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Cynthia Franklin

Professor

Cynthia Franklin

In both my teaching and research, I am interested in contemporary works--primarily but not exclusively written in the U.S.--that challenge genre boundaries, and that engage issues in feminist and queer theory, life writing, ethnic studies, and cultural studies. Courses that I have taught explore topics including: the contemporary detective novel; the humanities and human rights; contemporary autobiography; memoir and disability; gender and sexuality; love and terror; American literary history; contemporary literary theory; education and culture; multi-genre women's literature; and contemporary minority literature.

I am the author of Academic Lives: Memoir, Cultural Theory and the University Today (2009) and Writing Women's Communities: The Politics and Poetics of Contemporary Multi-Genre Anthologies (1997). Essays and review articles appear in the journals American Quarterly, Biography, Hitting Critical Mass, Life Writing, LIT, MELUS, The Contemporary Pacific, and in Gloria Anzaldúa and AnaLouise Keating's This Bridge We Call Home, and in Fred Ho's Diary of a Cancer Warrior: Fighting Cancer and Capitalism at the Cellular Level.

A significant part of my work is collaborative. I am the co-editor of Navigating Islands and Continents: Conversations and Contestations in and around the Pacific,and Re-Placing American Literature: Conversations and Contestations. With my colleague Laura Lyons, I co-edited a special issue of Biography, "Personal Effects: The Testimonial Uses of Life Writing." In that issue appears our introduction, "Bodies of Evidence and the Intricate Machines of Untruth," and our interviews with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak and Haunani-Kay Trask. I also have collaborated with Laura Lyons on articles entitled "Remixing Hybridity: Globalization, Native Resistance, and Cultural Production in Hawaii" (in American Studies and Acoma), "From Grief to Grievance: Ethics and Politics in the Testimony of Anti-War Mothers" (in Life Writingand Trauma Texts), and "The Evidentiary Power of Grief: Family Testimony and Human Rights." I am co-editor, with Miriam Fuchs, of another special issue of Biography, "Translating Lives."

I am currently working with Ibrahim Aoude and Morgan Cooper on a special issue of Biography, "Life in Occupied Palestine," and on a book project, "Dehumanization Denaturalized: Human Stories about Uncivil States."

I co-edit the journal Biography with Craig Howes and John Zuern, and am on the Coordinating Council for the Center on Disability Studies. I have served as Director of the Honors Program in English and on the International Cultural Studies Program Steering Committee, and have been active in campus-wide organizations including the UH GMO Education Project and the University Peace Initiative. As well, I serve on the board for Hūlili.

I am a member of the Organizing Collective of USACBI, the US Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel <http://www.usacbi.org>.

Areas of Interest

contemporary women's literature, ethnic U.S. literatures, life writing, disability studies, feminist theory, cultural studies, Palestine

Awards

Frances Davis Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1998
Board of Regents' Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2007                                                                                                               PARC (Palestinian American Research Center) Fellow, Faculty Development Seminar, 2013

Education

BA, Stanford University
MA, PhD, University of California-Berkeley

Courses

Spring Semester 2014

Course Title Time  
ENG 311(1) AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL WRITING TR 10:30-11:45 Edit
ENG 775(1) Seminar in Cultural Studies (LSE/CSAP) T 6:30-9:00 Edit

Spring Semester 2013

Course Title Time  
ENG 311(1) Autobiographical Writing TR 1:30-2:45 Edit

Fall Semester 2012

Course Title Time  
ENG 338(1) American Lit Since Mid 20C MWF 11:30-12:20 Edit
ENG 382(1) Gender, Sexuality, Lit (XL WS 381) MWF 1:30-2:20 Edit

Spring Semester 2012

Course Title Time  
ENG 320(3) Intro to English Studies TTH 12:00-1:15 Edit
ENG 764(1) Sem Life Writing (Humans & Humanism) (CSAP/LSE) T 6:30-9:00 Edit

Fall Semester 2011

Course Title Time  
ENG 393(1) Jr. Honors Tutorial (Race Relats & Frmtns) T 1:30-4:00 Edit
ENG 482(1) St/ Gender, Sex & Lit (Rprsnts of Romance) TTH 10:30-11:45 Edit

Spring Semester 2011

Course Title Time  
ENG 100(35) Composition I TTH 9:00-10:15 Edit
ENG 466(1) Special Topics: Genre Studies: Life Writing and Human Being(s) TTH 12:00-1:15 Edit

Fall Semester 2010

Course Title Time  
ENG 625E(1) Theories in Cultural Studies M 6:30-9:00 Edit