AUDREY C. FARLEY, PhD
Writer, Editor, and Lecturer
PhD, English Literature. May 2017. University of Maryland, College Park
Title of Dissertation: “The Neuro-novel: American Fiction in the Age of the Brain”
Dissertation Committee: Linda Kauffman (dir.), Lee Konstantinou, Matthew Kirschenbaum, Diane Price Herndl, Katie King
MA, English Literature. May 2011. Virginia Commonwealth University
Title of Thesis: “Ruins in Twentieth Century Literature”
Thesis Committee: Marcel Cornis-Pope (dir.), Rivka Swenson
BA, English. May 2007. University of Richmond
AWARDS and FELLOWSHIPS
(2017) QCB Travel Award for travel to the Research Archives at Huntington Library
(2017) Graduate Certificate in Critical Theory
(2016) Outstanding Service to the Academic Writing Program
(2015) English Department Summer Fellowship Award
(2014) John Kinnaird Prize – Best Essay in a Graduate Seminar for paper entitled “‘With Every Eyeblink...A Saga of Created Reality’: Visual and Cognitive Interruption in Don DeLillo’s ‘Baader-Meinhof,’ Falling Man, and Point Omega”
“New Sincerity and the Legacy of Psychoanalysis: Benjamin Kunkel’s Indecision and Heidi Julavits’ The Uses of Enchantment.” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, 24 January 2018, 1-13.
“‘Physiology Gone Wild’: Oliver Sacks’ Clinical Tales and Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower.” Journal of Science Fiction, July 2018, Vol. 2, No. 3, 7-19.
“Readerly Transference: Psychoanalysis Via Comics in Alison Bechdel’s Are You My Mother?” ImageText: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies, August 2018, Vol. 1, No. 1.
SELECTED PUBLIC WRITING
“Against Medical Advice: Priscilla White and Diabetic Pregnancy.” Lady Science. 19 July 2019.
“Steel Magnolias is a Beloved Weepy With a Dark Side.” The Atlantic. 15 July 2019.
“The Curious Case of the Socialite Who Sterilized Her Daughter.” Narratively. 8 July 2019.
“We Still Don’t Know How to Navigate the Cultural Legacy of Eugenics.” Longreads. 19 May 2019.
“Tripping to Enlightenment? Science, Religion, and Psychedelics.” Marginalia Review of Books. 7 May 2019.
“Big Pharma is Pushing a Big Lie.” The New Republic. 10 May 2019.
“Midwifery, Spiritualism, and Modernity.” A Review of Wendy Kline’s Coming Home: How Midwives Changed Birth. Marginalia Review of Books. 15 March 2019.
“Drug Prices Are Killing Diabetics; ‘Walmart Insulin’ Isn’t the Solution.” The Washington Post. 19 February 2019.
“Doctor Stories and Patient Stories.” Public Books. 19 December 2017.
“The Authority of Fiction: An Interview with Monique Truong.” ASAP/J (open-access platform of the scholarly journal of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present). 26 July 2017.
“Narrating Anorexia: An Interview with Yara Zgheib.” Pens & Needles. 7 January 2019.
“The Epileptic Colony That Ushered in the Eugenics Movement.” Pens & Needles. 25 May 2018.
“The Man Hooked Up to the Machine.” Pens & Needles. 17 May 2018.
“The Warrior Label Oversimplifies Life With Type 1.” Insulin Nation. 31 October 2017.
