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Derek Parker Royal, PhD

Curriculum Vitae


Education Professional Experience Publications Editorial Experience Conference Papers Teaching Service Other
 

Education

2000:     Ph.D., English, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
1994:     M.A., English, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana      
1986:     B.A., Psychology and English, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina

Professional Experience

Administrative

2004-Present    Executive Editor and Founder, Philip Roth Studies
2006-2008:        Director of Liberal Studies Program, Texas A&M University-Commerce
2002-2009:        President and Founder, International Philip Roth Society

 

Faculty/Research

2007-2010:       Associate Professor of English, Texas A&M University-Commerce
2003-2007:       Assistant Professor of English, Texas A&M University-Commerce
2001-2003:       Assistant Professor of English, Prairie View A&M University
1998-2001:       Assistant Professor of English, North Georgia College and State University
1992-1998:       Graduate Teaching Assistant, Purdue University

 

Research Interests

Twentieth-Century and Contemporary American Literature
American Multi-Ethnic Literature and Theory
Comics and Graphic Narrative
Narrative Theory

Publications (When available, click the hyperlink for full text.)

 Monographs and Edited Collections
 
Philip Roth’s America: The Later Novels.  Spec. issue of Studies in American Jewish Literature 23  (2004).  Guest editor.  Devoted to images of America in Philip Roth’s recent fiction.
Unfinalized Moments in Jewish American Narrative.  Spec. issue of Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies  22.3  (2004).  Guest editor.  Devoted to contemporary Jewish American fiction.
Philip Roth: New Perspectives on an American Author.  Editor and contributor.  Praeger-Greenwood, 2005.
Coloring America: Multi-Ethnic Engagements with Graphic Narrative.  Spec. issue of MELUS 32.3 (2007).  Guest editor.  Devoted to multi-ethnic American graphic narrative.
Jewish Comics.  Spec. issue of Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 29.2 (2011).  Guest editor.  Devoted to Jewish comics and graphic novels.
Graphic Engagement: The Politics of Comics and Animation. Spec. issue of Forum for World Literature Studies 3.1 (2011).  Guest editor, along with S.C. Gooch and Juan Meneses.  Devoted to international politics in comics and animation.
Superheroes and Gender.  Spec. issue of Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 2.1 (2011).  Guest editor, along with Peter Coogan and Mel Gibson.  Devoted to superheroes and gender.
Philip Roth’s American Pastoral. Atlande, 2011. Author, along with Patrick Badonnel and Daniel Royot.
Unfinalized Moments: Essays in the Development of Contemporary Jewish American Narrative. Editor and contributor. Purdue University Press, 2012.
Woody Allen after 1990.  Spec. issue of Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities.  Guest editor.  Devoted to Woody Allen’s film work after 1990.  Forthcoming 2012.
The Hernandez Brothers.  Spec. issue of ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies.  Guest editor, along with Christopher Gonzales. Devoted to the comics of the Hernandez brothers. Forthcoming, 2012.
The Hernandez Brothers.  Spec. issue of ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies.  Guest editor, along with Christopher Gonzales. Devoted to the comics of the Hernandez brothers. Projected publication, 2012.
Philip Roth: An Annotated Bibliography, 1984-2008Scarecrow Press.  Signed contract.  Projected publication date, 2013.
More Than Jewish Mischief: Narrating Subjectivity in Philip Roth’s Later Fiction.  In progress.  Based on preliminary chapters, Ohio State University Press has requested to review entire manuscript for publication. 

Essays in Peer Reviewed Journals
 

Under Submission

“Comedy beyond the Pale: Working the Jewish in Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.”  Preparing for publication in Journal of Popular Film and Television.


In Print or Forthcoming

“The Dream of Cultural Documentation:  Rereading the Aesthetic in Charles Brockden Brown’s Wieland.”  The Midwest Quarterly: A Journal of Contemporary Thought.  Forthcoming.  (15 page manuscript)
“Cyrillic Cycles: Uses of Composite Narrative in the Russian Émigré Fiction of Ellen Litman and David Bezmozgis.”  Preparing for submission to Studies in American Jewish Literature.
“Reading between the (Panty) Lines: The Body as Ethnographic Text in Jaime Hernandez’s Recent Narratives.”  ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies.  Forthcoming 2012.  (17 page manuscript)
"Falsifying the Fragments: Narratological Uses of the Mockumentary in Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives and Sweet and Lowdown."  Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities. 31.2 (2012): 53-65.

“Sequential Sketches of Ethnic Identity: Will Eisner’s A Contract with God as Graphic Cycle.” College Literature 38.3 (2011): 150-67.

