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RACHEAL FEST, Ph.D.

EDUCATION
Ph.D. English—Critical and Cultural Studies. University of Pittsburgh (April 2015)
Dissertation: Erotic Poetics: Love and the Function of US Literature from Melville to Modernism

BA. English and Creative Writing (summa cum laude), departmental honors. SUNY Binghamton (2005)

CURRENT EMPLOYMENT
Adjunct Professor. Department of English. SUNY Oneonta (Fall 2018)

PAST EMPLOYMENT
Lecturer. Department of English. Hartwick College (Fall 2017)
Instructor. Department of Liberal Studies. SUNY Cobleskill (Fall 2017)
Visiting Lecturer. Department of English. University of Pittsburgh (2016-2017)
Visiting Postdoctoral Lecturer. Department of English. University of Pittsburgh (2015-2016)
Visiting Instructor. Department of English. University of Pittsburgh (2014-2015)
Adjunct Instructor. Department of English. University of New Mexico—Gallup, Zuni Branch (Fall 2007)
English Teacher. Twin Buttes High School. Zuni Public School District (2005-2008)

PUBLICATIONS
Peer-Reviewed Articles and Interviews
“Friedrich Hayek’s Novel Theory” (in progress)

“‘ASMR’ Media and the Attention Economy’s Crisis of Care,” Jump Cut (forthcoming 2019)

“Legacies of the Future: An Interview with Donald Pease,” boundary 2 (May 2018)

“What Will Modernism Be?” boundary 2 online (May 2017)

“Year in Conferences (Review of C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists).” ESQ: A
Journal of the American Renaissance. Group-authored review of conferences in American
Literature (2013)

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters
“Julia Kristeva’s New Humanism: Imagining Teresa of Avila for the Twenty-First Century,” Santa
Teresa: Critical Filiations of a Mystic, eds. Iris Roebling-Grau and Martina Bengert, Tubigen:
Narr/Francke/Attempto (forthcoming, 2018)

Online Articles, Reviews, and Interviews
“Westworld’s New Romantics,” boundary 2 online (April 2018)

Review, The Beneficiary, by Bruce Robbins, V21 Collations (April 2018)

“Wicked Whitmans on TV,” Politics/Letters (August 2017)

“Image and Inquiry in Ways of Reading.” Bedford Bits: Ideas for Teaching Composition. Blog post (Nov
2010)

“Composition and the Digital: Dr. Anne Frances Wysocki on Teaching, Making, Text.” Hot Metal
Bridge. Interview (Fall 2009)
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HONORS & AWARDS
Honorable Mention. “These Currents Generate a Phase Change.” Glimmer Train Short Story Award for
New Writers (May/June 2016)

Nominated for the Eric O. Clarke Dissertation Prize. University of Pittsburgh, Department of English
(2015)

Travel Grant. University of Pittsburgh, Graduate and Professional Student Government (2015)

Nominated for the Elizabeth Baranger Teaching Award. University of Pittsburgh, Dietrich School of Arts
and Sciences (2014)

Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship. University of Pittsburgh, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
(2013-14)

Barbara N. Tobias Dissertation Fellowship. University of Pittsburgh, Department of English (2012-13)

Dissertation Research and Development Grant. University of Pittsburgh, Department of English (2012
and 2015)

Conference Travel Grant. University of Pittsburgh, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences GSO (2011 and
2015)

Literature Program Graduate Writing Award, Second Place. “‘Interesting Relations’: Sex and the
Discursive Subject in Henry James’ The Ambassadors.” University of Pittsburgh, Department of
English (2010)

Summer Tuition Grant for Language Study. University of Pittsburgh, Department of English (2009)

First-Year PhD Fellowship. University of Pittsburgh, Department of English (2008)

Americorps Service Award. Teach for America (2005-06 and 2006-07)

Golden Key International Honor Society. SUNY Binghamton (2004-05)

Sigma Tau Delta. SUNY Binghamton (2004-05)

English Department Bendixen Award. SUNY Binghamton. First Place Honors Thesis: “Deconstructing
Paradise: Technology, Power, and Identity in Dystopia Fiction” (2005)

English Department Senior Honors Program. Thesis Advisor: William V. Spanos. SUNY Binghamton
(2004-2005)

PRESENTATIONS
“Friedrich Hayek’s Novel Theory.” Society for Novel Studies Conference. Cornell University (May
2018)

“Julia Kristeva’s New Humanism.” Kristeva Circle Conference. University of Pittsburgh (October 2017)

“Reviving Claude McKay’s Radical Imagination.” Race, Poetics, Empire Symposium. University of
Pittsburgh (May 2017)
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“Notes on Love and Method in Julia Kristeva’s Teresa, My Love.” “Kristeva’s Ethics of
Inclusion: Psychoanalytic Readings of Film and Literature.” University of Pittsburgh (February
2016)

