Paula Farca

Teaching Professor & Culture, Creativity, and Communication Program Director, Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences

Paula FarcaPaula Farca received her PhD and a second MA from Oklahoma State University. Her research focuses on two main areas: 1. contemporary, indigenous, and women’s literature and 2. literature on energy and the environment. Along with numerous articles and book chapters, Paula has published Identity in Place: Contemporary Indigenous Fiction by Women Writers in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand (2011) and coauthored A Student’s Guide to Nature and Human Values (2010 and 2013). Paula also edited two anthologies: Energy in Literature: Essays on Energy and Its Social and Environmental Implications in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literary Texts (2015) and Speculations: An Anthology for Reading, Writing, and Research (2006). Since 2008, when she joined HASS, she has tried to introduce our future engineers to the joy and intellectual excitement of reading and critical thinking and inspire them to become competent writers.

Books

Identity in Place: Contemporary Indigenous Fiction by Women Writers in the United States,
Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2011.
Nature and Human Values: A Student Guide (second edition). Co-authored with Cortney
Holles and Shira Richman. Plymouth: Hayden-McNeil Publishing, 2012.
A Student’s Guide to Nature and Human Values. Co-authored with Cortney Holles and Shira Richman. Plymouth: Hayden-McNeil Publishing, 2010.

Edited Books

Make Waves: Water in Contemporary Literature and Film (under contract with University of Nevada Press, forthcoming in 2018).
Energy in Literature: Essays on Energy and Its Social and Environmental Implications in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literary Texts (edited volume) Oxford: TrueHeart Press, 2015.
Speculations: An Anthology for Reading, Writing, and Research. Co-edited with Matthew Sivils and Constance Squires. Dubuque: Kendall/Hunt, 2006.

Book Chapters

“There Will Be Blood: Water Futures in Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Water Knife and Claire
Vaye Watkins’ Gold Fame Citrus” (forthcoming in Make Waves: Water in Contemporary Literature and Film.)
“Introduction” (forthcoming in Make Waves: Water in Contemporary Literature and Film.)
“Writing” with Latici Justin, and Jim Studholme. Nature and Human Values: A Student Guide, 3rd Edition. Edited by Sarah Jayne Hitt and Cortney Holles. Plymouth: Hayden-McNeil Publishing, 2016, pages 141-165.
“Introduction.” Energy in Literature: Essays on Energy and Its Social and Environmental Implications in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literary Texts. Edited by Paula Farca. Oxford: TrueHeart Press, 2015.
“Humor in Contemporary Aboriginal Adult Fiction.” A Companion to Australian Aboriginal Literature. Edited by Belinda Wheeler.  Rochester: Camden House, 2013, pages 125-138.
“Creatie si Vindecare in Spatiul Multietnic din Furtuni Solare de Linda Hogan.” Spatiul in
Romanul Anglo-Saxon Contemporan: Heterocosmosuri/ Heterotopii (in Romanian). Edited by Pia Brinzeu. Bucuresti: Art, 2011, pages 207-28.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

“Lacan Frames Scorsese’s Paintings in The Age of Innocence.” American, British and Canadian Studies Journal, Vol. 23, December 2014, pages 40-59.
“Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood and the Garden of Limited Choices.” Margaret Atwood Studies Vol. 3, No. 2, August 2010, pages 18-21.
“Land as Mediator: Violence and Hope in Alexis Wright’s Plains of Promise.” The Journal of Australian Writers and Writing, Issue 1, May 2010, pages 29-36.
“Generations of Canadian Women Alone Together in Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin.” Notes on Contemporary Literature, May 2010, Vol. 40, No 3 pages 10-12.
“’And, You, Miss, Are No Lady’: Feminist and Postfeminist Scarlett O’Hara Rethinks the Southern Lady.” Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South, Spring/Summer 2007, Vol. XIV, No. 1, pages 73-90.
“Foucault Informs Kate Chopin’s Short Fiction.” Academic Exchange Quarterly, Spring 2007, Vol. 11, Issue 1, pages 120-24.
“White, Straight Lady Savannah of John Berendt’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” Notes on Contemporary Literature, Vol. 37, No. 3, May 2007.
“Whistling the Blues and Washing the Language in Lewis Nordan’s Wolf Whistle.” Notes on Contemporary Literature, Vol. 36, No. 5, November 2006.

Conference Proceedings

“Violence and the Female Body in Southern Fiction.” Consortium: A Journal CrossDisciplinary Inquiry, Boulder, April 2010, pages 49-57.
“Writing from the Margin about the Body of Slavery: Mary Chesnut’s Civil War Diary and Mattie Griffith’s The Autobiography of a Female Slave.” Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, January 2009.

Courses Taught

LAIS 100 Nature and Human Values
LAIS 305 American Literature (Multicultural American Literature, Place and Ethnic Identity in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century American Literature, Food and Ethnic Traditions in American Literature and Culture, Rebels in American Literature)
LAIS 398 Energy and Humanities
HNRS 450 Energy and Culture
LAIS 490, LAIS 590, ENGY 490 Energy and Society
LAIS 404 Women’s Literature and Society
LAIS 412 Literature and the Environment
LAIS 416 Film Studies
LAIS 499 Independent Study (Literature and Environment, Survey of Martin Scorsese’s Films)
LAIS 601 Academic Publishing
HNRS 435 Gender Studies
EPICS 151

Contact

303-273-3758
414 Stratton Hall
pfarca@mines.edu