"Jewish Comics; Or, Visualizing Current Jewish Narrative."  Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 29.2 (2011): 1-12.
“There Goes the Neighborhood: Cycling Ethnoracial Tensions in Will Eisner’s Dropsie Avenue.”  Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 29.2 (2011): 120-45.
“Native Noir: Genre and the Politics of Indigenous Representation in Recent American Comics.”  ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies 5.3 (2010).
“Meddling with ‘hifalut’n foolishness’: Capturing Mark Twain in Recent Comics.” The Mark Twain Annual  7  (2009): 22-51.
“What to Make of Roth’s Indignation; Or, Serious in the Fifties.” Philip Roth Studies 5.1 (2009): 125-33.
“To Be Continued...: Serialization and Its Discontent in the Recent Comics of Gilbert Hernandez.”  International Journal of Comic Art. 11.1 (2009): 262-80.
“Sequential Poe-try: Recent Graphic Narrative Adaptations of Poe.”  Poe Studies/Dark Romanticism 39-40 (2007-2008): 55-67.
“Coloring America: Multi-Ethnic Engagements with Graphic Narrative.”  MELUS  32.3 (2007): 7-22.
“Fragmenting the Post-Holocaust Subject: The Uses of the Short-Story Cycle in Thane Rosenbaum’s Elijah Visible.”  Modern Jewish Studies/Yiddish 14.4 (2006).  72-89.
“Plotting the Frames of Subjectivity: Identity, Death, and Narrative in Philip Roth’s The Human Stain.  Contemporary Literature  47  (2006): 114-40.
“Philip Roth’s America”  Studies in American Jewish Literature  23  (2004): ix-xii.
“Literary Genre as Ethnic Resistance in Maxine Hong Kingston’s Tripmaster Monkey.”  MELUS  29.2  (2004):  141-56.
“Unfinalized Moments in Contemporary Jewish American Narrative.”   Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies  22  (2004):  1-11.
“Eruptions of Performance: Hank Morgan and the Business of Politics.”  The Midwest Quarterly: A Journal of Contemporary Thought   45   ( 2003 ): 11-33.
“An Absent Presence: The Rewriting of Hawthorne’s Narratology in John Updike’s S.”   Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction  44 (2002):  73-85.
“The Clinician As Enslaver: Pudd'nhead Wilson and the Rationalization of Identity.”  Texas Studies in Literature and Language  44  (2002):  414-31.
“Postmodern Jewish Identity in Philip Roth’s The Counterlife.”  Modern Fiction Studies 48.2 (2002):  422-43.
“Fictional Realms of Possibility: Reimagining the Ethnic Subject in Philip Roth’s American Pastoral.”  Studies in American Jewish Literature  20  (2001): 1-16.
“Camusian Existentialism in Arthur Miller’s After the Fall.”  Modern Drama  43  (2000):  192-203.
“Texts, Lives, and Bellybuttons: Philip Roth’s Operation Shylock and the Renegotiation of Subjectivity.”  Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies  19  (2000):  48-65.
“Terrible Dreams of Creative Power: The Question of No. 44.”  Studies in the Novel  31 (1999):  44-59.
“Shakespeare's Kingly Mirror: Figuring the Chorus in Olivier's and Branagh's Henry V.”  Literature/Film Quarterly  25  (1997):  104-110.
“Forgetting of Pictures Over a Long Retention Interval in Young and Older Adults.” (with Denise C. Park, William Dudley, and Roger Morrell) Psychology and Aging  3.1  (1988):  94-95.

Essays in Edited Book Collections

Invited Contributions in Progress
“People of the Word Image: Exploring Jewish Comics and Graphic Novels.”  The Edinburgh Companion to Modern Anglophone Jewish Fiction.  Ed. David Brauner.  Edinburgh University Press.
“Paying Attention to the Man behind the Curtain: Philip Roth and the Dynamics of Written and Unwritten Celebrity.”  Roth and Celebrity: An Edited Collection.  Ed. Aimee Pozorski.  Lexington Books.
“Narrating the Stuff of Dreams: Autobiography and Narrative Authority in Kim Deitch’s Recent Comics.”  Drawing from Life: Memory and Subjectivity in Comic Art.  Ed. Jane Tolmie.  University Press of Mississippi.

