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American Studies and War Narratives
 
 
Eileen Boris currently holds the Hull Professor chair in Women’s Studies at UC Santa Barbara, having received a Ph.D. from Brown University in American Civilization. Her interests range among such topics as gender, race, and class; feminist theory; labor studies; social politics; women, work, and welfare; and women’s and gender history.

Among the recent books and articles Boris has published are Voices of Women’s Historians: The Personal, the Political, the Professional (1999), Homeworkers In Global Perspective (1996), Home to Work: Motherhood and The Politics of Industrial Homework in the United States (1994), “ ‘Arm and Arm’: Racialized Bodies and Color Lines,” in Journal of American Studies 35, April 2001, “ ‘The Right to Work is the Right to Live!’ The Rights Discourse of Fair Employment,” in The Culture of Rights (2001), “When Work Was Slavery,” in Social Justice, 25 (Spring) 28-46, and “ ‘You Wouldn’t Want One of ’Em Dancing With Your Wife’: Racialized Bodies on the Job in WWII,” in American Quarterly, 50 (March), 77-108.

James Brooks is an Assistant Professor in History at UC Santa Barbara and received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis. His interests include topics such as Borderlands History, the American West, and Native American History.

Among Brooks’s recent publications are Nations, Tribes, and Colours: Borderland Peoples and a History for the Twenty-first Century and articles including “Life Proceeds from the Name: Indigenous Peoples and the Predicament of Hybridity,” in Clearing a Path: Theorizing the Past in Native American Studies (2001) 181-205, “ ‘Lest We Go in Search of Relief to Our lands and Our Nation’: Customary Justice and Colonial Law in the New Mexico Borderlands, 1680-1821,” in The Many Legalities of Early America (2001) 150-180, “Served Well by Plunder: La Gran Ladronería and Producers of History Astride the Río Grande,” American Quarterly, vol. 52, no. 1, (March 2000) 23-58, “ ‘This Evil Extends Especially to the Feminine Sex:’ Captivity and Identity in New Mexico, 1700-1846,” in Unequal Sisters: A Multicultural Reader in United States Women’s History (2000) 20-38 rprt., and “Violence, Justice and State Power in in the New Mexican Borderlands, 1780-1880,” in Power and Place in the North American West (1999) 23-58.

Michael Cowan is a Professor in English at UC Santa Cruz and received his Ph.D. from Yale University. He studies nineteenth and twentieth-century American literature, symbolic expression in American life, urban studies, and American cultural theory and history.

Cowan’s publications include Twentieth Century Interpretations of the Sound and the Fury; A Collection of Critical Essays (1968) and City of the West: Emerson, American, and Urban Metaphor (1967).

Jim Dawes teaches in the English department of Macalester College and received his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He is a Lilly Fellow at Macalester College. His teaching interests include, among other things, interdisciplinary approaches to literary studies (ethics, law, psychology, sociology, medicine) and American literature from all periods.

Dawes is the author of The Language of War (2002) as well as numerous articles on topics including narrative theory, human rights law, literature and medical studies, Shakespeare, gender and sexuality, and pedagogical technique. The Language of War examines the relationship between language and violence, focusing on U.S. literature and culture from the Civil War through World War II. The book proceeds by developing two primary questions: How does the strategic violence of war affect literary, legal, and philosophical representations? And, in turn, how do such representations affect the reception and initiation of violence itself?

Giles Gunn is a Professor in the English Department at UC Santa Barbara. His research deals with American literary and cultural studies, global studies, literary theory and criticism, and American intellectual and religious studies. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Some of Gunn’s recent publications include Beyond Solidarity: Pragmatism and Difference in a Globalized World (2001), Thinking Across the American Grain: Ideology, Intellect, and the New Pragmatism (1992), The Culture of Criticism and the Criticism of Culture (1987), The Interpretation of Otherness: Literature, Religion, and the American Imagination (1979), F.O. Matthiessen: The Critical Achievement (1975), and numerous essays on American and modern literature, critical theory, and intellectual and cultural history.

Carl Gutiérrez-Jones is a Professor in the English department at UC Santa Barbara and is currently chair of the department. He researches contemporary American fiction, critical race studies, Chicano studies, and literature of the Americas. Gutiérrez-Jones received his Ph.D from Cornell University.

Gutiérrez-Jones just published Critical Race Narratives: A Study of Race, Rhetoric and Injury (2001) and other recent books and articles he has published include Rethinking the Borderlands: Between Chicano Narrative and Legal Discourse (1995), “Injury by Design,” Cultural Critique 40 (Fall 1998): 73-102., “The New Western History: Theory and Trauma in the Work of Patricia Limerick,” Arizona Quarterly 53:2 (Summer 1997): 135-153, and “Legal Rhetoric and Cultural Critique: Notes Toward Guerilla Writing.” In Diacritics, 1990.

Ellie Hernandez (under construction)

Katherine Kinney is an Associate Professor in English at UC Riverside and received her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. Her interests include 20th Century American Literature, Minority Discourses (African American Literature), The Vietnam War, and American and African American literature and film.

