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Marguerite Regan

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Associate Professor of English
School of Arts and Sciences
316-942-4291 ext. 2150
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Miscellaneous Information:

Dr. Marguerite Regan joined Newman’s English faculty in 2006, having previously served from 2001-2006 as an Assistant Professor of English at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. She teaches a wide variety of courses in composition, British and World Literatures, literary criticism, gender studies, and contemplative autobiography. She also teaches courses in Shakespeare and James Joyce. While at Newman, she has pioneered several different pedagogies, including learning communities, service learning, and the “Reacting to the Past” pedagogy of teaching through historical simulation. She is the winner of the 2008-09 Teaching Excellence Award. Dr. Regan was born and raised in Chicago. When she is not working, you can find her in the great outdoors camping, hiking, climbing mountains, and relaxing by the river. She also loves to ride her motorcycle, work out, dance, do yoga, read novels, take walks around the neighborhood, journal, cook healthy green food, and hang out with her kid.

Ph.D.
Education:

Ph.D. English and American Literature, University of Arkansas, 2001. M.A. English, University of Arkansas Ed.M. Curriculum & Instruction, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign B.S. Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Areas of Expertise:

Her research interests always seem to center on food, particularly the cultural poetics/politics of food in literature. She published and presenting on the eighteenth-century rise of a dietary protest literature in England; the intersection of colonialism and vegetarianism in late eighteenth-century women's novels, and food/meat imagery in James Joyce's "Ulysses." For the past ten years, she has guided students, young and old, both at the university and in the community in the writing of their spiritual memoir. This is her favorite thing to do. She herself is in the midst of writing a contemplative autobiography that has brought her near to the great mysteries of birth, love, suffering, death and eternity. It has also led her into surprising areas of research in Family Systems theory, epigenetics, attachment theory, Irish history, emigration, and the study of trauma, both individual and collective.

Publications & Presentations:

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • “Beef to the Heels: Metaphors of Butchery in Ulysses.” Under consideration by James Joyce Annual.
  • “Spiritual Memoir as Theology.” Review of Five Years, Eleven Months and a Lifetime of Unexpected Love. By Vaisakha Dasi. Journal of Vaishnava Studies, vol. 26, no. 1, 2017.
  • “Get Up and Dance: AEPL 2015 Conference Reflection.” Invited blog post. AEPL’S Blog. Assembly for Expanded Perspectives in Learning, 28 Sept. 2015. Web. 23 Aug. 2017.
  • “Feminism, Vegetarianism, and Colonial Resistance in Eighteenth-Century British Novels.” Studies in the Novel, vol. 46, no. 3, 2014, pp. 275-292. Regan, Marguerite, and David Carter.
  • “Maharishi’s Message: Vegetarianism as Natural Evolution.” Food for the Soul: Vegetarianism and Yoga Traditions, edited by Steven J. Rosen. Praeger Press, 2011, pp. 109-115.
  • “’Weggebobbles and Fruit’: Bloom’s Vegetarian Impulses.” Texas Studies in Literature and Language, vol. 51, no. 4, 2009, pp. 463-475.

 

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

  • “Keep on Bloomin’: Bloom and Molly on the Hill of Howth.” Keynote Address. Annual Bloomsday Celebration. Wichita Gaelic Association. Anna Murdoc’s Café. June 16, 2014.
  • “Mattie Ross: The Exception or the Rule in Literature about the American Frontier? The Big Read—Wichita. National Endowment for the Arts. Wichita Downtown Library. Oct. 10, 2013.
  • “Patriotic Barsponging in Ulysses.” Keynote Address. Annual Bloomsday Celebration. Wichita Gaelic Association. Artichoke Pub. June 15, 2013.
  • “Why Nonviolence is Essential: Essential First Steps,” with Mike Duxler. Presentation at the First Unitarian-Universalist Church of Wichita, Jan. 6, 2013.
  • “How to Write Your Spiritual Memoir.” Masonic Keystone High Twelve Club. Kansas Masonic Home. Wichita, Kansas. August 13, 2012.
  • “The Mindful Meeting: Shifting the Paradigm for Faculty Meetings.” Summer 2012 Conference of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning (AEPL). Estes Park, Colorado. June 29, 2012.
  • “’The True Scholastic Stink’: Navigating the ‘plump mellow yellow smellow melons of her rump’ in the Ithaca chapter of James Joyce’s Ulysses. Bloomsday keynote address. Wichita Gaelic Association. The Artichoke Pub. Wichita, Kansas. June 16, 2012.
  • “The Eighteenth-Century Literary Roots of the Animal Rights Movement.” Great Plains Conference on Animals and the Environment. Wichita, Kansas. April 28, 2012.
  • “Radhanatha Swami’s Odyssey in the Journey Home.” Address given at the Arlington Convention Center on the occasion of the promotional tour for the U.S. publication of Journey Home. Arlington, Texas—October 2010.
  • “Live Every Day like there’s No Tomorrow.” Commencement Speech at Newman University, December 12, 2009 and May 14, 2010. Reading from The Journey Home, Newman University Tenth Annual Literary Festival, Wichita, KS—April 5, 2009.
  • “Joyce and Food.” Panel Chair. International James Joyce Conference. University of Texas at Austin, June 14-17, 2007.
  • “‘Beef to the Heels’: Conjuring up Women through the Metaphor of Meat.” International James Joyce Conference. University of Texas at Austin, June 14-17, 2007.
  • “Pacifism in the Writings of Joyce.” From the Front Lines: Is Anybody Listening. Newman University Eighth Annual Literary Festival, Newman University, Wichita, KS—October 28, 2006.
  • “Animal Images and Perspectives in James Joyce.” Panel Chair. Annual Conference of the North American James Joyce Society, Cornell University—June 14-18, 2005.
  • “’Weggebobbles and Fruit’: Bloom’s Vegetarian Leanings.” Annual Meeting of the North American James Joyce Society, Cornell University—June 14-18, 2005.
  • “When Professor Becomes Gamemaster.” Roundtable Discussion. Reacting to the Past Faculty Conference, University of Georgia at Athens—March 12, 2005.
  • “Molly Bloom as Luscious Commodity on the Marketplace.” Annual Meeting of the North American James Joyce Society. University of Tulsa—June 2003.
  • “Frankenstein in its Romantic Context.” Winfield Public Library. Winfield, KS—January 22, 2003. “Imagining Vegetarianism: The “Hindoo” in Late Eighteenth-Century British Literature.” Annual Meeting of the Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Chapman University, Orange, California—February 16, 2002.
  • “Vathek Among the Vegetarians: Dietary Revolt in William Beckford’s Vathek.” Annual Meeting of the South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, University of Arkansas— March 1, 2001.
  • “Dietary Revolution: The Case for Vegetarianism in the Long Eighteenth Century.” Panel Chair. Meeting of the South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, University of Arkansas— March 1, 2001.
Recognition & Awards:
  • Gerber Institute Grant, 2015, to participate in a Borderlinks (Tucson) Immersion Training on the U.S.-Mexican Border.
  • Gerber Institute Grant, 2011, to create a training group in the techniques of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) for faculty members.
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Newman University, 2009.
  • Fassnacht Outstanding Faculty Award, Southwestern College, 2004.

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