MemberJoshua Pederson

…rn University Press, 2016.


“Trauma and Narrative.”  Cambridge Critical Concepts: Trauma and Literature.  Ed. Roger Kurtz.  Cambridge University Press.  Forthcoming.

“Speak, Trauma: Toward a Revised Understanding of Literary Trauma Theory.”  Narrative.  Fall 2014.  Winner of the 2014 James Phelan Award, designating the best essay of the year in Narrative, the journal of the International Society for the Study of Narrative.

“The Writer as Dervish: Sufism and Poetry in Orh…

religion and literature, the Bible, the contemporary novel, and trauma theory

MemberJulie Thompson

My research focuses on Shakespearean stage performance, Shakespearean literary studies, and gender in Shakespeare analyzed through the lens of psychoanalytic (Jacques Lacan, Julia Kristeva), feminist (Judith Butler, Kaja Silverman, Sara Ahmed), and postcolonial (bell hooks) theories. I am developing research projects in the areas of trauma theory, YA dystopian fiction, virtual reality, and feminist pedagogies. Currently, I am involved in a research project intersecting all of these areas and I am writing an article deconstructing the Lacanian gaze through operatic performance.   

MemberKyle Taylor Lucas

American Indian and Canada First Nations Studies Intersection of Colonial Oppression and Trauma Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Urban Indian Survival Indigenous and Post-Colonial Studies Indigenous Women and Generational Trauma Criminal Justice System Reform Dismantling the Prison Industrial Complex Political Economy and Justice History of Race, Class, and Gender in Colonial U.S. Women of Color and Feminist Theory Environmental Justice Wild Salmon Recovery Water as a Human Right

MemberGreg Forter

…Companion to William Faulkner, ed. John T. Matthews (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2015), 92-106 “Colonial Trauma, Utopian Carnality, Modernist Form: Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things and Toni Morrison’s Beloved,” Contemporary Approaches in Literary Trauma Theory, ed. Michelle Balaev (New York: Palgrave, 2014), 70-105 “Barry Unsworth and the Arts of Power: Historical Memory, Utopian Fictions,” Contemporary Literature 51.4 (2011): 777-809“Freud, Faulkner, Caruth: Trauma and the Politics of Literary …

American Literature, Modernism, Postcolonial Literature and Theory, Psychoanalysis, Black Atlantic Studies, Indian Ocean Studies, Caribbean Literature, Contemporary Literature, South African Literature

MemberRituparna Mitra

Rituparna Mitra is a Visiting Assistant Professor at James Madison College. She looks at the affective and material aspects of violence and memory in contemporary South Asia. Her publications include “‘A Powerful Sense of Inhabitance’: Lyric, Memory and Enduring Community in South Asia” in Beyond Partition: Mediascapes and Literature in Post-colonial India, Pakistan and Bangladesh (forthcoming) and “Affective Histories and Partition Narratives in South Asia” in The Postcolonial World (2016). Rituparna teaches courses on Global Anglophone literature, postcolonial theory, displacement and migration, and gender and ethnicity, and trauma studies, drawing on comparativist, transnational, and interdisciplinary frameworks.

MemberKatharine Trostel

Katie Trostel earned her PhD in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She serves as Assistant Professor of English at Ursuline College where she has a special interest in Latin American women’s writing, composition, and the digital humanities. Her research project is entitled, “Memoryscapes: Women Chart the Post-Trauma City in 20th- and 21st- Century Latin America.” It examines the treatment of urban space and memories of state-sponsored violence in the works of Latin American women writers of the post-trauma or post-dictatorship generation. She analyzes a largely unexplored archive of contemporary fiction that represents public spaces in the post-trauma city, and negotiates the relationship between collective and individual memory. Her work demonstrates the central role of women in debates over the public memorialization of state-sponsored violence in Argentina (Tununa Mercado), Chile (Nona Fernández), Mexico (Ana Clavel), and Peru (Karina Pacheco Medrano), and extends theories of memory and urban space by arguing that fictional cityscapes serve as primary sites through which difficult national memories are worked through. She also serves as the coordinator of the Venice Ghetto Collaboration.