William Dow

Professor

  • Department: Comparative Literature and English
  • Office: 
    G-110
  • Office Hours: 
    Mondays and Thursdays 12h00-13h00

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Professor Dow has published articles in such journals as Publications of the Modern Language Association, The Emily Dickinson Journal, Twentieth-Century Literature, ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance, Critique, The Hemingway Review, MELUS, Revue Française D'Etudes Américaines, Actes Sud, Prose Studies, and Etudes Anglaises. He is the author of the book, Narrating Class in American Fiction (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and co-editor of Richard Wright: New Readings in the 21st Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) and Richard Wright in a Post-Racial Imaginary (Bloomsbury, 2014). He is currently completing a book-length study on American Modernism and radicalism entitled Reinventing Persuasion: Literary Journalism and the American Radical Tradition, 1900-2000. 

 



Education/Degrees

  • PhD, University of Delaware
  • MA, Clark University
  • BS, Grand Valley State University

Publications

Editorships
  • Managing Editor; Associate Editor, Literary Journalism Studies (Northwestern University Press). Dec. 2006-present. www.ialjs.org

Books
  • Reinventing Persuasion: Literary Journalism and American Literary Radicalism (under consideration).
  • Of Latitudes Unknown: James Baldwin’s Radical Imagination, co-edited and co-written introduction with Alice Craven. London and New York: Bloomsbury (under contract). Forthcoming, 2018.
  • The Routledge Companion to American Literary Journalism, co-edited with Roberta Maguire. London and New York: Routledge (under contract). Forthcoming, March, 2018.
  • Richard Wright in a Post-Racial Imaginary, co-edited and co-written introduction with Alice Craven. London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2014. Choice Outstanding Academic Title of the Year, 2016.
  • Richard Wright: New Readings in the 21st Century, co-edited and co-written introduction, chapter prefaces, and afterword with Alice Craven. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
  • Narrating Class in American Fiction. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
Books, contributor of chapter
  • “Introduction: Baldwin’s Radical Imagination” (With Alice Craven). Of Latitudes Unknown: James Baldwin’s Radical Imagination. Eds., Alice Craven and William Dow.  London and New York: Bloomsbury. Forthcoming, 2018.
  • “Journeys of the ‘I’ in James Baldwin’s Literary-Journalistic Essays.” Of Latitudes Unknown: James Baldwin’s Radical Imagination, Eds., Alice Craven and William Dow.  London and New York: Bloomsbury. Forthcoming, 2018
  • “Introduction” (With Roberta Maguire). The Routledge Companion to American Literary Journalism. Eds., Roberta Maguire and William Dow. London and New York: Routledge. Forthcoming, 2018.
  • “Metabolizing Genres: American Poetry and Literary Journalism.” The Routledge Companion to American Literary Journalism. Eds., Roberta Maguire and William Dow. London and New York: Routledge. Forthcoming, 2018.
  • “Reviewers, Critics, and Cranks.” Baldwin In Context. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Ed., Quentin Miller. Forthcoming, 2018.
  • “Living on Paper: Disarticulating Capitalism in Works by Richard Wright, James Baldwin, and Ann Petry.” The Artful Fictions of American Capitalism. Palgrave Macmillan. Eds., Vincent Dussol and Jacques-Henri Coste. Forthcoming 2018.
  • “Floating Facts on a Sea of Emotion: The Literary Journalism of Richard Wright.” Lessons in Resistance: Richard Wright as Social Critic and Political Thinker. Political Companions to Great American Authors. Eds., Jane Anna Gordon and Ernie Zirakzadeh. University Press of Kentucky. Forthcoming, 2017.
  • “Profiles of Lived Experience: Charles Reznikoff, Muriel Rukeyser, and Mark Nowak.” Routledge Research in Journalism. Profile Pieces: Journalism and the ‘Human Interest’ Bias. Eds., Sue Joseph and Richard Lance Keeble. London and New York: Routledge: 2015: 116-133.
  • “Introduction” (With Alice Craven). Richard Wright in a Post-Racial Imaginary. Eds., Alice Craven and William Dow. London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2014:1-9.
  • “Pulp Gothicism in Richard Wright’s The Outsider.” Richard Wright in a Post-Racial Imaginary. Eds., Alice Craven and William Dow. London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2014: 141-159.
  • “Richard Wright.” The Cambridge Companion to American Novelists. Ed., Timothy Parrish. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013: 156-167. 
  • “Introduction” (With Alice Craven). Richard Wright: New Readings in the 21st Century. Eds., Alice Craven and William Dow. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.  2011: 1-7.
  • “Prefaces,” Parts 1-4 (With Alice Craven).  Part 1, “(Re)Placing Richard Wright”; Part 2, “Taking Sides: Racism and Spatial Dimensions”; Part 3, “Wright: Pulp and Media, Reality and Fiction”; Part 4, “Wright: New Comparative Frameworks, Transnational Boundaries.” Richard Wright: New Readings in the 21st Century. Eds., Alice Craven and William Dow. New York: Palgrave Macmillan., 2011: 9-10, 69-70, 101-103, 167-169.
  • “Afterword” (With Alice Craven). Richard Wright: New Readings in the 21st Century. Eds., Alice Craven and William Dow. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011: 267-271.
  • “James Agee’s ‘Continual Awareness,’ Untold Stories: ‘Saratoga Springs’ and ‘Havana Cruise’ (1937).” Literary Journalism across the Globe: Journalistic Traditions and Transnational Influences. Eds., John Bak and Bill Reynolds. Amherst: University of  Massachusetts Press, 2011:  225-237.
