Valerie Ann Surrett
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.
“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 BabyCenter.com.” 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:
20th-21st Century American 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