Publications

Books

The Tragedy and Comedy of Resistance: Reading Modernity through Black Women’s Fiction,Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000.

A Poetics of Seeing: The Implications of Visual Form in Modern Poetry, New York: Garland, 1985.

(with Sanford Freedman.) Roland Barthes: A Bibliographical Reader’s Guide, New York :Garland, 1983.

Articles

“Postmodern Disconnection and the Archive of Bones: Toni Cade Bambara’s Last Work.” Novel: A Forum on Fiction 35.2/3 (2002): 258-80.

“Commodity Futures.” Women’s Review of Books January (1999): 7-8.

“Class Matters in Youngstown and Beyond.” Radical Teacher 46 (1996): 24-7.

“Readerly/Writerly Relations and Social Change: The Maimie Papers as Literature.” Women’s Studies Quarterly 23.1/2 (1995): 178-98. (Reprinted in What We Hold in Common: An Introduction to Working-Clas Studies. Ed. Janet Zandy. New York: Feminist Press, 2001.)

“Humor, Subjectivity, Resistance: The Case of Laughter in The Color Purple.” Texas Studies in Literature and Language 36.4 (1994): 462-82. (Reprinted in Modern American Literature. Vol. 6. Ed. Martin Tucker. New York: Continuum, 1997.)

“Tragedy Reborn(e): A Question of Power and the Soul-Journeys of Bessie Head.” Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture 26.2/3 (1993): 331-52.

“Positioning Subjects and Objects: Agency, Narration, Relationality.” Hypatia: A Feminist Journal of Philosophy 8.1 (1993): 55-80.

“Ideologies of the Funny.” The Centennial Review 36.2 (1992): 265-96.

“The Incredulous Narration of Deconstruction: Self-Reference without Reference and without a Self.” Studies in Language and Literature 2 (1986): 31-42.

“Comedy Remembers Its Ancient Properties: Genealogy of an American Feminist Project.”American Studies, Academica Sinica, Fall (1986): 32-52.

“Authorship without Authority: Walden, Kierkegaard, and the Experiment in Points of View.” InKierkegaard and Literature: Irony, Repetition, and Criticism. Ed. Ronald Schleifer and Robert Markley. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1984. 164-182.

“Laodamia.” Encyclopedia Vergiliana. Rome: Instituto Encyclopedia Vergiliana, 1982.

“Wordsworth’s Vergil: `Laodamia’ and Aeneid 6.” Vergilius 26 (1980): 39-47.

Light in August: The Epistemology of Tragic Paradox.” Texas Studies in Literature and Language22 (1979): 48-68. (Reprinted in William Faulkner’s Light in August: A Critical Casebook. Ed. François L. Pitavy. New York: Garland, 1982. 203-227.)

“Kierkegaard and the Ironic Voices of Emily Dickinson.” Journal of English and Germanic Philology 77 (1978): 569-81.

Papers Delivered

“Class, Writing, and the Moral Equivalence of War.” Working Class Studies Conference, Youngstown, Ohio, May , 2005.

*”‘Hijacking the hijacked’: The Globalization of African American Rememory.” Multi-Ethnic Studies in Europe and America Conference, Thessaloniki, May 22, 2004..

“‘It’s She Who Owns the Terror’: What to Do with Modern Ghosts.” Narrative: An International Conference, Houston, March 9, 2001.

“The Undocumented and the Undocumentable: Oral Testimony from Latina Overtime.” Working Class Studies Conference, Youngstown, May 19, 2001.

“Vicarious Witnessing in Beloved: ‘Plurisignant’ Tragedy and the Footprints’ Fit.” Modern Language Association, December 28, 1999.

“`Words cannot erase that experience’: Agnes Smedley and the Paradoxical Modes of Modern Writing.” Working Class Studies Conference, Youngstown, June 12, 1999.

“The `Foreign’ Correspondence of Agnes Smedley.” Modern Language Association, December 30, 1998.

“Learning to Read in Class: Theory and the Lessons of Forgetting.” Modern Language Association, December 28, 1998.

“The Feel of Justice: Moses/Damballah and Hurston’s Vodou Texts.” Christianity and Literature Conference, Santa Clara, May 2, 1998.

“The Terror-Time Is Come: Sentiment, Apathy, and Media Representations of the Tragic.” Popular Culture Association, April 11, 1998.

“Of Classrooms and Intersections: Deracializing Class and Vice Versa.” Working Class Lives/Working Class Studies, Youngstown, June 16, 1997.

“The Undocumented and the Undocumentable: Oral Testimony from Latina Overtime.” Working Class Studies Conference, Youngstown, May 19, 2001.

“Vicarious Witnessing in Beloved: ‘Plurisignant’ Tragedy and the Footprints’ Fit.” Modern Language Association, December 28, 1999.

“`Words cannot erase that experience’: Agnes Smedley and the Paradoxical Modes of Modern Writing.” Working Class Studies Conference, Youngstown, June 12, 1999.

“The `Foreign’ Correspondence of Agnes Smedley.” Modern Language Association, December 30, 1998.

“Learning to Read in Class: Theory and the Lessons of Forgetting.” Modern Language Association, December 28, 1998.

“The Feel of Justice: Moses/Damballah and Hurston’s Vodou Texts.” Christianity and Literature Conference, Santa Clara, May 2, 1998.

