Patricia Keefe Durso

Assistant Professor of English, Petrocelli College

Patty Keefe Durso holds a Ph.D. in English from George Washington University. She has taught literature and writing at George Washington University, Rutgers University, Montclair State University, and Fairleigh Dickinson University.


Publications

Durso, Patricia Keefe. “The Other Narrative of ‘Sisterhood’ in 1916: Irish-American and Irish Suffragists.” Independent Spirit: New York and the American Context of the Easter Rising. Dublin: University College Dublin Press, Forthcoming 2016.

Durso, Patricia Keefe. "Request is Urgent." Anthology of MFA Writing. Forthcoming.

Durso, Patricia Keefe. "Dreaming of Willie Dunne: Character Construction in Sebastian Barry's A Long, Long Way." Fiction Writers Review. 26 Oct. 2015: n. pag. Web. Online

Durso, Patricia Keefe. “Maureen Howard’s ‘Landscapes of Memory.’” Too Smart to Be Sentimental:  Contemporary Irish-American Women Writers.   Eds. Sally Barr Ebest and Kathleen McInerney. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2008. 52-80. Print. (Includes material from personal Interview with Maureen Howard.)  More information and reviews of this book

Durso, Patricia Keefe. “It’s Just Beginning: Assessing the Impact of the Internet on U.S. Multiethnic Literature and the Canon.” Multiethnic Literature and Canon Debates. Eds. Irma Maini and Mary Jo Bona. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2006. 197-218. More information and reviews of this book

Durso, Patricia Keefe. “Bringing Whiteness ‘Home’: Exploring the Social Geography of Race in Mary Gordon’s The Other Side.” Contemporary Literary Criticism – Select. 216 (2006): The Gale Group.

Durso, Patricia Keefe. “Leslie Marmon Silko.” The Facts on File Companion to 20th-Century American Poetry. Ed. Burt Kimmelman. Library of American Literature, 2005.

Durso, Patricia Keefe. “Racializing Whiteness in American Literature.”  Anglophone Literatures/English Literatures. General Ed. Kozo Yokoyama; Eds. Etsuko Taketani, Shingo Nagaoka, Motoko Nakada, and Eriko Yamaguchi.  Eigoken Bungaku Kyoto, Japan: Jimbun Shoin, 2002. 233-70. *Translated into Japanese for this publication.

Durso, Patricia Keefe. Preface to Special Issue on "The Critical Study of Whiteness in American Literature.” Modern Language Studies 32:1 (2002): 1-3.

Durso, Patricia Keefe, Editor. Special Issue on "The Critical Study of Whiteness in American Literature.” Modern Language Studies 32:1 (2002). Introduction by Dana Nelson.

Durso, Patricia Keefe, Moderator. "What's White Got to Do With It?: Teaching Whiteness - A Roundtable Discussion, Part I." Modern Language Studies 32:1 (2002). 103-32.

Durso, Patricia Keefe. “Bringing Whiteness ‘Home’: Exploring the Social Geography of Race in Mary Gordon’s The Other Side.”  Modern Language Studies 32:1 (2002): 85-102. (Reprinted in Contemporary Literary Criticism in 2006.)

Durso, Patricia Keefe. “Gish Jen.”  Contemporary Novelists, Eds. Neil Schlager and Josh Lauer. St. James Press, 7th ed. 2000. This piece was also republished online at biography.jrank.org

Durso, Patricia Keefe. “Private Narrative as Public (Ex)Change:  ‘Intimate Intervention’ in Alice Walker’s The Temple of My Familiar.” In Process:  A Journal of African-American and African Diasporan Literature and Culture  2 (2000): 137-54.

Durso, Patricia Keefe. "Crossing Cultures, (Ex)Changing Stories: Contemporary Women Writing in the United States." Diss. George Washington University, 1997. Print. Link to Listing at Dissertation Abstracts International (WorldCat)

Durso, Patricia Keefe. “Jewett’s ‘Pointed Firs’:  An ‘Index Finger’ to Character Development and Unity of Vision in The Country of the Pointed Firs.” Colby Quarterly 26 (1990):  171-81. PDF from this article from Digital Commons

Conferences / Presentations

Patty Keefe Durso has chaired panels and presented papers at both the MLA and NEMLA annual conventions. She has also presented numerous papers at other academic conferences.

Upcoming conference presentations include:

Durso, Patricia Keefe. "The “Modern” Mary: The Virgin Mary in Cross-Cultural Contemporary Literature." Panel Chair/Organizer and Presenter. Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) Annual Convention. Baltimore, MD. 23-26 Mar. 2017.

Recent conference presentations include:

Durso, Patricia Keefe. "(An)Other Narrative of 'Sisterhood' in 1916: The Irish and U.S. Suffragette Movements." The Other 1916 Conference. Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT), Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland. June 3, 2016. Link to conference schedule.

Durso, Patricia Keefe. "One Story, Five Digital Texts, and No End to the Possibilities: Teaching 'The Yellow Wallpaper.'” Roundtable Presentation—“Teaching American Literature with Digital Texts.” Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) Annual Convention. Hartford, CT. 17-20 Mar. 2016.

Durso, Patricia Keefe. “Representations of National Identity in 20th Century Ethnic American Literature.” Panel Chair. Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) Annual Convention. Hartford, CT. 17-20 Mar. 2016.


Short Abstract

Education

  • MFA in Creative Writing, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ
  • PhD in English, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
  • MPhil, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
  • MA in English, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
  • BA, Douglass College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. (Double Major: English and Economics)

Research

  • Contemporary American Literature
  • Literature by Women
  • Cross-Cultural Literature
  • Ethnic American Literatures
  • Technology and Writing
  • Composition
  • Irish and Irish American Writers
  • Digital Humanities

Courses Taught

  • English Composition I
  • English Composition II
  • Literature and Composition I
  • Literature and Composition II
  • Basic English
  • Literary Tour of New York City
  • Cross-Cultural Literacy
  • The Global Challenge
  • Business Communication
  • Creative Writing
  • Literary Masterpieces

Service

  • University-Wide Advisory Board, FDU Teaching Institute (Summer 2016-present)
  • FDU TALL (Teaching and Learning LIVE!) Blog Contributor / Petrocelli Representative
  • FDU Middle States Self-Study, Steering Committee and Report Editor (2015-16)
  • IDEA Course Evaluation Task Force (Spring 2014-present)
  • Faculty Senate Academic Policy and Research Committee (APRC), Temporary At-Large Replacement (Spring 2014)
  • Online Learning Program Standards Committee, Petrocelli College (Spring 2014-present)
  • Middle College Program, Faculty Advisor (Spring 2014-present)
  • Assessment Coordinator, Petrocelli College Composition Program
  • Academic Integrity Policy Appeal Committee (Fall 2012)

Memberships

  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
  • Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP)
  • Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA)
  • NEMLA Women's and Gender Studies Caucus (WGSC)

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