“As a long-time literature professor, I have explored many ways to engage students. I love teaching Goucher undergrads because they do the reading, thereby elevating the quality of discussion."
Marjorie Pryse is a part-time member of the English faculty in the Center for Humanities. She completed her Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1973. Prior to teaching at Goucher, she was tenured Professor of English at State University of New York at Albany. After early retirement from Albany, she taught for two years as a half-time Visiting Professor at Cornell University. She teaches special topics courses in American literature and American Studies.
Research, Scholarship, Creative Work in Progress
Work in Progress: Creative non-fiction, including memoir.
Writing out of Place: Regionalism, Women, and American Literary Culture, co-authored
with Judith Fetterley (Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Press, 2003)
American Women Regionalists 1850-1910: A Norton Anthology, with critical headnotes
and introduction, co-edited with Judith Fetterley (N.Y.: W. W. Norton, 1992)
Conjuring: Black Women, Fiction, and Literary Tradition, co-edited with Hortense
Spillers (Bloomington: Indiana Univ. Press, 1985)
Selected articles (past 10 years)
“Inner Duration against Chronological Time: Graphing Memory in Faulkner’s Benjy Section,” Faulkner Journal 25.1 (2009; appeared Fall 2010)
“Linguistic Regionalism and the Emergence of Chinese American Literature in Sui Sin Far’s Mrs. Spring Fragrance,” Legacy 27:1 (2010), 83-108 [substantially revised and expanded from Tamkang Review (Taipei, Taiwan) 38:1 (December 2007), 27-69].
“Afterword: Regional Modernism and Transnational Regionalism,” Modern Fiction Studies 55:1 (spring 2009), 189-192
“Signifyin(g) on Reparation in Toni Morrison’s Jazz,” American Literature 80 (September 2008): 583-609
Selected Creative Non-Fiction and Commentary
“The First Cry,” forthcoming in Broad Street, 2018
“Thoreau in a Pickle,” The Chronicle Review, in The Chronicle of Higher Education (April 3, 2015), p. B20
“In Loco Maternis,” The Chronicle Review, in The Chronicle of Higher Education (February 14, 2014), p. B20
“Artisanal Teaching,” The Chronicle Review, in The Chronicle of Higher Education (August 17, 2013), online edition
“Beekeeping and Close Reading,” The Chronicle Review, in The Chronicle of Higher Education (November 9, 2012), B20