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Kara Kendall-Morwick

Assistant Professor
College of Arts & Sciences
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-1117
Degrees & Certifications
Saint Olaf College, Bachelor of Arts
Indiana Univ Bloomington, Master of Arts
Indiana Univ Bloomington, Doctor of Philosophy
Academic History

Washburn University: Assistant Professor, 2013-present

Indiana University Bloomington: Visiting Lecturer, 2012-2013; Teaching Fellow, 2009-2011; Associate Instructor, 2004-2009

DePauw University: Part-time Instructor, 2012

  • EN 131 A, Understanding Short Fiction
  • EN 214 A, Women & Literature
  • EN 300 C, Advanced Composition
  • EN 300 E, Advanced Composition
  • EN 300 F, Advanced Composition
  • EN 300 N, Advanced Composition
  • EN 331 A, American Lit II
  • EN 374 A, Modern Literature
Scholarly Interests/Activities

20th-century British and American literature, transatlantic modernism, animal studies, environmental studies, literature and science, queer and gender studies, postcolonial and critical race studies.

Service Interests/Activities

Diversity Initiative, English Department Literature Emphasis Committee Member, Vegetarian Society at Washburn Faculty Sponsor, WU Safe Zone LGBTQ Ally, Helping Hands Humane Society Volunteer.

Career Accomplishments


Articles & Book Chapters

  • “Mongrel Fiction: Canine Bildung and the Feminist Critique of Anthropocentrism in Virginia Woolf’s Flush.” Modern Fiction Studies 60.3 (Fall 2014), 506-526.

  • “Dogging the Subject: Samuel Beckett, Emmanuel Levinas, and Posthumanist Ethics.” Journal of Modern Literature 36.3 (Spring 2013), 100-119.

  • “Jack London, Nature Fakery, and the Stakes of Animal Narrative.” The Evolutionary Review 4.1 (Spring 2013), 67-75. 

  • “The Face of a Dog: Levinasian Ethics and Human/Dog Coevolution.” In Queering the Non/Human, ed. Noreen Giffney and Myra J. Hird (Ashgate, 2008), 185-204.

Book Reviews & Encyclopedia Entries

  • "Of Dogs and Dogmen.” Review of Going to the Dogs: Greyhound Racing, Animal Activism, and American Popular Culture, by Gwyneth Anne Thayer. Humanimalia 6.1 (2014).

  • “Londoners and Other Animals.” Review of Beastly London: A History of Animals in the City, by Hannah Velten. Humanimalia 5.2 (2014).

  • The Call of the Wild, Jack London.” Encyclopedia of the Environment in American Literature. Ed. Geoff Hamilton and Brian Jones. McFarland, 2013. 198-199.

  • “Thinking Otherwise about Animals.” Review of Theorizing Animals: Rethinking Humanimal Relations, ed. Nik Taylor and Tania Signal. Humanimalia 4.1 (2012).

Awards, Fellowships, and Grants:

  • Human-Animal Studies Fellowship, co-sponsored by Animals and Society Institute and Wesleyan Animal Studies (2013)

  • Bruns Graduate Student Essay Prize, Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (2012)

  • Ruth Neikamp-Cummings Dissertation Fellowship, Indiana University Department of English (2011)

  • Course Development Grant, Indiana University Freshman Interest Groups Program (2008)

  • Conference Travel Awards, Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences (2009, 2012) and Department of English (2006 & 2007)

  • David H. Dickason Essay Awards, Indiana University Department of English (2004 & 2005)

Conference Presentations:

  • "Queering the Family: Dogs in Modernist Life Writing," Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, Louisville, KY (February 2015).

  • “‘Meat for Natural Hunger’: Consuming Animals in Walt Whitman’s ‘Song of Myself,’” Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts [SLSA] Conference, Dallas, TX (2014).

  • Of Mad Dogs and Men: Race, Gender, and Animality in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God,” University of Chicago Animal Studies Workshop’s “Why Do Animal Studies?” Conference, Chicago, IL (April 2014).

  • Panel organizer and presenter, “The Straw Vegan and the Rhetoric of Selective Omnivorism,” Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts [SLSA] Conference, Notre Dame, IN (October 2013).

  • “Interspecies Agency and Inhuman Narrative in Faulkner’s ‘The Bear,’” SLSA Conference, Milwaukee, WI (September 2012).

  • “Mongrelizing the Novel: Virginia Woolf’s Flush and the Limits of Novelistic Form,” Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Conference, Bloomington, IN (June 2011).

  • “‘A Community of Beasts’: Reimagining Urban Modernity with J. R. Ackerley’s Dogs,” SLSA Conference, Indianapolis, IN (October 2010).

  • “‘Thoroughbred in Body and Soul’: Albert Payson Terhune’s Lad Stories and Modern Dog Fancy,” SLSA Conference, Atlanta, GA (November 2009).

  • “Dogs and Masters: Beckett, Levinas, and Posthumanist Ethics,” SLSA Conference, Portland, ME (November 2007).

  • Panel organizer and presenter, “Of Mongrels and Men: Levinasian Humanism and Human-Dog Coevolution,” SLSA Conference, New York, NY (November 2006).

  • “Dying like a Tiger: Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko, Slavery, and the Exotic Animal Trade,” SLSA Conference, Chicago, IL (November 2005).

  • “Girl Meets Jungle: Reexamining the Woman/Nature Link in Tim O’Brien’s ‘Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong,’” Intimacy/Proximity: A National, Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, IU Department of English, Bloomington, IN (April 2005).

  • “Pleasures of the Flesh: Meat Eating and Contemporary American Masculinity,” College English Association Conference, Indianapolis, IN (April 2005).

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