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Barbara Seidman - Professor Chair

T.J. Day 302
503-883-2210
bseidman@linfield.edu

Education: Ph.D. Literature, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (concentrating in American literature/film studies) M. A. Literature, University of Illinois B. A. State University of New York at Albany (English) Graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa

Academic Interests:
Barbara Seidman joined the Linfield English Department in 1983 and now holds the rank of Professor. Her academic training in American Literature includes special emphases in African American literary studies and the work of women writers. She has also co-taught film and gender studies classes with colleagues from other departments. Barbara has twice been the recipient of the Edith Green Distinguished Professorship for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, once in 1988-89 and again in 2000-2001. She served as interim dean of faculty from 2005-2008.

Born in Niagara Falls, New York, Barbara received her B.A., graduating Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the State University of New York at Albany. Her M.A. and Ph.D. in Literature were awarded by the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Publications:

"Borderlands", review of the novel by Jim Lynch, commissioned by/completed for Magill's Literary Annual 2009.

"A Short History of Women", review of the novel by Kate Walbert, commissioned by/completed for Magill's Literary Annual 2009.

"Strength in What Remains", review of Tracy Kidder's literary non-fiction about genocide in Rwanda and Burundi, commissioned by/completed for Magill's Literary Annual 2009.

"John Edgar Wideman", updated and expanded overview essay commissioned by/completed for Magill's Survey of American Literature (rev. ed.), publication date 2006.

"Jane Smiley", updated and expanded overview essay commissioned by/completed for Magill's Survey of American Literature (rev. ed.), publication date 2006.
"Revenge: A Story of Hope", review essay of memoir by Laura Blumenfeld, for Magill's Literary Annual 2003.

"Body Toxic: An Environmental Memoir", review essay of autobiography by Suzanne Antonetta, for Magill's Literary Annual 2002.

"Inventing Herself: Claiming a Feminist Intellectual Heritage", review essay of Elaine Showalter's feminist intellectual history, for Magill's Literary Annual 2002.

"American Moderns: Bohemian New York and the Creation of the New Century", review essay of Christine Stansell's literary/cultural history of early 20th century New York City, for Magill's Literary Annual 2000.

"The Vision of Emma Blau", review essay of the novel by Ursula Hegi, for Magill's Literary Annual 2000.

"Bharati Mukherjee", updated article for Critical Survey of Short Fiction, rev. ed. Pasadena: Salem Press, 1999.

"Ann Petry", new article for Critical Survey of Short Fiction, rev. ed. Pasadena: Salem Press, 1999.

"Off the Reservation: Boundary Busting, Border-Crossing and Loose Canons", a review essay of a collection of non-fiction by Paula Gunn Allen, for Magill's Literary Annual 1999.

"Jane Smiley", update of my article for Critical Survey of Short Fiction, rev. ed. Pasadena: Salem Press, 1999.

"Alias Grace", analysis of the novel by Margaret Atwood, in Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction, rev. ed. 1998.

"Purple America", review essay of the novel by Rick Moody, Magill's Literary Annual l997.

"The Cattle Killing", review essay of the novel by John Edgar Wideman in Magill's Literary Annual l996.

"Jane Smiley", update of my earlier article in Magill's Cyclopedia of World Authors, rev. ed., l996.

"John Edgar Wideman", update of my earlier article in Magill's Cyclopedia of World Authors, rev. ed., l996.

"Margaret Atwood", revised and expanded article (l20 pp.) updating Atwood's career through The Robber Bride and Good Bones and Simple Murders in Beacham's Popular Fiction in America, rev. ed., l996.

"Colored People", review essay of a memoir by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., in The African American Encyclopedia, Supplement, l996.

"On Gold Mountain", review essay of a family history by Lisa See in Magill's Literary Annual l995.

"Company Man", review essay of a novel by Brent Wade in The African American Encyclopedia, Supplement, 1996.

"Fatheralong", review essay of a memoir by John Edgar Wideman in The African American Encyclopedia, Supplement, 1996.

"Hula", review essay of a novel by Lisa Shea in Magill's Literary Annual, 1995.

"Parallel Time: Growing Up Black and White", review essay of a memoir by Brent Staples in Magill's Literary Annual 1995.

"Ann Petry," biographical and critical survey published in Magill's Survey of American Literature, Supplement. New York: Marshall Cavendish, 1994.

"Jane Smiley," biographical and critical survey published in Magill's Survey of American Literature, Supplement. New York: Marshall Cavendish, 1994.

"Jane Smiley," biographical/bibliographical essay published in Critical Survey of Short Fiction, rev. ed. Pasadena: Salem Press, 1993.

"John Edgar Wideman," biographical/bibliographical essay published in Critical Survey of Short Fiction, rev. ed. Pasadena: Salem Press, 1993.
"John Edgar Wideman," a biographical and critical survey published in Magill's Survey of American Literature, ed. Frank N. Magill. New York: Marshall Cavendish, 1991.

"Richard Wright," a biographical and critical survey published in Magill's Survey of American Literature, ed. Frank N. Magill. New York: Marshall Cavendish, 1991.

"Margaret Walker," a bibliographic essay published in Research Guide to Biography and Criticism, ed. Walton Beacham. Washington, D.C.: Beacham Publishing, 1991.

"Margaret Atwood," a summary essay on Atwood's career since 1986, published in Popular Fiction in America Update, ed. Walton Beacham. Washington, D.C.: Beacham Publishing, 1991.

"Jesse Redmon Fauset," an introductory essay published in Cyclopedia of World Authors. Pasadena: Salem Press, 1989.
"Bharati Mukherjee," an introductory essay published in Cyclopedia of World Authors. Pasadena: Salem Press, 1989.

"John Edgar Wideman," an introductory essay published in Cyclopedia of World Authors. Pasadena: Salem Press, l989.

“`The Lady both Protest Too Much, Methinks': Jane Fonda, Feminism and Hollywood," in Women & Film, ed. Janet Todd. New York: Holmes & Meier, 1988.

"Margaret Atwood," bibliographic/biographical essay in Popular Fiction in America, eds. Walton Beacham and Suzanne Niemeyer. Washington, D.C.: Beacham Publishing, 1987.

"Barbara Drake's What We Say to Strangers," review essay in Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature By Women, Summer 1987.

"`Patronize Your Local Wake Up And Dreamery': E.E. Cummings and the Filmgoing Imagination," Literature/Film Quarterly, July 1985.

"Robert Frost," biographical/bibliographic essay in Research Guide to Biography and Criticism, ed. Walton Beacham. Washington, D.C.: Research Publishing, 1985.

“Careers in Transition: The Special Challenge Facing the Liberal Arts Graduate in the `80's. Handbook,” published by the University of Illinois Career Development Center, Urbana Champaign, 1981.

"An Unholy Alliance: Humanities and Career Development," The Journal of College Placement, Winter 1981.

Inquiry Seminar Course: Women Writing War

Going to war has long been considered the foundational initiation rite of manhood, and yet women’s lives have been deeply affected by war for just as long, both directly and indirectly. In this Inquiry Seminar we will explore literary, journalistic, scholarly and cinematic texts by women that document war and the legacies of war across a wide spectrum of experience: combat itself, familial impacts, civilian trauma, and long term consequences of war both on the home front and in the combat zones war devastates.