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Dr. Patricia Oman

Assistant Professor of English; Director of the Hastings College Press
Phone: 
402.461.7360
Office: 
McCormick, 07b

Dr. Oman teaches courses in literature, film, publishing, and writing. Her research specialty is twentieth-century American regional literature and film, focusing particularly on the Midwest. She is currently writing a book on early twentieth-century author Belle K. Maniates.

Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of English, Hastings College (2012-present)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of English, University of Illinois – Springfield (2011-2012)
  • Postdoctoral Instructor, University of Oregon (2010-2011)

Education

  • PhD English (University of Oregon, 2010)
  • MA Modern Literature (University of Leicester, 2004)
  • BA Classics (University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign, 2000)
  • BA Comparative Literature (University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign, 2000)

Articles

“Living in the Holes with Badgers: Nostalgia, Children’s Literature, and O Pioneers!” Willa Cather Newsletter and Review, 57.3 (Winter/Spring 2015): 17–22.

“The Moving Was Over and Done’: The Professor’s House and Middle America.” MidAmerica XL (2013): 29–38.

“‘He Who Walks Behind the Rows’: Agricultural Horror Films and the American Farm Crisis of the 1980s.” MidAmerica XXXIX (2012): 82–99.

Book Chapters

“Introduction.” Belle K. Maniates, Our Next-Door Neighbors. Hastings, NE: Hastings College Press. Forthcoming.

“Davy Crockett and Aunt Jemima in Disneyland: An Introduction to Visual Culture.” How We See: Hastings College’s Introduction to the Liberal Arts, 2015–2016. Hastings, NE: Hastings College Press, 2015. 15–37.

“Pollyanna: Intersectionalities of the Child, the Region, and the Nation.” Eleanor Hodgman Porter’s Pollyanna at 100, Ed. Roxanne Harde and Lydia Kokkola. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2014. 172–188.

“For Those Non-Midwestern, Midwestern Writers: Toni Morrison, Richard Powers, and the Midwest Topos.” Midwestern Literature. Ed. Ron Primeau. Ipswich, MA: Salem, 2014. 45–58.

Edited Books

Bronstein, Phoebe and Patricia Oman, Eds. Everybody Eats: A Casebook for Writers. Introduction by James Crosswhite. Eugene, OR: University of Oregon Composition Program, 2010.

Oman, Patricia, Ed. The Culture of Science: A Casebook for Writers. Introduction by James Crosswhite. Eugene, OR: University of Oregon Composition Program, 2008.

Select Presentations

“Plows on the Plains: Cather and 1930s Regionalism.” 60th Annual Willa Cather Spring Conference and International Seminar, Lincoln, Nebraska. June 10, 2015.

“Hastings College Press.” Roundtable: The Revival of Midwestern Writing. The Cultural Heritage of the Midwest: A Symposium (Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature), East Lansing, Michigan. June 1, 2015.

“Pop-Midwest: Adventures in Interdisciplinary Teaching.” The Cultural Heritage of the Midwest: A Symposium (Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature), East Lansing, Michigan. June 1, 2015.

“Badger in Nebraska: Willa Cather’s O Pioneers! and Children’s Literature.” 59th Annual Willa Cather Spring Conference. Red Cloud, Nebraska. June 5, 2014.

“E.B. White and Middle America.” Writing the Midwest Symposium (Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature), East Lansing, Michigan. May 10, 2014.

“Theorizing the Midwest.” Presidential Panel: The Future of Midwestern Literature. Writing the Midwest Symposium (Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature), East Lansing, Michigan. May 9, 2014.

“The Child Is the Animal in Randall Jarrell’s Animal Family.” Modern Language Association, Chicago. January 10, 2014.

“The Moving Was Over and Done”: Willa Cather’s The Professor’s House and Middle America.” Writing the Midwest Symposium (Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature), East Lansing, Michigan. May 11, 2013.

“The Regional Form of Disney: Song of the South and Joel Chandler Harris’s Uncle Remus Stories.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Chicago. March 7, 2013.

“‘He Who Walks Behind the Rows’: Industrial Agriculture and Heartland Horror.” Writing the Midwest Symposium (Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature), East Lansing, Michigan. May 12, 2012.

“There’s No Place for Home: Defining Middle America in the 21st Century.” Rethinking Mid-America in a Time of Crisis (Mid-America American Studies Association 2012 Annual Meeting), Tulsa, Oklahoma. April 3, 2012.

“Stories by Heart in Field(s) of Dreams—Finding the Midwest in the 21st Century.” Writing the Midwest Symposium (Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature), East Lansing, Michigan. May 13, 2011.

“A New Green Order in War of the Worlds’ Post-America.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies, New Orleans. March 12, 2011.

Courses Taught at Hastings College

English 100: Composition

English 110: Introduction to Literature

Leisure (F12)
Children’s Literature (F13)
The 1950s (Sp14)
The Gothic (F14)
20th c. American Poetry (F14)
Animals in Fiction and Nonfiction (Sp 16)

English 124: From Haunted Houses to Horny Teenagers: The History of Horror (J13)

English 205: Survey of U.S. Literature I (Previously English 303/503 – Every Fall)

English 206: Survey of U.S. Literature II (Every Spring)

English/JMA 234: Book Production (Every J-Term)

English 245: Introduction to Film
                The 1930s (Sp15)

English/AHT 305: Theories and Critical Methods of Visual Culture (F15)

English 318: Topics in Film and Television
                Disney Corporation (F14)

English 328: Regional Modernisms
                The Midwest and Americana (Sp15)

English 357: Young Adult Literature (Sp16)

English 400: Senior Seminar

Great Plains Literature and Culture (Sp13)

INT 101/103: Interdisciplinary Freshman Seminar

Stealing Fire (F13–Sp14) (co-taught with Tom Kreager)

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