“The Terror-Time Is Come: Sentiment, Apathy, and Media Representations of the Tragic.” Popular Culture Association, April 11, 1998.

“Of Classrooms and Intersections: Deracializing Class and Vice Versa.” Working Class Lives/Working Class Studies, Youngstown, June 16, 1997.

“The Miracle Cities of Carolyn Chute: Salvage as Critical Utopia.” Modern Language Association, New York, December 28, 1996.

“Zora Neale Hurston, Agnes Smedley, and Cultural Memory: Against a Postmodern Apartheid.” North American Labor History Conference (Memory and the Re-telling of Working Class Lives), Detroit, October 18, 1996.

“Critical Models for Working Class Studies.” North American Labor History Conference (Memory and the Re-telling of Working Class Lives), Detroit, October 19, 1996.

“Critical Judgment, Social Meanings: Stories That Need Telling.” Conference on College Composition and Communcation, Milwaukee, March 27, 1996.

“Williams, Bakhtin, and the Chronic Rhythms of Poverty.” Working Class Lives/Working Class Studies, Youngstown, June 8, 1995.

“Ambivalence, Appropriation, and the Failure of Narrative ‘Fit’ for African Women Writers.” International Conference on Narrative Literature, Vancouver, May 1, 1994.

“High Genre, Low Class: Tragic Resistance in the Oral Narratives of Poor Southern Women.” International Conference on Narrative Literature, Vancouver, April 30, 1994.

“African American Studies, Cultural Studies, Women’s Studies: Models of Interdisciplinarity.” National Association of Ethnic Studies, Salt Lake City, April 4, 1993.

“Who Lives in Fictional Communities and Why Does It Matter?” Mid-West Conference of Radical Scholars and Activists, Chicago, November 7, 1991.

“Moral Equi-valence in the Age of ‘Political Correctness’.” Mid-West Conference of Radical Scholars and Activists, Chicago, November 8, 1991.

“Positioning Race, Class, and Gender in the Mind and in the Classroom.” Maine Women’s Studies Conference, Bowdoin College, April 13, 1991.

“Humor, Subjectivity, Resistance: The Case of Laughter in Alice Walker and Gloria Naylor.” Mid-West Conference of Radical Scholars and Activists, Chicago, October 19, 1990.

“Tragedy, Gender, Criticism: A Rebirth without Women.” Fifth Conference on Literature and Religion, Durham, England, September 25, 1990.

“Ideologies of the Funny: Value and Definition in Humor Theory.” Eighth International Conference on Humor, Sheffield, England, July 30, 1990.

“Humor Theory across the Disciplines: From Rituals of Avoidance to Gestures of Solidarity.” Southern Anthropological Association, Tampa, April 20, 1988.

“Feminist Theories of Language: French Utopias Encounter American Dystopias.”  Seminars on Critical Theory, Fu Jen University, April 22, 1986.

“A Typology of Feminist Studies in American Literature.” American Studies Symposium, Academica Sinica, Taipei, February 20, 1986.

“Deconstructionist Theory in Critical Practice: The Limitations of Infinite-Talk.” Conference on Critical Theory, National Taiwan University, Taipei, December 9, 1985.

Huckleberry Finn One Hundred and Fifty Years Later: The Imbrications of Racial and Critical Discourse.” Colloquium on Mark Twain, American Institute in Taiwan, October 16, 1985.

“Stories We Tell on Ourselves: Demythologizing Humorous Stereotypes of the Woman with Appetites.” Popular Culture Association, Louisville, April 4, 1985.

Absalom, Absalom! and the Problem of Fictional Self-Reference.” Johns Hopkins University, Critical Theory Seminars, February 21, 1984.

“Multiple Frames of Reference in Light in August: Avoiding Relativism.” Modern Language Association, Los Angeles, December 29, 1982.

“Emily Dickinson: The Virgin Spinster as Mother of Us All.” Introduction as Chair to “Emily Dickinson and Feminist Poetics.” Modern Language Association, Los Angeles, December 28, 1982.

“Margaret Fuller and the Case of Feminist Entrapment: `I wish I were a man, and then there would be one.’” Women’s Alliance for the Arts, Boston, August 20, 1980.

“Riddles, Definitions, and the Other New England of Emily Dickinson.” Seeing New EnglandlyConference, Portland, Maine, April 10, 1980.

“Before and After the Symbolist’s Music: Wallace Stevens and Mallarmé.” Comparative Literature Association, New Haven, April 5, 1978.

Journalism

“From Entebbe to the World Trade Center: Representing Terror.” Solidarity, Fall 2001: 24-30.

“The ‘Class Pedigree’ of Master Plans and Why People Don’t Vote.” Solidarity, Summer 2000: 36-40.

(With Liz Fey and Mike Travers.) “Government Grants, Unequal Partners: Of Scapegoats and Mops.” Solidarity, Summer 2000: 10-14.

Poetry

“an ex-charmer gone in the chest,” Feminist Studies 29.1 (2003);
“the Sibyl and her sisters,” Rhino (1992):
“Enitharmon,” free focus (January 1990);
“Wu Lin, Scholar of T’ang Poetry,” The Archer (1990);
“teaching has got to be,” A Women’s Voice (1990);
“gone poems on black women,” Earth’s Daughters (1990);
“we read the news we see the other dying,” Groundswell (1990);
“Arachne not Penelope,” Without Halos (1990).