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Magali Cornier Michael, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
English

College Hall 637C
Phone: 412.396.5560

Education:

Ph.D., English, Emory University, 1990
M.A., English, Emory University, 1988
B.A., English, University of Georgia, 1982
Publications

Books

Narrative Innovation in 9/11 Fiction. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Rodopi Press, forthcoming 2014.

New Visions of Community in Contemporary American Fiction: Tan, Kingsolver, Castillo, Morrison. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, October 2006.

Feminism and the Postmodern Impulse: Post-World War II Fiction. Albany: State University of New York Press, May 1996.

Book Chapters

"An Anti-War Novel for the 21st Century: Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Rewrites Kurt Vonnegut's SlaughterHouse-Five." In Inhabited by Stories: Critical Essays on Tales Retold, edited by Nancy A. Barta-Smith and Danette DiMarco. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars' Press (December 2012).

"Don DeLillo's Falling Man: Countering Post-9/11 Narratives of Heroic Masculinity." In Portraying 9/11: Essays on Representations in Comics, Literature, Film and Theater, edited by Véronique Bragard, Christophe Dony, and Warren Rosenberg. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2011.73-88.

"Narrative Multiplicity and the Construction of a Multi-layered Self in Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin." In Margaret Atwood: The Robber Bride, The Blind Assassin, and Oryx and Crake, edited by Brooks Bouson. New York: Continuum Press, 2010. 88-102.

"Writing Fiction in the Post-9/11 World: McEwan's Saturday." In From Solidarity to Schisms: 9/11 and After in Fiction and Film from Outside the U.S. from outside the U.S., edited by Cara Cilano. New York: Rodopi Press, 2009. 25-51.

"Telling History Other-Wise: Grace Nichols' I Is a Long Memoried Woman." In Reclaiming Home, Remembering Motherhood, Rewriting History: African American and Afro-Caribbean Women's Literature in the Twentieth Century, edited by Marie Drews and Verena Theile. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars' Press, 2009. 212-234.

"Foreword" to Amal Talaat Abdelrazek's Contemporary Arab American Women Writers: Hyphenated Identities and Border Crossings. Amherst, NY: Cambria Press, 2007.

"Freedom Reconsidered: Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale (1985)." In Women in Literature: Evaluating Gender Bias, edited Ellen Silber and Jerilyn Fisher. New York: Greenwood Press, 2003. 134-136.

"Woolf's Between the Acts and Lessing's The Golden Notebook: From Modern to Postmodern Subjectivity." In Woolf and Lessing: Breaking the Mold, edited by Ruth Saxton and Jean Tobin. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1994. 39-56.  

Journal Articles

"Arabian Nights in America: Hybrid Form and Identity in Diana Abu-Jaber's Crescent." Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 52.3 (2011): 313-331.

"Re-Imagining Agency: Toni Morrison's Paradise." African American Review 36.4 (Winter 2002): 643-661.         

"Materiality vs. Abstraction in D.M. Thomas's The White Hotel," Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 43.1(Fall 2001): 63-83.

"Rethinking History as Patchwork: The Case of Atwood's Alias Grace.Modern Fiction Studies 47.2 (Summer 2001): 421-447.

"Angela Carter's Nights at the Circus: An Engaged Feminism via Subversive Postmodern Strategies." Contemporary Literature 35.3 (Fall 1994): 492-521. Reprinted in Critical Essays on Angela Carter, edited by Lindsey Tucker (New York: G.K. Hall, 1998).

"The Political Paradox within Don DeLillo's Libra." Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 35.3 (Spring 1994): 146-156.

"'Who is Sarah?': A Critique of The French Lieutenant's Woman's Feminism." Critique: Studies in Modern Fiction 28.4 (Summer 1987):225-36.

Presentations

Invited Presentations:

"Narrative, Narrative Everywhere: Ian McEwan's Sweet Tooth." Narrative: An International Conference, Manchester, UK, June 2013.

"The Terrorist-Other in Jess Walter's The Zero." The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, U of Louisville, Feb. 2013.

Unravelling the Us/Them Divide: DeLillo's Falling Man and Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,' Conceptions of Collectivity in Contemporary American Fiction Conference, Johannes Guttenberg University, Mainz, Germany, July 2011.

Gender and Community: Contemporary American Fiction,' Women's Studies Program Scholarly Lecture Series, Villanova University, November 2006.

The Women's Caucus for the Modern Languages,' -Building Coalitions Among the MLA Caucuses?  A Roundtable on Grassroots Problems and How We Might Solve Them- Session, Modern Language Association Convention, New Orleans, Dec. 2001.

Rethinking Agency/Rethinking Coalition Politics,' Plenary Speaker, Standard/ Deviation: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, Duquesne University, Nov. 1998.

 Revisioning Coalition Politics via Feminism and Postmodernism,' Plenary Speaker,Women's Literature Conference, Kent State University'salem, April 1997.

"Feminist-Postmodern Fiction," NOBODADDIES:  Pirated Jazz (Re-writing [Post]Modern Bodies), University of Pittsburgh, Nov. 1994.

"Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale," Institute for Women's Studies, Emory University, Sept. 1991.

"Feminism, Postmodernism, and History in The Handmaid's Tale," Women's Studies Session, South Atlantic Modern Language Association Convention, Tampa, Nov. 1990.

Contributed Presentations:

Viewing 9/11 through the Lens of the Crime Thriller: Jess Walter's The Zero.' Narrative: An International Conference, St. Louis, April 2011.

