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Dr. Christina Jarvis

Ph.D., Penn State University M.A., Penn State University B.A., Rutgers University

Christina Jarvis, Professor of English, joined Fredonia's faculty in 2000, and has taught more than twenty-five different English and American Studies courses. Professor Jarvis earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in English with a graduate minor in Women's Studies from Penn State University and also holds a B.A. in English and History from Rutgers University. She is the author of the books Lucky Mud & Other Foma: A Field Guide to Kurt Vonnegut's Environmentalism and Planetary Citizenship (2022) and The Male Body at War: American Masculinity during World War II (2004, 2010), and has published articles on war and gender in journals such as Women's Studies, The Southern Quarterly, The Journal of Men’s Studies, and War, Literature & the Arts.

Office Hours

  • TBA

Teaching Interests

Seminars on Kurt Vonnegut's writings, 20th-century American literature and culture, American Studies, environmental literature, writing and social change, and sustainability.

Research Interests

My research interests include ecocriticism, environmental literature, sustainability, 20th-century American literature and culture, war and gender, American Studies, and various projects on Kurt Vonnegut's writings.

Awards and Honors

  • Robert W. Kasling Lecture Award, SUNY Fredonia (2023).
  • Everett Helm Visiting Fellowship, Lilly Library (2017).
  • Individual Development Award, UUP/SUNY Fredonia (2016).
  • Fredonia College Council Award for Community Engagement, Fredonia College Council (2015).
  • CIEE Fellow, Council for International Educational Exchange (2011).
  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, State University of New York (2007).
  • American Association of University Women American Dissertation Fellowship, AAUW (1999).

Professional Membership

  • Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library
  • Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment
  • Kurt Vonnegut Society

Intellectual Contributions

  • "Tilting the Axis: Kurt Vonnegut and the Environment," Conversations on Kurt Vonnegut: A Centennial Collage. Ed. Chuck Augello. (2023).
  • "Kurt Vonnegut," Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Fiction, 1980-2020, Volume 2. Wiley Blackwell (2022).
  • "Lucky Mud & Other Foma: A Field Guide to Kurt Vonnegut's Environmentalism and Planetary Citizenship," Seven Stories Press (2022).
  • "Human Misbehavior: Deep Time and the Anthropocene in Kurt Vonnegut's Galapagos," BookForum (2022).
  • "‘Polluters Will Be Looked Upon as Swine.’ On Kurt Vonnegut’s Environmental Activism," Literary Hubhttps://lithub.com/polluters-will-be-looked-upon-as-swine-on-kurt-vonneguts-environmental-activism/ (2022).
  • "Displaced Trauma and the Legacies of Vietnam in Hocus Pocus," War, Literature & The Arts: An International Journal of the Humanities (2016).
  • "The Vietnamization of World War II in Slaughterhouse-Five and Gravity's Rainbow," Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. (Volume for Gale/Cengage Learning’s Literary Criticism CLR series) (2015).
  • "Review of Beyond Combat: Women and Gender in the Vietnam War Era by Heather Marie," H-Soz-u-Kult (2012).
  • "Review of Of War and Men: World War II in the Lives of Fathers and Their Families," Journal of Family History (2012).
  • "Review of Manipulating Masculinity: War and Gender in Modern British and American Literature," Journal of the History of Sexuality (2011).
  • "The Vietnamization of World War II in Slaughterhouse-Five and Gravity's Rainbow," Critical Insights: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. (2010).
  • "Spiderman, John and the Boys… In 100000 Annes de beauté/ 100000 Years of Beauty, Vol. 4., Modernity/Globalisation.," Babylone (2009).
  • "The Vietnamization of World War II in Slaughterhouse-Five and Gravity's Rainbow. In Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, New Edition, Bloom’s Modern Critical Interpretations.," Chelsea House (2009).
  • "‘If He Comes Home Nervous’: U.S. World War II Neuropsychiatric Casualties and Postwar Masculinities," The Journal of Men’s Studies: A Scholarly Journal About Men and Masculinities (2009).
  • "Review of Brutes in Suits: Male Sensibility in America, 1890-1920," Gender & History (2008).
  • "Kampfbereite Mannerkorper und der Weg in den Zweiten Weltkrieg," Vaeter, Soldaten, Liebhaber: Maenner und Maennlichkeiten in der Geschichte Nordamerikas – ein Reader (2007).
  • "Review of Rough Rider in the White House: Theodore Roosevelt and the Politics of Desire," American Historical Review (2006).
  • "Images of World War II," Americans at War: Society, Culture, and the Homefront (2005).
  • "Visual Arts, World War II," Americans at War: Society, Culture, and the Homefront (2005).
  • "The Male Body at War: American Masculinity during World War II," Northern Illinois University Press (2004).
  • "'Like a Lady I et': Faulkner, Food, and Femininity," William Faulkner: Six Decades of Criticism (2002).
  • "Killing," The Oxford Companion to the Body (2001).
  • "Metaphor," The Oxford Companion to the Body (2001).
  • "World War II. Boyhood in America: An Encyclopedia, Volume 2," ABC Clio (2001).
  • "Gendered Appetites: Feminisms, Dorothy Allison, and the Body," Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal (2000).
  • "'Like a Lady I et': Faulkner, Food, and Femininity," The Southern Quarterly (1999).

Media Contributions

  • "“Citizen Kurt: An Interview with Christina Jarvis” in The Daily Vonnegut" (“Cit).
  • "Interview with Joe Donahue on The Roundtable (WMAC Northeast Public Radio" (2023).
  • "“Kurt Vonnegut (Planetary Citizen (with Christina Jarvis).” The History of Literature podcast (episode 466)." (“wit).
  • "The Vonnecast (aired on 99.1 WQRT FM)" (2022).
  • "The Daily Vonnegut" (2018).

Presentations

  • "EPICAC, Orange-O, and Wolfgang: Vonnegut’s Prophetic Questions about Humanity and Technology," 2023 Granfalloon: A Kurt Vonnegut Convergence (2023).
  • "Vox Humana & Mary Hepburn: Making Vonnegut’s Planetary Citizenship Live!," Teaching Vonnegut Workshop Series (2022).
  • "A Teacher’s Field Guide to Vonnegut’s Planetary Citizenship: Tales from Leon Trout’s Curiosities Shop," Teaching Vonnegut Workshop (2021).
  • "Vonnegut’s Pacificism and Secular Humanism: St. Kurt’s Unwavering Band of Light," Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Conference (2021).
  • "'Goodbye, Blue Monday': Identities and Origins of Midland City’s Original Conjoined Twins.," Fifty-first Annual Conference (2020).
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Dr. Christina Jarvis

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