Curriculum Vitae

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Areas of Specialization:

Modern & Contemporary British Literature
Postcolonial Literature
Renaissance Literature


Ph.D.   University of Pennsylvania 1972
M.A.    University of Pennsylvania 1968
B.A.    Carnegie Institute of Technology 1967

Employment History:

6/14-present: Professor Emerita of English Spelman College

9/92-6/14: Professor of English Spelman College
9/84-6/92:  Associate Professor of English Spelman College
9/78-6/84:  Assistant Professor of English Spelman College
9/72-6/78:  Assistant Professor of English Georgia State University
6/76-8/76:  visiting professor, Emory University
9/71-6/72:  part-time Instructor, Georgia State University

Grants & Awards:

6/04 IES Seminar on “Immigration in Contemporary Western Europe” Paris and Berlin
6-8/98 NEH Seminar on “Postcolonial Literature and Theory” University of London
6/97 and 6/98  NYU Comparative Women’s Studies Seminar
5/94 and 3/95 Merrill Travel grants
6-8/91 NEH Seminar on “Feminism and Modernism” at Indiana University
5/90   Spelman College Presidential Award for Scholastic Achievement
1/88   Bush Foundation Grant
1/86   UNCF “Strengthening the Humanities” Grant

Publications: Books

Negotiating Identities in Women’s Lives: English Postcolonial and Contemporary British Novels. Westport, Ct: Greenwood Press, 2002.

Female Vision of the City: London in the Novels of Five British Women. Knoxville: Univ. of Tennessee Press, 1989.

Publications: Articles

“Cosmopolitanism From Below: in Mrs. Dalloway and ‘Street Haunting’.”
Woolf and the City: Selected Papers from the Nineteenth Annual Conference on
Virginia Woolf. Eds. Elizabeth Evans and Sarah Cornish. Clemson, S.C.: Clemson
Clemson University Digital Press, 2010. 104-110.

“Voyaging through ‘Contested Cultural Territories’ in Virginia Woolf’s
Mrs. Dalloway  and Anita Desai’s Clear Light of Day.” Voyages Out, Voyages
Home: Selected Papers from the Eleventh Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf.
Eds. Jane de Gay and Marion Dell. Clemson, S.C.: Clemson University Digital
Press, 2010. 119-124.

“Overcoming Resistance to Lesbian Readings of Mrs. Dalloway.” Approaches to
Teaching Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, Eds. Eileen Barrett and Ruth O. Saxton. N.Y.:The Modern Language Assoc. of America, 2009. 118-122.

“The Return to Hijab in Nadine Gordimer’s The Pick-Up and Leila Aboulela’s
Minaret­.” Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies 15.2 (2008): 70-83.

“In Pursuit of the English: Hybridity and the Local in Doris Lessing’s First Urban Text.”
Journal of Commonwealth Literature .43.2 (2008): 133-144.

“Willesden as a Site of ‘Demotic’ Cosmopolitanism in Zadie Smith’s Postcolonial City
Novel White Teeth.” Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies 12.2
(2005): 65-83.

“Patterns of Aging in the Ninth Stage of Life: The Diary of a Good Neighbour” Doris
Lessing Studies 24, nos. 1&2(Summer/Fall 2004): 36-39.

“When Everything Else is Done and Dusted’:an Interview with Barbara Burford,
Scientist and Writer, Bradford, England August 6, 1998.”Macomère: Journal of the Association of  Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars. 2 (1999):23-35.

“P.D. James.” a reprint of Chapter 5 from my 1989 book, A Female Vision of the City,
in Contemporary Literary Criticism. Vol. 122. Ed. Jeffrey W. Hunter. Detroit: Gale
Group, 1999. 149-162.

“Doris Lessing.”Postcolonial African Writers:A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook.
Eds. Pushpa N. Parekh and Siga F. Jagne. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1998, 282-295.

“Negotiating Between Ideologies: the Search for Identity in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions and Margaret Atwood’s Cat’s Eye.”Teaching African Literature, a SpecialEdition, eds. Tuzyline Allan and Florence Howe, Women’s Studies Quarterly 25, nos.3&4   (Fall/Winter 1997): 68-82.

“Virginia Woolf as Modernist Foremother in Maureen Duffy’s Play A Nightingale in Bloomsbury Square,” Unmanning Modernism:Gendered Re-Readings. Eds. Elizabeth Jane   Harrison and Shirley Peterson. Knoxville: Univ. of Tenn Press, 1997, 117-132.