Facing 9/11 via Metafiction: Fr-d-ric Beigbeder's Windows on the World.' Narrative: An International Conference, Cleveland, April 2010.

The Draw of Narrative in the Face of 9/11: Charles Bernstein's 'some of These Daze-.' The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, U of Louisville, Feb. 2010.

An Anti-War Novel for the 21st Century: Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.' Narrative: An International Conference, Birmingham, UK, May 2009.

Imagining the Other/Terrorist as Human: McEwan's Gesturing toward the Ethical in Saturday,' The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, U of Louisville, Feb. 2009.

Writing Fiction in the Post-9/11 World: Narrative Borrowings in McEwan's Saturday,' Narrative: An International Conference, Austin, May 2008.

Representing the Unrepresentable: Don DeLillo's Falling Man,' Twentieth-Century Literature Conference, U of Louisville, Feb. 2008. -Telling History

Other-Wise: Grace Nichols' I Is a Long Memoried Woman,' Narrative: An International Conference, Washington, D.C., March 2007.

Hybrid Form in Diana Abu-Jaber's Crescent,' Narrative: An International Conference, Ottawa, Canada, 2006.

History via Multiple Narrative Forms: Linda Hogan's Solar Storms,' Narrative: An International Conference, Louisville, April 2005.

'strategic Uses of the Telenovela and Testimonio Forms in Ana Castillo's So Far from God,' Narrative:  An International Conference, Burlington, Vermont, April 2004.

Alternative Families-Communities as the Key to Agency in Barbara Kingsolver's The Bean Trees,' Twentieth-Century Literature Conference, University of Louisville, Feb. 2004.

Hybrid Spirituality as a Source of Communal Agency:  Ana Castillo's So Far from God,' Twentieth-Century Literature Conference, University of Louisville, Feb. 2003.

Co-opting Forbidden Narratives as a Form of Power in Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin,' MLA Convention, New Orleans, Dec. 2001.

Narrative Multiplicity in Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin,' Twentieth Century Literature Conference, University of Louisville, Feb. 2001.

Contemporary American Literature in the age of the -Post- AS/AND -Multi-,' MLA Convention, Chicago, Dec. 1999.

Re-Imagining Coalition Building in Toni Morrison's Paradise,' Eighth National American Women Writers of Color Conference, Oct. 1999.

Re-Imagining Coalition-Building: Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor, Alice Walker,' NEMLA Convention, Pittsburgh, April 1999.

The Necessity of Revisioning Coalition Politics,' MLA Convention, San Francisco, Dec. 1998.                        

Rethinking History as Patchwork:  Atwood's Alias Grace,' MLA Convention, Toronto, Dec. 1997.

"Subjectivity and Coalition Politics in Recent American Fiction: Morrison's Beloved and Tan's The Joy Luck Club," Twentieth-Century Literature Conference, University of Louisville, Feb.1997.

"Reconstructing Histories and Subjectivities:  Toni Morrison's Beloved," American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, Nov. 1995.

"Reconceptualizing Subjectivity and Agency:  Margaret Atwood's The Robber Bride," MLA Convention, San Diego, Dec. 1994.

"Angela Carter's Nights at the Circus:  An Engaged Feminism via Subversive Postmodern Strategies," Twentieth-Century Literature Conference, University of Louisville, Feb. 1994.

"From Modernist to Postmodernist Subjectivity:  Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook," MLA Conference, New York, Dec. 1992.

"Virginia Woolf's Between the Acts:  A Precursor of Contemporary Feminist-Postmodernist Fiction," Annual Virginia Woolf Conference, Southern Connecticut State University, June 1992.

"The Political Paradox within Don DeLillo's Libra," Twentieth-Century Literature Conference, University of Louisville, Feb. 1991.

"Madness in Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook:  A Feminist-Postmodernist Strategy," Twentieth-Century Literature Conference, University of Louisville, Feb. 1989.

"Marge Piercy's Woman on the Edge of Time: A Feminist-Postmodernist Critique of Existing Thought and Cultural Structures," Conference on Literature and Film: Cultural Power/Cultural Literacy, Florida State University, Jan. 1989.

"Sexual/Racial Politics in D.M. Thomas's The White Hotel," Conference on Literature and Film:  Intertextuality, Literary and Cinematic Representation, Florida State University, Jan. 1988.

Courses

Undergraduate Courses:

Core 102: Imaginative Literature and Critical Writing           

English 201: Introduction to Fiction

English 206: American Literature, Civil War to the Present

English 300: Critical Issues in Literary Studies

English 301: Fiction Writing Workshop 1

English 304: Women Writers and the Novel

English 400: Fiction Writing Workshop 2

English 404: Fiction Writing Workshop 3

English 430: Contemporary American Fiction

English 420: Contemporary British Literature

English 450: Contemporary American Ethnic Literature

English 457: Contemporary Fiction and History

Graduate Courses:

English 558: American Fiction since the 1960s

English 558: British Literature since the 1960s

English 558: History and Contemporary Fiction

English 558: American Fiction of the 1980s

English 568: Feminist Theory

English 566: Literary Theory

English 568: Contemporary Fiction

English 695: Postmodern Theory and Fiction

English 695: Gender, History, and Contemporary Fiction

English 695: Contemporary American Fiction

English 695: 21st Century Literature and the Politics of Terror 

Honors/Awards

2011 Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Award, McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, Duquesne University

G. Foster Provost Honorary Lectureship Award, in recognition of devotion to scholarship and support of graduate studies, presented by the Duquesne University McAnulty Graduate School of Liberal Arts and the 1998 Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference