Aimee E. Berger, Ph.D.
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Curriculum Vitae

I. EDUCATION

Ph.D.   

University of North Texas, Literature, 2000.
Dissertation: “Dark House: Navigating Space and Negotiating Silence in the Novels of Faulkner, Warren and Morrison.” Focusing on spatial metaphor and textual aesthetics in selected works of William Faulkner, Robert Penn Warren and Toni Morrison, I argue that both are used to point to gender problematics that circulate in the text around intersections of sexuality and violence.
Director: Dr. Timothy Parrish
Committee: Dr. James Tanner, Dr. Giles Mitchell

 

 

M.F. A. &
Graduate Certificate  

University of South Carolina, Creative Writing (M.F.A.) and Women’s Studies (Grad Certificate), 1994.
Thesis: Jericho, TX (novel) with critical Afterword.

   

B.A.    

University of Dallas, English, 1990.
Thesis: “The Underlying Optimism of Existential Philosophy in Camus’ The Stranger.”

 

II. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE (ACADEMIC)

University of Texas at Arlington: Lecturer in English. (2010-present)
Texas Christian University: Instructor of English & New Media Writing Studio Associate Faculty. (2006-2008)
University of North Texas: Associate Faculty, Women’s Studies. (2003- 2009)
Texas Woman’s University: Visiting Assistant Professor, Women’s Studies. (2005-2006)
Augsburg College: Adjunct, English (online programs). (2003- 2006)
Texas Wesleyan University: Adjunct, Department of Languages and Literature. (2002- 2005)
Nova Southeastern University: Associate Online Faculty, College of Liberal Arts. (2002 - 2005)
Southeast Missouri State University: Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of the Center for Faulkner Studies, Department of English. (2001- 2002)
University of North Texas: Teaching Fellow and Adjunct, Department of English. (1995-2000)

 

III. SELECTED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE (NON-ACADEMIC)

Pearson Higher Education Publishers. Faculty Consultant/English Specialist. (2008 - present)
IBM Business Solutions: Superior Technical Writer and Trainer. (2000-2001)
Southwestern Bell: Marketing and Proposal Writer. (1997-1998)
Texas Instruments, GEO Project: Instructional Designer & Technical Writer. (1996 – 1997).
Journal of the American Medical Writers’ Association (JAMWA): Interim Assistant Editor. (1995 – 1996).

IV. TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Literature and Writing Courses

British Literature Survey (UTA)
American Literature Survey (UTA)
American Literature after 1900 (TCU)
The American Dream (TCU)
Survey of American Literature I and II, online (Nova) & traditional (Texas Wesleyan)
Southern Literature, Faulkner and the Agrarian Tradition (SEMO)
Introduction to Literature, traditional and online sections (SEMO, TCU)
Introduction to Fiction: Literature of Love and War (TCU)
Images of Women in Literature, traditional and online sections (SEMO)
World Literature I and II, online (Nova) & traditional (UNT)
Introduction to Creative Writing (UNT, TCU)
Intermediate Fiction Writing (TCU)
Writing the Novel or Memoir (UNT)
Professional Writing & Editing (TCU)
Technical Writing & Document Design (TCU)
Special Topics in Composition:

Consumer Culture & American Dreams (UNT) 
Southbound: Imagining “The South” in the 21st Century (TCU)
Writing for New Media (TCU)
Writing the Self: Autobiographical Writing in the Genres (TCU)
Writing the South: Southern Literature and Culture (UNT)

Women’s Studies Courses

Special Topics Seminars (graduate):

The Politics of Writing for Public Discourse: Feminist Rhetorical Theories and Social Justice Activism (UNT)
The Politics of Writing for Public Discourse: Race, Class, Gender and Consumer Culture (UNT)
Feminist Theory, Motherhood and Mothering in the “Postfeminist” Age (Texas Woman’s)
Transnational Feminist Theories and Contemporary Global Issues (Texas Woman’s)

Contemporary Issues in Women’s and Human Rights (UNT)
Feminist Theories (UNT)
Introduction to Women’s Studies (UNT and Texas Woman’s)

 

V. PUBLICATIONS

A. REFEREED ARTICLES

“Covering (Up?) Katrina: Discursive Ambivalence in Media Coverage of Hurricane Katrina.” College English Association (CEA) Forum 36:1 (Winter 2007).

