Vincent Casaregola, Ph.D.
Director of Film Studies Program
314. 977. 7115
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)
Film and Media Studies
"See St. Louis and Die: Wartime and Morbid Child Psychology in Meet Me in St. Louis" in Portrayals of Children in Popular Culture: Fleeting Images. Eds. Vibiana Bowman Cvetkovic and Debbie Olson. New York: Lexington Books/Rowman and Littlefield, 2012. Republication of article from Red Feather: An International Journal of Children's Visual Culture (2011).
"A Loss for Words: Sounding the Depth of What We Profess in College English." Invited paper for the Creighton University Symposium "The Catholic Intellectual Tradition," March 2009. Paper published in the symposium collection in the Journal of Religion and Society, Supplement Series, Supplement 6 (Spring, 2011).
"The Exact Location of the Voice: Walter Ong and the Embodiment of Discourse." Proceedings of the 10th Annual Media Ecology Association Convention, June 19-21, 2009. [http://www.media-ecology.org/publications/MEA_proceedings/v10/index.html]
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 Recent Presentations
"At Hudsucker, the Future Is Now" (and So Is the Past): Precedent, Parody, Pastiche, and Homage in The Hudsucker Proxy." Paper presented at the Film and History Association Convention, November 21-24, 2013.
"Representing Speech and Language Disabilities on Screen." One-hour presentation for the American Speech/Language Hearing Association Convention, November 14-16, 2013 (Joint presentation with Victoria Carlson-Casaregola, SLP. CCC).
"Total Fragmentation Injury: Narrative Structure as Traumatic Disorder in Hemingway's Nick Adams Stories." Paper presented at the American Literature Association Symposium on War and Literature, October 2013.
"Is Paris Burning? Textual and Cinematic Representations of the Liberation of Paris during World War II." Invited lecture for the Wednesday Club of St. Louis, February 2013.
"Orality, Literacy, and Western Mythology in John Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance." Paper presented at the Film and History Association Confenence, September 2012.
"Reconsidering Ong in a New Media World." Paper presented at the Media Ecology Association Conference, June 2012.
" ‘Orality,' Literally: Re-Embodying the Voice as Oral Performance in the Writing Classroom." Paper presented at the Convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2012.
"Ceiling Unlimited: World War I Aviation Films and the American Mythology of Flight." Paper presented at the Midwest Modern Language Association Convention (MMLA), November, 2011.
"Playing with Firestorms: Satirizing and Critiquing War Plans for Strategic Bombing." Paper presented at the MMLA, November, 2011.
Laughing with/at the Combat Underclass: The Sad-Eyed Humor of Mauldin's Willie and Joe." Paper presented at the American Humor Studies Association Conference, December 2010.
Love and the "Tough-Talkin' Career Gal": Desire, Power, and the Figure of the "Hard-Boiled" Woman Journalist." Paper presented at the Film and History AssociationConference, October 2010.
"The Neo-World War II Film." Invited book lecture in the Saint Louis University Library's "Author's Total Access Series," April 19, 2010.
"Revising G.I. Joe: WW II Veterans' Trauma Memoirs and the Neo-World War II Film." Midwest Modern Language Association Convention (M/MLA), November 2009.
"The Pen (or the Mic) Is Mightier: The Popular Columnist/Broadcaster as Obsessive/Aggressive Alpha Male." - Film and Literature Association Conference, October 2009.
"The World War II Film - Classic and Revival." St. Louis Film Conference, SWCC, October 2009.
"The Exact Location of the Voice: Walter Ong and the Embodiment of Discourse." Media Ecology Association Convention, June 2009.
"A Loss for Words: Sounding the Depth of What We Profess in College English." Creighton University Symposium "The Catholic Intellectual Tradition as a Source of Scholarly Wisdom," March 2009. [Invited lecture.]
"The Real Bodies Never Get into the Books: The Rhetoric of Representing the Dead in War Propaganda." - Paper presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication Convention (CCCC), April 2008.
"From Hitchcock to Hudsucker: The Parody/Hommage Comic Form." - Paper presented at the Modern Language Association Convention (MLA), December 2007.
"Searching for Iraq: Exploring the Rhetoric of Narratives Justifying War." - Paper presented at the Midwest Modern Language Association Convention (M/MLA), November 2007.
"Wars with Words: Rhetorical Strategies for the Justification of War." - Paper presented at the CCCC Convention, March 2006.
"‘Hello, Darkness': William Manchester's Trauma Memoir of the Pacific War." Paper presented at the M/MLA Convention, November 2003.
"‘The Virtual Town Hall': Cyberspace as an Extension of the Public Sphere." Paper presented at CCCC Convention, March 2002.
Scholarly Work in Progress
Screen Business: Hollywood's Representation of the Business World from the Depression to the Present. Scholarly study of how Hollywood has represented business throughout most of its history.
Has published and won awards for both literary nonfiction and poetry. Journals include The Examined Life, Natural Bridge, New Letters, Via, and The Iowa Journal of Literary Studies (see Awards, below).
Awards and Recognition
2014 -- James H. Nash Poetry Competition (St. Louis Poetry Center), First Place.
2013 - James H. Nash Poetry Competition (St. Louis Poetry Center), Second Place.
2012 - "Golden Apple Award" for Excellence in Teaching, Advising, and Mentoring, from the
English Graduate Organization.
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.