  • “Rethinking the Geographies of American Studies.” Géographie dans le monde anglophone : espace et identité. Eds., Marie-Françoise Alamichel and Olivier Brossard. Paris : Houdiard, 2010: 103-119. 
  • Introduction: “The Continuum of  Class.” Class Matters: Representing Class in American Culture, Literature, and Film. Co-editor, William Dow. University of  Valenciennes Press. 2010: 8-16.
  • “Class, Work, and New Races: Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God and Agnes Smedley’s Daughter of  Earth.” Class Matters: Representing Class in American Culture, Literature, and Film. Co-editor, William Dow. University of Valenciennes Press. 2010: 111-127.
  • “Class ‘Truths’ in James Agee’s Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.” Intellectuals and Commitment in the United States (Ecriture et engagement aux Etats-Unis, 1918-1939). Eds., Anne Ollivier and Frédéric Sylvanise. Paris: Ophyrs and Université Paris 13, 2010: 157-175.
  • Class Matters: Representing Class in American Culture, Literature, and Film, co-edited with J. Chandler and Y. Roblou, and with an introduction by William Dow. University of Valenciennes Press, 2009.
  • “Meridel Le Sueur’s Working-Class Fiction: Moving to a Cultured Sense of Language.” A Class of Our Own: Re-Envisioning American Labor Fiction. Eds., Laura Hapke and Lisa A. Kirby. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008: 96-112.
  • “Approaches to Teaching Meridel Le Sueur’s Salute to Spring.” A Class of Our Own: Re-Envisioning American Labor Fiction. Eds., Laura Hapke and Lisa A. Kirby. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008: 260-261.
  • “‘Hard Work and Blood’ in Whitman’s 1855 Song of  Myself.” Spell (Swiss Papers in Language and Literature), Vol. 18. American Poetry: Whitman to the Present.  Eds., Robert Rehder and Patrick Vincent. Zurich: Gunter Narr Verlag Tübingen, 2006: 35-52.
  • “Paul Auster’s The Invention of Solitude: Glimmers in a Reach to Authenticity.” Ed. and intro., Harold Bloom. Bloom’s Modern Critical Views: Paul Auster. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, 2004: 51-62.
  • “‘Agents of  Change’: Challenges in the Flesh and the Teaching of  American Literature.” The Periphery: Viewing the World. Eds., Christina Dokou, Eterpi Mitsi et al. Athens: The National and Kapodistrain University of  Athens, 2004: 150-157.
  • “La matière désert: Death Comes for the Archbishop de Willa Cather et Blood Meridian de Cormac McCarthy.” Confluences. Déserts: entre désir et délire. Eds., Corinne Alexandre-Garner and Guillaume Cingal. University of  Nanterre, Paris 10: Publidix,  Vol. 22, 2003: 155-173.
  • “Writing Nostalgia, Writing a Nation.” Introduction. American Nostalgias. Angloscopies. General Editor, William Dow. Paris: Editions Mallard, 2003: 16-23.
  • “Performative Passages: Davis’s Life in the Iron Mills, Crane’s Maggie, Norris’s McTeague.”  Twisted From the Ordinary: Essays on American Literary Naturalism. Tennessee Studies in Literature. Ed., Mary E. Papke. Knoxville: University of  Tennessee Press, 2003: 23-44.
  • “Lives on the Boundary: Portraiture and Modernism in Jean Toomer’s Cane and Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio.” Literature on the Move: Comparing Diasporic Ethnicities in Europe and the Americas. Eds., Cathy Waegner, Bernard Vincent et al. Heidleburg: Universitaetsuerlag C. Winter, 2002: 248-258.
  • “French Responses to Dickinson.” An Emily Dickinson Encyclopedia, Ed. Jane Donahue Eberwein. New York: Greenwood Press, 1998: 118-119.
Selected journal articles
  • “Radical Materialities: An Anatomy of Richard Wright’s Modernism.” A special issue on African American Modernism. Montage/Collage: aspects du modernism noirRevue Française D’Etudes Américaines. Forthcoming, 2018.
  • “Reading Otherwise: Literary Journalism as an Aesthetic Cosmopolitanism.” Literary Journalism Studies (Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University Press). Vol. 8, No. 2, Fall 2016: 119-137.
  • “The Center and Beyond: The Expansion of American Literary Journalism Studies.” Revista FAMECOS, midia, cultura e technologia. Vol. 23, 2016. http://revistaseletronicas.pucrs.br/ojs/index.php/revistafamecos/issue/v...
  • “Introduction: Re-envisioning Poverty.” Mémoires et Territoires. LISAA. Université Paris Est (UPEM). Special issue on poverty: Envisioning Poverty. Introduction and editor. June, 2016: 1-5. http://lisaa.u-pem.fr/publications electroniques/collections-numeriques-du-lisaa/
  • “An Interview with Barbara Ehrenreich.” Interview by William Dow and Leonora Flis..Literary Journalism Studies (Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University Press). Vol. 7, No. 1, Spring 2015: 146-158.
  • “Voyages sans carte : Jack London et Albert Londres.” Roman et Reportage. Rencontre croisées XXe-XXIe siècles. Mediatexts. Ed. Myriam Boucharenc. Limoges : Presses Universitaires de Limoges, 2015: 41-49. 
  • “Unreading Modernism: Richard Wright’s Literary Journalism.” Literary Journalism Studies (Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University Press). Vol. 5, No. 2, Fall  2013: 59-89.
  • “Jack London’s Interrogations of Experience : ‘The Dignity of  Dollars’ (1900) and ‘Mexico’s Army and Ours’ (1914).” L’Expérience II. Paris: Houdiard, 2013: 119-131.
  • “Dorothy Day and Joseph Kessel: ‘A Literature of  Urgency’.” Prose Studies (Routledge). Vol. 3, Issue 2, 2011: 132-153.
  • “New Alignments, New Discourses: A Reflection on Teaching Blaise Cendrars and John Dos Passos.” The Newsletter of the International Association of Literary Journalism Studies. eds., David Abrahamson and Bill Reynolds. Northwestern University, 2012. Web. 13-15.