“Claude McKay’s Rhythms and the New Human.” “Other Than Human.” MLA. Austin (January 2016)

“Walt Whitman’s Geologic Imagination and the Future.” “Utopian Geologies.” Society for Utopian
Studies Annual Conference. Pittsburgh (Nov 2015)

“Teaching Summer Courses.” “Summer Teaching Panel and Workshop.” University of Pittsburgh (May
2015)

“Short Story Digital Collaborative: Building Context Networks for Nineteenth-Century US Fiction.”
“D19 Roundtable: Pedagogical Approaches to Digital Nineteenth-Century American Literature”
(Roundtable). NeMLA. Toronto (April 2015)

“Jean Toomer’s Erotic Poetics.” NeMLA. Toronto (April 2015)

“Black Lives Matter and Jean Toomer’s Imagination.” Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture
after 1900. University of Louisville (Feb 2015)

“What is Literature?” Lecture. Introduction to Critical Reading. University of Pittsburgh (Jan 2014)

“Lovers of Truth and Lovers of Words: Poetry and the Erotics of History in the Work of Wallace
Stevens.” Future(s) of American Studies Institute Seminar. Dartmouth (June 2013)

“Action and Erotic Crisis in Melville’s Pierre, or, Melville’s Bad Novel Speaks to the Obama Age.” The
Melville Society’s Ninth International Conference. “Melville and Whitman in Washington: The
Civil War and After.” Washington, D.C. (June 2013)

“Sublime Visions of the Human: Kant's Moment of Danger and the Contemporary.” ACLA. Toronto
(April 2013)

“Poetry and the Desire for Sufficient Truth in Wallace Stevens.” Louisville Conference on Literature and
Culture since 1900. University of Louisville (Feb 2013)

“Fame and Function at the Monster Ball: The New Pop Artist in the Digital Age.” MAPACA.
Pittsburgh (Nov 2012)

“The American Phenomenon: Gramsci and National Literature.” NeMLA. Rochester (Mar 2012)

“‘Loyalty to the Form Itself:’ Henry James’ Structures of Sexuality in The Ambassadors.” ALA. Henry
James Society. Boston (May 2011)

“Mass Culture and Fiction’s Recursive Futures: Henry James, David Foster Wallace, and a Hundred
Years of American Formalism.” Duquesne University Graduate Conference. Duquesne
University (Mar 2011)

“A Future History of the Erotic Present.” Graduate Scholarship Cooperative Symposium. University of
Pittsburgh (Feb 2011)
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“Blood Code and Modernist Aesthetics in Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!” The Erotics of Humanism:
Cultural Studies Common Seminar – Graduate Student Conference. University of Pittsburgh
(April 2010)

“Reflections on Teaching Seminar in Composition.” Committee for the Evaluation and Advancement of
Teaching. University of Pittsburgh (Spring 2010)

“Representing Rwanda: The Postcolonial Unspeakable in Diop's Murambi.” School of Arts and Sciences
Grad Expo. University of Pittsburgh (Mar 2010)

“Critical Reflection in Composition Pedagogy: Encounter as Relational Palimpsest.” Class Matters:
Working Class Studies Association Conference. University of Pittsburgh (Jun 2009)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Adjunct Professor. Department of English. SUNY Oneonta (2018)
COMP 100 Composition I, “Ways of Seeing” (Fall 2018, 2 sections)

Lecturer. Department of English. Hartwick College (2017)
ENGL 110 Composition, “Ways of Seeing” (Fall 2017)

Adjunct Instructor. Department of Liberal Studies. SUNY Cobleskill (2017)
ENGL 101 Composition I, “Ways of Seeing” (Fall 2017, 2 sections)

Visiting Lecturer. Department of English. University of Pittsburgh (2016-2017)
ENCMP 0200 Seminar in Composition, “Ways of Seeing” (Fall 2016, Spring 2017)
ENGLIT 0315 Reading Poetry, “The Role of the Poet in US Life” (Spring 2017)
ENGLIT 0354 Words and Images, “A Hundred Years of Words and Images” (Fall 2016)
ENGLIT 0550 Introduction to Popular Culture, “US Pop Culture NOW: Reading the Present”
(Fall 2016)

Visiting Postdoctoral Lecturer. Department of English. University of Pittsburgh (2015-16)
ENGCMP 0200 Seminar in Composition, “Ways of Seeing” (Spring 2016)
ENGLIT 0573 Literature of the Americas, “Modern Forms in the New World” (Spring 2016)
ENGLIT 0300 Introduction to Literature, “What is Literature? Two Case Studies: 1923 & 2014”
(Spring 2016)
ENGLIT 0315 Reading Poetry, “The Role of the Poet in American Life” (Fall 2015, 2 sections)
ENGLIT 0550 Introduction to Popular Culture, “US Pop Culture NOW: Reading the Present”
(Fall 2015)

