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Patrick Lawrence

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: English
USC Lancaster
E-mail: pslawren@mailbox.sc.edu
Phone: 803-313-7014
Office: Founders Hall 219
Resources:

Publications
“Intake and Orientation: The Role of Initial Writing Center Consultations with Graduate Students”; lead author, co-authored with Molly Tetreault and Tom Deans. Forthcoming from Utah University Press, 2018. 23 manuscript pages.
“Rehistoricizing Differently, Differently: American Literary Globalism and Disruptions of Neo-Colonial Discourse in Karen Tei Yamashita’s Tropic of Orange and Jessica Hagedorn’s Dogeaters.” Journal of Transnational American Studies 7 (2016): 15-38.
“The ‘Vocabulary of Human Behavior’: Gesture in How the García Girls Lost Their Accents.” Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 49.2 (2016): 35-50.
“The Unfinished Politics of Nathaniel Mackey’s Splay Anthem.” A Sense of Regard: Essays on Poetry and Race. Ed. Laura McCullough. University of Georgia Press, 2014. 210-20.
Review of Critiquing Postmodernism in Contemporary Discourses of Race, by Sue J. Kim. MELUS 36.1 (2011): 229-31.
“Refugees of a Crisis in Reference: Holocaust Memoir and the Deconstruction of Paul de Man.” Intertext 13.1-2 (2009): 17-35.
“The Morelli Method and the Conjectural Paradigm as Narrative Semiotic.” Watermark 2 (2008): 103-16.
“The Comedic Devices of Tragedy: Inter-Generic Dialogic in Hardy and Shakespeare.” Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference Selected Papers 1 (2007): 118-42.

Conference Presentations
“Obscenity and Individualism: Uses of Arousal in Contestations over National Identity.” Modern Language Association Annual Conference, 2018. New York, NY.
“Harbors and Homes: The Birth of Legal Hierarchies and Failure of Racial Coalitions in Toni Morrison’s A Mercy.” Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States Annual Conference, 2017. Boston, MA.
“Anti-Reproductivity as Critique and Revelry in Cherríe Moraga’s Heroes and Saints and Kathy Acker’s Don Quixote, Which Was a Dream.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, 2015. Toronto, ON.
“‘Master of the Universe’: Reagan-Era Material Excess and Sexual License in Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities.” American Literature Association Annual Conference, 2015. Boston, MA.
“‘A Politic Born out of Necessity’: Disability, Racism, and Sexuality in Cherríe Moraga’s Heroes and Saints.” Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States Annual Conference, 2015. Athens, GA.
“Predatory Blindness: Coercive Specularity in Cherríe Moraga’s Giving Up the Ghost.” Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States Annual Conference, 2014. Oklahoma City, OK.
“Gesture Selves: Embodied Discourse in How the García Girls Lost Their Accents.” American Literature Association Annual Conference, 2013. Boston, MA.
“Nixon, the State, and the Obscene: Transition on the Warren Court.” Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention, 2013. Boston, MA.
“In the Shadow of History: Post-9/11 Citational Aesthetics in Art Spiegelman’s In the Shadow of No Towers.” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, 2012. Providence, RI.
“Multiple Perspectives, Singular Visions: Varieties of Narrative Power in Dogeaters and Tropic of Orange.” Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States Annual Conference, 2012. San Jose, CA.
“The Morelli Method and the Conjectural Paradigm as Narrative Semiotic.” Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association Annual Conference, 2007. Philadelphia, PA.
“The Comedic Devices of Tragedy: Inter-Generic Dialogic in Hardy and Shakespeare.” Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference, 2007. Akron, OH.
“Refugees from a Crisis of Reference: Holocaust Memoir, Paul de Man, and the Differend between Them.” United Kingdom Network for Modern Fiction Studies Summer Seminar Series, 2007. London, UK.

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Bio

Professor Lawrence's research links discourses of obscenity concerning artistic production with American political culture and addresses issues of race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and postmodernism. His primary areas of specialization are 20th-century ethnic literatures of the United States, American Studies, and Literary Theory. He has been published in Mosaic, Asian American Literature: Discourses and Pedagogies, and Intertexts.