Kerr, Lydia R
Title:
Assistant Professor - English Literature
Office:
CB 401G
Last Updated: 8/25/16 -

 

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Comparative Literature, State University of New York at Buffalo (2012)
Dissertation Title – “The Black Tide Of Mud”: Reference and Transference in Ishmael Reed’s Mumbo Jumbo

M.A., Comparative Literature, The State University of New York at Buffalo (2008)

B.A., English Literature (Minor: Philosophy), The Florida State University (2002)

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

LITERATURE COURSES

Studies in the American Novel: Postmodern Revisions, Utah Valley University (regularly since Fall 2014)

Literature of Cultures and Places: “African American” Literature (Africa, the West Indies, and the Caribbean), Utah Valley University (Spring 2014)

Latin@ Literature in America, Utah Valley University (regularly since Fall 2012)

Contemporary American Literature, Utah Valley University (regularly since Spring 2012)

American Literature After 1865, Utah Valley University (Spring 2012)

Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar: Studies in the African American Novel, Utah Valley University (Fall 2011)

Multiethnic Literature in America, Utah Valley University (regularly since Spring 2011)

Special Topics: Literary and Philosophical Monstrosities, SUNY Buffalo (Spring 2009)

Modernism: Modernism and Madness, SUNY Buffalo (Spring 2008)


CRITICAL THEORY AND LITERARY THEORY COURSES


Contemporary Critical Approaches to Literature, Utah Valley University (regularly since Spring 2013)

Critical Introduction to Literature, Utah Valley University (regularly since Fall 2010)


FILM AND CINEMA STUDIES COURSE
S

Race, Class, and Gender in U.S. Cinema, Utah Valley University (regularly since Fall 2015)

Global Culture II: Globalization on Film, Film on Globalization, D’Youville College (Fall 2009)


GENERAL EDUCATION COMPOSITION COURSES


Intermediate Writing for Humanities and Social Sciences, Utah Valley University (regularly since Fall 2011)


GENERAL EDUCATION HUMANITIES AND HISTORY COURSES

World Civilizations: “The West and Its Others,” SUNY Buffalo (Recitation, Fall 2006)

Myth and Religion in the Ancient World, SUNY Buffalo (Teaching Assistant, Fall 2005)



PUBLICATIONS

BOOK CHAPTERS/ESSAYS IN EDITED VOLUMES

“Freud Fainted, Or: ‘It All Started 1000s of Years Ago in Egypt…’” in Psychoanalysis and Inheritance, SUNY Press (in press)

“Logos and Psychosis: Heidegger, Lacan, Schreber” in Heidegger/Lacan: A New Conversation (in discussion with Duke University Press and SUNY Press)


EDITED PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL ISSUES AND REPUTABLE VOLUMES

Co-Editor, Heidegger and Lacan: A New Conversation (in discussion with Duke University Press and SUNY Press)

Editor and Special Issue Coordinator, CR: The New Centennial Review, Vol. 13, No. 3: “Psychoanalysis and Race” (2013)

Associate Editor, “Islam,” Umbr(a): A Journal of the Unconscious (2009)

Special Issue Editor, “Revisions of Excess,” theory@buffalo, issue 12 (2008)


OPEN ACCESS PUBLICATIONS

“Nowadays, well, we just don’t have that many substances: A Response to Eliza Slavet,” The Religion and Culture Forum, The University of Chicago Divinity School (invited contribution, November 2011).

Co-Editor-in-Chief, Provocations Journal, University of Nebraska Press (2015-present)


REVIEW ESSAYS

American Optic by Mikko Tuhkannen, in Umbr(a): A Journal of the Unconscious,
special issue on “Writing” (2010)


OTHER PUBLICATIONS

“Of the Clinical, Of the Critical,” Correspondances, courier de l’École freudienne du
Quebéc
, Vol. 11, No. 2 (September, 2010), 13-21.

Introduction, theory@buffalo 12: Revisions of Excess (2008), 1-7.

 

FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS, HONORS, AND AWARDS

Global/Intercultural Faculty Fellowship, Sponsored by the Center for Global and Intercultural Engagement, under the direction of the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Engaged Learning, Utah Valley University; $450 for attendance and curriculum design (Summer, 2015)

Spring Course Release for Faculty Research and Writing, Utah Valley University;
Reassigned time to conduct research for forthcoming publication in Psychoanalysis and Inheritance volume (2015)

Spring Course Release for Faculty Research, Utah Valley University; reassigned time to compose publication proposal and continue editorial work for volume on Heidegger and Lacan: A New Conversation (2013)

Spring Course Release for Faculty Research, Utah Valley University; reassigned time to conduct preliminary research and begin editorial work for volume on Heidegger and Lacan: A New Conversation (2012)

Spring Faculty Development Committee Award, Utah Valley University; $700 for attendance and participation in the Delegate Assembly and the Psychology, Psychoanalysis, and Literature Division Meetings at the January Annual Convention of the Modern Languages Association (2013)

