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Elizabeth Cullingford, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

REGINA MARIE MILLS

, University of Texas at Austin

Assistant Instructor, Department of Rhetoric and Writing
REGINA MARIE MILLS

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Biography

Regina Mills is a Ph.D student in the English Department at the University of Texas at Austin. She has her Master's degree in Education from Arizona State University and her Bachelor's degree in English (with Honors) and Sociology/Anthropology with a concentration in Women's Studies from Washington and Lee University. Regina's interests in Ethnic and Third World Literature revolve around Latin@ and Central American-American writers and memoirists, US immigrant literature, African American literature, human rights, the archive, revolutionary rhetoric, and postcolonial trauma studies.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Review of Latining America: Black-Brown Passages and the Coloring of the Latin/a Studies by Claudia Milian. E3W Review of Books 14. (Spring 2014).

Review of Digital Archive of Guatemala’s National Police Archive (AHPN). E3W Review of Books 13. (Spring 2013).

 

CONFERENCES

Moderator. “History, Family, Failure.” E3W Sequels Symposium, “Coloring Outside the Lines: Development, Deviance, and the Domestic.” 11 Apr 2014.

"Central American Diasporic Fiction and the Recuperation of the Revolutionary Imaginary." Roundtable: UT-Austin Graduate Students. Lozano Long Conference 2014, “Archiving the Central American Revolutions.” 19-21 Feb 2014.

“Américo Paredes' George Washington Gómez and the Trauma of the American Dream.” UT American Studies Graduate Conference, “Re-imagining the American Dream.” 4-5 Apr 2013.

“Latin@, Immigrant, or Guatemalan-American?: The Issue of Identity in Tobar's The Tattooed Soldier and Barrientos' Family Resemblance.E3W 12th Sequels Symposium, “Literary Indictments: Bodies on Trial, in Prison, and Out of Bounds.” 5 Apr 2013.

“Using Feminist and Critical Pedagogies in a Title I Classroom.” Washington and Lee’s Women and Gender Studies Alumna Panel and Luncheon. Apr 2011.

“‘We have to invent ourselves’: The Feminist Consciousness of Gioconda Belli and Rosario Castellanos and the State of Latin American Feminism.” Arizona State University Graduate Conference “(En)gendering Social Inquiry: Critical Feminist Concerns.” Feb 2010. (could not attend)

Invited Reader. Original poems: “Another Waste of Paper,” “Climax,” “Feliz Navidad,” “November,” and “Ode to Chamomile Tea.” VMI Poetry Symposium. 2008.

 

Interests

Latin@ and Chican@ Literature, US Immigrant Literature (particularly of the Central American diasporas), African American Literature, Rhetoric of Revolution, Human Rights and Activism, Archival Studies, Postcolonial Trauma Studies

E 314V • African American Lit And Cul

35115 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm FAC 7
(also listed as AFR 317F )
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Instructor:  Mills, R

Unique #:  35115

Semester:  Fall 2014

Cross-lists:  AFR 317F, 30470

Flags:  Cultural Diversity; Writing

Computer Instruction:  Yes

Prerequisites: E 603A, RHE 306, 306Q, or T C 603A.

Description: Who are the public intellectuals of our time? Is Melissa Harris-Perry America’s foremost public intellectual? When Ta-Nehisi Coates answered yes, he created a firestorm in traditional and social media. Indeed, the fact that it was so controversial to claim that Harris-Perry, a black woman, was even a public intellectual at all gives rise to a more important consideration: How do institutional mechanisms, such as racism, sexism, and privilege, determine who is and is not a public intellectual? Together, these questions inspire the theme of this course: “Black Public Intellectuals.” We will thus examine the literary and cultural texts of varied Black intellectual voices across genres and from different periods of US history, such as post-Reconstruction and the Harlem Renaissance.

