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Cheryl B. Lester


January 2010


Address: American Studies Program

University of Kansas

1440 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 213

Bailey Hall

Lawrence, KS 66045


Telephone: (785) 864-2309 (office)

(785) 979-2892 (cell)


E-Mail: chlester@ku.edu


Citizenship: USA


ACADEMIC DEGREES


SUNY at Buffalo

Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature 1987

Dissertation: “‘Topoi’ in Faulkner: The Place of Literature”


University of Southern California, Los Angeles

M.A. in Comparative Literature 1981

Exam: Literary Theory, Modern and Postmodern Poetry, Surrealism


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

B.A. in English with Honors 1974


ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS


Director of American Studies, University of Kansas 2006-Present


Associate Professor of American Studies, University of Kansas 1994-Present


Associate Professor of English, University of Kansas 1993-Present


Assistant Professor of English, University of English 1987-1993


Lectrice, Institut d’Anglais, Charles V 1983-84

Université de Paris, VII

HONORS


Teacher of Excellence Award for Graduate Teaching 2000-2001

Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Kansas


Director (with David Katzman) Fall 1999

Faculty Seminar on Migration and Displacement

Hall Center for the Humanities, University of Kansas


W.T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching 1998

University of Kansas


Teacher of Excellence Award for Undergraduate Teaching 1998

Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Kansas


PUBLICATIONS


Books


  • Social Work Practice With a Difference: A Literary Approach, co-editor with Alice Lieberman, multi-authored volume (McGraw Hill, 2003).




  • The Literary Absolute: The Theory of Literature in German Romanticism, by Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe and Jean-Luc Nancy, co-editor and translator with Philip Barnard (Intersections: Philosophy and Critical Theory SUNY series, eds. Rodolphe Gasché and Mark C. Taylor. (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1988).


Book Chapters / Scholarly Articles


  • “From Place to Place in The Sound and the Fury: The Syntax of Interrogation,” reprinted in John Duvall, ed., Faulkner and His Critics: A Modern Fiction Studies Book (Johns Hopkins UP, forthcoming).




  • “Integrating Bowen Theory with Academic Research, Teaching, and Service: Work in Progress,” in Charles M. White and Ona Cohn Bregman, eds., Bringing Systems Thinking to Life: Expanding the Horizons for Bowen Family Systems Theory (NYC: Routledge, forthcoming).




  • A Systems View of The Training Program at The Bowen Center: An Interview with Priscilla Friesen,” in Charles M. White and Ona Cohn Bregman, eds., Bringing Systems Thinking to Life: Expanding the Horizons for Bowen Family Systems Theory (NYC: Routledge, forthcoming).




  • “Slouching toward Jefferson: As I Lay Dying in Context(s),” in Patrick O’Donnell and Linda Zwinger, eds., Approaches to Teaching As I Lay Dying. Approaches to Teaching World Literature Series. (Modern Language Association of America, forthcoming).




  • “Changing the Subject of Place in Faulkner,” in Richard Moreland, ed., A Companion to William Faulkner. Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture #47. (Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell, 2007). 202-219.




  • “From Columbine to Red Lake: Tragic Provocations for Advocacy: 2005 MAASA Presidential Address,” in American Studies 47.1 (Spring 2006): 133-153.




  • “As They Lay Dying: Rural Depopulation and Social Dislocation as a Structure of Feeling,” in The Faulkner Journal. Special Issue on Faulkner and Ideology. Kevin Railey, ed., 21.1 & 2 (Spring 2005/Fall 2006): 28-50.




  • “Fifteen Ways of Looking at the Bundrens,” Center for Faulkner Studies Website, Robert Hamblin and Peter Froehlich, eds., Southeast Missouri State University (http://www.semo.edu/cfs/teaching/index.htm) Fall 2005.




  • “Make Room for Elvis,” in John Duvall, Ann Abadie and Donald Kartiganer, eds., Faulkner and Postmodernism: Proceedings of the 26th Annual Yoknapatawpha Conference (University of Mississippi Press, 2002). 143-166.







  • “Meditations on a Bird in the Hand: Ethics and Aesthetics in a Parable by Toni Morrison,” in Marc Conner, ed., The Aesthetics of Toni Morrison: Speaking the Unspeakable (University of Mississippi Press, 2000). 125-138.




  • “Make Room for Elvis,” translated by Ikuko Fujihira, Faulkner Journal of Japan 2 (June 2000): 64-76.




