Virginia Myers Professor of English
Office Address: Kauke 214
- B.A., Otterbein 1973
- M.A., Ohio State 1981
- Ph.D., Ohio State 1987
- ENGL 260: News Writing and Editing
- ENGL 401: Junior Independent Study
- Beat Literature
- James Joyce's Ulysses
- WGSS 120: Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
- WGSS 310: Seminar in Feminist Learning & Teaching
- WGSS 330: Feminist Methodologies
Awards and Professional Memberships
- Winner of the Choice Top 100 Title in 2004 for Breaking the Rule of Cool and in 2007 for Jack Kerouac and the Literary Imagination
- Specialist Reader: PMLA, College Literature, and Journal of Western Literature
- Founding director of the Program in Writing at The College of Wooster
- Modern Language Association
- International James Joyce Society
- Founding member of the Beat Studies Association
Articles (Selected List)
“A Literary History of the Beat Generation” forthcoming in Cambridge Companion to Beat Literature, Ed. Stephen Belloto, Cambridge University Press, 2017.
“Diane di Prima’s Loba: Troubling Classical and Buddhist Traditions” forthcoming in The Hip Sublime: Beat Writers and the Classical Tradition, Eds. Sheila Murnaghan and Ralph Rosen, The Ohio State University Press 2016.
“Diane di Prima as Playwright: The Early Years” forthcoming in Beat Drama: Playwrights and Performances of the “Howl” Generation, Ed. Deborah Geis, Methuen Publishing, 2016.
“The Crisis in Beat Studies Scholarship: A Review of Capturing the Beat Moment: Cultural Politics and the Poetics of Presence” in Resources for American Literary Study (2013).
“The Beat Fairy Tale and Transnational Spectacle Culture: Diane di Prima and William S. Burroughs” in The Transnational/Global Beat Movement (Palgrave-macmillan January 2012), co-edited with Jennie Skerl (retired, West Chester University); (83-100).
“Kerouac’s Confession: A Response to Spencer Dew’s ‘Devotion to Solipsism: Religious Thought and Practice in Jack Kerouac’s Tristessa,’” Religion and Culture Web Forum, The Martin Marty Center, The University of Chicago Divinity School, April 2010.
“Ruth Weiss's DESERT JOURNAL: A Modern-Beat-Pomo Performance,” in Reconstructing the Beats. Ed. Jennie Skerl. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2004.
“Margaret Sanger, Marie Curie, Maya Angelou, Marcel Duchamp, and Mary Belenky Teach a Women’s Studies Course: A Discussion of Innovative Interdisciplinary Approaches to Feminist Pedagogy,” in Innovative Interdisciplinary Teaching, ed. Carolyn Haynes, Greenwood Press, 2002.
“A White Boy in Love: A Study of Race, Gender, Class and Ethnicity in Jack Kerouac’s Maggie Cassidy, The Subterraneans, and Tristessa.” College Literature, special issue on Beat Writers, January 2000. Reprinted in The Beat Generation: Critical Essays. Ed. Kostas Myrsiades. New York: Peter Lang, 2002.
“An Exploration of the Interdisciplinary Character of Women’s Studies,” Issues in Integrative Studies, vol. 14, 1996.
- The Feminized Male Character in Twentieth-Century Literature (Mellen, 1995)
- Co-editor of Girls Who Wore Black: Women Writing the Beat Generation (Rutgers, 2002)
- Co-author of Breaking the Rule of Cool: Interviewing and Reading Beat Women Writers (UP Mississippi, 2004)
- Jack Kerouac and the Literary Imagination (Palgrave-Macmillan - clothe, 2007; paper 2009)
- Publisher and editor of 681 Lexington Avenue: A Beat Education in New York City 1947-1945 by Elizabeth Von Vogt (Greater Midwest Publishing, 2008)
- Editor of the Beat Review (2007-2011)
- Co-editor of The Transnational Beat Generation (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2012)
- Co-editor of The Journal of Beat Studies, Pace University Press (2011 to the present)
Grant administrator for the Five Colleges of Ohio Teagle Foundation-funded project. View the Final Report 2006-09 (.pdf).