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Lauren J Gantz

Lauren J Gantz

Contact

  • Office: PAR 403
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 1:30-3:30PM; Thursday 2:30-3:30PM; By Appointment
  • Campus Mail Code: B5000

Biography

Lauren Gantz is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her MA from Ohio University in 2007, and her BA from Emporia State University in 2004. Currently, she is completing her dissertation,"To retrieve what was left": Archival Impulses in Diasporic Caribbean Fiction, which examines contemporary Caribbean literature's use of archive as a literary trope for negotiating histories of trauma, cultural memory, and identity.

AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

Decherd Excellence Fellowship, U. of Texas, 2012, 2013

Outstanding Assistant Instructor, Department of English, U. of Texas, 2011-2012

Graduate Studies Professional Development Award, U. of Texas, 2010, 2011, 2013

GLQ Graduate Editorial Fellowship, U. of Texas, 2010-2011

Finalist, Hairston Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Division of Rhetoric and Writing, U. of Texas, 2010

Department of English Professional Development Award, U. of Texas, 2008

J. Philip and Kathleen Emily Tice Graduate Essay Award, Ohio University, 2006, 2007

Department of English Travel Grant, Ohio University, 2006, 2007

Shepherd Scholar, Emporia State University, 2004-2005

PUBLICATIONS

Article Under Review

“Black Feminist Texts and Sub-texts: Re-reading the Dramas of Marita Bonner.”

Reviews

"Shall We Overcome?" Review of Jafari Allen’s ¡Venceremos?: The Erotics of Black Self-Making in Cuba. GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. 18.4 (2012): 621-23.

Book Review of David Eng’s The Feeling of Kinship: Queer Liberalism and the Racialization of Intimacy. E3W Review of Books 11 (Spring 2011): 38-39.

Book Review of Paule Marshall’s The Chosen Place, the Timeless People. E3W Review of Books 10 (Spring 2010): 57-58.

Book Review of Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. E3W Review of Books 9 (Spring 2009): 14-15. 

Book Review of Amos Tutuola’s The Palm Wine Drinkard. E3W Review of Books 8 (Spring 2008): 50. 

Book Review of Eric J. Sundquist’s Strangers in the Land: Blacks, Jews, Post-Holocaust America. Philip Roth Studies 2.2 (2006):166-68.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

“Welcome to Frye Street: Marita Bonner’s Chicago Stories (1930-41),” 129th MLA Convention:Vulnerable Times. Chicago, IL. 2014.

“‘Nothing ever ends’: The Limitations of Witnessing in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” 3rd International Conference on Caribbean Studies: Looking to the Caribbean: Film, Literature, and Gender Studies. Milwaukee, WI. 2013.

“Blue Airmail Letters: Missing Connections, Missing Archives in Dionne Brand’s At the Full and Change of the Moon,” Emory University Comparative Literature Conference: Comparative Caribbeans: An Interdisciplinary Conference. Atlanta, GA. 2011.

 “‘¿Qué es Patria?’: De-centered Homelands and the Archive as Mother,” Caribbean Studies Association Conference: Building a New House: Toward New Caribbean Futures in an Age of Uncertainty. Willemstad, Curaçao. 2011.

“Michelle Cliff’s Abeng and Maternal Trauma: The Possibilities of Queer Affiliations,” Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars Conference: Caribbean Dislocations/Caribbean Diasporas. Baton Rouge, LA. 2010.

“Queering Heteroglossia and ‘Out-Law’ Genres: Michelle Cliff’s Clare Savage Novels within the Tradition of Lesbian Autobiographical Writing,” University of Texas Lesbian Genres Conference. Austin, TX. 2009.

Quinceañera and Familia: Alternative Visions and Recapitulations,” Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Annual Conference. Albuquerque, NM. 2008.

“Writing through the Body: Challenges to Medical Discourse in Winterson’s Written on the Body.” NeMLA Conference. Baltimore, MD. 2007.

“Racial Struggle: Malcolm X and Anna Deavere Smith.” Nicholls State University Fletcher Lecture Series Conference. Thibodaux, LA. 2006.

“Self-Deprecation and Peter Elbow’s Democratic Classroom.” Ohio University Work, Play, and Humor in English Studies Conference. Athens, OH. 2006.

Interests

Caribbean Literatures, Diaspora Studies, Trauma Studies, Archives and Archival Studies, Queer and Gender Studies

Teaching

University of Texas at Austin                                                                                            

Banned Books and Novel Ideas: Fall 2011, Fall 2012, 2013-2014

Primary Instructor

Designed and taught this course to undergraduates through the English Department. Students learned skills necessary for literary study in upper-division English courses, including: close reading, critical and theoretical approaches to literary analysis, research methods, and writing strategies.                              

The Rhetoric of Protest: 2009-2010

Primary Instructor

Designed and taught this course to undergraduates through the Division of Rhetoric and Writing. Students performed rhetorical analysis of written and visual arguments, learned research methods, and wrote essays.

Rhetoric and Writing: 2008-2009, Summer 2013

Primary Instructor

Taught this course to undergraduates through the Division of Rhetoric and Writing. Students read and performed rhetorical analysis of written arguments, learned research methods, and wrote essays.

Masterworks of World Literature: Summer 2010

Teaching Assistant for large survey course.

Masterworks of American Literature: Spring 2008

Teaching Assistant for large survey course.

Masterworks of British Literature: Fall 2008

Teaching Assistant for large survey course.

Ohio University                                                                                           

Women and Writing: The Female Hero: Winter 2007, Spring 2007

Primary Instructor

Designed and taught this course to upper-division undergraduates through the English Department. Students engaged in literary analysis, argumentative writing, and learned research methods.

Writing and Reading: Native American Literature: Fall 2006

Primary Instructor

Designed and taught this course to undergraduates through the English Department. Students engaged in literary analysis and argumentative writing, and learned research methods.

Writing and Rhetoric II: Summer 2006

Primary Instructor

Designed and taught this course to undergraduates through the English Department. Students performed rhetorical analysis of written and visual arguments, learned research methods, and wrote essays.

Writing and Rhetoric I: 2005-2006

Primary Instructor

Taught this course to undergraduates through the English Department. Students read and rhetorically analyzed written texts, learned research methods, and wrote essays.

Emporia State University                                                                                                     

Composition II: Spring 2005

Primary Instructor

Taught this course to undergraduates through the English Department. Using stasis theory, students learned how to write a variety of essays, including descriptive, argumentative, and persuasive.