  • If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem and the Great Migration: History in Black and White,” in Faulkner in Cultural Context: Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Yoknapatawpha Conference, ed. by Ann Abadie and Donald Kartiganer. (University of Mississippi Press, 1997).191-227.




  • “Racial Awareness and Arrested Development: The Sound and the Fury and the First Great Migration (1915-28),” in The Cambridge Companion to William Faulkner, ed. by Philip Weinstein (Cambridge University Press, 1994). 123-145.




  • “Introduction,” co-authored with Philip Barnard, in The Literary Absolute: The Theory of Literature in German Romanticism, by Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe and Jean-Luc Nancy, co-editor and translator with Philip Barnard. Intersections: Philosophy and Critical Theory SUNY series, eds. Rodolphe Gasché and Mark C. Taylor (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1988). vii-xx.




  • “From Place to Place in The Sound and the Fury: The Syntax of Interrogation,” Modern Fiction Studies 34.2 (1988): 141-156.




  • “To Market, To Market: The Portable Faulkner,” Criticism 29.3 (1987): 371-392.




  • “From Women: A Novel, by Philippe Sollers,” introduction and translation, Yale French Studies (1988): 163-184. (With Philip Barnard.)


Reviews


  • Elvis Culture: Fans, Faith & Image by Erika Doss. American Studies (Spring 2001): 217-218.




  • Children of the Dark House by Noel Polk. Modern Fiction Studies 43.4 (1997): 1003-04.




  • Faulkner and Southern Womanhood by Diane Roberts. American Studies 36.2 (Fall 1995): 207-208.




  • “Signifying at the Frontier.” Rev. of Frontiers by Michel Butor, ed. and trans. Elinor S. Miller. Kansas English 80.2 (1995): 10-14.




  • The Politics of Narration: James Joyce, William Faulkner, and Virginia Woolf by Richard Pearce. Modern Fiction Studies 40.2 (1994): 434-435.




  • William Faulkner and Southern History by Joel Williamson. American Studies 35.2 (Fall 1994): 139-41.




  • The Culture of Love by Stephen Kern. American Studies 35.1 (Spring 1994): 175-76.


Encyclopedia Entries


  • “Migration (African American),” in A William Faulkner Encyclopedia, ed. by Chuck Peek and Robert Hamblin (Greenwood Press, 1999). 158-161.




  • “John Paynter” and “African-American Letters,” in Oxford Companion to African-American Literature, ed. by William L. Andrews et al. (Oxford University Press, 1997). 435-437. 562-563.

GRANTS


External Funding

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship 1996

“Faulkner and the Great Migration”

Awarded: $30,000


NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers

African-American Migration and American Culture 1996

Co-Director with David Katzman

Administered by the Hall Center for the Humanities

Awarded: $150,000


Internal Funding


University of Kansas, International Studies Program 2007

Internationalizing Jewish Studies Curriculum Award (with Jonathan Boyarin)

Awarded: $1250


University of Kansas, Sabbatical Leave 2005

Faulkner and the Great Migration


University of Kansas, USIA Partnership Grant with Senegal Summer 1998

Participant, Griots in Senegal

Awarded: $7,000


University of Kansas, International Studies Program

Faculty Seminar on Nationalism and Identity 1998

Awarded: $500


Humanities Faculty Travel Grant

Hall Center for the Humanities

Awarded: $500


University of Kansas, New Faculty Research Fund 1988

Faulkner and the Great Migration

Awarded: $5,000


PAPERS PRESENTED


  • “From Kinston to Beale Street: Sounding the Black Metropolis in Faulkner’s Sanctuary,” Fall Faculty Colloquium on Respectability, Hall Center for the Humanities, University of Kansas, September 2009.




  • “From Kinston to Beale Street: Sounding the Black Metropolis in Faulkner’s Sanctuary,” American Literature Association Conference, Boston, MA, May 2009.




  • “Transnational and Global American Studies in the Heartland,” Beyond the Buzz. What is an Internationalist American Studies Program?, American Studies Association Conference, Oakland, CA, October 2006.




  • “From Columbine to Red Lake, Tragic Occasions for Social Reform,” Presidential Address at the Mid-America American Studies Association Conference, University of Minnesota, April 2005.




  • “Make Room for Elvis,” 26th Annual Faulkner Conference, Oxford, MS, July 1999.




  • “Listen Up! Talking with African Americans in Quindaro, Kansas,” Keynote Address. English Meets the World, 7th Annual Graduate Students Conference, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, February 1998.




  • “Reclaiming the Black Past: African-Americans in Quindaro Kansas,” Oral History Association Conference, New Orleans, LA September 1997.




