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Loyola University Chicago

Department of English

Faculty

J. Brooks Bouson

Title/s: Professor
Assistant Chair of the English Department

Specialty Area: Modern British literature, psychoanalysis and literature, women's literature, history of feminist criticism

Office #: CC-427

Phone: 82250

E-mail: jbouson@luc.edu

External Webpage: http://jbrooksbouson.weebly.com/

About

Offices Held:
Assistant Department Chair, 2002-present
Undergraduate Programs Director, 1998-2001

Degrees

Ph.D., English, Loyola University of Chicago

Publications

Books:

Embodied Shame: Uncovering Female Shame in Contemporary Women’s Writings.  Albany: SUNY Press, 2009.

Jamaica Kincaid: Writing Memory, Writing Back to the Mother.Albany:SUNY Press, 2005.

Quiet As It’s Kept: Shame, Trauma, and Race in the Novels of Toni Morrison. Albany: SUNY Press, 2000. 

Brutal Choreographies: Oppositional Strategies and Narrative Design in the Novels of Margaret Atwood.  Amherst, Mass.: University of Massachusetts Press, 1993.

The Empathic Reader: A Study of the Narcissistic Character and the Drama of the Self.  Amherst, Mass: University of Massachusetts Press, 1989.

Edited Books:

Critical Insights: Margaret Atwood. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2012.

Margaret Atwood: The Robber Bride, The Blind Assassin, and Oryx and Crake. London: Continuum Press, 2011.

Critical Insights: Emily Dickinson. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2010.

Critical Insights: Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2009.

Articles and Book Chapters:

“On Margaret Atwood.” Critical Insights: Margaret Atwood.Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2012. 3-24.

Beloved Exposes the Psychological Traumas Caused by Slavery.”Social Issues in Literature: Slavery in Toni Morrison’s Beloved. Ed. Dedris Bryfonski. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2012. 103-117.

“The Special Impact of The Handmaid’s Tale on Female Readers.”Women’s Issues in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Ed. David Nelson. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2012. 87-97.

“We’re Using up the Earth. It’s Almost Gone”: A Return to the Post-Apocalyptic Future in Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood.” 46. 1 Journal of Commonwealth Literature (2011): 9-26.

“Negotiating with Margaret Atwood.” Margaret Atwood: The Robber Bride, The Blind Assassin, and Oryx and Crake. London: Continuum Press, 2011. 1–17.

“On Emily Dickinson.” Critical Insights: Emily Dickinson. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2010. 3-11.

“On Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.” Critical Insights: Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2009. 3-9.

“Quiet As It’s Kept: Shame, Trauma, and Race in the Novels of Toni Morrison” (on Song of Solomon ). Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon: Bloom’s Modern Critical Interpretations. Ed. Harold Bloom. New York: Infobase Publishing, 2009. 57-86.

“The Politics of Empathy and Self in Christa Wolf’s The Quest for Christa T. / Die Politik der Empathie und des Selbst in Christa Wolfs Nachdenken uber Christa T. Special edition of the European Self Psychology Journal—Selbstpsychologie: Europäische Zeitschrift für Psychoanalytische Therapie und Forschung: Selobstpsychologie und die Künste 35 (2009): 53-70.

“‘It’s Game Over Forever’: Atwood’s Satiric Vision of a Bioengineered Posthuman Future in Oryx and Crake.”  Margaret Atwood: Bloom’s Modern Critical Views.  Ed. Harold Bloom.  New York: Infobase Publishing, 2009. 93-110. 

“Insect Transformation as a Narcissistic Metaphor in Kafka’sMetamorphosis.” Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis.  Bloom’s Modern Critical Interpretations. Ed. Harold Bloom.  New York: Infobase Publishing, 2009.  35-46. 

“Like Him and His Own Father before Him, I Have a Line Drawn through Me”: Imagining the Life of the Absent Father in Mr. Potter.”  Jamaica Kincaid: Bloom’s Modern Critical Views.  Ed. Harold Bloom.   New York: Infobase, 2008. 159-74.

“Uncovering ‘the Beloved’ in the Warring and Lawless Women in Toni Morrison’s Love.” Midwest Quarterly 49.4  (Summer 2008): 358-73.

“‘Teaching English Isn’t the Clean Work It Used to Be’: Satirizing the Plight of Token Professionals in Richard Russo’s Straight Man.”  Academic Novels as Satire: Critical Studies of an Emerging Genre.   Ed. Kimberly Rae Connor and Mark Bosco, S. J.  Lewiston: Mellen Press, 2007. 111-130.

“True Confessions: Uncovering the Hidden Culture of Shame in English Studies.” JAC 25. 4 (2006): 625-50.

“‘Speaking the Unspeakable’: Shame, Trauma and Morrison’s Fiction.” Toni Morrison: Bloom’s Modern Critical Views.  Ed. Harold Bloom.  Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 2005.  121-148.

“‘It’s Game Over Forever’: Atwood’s Satiric Vision of a Bioengineered Posthuman Future inOryx and Crake.” Journal of Commonwealth Literature 39.3 (2004): 139-156.

“Sethe’s ‘Best Thing.’” Toni Morrison’s Beloved.   Ed. Harold Bloom.  Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, 2004.  91-101.

“‘A Commemoration of Wounds, Endured and Resented’: Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin as Feminist Memoir.”  Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 44.3 (Spring 2003): 251-69.

“‘You Nothing But Trash’: White Trash Shame in Dorothy Allison’sBastard Out of Carolina.” Southern Literary Journal  34. 1 (Fall 2001): 101-23.

“The Misogyny of Patriarchal Culture in The Handmaid’s Tale.” The Handmaid’s Tale: Modern Critical Interpretations.  Ed. Harold Bloom.  Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, 2001.  41-62.

“The Edible Woman’s Refusal to Consent to Femininity.”  Margaret Atwood: Modern Critical Views.  Ed. Harold Bloom. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, 2000.  71-91.

“Comic Storytelling as Escape and Narcissistic Self-Expression in Atwood’s Lady Oracle.”  DISCovering Authors 3.0 (on-line subscription database).  Detroit: Gale Group, 2000.  DISCovering Authors Modules (CD-ROM).  Detroit: Gale, 1996.  Contemporary Literary Criticism.  Vol. 84.  Ed. James Draper.  Detroit: Gale, 1995.  72-77.

“‘Quiet as It’s Kept’: Shame and Trauma in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye.”  Scenes of Shame: Psychoanalysis, Shame, and Writing.  Ed. Joseph Adamson and Hilary Clark.  Albany: SUNY Press, 1999.  207-236.

“A Feminist/Psychoanalytic Approach in a Women’s College.” Approaches to Teaching Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.  Ed.  Sharon Wilson, Thomas Friedman, and Shannon Hengen.  New York: Modern Language Association, 1996.  122-27. 

“‘Slipping Sideways into the Dreams of Women’: The Female Dream Work of Power Feminism in Margaret Atwood’s The Robber Bride.”  LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory  6 (1995): 149-166.

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