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Latest publications:
Through the Bricks and into a Book

This presentation examines how non-traditional students (Vietnam and Iraq-war veterans at a government veterans' facility) wrote and produced a book, Voices from the Rock, from a world of institutionalized brick.

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“Dialogic” as Diversity: Considering Bakhtin’s Theory of the Novel as Template for a Multi-cultural Curriculum in a Literature or Language Arts Classroom

Mikhail Bakhtin theorized how the novel “denies the absolutism of a single unitary language” and grows from divergent languages. Why can’t a teacher’s multi-cultural curriculum reflect a similar approach?

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Exhuming the Community, Undressing the Ritual

A Madagascar exhumation ritual, Famadihana, becomes the blueprint for classroom discourse the same way a Famadihana creates a “dialogue” between the living and the dead.

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The Muse in Mourning: Or Why the Author Mopes and Starves in a Garret

When did the writer starve for art? This romantic conception has its roots in Robert Burton’s 17th century work, The Anatomy of Melancholy, a work that still defines authorship today.

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Rebels with a Cause: How the Female Teen Protagonist is Challenging the Traditional Male Coming of Age Story in Fiction Used in the Classroom

Teen male rebels without a cause are established literary protagonists. But the female rebels of two recent novels, Push, and Persepolis, show that you can rebel with a cause.

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Embracing the Marginalized: How the ‘Diversity’ of Exile Creates Identity in Carolina Maria De Jesus’ Diary Child of the Dark and James Joyce’s Autobiographical Novel a Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Exile: an unlikely state to find community. Yet in two literary works (a diary and novel) the authors find community in exile: a state rich in diversity, rich in possibility.

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Seceding from the Narrative: How the Criminal Underworlds in William Burroughs’ Naked Lunch Map out a Non-Linear Narrative through the Creation of “Temporary Autonomous Zones”

In various criminal underworld scenes, William Burroughs secedes from traditional linear narrative to create a subversive non-linear landscape that reconfigures the text into a series of interrelated "temporary autonomous zones."

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“Not Numbering and Counting, but Ripening Like a Tree”: How Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet can Provide for both Students and Teachers a Framework for this Fuzzy Thing “Creativity”

Is there a way to define this often fuzzy concept, "Creativity"? Yes. In Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet, creativity is like a Socratic dialogue the artist has with nature.

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The Manifesto: Literary Outlaw, or Outlaw of Literature?

The manifesto seems more concerned with evoking immediate change than seeking literary canonization. Is the genre of the manifesto suspect? A literary outlaw? A permanent exile from the literary canon?

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Salaam Sid Vicious: How the Fusion of Islam and Punk Rock Creates a New Hybrid of Western Pop Culture in Michael Muhammad Knight’s Novel, The Taqwacores

Traditionally, Western culture shapes non-Western culture. What about the reverse? In Michael Muhammad's coming of age novel, The Taqwacores, he adapts Islamic teachings with his own sub-culture, Punk Rock.

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