Vincent Casaregola, Ph.D.
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Vincent Casaregola joined the English faculty at Saint Louis University in 1991, and he served as Director of the English Writing Program form 1994-2007. He received his doctorate from The University of Iowa in 1989. His recent work has focused on the rhetoric of representation in various aspects American culture, including war, technology, and business.
Areas of Academic Interest
American Literature, Film, and Cultural Studies (1900-present)
Media Technology and Public Discourse
Nonfiction and the Personal Essay
Theaters of War: America's Perceptions of World War II. NY:Palgrave/Macmillan, 2009.
"The Virtual Town Hall" (Co-written with Robert A. Cropf). In Encyclopedia of Digital Government. Editors, Ari-Veikko and Mätti Mälkiä. (Hershey, PA: IGI Reference). July 2006. [Article invited, but submission refereed.]
"Community Networks" (Co-written with Robert A. Cropf). In Encyclopedia of Digital Government. Editors, Ari-Veikko and Mätti Mälkiä. (Hershey, PA: IGI Reference). July 2006. [Article invited, but submission refereed.]
Holy the Firm by Annie Dillard in Encyclopedia of Catholic Literature. Ed. Mary R. Reichardt. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2004.
"The Text Is Always a Technology: Assessing New Technologies as Environments for Literacy." TnT: Text and Technology. Eds. Ollie Oviedo and Janice Walker. NY: Hampton Press, 2003.
"Orality, Literacy, and Dialogue: Looking for the Origins of the Essay." Time, Memory, and the Verbal Arts: Essays on the thought of Walter Ong. Eds. Dennis Weeks and Jane Hoogestraat. Selingsgrove, PA: Susquehanna University Press, 1998.
"Community and Information Networks in Hypermedia Culture." The Bulletin of Science, Technology, and Society. 16.3 (1996). [Co-written with Robert A. Cropf.]
Selected Conference Papers
"Revising G.I. Joe: WW II Veterans' Trauma Memoirs and the Neo-World War II Film" - presented at the Midwest Modern Language Association Convention (M/MLA), November 2009.
"The Pen (or the Mike) Is Mightier: The Popular Columnist/Broadcaster as Obsessive/Aggressive Alpha Male" - presented at the Film and Literature Association Conference, October 2009.
"Documentary as Strategic Doctrine: The Memphis Belle as Advocacy Film" -- presented at the Film and History Conference, Oct. 30 - Nov. 2, 2008.
"The Real Bodies Never Get into the Books: The Rhetoric of Representing the Dead in War Propaganda" - presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), April 2008.
"From Hitchcock to Hudsucker: The Parody/Hommage Comic Form" - presented at the Modern Language Association Convention, December 2007.
"Searching for Iraq: Exploring the Rhetoric of Narratives Justifying War" - presented at the M/MLA Convention, November 2007.
"Wars with Words: Rhetorical Strategies for the Justification of War - presented at CCCC Convention, March 2006.
"See St. Louis and Die: Wartime and the Morbid Psychology of Meet Me in St. Louis" - presented at M/MLA Convention, November 2004.
" 'Hello, Darkness': William Manchester's Trauma Memoir of the Pacific War" - presented at the M/MLA Convention, November 2003.
" 'The Virtual Town Hall': Cyberspace as an Extension of the Public Sphere" - presented at the CCCC Convention, March 2002 (Co-written with Robert A. Cropf).
"Redrawing Thin Red Lines: Reading Melville in Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line - presented at the M/MLA Convention, November 2001.
"The Ratio Studiorum and the Place of Literature in Jesuit Education" - presented at the M/MLA Convention, November 2000.
"The Five Families: Imagining a New Taxonomy of Composition Pedagogy" - presented at the CCCC, April 2000.
"Places in the House of Discourse: The Built Environment and the 'Architecture' of Rhetoric" - presented at the Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference, October 1999.
"Making the Individual Visible Again: Moral Agency and the Call to Social Action" - presented at the CCCC Convention, March 1999.
"Owning the Aesthetics of the Modern: The Great Gatsby as a Novel of American Consumer Culture" - presented at the M/MLA Convention, November 1998.
Scholarly Work in Progress
Crusader Nation: America as Holy War Culture
Currently working on a book project about the rhetoric of American exceptionalism and the use of religion to justify war.
Has published and won awards for both literary nonfiction and poetry. Journals include New Letters, Via, and The Iowa Journal of Literary Studies (see Awards, below).
Awards and Recognition
2009 - Special Achievement Award for Service as Writing Program Director (1994-2007) - awarded by the English Graduate Student Organization, Saint Louis University.
2008 - Ella T. Grasso Literary Award (second place), for literary nonfiction - sponsored by the UNICO National Foundation.
2003 - Faculty Excellence Award - presented by the Student Government Association, Saint Louis University.
2002 - Finch Award for Outstanding Mentoring - presented by the College of Arts and Sciences, Saint Louis University.
2000 - "Golden Apple Award" for Excellent Teaching - presented by the English Graduate Student Organization, Saint Louis University.
1996 - First Place, Poetry, St. Louis Writers' Guild Competition.
1987 - First Prize (Literary Nonfiction), New Letters Literary Awards - presented by New Letters Magazine.
Selected Teaching Experience
Saint Louis University (1991-1996, Assistant Professor / 1996-Present, Associate
Seminars in Rhetorical Theory, History of Rhetoric, and American Cultural
Seminars in American Literature and Film (post-1900, with special interests in
representations of war, of technology, and of business.
Introduction to Writing Instruction
Advanced courses in American Literature and Film (post-1900)
Advanced courses in Rhetoric and Culture
Advanced courses in professional writing and in creative writing (nonfiction)
Intermediate special topics courses in American literature and film.
Surveys of American literature.
Introductory Literature and First-Year Composition
The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (1989-1991, Assistant Professor)
Taught courses in writing pedagogy, business writing, and first-year composition, along with surveys of American and British Literature.
[Earlier, taught on an adjunct basis at The University of Iowa and John Carroll University; also taught high school English.]
Writing Program Director, Saint Louis University (1994-2007)
Responsible for a program that annually teaches up to 100 sections of writing, with a staff of 35-40 instructors. Responsible for all aspects of curriculum and program development and maintenance, along with assessment, training, and overall supervision.
Professional Writing / Editing / Consulting
Has worked as a writer, editor, and consultant in a variety of business, professional, and technical settings.
Ph.D.- English, The University of Iowa, 1989
(Rhetorical Studies / Renaissance Studies / 20th-Century American and British)
M.A.- English, John Carroll University, 1978.
B.A. - English, John Carroll University, 1976.