Debra K. S. Barker
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Publications Conference Presentations Awards/Honors Memberships
1989 Ball State University, Muncie, IN. Ph.D., English/Composition
1978 University of Missouri-Columbia, M.A., English
1976 Ball State University, Muncie, IN. B.S., English, Cum Laude and with Honors
Associate Professor of English, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Department of English and American Indian Studies Program
American Indian Literatures, American Literature, Rhetoric and composition
of Scholarship and Research
American Indian Literature (with a particular interest in the work of Lakota authors); the representation of American Indians in American culture; the short fiction of W. Somerset Maugham; the rhetoric of colonial discourse.
"Tracking the Memories of the Heart: Approaches to Teaching Louise Erdrich's Tales of Burning Love." In Approaches to Teaching the Novels and Poetry of Louise Erdrich. Eds. Greg Sarris, Connie Jacobs, and James Giles. New York: Modern Language Association of America. Forthcoming in 2003.
"Kill the Indian, Save the
Child: Cultural Genocide and the
Boarding School." In American
Indian Studies: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Contemporary Issues.
Ed. Dane Morrison. New York: Peter Lang, 1997.
"Passages of Descent and
Initiation: Juana as the 'Other'
Hero of The Pearl.” In After the Grapes of Wrath: Essays
on John Steinbeck in Honor of Tetsumaro Hayashi.
Athens: Ohio U P, 1994.
(Article on grave desecrations and the market demand for American Indian
art and artifacts.) Arts
Indiana. March 1993.
Review article on American
Indian Women by Marion Gridley. Masterplots II.
Pasadena: Salem Press, 1993.
Review article on Crazy Horse,
Warrior of the Sioux by Shannon Garst.
Masterplots II. Pasadena:
Salem Press, 1993.
St. James Reference Guide to English Literature, 2nd
edition. London: St. James Press,
"Richard Feverel's Passage to
(Formerly American Notes & Queries) 3.4 (1990):168-71.
Review article of In the
Circles of Fear and Desire: A Study of Gothic Fantasy. by William
Patrick Day. Published in The
Balcones Review. Summer 1987.
“Write/Right us Back into History: The Politics of the Representation of American Indians in Textbooks.” Images of American Indians in Books For Young People. Ed. Heidi Burns. New York: Peter Lang. Forthcoming in 2004.
"Inventing Traditions: Strategies of Subversion and Resistance in the Poetry of Louise Erdrich."
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“The Politics of Indian Hating in the Twenty-First Century.” National Association for Ethnic Studies. Vancouver, BC, Canada. 6 April 2002.
“Act 31: Educating for Social Justice in Indian
Country.” Wisconsin Indian Education Association Conference.
8 April 2002.
“Teaching Native Literatures.”
Native American Indian Literature Symposium.
Minneapolis, MN. 11 April 2002.
"Kill Colonialism, Save the Indian! What Boarding School Stories Teach Us about Survival and Sovereignty." Modern Language Association Conference. New Orleans, LA. 29 December 2001.
"Write/Right Us Back into History: The Politics of
the Representation of American Indians in Textbooks."
Modern Language Association Conference.
New Orleans, LA. 28 December
2001. Note: I wrote the proposal
and organized this Special Session panel, titled "Racist Fantasies: Images
of American Indians in Books for Young People."
"Eleven Years Later:
Is Act 31 Still Relevant?" Annual
Act 31 Symposium. University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Platteville, WI. November
2, 2001. Note: I was invited to deliver this talk as the keynote address of the
"White Privilege, Red Oppression: Decoding
Colonialism in the Indian Studies Classroom."
11th Annual Women's Studies Conference--"All Women of Red Nations:
Weaving Connections." October
13, 2001. New Haven, Conn.
"Myth, History, and Resistance in the Classroom:
Some Issues and Challenges of an Anti-racist Pedagogy."
National Association for Ethnic Studies Conference--"Race,
Ethnicity, and Pedagogy in the 21st Century."
New Orleans, LA. 30 March
"New Voices from the Lakota Oyate: Delphine Red
Shirt and Joseph Marshall III." American Literature Association's
"Native American Literature Symposium." Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
2 December 2000.
"Cultural Resistance, John Wayne's Teeth, and the Politics of American Indian Poetry." UWEC Faculty/Academic Staff Forum presentation. 8 November 2000.
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"The Challenges of Act 31 Compliance: American
History, Sacred Cows, and Ethnocentric Mythologies."
Act 31 Symposium. Univ of Wisconsin-Platteville. 3 November 2000.
"Educating Anglo Children about Indians: A Field
Report from Wisconsin." American Culture Association Conference.
New Orleans, LA. 20 April
"Political Women, Liminal Lives: The Art and
Politics of Zitkala-Sa and Ella Deloria."
Modern Language Association Conference.
Chicago, ILL. 28 December 1999.
"Inventing Traditions: Louise Erdrich's Strategies of Subversion and Resistance." American Literature Association Conference. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. 12 November 1999.
"Love, Death, and Transformations in Louise
Erdrich's Tales of Burning Love." Anishinaabeg of the Great Lakes
Region Symposium on History, Culture, and Contemporary Issues.
UWEC. 30 September 1999.