In Print or Forthcoming
“Strategies of Narration in Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s Spider-Man: Blue.” Spider-Man, Spider-Women, and Webspinners: Critical Perspectives.Ed. Robert G. Weiner and Robert Moses Peaslee.  McFarland Publishing. (18 page manuscript)
“Drawing Attention: Comics as a Means of Approaching U.S. Cultural Diversity.” Teaching Graphic Narratives: Critical Approaches.  Ed. Lan Dong. McFarland Publishing. (19 page manuscript)
Essays on the Hernandez Brothers’ Love and Rockets and Will Eisner’s Dropsie Avenue in Graphic Novels.  Ed. Bart Beaty and Stephen Weiner.  Salem Press.  (12 and 6 page manuscripts)
“Plotting a Way Home: The Jewish American Novel.”  A Companion to the American Novel.  Ed. Alfred Bendixen. Blackwel P., 2012.  241-58.
“Gentile on My Mind: Updike, Bech, and the Limits of Ethnic Representation.”  Critical Insights: John Updike. Ed. Bernard F. Rodgers, Jr.  Salem Press, 2011. 33-48.
"Fictional Realms of Possibility: Reimagining the Ethnic Subject in Philip Roth's American Pastoral." Reading Philip Roth's American Pastoral. Ed. Velichka D. Ivanova. Toulouse: Presses Universitires du Mirail, 2011. 47-59.
“Plots against America: Language and the Comedy of Conspiracy in Philip Roth’s Early Fiction.” Playful and Serious: Philip Roth as Comic Writer.  Ed. Jay L. Halio and Ben Siegel. University of Delaware Press.  117-32.
“Contesting the Historical Pastoral in Philip Roth’s American Trilogy.” American Fiction of the 1990s.  Ed. Jay Prosser.  London: Routledge, 2008.  121-34. 
“Portnoy’s Neglected Siblings: A Case for Postmodern Jewish American Literary Studies.”  Complicating Constructions: Race, Ethnicity, and Hybridity in American Texts.  Ed. David S. Goldstein and Audrey Thacker.  Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2007.  250-69.
“Roth, Literary Influence, and Postmodernism.”  The Cambridge Companion to Philip Roth.  Ed. Timothy Parrish. Cambridge University Press,  2007.  22-34.
“Pastoral Dreams and National Identity in American Pastoral and I Married a Communist.” Philip Roth: New Perspectives on an American Author. Ed. Derek Parker Royal. Westport, CT: Praeger-Greenwood, 2005. 185-207.
“Texts, Lives, and Bellybuttons: Philip Roth’s Operation Shylock and the Renegotiation of Subjectivity.”  Turning Up the Flame: Philip Roth’s Later Novels.  Ed. Jay L. Halio and Ben Siegel.  University of Delaware Press, 2005.  68-91.  (Reprint from Shofar  19.1  [2000]:  48-65)
“Fouling Out the American Pastoral: Rereading Philip Roth’s The Great American Novel.”  Upon Further Review: Sports in American Literature.  Eds. Michael Cocchiarale and Scott D. Emmert.  Westport, CT: Praeger-Greenwood,  2004.  157-68.
“Rebel with a Cause: Albert Camus and the Politics of Celebrity.”  Car Crash Culture.  Ed. Mikita Brottman.  New York: Palgrave, 2001.  285-303.

Published Panel Discussions

“Contemporary American Fiction and the Confluence of Don DeLillo, Cormac McCarthy, Toni Morrison, Philip Roth, and John Updike: A Roundtable Discussion.”  Ed. Derek Parker Royal.  Philip Roth Studies 7.2 (2011): 145-69.  (With Yvonne Atkinson, Marshall Boswell, David Brauner, Steven Frye, Marni Gauthier).
“Zuckerman Unsound?: A Roundtable Discussion on Philip Roth’s Exit Ghost.” Ed. Derek Parker Royal. Philip Roth Studies 5.1 (2009): 3-30.  (With Alan Cooper; Bernard F. Rodgers, Jr.; Michael Rothberg; Ruth Knafo Setton; and Debra Shostak)
“Grave Commentary: A Roundtable Discussion on Everyman.”  Ed. Derek Parker Royal and Bernard F. Rodgers, Jr.  Philip Roth Studies  3.1 (2007): 3-24.  (With David Brauner; Bernard F. Rodgers, Jr.; Mark Shechner; and Debra Shostak)

Forewords

"Foreword; Or, A Fine Romance."  Foreword for Philip Roth’s Postmodern American Romance: Critical Essays on Selected Works.  Jane Statlander.  Peter Lang, 2010.  ix-xi.
"Of Panels and Patrons.”  Foreword for Graphic Novels in Libraries and Archives: Essays on Readers, Research, History, and Cataloging.  Ed. Robert G. Weiner. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2010. 3-4.
“Foreword; Or, Reading within the Gutter.”  Foreword for Multicultural Comics: From Zap! to Blue Beetle.  Ed. Frederick Luis Aldama. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2009.  ix-xi. 

Bibliographic Scholarship

“Philip Roth: A Bibliography of the Criticism, 1994-2003.”  Studies in American Jewish Literature  23  (2004):  145-59.
“Contemporary Jewish American Narrative: A Selected Bibliography.”  Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies  22.3  (2004):  121-30.
“Annual Bibliography, Philip Roth Criticism and Resources.”  Published annually in the fall issues of Philip Roth Studies, 2004-present.
Philip Roth: A Bibliography and Research Guide Ongoing.   Philip Roth Society.


Interviews

Interview with Kim Deitch. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. Forthcoming 2011.  (35 page manuscript)
"Nine Questions for Woody Allen: An Interview." Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities. 31.2 (2012): 9-11.

“Margins within Margins: An Interview with Ruth Knafo Setton and Farideh Dayanim Goldin.” Unfinalized Moments: Essays in the Development of Contemporary Jewish American Narrative. Purdue University Press, 2012. 203-22.

“Picturing American Stories: An Interview with Ben Katchor.” Unfinalized Moments: Essays in the Development of Contemporary Jewish American Narrative. Purdue University Press, 2012. 223-43.
“Palomar and Beyond: An Interview with Gilbert Hernandez.”  MELUS  32.3 (2007): 221-46.
“Tugging at Jewish Weeds: An Interview with Steve Stern.”   MELUS  32.1  (2007): 139-61.
“An Interview with Thane Rosenbaum.”  Contemporary Literature 48 (2007): 1-28.
“The Blood before the Stain: An Interview with Joel Rapp.”  Philip Roth Studies  2.1  (2006): 3-11.

