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English Department

Carolyn Ayers, Ph.D.
Carolyn Ayers
English - Professor

(507) 457-1523

Carolyn Ayers is Associate Professor and Chair of English at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

Scholarly & Creative Interests
World Literature
Russian and African Narrative (separately and comparatively)
Literary Theory

Courses Taught Recently at SMU
Russian Literature Seminar
World Literature
Critical Approaches to Literature
The Literary Imagination
Great Ideas II: Politics and Science
Argumentative & Research Writing
English Composition

Professional Organizations
Modern Language Association
American Comparative Literature Association
Council on Undergraduate Research
Midwest Modern Language Association

Ph.D.,University of Chicago, IL, 1994
M.A.,University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, 1984
B.A.,University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, 1981

Teaching Experience
2005 to Present: Associate Professor, English Department, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona, MN
2000-2005 Assistant Professor, English Department, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona, MN
1999-2000: Instructor (Docente), University of Groningen, Groningen, NL
1995-1999: Postdoctoral Fellow in Literary Studies, Rudolf Agricola Institute for Research, University of Groningen, Groningen, NL
1995: Visiting Lecturer, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, NC
1987-1991: Instructor, University of Chicago, IL
1988: Instructor, Loyola University of Chicago, IL
1984: Instructor, Duke University, Durham, NC
1982-1984: Teaching Assistant,University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, NC

Selected Presentations
"Contesting Narratives in Tsitsi Dangarembga's Nervous Conditions and The Book of Not," co-presented with Brooke Lenz at the 50th Annual Convention of the Midwest Modern Language Association (M/MLA), 14 November 2008, Minneapolis, MN

"Scaffolding Research from the First Semester to Senior Thesis in the Humanities," an interactive session co-presented with Jenny Shanahan at the 12th Council on Undergraduate Research Conference, 22 June 2008, College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN

"Autobiography as Core Text," presented at the 14th Annual Conference of the Association of Core Texts and Courses (ACTC), 4 April 2008, Plymouth, MA

"The Language Barrier as Boundary: World Literature vs. Literatures in English," presented at Literatures in English, a conference at St. Olaf College, 8 June 2007, Northfield, MN

"The Mobile Self: Language, Movement, and Identity in Contemporary Autobiographical Writing," 27 April 2002, 5th Annual Red River Conference on World Literature, Fargo, ND

"Powerful Conversations: Dialogic Relationships in the Memoirs of Princess Dashkova," 5 November 2000, Aphra Behn Society for Women in the Arts, 1660-1830, Denver CO

"The Mentor-Student Relationship in 20th-Century Russian Autobiography," 30 Dec. 1999, American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages, Chicago, IL

"The Other Once Removed: Russia's Refraction of English Romantic Fiction," 19 November 1999, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

"Vospominaniia zhenskogo obrazovaniia," 16 September 1998, Nevskii Institute of Language and Culture, St. Petersburg, Russia

Guest Editor, Diologism: An International Journal of Bakhtin Studies 3 (1999), "Bakhtin and Narrative Representation."

Articles & Chapters
“The Adventures of the Artist in World Literature: A One-Semester Thematic Approach,” in Teaching World Literature, David Damrosch, ed., MLA Options for Teaching, New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2009, 299-305.

"Varieties of Guilt in Russian Childhood Autobiographies," Schuld en Cultuur (2002), Rudolf Agricola, Groningen School for the Humanities, 59-69

"Talk of the Town: Gossip in the Russian Society Tale," Russian Literature XLVII (January 2000), 1-14

"Looking Back through the Loophole: The Discourse of Contemporary Intellectual Autobiography in Joseph Brodsky and Paul Auster," in Dialogism 3 (1999), 78-103

"V.F. Odoevskii and a Poetics of Education," Essays in Poetics 24 (Autumn 1999), 13-30

"Elena Gan and the Female Gothic in Russia," in The Gothic-Fantastic in Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature, Neil Cornwell, ed., Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi, 1999, 171-187

"An Interpretive Dialogue: Samuel Beckett's 'First Love' and Bakhtin's Categories of Meaning," in Beckett versus Beckett, Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui 7, Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi, 1998, 391-405

"Analytical Mimesis in the Russian Tale and Gogol's 'The Overcoat'," in Mimesis. Studien zur literarischen Repraesentation/Studies on Literaryy Representation, Bernhard F. Scholz, ed., Tuebingen and Basel, A. Francke Verlag, 1998, 259-271

"L'Education Sentimentale or the School of Hard Knocks? The Heroine's Education in the Society Tale," in The Society Tale in Russian Literature, Neil Cornwell, ed. Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi, 1998, 153-167

Biographical essays on Nikolai Pavlov and Ivan Panaev, in the Dictionary of Literary Biography vol. 198, Russian Literature in the Age of Pushkin and Gogol: Prose, Christine A. Rydel, ed., Columbia, SC: Bruccoli Clark Layman, Inc., 1999

Biographical essays on Nadezhda Durova and Karolina Pavlova, as well as Pavlova's A Double Life, in the Reference Guide to Russian Literature, Neil Cornwell, ed., London: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1997

In The Slavic and East European Journal, Russian Review, Journal of Modern History and Journal of Gender Studies