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Maureen Reddy

Craig-Lee Hall (CL) 263
(401) 456-8377

Academic Background

B.A., M.A. Boston College;
Ph.D. University of Minnesota

Courses Taught

ENGL 161 Western Literature
ENGL 202 Introduction To Literary Study II
ENGL 262 Women, Crime & Representation
ENGL 326 Studies in Afro-American Literature
ENGL 501 Introduction To Graduate Study
ENGL 522 Topics In Feminist Theory & Literature
ENGL 523 Topics-Ethnic Am/Afr American Literature
ENGL 550 Topics
ENGL 591 Directed Reading
ENGL 592 Master's Thesis
WRTG 100 Writing and Rhetoric



  • Traces, Codes, and Clues: Reading Race in Crime Fiction. Rutgers University Press, 2002.

  • Race in the College Classroom: Pedagogy and Politics. Rutgers University Press, 2002. Co-editor, with Bonnie TuSmith. Includes co-authored interpretive introduction, section introductions, and conclusion.

  • Everyday Acts Against Racism. Seal Press, 1996.

  • Crossing the Color Line: Race, Parenting, and Culture. Rutgers University Press, 1994.

  • Mother Journeys: Feminists Write About Mothering. Spinsters Ink, 1994. Co-editor, with Martha Roth and Amy Sheldon.

  • Narrating Mothers: Theorizing Maternal Subjectivities. University of Tennessee Press, 1991. Co-editor, with Brenda O. Daly. Includes co-authored interpretive introduction.

  • Sisters in Crime: Feminism and the Crime Novel. Ungar/Recognitions: Mystery Writers Series, Continuum Publishing, 1988.

Articles and Chapters in Books

  • “Reading and Writing Race in Ireland: Roddy Doyle and Metro Eireann.” Irish University Review 35:2 (2005): 374-388.

  • “Teaching Wuthering Heights Intertextually: The Example of Here on Earth.” Approaches to Teaching Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, ed. Terri Hasseler and Sue Lonoff. Modern Language Association of America, 2006. 142-148.

  • “Women Detectives.” Cambridge Companion to Crime Fiction, ed. Martin Priestman. Cambridge University Press, 2003. 191-207.

  • “Smashing the Rules of Racial Standing,” Race in the College Classroom: Pedagogy and Politics, ed. Bonnie TuSmith and Maureen T. Reddy. Rutgers University Press, 2002, 51-61.

  • Entries on Kate Fansler, Marcia Muller, Sara Paretsky, and Sexism, The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing, ed. Rosemary Herbert. Oxford University Press, 1999. 151, 299, 324, 406-407.

  • “Olga Humphrey’s Hyperactive,” Anthology of New One-Act Plays by Women Playwrights, ed. Vanessa Gilbert. Perishable Theater, 1999, 5.

  • “The Female Detective: From Nancy Drew to Sue Grafton,” Mystery and Suspense Writers, ed. Robin W. Winks and Maureen Corrigan. Scribner’s, 1998. 1047-1067.

  • “Invisibility/Hypervisibility: The Paradox of Normative Whiteness,” Transformations 9.2 (1998): 55-64.

  • “Racism,” The Reader’s Companion to U.S. Women’s History, ed. Wilma Mankiller, Gwendolyn Mink, Marissa Navarro, Barbara Smith, and Gloria Steinem. Houghton Mifflin, 1997. 493-496.

  • “The Fourth R,” Teaching for Social Justice, ed. William Ayers, Jean Ann Hunt, and Therese Quinn. The New Press, 1998. 169-185.
  • “Introduction,” The Mother Knot, Jane Lazarre. Duke University Press, 1997. vii-xiv.

  • "Working on Redemption," Everyday Acts Against Racism, ed. Maureen Reddy. Seal Press, 1996. 238-255.

  • "Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell," Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol 159: British Short Fiction Writers, 1800-1880, ed. John R. Greenfield. Gale Research, 1995. 122-133.

  • "Race-ing Love," Mother Journeys: Feminists Write About Mothering, ed. Maureen Reddy, Martha Roth, and Amy Sheldon. Spinsters Ink, 1994. 85-92.

  • “Maternal Reading: Lazarre and Walker," Narrating Mothers: Theorizing Maternal Subjectivities, ed. Brenda O. Daly and Maureen T. Reddy. University of Tennessee Press, 1991. 222-238.

  • "The Feminist Counter-Tradition in Crime," The Cunning Craft, ed. June Frazer and Ronald Walker. Western Illinois University Press, 1990. 174-187.

  • "Men, Women, and Manners in Wives and Daughters," Reading and Writing Women's Lives, ed. Bege K. Bowers and Barbara Brothers. UMI Research Press, 1989. 67-85.

  • "The Tripled Plot and Center of Sula," Black American Literature Forum 22:1 (1988), 29-45.

  • "Gaskell's 'The Grey Woman': A Feminist Palimpsest," The Journal of Narrative Technique 15:2 (1985): 183-193.

  • "Female Sexuality in 'The Poor Clare': The Demon in the House," Studies in Short Fiction 21:3 (1984): 259-265.

Honors and Awards

  • Mary Tucker Thorp College Professor, Rhode Island College, 2005-06

  • Gustavus Myers Award/Human Rights Area, for Race in the College Classroom, 2004

  • Reader’s Choice Award, American Educational Studies Association, for Race in the College Classroom, 2002

  • Koppelman Award for Excellence in Feminist Studies of Popular Culture and American Culture, Popular Culture Assoc. and American Culture Assoc., for Everyday Acts Against Racism, 1997

  • Minnesota Book Award, for Mother Journeys, 1995

  • Koppelman Award for Excellence in Feminist Studies of Popular Culture and America Culture, Popular Culture Assoc. and American Culture Assoc., for Mother Journeys, 1995

  • Pioneer and Trailblazer Award, Rhode Island Commission on Women, 1995

  • Nominee, Pushcart Prize, for "Race-ing Love," 1995

  • Nominee, Koppelman Award for Excellence in Feminist Studies of Popular Culture and American Culture, PCA/ACA Women's Caucus, 1992

  • Nominee, Christian Gauss Award, Phi Beta Kappa, 1992

  • Nominee, Edgar Award for best critical or biographical book of 1988, Mystery Writers of America, 1989

  • Nominee, General Electric Award for Young Writers, non-fiction category, 1988

  • Rhode Island College Summer Research Stipends, 1988 and 1989
  • Dissertation Fellowship, The Graduate School, University of Minnesota, 1984-85

  • Ruud Fellowship, English Department, University of Minnesota, 1982

  • Graduate Fellowship, The Graduate School, University of Minnesota, 1979-80


Race and nation in Irish popular culture, 1988-2002.


Victorian Fiction, Black American Literature,
Women's Literature, Literary Theory

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