Letters



Fall 2006, Vol. 15, No. 1 (requires Adobe Acrobat)

Between Word and Image:
2006/2007 Fellows Program Participants

CAROLYN DEVER, professor of English and women’s and gender studies, is the Jacque Voegeli Fellow and co-director of the Fellows Program. Her publications include Death and the Mother from Dickens to Freud: Victorian Fiction and the Anxiety of Origins (Cambridge University Press, 1988) and Skeptical Feminism: Activist Theory, Activist Practice (University of Minnesota Press, 2004). Her current work-in-progress, “Queer Domesticities: Art and Intimacy in Victorian Britain,” explores sexuality and aesthetic practices in Victorian domestic discourses.

GREGG M. HOROWITZ, associate professor of philosophy, is the Spence and Rebecca Webb Wilson Fellow and the co-director of the Fellows Program. He is also the author of Sustaining Loss: Art and Mournful Life (Stanford University Press, 2001) and the co-editor, with Tom Huhn, of The Wake of Art: Criticism, Philosophy, and the Ends of Taste (Gordon and Breach, 1998). His research interests include aesthetics and the philosophy of art history; critical theory of culture; philosophy and psychoanalysis; political philosophy; and the philosophy of film and photography.

RICHARD McGREGOR is an assistant professor of religious studies who specializes in Islam and medieval intellectual and mystical traditions. He teaches courses on Qur'an and interpretation, Sufism, and methodology in the study of religion. His book Sanctity and Mysticism in Medieval Egypt: the Wafa Sufi Order and the Legacy of Ibn Arabi (SUNY Press, 2004) looks at the construction and theory of “sainthood” in Islam. His current project, a study of aesthetics in the Islamic mystical tradition, argues against claims that the Muslim tradition has typically excluded imagery and posits that aesthetics are integral to Islamic religious thought.

KEVIN M. LEANDER is an associate professor of language, literacy, and culture in the department of teaching and learning at Peabody College. Leander specializes in English education; socio-cultural theory and literacy; classroom discourse and identity; multiliteracies; and the connections among literacy, social space, and technology. Most recently he has been examining the social production and uses of images and language, and exploring the connections between images and language in adolescent classroom presentations and interactions.

TERESA A. GODDU, an associate professor of English and the director of American Studies who specializes in American literature and culture, is the author of Gothic America: Narrative, History, and Nation (Columbia University Press, 1997) and has published numerous articles and essays. Her current project, “Selling Antislavery: Antebellum Print Culture and Social Reform,” documents the interactions between print culture and the American mass market, and it details the antislavery movement’s use of print culture to circulate its message.

ROBINMARGARET JEN-SEN is the Luce Chancellor’s Professor of Christian Art and Worship in the Vanderbilt Divinity School and is a historian of Christian art and liturgy. The author of three monographs— Face to Face: The Portrait of the Divine in Early Christianity (Fortress, 2005), The Substance of Things Seen: Art, Faith, and the Christian Community (Eerdmans, 2004), and Understanding Early Christian Art (Routledge, 2000)—Jensen’s current research explores baptismal images and contexts. Her work seeks to integrate history, rhetoric, and theology into the study of images.

CARA A. FINNEGAN, associate professor of rhetorical studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is the 2006/2007 William S. Vaughn Visiting Fellow and is visiting associate professor of communication studies. Finnegan specializes in rhetoric, visual culture, and American studies. Her publications include Picturing Poverty: Print Culture and FSA Photographs (Smithsonian Books, 2003). During her time at Vanderbilt, she will continue work on her next book, “Image Vernaculars: Rhetorics of Photography in American Public Culture,” a rhetorical history of photography that highlights the kinds of words that surround images.

ELLEN LEVY is an assistant professor of English. The author of several articles, Levy specializes in twentieth-century British and American poetry, film, and film theory. Her present book project focuses on the connections of word and image in literature and the visual arts by examining the poetry of Marianne Moore and John Ashbery and the art of Joseph Cornell. In her work, she raises questions about the connections and tensions between poetry and painting, between the academy and the art world, and between professionalism and the market.

CATHERINE A. J. MOLIN-EUX is an assistant professor of history whose research interests involve race, slavery, and empire. Her most recent article, “Pleasures of the Smoke: Popular Representations of Black Virginia in Early Modern London’s Tobacco Shops,” is forthcoming. Currently she is working on her first book, “The Peripheries Within: Race, Slavery, and Empire in Early Modern England,” which examines early modern visual and literary representations of black slavery and their relationship to popular beliefs about race and slavery from the late-seventeenth to early-eighteenth centuries.

PAUL YOUNG is an assistant professor of English and the director of film studies. His book, The Cinema Dreams its Rivals: Media Fantasy Films from Radio to the Internet (University of Minnesota Press, 2006) investigates the impact of radio, television, and the internet on Hollywood in addition to the ways in which Hollywood changes and uses these mediums for its own ends. More recently, he has begun work on a project tentatively titled “The Mass-Produced Instant: Cinema, Realism, and the Mediatized Nation.”


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