  • “Roadside,” “Satie,” “Mount Pulmo” (poems). Sans Issue: A Journal of  Writing. The American University of  Paris. December, 2005: 6-8.
  • A Modernist Vernacular: Violent Figurations in Nathanael West’s Miss Lonelyhearts.” Polysèmes Arts et littératures: les figures de la violence. Paris: Publibook, Vol. 7, 2005 : 185-201.
  • “The Perils of  Irony in Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises.” Etudes Anglaises (Paris 4, Sorbonne). Vol. 52, No. 8, 2005 :178-192.
  • “Meridel Le Sueur’s Salute to Spring: ‘A Movement Up Which All Are Moving’.” Core: A Journal of  the Humanities.Paris: The American University of  Paris. Vol. 3, No. 1, 2004: 79-96.
  • ‘Always Your Heart’: The ‘Great Design’ of Toomer’s Cane.” Melus. Vol. 27, No. 4, Winter 2002: 59-88.
  • Down and Out in London and Orwell.” Symbiosis: A Journal of Anglo-American Literary Relations. Vol. 6, No. 1, April 2002: 69-94.
  • American Nostalgias, co-edited and co-written introduction with J. Chandler and Y. Roblou. Paris: Mallard, 2002.
  • “Thème Oral.” Rapports de Jurys de Concours. Agrégation Anglais: concours interne, 2001. Ministère de l’Education Nationale. Tours: Centre National de documentation Pédagogique, 2001: 104-117.
  • “Nostalgia and the Insurrectionary in Dos Passos’s U.S.A.” “Variations sur le thème de l’Etrangeté.” Annales du Monde. No. 11, 2000. Paris: L’Harmattan. Sorbonne nouvelle (Université Paris 3): 171-188.
  • “Topographical Strides of  Thoreau: The Poet and Pioneer in Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian.”  Revue Française D’Etudes Américaines. No. 84, March, 2000: 89-105.
  •  “Performative Realism in Crane’s Maggie and Norris’s McTeague.” Les Avatars du Réalisme. Nantes and Paris: Ouest Editions, 2000: 243-258.
  • “Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop: ‘To Become a Story’.” Editions du Temps. September, 1999: 41-55.
  • Storytelling and Unforeseen Becomings in Raymond Carver’s Shortcuts.” Ellipses. September, 1999: 78-87.
  • “PMLA  Abroad: Brief  Ponderings on (Mistaken) Identities.” Publication of  the Modern Language Association. Vol. 113, No. 5, October, 1998: 1136-1137.
  • "Paul Auster’s The Invention of Solitude: Glimmers in a Reach to Authenticity.” Critique. Vol. 39, No. 3, Spring, 1998: 272-281. Reprinted in Bloom’s Modern Critical Views: Paul Auster. Ed. and intro. Harold Bloom. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, 2004: 51-62.
  • “Jean Toomer’s Cane and Winesburg, Ohio: Literary Portraits from the ‘Grotesque Storm Center’.” Qwerty. December, 1997: 129-136.
  • “‘Always Your Heart’: Direct Address, Narrative Authority, and the ‘Great Design’ of Cane.” Ellipses. October, 1997: 43-52.
  • “Imagination and the Disruptive Complicities of Emily Dickinson and William Carlos Williams.” Profils américains. No. 8, 1997: 81-99.
  • “Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms.” Explicator. Vol. 55, No. 4, Summer, 1997: 224-225.
  • “The Nature of Huckleberry Finn: Huck as ‘Autobiographer.’” Americana, University of the Sorbonne Press. Vol. 14, January, 1997: 30-43.
  • “John Dos Passos, Blaise Cendrars, and the ‘Other’ Modernism.” Twentieth Century Literature. Vol. 42, No. 3, Fall, 1996: 396-415.
  • “Fiction is Not Real: the Performative and Norris’s McTeague.” ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance. Vol. 42, No. 2, 1996: 77-92.
  • “Elle signe souvent ‘Emilie’: Emily Dickinson and the French Critical Reception.” The Emily Dickinson Journal. Vol. 5, No. 2, 1996: 226-231.
  •  “Never Being ‘This Far From Home’: Paul Auster and Picturing Moonlight Spaces.” Qwerty. Vol. 6, December, 1996: 193-198.
  • “Paul Auster’s Moon Palace: Story as Ontology, the Moon as the Future.” Ellipses. October, 1996: 55-62.
  • “Frank Norris and the ‘Realism that Stultifies’.” Excavatio. Vol. VIII, Spring, 1996: 86-99.
  • “‘The Mirror You Break Your Nose Against’: Lolita and the Conquest of Crime.” Americana, University of the Sorbonne Press. Vol. 13, February, 1996: 55-62.
  • “L’invention de la solitude de Paul Auster: Lueurs dans l’appréhension de l’authenticité.” Actes Sud, Revue Littéraire.L’oeuvre de Paul Auster: Approches et lectures plurielles. December, 1995: 38-50.
  • “A Farewell to Arms and Hemingway’s Protest Stance: To Tell the Truth Without Screaming.” The Hemingway Review. Vol. 16, No. 3, Fall, 1995: 38-50.
  • “Report from the Other Academy: Non-American Voices and American Literature.” Revue Française D’Etudes Américaines. No. 65, July, 1995: 484-495.
  • “John Dos Passos, Blaise Cendrars, and ‘a Squirrel Cage of the Meridians’.” Notes on Contemporary Literature. Vol. 25, No. 2, March, 1995: 4-5.
  • “The Influence of Madame Bovary in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening: Corresponding Struggles, Dreams, and Regressions.” Americana, University of  the Sorbonne Press, Vol. 11, January, 1994: 11-22.
  • “Blaise Cendrars and John Dos Passos.” Feuilles de routes: Blaise Cendrars International Society. Paris: Vol. 28, May, 1993: 9-16.
  • “John Dos Passos: Teaching the Language to Non-Americans.” London: Rodopi, November 17, 1992: 3-14.
Poems
  •  “I Am Seven: My Father Picks Me Up on the Corner of 42nd and Wilson,” “How Dark?” The Adirondack Review. Fall 2017.
  •  “Last Walk,” “Outtakes,” “Saint Jeanne.” The Berkeley Poetry Review, Vol. 43, 2016: 224-232
  •  “Roadside,” “Satie,” “Mount Pulmo.” Sans Issue: A Journal of  Writing.  The American University of  Paris. December, 2005: 6-8. 
Reviews
  • James Baldwin: Escape from America, Exile in Provence by Jules B. Farber. Gretna, Louisiana: Pelican, 2016. Revue Française D’Etudes Américaines. Forthcoming, 2017.

