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Kara Kendall-Morwick

Assistant Professor
English
College of Arts & Sciences
Contact
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-1117
785.670.1914
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

Teaching
  • EN 300 C, Advanced Composition
  • EN 300 F, Advanced Composition
  • EN 300 K, Advanced Composition
  • EN 300 N, Advanced Composition
  • EN 326 A, English Literature II
  • EN 337 A, Short Story
  • EN 399 E, Spec Topics-Writing/Reading
Scholarly Interests/Activities

20th-century British and American literature, transatlantic modernism, animal studies, environmental studies, literature and science, queer and gender studies, cultural studies, teaching of composition and professional writing.

Service Interests/Activities

English Department literature emphasis committee, community engagement (especially animal welfare-related)

Career Accomplishments

Publications:

Articles & Book Chapters

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

  • “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

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:

  • 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).

Professional Activities and Affiliations:

  • Co-Editor in Chief, Sloth: A Journal of Emerging Voices in Human-Animal Studies http://www.animalsandsociety.org/pages/sloth

  • Modern Language Association

  • Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts

  • Animals and Society Institute