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    Tanya Kam, Associate Professor

    Office location: Laurentide 3229
    Phone: (262) 472-4976

    Tanya Y. Kam earned her PhD in English from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2003. Her research interests include life writing, multicultural literature, gender studies, and the social construction of madness. She is currently the book editor for a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, and she enjoys teaching a variety of upper and lower-division courses at UWW.


    PhD in English, University of California, Santa Cruz (2003)
         Notation in American Studies

    BA, University of California, Berkeley (1994)  
    Double major: English & Interdisciplinary Field Studies
         (focus: sociolinguistics)
          Summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa


    Courses Taught

    Multicultural Literature of the United States, Advanced Composition, American Minority Women Writers, Freshmen English, World of Ideas

    Select Publications

    "Forests of the Self: Life Writing and 'Wild' Wanderings." Forthcoming in Life Writing (online 2015, journal 2016).

    “Velvet Coats and Manicured Nails:  the Body Speaks Resistance in Zora Neale Hurston’s Dust Tracks on the Road.”  The Southern Literary Journal 42.1 (Fall 2009): 73-87.  

    “Traveling Identities:  Between Worlds in Karen Tei Yamashita’s Circle K Cycles.” ellipsis:  Journal of the American Portuguese Studies Association 6  (December 2008): 9-32. 



    “G. Thomas Couser’s Vulnerable Subjects,” Auto/Biography Studies, Summer 2006

    “Paul John Eakin’s The Ethics of Life Writing,” Auto/Biography Studies, Summer 2004

    Select Presentations

    “Forests of the Self: Life Writing and Wild Wanderings,” International Auto/Biography Association Conference (IABA); Banff, Canada; Summer 2014

    “Family Portraits: Trauma and Mental Illness in Linked Memoirs,” International Auto/Biography Association Conference (IABA); Canberra, Australia July 17-20, 2012

    “The Ghost of Bobby Dunbar,” International Auto/Biography Association Conference; Mainz, Germany; June 2010

    “The Virginia Tech Story: Translating Tragedy”; International Auto/Biography Association Conference; Honolulu, HI; June 2008

    “Passion, Pedophiles and Brats: Desire and Ethics in Todd Field’s Little Children”; International Conference on Narrative; Austin, Texas; May 2008

    “Velvet Coats and Manicured Nails: Zora Neale Huston (Re)Classifies the Body in Dust Tracks on the Road”; International Conference on Narrative; Washington, D.C.;  March 2007

    “Mediating Identity: Comic Confusion and Cultural Prophency in Persepolis”; International Conference on Narrative; Ottawa, Canada; March 2006

    “Deceased, Deviant, and Duplicitous Bodies in the Autobiographical Narratives of Maxine Hong Kingston,” PCA/ACA Conference, San Diego, March 2005

    “Circular Identity: The Literature of Globalization,” MELUS Conference, Chicago, March 2005

    “Traveling Identities: A Cartography of Dekasegi Desire and Saudade in Karen Tei Yamashita’s Circle K Cycles,” L & L Faculty Seminar Series, April 2004





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