Literature and Cultural Theory



Current Students

Benjamin Babb

Benjamin H.Babb

email: BHBABB@uwm.edu
Degree: MA

Interests: American literature and culture, Modernism, Marxism, Critical Theory, utopia, religion, spirituality


Suchismita Banerjee

email: banerje4@uwm.edu
Degree: PhD, Women's Studies graduate certificate
Interests: Postcolonial theory, literature, and film, transnational feminism, theories of labor, and diasporic literature
Conference Presentations:
  • Chair, "(Re)negotiating Debt." Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA), Cincinnati, November 2012
  • "Transnational Solidarity: Resisting Imperialism in India and Ireland." Modern Language Association (MLA), Boston, January 2013
  • "Creating Alternate Voices: Exploring South Asian Cyberfeminism." Modern language Association (MLA), Boston, January 2013
  • "Performing "Agency" in (Re) casting Female Subjecthood in Rabindranath Tagore's Strir Patra or The Wife's Letter. South Asian Literary Association Conference, Seattle, January 2012.
  • Transgressing Domesticity: Problematizing Agency and Subjecthood in Rabindranath Tagore's Strir Patra or The Wife's Letter. National Women's Studies Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, November 2011
  • "(Re) positioning the Myth of the Vampire in the Light of Patriarchy: A Gendered Analysis of Coppola's Dracula and Romero's Martin." Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA), Chicago, November 2010
  • "Ways of (Un) Belonging: Interrogating the Question of Citizenship in Bapsi Sidhwa's novel, Cracking India, "Beyond Citizenship: feminism and the transformation of belonging" at Birkbeck, University of London, London, June 2010
Publications:
  • "Interrogating the Ambivalence of Self-Fashioning and Redefining the Immigrant Identity in Bharati Mukherjee's Jasmine." Asiatic. 6.1(2012):10-24.
  • "The Legacy of Indian Upheaval: A Socio-Political Study of Kiran Desai's The Inheritance of Loss." The Fogdog Review. 2 (2008): 73-77.
  • "The Inner Eye: Evolution and Transformation of Ray's Women in Teen Kanya." Proceedings of the First Graduate Research Conference, March 30-31, 2007: The Graduate School, Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, IN. 2007: 17-23.
  • "Theatre of Protest: A Post Colonial Perspective." Journal of the Department of English, University of Calcutta. 2 Feb. 2003-04: 8-12.

Michael E. Beebe

email: mebeebe@uwm.edu
Degree: PhD UW-Milwaukee 2015 (English, concentration in Literature & Cultural Theory)
Prior Degrees:
  • BS Syracuse University 2006 (Television Radio & Film)
  • MA New York University 2010 (Irish & Irish-American Studies)

Interests: Irish Studies, literary modernism, modernization/modernity, cultural studies, political philosophy, biopower/biopolitics, postcolonial studies
Conference Presentations:
  • “Celticism and Biopolitical Modernity: Yeats’s Celtic Twilight and the Ascent of the Urban Crowd”
    American Conference for Irish Studies/Canadian Association for Irish Studies 2014, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • “Call and Response: John McGahern’s The Dark in Critical Dialogue with the de Valera Ideal” American Conference for Irish Studies 2013, Chicago IL
  • “Leopold Bloom’s Funeral Tram: Ulysses and the Imagination of the Modern Irish State” Hybrid Irelands 2012, University of Notre Dame, South Bend IN
  • “The Shade of the Modern State in ‘Ivy Day in the Committee Room’” American Conference for Irish Studies 2012, New Orleans LA
  • “J.M. Synge’s Playboy of the Western World: Currencies of Rural Violence” Canadian Association for Irish Studies 2010, St. Mary’s University, Halifax NS
  • “Rural Peasant Autonomy in the Novels of Liam O’Flaherty” American Conference for Irish Studies 2010, State College PA
Lectures:
  • “James Joyce’s Ulysses and the Birth of Modern Irish Subjectivity”
    The Scholar and the Library Series 2013-14, Golda Meir Library, UW-Milwaukee

Jacqueline Deskovich

E-mail: deskovi2@uwm.edu
Degree: M.A.
Interests: Modernism, 20th Century Poetry, American Literature, Feminist Literature and Theory, Queer Literature.
Publications:
  • "Not at the Centre of a Diamond: How the Paradoxical Relationship Between Reality and Imagination Works in Wallace Stevens' "Esthetique Du Mal"" Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research (2012): 73-88