Book Reviews

Review of Graphic Subjects: Critical Essays on Autobiography and Graphic Novels, edited by Michael A. Chaney.   ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies.  Forthcoming.
Review of Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics, by Hillary L. Chute.  Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics.  Forthcoming.
Review of Will Eisner: A Dreamer’s Life in Comics, by Michael Schumacher.  ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies.  Forthcoming.
Review of Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels, edited by M. Keith Booker.   International Journal of Comic Art.  Forthcoming.
Review of Siegel and Shuster’s Funnyman: The First Jewish Superhero, from the Creators of Superman, by Thomas Andrae and Mel Gordon. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics.  Forthcoming.
Review essay on The Jewish Graphic Novel, edited by Samantha Baskind and Ranen Omer-Sherman; Jews and American Comics: An Illustrated History of an American Art Form, edited by Paul Buhle; Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero I, by Danny Fingeroth; From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books, by Arie Kaplan; and Up, Up, and Oy Vey!: How Jewish History, Culture, and Values Shaped the Comic Book Superhero, by Simcha Weinstein.  MELUS.  Forthcoming.
Review of A Comics Studies Reader, edited by Jeet Heer and Kent Worcester, The Power of Comics: History, Form and Culture, by Randy Duncan and Matthew J. Smith, and The Rise of the American Comic Artist: Creators and Contexts, edited by Paul Williams and James Lyons. Studies in American Humor.  Forthcoming.
Review of Reading Comics and What They Mean, by Douglas Wolk, and This Book Contains Graphic Language: Comics as Literature, by Rocco Versaci.  ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies.  Forthcoming.
Review essay on 500 Essential Graphic Novels: The Ultimate Gide, by Gene Kannenberg;  and The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels, by Danny Fingeroth; The 101 Best Graphic Novels, by Stephen Weiner; and Graphic Novels: Everything You Need to Know, by Paul Gravett. International Journal of Comic Art 12.1 (2010): 483-492.
Review of Two Covenants: Representations of Southern Jewishness by Eliza R. L. McGraw.  The Journal of Southern History  72 (2007): 727-28.
Review of Philip Roth — Countertexts, Counterlives by Debra Shostak.  Studies in American Jewish Literature 24 (2005): 222-24.
Review of Up Society’s Ass, Copper!: Rereading Philip Roth by Mark Shechner.  Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 24.1 (2005): 152-55.
Review of The Visionary Moment: A Postmodern Critique by Paul Maltby Symplokē: A Journal for the Intermingling of Literary, Cultural and Theoretical Scholarship 10.1-2  (2002):  208-10.
Review of Woody Allen: A Casebook by Kimball King, ed. Film Criticism 26.3  (2002):  77-80.
Review of Latent Destinies: Cultural Paranoia and Contemporary U.S. Narrative by Patrick O’Donnell Symplokē: A Journal for the Intermingling of Literary, Cultural and Theoretical Scholarship 9.1-2  (2002):  195-97.
Review of The Soup Has Many Eyes: From Shtetl to Chicago – A Memoir of One Family’s Journey through History by Joann Rose Leonard.  Studies in American Jewish Literature, 19  (2000): 82-83.

Encyclopedic Entries

Blackwell Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century American Fiction.  Ed. Patrick O’Donnell, Justus Nieland , and David Madden.  Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.  2011.  Entry on Philip Roth.
Student’s Encyclopedia of Great American Literary Characters.  Ed. Matthew J. Bruccoli, Judith S. Baughman, and Charles Brower.  New York: Facts on File, 2008.  Entries on “Wittman Ah Sing (Tripmaster Monkey),” “David Shearl (Call It Sleep),” and “Henry Bech (Bech: A Book).”

Encyclopedia of Jewish American Literature.  Ed. Gloria Cronin and Alan Berger.  New York: Facts on File, 2009.  Entries on Philip Roth, Steve Stern, American Pastoral, and Lazar Malkin Enters Heaven.

Companion to the American Novel.  Ed. Abby H. P. Werlock.  New York: Facts on File, 2006.  Entries on Philip Roth’s American Trilogy, The Plot Against America, Portnoy’s Complaint, and Sabbath’s Theater.
The Literary Encyclopedia.  Ed. Robert Clark.  Literary Dictionary Co. (2005).  Entry on Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America.
Encyclopedia of American Literature.  Ed. Steven R. Serafin.  New York: Continuum, 1999. “Sholem Asch” (49-50), “E. M. Broner”(126-27), “Daniel Fuchs” (410-11), “Herbert Gold” (452-53), “John Hawkes” (494-95), “Mark Helprin” (509), “Cynthia Ozick” (861-62), “Chaim Potok” (910), “Isaac Bashevis Singer” (1047-48), “John Updike” (1166-67).

Editorial Experience

Journals and Other Publications Edited


2004-Present:  Executive Editor and Founder, Philip Roth Studies.  Published by the Purdue University Press.   Washington, D.C.

2002-2004:  Editor and Founder, The Philip Roth Society Newsletter.  Commerce, Texas.
  1998:  Editorial Assistant at Kappa Delta Pi, an International Honor Society in Education. West Lafayette, Indiana.  Publications edited: The Educational Forum, Kappa Delta Pi Record, New Teacher Advocate.

1989-1990:  Editorial Intern at Dissent magazine. New York, New York.

