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RACHEAL FEST, Ph.D.

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS
SUNY ONEONTA, Department of English 2019-present
Lecturer. Department of English

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH, Department of English


Visiting Lecturer 2016-17
Visiting Postdoctoral Lecturer 2015-16

EDUCATION
UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
Ph.D. English—Critical and Cultural Studies April 2015

SUNY BINGHAMTON
BA. English and Creative Writing (summa cum laude) April 2005

PAST EMPLOYMENT
SUNY ONEONTA, English, Instructor 2018-19
HARTWICK COLLEGE, English, Lecturer 2017
SUNY COBLESKILL, Liberal Studies, Instructor 2017
UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH, English, Visiting Instructor 2014-15
UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO, GALLUP, Instructor 2007

RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS


American literature and culture after 1850 || transatlantic and hemispheric American literatures || African American
literature || contemporary US new media and popular culture || poetry and poetics || critical theory and criticism ||
economic and Marxist criticism

PUBLICATIONS
Works in Progress
“Friedrich Hayek’s Theory of Culture” (in progress)

Peer-Reviewed Articles, Interviews, and Book Chapters


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

“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, 2019.

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

“What Will Modernism Be?” b20: an online journal (May 2017)

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

HONORS & AWARDS


Faculty Development Grant. SUNY Oneonta January 2020
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar. “Writing and Democracy in Western New
York: Situating Tocqueville, Stanton, Cooper, and Douglass.” Cornell University June 2019
Sustainable Susquehanna Faculty Workshop. Syllabus development grant. SUNY Oneonta June 2019
Individual Development Award. New York State United University Professions May 2019
Faculty Development Grant. SUNY Oneonta May 2019
Honorable Mention. “These Currents Generate a Phase Change.” Glimmer Train Short Story Award for
New Writers 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
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 & Development Grant. University of Pittsburgh, Department of English 2012, 2015
Conference Travel Grant. University of Pittsburgh, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences GSO 2011, 2015
Literature Program Graduate Writing Award, Second Place. “‘Interesting Relations’: Sex and the
Discursive Subject in Henry James’ The Ambassadors.” University of Pittsburgh 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, 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 2004-05

PRESENTATIONS
“Neoliberal Theories of Culture.” Contemporary Materialisms. MLA Conference. Seattle January 2020

“H.D. and the Entrepreneurial Imagination.” Women and Economic Forms, C19 – C21 (organizer and
presenter). American Literature Association Conference. Boston May 2019

“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

“Notes on Love and Method in Julia Kristeva’s Teresa, My Love.” Kristeva’s Ethics of
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Inclusion: Psychoanalytic Readings of Film and Literature. University of Pittsburgh February 2016

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

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

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

“Short Story Digital Collaborative: Building Context Networks for C19 US Fiction.” D19 Roundtable: Pedagogical
Approaches to Digital C19 American Literature. 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 February 2015

“What is Literature?” Lecture. Introduction to Critical Reading. University of Pittsburgh January 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 after 1900. University of Louisville February 2013

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

“The American Phenomenon: Gramsci and National Literature.” NeMLA. Rochester March 2012

“‘Loyalty to the Form Itself:’ Henry James’ Structures of Sexuality in The Ambassadors.” American
Literature Association Conference. 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 Graduate Conference. Duquesne University March 2011

“A Future History of the Erotic Present.” Graduate Scholarship Cooperative. University of Pittsburgh Feb 2011

“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
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Grad Expo. University of Pittsburgh March 2010

“Critical Reflection in Composition Pedagogy: Encounter as Relational Palimpsest.” Class Matters:


Working Class Studies Association Conference. University of Pittsburgh June 2009

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Lecturer. Department of English. SUNY Oneonta 2019-20
Courses cross-listed with Africana and Latino Studies Department
WLIT/ALS 270 Postcolonial Literature and Culture: Africa (Spring 2019)
ALIT/ALS 351 Harlem Renaissance (Spring 2019)
ALIT/ALS 250 African American Literature (Fall 2019)
WLIT/ALS 257 Modern Black Literature (Fall 2019)
COMP 100 Composition I

Instructor. Department of English. SUNY Oneonta 2018-19


COMP 100 Composition I (2 sections/semester)

Lecturer. Department of English. Hartwick College 2017


ENGL 110 Composition, “Ways of Seeing” (Fall 2017)

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 2016-17


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 2014-15


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 2009-13


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 “Literature,
Language, and the American Individual” (Spring 2012)
ENGLIT 0315 Reading Poetry (Summer 2011)
ENGLIT 0300 Introduction to Literature (Fall 2010-Spring 2011)
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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. SUNY Oneonta
General Education Assessment Committee (Spring 2019)

Department of English. University of Pittsburgh


Member, Literature Program Works-in-Progress Committee (2014-15)
Member, Literature Graduate Committee (2014-2015)
Co-chair, Undergraduate Literature Conference Committee (2013-14), Member (2011-15)
Member, Literature Curriculum Committee (2013-17)
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; 2016-17)
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)

EDITORIAL SERVICE
Co-editor, Hot Metal Bridge Criticism Section (2008-09)
Reviewer, New Media and Society (2018)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS (Selected, past and present)


American Comparative Literature Association
Marxist Literary Group
Modern Language Association
Northeast Modern Language Association
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LANGUAGES
Reading proficiency in French

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
“Affects of the Commons.” Pitt Humanities Center Faculty Seminar with Lauren Berlant (Spring 2014)
“State(s) of American Studies.” Dartmouth Futures of American Studies Institute (Summer 2013)
Pitt Humanities Center Faculty Seminar with Priscilla Wald (Spring 2013)
“Static Web Design.” Digital Media @ Pitt (Nov 2012)
“American Literature in the World.” Pitt Humanities Center Faculty Seminar, 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.” Pitt 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

William D. Scott
Associate Professor
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Department of English
University of Pittsburgh
wdscott@pitt.edu
(412) 624-6506