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Barbara Eckstein

Barbara Eckstein
Curriculum Vitae:

Research Interests

Literature, Space, and Place

Professor of English, UI 2006-

Faculty, UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research,2010-

Professor, International Programs, 2011-

Associate Provost for Academic Administration, 2009-2010

Interim Associate Provost for Academic Administration, 2008-2009

Modern Language Association (MLA)

Oral History Association (OHA)

American Association of University Professors (AAUP)

Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE)

Representative Publications and Projects:

Sustaining New Orleans:  Literature, Local Memory, New York: Routledge, 2005.

Story and Sustainability:  Planning, Practice, and Possibility for American Cities.  Co-edited with James Throgmorton.  Cambridge, MA:  MIT Press, 2003.

The Language of Fiction in a World of Pain:  Reading Politics as Paradox. Cultural Studies Series.  Philadelphia:  University of Pennsylvania Press, 1990.

“Paddle Your Own Canoe': Mississippi Solo and Communitas,” Southern Quarterly. Forthcoming 2015.

“Witness among the Refugees, Iowa Territory,” Resilience 1.3 (Fall 2014). Web. JSTOR

 “Child’s Play:  Nature-Deficit Disorder and Mark Twain’s Mississippi River Youth,” Sustainability Issue. American Literary History 24.1 (Spring 2012): 16-33.

“Fate and Redemption in New Orleans; Or, Why Geographers Should Care about Narrative Form,” Geohumanities:  Art, History, and Text at the Edge of Place, Eds. Michael Dear, Sarah Luria, and Doug Richardson.  London:  Routledge, 2011:  95-106.

Digital Humanities Project

The People’s Weather Map, in process, with Mark NeuCollins, The Studio; Eric Tate, Geographic and Sustainability Sciences, 2012-


Guest editor.  “Genres of Climate Change.”  Special Issue of Philological Quarterly. Ed. Eric Gidal.  Forthcoming 2015.

Professional Service

Co-director of the Obermann Symposium, “Energy Cultures in the Anthropocene,” with Tyler Priest and Brad Cramer, University of Iowa, March 2015

Public Engagement

Co-instructor, Obermann Graduate Institute for Public Engagement, with Carolyn Colvin, 2014, and with Craig Just, 2015, University of Iowa

Member, Oakdale Community [Prison] Choir, 2009-

 Reading Politics as Paradox