Medieval literature, rhetoric, mythology
University of New Mexico, PhD in English: Rhetoric and Writing (2004)
University of Oregon, MA English: Medieval Studies (1974)
University of California, Berkeley, BA English Literature (1972)
I taught for many years at community colleges before entering the doctoral program at the University of New Mexico. After defending my dissertation, I joined the faculty at Eastern Washington University, where I work in the literature, composition and humanities programs.
My dissertation analyzes the rhetorical strategies of five women from different historical periods, finding commonalities that constitute a discourse strategy characteristic of women's rhetoric. These women - Hildegard of Bingen, Margery Kempe, Aphra Behn, Sojourner Truth and Helene Cixous - created rhetorical strategies that made productive use of their positions at the margins of institutionalized power.
"'My Masculine part the Poet in Me: Sex as Rhetoric in the Work of Aphra Behn." In-between. In press.
The Discourse of Hysteria: The Topoi of Humility, Physicality, and Authority in Women's Rhetoric. The Edwin Mellen Press, 2009.
"'What Does a Woman Want?' Embracing the Goddess in Medieval Romance." Literatura em Debate 2.3 (Dec. 2008), online at www.fw.uri.br/publicacoes/literaturaemdebate.
Introduction to Old English
Survey of Medieval Literature
Introduction to Religion
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