  • “Faulkner to Elvis: Oxford and the Business of Culture,” Faulkner at One Hundred: Faulkner, Modernism, and Cultural Theory, MLA Conference, Washington, D.C., December 1996.




  • “‘I Had a Dream’: Sanctuary and the Delta Blues,” Journee’s d’Etudes sur Sanctuary, Foundation William Faulkner, Rennes, FRANCE, December 1995.




  • If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem and the Great Migration: History in Black and White,” 22nd Annual Faulkner Conference, Oxford, MS, July 1995.




  • “A Veiled Look and a Muted Song: The Wild Palms and the Great Migration,” American Literature Association Conference, San Diego, June 1994.




  • “The Great Migration and the 1927 Great Mississippi Flood: Situated Responses and Contested Meanings,” National Association for Ethnic Studies Conference, Kansas City, March, 1994.




  • “A Southern White Boy Not Clinging Blindly to the Vices of His Ancestors: Faulkner’s Intruder in the Dust,” Cultural Studies Symposium, Kansas State University, March 1994.




  • “Racial Awareness and Arrested Development: Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury,” Alice F. Holmes Summer Institute for Literature, University of Kansas, June 1993.




  • “Faulkner’s ‘Mississippi’: History in Black and White,” American Literature Association Conference, Baltimore, May 1993.



Papers Presented on Bowen Theory


  • Observing the Togetherness Force,” Postgraduate Seminar, Kansas City Center for Family and Organizational Systems, Maple Woods Community College, Kansas City, Missouri, November 2009.




  • “Integrating Bowen Theory with Academic Research, Teaching, and Service: Work in Progress,” Postgraduate Seminar, Kansas City Center for Family and Organizational Systems, Maple Woods Community College, Kansas City, Missouri, May 2009.




  • “Emotional Cutoff and the Application of Bowen Theory in Professional Life,” Postgraduate Seminar, Kansas City Center for Family and Organizational Systems, Maple Woods Community College, Kansas City, Missouri, November 2008.




  • “Death and Emotional Process,” Postgraduate Seminar, Kansas City Center for Family and Organizational Systems, Maple Woods Community College, Kansas City, Missouri, May 2008.




  • “Differentiation of Self, Unresolved Emotional Attachment, and Emotional Separation in the Multigenerational Family System,” Postgraduate Education and Training Series, Kansas City Center for Family and Organizational Systems, Maple Woods Community College, Kansas City, Missouri, February 2008.




  • “Defining Self: Profiles in Unresolved Emotional Attachment,” Postgraduate Seminar, Kansas City Center for Family and Organizational Systems, Maple Woods Community College, Kansas City, Missouri, November 2007.




  • “Weddings and Funerals: Bridging Emotional Cutoff,” Postgraduate Seminar, Kansas City Center for Family and Organizational Systems, Maple Woods Community College, Kansas City, Missouri, May 2007.




  • “Triangles in an Anxious Work System,” Postgraduate Seminar, Kansas City Center for Family and Organizational Systems, Maple Woods Community College, Kansas City, Missouri, November 2006.




  • “Keeping Faith with those who Lie in the Dust: Reconnecting with the Past, Transforming the Present through Family Research: A Roundtable,” Mid-America American Studies Association Conference on “Creating Communities: American Studies, Indigenous Nations Studies, and First Nations Peoples,” University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University, April 2004.




  • “Get Smart! Family and the Development of the Brain,” Cultural Studies Symposium on “Brain Power,” Kansas State University, April 2003.




  • “Defining Self in the Family of Origin,” Private Professional Day, Georgetown Family Center Annual Symposium, Washington, D.C., November 2001.




  • “Teaching, Family Systems Theory, and Defining Self,” Georgetown Postdoctoral Program Bowen Family Systems Theory and its Applications, Georgetown Family Center, Washington, D.C., September 2000.




  • “Teaching Family Systems Theory, Personal Writing, and American Culture,” Georgetown Postdoctoral Program Bowen Family Systems Theory and its Applications, Georgetown Family Center, Washington, D.C., June 1999.




  • “Jewish Identity and Differentiation of Self, Georgetown Postdoctoral Program Bowen Family Systems Theory and its Applications,” Georgetown Family Center, Washington, D.C., September 1999.




  • “Radical Fictions of Order: Families, Food, and the State of Nature,” Cultural Studies Symposium on the Ends of Nature, Kansas State University, March 1996.



TEACHING


Courses Taught


American Studies, University of Kansas


  • AMS 998
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