“If the World Were All of One Piece: True Love and True Being in the Green Glen.” rWp: An Annual of Robert Penn Warren Studies 3 (2004): 75-92.

"“Le Silence du Bonheur and the House of Forgiveness: Space and Silence in Flood.” rWp: An Annual of Robert Penn Warren Studies 2 (2003): 77-100.

“The Aesthetic of Absence and the Scopophilic Text: Robert Penn Warren’s Meet Me in the Green Glen." Style 36.2 (Summer 2002): 308-327.

 

B. BOOK CHAPTERS

"Gates and Doors and Metaphors: Materiality and (Dis)Embodied Sexuality in Absalom, Absalom!" Critical Insights: Absalom, Absalom!. Ed. David Madden. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2011.

“Great Ladies and Guttersnipes: Class and the Representation of Southern Mothers in Contemporary Hollywood Film.” Motherhood Misconceived. Eds. Elaine Roth, Heather Addison and Mary Goodwin Kelly. SUNY Press, 2009.

“Changing Representations of Maternal Experience in Louise Erdrich’s Fiction and Memoir.” Feminist Mothering. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. New York: SUNY Press, 2008.

“’One Would Have Thought Her Body Thought’: Reading the Body in The Suicide’s Wife.” David Madden: Critical Essays. Eds. James A. Perkins and Randy Hendricks. Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press, 2006. 79-102.


C. REVIEWS

Rev. of Ann Crittenden, The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job is Still the Least Valued. New York: Henry Holt and Company, LLC, 2001. Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering 6:2 (Fall/Winter 2004): 176.

Rev. of Carolyn Perry and Mary Louise Weaks, eds., The History of Southern Women’s Literature. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State Univ. Press, 2002.  Arkansas Review 34:1 (April 2003): 52-53.

D. REFERENCE

Summary and Critical Overview of Beloved by Toni Morrison. In Facts on File Companion to the Novel. Abby Werlock, ed., 2005.

Summary and Critical Overview of Kate Vaiden by Reynolds Price. In Facts on File Companion to the Novel. Abby Werlock, ed., 2005.

E. CREATIVE

"Tomato Legacy." Ten Spurs (2009). Winner of the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Writers of the Southwest Conference Award for Personal Essay (2nd place).

VI. RESEARCHED WORKS UNDERWAY

Dark Days in a Dark House: Metaphor, Materiality and Sexuality in the Southern Novel. (book-length manuscript)

Currently undergoing renovation and expansion, this project examines architectural metaphor relative to the aesthetic manipulation of absence in order to argue that such metaphors and aesthetic maneuvers are employed to obliquely explore themes relating to sexual violence in selected Southern fiction of the 1930s – 1970s. The conceptual frame of the book is built of cultural studies (advanced through rhetorical historiography and discourse analysis) and feminist literary criticism (primarily postcolonial and transnational readings combined with materialist approaches to embodiment) and maintains a strong focus on socioeconomic and historical contexts as significant to cultural and literary production.

The Politics of (Dis)Place(ment): Discursive Ambivalence and the Trauma of Displacement. (book length manuscript)

Through critical analysis of a variety of specific representations in expository, literary and filmic discourses deployed within a frame of materialist, postcolonial and transnational feminist epistemologies, this book seeks to make visible the prevalence and trauma of displacement among “disposable” communities, as well as the consequent discursive and material insecurities that ensue from it and come to shape the identity of individuals and communities, particularly among those living in Appalachian and Southern U.S. contexts, as well as, increasingly, in the Global South.

 

VII. CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

"The Obscure and Necessary Logic of Jack Burden in Love." South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA, November 2011.

SAMLA Professional Development Seminar participant. South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA, November 2010.

"A Fur Piece to Go": Lena Grove's Migration as (In)security Study." Society for the Study of Southern Literature (SSSL) Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 2010.

"It's a Circus Out There: Reconsidering the Circus Metaphor in Depression-era Southern Literature." South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA, November 2007.

“Small World After All: Teaching Appalachian Literature through Transnational Perspective.” Celebration of Appalachian Voices & Experiences Conference, Young Harris, GA, October 2007.

“Catachresis: Engaged (Student) Perspectives in Transnational Feminist Theory.” Moderator/presenter. National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Conference, St. Charles, IL, June 2007.

