Areas of expertise/research interests
• Interest 1 Contemporary British and global literatures
• Interest 2 Professional writing
• Interest 3 Sustainability and writing
Dr. Duncan is the Norma Rose Professor of English. She teaches British literature, professional writing courses, and Core 400. She has published essays on Margaret Atwood, Virginia Woolf, Jane Austen, Chaucer, contemporary literary theory, and hypertext. In the summer of 2003, she spent two weeks teaching English in Cochabamba, Bolivia at the Universidad Mayor de San Simon. In the summer of 2009 she traveled to Morocco to meet Leila Abouzeid, an author whose fiction she teaches in her course on colonial/postcolonial literature. Click here to view photos of her visit. Her essay entitled “Life of Pi as Postmodern Survival Narrative appeared in Mosaic in June 2008. Her essay entitled “Recovering Innocence in Slumdog Millionaire appeared in the Journal of Commonwealth Literature in June 2011.
A graduate of Florida State University, Rebecca Duncan joined the faculty in 1997. She teaches British and global literatures and professional writing courses. She has served as director of undergraduate research and vice chair of Academic Council, and she co-chaired the academic team of the college’s recent strategic planning initiative. In addition to her scholarly publications, she has recently completed a novel.
Most recent degree Ph.D. English, Florida State University
Earlier degree(s) M.A. English, University of South Florida, M.A. International Affairs, Ohio University, B.A. History, Ohio University
Awards Howland High School Achievement Hall of Fame, Warren, Ohio, October 2013
Norma Rose Chair of English, Meredith College, 2009-2013, Faculty Award, Carlyle Campbell Library, 2005, Member Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Alpha Theta, Mortar Board
Voices of Moroccan Youth. Co-edited with Lucy Melbourne et. al. Rabat,
Morocco: Marsam, 2011.
“Reading Slumdog Millionaire Across Cultures.” Journal of Commonwealth
Literature 46 (2): 311-326. June 2011.
“Faith and Change in Morocco.” Rev. of Year of the Elephant: A Moroccan
Woman’s Journey toward Independence, by Leila Abouzeid. The Washington Times. 8 January 2010.
“Life of Pi as Postmodern Survivor Narrative.” Mosaic: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 41 (2008): 167-83.
“Sense and Sensibility: A Convergence of Readers/Viewers/Browsers.” In Lambdin, Laura and Robert C. Lambdin, eds. A Companion to Jane Austen Studies. Westport, CN: Greenwood, 2000, 1-13.
“A Criticial History of Sense and Sensibility.” In Lambdin, Laura and Robert C. Lambdin. A Companion to Jane Austen Studies. Westport, CN: Greenwood, 2000, 14-26.
“Virginia Woolf’s The Pargiters and the Dialogue of Genre.” Genre 28:1, Summer 1996, 171-84.
“Digging and Drilling in Fracktown, USA” The Huffington Post, 1 November 2013.
“People Can Change; Home Should Not.” The Huffington Post, 1 January 2013.
“Beneath the Facebook Façade.” Op-ed. With Steven Benko. The News and
Observer (Raleigh) 12 December 2008.
“Sustainability and a Sense of Place: Contemplations on Home.” TEDx Conference, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC. 26 January, 2013.
“New Media and Genre.” College English Association Conference. Richmond, VA, April 2012.
“Assessing Change: New Standards and Assessments that Reflect Who our Students Are.” NCICU Conference on Assessment, Fayetteville, NC, April 2011.
“Designing the Digital Self.” College English Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, April 2009.
“Cosmopolitanism and Aural Literacy: Shaping New Stories of Culture and Identity.” SAMLA Convention, Atlanta, GA, November 2007.
“Life of Pi as Postmodern Survivor Narrative.” SAMLA Convention, Charlotte, NC, November 2006.
“Relief for Research in a Flat World.” SAMLA Convention, Atlanta, GA, November 2005.
“Revising the Curse: Shrek, Eternal Happiness, and the Ethical Other.” SAMLA Convention, Roanoke, VA, November 2004.
“Gestures of Kitsch: Ellen Olenska as the ur-Cosmo Girl.” SAMLA Convention, Atlanta, GA, November 2003.
“Isabella Cannon: Gender Pragmatist.” Women’s History Conference, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC, March 2002.
“Text/Image/Space: The Art of Document Design.” College English Association Convention, Charleston, SC, April 2000.
“Communities of Readers, Viewers, Browsers: Jane Austen in Film and on the Web.” DeBartolo Conference on 18th Century Studies. Tampa, FL, February, 1999.
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