Editorial Board Membership
  2011-Present:   Editorial Board member, Studies in Comics.
  2010-Present:   Editorial Board member, Forum for World Literature Studies.
  2010-Present:   Editorial Board member, Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics.
  2010-Present:   Editorial Board member, The John Updike Review.

2008-2011:   Editorial Board member, ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews.

2008-Present:   Editorial Board member, International Journal of Comic Art.

2008-Present:   Editorial Board member, Saul Bellow Journal.
  2008-Present:   Editorial Board member, MELUS: The Journal of the Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States.

2007-Present:    Editorial Board member, ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies.
  2005-Present:   Editorial Board member, Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies.

2005-Present:   Editorial Board member, Studies in American Jewish Literature.


Conference Work

Formal Papers Delivered at Conferences
 
“Paying Attention to the Man behind the Curtain: Philip Roth and the Dynamics of Written and Unwritten Celebrity.”  To be presented at the Modern Language Association Convention.  Los Angeles, California.  January 2011.
“Strategizing Popular Genre in the Works of the Hernandez Brothers.” To be presented at the Modern Language Association Convention.  Los Angeles, California.  January 2011.
“The Lighter Side of the ‘Sinister Collectivity’: Humor and the Urban Landscapes in Philip Roth’s Fiction.”  Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States (MELUS) Conference.  Scranton, Philadelphia.  April 2010.
“(Real) Life, in Pictures: Creating Counterselves in the Autobiographic Fiction of Will Eisner.” Modern Language Association Convention.  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  December 2009.
“Bringing It All Back Home?: Placing Indignation within Roth's Oeuvre.”  American Literature Association Conference.  Boston, Massachuetts.  May 2009.
“What a Body of Work!: Sexuality and the Latino Subject in Jaime Hernandez’s Recent Comics.” Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States (MELUS) Conference.  Spokane, Washington.  April 2009.
“More Than One Way to Skin a Cat: The Function of Metadiegetic Narrative in the Works of Kim Deitch.”  To be presented at the Southwest/Texas Regional Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association.  Albuquerque, New Mexico.  February 2009.

“Amazing Adventures in Adaptation: Constructing History in Michael Chabon's Escapist Comics.”  Modern Language Association Convention.  San Francisco, California.  December 2008.