Founding Editor, Pens & Needles, a nonprofit publication at the intersection of health and society
Editor-in-Chief, Insulin Nation, a digital platform of news and commentary on Type 1 diabetes
Writer/Editor at Element Fleet Management; assist Sales Support and Proposal Team by reviewing and revising content in Request for Proposal (RFP) database
Writer for EBSCO’s “Biographies of Writers,” an online database of short author biographies for students (Arjun Basu, Chetan Bhagat, Pamela Freeman, Mohammed Hanif, Sonya Hartnett, Anita Heiss, Anne Kennedy, Dewi Lestari, Nayantara Sahgal, Kamila Shamsie)
Instructor, WCIV102: Origins of the West, Mount St. Mary’s University, Spring 2019
Instructor, English245: Film Form and Culture, University of Maryland, College Park, Fall 2017
Instructor, English 101: Academic Writing, University of Maryland, College Park, Spring 2014, Fall 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016 (Blended Course with online and in-person instruction), Fall 2017
Instructor, English 102: Writing About Literature, Carroll Community College, Fall 2016
Instructor, English 255: Literature of Science and Technology, University of Maryland, College Park, Fall 2015
Teaching Assistant, English 289x: Breaking News: Contemporary Literature, Media, and the State, University of Maryland, College Park, Fall 2013 and Fall 2014
Adjunct Instructor, English Composition, Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College,
Charleston, West Virginia, Fall 2011 and Spring 2012
Adjunct Instructor, English Composition, New River Community and Technical College, Beckley West Virginia, Spring 2012
Teaching Assistant, English 211: Introduction to Western Literature, Virginia Commonwealth University, Spring 2010
Teaching Assistant, English 601: Research in English Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University, Fall 2009
CONFERENCE ACTIVITY AND PRESENTATIONS
(April 2018) “‘For Bearing Witness’: The Legacy of Oliver Sacks and the Rise of Narrative Medicine” presented at the NeMLA Annual convention: Pittsburgh
(May 2017) “‘Physiology Gone Wild’: Oliver Sacks’ Clinical Tales and Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower” presented at University of Maryland, College Park Theory Colloquium
(May 2015) “‘Rigging the Game’: Anti-Determinism and the Brain in Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower” presented at the annual convention of the American Literature Association: Boston
(April 2014) “The Desert as Scene of Art in Don DeLillo’s Love-Lies-Bleeding” presented at the Comparative Drama Conference: Baltimore
(November 2013) “The Origin is the Goal”: Post-Apocalyptic Critique in Walter Benjamin’s Theses on the Concept of History and Don DeLillo’s ‘Pafko at the Wall’ presented at the SAMLA Annual Convention: Atlanta
(January 2013) “‘Weaving and Unweaving’: The Futility of Representation in James Joyce’s Ulysses” presented at the 18th Irregular Miami J’yce Birthday Conference hosted by the University of Miami and the James Joyce Literary Supplement
(February 2011) “Emergence From Ruins: Dismembering and Re-membering in James Joyce’s Ulysses” presented at the Emergence/ies Graduate Student Conference hosted by the University of Western Ontario
(2018-Present) Volunteer for T1International, an organization devoted to improving insulin access
(2012-17) Mentor for Undergraduate Teaching Assistants
(2012-14) Graduate English Organization Mentor/Buddy Program
(2015-16) Co-chair, Graduate English Organization Annual Conference
(2015-16) Editorial Board Member, Interpolations, University of Maryland Undergraduate Academic Journal
(2015) Panel Participant, “Writing a Dissertation Chapter,” hosted by Graduate English Organization
RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS
Science and Literature, Medical Humanities, Contemporary American Fiction
University of Maryland, College Park Theory Colloquium
Modern Language Association (MLA)
American Literature Association (ALA)
Professor Linda Kauffman, University of Maryland, English Department, 2119 Tawes Hall, College Park, Maryland, 20742.
Professor Lee Konstantinou, University of Maryland, English Department, 2119 Tawes Hall, College Park, Maryland, 20742.
Professor Jessica Enoch, University of Maryland, English Department, 2119 Tawes Hall, College Park, Maryland, 20742.
Professor Matthew Kirschenbaum, University of Maryland, English Department, 2119 Tawes Hall, College Park, Maryland, 20742.
Professor Diane Price-Herndl, University of South Florida, Women’s and Gender Studies Department, CMC 202, Tampa, Florida, 33620-5550.