Conferences & Lectures

  • ““Floating Facts on a Sea of Emotion: The Literary Journalism of Richard Wright.” Seminar on James Baldwin, Chester Himes, and Richard Wright. Invited Speaker. Columbia Global Centers, Paris. Columbia University. October 4, 2016.
  • “‘A Language to Dwell In’: James Baldwin, Paris, and International Visions.” International James Baldwin Conference. Co-Director. The American University of Paris. May 26-28, 2016.
  • “Introduction: Mapping Baldwin’s Language and International Impact.” “‘A Language to Dwell In’: James Baldwin, Paris, and International Visions.” International James Baldwin Conference. Co-Director. The American University of Paris. May 26-28, 2016.
  • “Baldwin as Playwright and Literary Journalist.” Panel Chair. “‘A Language to Dwell In’: James Baldwin, Paris, and International Visions.” Co-Director. The American University of Paris. May 26-28, 2016.
  • “Reading Otherwise: Literary Journalism as an Aesthetic Cosmopolitanism.” The International Association of Literary Journalism Studies 11. Plenary Speaker. Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sol, Porto Alegre, Brazil. 19-21 May, 2016.
  • “The Center and Beyond: The Expansion of American Literary Journalism History.” “Where Historians and Literary Journalists Meet: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Writing Literary History.” Invited panellist. The International Association of Literary Journalism Studies 11. Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sol, Porto Alegre, Brazil. 19-21 May, 2016.
  • “From Fact Checking to Peer Review: Challenges for Literary Journalism in Academia..” Panel Chair. The International Association of Literary Journalism Studies 11. Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sol, Porto Alegre, Brazil. 19-21 May, 2016.
  • “Journeys of the ‘I’ in James Baldwin and Barbara Ehrenreich.” “The First Person as Resistance.” Annual Conference  of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Session Organized by the International Association of Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS). San Francisco, CA. August 5-9, 2015.
  • “The French Americanist Bibliography Project: Phase Four.” The French Association of  American Studies Conference : “Movement, Place, Fixity.” Université de La Rochelle, 27-30 May, 2015.
  • “Richard Wright’s Literary Journalism: Reprimanding Race, Resisting Modernism.” Lessons in Resistance: Richard Wright as Social Critic and Political Thinker. Invited Speaker. University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, 11-12 May, 2015.
  • “Uninvited Objectivity: Charles Reznikoff, Muriel Rukeyser, and Mark Nowak.”Literary Journalism, Media, Meaning, Memory. The International Association of Literary Journalism Studies 10. The University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, Minnesota. May 7-9, 2015. 
  • Further Travels.” International James Baldwin Conference: James Baldwin: Transatlantic Commuter. Invited Panel Chair. Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier. June 5-7, 2014.
  • “Borrowed Light: the 1930s and American Heroism” Graduate seminar.
    Université Paris-Est (UPEM). Invited speaker. June 5, 2014.
  • "The French Americanist Bibliography Project: Phase Three and Future.” The French Association of  American Studies Conference: Les Etats-Unis: modèles, contre-modèles…fin des modèles. Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3. May 21-24, 2014. 
  • “Introduction: the Lives of Literary Journalism.” Literary Journalism: Local, Regional, National, Global. The International Association of Literary Journalism Studies 9. Organizer. The American University of  Paris. May 15-17, 2014.
  • Conference Host’s Panel: “Literary Journalism and the Book.” Introduction.  Literary Journalism: Local, Regional, National, Global. The International Association of Literary Journalism Studies 9. The American University of  Paris. May 15-17, 2014
  • “Literary Journalism and Activism.” Panel Moderator. Literary Journalism: Local, Regional, National, Global. The International Association of Literary Journalism Studies 9. The American University of  Paris. May 15-17, 2014.
  • “Representations of Capitalism in the English-Speaking World (1). Paradigms of the American Model of Capitalism: from Theory to Fiction?: (Re)visiting the Economics/Literature Nexus. Invited panelist. Paris 3, Sorbonne Nouvelle. March 28, 2014.
  • “Traveling without Maps: Jack London and Albert Londres.” American Comparative Literature Association: Capitals. New York University, March 20-23, 2014.
  • "Poverty as an Object of Social Inquiry and Artistic Representations.” Representations of Poverty. Université Paris-Est (UPEM). Seminar Co-organizer. January  31, 2014.
  • Roman et reportage chez John Dos Passos et Blaise Cendrars : Devant la chaise électrique (1927) et Rhum (1930).” Plenary Speaker. Journalisme littéraire et grand reportage. La passion du réel, ou l’écriture-vérité. Collège de Belgique, Brussels. October 8, 2013.  
  • “The Other Effects: Class Stakes.” Keynote Speaker. Screening Class: Precarious Visions and American Studies. University of Freiburg, Germany. June 28-29, 2013.
  • “The Obama Coalition: A New Partisan Regime?” Invited Panelist. Université Paris-Est (UPEM). May 27, 2013.
  • “The French Americanist Bibliography Project: Second Phase.” The French Association of  American Studies Conference: Religion et spiritualité. University of Angers, May 22-26, 2013. 
  • "Richard Wright’s Literary Journalism.” Literary Journalism: Text and Context. International Literary Journalism Studies 8. University of Tampere, Finland. May 16-18, 2013.
  • “Dorothy Day and Narrative Forms of Religious Radicalism.” Religion in American Life, King’s College, London. February 22-24, 2013.
  • “The Enduring Hold of U.S. Counter-Cultural Narratives.” Revolution and Utopias: Counter-Cultural Narratives in the U.S. 1960s. Université Paris-Est (MLV). Seminar Organizer. January 18, 2013.