“‘Other’ Illustrations: Using Graphic Narrative to Teach Ethnoracial Literature.”  Modern Language Association Convention.  San Francisco, California.  December 2008.
“Detecting Discourse: Adaptation and Narrative Voice in City of Glass: The Graphic Novel.”  American Literature Association Conference.  San Francisco, California.  May 2008.
To Be Continued...: Serialization and Its Discontent in the Graphic Narrative of Gilbert Hernandez.”  International Conference on Narrative.  Austin, Texas.  May 2008.
“Drawing Attention or Slumming in the Gutters?: Representing the Ethnic Other in Jessica Abel’s La Perdida and Mark Kalesniko’s Mail Order Bride.”  Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States (MELUS) Conference.  Columbus, Ohio.  March 2008.
“Reading between the (Panty) Lines: The Body as Ethnographic Text in Jaime Hernandez’s Recent Narratives.”  University of Florida Conference on Comics.  Gainesville, Florida.  March 2008.
Comic(s) Relief?: Capturing Mark Twain in Recent Graphic Narrative.”  Southwest/Texas Regional Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference.  Albuquerque, New Mexico.  February 2008.
Narrating a Lay of the Land: Space and the Ethnic Subject in Ben Katchor’s The Jew of New York.”  Modern Language Association Convention.  Chicago, Illinois.  December 2007.
“Comedy Beyond the Pale: ‘Working’ the Jewish in Curb Your Enthusiasm.”  Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States (MELUS) Conference.  Fresno, California.  March 2007.
“What’s in a Name?; or, Gutter Talk: The Problem of Critical Language in the Study of Comics.”  Southwest/Texas Regional Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference.  Albuquerque, New Mexico.  February 2007.
“Falsifying the Fragments: Narratological Uses of the Mockumentary in Woody Allen’s Films.” Film & History Conference: The Documentary Tradition.  Dallas, Texas.  November 2006.
“Cycling the Schlemiel: Uses of the Short-Story Cycle in Gerald Shapiro’s Bad Jews and Other Stories.”  American Literature Association Conference.  San Francisco, California.  May 2006.
“There Goes the Neighborhood: Recycling Ethnic Tensions in Will Eisner’s Dropsie Avenue.”  Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States (MELUS) Conference.  Boca Raton, Florida.  April 2006.
“Composite Sketches of Ethnic Identity: Will Eisner’s A Contract with God as Cycle Narrative.”  Southwest/Texas Regional Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference.  Albuquerque, New Mexico.  February 2006.
“(Re)cycling Tradition: Uses of the Short-Story Cycle in Recent Jewish American Fiction.”  Modern Language Association Convention.  Washington, D.C.  December 2005.
“What Nathan Knew; or, Narrative Secrets in The Human Stain.”  American Literature Association’s Jewish American & Holocaust Literature Conference.  Boca Raton, Florida.  October 2005.
“Structuring Post-Holocaust Identity: Thane Rosenbaum's Elijah Visible as Short-Story Cycle.”  American Literature Association Conference.  Boston, Massachusetts.  May 2005.
“Toward a Workable Futility: Uses of Eastern Europe in Thane Rosenbaum’s Second Hand Smoke.”  American Literature Association Conference.  Boston, Massachusetts.  May 2005.
“Lost, in a Sense: Traumatic Fragmentation in Thane Rosenbaum’s Elijah Visible.”  Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States (MELUS) Conference.  Chicago, Illinois.  April 2005.
“Philip Roth as Science Fiction Writer?: Negotiating (Alternate) Histories in The Plot Against America.”  Southwest/Texas Regional Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference.  Albuquerque, New Mexico.  February 2005.
“Plotting America in The Plot Against America.”  To be presented at the American Literature Association’s Jewish American & Holocaust Literature Conference.  Boca Raton, Florida.  October 2003 .
“Why Philip Roth Will Probably Never Be Read in Oprah’s Book Club (and Why That May Not Be Such a Bad Thing).”  American Literature Association Conference.  San Francisco, California.  May 2004.
“Gentile on My Mind; or, Bech, a Bulba?”  Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States (MELUS) Conference.  San Antonio, Texas.  March 2004 .
“Ethnoracial Constructions in Philip Roth's American Trilogy.”  Modern Language Association Convention.  San Diego, California.  December 2003 .
“Fouling out the Pastoral in Philip Roth's and Bernard Malamud's Baseball Novels.”  American Literature Association’s Jewish American & Holocaust Literature Conference.  Boca Raton, Florida.  October 2003 .
“But Some of My Best Friends Are…: The Place of Jewish American Literature in Multi-Ethnic Literary Studies.”  American Literature Association Conference.  Cambridge, Massachusetts.  May 2003.
“Fragmented Home-Place in Thane Rosenbaum’s Second Hand Smoke.”  Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States (MELUS) Conference.  Boca Raton, Florida.  April 2003 .
“Framing the Ethnic Subject in Philip Roth's The Human Stain.”  American Literature Association’s Jewish American & Holocaust Literature Conference.  Boca Raton, Florida.  October 2002.
“Steve Stern, Thane Rosenbaum, and the Dialects of Cultural Memory.”  American Literature Association Conference.  Long Beach, California.  May-June 2002.
“Creating Narrative Golems in Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.”  American Literature Association Conference.  Long Beach, California.  May-June 2002.
“Literary Genre as Ethnic Resistance in Maxine Hong Kingston’s Tripmaster Monkey.”  Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States (MELUS) Annual Conference.  Seattle, Washington.  April 2002.
“The Burdens of Cultural Memory: Thane Rosenbaum and the Weight of Post-Holocaust Writing.”  Twentieth-Century Literature Conference. Louisville, Kentucky.  February 2002.
“Hemorrhaging Memories: Steve Stern and the Fabula of Return.”  Jewish American & Holocaust Literature Annual Conference.  Boca Raton, Florida.  October 2001.
“The Uses of Memory in The Joy Luck Club.”  Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States (MELUS) Annual Conference.  Knoxville, Tennessee.  March 2001.
“Engendering Cultural Memory: Ethnicity, Gender, and Paternal Relationships in Philip Roth’s Patrimony.”  Annual Conference on Film and Literature.  Tallahassee, Florida.  February, 2001.
Deconstructing Harry and the Disintegration of Identity.”  The West Georgia University’s International Conference in Literature and the Visual Arts. Atlanta, Georgia. November, 2000.
“Fictional Realms of Possibility: Reimagining the Subject in Philip Roth’s American Pastoral.”  Annual Conference on Film and Literature.  Tallahassee, Florida.  January, 2000.
“Eruptions of Performance: Hank Morgan and the Business of Politics.” The West Georgia University’s International Conference in Literature and the Visual Arts. Atlanta, Georgia. November, 1999.
“The Romance of War in Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V.”  Annual Conference on Film and Literature. Tallahassee, Florida. January, 1999.
“The Texts That Bind: Philip Roth, Claire Bloom, and the Autobiographical Impulse.”  Annual Conference of the Midwest Modern Language Association.  St. Louis, Missouri.  November, 1998.
“The Construction of Maleness in Philip Roth’s Middle Fiction."  Twentieth-Century Literature Conference. Louisville, Kentucky.  February 1998.
“Idol Words: Cynthia Ozick and the Construction of a Postmodern Jewish Ethnicity.”  American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference. South Bend, Indiana.  April 1996.
“Portnoy’s Neglected Siblings: The Case for Postmodern Jewish American Literary Studies.”   Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States (MELUS) Annual Conference. Greensboro, North Carolina.  April 1996.
“An Absent Presence: The Rewriting of Hawthorne’s Narratology in John Updike’s S.”   Twentieth-Century Literature Conference. Louisville, Kentucky.  February 1996.
“Texts, Lives, and Bellybuttons: Philip Roth’s Operation Shylock and the Renegotiation of Subjectivity.”  Twentieth-Century Literature Conference. Louisville, Kentucky.  February 1995.
“Mark Twain and Politics of Authority: The Example of Pudd’nhead Wilson.”  Popular Culture and American Culture Associations’ Annual Conference. Chicago, Illinois.  April, 1994.
“The Centripetal and Centrifugal Search for Identity in Henry Roth’s Call It Sleep and Philip Roth’s Goodbye, Columbus.”  Popular Culture and American Culture Associations’ Annual Conference. New Orleans, Louisiana.  April, 1993.
“Identity in Twentieth-Century Jewish American Literature.”  American Studies Symposium on Race and Ethnicity in America.  Purdue University, March, 1993.
“Literary Terms of the Cultural Cold War: Sartre, Camus, and the American Intelligentsia.”  Popular Culture and American Culture Associations’ Annual Conference. Louisville, Kentucky.  March 1992.