“Buchi Emecheta’s Kehinde: The Conflict Between Cultures.” In Cultural Encounters
Across the Medditerranean: Selected and Edited Proceedings of Birzeit University’s
Fourth International Conference. Eds. Lily Freidy and Roger Heacock. Palestine: Birzeit
University  Press, 1996: 26-36.

“The London Novels of Buchi Emecheta” in Emerging Perspectives on Buchi Emecheta: Ed. Marie Umeh. Lawrenceville, N.J.:Africa World Press, 1996: 367-385.

“‘The Outsider-Within:’ Virginia Woolf and Doris Lessing as Urban Novelists in Mrs.
Dalloway and The Four-Gated City. Woolf  and Lessing: Breaking the Mold. Eds. Ruth Saxton and Jean Tobin. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1994: 59-72.

‘A Portrait of Virginia Woolf in Maureen Duffy’s ‘A Nightingale in Bloomsbury Square.'” Virginia Woolf: Themes and Variations. Selected Papers from the Second Annual Virginia Woolf Conference. Eds. Mark Hussey and Virginia Neverow-Turk. New York, Pace University Press, 1993: 200-215.

“Neanderthals, Human Gorillas and Their Fathers: Crossing Scientific Boundaries in Doris   Lessing’s The Fifth Child and Maureen Duffy’s Gor Saga.” Doris Lessing Newsletter 15.1   (Winter 1993): 3, 7, 10, 14-15.

“Masculine and Feminine Cities: Marge Piercy’s Going Down Fast and Fly Away Home.” Frontiers:A Journal of Women Studies 13.1 (Spring 1992):90-110.

“Reading the City as Palimpsest: the Experiential Perception of the City in Doris Lessing’s The Four-Gated City.” Women Writers and the City. Ed. Susan Squier. Knoxville:  Univ. of  Tennessee Press, 1984.  176-190.

“Ridgeway’s Militant Weekly and the Serial Version of Conrad’s Secret Agent.” Analytical and Enumerative Bibliography 5.3 (1981): 143-52.

“Attitudes Toward the Education and Roles of Women: Sixteenth Century Humanists and   17th Century Advice Books.”  The University of Dayton Review 15.1 (1981): 57-67.

“Elizabeth Grymeston’s Miscelanea, Meditations, Memoratives (1604):Text and Introduction.” with Bradford Y. Fletcher. The University ofPennsylvania Library Chronicle 45 (1981): 53-83.

“Cognitive Dissonance and the Anxiety Response to Kafka’s The Castle.”The Comparatist  4  (May 1980): 23-30.

“Structural Repetition in John Bunyan’s Holy War.” Tennessee Studies in Literature 24 (1979): 71-81.

“The Small Cardboard Box: A Symbol of the City   and of Winnie Verloc in Conrad’s Secret Agent,” Modern Fiction Studies 24.1 (1978): 23-39.

“Anxiety in Kafka: A Function of Cognitive Dissonance.”  Journal of Modern Literature 6.3 (1977): 380-8. “Early Seventeenth-Century Advice Books: The Female Viewpoint,” South Atlantic Bulletin, 41.3 (1976): 41-48.

“Puritan Allegory and the Four Levels of Bunyan’s Holy War,”  Christianity and Literature,   24.3 (1975): 30-35.

“The Authorship of  The Mystery of Rhetoric Unveiled.” Papers of the Bibliographical       Society of America 69 (Winter 1975): 79-81.

Publications: Reviews

“Review of Adventures of the Spirit: the Older Woman in the Works of Doris Lessing
Margaret Atwood, and Other Contemporary Writers edited by Phyllis Perrakis.
Doris Lessing Studies 29.1 (Summer 2010): 24-27.

“Review of Women, Privacy and Modernity in Early Twentieth-Century Writing by Wendy Gan.” Virginia Woolf Miscellany 76  (Fall/Winter 2009):26-27.

“Review of Iris Murdoch’s Paradoxical Novels:Thirty Years of Critical Reception by Barbara Heusel.” South Atlantic Review 69.2  ( Winter 2004): 138-141.

“Review of Caryl Phillips by Bénédicte Ledent.” Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies 8.1&2 (2001):253-257.

“Review of Bordering on the Body: The Racial Matrix of Modern Fiction and Culture by Laura Doyle.” Woolf Studies Annual, 3 (1997): 211-15.


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