“Poverty, Insecurity and Migration: Reading Faulkner’s Lena Grove in Historical and Transnational Context.” National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Conference, St. Charles, IL, June 2007.

“Haunting the Periphery: Teaching Class and Discourse Analysis through Coverage of Hurricane Katrina.” College English Association (CEA), New Orleans, LA, April 2007.

“Gates and Doors and Metaphors: Materiality and (Dis)Embodied Sexuality in Absalom, Absalom!.” Faulkner and Twain Conference, Cape Girardeau, MO, October 2006.

“Transnational Feminist Theory: Changing Feminist Classrooms and Communities.” Teaching panel chair and presenter, National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Conference, Oakland, CA, June 2006.

“Locating Patterns of Women's Resistance to Global Empire.” Student panel advisor and moderator, National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Conference, Oakland, CA, June 2006.

“Production and Reproduction: Class and Labor in the Writings of Dorothy Allison.” Paper. Society for the Study of Southern Literature (SSSL), Birmingham, AL, April 2006.

“Teaching Beloved in the Undergraduate Humanities Classroom.” Paper. Twentieth Century Literature Conference, Louisville, KY, February 2006.

“Cyberpedagogy: Transformative Teaching in the (Online) Classroom.” Teaching roundtable participant. National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Conference, Orlando, FL, June 2005.

“Eco-Feminism, Living Planet Theories and Sustainable Earth Initiatives.” Student panel advisor and chair. National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Conference, Orlando, FL, June 2005.

“Resisting the Environment of Institutionalized Motherhood and Childhood.” Roundtable Organizer and Participant. National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Conference, Orlando, FL, June 2005.

“A Whole New World?: Disney’s “Postfeminist” Characters and the Façade of Change.” Paper. National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Conference, Orlando, FL, June 2005.

“Maternal Subjectivities in Louise Erdrich’s Fiction.” Paper. Twentieth Century Literature Conference, Louisville, KY, February 2005.

“You’ve Come a Long Way…Mommy?” Contemporary Representations of the Southern Mother.” Popular Culture/American Culture Associations Conference, San Antonio, TX, April 2004.

"Nothing but Trash: The Poor White Mother in Contemporary Film." Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA) Conference, Boulder, CO, October 2004.

“Up Against the Wall: Empowered Mothering in Texas.” National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Conference, Milwaukee, WI, June 2004.

“One Mother’s Story: An Alternative Reading of All the King’s Men.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Conference, Atlanta, GA, November 2003.

“Southern Motherin': The Troubling Figure of the Mother in Southern Literature.” National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Conference, New Orleans, LA, June 2003.

“Masking Sexual Violence: Warren’s Aesthetic of Absence and Sexual Violation in Flood.” Robert Penn Warren Circle, Bowling Green, KY, April 2002.

 “Beyond Lostness and Too-Lateness:’ Analyzing Cassie’s Madness in the Green Glen.”  South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference (SAMLA), Atlanta, GA, November 2001.

“And Some of the Rooms are Lightless: Dwelling in The House of Forgiveness.” Robert Penn Warren Circle, Bowling Green, KY, April 2000.

“Silence by Proxy: An Unlikely Dialogue between Faulkner and Heidegger.” International Heidegger Symposium, Denton, TX, October 1999.

“True Love, True Being: A Reading of Warren’s Last Love Story.” Robert Penn Warren Circle, Bowling Green, KY, April 1999.

"Story Truth: The Marriage of Fact and Fiction." University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival, Iowa City, IA, August 1998.

"We Saw the Woman in the House": Architecture and the Space of the Other in Faulkner's "Evangeline," and Absalom, Absalom! as reflections of Poe's House of Usher." Southern Writers, Southern Writing Conference, Oxford, MS, July 1998.

VIII. INVITED LECTURES/PUBLIC SPEAKING

“Borders, Barricades and Bridges: Transnational Feminist Perspectives on Contemporary Issues.” Guest speaker, Women’s History Month Dinner, AAUW -- Denton Chapter, March 2008.

“Bridging the Gap: Examining the Crucial Links between Women, Race & Poverty and Identifying Solutions to Create a Better Future.” Southern Leadership Summit: Grassroots Activism for Social Change, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, October 2007.

“Women’s and Human Rights Issues in Guatemala: A Personal Journey.” University of North Texas Distinguished Lecture Series, April 2006.