Serving as Roundtable Participant and Panel Discussant at Conferences
 
“Philip Roth’s The Humbling: A Round Table Discussion.” Roundtable participant, American Literature Association Conference.  San Francisco, California.  May 2010.
“Contemporary American Fiction and the Confluence of Don DeLillo, Cormac McCarthy, Toni Morrison, Philip Roth, and John Updike: A Roundtable Discussion.”  Roundtable participant, American Literature Association Conference.  San Francisco, California.  May 2010.
“Roundtable: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Getting Your Essays Accepted for Publication and Your Books Reviewed.”  Roundtable participant, Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States (MELUS) Conference.  Scranton, Philadelphia.  April 2010.
“Roundtable Discussion of Graphic Novels in Libraries.”  Roundtable particiant, Southwest/Texas Regional Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association.  Albuquerque, New Mexico.  February 2010.
“Trends in Jewish American Literature.”  Roundtable participant, Modern Language Association Convention.  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  December 2009.
“The Future of American Author Societies.”  Roundtable participant, American Literature Association Conference.  Boston, Massachuetts.  May 2009.

“Then and Now—Portnoy's Complaint at 40: A Roundtable Discussion.”  Roundtable participant, American Literature Association Conference.  Boston, Massachuetts.  May 2009.

“Roundtable Discussion: The Term Graphic Novel?”  Roundtable participant, Southwest/Texas Regional Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association.  Albuquerque, New Mexico.  February 2009.
“Roundtable Discussion on Philip Roth’s Exit Ghost.” Roundtable participant, American Literature Association Conference.  San Francisco, California.  May 2008.
“The Post-Traumatic World of Thane Rosenbaum: A Roundtable Discussion.”  Roundtable participant, American Literature Association Conference.  Boston, Massachusetts.  May 2007.
“Saul Bellow and His Influences: A Roundtable.”  Roundtable participant,  American Literature Association Conference.  Boston, Massachusetts.  May 2007.
Sabbath’s Theater and the ‘Discomfort’ of Readers: A Roundtable Discussion.”  Roundtable participant, American Literature Association Conference.  Boston, Massachusetts.  May 2007.
“Complicating Constructions: A Roundtable Discussion on the Future of Ethnic American Literature.”  Roundtable participant, Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States (MELUS) Conference.  Boca Raton, Florida.  March 2007.
“The Bellow Legacy:  Saul Bellow’s Place in the Western Canon.”  Roundtable participant, American Literature Association Conference.  San Francisco, California.  May 2006.
“Philip Roth’s Everyman:  A Roundtable Discussion.”  Roundtable participant, American Literature Association Conference.  San Francisco, California.  May 2006.
“Editors of Literary and Academic Journals.” Roundtable participant, Langdon Weekend Conference for the Langdon Review for the Arts in Texas.  Stephenville, Texas.  September 2005.
“Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America: A Roundtable Discussion.”  Roundtable participant, American Literature Association Conference.  Boston, Massachusetts.  May 2005.
“The Rhetoric of Publishing: Everything You Wanted to Hear (and not Hear) About Publishing.”  Roundtable participant, Federation of North Texas Area Universities Annual Symposium in Rhetoric.  Denton, Texas.  February 2004.

One True Thing.”  Session discussant, Conference on Women and Medicine: Facts and Concepts. Dahlonega, Georgia.  March, 1999.
“Philip Roth and Claire Bloom: Texts of a Relationship.” Panel Discussant, Conference of the Midwest Modern Language Association. St. Louis, Missouri.  November, 1998.
“Is There a Self in This Text? Autobiography in the Wake of Post-Structuralism.” Panel Discussant, Conference of the Midwest Modern Language Association.  Chicago, Illinois.  November, 1994.

Invited Lectures

“This Talk Contains Graphic Content: Exploring Jewish Comics and Graphic Novels."  Philip and Muriel Berman Center Lecture Series.  Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  October 2011.
“Using Comics to Explore Issues of American Race and Ethnicity.”  Un Ambiente Fatto a Strisce.  University of Naples “L’Orientale.”  May 2011.
“Drawing Attention: Comics as a Means of Approaching U.S. Cultural Diversity.” Engaged Citizenship Common Experience Speakers Series. University of Illinois at Springfield.  November 2009.
“Philip Roth: Jewish American Novelist?”  Philip and Muriel Berman Center Lecture Series. Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  October 2006.
“Philip Roth’s American Pastoral.”  Nextbook/American Library Association’s Jewish Literature Discussion Series. Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas.  October 2006.
“Philip Roth’s Ambiguous Pastoral.”  Jewish Studies Lecture and Discussion Series, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.  April 1998.