  • “The Rescued Horizons of  Richard Wright.” Invited Speaker. Guest Lecture Series in American Studies. University of  Lausanne. Lausanne, Switzerland. April 20, 2012. .
  • Counter-Cultures in the American 1960s. Université Versaille Saint-Quentin. Seminar Co-organizer. Panelist. December 7, 2012.
  • “The French Americanist Bibliography Project.” Co-director of project. The French Association of  American Studies Conference: Héritage(s). University of Perpignan, May 23-27, 2012. 
  • “Creative Productions and Cultural Perspectives.” Reflective Seminar. Seminar organizer. Université Paris-Est (MLV). April 13, 2012.
  • “Catastrophes of  Lived Experience: American Experimental Poetry and Literary Journalism.” American Comparative Literature Association : Collapse/Catastrophe/Change. Brown University, Providence RI. March 29-April 1, 2012.
  • “Jack London et le journalisme littéraire.” Invited Speaker. De Londres à London: Les reportages d’Albert et de Jack.  Roman et reportage (XXe-XXIe siècles) Rencontres croisées. Université Paris Ouest Nanterre. December 9, 2011. 
  • “Introduction: ‘New Journalism as a Counter-Cultural Force’.” New Journalism of the American 1960s as a Counter-Cultural Narrative. Seminar organizer. Université Paris-Est (MLV). November 18, 2011.
  • “Between Crisis and Innovation: Representations of Work in U.S. Literature.” Plenary Speaker. Re-Presentations of Working Life. Graduate Conference 2011. Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. 12-13 November 2011.
  • “Jack London’s Interrogations of Experience : ‘The Dignity of  Dollars’ (1900) and ‘Mexico’s Army and Ours’ (1914).”  Experience. IMAGER/TIES. Université Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC), June 17-18, 2011.
  • “Richard Wright’s ‘Centrally Historical’ 12 Million Black Voices.” The French Association of  American Studies Conference: La Vérité.  University of Brest, May, 25-28, 2011.
  • Literary Journalism: Theoria, Poiesis and Praxis. International Literary Journalism Studies 6. “Literary Journalism: Comparative Considerations.” Panel Chair. Université Libre de Bruxelles. May 12-14, 2011.
  • “Dorothy Day and Joseph Kessel: ‘A Literature of Urgency’.” Literary Journalism in a Global Context. American Comparative Literature Association : World Literature, Comparative Literature. Simon Fraser Univeristy. Vancouver. March 31-April 3, 2011.
  • “Introduction.” Elisabeth Stuart Phelps, “The Gates Ajar” (talk by Cindy Weinstein). Lecture organizer. Université Paris-Est (MLV). December 15,  2010.
  • International Conference IMAGER : Discours sur le mineur. “Frontières du genre mineur (2).” Panel Chair. Université Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC)/Paris-Est (MLV). November 4-6,  2010.
  • “Introduction.” The Relevance of  Literary Journalism in a Global Context (talk by John Hartsock). Lecture organizer. The American University of  Paris. October 19, 2010.
  • “Literary Journalism: ‘A Literature of Urgency’.” Invited Speaker. IMAGER/TIES. Université Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC). October 16, 2010.
  • Introduction: “Without Borders: the Voices of  Literary Journalism.” Sites of the Aesthetic: International Versions of Literary Journalism. Seminar organizer. Université Paris-Est (MLV). October 7, 2010.
  • “Netroots and Democracy in 21st-century America.” Panel Chair. Université Paris-Est (MLV). June 17, 2010.
  • “American Modernist Literary Landscapes 1900 to 1950: From ‘Nature’ to ‘Environment.’” Panel Co-chair. The French Association of American Studies Conference: From Nature to Environment.  Grenoble, May 27-29, 2010.
  • “Richard Wright’s Literary Journalism and Transgressive Sociology in 12 Million Black Voices.” International Association for Literary Journalism Studies. Roehampton University, London. May 20-22, 2010.
  • Introduction: “American Literary Journalism as an Emerging Historical Form.” “Begging Description: Literary Journalism, Othering and the Order of  Things.” Seminar organizer. Université Paris-Est (MLV). May 7, 2010.
  • “Sensational Gothicism in Richard Wright’s The Outsider” Forever Young. European Association for American Studies. Trinity and University Colleges, Dublin. March 26-29, 2010.
  • “Literary Journalism, Radicalism, and the Estranged Modernism of  John Dos Passos’s  Facing the Chair and Blaise Cendrars’s Rhum” Modernism and Radicalism in the U.S.: An Unbridgeable Gap? Invited Speaker. Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3. March 20, 2010. 
  • “‘Expediting Great Claims’: James Agee’s Narrations of Experience.” Invited Speaker. L’expérience, IMAGER/TIES. Paris 12. Jan. 9, 2010.
  • “Dessins et destines des territoires.” Panel Moderator. Géographie dans le monde anglophone. Paris-Est (MLV). June 18-20, 2009.
  • “Rethinking the Geographies of American Studies.” Plenary speaker. Géographie dans le monde anglophone. Université Paris-Est (MLV). June 18-20, 2009.
  • “John Dos Passos and Blaise Cendrars: Reinventing Persuasion.” Global Languages, Local Cultures. American Comparative Literature Association.  Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. March 26-29, 2009.
  • “Jack London’s Literary Journalism: If  ‘Fancy Could Father the Act’.” International Association for Literary Journalism Studies. Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. May 14-16, 2009.
  • “Essential Contentions: Issues in Literary Journalism.” Panel Moderator. International Association for Literary Journalism Studies. Medill School of  Journalism, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. May 14-16, 2009.
  • “On Richard Wright: Introduction of Plenary Speakers, Joyce Ann Joyce and Houston Baker.” Richard Wright : The Centenary Celebration. Co-Directors: Alice Craven and William Dow. The U.S. Ambassador’s Residence. Paris, June 20, 2008.