She is the author of Friendly Fire: American Identity and the Literature of the Vietnam War (2000). She has published widely on the cultural impact of war in articles such as “Foreign Affairs: Women, War, and the Pacific” in Post-National American Studies; “Black Soldiers in Liberal Hollywood” In War, Literature, and the Arts; “Making Capital: War, Labor, and Whitman in Washington, D.C.,” in Breaking Bounds: A Whitman Centennial Volume and Tim O’Brien’s Going After Cacciato in American Literary History. Kinney is currently working on a book titled Liberal Hollywood: Race, Politics and Style (1945-1975).

Nelson Lichtenstein is a Professor in History at UC Santa Barbara and received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. His research interests consist of United States labor, political economy, and social thought.

Lichtenstein’s publications include State of the Union: A Century of American Labor (2002), Who Built America? Working People and the Nation’s Economy, Politics, Culture and Society (with Roy Rosenzweig and Susan Strasser), vol. 2 (2000), Walter Reuther: the Most Dangerous Man in Detroit (1995), Labor’s War at Home: the CIO in World War II (1992), “Market Triumphalism and the Wishful Liberals” in Cold War Triumphalism (2002), “Class Politics and the State During World War II,” International Labor and Working-Class History, 58 (Fall, 2000), 261-274, “Vanishing Jobs in a Racialized America” (Fall 2000), Radical History Review, “Falling in Love Again?: Intellectuals and the Labor Movement in Post-War America,” New Labor Forum (Spring-Summer 1999), 18-31, “American Trade Unions and the ‘Labor Question’: Past and Present” in What’s Next for Organized Labor? (1999), 59-117, “Taft-Hartley: A Slave Labor Law?” Catholic University Law Review 47 (Spring 1998), 763-89, “Work Rights, Individual Rights: Balancing the Scales,” Dissent (Spring, 1997), 66-72, “Great Expectations: The Promise of Industrial Jurisprudence and its Demise” in Ambiguous Promise: Industrial Democracy in America (1993), “From Corporatism to Collective Bargaining: Postwar Labor and the Eclipse of Social Democracy,” in The Rise and Fall of New Deal Liberalism (1989), 122-52, and “Opportunities Found and Lost: Labor, Radicals and the Early Civil Rights Movement,” The Journal of American History, 75 (December 1988), 786-811.

Christopher Looby is a Professor in the English Department of UCLA. He received his Ph.D. at Columbia University, and his research interests include eighteenth and nineteenth century United States literature, Gay/Lesbian/Queer Studies, Richard Wright, historical and cultural approaches to literature, and print culture.

Some of Looby’s recent publications include The Complete Civil War Journal and Selected Letters of Thomas Wentworth Higginson (2000), Voicing America: Language, Literary Form, and the Origins of the United States (1996), “ ‘As Thoroughly Black as the Most Faithful Philanthropist Could Desire’: Erotics of Race in Higginson’s Army Life in a Black Regiment.” In Race and the Subject of Masculinities (1997), “ ‘The Roots of the Orchis, the Iuli of Chestnuts’: The Odor of Male Solitude.” In Solitary Pleasures: The Historical, Literary, and Artistic Discourses of Autoeroticism (1995), “ ‘Innocent Homosexuality’: The Fiedler Thesis in Retrospect.” In Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Case Study in Critical Conroversy (1995), “Flowers of Manhood: Race, Sex and Floriculture from Thomas Wentworth Higginson to Robert Mapplethorpe.” Criticism 37, 1 (Winter 1995), 109-56, “George Thompson’s ‘Romance of the Real’: Transgression and Taboo in American Sensation Fiction.” American Literature 65, 4 (Dec, 1993), 651-72. “The Constitution of Nature: Taxonomy as Politics in Jefferson, Peale, and Bartram.” Early American Literature 22, 3 (1987), pp. 252-73, and “Phonetics and Politics: Franklin’'s Alphabet as a Political Design.” Eighteenth-Century Studies 18, 1 (Fall 1984), 1-34.

Trish Loughran (under construction)

Curtis Márez is an Assistant Professor of American Studies at UC Santa Cruz. He received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and his research interests involve Chicano studies, popular culture studies, post modern and post colonial studies, and theories on race and sexuality.

Márez’s publications include “The Other Addict: Oscar Wilde’s Opium Smoke Screen,” English Literary History (1997), “Brown: The Politics of Chicana/o Style,” Social Text (Fall, 1996) and “The Coquero in Freud: Psychoanalysis, Race, and International Economies of Distinction,” Cultural Critique (Winter 1993-94).

George Mariscal is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Chicano/a Literature at UC San Diego. He received his Ph.D. from UC Irvine. His research and teaching interests consist of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spanish culture, Chicano/a studies, and U.S. literature of the Viet Nam war.