“Ethnocentrism and Cultural Relativism: The Scylla and Charybdis of Human Rights Discourse.” Honor’s College Symposium, University of North Texas, March 2006.

“Not Exactly Club-Med: An Overview of Human Rights Tourism.” ALTRUSA of Dallas, March 2006.

“Maquiladoras in the Murder Zone: Disappearing the Women of Mexico.” Global Women’s and Human Rights Conference, Denton, TX, October 2005.

“Bodies and Body Image: A Global Perspective.” Women’s History Month Lecture Series, “Love Your Body Day” Denton, TX, October 2005.

“Overcoming Obstacles to Leadership.”  Southeast Missouri State University’s Women and Public Policy Conference, Cape Girardeau, MO, March 2002.

“Sexual Assault and Rape Culture on College Campuses.” Sexual Assault Awareness Month lecture series, sponsored by Denton City Council and Friends of the Family, April 2001.

"Coming into Be-ing: Journeys toward a Woman-Centered Vision." Reaching Toward the Light: Conference on Women in Academia, Columbia, SC April 1994.

 

IX. CREATIVE READINGS

“Courtship.” (short story) National Women’s Studies Association Conference, New Orleans, LA, June 2003.
"Kentucky." (short story) Charleston Writers Conference, Charleston, SC, April 1996.
"Slow Train Coming On." (novel excerpt) Yellow Bay Writer's Workshop, Flathead Lake, MT, August 1994.

 

X. MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

National Council of College Teachers of English (NCTE)
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Modern Language Association (MLA)
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA)
American Literature Association (ALA)
Society for the Study of Southern Literature (SSSL)
National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA)
Popular Culture Association (PCA)
Robert Penn Warren Circle:

Programs Chair and Web Archivist     
President (2005-2007)
Vice President, 2004
Board of Directors, 2002-2005

Society for Technical Communicators (STC)

 

XI. PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Graduate Instructors’ Development Workshop: ePortfolios (coordinator and workshop leader). TCU, January 2008.
Manuscript Reviewer, NWSA Journal, 2006 – present.
Textbook Reviewer, Penguin Books, 2007 - present.
Composition Program Web Designer and Administrator, TCU, 2006 – 2008.
New Media Writing Studio Associate Faculty, TCU, 2006 – 2008.
Composition Program Committee. TCU, 2006-present.
Judge, TCU Annual Creative Writing Awards, 2006.
Reader, Studies in the Novel. Recurring since 2006.
Advisory Board Member, Robert Penn Warren Center, 2006 – present.
Asian Initiative Committee. Texas Woman’s, 2005-2006.
Coordinator of the Graduate Student Development Workshop Series. Texas Woman’s, Fall 2005.
Researcher/writer, proposal to award a major of Women’s Studies and change status of program to department. University of North Texas, 2003.
Web designer and writer. Center for Faulkner Studies, 2001-2002.
Women’s Studies Program Committee. Southeast Missouri State University, 2000-2002.
Textbook Selection Committee. Southeast Missouri State University, 2000-2002.

 

XII. HONORS, FELLOWSHIPS, AND AWARDS

Writing contest winner (personal essay), Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Writers Conference of the Southwest, 2008.
Ray G. Stoker Graduate Fellowship, UNT English Department 1999
Professing Women Award, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
Research Fellowship in Women and Gender Studies, University of North Texas Women's Studies Department, 1998
Discovery Award from UNT Student Services, 1997, 1998
Toulouse Graduate Fellowship, UNT 1995-1999
Mary Patchell Graduate Scholarship, UNT English Department Fall 1996
American Design Award (for Texas Instruments Intranet Management Training site), 1999.
Outstanding Teaching Fellow Award, UNT English Department, 1996
Cumberland Valley Fiction Workshop Scholarship, 1994
Scholarship for Summer Study, Mancester College of Oxford, 1993
University of South Carolina Women's Studies Departmental Scholarship, 1993
University of South Carolina Scholarship for Academic Excellence, 1992
University of Dallas Academic Scholarship, 1988, 1989, 1990
Junior Miss California Scholarship, 1987
Bank of America Scholarship, 1987

XIII. COMMUNITY SERVICE AND VOLUNTEER WORK

MADRE delegate to Guatemala, January 2006.
Sisters without Borders volunteer (in training), 2006 – present.
International Red Cross volunteer (South Asia), Summer 1999.
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of Denton County, 1998-present.