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Vanessa Steinroetter

Assistant Professor
English
College of Arts & Sciences
Contact
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-1117
785.670.1734
Degrees & Certifications
Cath Unv Eichstaett-Ingolstadt, Master of Arts
Univ of Nebraska at Lincoln, Doctor of Philosophy
Academic History

Washburn University, Assistant Professor of English, 2011-present.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Teaching Assistant, 2007-2011.

Nebraska Wesleyan University, Adjunct Instructor, 2006-2007.

Catholic University of Eichstaett, Germany, Adjunct Instructor, 2005-2006.

Teaching
  • EN 300 VC, Advanced Composition
  • EN 300 VD, Advanced Composition
  • EN 300 VE, Advanced Composition
  • EN 300 VF, Advanced Composition
  • EN 330 A, American Lit I
  • EN 376 A, Nineteenth-Century Amer. Lit.
  • EN 400 A, Senior Seminar
Scholarly Interests/Activities
Nineteenth-century American literature and print culture, especially of the antebellum era and Civil War; periodical literature; history of the book; women's literature; Digital Humanities; American ethnic literatures; transatlantic literary studies and translation studies.
Service Interests/Activities
Campus Content Manager for the English Department website; Faculty IT Advisory Committee; member of the WU Diversity Initiative; English Department literature emphasis committee.
Career Accomplishments


Publications:

Journal Articles & Book Chapters:

  • "Soldiers, Readers, and the Reception of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables in Civil War America," Reception: Texts, Readers, Audiences, History (forthcoming).

  • "'Reading the List:' Casualty Lists and Civil War Poetry," ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance 59.1 (Spring 2013): 48-78.

  •  Chapter on Civil War literature in Civil War America: A Social and Cultural History, edited by Maggi Morehouse and Zoe Trodd. London: Routledge, October 2012.

  •  "'Pioneers! O Pioneers!' and Whitman's Early German Translators," 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century 9 (2009). 

  • "The Politics of Humor: Max Cohnheim’s Columbia (1863-1873), a German Newspaper in the Nation’s Capital," American Periodicals: A Journal of History, Criticism, & Bibliography 19.1 (Spring 2009): 21-48.

  • "A Newly-Discovered Translation of Louisa May Alcott’s 'My Contraband' in a German American Newspaper," New England Quarterly 81.4 (December 2008): 703–713.

Other Publications:

  • “‘Barbaric Yawp’ in German,” one of twelve invited essays focusing on the translation of Walt Whitman’s famous phrase “I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world” in eleven different languages. Published in a special English-language issue of the Polish scholarly journal Rocznik Komparatystyczny/Comparative Yearbook titled “Civilized/Barbaric? Intercultural Dialogue in Poetry,” 4 (2013): 273–280

  • "'Leaving it to you to prove and define': 'Poets to Come' and Whitman's German Translators," an essay co-authored with Prof. Walter Gruenzweig and solicited by the Walt Whitman Archive for its translation section (August 2012).

  • Review of David M. Stewart, Reading and Disorder in Antebellum America, (Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2011). In: SHARP News 21.2 (Spring 2012).

Conference Presentations (Selected):

  • “‘A Strange Mixture of War and Dante and Robinson Crusoe’: Soldiers’ Reading and Autobiographical Accounts of the American Civil War." American Literature Association (ALA) Symposium on "War and American Literature," New Orleans, October 10-12, 2013.

  • "Walt Whitman’s Western 'Jaunt' and Early Reception in the (Mid-)Western Press." Reception Study Society (RSS) Conference, Milwaukee, September 26-29, 2013.

  • "A 'Great Army of Letters': Letter Writing and Patriotic Duty in Women’s Literature of the Civil War." Fifth Conference of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW), Denver, October 10-13, 2012.

  • "Soldiers, Readers, and the Reception of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables in Civil War America." American Literature Association (ALA) Conference, San Francisco, May 25-28, 2012.

  • "Dead Letters, Absent Bodies, and the Uncertainty of (Re-)Union: Representations of Letter Reading in American Literature of the Civil War." Reception Study Society (RSS) Conference, Maryville, MO, September 2011.

  • “Annotating Whitman’s Civil War Correspondence in a Digital Environment.” Association for Documentary Editing (ADE) Conference, Philadelphia, October 15-17, 2010.

  • “Reading for Respectability: The Free Black Community in Antebellum Philadelphia and the Culture of Reading.” Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention, Philadelphia, December 27-30, 2009.

  • “Modeling the African American Woman Reader: Depictions of Women Readers in the Christian Recorder during the 1850s and 1860s.” Fourth Conference of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW), Philadelphia, October 21-24, 2009.

Other Accomplishments and Awards:

  • Invited contributor to the companion website for the Bedford Anthology of American Literature Vol. I, Second Edition.

  • Contributing editor for the Walt Whitman Archive

  • Caleb Loring, Jr. Fellow at the Boston Athenaeum, 2010-2011

  • P.E.O. Scholar Award, 2009-2010