  • “Celebrating Richard Wright.” Richard Wright : The Centenary Celebration. The American University of Paris. Co-Directors: Alice Craven and William Dow. June 19-21, 2008.
  • “James Agee’s ‘Continual Awareness,’ Untold Stories: ‘Saratoga Springs’ and ‘Havana Cruise’ (1937).” International Association for Literary Journalism Studies. Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Politicas Universidad Técnia de Lisboa. Lisbon, Portugal. May 15-17, 2008. 
  • “This Certain Conjunction: Gender and Class in American Culture.” Crossing Borders: Gender and Class in American Culture. University of  Valenciennes. Co-Director William Dow. April 25, 2008.
  • “Confounding the Spirits: Aesthetics and Cultural Studies.” Invited Speaker. Seminar on American Cultural Studies. University of  Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. February 18, 2008.
  • “Willa Cather’s ‘Guided Friends’: Death Comes for the Archbishop.” 11th International Willa Cather Seminar. University of  Paris 3-Sorbonne/Tarascon. June 24-July 1, 2007.
  • “Can Film be Literary Journalism?” Panel Moderator. Literary Journalism in an International Context. The 2nd International Conference for Literary Journalism Studies. Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Science Po), Paris. May 18-19, 2007.
  • “Writing Dark Times: Settings, Immersions in Agnes Smedley and Meridel Le Sueur.” Literary Journalism in an International Context. The 2nd International Conference for Literary Journalism Studies. Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Science Po), Paris. May 18-19, 2007.
  • “The Continuum of Class.” Form and Discontentment: Representing Class in American Culture, Literature, and Film. Co-director: William Dow. The University of  Valenciennes. April 6, 2007.
  • “James Agee’s Engagement Beyond Borders.” Intellectuals and Commitment in the United States (Ecriture et engagement aux Etats-Unis, 1918-1939). University of  Paris 13. November 30-December 1, 2006.
  • “Documentary Forms and Testimonies of  Poverty.” First International Conference on Literary Journalism. Celebrating The Jungle: A Century of  Literary Journalism throughout the World. The University of  Nancy. May 19-20, 2006.
  • “By Word of  Body: The Social Life of Aesthetic Forms.”  Faire Corps. Invited Speaker. University of Lille. January 20, 2006.
  • “Nostalgia and Estrangement in American Depression-era Fiction.” Challenges of Estrangement in a United Europe Confronting the World. 29th IMISE Conference. The American University of  Paris, July 4-9, 2005. 
  • “‘Hard Work and Blood’ in Whitman’s 1855 Song of  Myself.” American Poetry: Whitman to the Present. The Swiss Association of  North American Studies. Fribourg, Switzerland, November 12-13, 2004.
  • “American Fiction Today: Realism, Comedy and Beyond.” Panel Discussion. Invited Participant. UNESCO in cooperation with the National Endowment of  the Arts. Hotel Tallyrand, the American Embassy in France, Oct. 15, 2004.
  • “Introduction, James T. Farrell: ‘Looking from the Altar Light’.” James T. Farrell Centennial Conference. Co-organizers: Marshall Brooks and William Dow. The American University of  Paris. June 17-19, 2004.
  • “Jack London’s Problem Bodies.” Jack London Society Seventh Biennial Symposium. Santa Rosa, California. May 23-26, 2004.
  • “Class, Work, and New Races in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God and Agnes Smedley’s Daughter of  Earth.” Invited Speaker. Journée Doctorants. University of  Versailles Saint Quentin. April 30, 2004. 
  • “Body Tramping, Class, and Masculine Extremes: Jack London’s The People of  the Abyss.” The European Association of  American Studies. America in the Course of   Human Events: Presentations and Interpretations. Charles University, Prague. April 2-4,  2004.
  • “The Language of  Work: Frederick Douglass’s Narrative and Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God.” The French Association of  American Studies Conference: Territoires d’Amérique. Rouen, May 30-June 1, 2003. 
  • “American Desert Fictions: Moving Beyond the Pale.” Désert(s): entre désir et délire (In the Desert(s): from desire to delirium). Espaces/Ecritures Research Group. University of  Paris 10, Nanterre. June 27-28, 2002.
  • “‘Agents of  Change’: Challenges in the Flesh and the Teaching of  American Literature.” The Hellenic Association for the Study of  English (H.A.S.E.): The ‘Periphery’ Viewing the World: Language, Literature, Media, Philosophy. National and Kapodistrain University of  Athens, May 24-27, 2002.
  • “‘I Have Embraced You, and Henceforth Possess You’—Whitman’s Bodily Religion in Song of  Myself.” The French Association of  American Studies Conference: Substances. The University of  Orleans, May 25-27, 2001.
  • “A Modernist Vernacular: Violent Figurations in Nathanael West’s Miss Lonelyhearts.” Conference SAIT, société textes et images: Les figures de la violence. Sorbonne, Paris 4, December 8-9, 2000.
  • “Writing Nostalgia, Writing a Nation.” American Nostalgias: Interferences, Compensations, and the Shapings of  Identity. The University of  Valenciennes, November 24-25, 2000.
  • “Poetics of  Violence/Violent Figurations in Nathanael West and Joyce Carol Oates.” The Swedish Association of American Studies Second Interdisciplinary Conference on American History, Culture and Society, Södertörn University College, Stockholm, Oct. 5-7, 2000.
  • “Lives on the Boundary: Race, Portraiture, and Homeland in Jean Toomer’s Cane and Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio.” MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literature of  the United States) Conference: Europe and the United States: Comparative Ethnic Literatures, University of Orleans,  June 22-25, 2000.
  • “Performative Realism in Crane’s Maggie and Norris’s McTeague.” Les Avatars du Réalisme, University of Nantes, December 3-4, 1999.