Mariscal’s recent publications include Contradictory Subjects: Quevedo and Cervantes in Seventeenth-Century Spanish Culture (1991), “In the Wake of the Gulf War: Untying theYellow Ribbon,” Cultural Critique, 19 (Fall, 1991), “Property Rights and Human Rights,” Z Magazine (July/August 1992), “La gran sultana and the Issue of Cervantes’s Modernity,” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, 28 (1994), “Women and Other Metaphors in Cervantes’s Comedia Famosa de la Entretenida,” Theatre Journal, 46 (May, 1994), “The Role of Spain in Contemporary Race Theory,” Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, 2 (1998), Aztlán & Viet Nam: Chicano and Chicana Experiences of the War (an anthology with critical introduction) (1999), “Chicanos and Latinos in the Jungle of Sports Talk Radio,” Journal of Sports and Social Issues, 23 (February 1999), “The Crisis of Hispanism as Apocalyptic Myth,” in Cervantes and His Postmodern Constituencies (1999), “The Figure of the Indiano in Early Modern Spanish Writing,” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, 2 (2000), and “Reading Chicano/a Writing about the American War in Viet Nam,” Aztlán, 25 (Fall 2000).

David Marshall is a Professor of English at UC Santa Barbara and is currently Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts in the College of Letters and Science at UCSB. His interests include Eighteenth-century fiction and aesthetics, narrative theory, Shakespeare, lyric poetry, autobiography, and philosophy and literature.

Among Marshall’s recent publications are The Figure of Theater: Shaftesbury, Defoe, Adam Smith, and George Eliot (1986), The Surprising Effects of Sympathy: Marivaux, Diderot, Rousseau, and Mary Shelley (1988), and articles on Homer, Shakespeare, Charlotte Lennox, Richardson, Hume, Jane Austen, Wordsworth, Rilke, and others.

Mark Maslan is an Associate Professor in English at UC Santa Barbara. He received his Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley, and among his interests are American literature, poetry and poetics, theories of gender and sexuality, Anglophone African literature, and post-colonial theory.

Maslan has just published Whitman Possessed: Poetry, Sexuality, and Popular Authority (2002), and some of his other publications include “Whitman and His Double” American Literary History 1994, “Whitman’s ‘Strange Hand’: Body as Text in Drum-Taps.” English Literary History, 1991, and “Foucault and Pragmatism” Raritan, 1988.

John Carlos Rowe is a Professor of English at UC Irvine. He received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. His research interests include nineteenth and twentieth-Century U.S. literatures and cultures, modernism, history of literary theory, literature and other arts, biography/autobiography, and critical theory.

Rowe’s publications include Henry Adams and Henry James: The Emergence of a Modern Consciousness (1976), Through the Custom-House: Nineteenth-Century American Fiction and Modern Theory (1982), edited books such as The Theoretical Dimensions of Henry James (1984), At Emerson's Tomb: The Politics of Classic American Literature (1997), Literary Culture and US Imperialism: From the Revolution to World War II (2000) and A Future for American Studies (2000).

Shirley Samuels is a Professor of English at Cornell University. She received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. Among her scholarly and professional interests are American literature and culture, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American fiction, feminist criticism, and American studies.

Samuels’s recent publications include Facing American: National Iconography and the Civil War (2002), Romances of the Republic: Women, the Family, and Violence in the Literature of the Early American Nation (1996); editor, The Culture of Sentiment: Race, Gender, and Sentimentality in Nineteenth-Century America (1992), “The American Novel, 1790-1840,” (with Elizabeth Barnes), in History of the Book in America, volume 2, (2002), “Women at War,” in The Cambridge Companion to Nineteenth-Century American Women’s Writing, (2001), “National Gender: American Iconography and the Civil War” in Gender Studies: Feminist Methodology, ed. Irina Zherebkina (Ukraine: 1999), pp. 92-101 (in Ukrainian), “Miscegenated America: The Civil War,” American Literary History (Fall 1997), 482-501. “Generation Through Violence: Cooper’s Making of Americans,” in New Essays on The Last of the Mohicans, ed. Daniel Peck, (1992) 87-114, “Wieland: Alien and Infidel,” Early American Literature (Fall 1990) 25, no. 2, 46-66, and “Infidelity and Contagion: The Rhetoric of Revolution,” Early American Literature (Fall 1987) 22, no. 2, 183-191.

Shelley Streeby is an Associate Professor of American Literature at UC San Diego and received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. Among her research interests are U.S. literature and culture, sensationalism and sentimentalism, popular and mass culture, inter-American studies, U.S. imperialism, science fiction, and working-class cultures.

Some of Streeby’s publications are “Haunted Houses: George Lippard, Nathaniel Hawthorne,and Middle-Class America,” Criticism (Summer 1996), “Opening Up the Story-paper: George Lippard and the Construction of Class,” boundary 2 (Spring 1997),
“Joaquín Murrieta and the American 1848,” Post-Nationalist American Studies (2000), and “American Sensations: Empire, Amnesia, and the U.S.-Mexican War,” American Literary History (Spring 2001).

Jack Talbott is a Professor in History at UC Santa Barbara and is currently chair of the hstory department. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and his interests are in modern Europe, the history of war in a social and cultural context; and modern European history, with an emphasis on France.

Among Talbott’s publications are The Pen and Ink Sailor: Charles Middleton and the King’s Navy, 1778-1813 (1998), The War without a Name: France in Algeria, 1954-1962 (1980), and The Politics of Educational Reform in France (Princeton, 1969).

Elisa Tamarkin (under construction)