Faculty Development Committee Award, Utah Valley University; $700 for organizing and participating in The Clinical Days of the École freudienne du Quebéc in Buffalo, NY (2012)

 

INVITED LECTURES

“Of the Critical, of the Clinical” (with N. Gorelick, R.A. Hatch, and M. Stanish), Training Seminar in Lacanian Psychoanalysis, hosted by the Groupe Interdisciplinaire Freudien de Recherches et d’Interventions Cliniques et Culturelles (GIFRIC), Québec, QC, Canada (2010)

 

CAMPUS TALKS

“Logos and Psychosis: Lacan, Heidegger, Schreber,” The Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture’s Inaugural Works in Progress Symposium, SUNY Buffalo (2007)

 

CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

PRESENTATIONS

“Freud Fainted: Mumbo Jumbo and The Archive of Unreason,” American Comparative
Literature Association Conference, Vancouver, BC (2011)

“Constructions in Analysis and Literature: Madness and the Writing of History in Freud
and Ishmael Reed,” American Comparative Literature Association Conference, Harvard University (2009) and the Annual Psychoanalysis Conference, Cornell University (2009)

“Arose ‘is’: A Heideggerian Reading of Gertrude Stein’s Poetics,” Conference on Literature and Theory Since 1900, University of Louisville (2009)

“Thinking Correspondence from the Outside: Heidegger’s Jargon of Intimacy in the Letter on Humanism,” American Comparative Literature Association Conference, Princeton University (2006)

“Foreclosed Mourning and Public Melancholia of AIDS Trauma in the United States,”
31st Annual Literature and Film Conference, Florida State University (2006)

 

PANELS ORGANIZED

“Psychoanalysis and Race,” Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Austin, TX (2016)

“Heidegger and Lacan,” Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Austin, TX (2016)

“Affect and/in Psychoanalysis?,” Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Vancouver, BC (2015)

“Photography's Unconscious,” Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Vancouver, BC (2015)

“Psychoanalysis: For or against the Law?,” Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Vancouver, BC (2015)

“Racing, Queering Psychoanalysis” Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Chicago, IL (2014)

“The Unconscious in Translation,” Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Chicago, IL (2014)

“Psychic Investments,” Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Chicago, IL (2014)

“The Clinic,” Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Chicago, IL (2014)

“Contesting Feminist Ethics,” Organizer, Chair, and Respondent, Gender Across Borders III, SUNY Buffalo (2008)

“Intertext: Bodies (Un)bound,” Organizer, Chair, and Respondent, Gender Across Borders II, SUNY Buffalo (2006)

 

CONFERENCES AND SYMPOSIA ORGANIZED

Clinical Days of the École freudienne du Quebéc in Buffalo, NY (2012)

Gender Across Borders IV: Globalisms, SUNY Buffalo; interdisciplinary Spring conference featuring 3 keynotes and over 75 presenters (2010)

 

SERVICE

PROFESSIONAL

National Delegate, Psychology, Psychoanalysis, and Literature Division of the Modern Languages Association (2012-2015)

 

UNIVERSITY

Faculty Senator for the Department of English and Literature, UVU (2015-present)

First Year Experience and Freshman Reading Program Committee, UVU (2014-present)

Latin American Studies Minor Development Committee, UVU (2011-present)

Coordinator, London Study Abroad Program, UVU (2014)

Organizer and Chair, Undergraduate Student Panel: “Isolation, Incarceration and
Imperialism in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness,” Writing For Social Change Conference, UVU (2015)

Organizer, Visiting Lecture and Reading by Xicana poet and scholar Ana Castillo, UVU (2013)

Honors Program Symposium: Activism Across the Americas, UVU (2013)

Honors Thesis Advisement: Samantha Smith (2012-2013), Stephen Watts (2012-2013), William Bailey (2013-2014), Brandon Springer (2014-2015), Samuel Hegstrom Oakey (2015-2016)

Integrated Studies Thesis Advisement: Amanda Drake (2014-2015)

Student Internship Supervising: Quaid Atkinson (Intermediate Writing for the Humanities Fall 2013); Lee Thomas (Race, Class, and Gender in U.S. Cinema, Spring 2016); Teralyn Mitchel, Deirdre Nichols, Landon Roper (Essais journal interns, Fall 2015); Jacob Boothe, Kajsa Nelson, Joshua Wilkins (Essais journal interns, Spring 2016); Timothy Dawson and Meghan Peay (Essais journal interns, Fall 2016)

 

DEPARTMENTAL

Faculty Advisor, Essais: An Undergraduate Journal in Literary Criticism, UVU (2015-present)

Chair Advisory Committee, Department of English and Literature, UVU (2014-present)

Strategic Planning Committee, Department of English and Literature, UVU (2013-present)

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

American Comparative Literature Association (2005-present)

Modern Languages Association (2010-present); National Delegate for the Psychology, Psychoanalysis, and Literature Division of the MLA (2012-2015)

Buffalo Circle of the École freudienne du Québec (founding member, 2009-present)

Groupe Interdisciplinaire Freudien de Recherches et d’Interventions Cliniques et Culturelles (2008-present)