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Dr. Patricia Oman

Assistant Professor of English
Phone: 
402.461.7360
Office: 
McCormick, 07b

Dr. Oman teaches literature, film, and writing courses in the Languages and Literatures Department. Her research specialty is twentieth-century American regional literature and film, focusing particularly on the Midwest. She is currently writing a book on the myths of Middle America.

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)

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, starting Sp15)

English 245: Introduction to Film

1930s Hollywood (Sp15)

English 318: Topics in Film and Television

                Disney Corporation (F14)

English 328: Regional Modernisms (Sp15)

English 400: Senior Seminar

Great Plains Literature and Culture (Sp13)

INT 101/103: Interdisciplinary Freshman Seminar

Stealing Fire (F13-Sp14)

 

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)

 

Published Articles

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. Forthcoming Nov. 2014.

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

“For Those Non-Midwestern, Midwestern Writers: Toni Morrison, Richard Powers, and the Midwest Topos.” Midwestern Literature. Ed. Ron Primeau. Ipswich, MA: Salem, 2013. 45–58.

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

 

Select Presentations

“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.

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