Studies Volume 6
Mary Chinery is an associate professor and chair of the Department of English and Communications at Georgian Court
University in Lakewood, New Jersey, where she teaches American
literature and writing. She received her PhD from Drew University
in 2003. She has published articles in The Willa Cather Newsletter
and Review and Willa Cather and the American Southwest (ed.
John N. Swift and Joseph R. Urgo, 2002). She is also past president
of the New Jersey College English Association.
Debra Rae Cohen is an assistant professor of English at
the University of Arkansas and the author of Remapping the Home
Front: Locating Citizenship in British Women's Great War Fiction
(2002). Her two current subjects of research are Rebecca West and
the relationship between modernism and radio.
Michael Gorman teaches English and American literature
at Hiroshima University in Japan and is completing a PhD dissertation,
"Versed in Country Things: Pastoral Ideology, Modern
American Identity, and Willa Cather," at the University of Tulsa.
Jennifer Haytock is an assistant professor of English at
SUNY Brockport. Her book, At Home, At War: Domesticity and
World War I in American Literature (2003), examines domestic
ritual and gender ideology in men's and women's texts about the
home-fronts and battle-fronts of World War I. She has also published
articles on Ernest Hemingway, Edith Wharton, and Ellen
Pearl James, a visiting assistant professor in English at
Davidson College, is currently editing a volume of essays, "Picture
This! Reading World War I Posters," for the University of Nebraska
Press. She is also writing a book-length study on the representation of World War I in American novels of the 1920s and 1930s.
Celia M. Kingsbury is an assistant professor of English at
Central Missouri State University. Her major research interest is
World War I literature and culture, especially war propaganda. She
is the author of The Peculiar Sanity of War: Hysteria in the Literature
of World War I (2002), as well as articles and book chapters
on the subject of war and propaganda. She is currently working on
a project involving World War I propaganda aimed specifically at
women and children and popular fiction that mirrors the propaganda.
Susan Meyer is a professor of English at Wellesley College.
She is the author of Imperialism at Home: Race and Victorian
Women's Fiction (1996) and co-editor of The New Nineteenth Century:
Feminist Readings of Underread Victorian Fiction (1996). Her
recent articles include "Craniometry, Race, and the Artist in Willa
Cather" (2002), "Imagining the Jews Together: Shared Figures in
Edith Wharton and Henry James" (2004), and "Antisemitism and
Social Critique in Dickens's Oliver Twist" (2005).
Margaret Anne O'Connor is retired from the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she taught American literature
and American studies. Her edited books include Willa Cather:
The Contemporary Reviews (2001). She now lives in Lake Havasu
Before returning to academia in 1998, Wendy K. Perriman
spent fifteen years as an international high school teacher, specializing
in English, drama, and dance. She established extracurricular
clubs in Germany and England, choreographed many full-scale
dance productions, and trained other drama teachers to incorporate
movement as part of the National Curriculum. Her dance
teams won the YMCA All Germany Command Final in 1993 ("The
Dolly Mixtures") and 1984 ("Instep"). Until her recent move to
North Carolina she was an assistant professor at Drew University;
she is currently working on her second book project, "Willa
Cather's Literary Choreography."
Mark A. Robison, an associate professor of English at
Union College, is a PhD candidate at the University of Nebraska-
Lincoln. His dissertation investigates how the theory and practice
of recreation intersect with Cather's life and writing. He has
published articles on Cather in Literature and Belief and the Willa Cather Newsletter and Review.
Ann Romines is the director of Graduate Studies and a
professor of English at The George Washington University. She is
the author of The Home Plot: Women, Writing, and Domestic Ritual
(1992), Constructing the Little House: Gender, Culture, and Laura
Ingalls Wilder (1997), and many essays about American women
writers, especially Willa Cather. She edited Willa Cather's Southern
Connections: New Essays on Cather and the South (2000) and
is coeditor of The Willa Cather Newsletter and Review and volume
editor of the forthcoming Willa Cather Scholarly Edition of Sapphira
and the Slave Girl.
Mary R. Ryder is a Distinguished Professor of English at
South Dakota State University and author of the award-winning
book Willa Cather and Classical Myth: The Search for a New Parnassus
(1991). She has published on Cather in collections of essays
and in journals such as American Literary Realism, Western American Literature, and the Willa Cather Newsletter and Review. Her research has focused on Cather and science; Cather as ecofeminist, poet, and children's author; and Cather's literary connections to
Sinclair Lewis, Frank Norris, and Dorothy Canfield Fisher.
Janis P. Stout is professor emerita and dean of faculties/
associate provost emerita of Texas A&M University. Her books
include Through the Window, Out the Door: Women's Narratives of
Departure, from Austin and Cather to Tyler, Morrison, and Didion
(1998), Willa Cather: The Writer and Her World (2000), A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather (2002), and Coming Out of War: Poetry, Grieving, and the Culture of the World Wars (2005).
Steven Trout is a professor of English at Fort Hays State
University. He is the author of Memorial Fictions: Willa Cather
and the First World War (2002) and coeditor of The Literature of
the Great War Reconsidered: Beyond Modern Memory (2001). His
articles on Cather have appeared in Cather Studies, American Literary Realism, and Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. He is currently writing a study of the First World War in American memory, 1919-41.