Webster Review (Fall 1987).

"The Green Bird," Ploughshares (Fall 1986).  Special issue edited by Madeline DeFrees and Tess Gallagher.

"Trouble Reports," South Carolina Review (1990).

"Bluestone," Willow Springs 24 (Spring 1989).

"The Wife of the Ambassador," Whetstone 6 (1989).  Reprinted in WIND/Literary Journal, 1991.


Lives and Moments:  An Introduction to Short Fiction.  Ft. Worth and New York:  Holt, Rinehart, Winston, 1990.  (Textbook.)

Three to Get Ready.  Oakland:  Cliffhanger Press, 1991.  (Novel.)

Colors of a Different Horse, edited with Wendy Bishop.  Urbana:  National Council of Teachers of English, 1994.  Essays on connections among teaching creative writing, literary theory, and rhetorical theory.

Subjects Apprehended:  Poems.  Johnstown, Ohio:  Pudding House Press, 2000.

Metro:  Journeys in Writing Creatively.  New York:  Longman, 2001.  Written with Wendy Bishop and Katherine Haake.  (Textbook.)

Kiss Off:  Poems to Set You Free, ed.  Mary D. Esselman and Elizabeth Ash Velez (New York:  Warner Books, 2003), "Emily Dickinson and Elvis Presley in Heaven" (invited reprint of the poem).

The Coast Starlight:  Collected Poems 1976-2006.  Indianapolis:  Dog Ear Publishing, 2006.

Listed in the Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers and Contemporary Authors, volume 43, new series; also listed in Poets & Writers Directory, online.

Leigh Hunt: A Reference Guide. Written with Timothy J. Lulofs. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1985.

Langston Hughes: A Study of the Short Fiction. New York: Twayne/Macmillan, 1993.

Genre and Writing: Issues, Arguments, and Alternatives. Edited with Wendy Bishop. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann/Boynton Cook, 1997.

A Langston Hughes Encyclopedia
. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2002.

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature. Edited with J. David Macey. 5 volumes. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2005.


"Tutoring Creative Writers: Working One-to-One on Prose and Poetry," in Creative Approaches to Writing Center Work, edited by Kevin Dvorak and Shanti Bruce. New Jersey: Hampton Press, 2008. Chapter completed; book in production.

"Sex, Classes, Ethnicity, and Irony: Teaching The Ways of White Folks," in Teaching the Harlem Renaissance, ed. Michael Soto. New York: Peter Lang, 2008.

"Hidden Purposes of Creative Writing: Self, Power, and Knowledge," in Teaching Creative Writing in Higher Education: Anglo-American Perspectives, edited by Heather Beck. London: Palgrave, forthcoming. The chapter has been accepted and edited.

"Langston Hughes," in An Encyclopedia of Literature and Politics, edited by M. Keith Booker. Westport: Greenwood Publishers, 2005.

"Masks of Revision," in Acts of Revision. Edited by Wendy Bishop. Portsmouth, N.H.: Boynton-cook/Heinemann, 2004, pp. 28-37.

"Edward Moxon" and "Frank O'Connor [Michael Francis O'Connor O'Donovan]" in the New Dictionary of National Biography, ed. H.C.G. Matthew. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004. See www.oup.co.uk/newdnb.

"Elizabeth Bishop's 'The Fish,'" in a Reference Guide to American Literature, ed. Thomas Riggs. Detroit: St. James press, 1999.

"Access: Writing in the Midst of Many Cultures," in The Subject Is Writing: Essays By Teachers and Students, 2nd edition, ed. Wendy Bishop. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann/Boynton-Cook, 1999, 62-72.

"Langston Hughes's 'The Blues I'm Playing,'" in a Reference Guide to Short Fiction, ed. Thomas Riggs. Detroit: St. James Press, 1999, 770-771.

"'Carom Shots': Re-conceptualizing Imitation and Its Uses in Creative Writing Courses," in Teaching Writing Creatively, ed. David Starkey. Portsmouth: Heinemann/Boynton-Cook, 1998, 164-172.

"Grammar 'J' as in Jazzing Around: The Role Play Plays in Style," in Elements of Alternate Style, ed. Wendy Bishop. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemenann/Boynton Cook, 1997.

"Edward Moxon," Dictionary of Literary Biography: British Publishers I (DLB, volume 106) Detroit and London: Gale Research Series, 1991.

"Samhain," in British Literary Magazines: The Victorian and Edwardian Age, 1837-1913. Ed. Alvin Sullivan. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1984, pp. 376-379. (Samhain was edited by W.B. Yeats).

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Professor Florence Sandler


"Solomon vbique regnet:' Herbert's Use of the Images of the New Covenant," in Essential Articles for the Study of George Herbert's Poetry, ed. John R. Roberts (Hamden, Conn: Archon, 1980), 258-67. Reprinted from Papers on Language and Literature, VIII (1972).

"The Iconoclastic Enterprise: Blake's Critique of 'Milton's Religion,'" in Essential Articles for the Study of William Blake, 1970-1984, ed. Nelson Hilton (Hamden, Con: Archon, 1986), 33-55. Reprinted from Blake Studies, V (1972), 13-47.

"Icon and Iconoclast," Achievements of the Left Hand: Essays on the Prose of John Milton, ed. Michael Lieb and John T. Shawcross (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1974), 160-84.

"The Unity of Felix Holt," George Eliot: Centenary Essays, ed. Rosemary VanArsdel and Gordon Haight (London: Macmillan Press; Totawa, N.J.: Barnes and Noble), 1982, 137-52.

"The Faerie Queene: an Elizabethan Apocalypse," The Apocalypse in English Renaissance Thought and Literature, ed. C.A. Patrides and Joseph Wittreich (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1984) 148-74.

"'The Gallery to the New World': Donne, Herbert and Ferrar on the Virginia Project," The John Donne Journal, 19 (2000), 267-97.

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Professor Ronald Thomas, president of the university


Dreams of Authority: Freud and the Fictions of the Unconscious. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1990.

Detective Fiction and the Rise of Forensic Science. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

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Professor Alison Tracy Hale


"'Why do we always have to talk about race?' Teaching American Literature in the Post-Affirmative Action Liberal Arts Environment," with Tamiko Nimura. Teaching Race in the Twenty-First Century: College Professors Talk About Their Fears, Risks, and Rewards, Ed. Lisa Guerrero. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)

"Uncanny Afflictions: Spectral Evidence and the Puritan Crisis of Subjectivity." Spectral America: Phantoms and the American Imagination. Ed. Jeffrey A. Weinstock. (University of Wisconsin Press; 2004).


"The Coercive Sphere and the Failure of Public Discourse." Review of Voices in the Wilderness: Public Discourse and the Paradox of Puritan Rhetoric, by Patricia Roberts-Miller (University of Alabama Press, 1999). The Review of Communication. Vol 3: 1 (2003).

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