Janet Eldred; Janet Carey Eldred; JCM Eldred

  • Professor and Director of the Writing Center
  • English
  • Gender and Women's Studies
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Research Interests:
Office Hours (Spring 2015) On sabbatical

Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana


Areas of Specialty:

  • Creative Writing (essay, creative nonfiction; formal and narrative poetry)
  • Editing & Publishing
  • Women's Rhetorical History
  • Technology & Literacy Studies
Selected Publications: 
  • More Sonnets from the Portuguese (poetry, forthcoming Whitepoint Press)
  • Sentimental Attachments:  Essays, Creative Nonfiction, and Other Experiments in Composition.  Heinemann, 2005. (creative nonfiction & essays)
  • Princes, Paupers, or Summer Flies: Touring the Imagined Azorean Homeland. Proceedings of the Sharing Cultures 2013 Intangible Heritage Conference. Greenlines, 2013.
  • Traveling Literacies. (essay response) in Feminist Rhetorical Resilience. Eds. Elizabeth Flynn, Patricia Sotirin, and Ann Brady, eds. Boulder: Utah State Univ. Press, 2012. 82-87.
  • When Intangible Heritage Divides.  Proceedings of the Sharing Cultures Conference 2011 Conference.  Greenlines, 2011.
  • The Siren Song of Intangible Heritage.  Proceedings of the Sharing Cultures Intangible Heritage Conference, Greenlines 2009. 
  • "The Time of Lies." In Stepping on My Brother’s Head.  Eds. Charles Schuster & Sondra Perl.  Heinemann, 2010.  77-92.
  • “Composition, or a Case for Experimental Critical Writing.”  In Labor, Writing Technologies, and the Shaping of Composition in the Academy, eds. Pamela Takayoshi and Patricia Sullivan, 2007
  • "‘Just What the Muscles Grope For’" Fourth Genre 4.2 (2002): 169-73.
  • "Modern Fidelity." Fourth Genre 3.2 (2001): 55-69.
  • Untitled [Daughters of the University] Comp Tales: An Introduction to College Composition Through Its Stories.  Eds. Richard H. Haswell and Min-Zahn Lu.  Addison-Wesley, 1999.
  • "Children at All Costs." Literal Latte 4.5 (1998) [Roy T. Ames Memorial Essay Award (2nd), Judge: Phillip Lopate], 8-12.
  • "The Technology of Voice." College Composition and Communication 48.3 (1997): 334-47. Reprinted as "Technology's Strange, Familiar Voices" in Passions, Pedagogies, and 21st-century Technologies.  Eds. Gail E. Hawisher & Cynthia Selfe.  Utah State University Press, 1999;  Rpt. in Literacies and Technologies: A Reader for Contemporary Writers, 1/e, by Robert P. Yagelski, Longman Publishing, July 2000.

Editing, Literature, Literacy

  • Literate Zeal: Gender, Editing, and the Making of a New Yorker Ethos. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012 (hardcover); 2014 (paper). Chinese edition forthcoming 2016.

Rhetorical History and Literacy Studies

  • Imagining Rhetoric: Composing Women of the Early United States (with Peter Mortensen). University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002.
  • "Figuring Culture and Literacy in Cather's 'Paul's Case.'" Journal of Narrative and Life History 3.2-3 (1993): 299-318.
  • "Reading Literacy Narratives" (with Peter Mortensen).  College English 1992.
  • "Narratives of Socialization: Literacy in the Short Story." College English 1991.

Current Projects:

  • Graça's Dilemma (poetry)
  • Nonfiction Book on Intangible Heritage in Azorean-American Communities
  • Essay on Emily Hahn
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