"Tales of Disenchantment for the Indian Literature
Classroom." National Council
of Teachers of English Conference. Tucson,
AZ. 1 May 1999.
"Shifting Shapes, Shoveling Cow Pies, and Asking
New Questions: The Latest Chapters in an Alumna's Professional
Autobiography." Ball State
University Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series. April 1, 1999.
"Mitakuye Oyasin: Making Connections in the Indian
Literature Classroom." Modern Language Association Conference. Washington,
D.C. December 30, 1996.
"Teaching on the Frontier of Difference:
Deconstructing 'Whiteness' and ‘Otherness' in the Multicultural
Classroom." Conference of
College Composition and Communication. Milwaukee,
WI. March 18, 1996.
"Fields of Desire in the Oriental Journeys of
Maugham's Exotic Fiction." W.
Somerset Maugham: A Summing Up. Conference sponsored by the Armstrong Browning Library.
Baylor University. January 20, 1996.
"Teaching the Research Paper:
Strategies for the Evolving Classroom."
South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference. Atlanta, Georgia. November
"Native American/Woman/Other: Politics and
Pedagogy in the Introductory American Indian Literature Classroom."
American Women Writers of Color Conference.
Ocean City, Maryland. October
"The American Indian Studies Program at UW-Eau Claire." Symposium on Curricular, Pedagogical, and Research Issues in Racial/Ethnic Studies. University of Wisconsin-Madison. April 6, 1995.
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"Voices in the Present Telling: Constructions of
Myth and History in Momaday's The Ancient Child."
MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States) Annual Conference.
Texas A&M University. April 30, 1994.
"Visions of the Green World:
Miller's and O'Neill's Treatment of the Participation Mystique."
The National Conference of the American Culture Association.
San Antonio, Texas. March
"Songs of Experience: Juana as the 'Other' Hero in
Steinbeck's The Pearl." Lecture
presented at the Carol Ann Kendrick Memorial Lecture Series, sponsored by the
Steinbeck Research Institute and the Ball State University English Department.
Muncie, Indiana. November 8,
"The Symbolic Pulse:
Blood Symbolism in Faulkner's 'The Old People.'" The
International Conference of American Culture Association. Toronto, Ontario.
March 10, 1990.
"The Counterpoint of Dualities in Strindberg's Miss
Julie." International Conference on Representing the Revolution in
Literature and the Visual Arts. Atlanta,
Georgia. October 29, 1989.
"Patterns of Experience:
Structure to Theme in Meredith's The Ordeal of Richard Feverel.
Indiana College English Association Conference.
Indianapolis, Indiana. October
"The Vagrant Confessor:
Maugham's First-Person Narrator as the Outsider." International Conference on the Outsider in Literature and
Film. Atlanta, Georgia. October 29, 1988.
"W. Somerset Maugham's 'The Fall of Edward
Barnard': A Rhetorical Analysis."
National Literature Conference of the City Colleges of Chicago.
Chicago, Illinois. October 14, 1988.
"The Threshing Wheel of Fortune:
Demonic Imagery in Tess of the d'Urbervilles." Indiana College English Association Conference. Muncie,
Indiana. September 30, 1988.
"In the Jungle of the Human Heart:
Realism and Irony in Selected Stories from W. Somerset Maugham's East
and West." Indiana College
English Association Conference. Indianapolis,
Indiana. October 2, 1987.
New Directions in Effective Teacher Response to Student Writing."
The International Conference of American and Popular Culture.
Montreal, Canada. March 28, 1987.
"Why Johnny Thinks Moby Dick Was a Boxer:
The Issue of Cultural Literacy in the Composition Classroom."
Conference of the City Colleges of Chicago.
Chicago, Illinois. October 18, 1986.
"Time After Time:
Using Magazines as Resources in the Composition Classroom."
The National Conference of American and Popular Culture. Atlanta, Georgia. April
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of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Distinguished Faculty Award.
American Ethnic Coordinating Office. 22 September 2000.
of Wisconsin-Eau Claire University Research and Creative Activity Grant, 2000.
"That the People May Live: An
Examination of Early Sioux Nationalism in the Works of Ella Deloria and Zitkala
of Wisconsin System Institute on Race and Ethnicity Grant, 2000.
"Lives Made of Words: American Indian Autobiographies and Life
of Wisconsin-Eau Claire University Research and Creative Activity Grant, 1999.
"Tracking the Memories of the Heart: Approaches
to Teaching Louise Erdrich's Tales of Burning Love."
Distinguished Alumna Award. Ball
State University English Department. Muncie,
Indiana. 2 April 1999.
1996-97, 1995-96, 1994-95 Outstanding Teaching Award.
English Department, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Penrod Writers' Award: First Place in the Essay Category for "Sacred
Spoils." Judge: William
Whitworth, Editor, The Atlantic Monthly.
Fellowship Award from the International Steinbeck Society
1998, 1989 Who's Who Among
Outstanding Dissertation Award. Ball
Merit Award for Scholarship and Excellence in Teaching. Ball State
English Department. Ball State
Research Scholarship Award. Steinbeck
Research Institute. Ball State
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Association for the
Study of American Indian Literatures
Literatures of the United States)
National Association for
National Council of
Teachers of English
Phi Kappa Phi Honor
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