  • “Down and Out in London and Orwell.” The Second Symbiosis Conference: Anglo-American Textual Relations, University of  the West of  England, Bristol, July 5-7, 1999.
  • “A Nostalgia for the Unattainable in Dos Passos’s U.S.A.” The French Association of American Studies Conference: Mainstream America, University of  Versailles Saint Quentin, May 28-30, 1999.
  • Panelist on session “Early Novels of  Cormac McCarthy.” Lolita Research Group Seminar, The University of  Orleans, Orleans, March 6, 1999.
  • “Irony and the Intersubjective in Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises.” International Hemingway Conference, Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, May 25-31, 1998.
  • “‘Knocking Everywhere’: The Imaginative Sanctities of  Emily Dickinson and William Carlos Williams.” Société des Anglicistes de l’Enseignement Supérieur: “Féminin/Masculine,” University of  Rennes 2, May 15-17, 1998.
  • “Topographies and Typal Systems in Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian.” Seminar on American Literature, Suds d’Amériques, University of  Versailles Saint-Quentin, November 28, 1997.
  • “‘Always Your Heart’: Direct Address, Narrative Authority, and the ‘Great Design’ of Cane.” Invited Speaker. Conference on Jean Toomer and the Harlem Renaissance, Institute Charles V, Paris 7. November 22, 1997.
  • “The Nature of  Huckleberry Finn: Huck as ‘Autobiographer’.” Colloquium on American Literature, Sorbonne, University of Paris 4, Paris, October 18-19, 1996.
  • “Mimesis and the Figural.” ‘Mimesis,’ Fifty Years Later: The Representation of Reality in Literature, The University of  Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands, May 29-31, 1996.
  • “Progress Swelled by a Dissident Ride: Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian and Jack Kerouac’s On the Road.” The French Association of American Studies Conference: Le déplacement dans l’histoire et la culture américaines, The University of Lyon, May 17-19, 1996.
  • “The Poet/Pioneer and ‘More Language’ in Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian.” The State of the Art III at Orleans: Spring 1996 Conference, The University of  Orleans, April 26-27, 1996.
  • “Lolita and the Conquest of  Crime.” Colloquium on American Literature, Sorbonne, University of Paris 4, Paris, October 27-28, 1995.
  • “Social Authenticity and the Postmodern in Paul Auster’s Fiction.” A Symposium on Contemporary American Fiction, State University of New York College at Postdam, Potsdam, New York, September 28-30, 1995.
  • “Fiction is Not Real: Naturalism, the Performative, and Frank Norris’s McTeague.” AIZEN: International Conference on Multidiciplinary Approaches and Comparative Studies Related to Emile Zola, Naturalism and Naturalist Writers, Las Vegas, Nevada, September 22-24, 1995.
  • “Elle signe souvent ‘Emilie’: Emily Dickinson and the French Critical Reception.” The Emily Dickinson International Society: Emily Dickinson Abroad, The University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria, August 4-6, 1995.
  • “Louise Erdrich and the Privilege of the Narrating Self.” International American Indian Workshop, Fernando Pessoa University, Porto, Portugal, April 6-8, 1995.
  • “The Discontent of  Louise Erdrich’s Love Medicine: Dialogic Voices, Dialectical History.” The State of the Art II at Orleans: Spring 1995 Conference, The University of  Orleans, March 25, 1995.
  • Louise Erdrich and Multi-Narrations: Failed Narrators and Changing Centers.” Invited Speaker. RAMONA (Recherches sur l’amérique de l’Ouest) Conference: The American West and Its Representations, University of Paris 10, Nanterre.  January 13, 1995.
  • “Powerful Conditions and Empowered Discourse in Louise Erdrich’s Fiction.” Invited Speaker. A Seminar on Contemporary American Fiction, The University of Tours. November 18, 1995. 
  • “Postmodernism and Its Social Moment in Paul Auster’s Fiction.” Invited Speaker. Erasmus Conference: Postmodernity: The United States after 1945, John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie University, Berlin. September 9-11, 1994. 
  • “A Farewell to Arms and Hemingway’s Protest Stance: To Tell the Truth Without Screaming.” Hemingway/Fitzgerald International Conference, The Mona Bismark Foundation, Paris, July 3-8, 1994
  • “Paul Auster’s The Invention of Solitude: Glimmers in a Reach to Authenticity.” International Paul Auster Colloquium, The University of Provence, Aix-en-Provence, June 10-12, 1994.
  • “American Identities in a Multicultural Context.” The State of the Art at Orleans: Spring 1994 Conference, The University of Orleans, Orleans, April 8-9, 1994.
  • “Report from the Other Academy: Non-American Voices and American Literature.” The European Association of American Studies, Kirchberg Conference Center, Luxembourg, March 25-28, 1994.
  • “The Influence of  Madame Bovary in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening: Corresponding  Struggles, Dreams, and Regressions.” Colloquium on American Literature, Sorbonne, University of Paris 4, Paris, October 22-23, 1993.
  • Panelist on session “L’Ecriture en trompe-l’oeil/Courants baroques dans la prose de Blaise Cendrars.” 10th Annual International Colloquium on 20th Century French Studies, The University of Colorado at Boulder, March 11-13, 1993.
  • “The French Avant-garde and American Modernist Aesthetics.” The Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Convention, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, October 15-17, 1992.
  • “John Dos Passos in the Classroom: Teaching the Language to Non-Americans.” American Literature for Non-American Readers, Bellagio Study and Conference Center, Bellagio, Italy, June 1-5, 1992.
  • “Communicative Methodology: The Use of Translated and Critical Texts in Language Teaching.” Conference on Academic English in American International Colleges and Universities, The American University of  Cairo, Cairo, April 13-16, 1992.