The primary aim of this course is to help students develop and improve the critical reading, writing, and thinking skills needed for success in upper-division courses in English and other disciplines. They will also gain practice in using the Oxford English Dictionary and other online research tools and print resources that support studies in the humanities. Students will learn basic information literacy skills and models for approaching literature with various historical, generic, and cultural contexts in mind.

This course contains a writing flag. The writing assignments in this course are arranged procedurally with a focus on invention, development through instructor and peer feedback, and revision; they will comprise a major part of the final grade.

Tentative Texts: WEB DuBois – Excerpts from The Souls of Black Folk • Langston Hughes – “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain” and selected poems • Audre Lorde – “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House” and selected poems.

Requirements & Grading: There will be a series of 3 short essays, the first of which must be revised and resubmitted. Subsequent essays may also be revised and resubmitted by arrangement with the Instructor (75% of the final grade). There may also be short quizzes, reaction papers, and other short assignments to practice skills such as using research databases (25% of the final grade).

Teaching

Rhetoric 306 - Fall 2012 and Spring 2013

Course centered around the First-Year Forum (FYF) book, The Filter Bubble by Eli Pariser. Students focus on the foundational knowledge and skills needed for college writing. In addition, they are introduced to basic rhetoric terms and learn to rhetorically analyze positions within controversies surrounding the FYF book. Their final writing assigment requires them to create rhetorical appeals to persaude their audience of a specifc position in their controversy.

 

Rhetoric 309K: Rhetoric of Revolution - Summer 2013 (Session II), Fall 2013 and Spring 2014

self-designed course proposed to Rhetoric 309K committee and selected for 2013-14 year.

Is it revolutionary to wear a Che Guevara t-shirt or sign a petition suggesting peaceful secession from the United States of America? The word “revolution” is one with which human beings have a complex history. Whether it is the technological “revolution” of Twitter and Facebook that has changed the world profoundly or the Arab Spring which overthrew dictators and installed new governments, we live in a world that seems unsure about how and when to call something “revolutionary.” The connotations of revolution have also led to a variety of words as replacements, such as activism, protest, uprising, civil disobedience, or social movement. Our attitudes towards revolutionaries also vary widely. One might think of the Vietnam War protestors, or Occupy Wall Street, who have been portrayed both as lazy, entitled rich kids and as young citizens concerned with social justice. So, what is a revolution, how do you start one, and what is worth revolting against?  In this course, students will define the term “revolution” and examine the rhetorical devices used to provoke and halt revolutions. The culminating project will be a manifesto which advocates revolution in an area the student cares about. Readings will take both an American and global perspective, ranging from the U.S. Declaration of Independence to revolutionary memoirs such as I, Rigoberta Menchú; from Elizabeth Cady Stanton to the Beatles’ “Revolution” songs.

English 314V: African American Literature and Culture - Fall 2014

Theme of the course: Black Public Intellectuals

Who are the public intellectuals of our time? Is Melissa Harris-Perry America’s foremost public intellectual?  When Ta-Nehisi Coates answered yes, he created a firestorm in traditional and social media. Indeed, the fact that it was so controversial to claim that Harris-Perry, a black woman, was even a public intellectual at all gives rise to a more important consideration: How do institutional mechanisms, such as racism, sexism, and privilege, determine who is and is not a public intellectual? Together, these questions inspire the theme of this course: “Black Public Intellectuals.” We will thus examine the literary and cultural texts of varied Black intellectual voices across genres and from different periods of US history, such as post-Reconstruction and the Harlem Renaissance. 

The primary aim of this course is to help students develop and improve the critical reading, writing, and thinking skills needed for success in upper-division courses in English and other disciplines. They will also gain practice in using the Oxford English Dictionary and other online research tools and print resources that support studies in the humanities. Students will learn basic information literacy skills and models for approaching literature with various historical, generic, and cultural contexts in mind.   

This course contains a writing flag. The writing assignments in this course are arranged procedurally with a focus on invention, development through instructor and peer feedback, and revision; they will comprise a major part of the final grade. 

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