Loyola University Chicago

Department of English

Faculty

J. Brooks Bouson

Title/s: Professor
Assistant Chair of the English Department

Specialty Area: Modern British literature, psychoanalysis and literature, women's literature, history of feminist criticism

Office #: Crown Center 427

Phone: 82250

E-mail: jbouson@luc.edu

External Webpage: http://jbrooksbouson.weebly.com/

About

Offices Held:
Assistant Department Chair, 2002-present
Undergraduate Programs Director, 1998-2001

Degrees

Ph.D., English, Loyola University Chicago

Selected Publications

Books:

Shame and the Aging Woman: Confronting and Resisting Ageism in Contemporary Women’s Writings. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Embodied Shame: Uncovering Female Shame in Contemporary Women’s Writings. SUNY Press, 2009.

Jamaica Kincaid: Writing Memory, Writing Back to the Mother. SUNY Press, 2005.

Quiet As It’s Kept: Shame, Trauma, and Race in the Novels of Toni Morrison. SUNY Press, 2000. 

Brutal Choreographies: Oppositional Strategies and Narrative Design in the Novels of Margaret Atwood.  University of Massachusetts Press, 1993.

The Empathic Reader: A Study of the Narcissistic Character and the Drama of the Self. University of Massachusetts Press, 1989.

Edited Books:

Critical Insights: Margaret Atwood. Salem Press, 2012.

Margaret Atwood: The Robber Bride, The Blind Assassin, and Oryx and Crake. Continuum Press, 2011.

Critical Insights: Emily Dickinson. Salem Press, 2010.

Critical Insights: Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Salem Press, 2009.

Articles and Book Chapters:

A ‘Joke-filled Romp’ through End Times: Radical Environmentalism, Deep Ecology, and Human Extinction in Margaret Atwood’s Eco-apocalyptic MaddAddam Trilogy.” Journal of Commonwealth Literature   DOI: 10.1 177/002/9894/5573558 (online version) Print version, forthcoming.

“‘I Had Embarked on Something Called Self-invention’: Jamaica Kincaid’s Artistic Beginnings in “Antigua Crossings” and At the Bottom of the River.”  Short Story Criticism: Criticism of the Works of Short Fiction Writers, vol. 80. Edited by Lawrence Trudeau. Gale-Cengage, 2013, pp. 150-59.

“On Margaret Atwood.” Critical Insights: Margaret Atwood. Salem Press, 2012, pp. 3-24.

Beloved Exposes the Psychological Traumas Caused by Slavery.”Social Issues in Literature: Slavery in Toni Morrison’s Beloved. Edited by Dedris Bryfonski. Greenhaven Press, 2012, pp. 103-117.

“The Special Impact of The Handmaid’s Tale on Female Readers.”Women’s Issues in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Edited by David Nelson. Greenhaven Press, 2012, pp. 87-97.

“We’re Using up the Earth. It’s Almost Gone”: A Return to the Post-Apocalyptic Future in Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood.” Journal of Commonwealth Literature, vol. 46. no. 1, 2011, pp. 9-26.

“Negotiating with Margaret Atwood.” Margaret Atwood: The Robber Bride, The Blind Assassin, and Oryx and Crake. Continuum Press, 2011, pp. 1–17.

“On Emily Dickinson.” Critical Insights: Emily Dickinson. Salem Press, 2010, pp. 3-11.

“On Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.” Critical Insights: Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Salem Press, 2009, pp. 3-9.

“Quiet As It’s Kept: Shame, Trauma, and Race in the Novels of Toni Morrison” (on Song of Solomon ). Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon: Bloom’s Modern Critical Interpretations. Edited by Harold Bloom. Infobase Publishing, 2009, pp. 57-86.

“The Politics of Empathy and Self in Christa Wolf’s The Quest for Christa T. / Die Politik der Empathie und des Selbst in Christa Wolfs Nachdenken uber Christa T. Special edition of the European Self Psychology Journal—Selbstpsychologie: Europäische Zeitschrift für Psychoanalytische Therapie und Forschung: Selobstpsychologie und die Künste vol. 35, 2009, pp. 53-70.