Affiliations

Advisory boards, academic affiliations and professional service
  • Member, Modern Language Association (1989-present)
  • Founding Member, International Association of Literary Journalism Studies (2005-present)                                                            
  • Reader, African American Review (2008-present)
  • Member, IMAGER/TIES, Université Paris-Est (Créteil) and Université Paris-Est, Marne-la-Vallée (2008-present)
  • Member, Comité de sélection, 11 section, Université Paris-Est, Marne-la-Vallée (2009-present)
  • Member, Comité de sélection, 11 section, Université Paris-Est, Créteil (2009-present)
  • Member of the board, French Association of American Studies (2009-present)
  • Co-director, AFEA Bibliography project (2009-present)
  • Jury Member, Greenberg Prize, International Association for Literary Journalism Studies (2009-present)
  • Co-director, AFEA Bibliography Project (2009-present)
  • Member, Comité de sélection, Paris 10, 11 section (2010-present)
  • Reader, MELUS - Multi-Ethnic Literature of  the U.S. (2010-present)
  • Director of Graduate programs (M1, M2), Université Paris-Est, Marne-la-Vallée (2010-present)   
  • Editorial Committee, Quadrena UPEC (2012-present)
  • Evaluator of Research Grants, Sorbonne Paris Cité (2013)
  • Blind reviewer, book manuscript, Open Humanities Press (2012)                                                         
  • President of Selection Committee, Université Paris-Est, Marne-la-Vallée (2011, 2014)
  • Jury Member, “Prix de l’université  du Conseil Général du Val de Marne” (national research prize for French theses and dissertations) (2014).      
  • Evaluator, Bourse de recherche HDR SAES-AFEA (SAES-AFEA HDR Scholarship campaign) (2014).
  • Tenure and promotion review: University of Southern California, San Diego (2014).
  • Evaluator of Research Grants, Sorbonne Paris Cité (2015).
  • Article Editor, Sage Open (2015).
  • Reader, Sage Open (2015-present).
  • Reader, Routledge series publications (2015-present).
  • Reader, Palgrave Macmillan (2015-present).
  • Evaluator of Research Grants, Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA) Cambridge (2016).

 

Research Areas

Class studies, literary journalism, American 20th-century literature, American studies, material studies, African-American literature, African-American studies.