Emily Lutenski, Ph.D.
Emily Lutenski, Ph.D.
Ph.D. in English and Women's Studies, University of Michigan (2008)
M.A. in English Language and Literature, University of Michigan (2003)
B.A. with majors in English and Women's Studies, University of California at Berkeley (2000)
Before coming to SLU, Emily taught courses such as "Ethnicity and Social Movements" and "Introduction to Ethnic Studies" as an instructor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at Bowling Green State University. As a lecturer at the University of Michigan, she taught "Feminist Thought," a theory course offered by the Department of Women's Studies and the Program in American Culture. She also taught courses in both English and Women's Studies as a graduate student instructor at the University of Michigan, which focused on topics such as comparative ethnic literatures and the Harlem Renaissance. She will be teaching in Spring 2012 at Princeton University's Center for African American Studies as a visiting fellow.
At SLU, Emily anticipates offering both undergraduate and graduate courses in American Studies, with emphases on comparative ethnic studies, gender studies, and literary methodologies as part of interdisciplinary American Studies.
Emily's research interests focus on 20th century American literature, with emphasis in comparative ethnic literatures and cultures, gender and feminist studies, modernism, and issues of space and place.
She is currently working on a book manuscript, "Beyond Harlem: New Negro Cartographies of the American West," which is under contract with the University Press of Kansas for the CultureAmerica series, edited by Erika Doss and Philip J. Deloria. This project introduces African American writers to the scope of the American West in the early 20th century, calling into question the geographical limits-urban, Atlantic-of the "New Negro." By locating modern African American literature the unexpected geography of the American West, "Beyond Harlem" rethinks tropes of black diaspora by considering the U.S.-Mexico border, bringing central paradigms of black studies into conversation with Chicana/o studies.
Beyond Harlem: New Negro Cartographies of the American West. Under contract with the University Press of Kansas for the CultureAmerica series, edited by Erika Doss and Philip J. Deloria.
"Locating the Modern Mexican in Josefina Niggli's Step Down, Elder Brother." Western American Literature. 45.1 (Spring 2010): 5-29.
"‘A Small Man in Big Spaces': The New Negro, the Mestizo, and Jean Toomer's Southwestern Writing." MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States. 33.1 (Spring 2008): 11-32. Reprinted in: Toomer, Jean. Cane: A Norton Critical Edition. Edited by Rudolph P. Byrd and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 2nd ed. New York: W.W. Norton, 2011. 418-39.
"Tribes of Men: John Joseph Mathews' Indian Internationalism." Forthcoming in SAIL: Studies in American Indian Literatures.
At prior institutions, Emily served as an advisor to student groups, such as the Women's Studies Honor Society and the Ethnic Student Center Committee. She served on a university-wide committee dedicated to undergraduate general education curriculum development, as well as departmental curriculum and steering committees. As both a faculty member and graduate student, she organized lectures by visiting scholars and brownbag talks for departmental affiliates. She looks forward to contributing to the community at SLU.