Event Planning

  “Graphic Engagement: The Politics of Comics and Animation.”  Comparative Literature Program, Purdue University.  Sept. 2010.
   
  Coordinated all aspects of the conference venue, budgeting, and scheduling
  Secured guest speakers and the participation of leading scholars in the field
  Advertised the event and solicited for international scholarly participation
  Arranged all entertainment events as well as conference-related meals
  Coordinated with local businesses for sponsorship and joint-participation opportunities
  Solicited funding from various organizations and departments
  Philip Roth Society.  2002-2009
   
  Solicited, organized, and oversaw society-sponsored panel sessions for the American Literature Association Conference, the University of Louisville Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture Conference, the Jewish American and Holocaust Literature Symposium, and the American Literature Association’s Symposium on American Fiction

Academic Honors and Grants

H. M. Lafferty Distinguished Faculty Award for Scholarship and Creative Activity – Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2008
Faculty Research Enhancement Grant – Graduate School, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2007-2008
H. M. Lafferty Distinguished Faculty Award for Scholarship and Creative Activity – Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2006
Texas A&M University-Commerce’s nominee for the Council of Graduate School’s Gustave O. Alt Award for a Book in the Humanities, 2006
Faculty Research Enhancement Grant – Graduate School, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2005-2006
Graduate Studies and Research Mini-Grant, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2004 (a total of three individual mini-grants)
Purdue University’s Nominee for the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award, 1995
UNCC Psychology Department’s Outstanding Senior Award, 1986

Teaching Experience

2003-2010: Texas A&M University-Commerce
2001-2003: Prairie View A&M University
1998-2001: North Georgia College and State University
1992-1998: Purdue University

 

Texas A&M University-Commerce (including online and distance education classes) 
Graduate courses taught:
  Recent American Fiction, Contemporary Literature, Multicultural Literature and Languages, Modern American Literature, American Literary Realism, American Renaissance, African American Literature, Race/Ethnicity and Comics, Contemporary American Drama, Narrative Theory, Bibliography and Methods of Research, as well as advanced seminars on Philip Roth, Mark Twain, and Nathaniel Hawthorne
Undergraduate courses taught:
  Survey of American Literature II; The American Novel after WW I; The American Novel before WW I; African American Literature; Multi-Ethnic American Literature; Literary and Research Methods; Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels; American Ethnicity through Comics; Introduction to Literature; Written Argument and Research; College Writing and Reading; Introduction to College Reading and Writing
 
Prairie View A&M University
Courses taught:
  The Novel, American Literature I, Advanced Composition, English Composition I & II
 
North Georgia College and State University
Courses taught:
  Modern and Contemporary American Literature, American Literature II, World Literature II, Introduction to Film Studies, Literary Research and Writing, English Composition I & II

Purdue University
Courses taught:
  Great American Books, The Movies (introduction to film), Science Fiction and Fantasy, Sports and Literature, Composition I & II

Academic Service

Conference Organization and Oversight
 
  2009-2010.  Executive organizer of the Conference, “Graphic Engagement: The Politics of Comics and Animation,” for Purdue University’s Comparative Literature Program.  West Lafayette, Indiana.

National and International Organizations

 
  2009-2010.  Member of Executive Board, Comics and Graphic Narrative Discussion Group (with standing sessions at the Modern Language Association Convention).  Elected position
  2009-2010.  Member of the Executive Council, the Philip Roth Society.
 

2009-2010.  Member of Board of Directors, the John Updike Society.  Elected position


2006-2010.  Member of Executive Board, Jewish American Literature Discussion Group (with standing sessions at the Modern Language Association Convention).  Elected position

2003-2010.  Membership Chair, Society for the Study of Multi-ethnic Literatures of the United States (MELUS).  Elected position

2003 :  Book exhibit coordinator, MELUS Conference.  Boca Raton, Florida

2002-2009: President and Founder of the Philip Roth Society

Texas A&M University-Commerce
 
University and College

2008-2010.  University Research and Creative Activities Advisory Committee (university-wide committee)
  2007-2010.  Member of the Hearing Committee
  2007-2009.  Chair of the Graduate Council’s Graduate Faculty, Research, and Instruction Committee
  2006-2009.  Member of the Graduate Council.  Elected position
  2005-2010.  Member of the Academic Appeals Committee
  2004-2005.  Member of the William A. Owens Committee (planning committee for the 2005 William A. Owens Celebration)
 
Department of Literature and Languages

2009-present.  Member of the Workload Reduction Feasibility Committee

2008-2009.  Chair of the Departmental Advisory Committee

2007-2009.  Member of the Scholarships Committee

2006-2008.  Member of the Graduate Committee

2006-2007.  Member of the Undergraduate Committee

2006-2007.  Member of the Department Head Search Committee

2005-2006.  Member of the Professional Development Committee

2004-2010.  Co-founder and Co-sponsor of Junto, an organization of graduate student support and development

2004-2005.  Member of the Executive Committee

2004-2005.  Member of the Student Development Committee

2004.   Member of the Modern British Literature Search Committee

2003-2004.  Member of the Undergraduate Recruitment Committee

2003-2004.  Member of the Curriculum Committee

Memberships

Credentials