Andy Freeburg

Andy Freeburg

email: freeburg@uwm.edu
Degree: MA
Prior Degrees:
  • BS Secondary Education, English and Speech Communications-UW La Crosse, 1997
  • MA Education-Viterbo University, 2007

Interests: Modern poetry, Tennessee Williams, Yusef Komunyakaa, fables, 80s Brat Pack literature, Formalism

Related Activities/Experience: Teaching high school English


Andy Hartman

email: lhartman@uwm.edu
Degree: MA
Interests: Queer Theory, Film Theory, Gay History, 20th Century American Literature
Conference Presentations:
  • "Structural/Sexual Transgression: Todd Haynes' Poison as a Critique of Homonormativity," Queertopia! 5.0, Northwestern University, May 2012
  • "The Specter of the Gay Virgin in Colm Toibin's The Master," Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, February 2012

Paul Gagliardi

email: prg@uwm.edu
Degree: PhD
Interests: literature of work, American culture of the 1930s, humor and satire, federal arts and work programs
Conference Presentations:
  • ".." Midwest Modern Language Association Conference. Cincinnati. November 2012.
  • "The Illusion of Work: The Swindle Plays of the Federal Theatre Project." Midwest Modern Langauge Assocation Conference. St. Louis, November 2011.
  • "Working Heartbreakingly Hard: Edna Ferber's Writing Work Ethic." Northeast Modern Language Assocation Conference. Rutgers University, April 2011.
  • "Obama and Satire". Cheasapeake American Studies Association Conference. George Mason University, April 2010.

Dissertation Project: All Play and No Work: The Subversion of the Protestant Work Ethic in the Comedies of the Federal Theatre Project.

Teaching Experience: Currently an Instructor of English at Carroll University and Mount Mary College


Shawna Lipton

Email: selipton@uwm.edu

Degree: PhD

Interests: Modernist Studies, Queer Theory

Dissertation Project: "Queer Theory and the Modernist Author"

Website: www.shawnalipton.com


Dawn Nawrot

Dawn Nawrot

E-mail: danawrot@uwm.edu

Degree: PhD
Interests: Eighteenth-century British Literature & society; women's studies, feminism, the novel, social contract theory
Conference Presentations:
  • "Nothing but Violent Methods will do': Complicating the Eighteenth-Century Rape Narrative"" at 2013 British Women Writer's Conference, University of New Mexico.
  • "Confounding Scientific Classification and Subverting National Ideologies: Frankenstein’s Anomalous Body" at 2012 British Women Writer's Conference, University of Colorado-Boulder.

Publications:

  • 'Nothing but Violent Methods will do': Heterosexual Rape and the Violation of Female Friendship." Interpreting Sexual Violence: 1660-1800. Ed. Anne Greenfield. London: Pickering & Chatto.

Alison Sperling

email: sperlin5@uwm.edu
Degree: PhD
Previous education: M.A. from San Francisco State University
Interests: 20th c. American literature, modernism, post-modernism, representations of the body, theories of violence, "strange" eroticism, the Frankfurt School, theories of sexuality and psychoanalytic theory, photography.
Conference Presentations:
  • "Photographic (Pre)Mediation: Osama Bin Laden's Death and the Evidences of Pleasure," Midwest Popular Culture Association (MPCA), Milwaukee, WI, 2011.
  • "Hemingway's Flight from Civilization and Search for the West: For Whom the Bell Tolls," Humanities Education and Research Association (HERA), San Francisco, CA, 2011.
  • "The Orlando Case: Sex, Gender, and the Patriarchal Worlds of Woolf's Orlando and Freud's Dora," Humanities and Education Research Association (HERA), El Paso, TX, 2010.
  • "The Idle Detective of Noir -- Confronting the Interpretive Limitations of Film Noir," Humanities and Education Research Association (HERA), Chicago, IL, 2009.
  • "T.S. Eliot's Black Mask: Belonging, Identity and Community in the Language and Imagery of Eliot and Noir," Peaks Conference, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, 2009.
  • "Eggers' Humor in Memoir: Destructive or Instructive?" Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), Montreal, Canada, 2009.