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Valerie Ann Surrett

Valerie Surrett

Doctoral Candidate
Graduate Teaching Assistant

M.A., English, University of North Carolina Wilmington, 2010
B.A., English Literature, University of North Carolina Wilmington, 2008

Office: Colson Hall G23


“Designed to Comply: Cyborg Potentialities in Lois Lowry’s The Giver.” Critical Perspectives on Artificial Humans in Children’s Literature. Ed. Sabine Planka. Würzburg, Germany: Königshausen & Neumann, 2016.

“’Always better, less rude, to talk about things that were the same’: The Necessity of Otherness to a Functioning Public Sphere.” Journal of Contemporary Thought No. 36 (2012): 139-57.

Conference Presentations:

“Reproductive and Biomedical Themes in American Critical Dystopias.” 88th Annual SAMLA Converence. Jacksonville, FL. 4-6 Nov 2016. Presentation.

“Birthing Compliance: Dystopian Forecasts of Cyborgian Citizens.” 87th Annual SAMLA Conference. Empire C, Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center. Durham, NC. 13 Nov 2015. Presentation.

“Soldier-Mothers: Dystopian Forecasts of Biopolitical Motherhood.” MPCA/ACA 2015 Conference. Salon C, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. Cincinnati, OH. 2 Oct 2015. Presentation.

“The Journey from BFP to Bronze Boobies: The Hybridization of Folk and Official Culture on” 7th Annual OSU/IU Joint Conference in Folklore and Ethnomusicology. Tanya R. Rutner Room, OSU Student Union. Columbus, OH. 4 April 2014. Presententation.

“’Before We Went to Sameness’: Dehumanizing Public Spaces in Lois Lowry’s The Giver.” 66th Annual RMMLA Convention. Boulder, CO. 11 October 2012. Presentation.

“Not of Men Born: Unveiling the Western Couvade.” 9th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities. Granada, Spain. 11 June 2011. Presentation.

“Mining for an Other: the Diminishment, Dehumanization, and Demonization of Southern Appalachia.” Southern Appalachian Culture Series. Boiling Springs, NC. 2 October 2010. Presentation.

Areas of Interest:

Dystopian Literature
Appalachian Literature
20th-21st Century American Literature
Dystopian Literature
Appalachian Literature

WVU Courses Taught:

English 101: Composition and Rhetoric
English 102: Composition and Rhetoric
English 132: Short Story and Novel
English 241: American Literature, Beginnings to 1865
English 242: American Literature since 1865
English 258: Popular American Culture

Composition & Rhetoric
Creative Writing
Literary and Cultural Studies
Professional Writing and Editing
the WVU Writing Center

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December 6: English 418 Capstone Reading, 5:30 p.m.,130 Colson Hall

March 20: Mary Moore Reading, 7:30 p.m., Robinson Reading Room WVU Downtown Library

April 10: Clare Beams Reading, 7:30 p.m., Robinson Reading Room WVU Downtown Library

April 20: Calliope Reading, 7:30 p.m., 130 Colson Hall

April 27: MFA Reading, 7:30 p.m., Gold Ballroom, WVU Mountainlair