Public Scholarship in Literary Studies demonstrates that literary criticism has the potential not only to explain, but to actively change our terms of engagement with current realities. Rachel Arteaga and Rosemary Johnsen bring together accomplished public scholars who make significant contributions to literary scholarship, teaching, and the public good. The volume begins with essays by scholars who write regularly for large public audiences in primarily digital venues, then moves to accounts of research-based teaching and engagement in public contexts, and finally turns to important new models for cross-institutional partnerships and campus-community engagement. Grounded in scholarship and written in an accessible style, Public Scholarship in Literary Studies will appeal to scholars in and outside the academy, students, and those interested in the public humanities.
"There are books of literary criticism that attempt to reach crossover audiences but none that take this particular public-humanities-focused-on-literary criticism perspective."—Kathryn Temple, Georgetown University
Contributions by Rachel Arteaga, Christine Chaney, Jim Cocola, Daniel Coleman, Christopher Douglas, Gary Handwerk, Cynthia L. Haven, Rosemary Erickson Johnsen, Anu Taranath, Carmaletta M. Williams, and Lorraine York.
Rachel Arteaga is assistant director of the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington, where she also serves as associate program director for Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics, a public-scholarship initiative supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Her publications on higher education have appeared in the Modern Language Association journal Profession and Inside Higher Ed, and materials she has developed related to humanities curriculum and advocacy are accessible on Humanities Commons.
Rosemary Erickson Johnsen is associate provost and associate vice president of academic affairs at Governors State University and the university's chief administrator of faculty affairs. She is a two-time recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities under the auspices of the Dialogues on the Experience of War program (2017; 2018). Also a professor of English, Johnsen has published a book, Contemporary Feminist Historical Crime Fiction (Palgrave Macmillan), and many articles on crime fiction, Irish literature, and public humanities.