“‘It’s Game Over Forever’: Atwood’s Satiric Vision of a Bioengineered Posthuman Future in Oryx and Crake.”  Margaret Atwood: Bloom’s Modern Critical Views.  Edited by Harold Bloom. Infobase Publishing, 2009, pp. 93-110. 

“Insect Transformation as a Narcissistic Metaphor in Kafka’sMetamorphosis.” Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis.  Bloom’s Modern Critical Interpretations. Edited by Harold Bloom. Infobase Publishing, 2009, pp. 35-46. 

“Like Him and His Own Father before Him, I Have a Line Drawn through Me”: Imagining the Life of the Absent Father in Mr. Potter.”  Jamaica Kincaid: Bloom’s Modern Critical Views.  Edited by Harold Bloom. Infobase, 2008, pp. 159-74.

“Uncovering ‘the Beloved’ in the Warring and Lawless Women in Toni Morrison’s Love.” Midwest Quarterly, vol. 49, no. 4, Summer 2008, pp. 358-73.

“‘Teaching English Isn’t the Clean Work It Used to Be’: Satirizing the Plight of Token Professionals in Richard Russo’s Straight Man.”  Academic Novels as Satire: Critical Studies of an Emerging Genre. Edited by Kimberly Rae Connor and Mark Bosco. S. J. Mellen Press, 2007, pp. 111-130.

“True Confessions: Uncovering the Hidden Culture of Shame in English Studies.” JAC, vol. 25, no. 4, 2006, pp. 625-50.

“‘Speaking the Unspeakable’: Shame, Trauma and Morrison’s Fiction.” Toni Morrison: Bloom’s Modern Critical Views. Edited by Harold Bloom. Chelsea House, 2005, pp. 121-148.

“‘It’s Game Over Forever’: Atwood’s Satiric Vision of a Bioengineered Posthuman Future in Oryx and Crake.” Journal of Commonwealth Literature, vol. 39, no. 3, 2004, pp. 139-156.

“Sethe’s ‘Best Thing.’” Toni Morrison’s Beloved. Edited by Harold Bloom. Chelsea House Publishers, 2004, pp. 91-101.

“‘A Commemoration of Wounds, Endured and Resented’: Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin as Feminist Memoir.”  Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, vol. 44, no. 3, Spring 2003, pp. 251-69.

“‘You Nothing But Trash’: White Trash Shame in Dorothy Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolina.” Southern Literary Journal, vol. 34, no. 1, Fall 2001, pp. 101-23.

“The Misogyny of Patriarchal Culture in The Handmaid’s Tale.” The Handmaid’s Tale: Modern Critical Interpretations. Edited by Harold Bloom. Chelsea House Publishers, 2001, pp. 41-62.

“The Edible Woman’s Refusal to Consent to Femininity.”  Margaret Atwood: Modern Critical Views.  Edited by Harold Bloom. Chelsea House Publishers, 2000, pp. 71-91.

“Comic Storytelling as Escape and Narcissistic Self-Expression in Atwood’s Lady Oracle.”  DISCovering Authors 3.0 (on-line subscription database).  Gale Group, 2000. DISCovering Authors Modules (CD-ROM). Gale, 1996. Contemporary Literary Criticism, vol. 84.  Edited by James Draper. Gale, 1995, pp. 72-77.

“‘Quiet as It’s Kept’: Shame and Trauma in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye.”  Scenes of Shame: Psychoanalysis, Shame, and Writing. Edited by Joseph Adamson and Hilary Clark. SUNY Press, 1999, pp. 207-236.

“A Feminist/Psychoanalytic Approach in a Women’s College.” Approaches to Teaching Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Edited by Sharon Wilson, Thomas Friedman, and Shannon Hengen. Modern Language Association, 1996, pp. 122-27. 

“‘Slipping Sideways into the Dreams of Women’: The Female Dream Work of Power Feminism in Margaret Atwood’s The Robber Bride.” LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, vol. 6, 1995, pp. 149-166.