Nancy Grace

Nancy Grace

Virginia Myers Professor of English (on leave 2016-17)

Department/Affiliation: English
Phone: 330-263-2472
Office Address: 214 Kauke


  • B.A., Otterbein 1973
  • M.A., Ohio State 1981
  • Ph.D., Ohio State 1987

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 260: News Writing and Editing
  • ENGL 401: Junior Independent Study
  • Beat Literature
  • Journalism
  • 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)

Research Interests

Grant administrator for the Five Colleges of Ohio Teagle Foundation-funded project. View the Final Report 2006-09 (.pdf).