Visiting Instructor. Department of English. University of Pittsburgh (2014-2015)
ENGLIT 0573 Literature of The Americas, “Modern Forms in the ‘New World’” (Spring 2015)
ENGLIT 0325 Short Story in Context, “American Short Forms: A Discontinuous History” (Fall
2014)
ENGLIT 0500 Introduction to Critical Reading (Fall 2014 and Spring 2015)

Teaching Fellow. Department of English. University of Pittsburgh (2009-2013)
ENGLIT 0500 Introduction to Critical Reading, “The Function of the Critic in Dangerous
Times” (Summer 2013)
ENGLIT 1325 The Modernist Tradition, “Literature and the Angel of History” (Summer 2012)
ENGLIT 0570 American Literary Traditions, “The American Sublime” (Fall 2011) and
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“Literature, Language, and the American Individual” (Spring 2012)
ENGLIT 0315 Reading Poetry (Summer 2011)
ENGLIT 0300 Introduction to Literature (Fall 2010-Spring 2011)
ENGCMP 0200 Seminar in Composition (Fall 2009-Spring 2010)

Instructor. Department of English. University of New Mexico—Gallup, Zuni Campus (2007)
ISE 100 Essay Writing (Fall 2007)

Teacher (TESOL endorsed). Zuni Public School District. Twin Buttes High School (2005-08)
Grades 9-12 Language Arts
Grades 10-12 Journalism

Teacher. Teach for America Summer Institute (2005)
Grade 9 English (Summer 2005)

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant. Watson School of Engineering. SUNY Binghamton (2004-05)
WTSN 103 Engineering Communications II (Spring 2005)
WTSN 104 Engineering Communications I (Fall 2004)

ACADEMIC SERVICE
Department of English. University of Pittsburgh
Member, Literature Program Works-in-Progress Committee (2014-2015)
Member, Literature Graduate Committee (2014-2015)
Co-chair, Undergraduate Literature Conference Committee (2013-2014), Member (2011-15)
Member, Literature Curriculum Committee (2013-2017)
Chair, Graduate Scholarship Cooperative (2011-12), Member (2010-11; 2012-13)
Member, Literature Assessment Committee (2011-12; 2012-12)
Member, Planning and Budget Committee (2011-12; 2016-2017)
Graduate Representative, Graduate Procedures Committee (2010-11)
Vice President, Graduate Student Organization (2010)
Member, English Department Awards Committee (2010-11)
Member, Faculty Search Committee for Composition (2010) and African-American Literature (2013)

Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. University of Pittsburgh
Panel Judge, A&S GSO Grad Expo (2011)
Representative, A&S Graduate Student Organization (2010)

University of New Mexico—Gallup
Member, Transitional Studies Essay Evaluation Committee (2007)

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
Co-editor and Contributor, Hot Metal Bridge Criticism Section (2008-09)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS (Past and Present)
American Comparative Literature Association
Henry James Society
Herman Melville Society
Modern Language Association
Northeast Modern Language Association

LANGUAGES
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Reading proficiency in French

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
“Affects of the Commons.” University of Pittsburgh Humanities Center Faculty Seminar with Lauren
Berlant (Spring 2014)
“State(s) of American Studies.” Dartmouth Futures of American Studies Institute (Summer 2013)
University of Pittsburgh Humanities Center Faculty Seminar with Priscilla Wald (Spring 2013)
“Static Web Design.” Digital Media @ Pitt (Nov 2012)
“American Literature in the World.” University of Pittsburgh Humanities Center Faculty Seminar with
Wai Chee Dimock (Spring 2012)
“Multimedia Teaching and Learning.” Pitt CIDDE (Nov 2012)
“Using Digital Media.” Pitt CIDDE (Oct 2012)
Five-Week Intensive French Language Course. Bourdeaux. BLS Ecole de Français (Summer 2010)
“Rethinking Cosmopolitanism.” University of Pittsburgh Humanities Center Faculty Seminar with
Bruce Robbins (Spring 2010)

REFERENCES

Jonathan Arac
Andrew W. Mellon Professor of English
Director of the Humanities Center
Department of English
University of Pittsburgh
jarac@pitt.edu
(412) 624-6506

Paul A. Bové
Distinguished Professor
Editor, boundary 2
Department of English
University of Pittsburgh
bove@pitt.edu
(412) 624-6523

Donald Pease
Ted and Helen Geisel Third Century Professor in the Humanities
Department of English and Creative Writing
Dartmouth College
donald.e.pease.jr@dartmouth.edu
(603) 646-2927

Bruce Robbins
Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities
Department of English
Columbia University
bwr2001@columbia.edu
(212) 854-6463
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William D. Scott
Associate Professor
Department of English
University of Pittsburgh
wdscott@pitt.edu
(412) 624-6506