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Rebecca G. Dyer

Associate Professor of English

Dr. Rebecca Dyer teaches English. Her areas of expertise cover postcolonial literature, ethnic literature, contemporary British fiction, cultural studies, and film studies. She received a Fulbright grant to conduct research and lecture at Lebanese American University in Beirut. In her latest book project, she examines representations of domestic servants, particularly migrant or ethnic minority servant characters. Dr. Dyer has travelled extensively throughout Europe and Middle East, advises the French Club, and founded the campus literary magazine INK.

Teaching Interests

  • Transnational and postcolonial literature and film
  • 20th and 21st Century British literature
  • Arabic literature in translation
  • Academic writing, and textual analysis

Research Experiences

  • Representations of servants and workers in contemporary literature and film
  • Depictions of cities, memorials, and public spaces in transnational literature
  • Migration narratives

Select Publications & Presentations

  • “Representing London Servitude, Undeclared Work, and the Black Market,” Other Europes: Migrations, Translations, and Transformations, Modern Language Association International Symposia: Translating the Humanities, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2016 
  •  “Class and Anticolonialism in Harold Pinter and Joseph Losey’s The Servant,Journal of Modern Literature, 38.4, 147-67, Summer 2015
  • “Colonial Discourse and Dissent in Rashid al-Daif’s and Joachim Helfer’s Contributions to the West-Eastern Divan,” in Rashid al-Daif and Joachim Helfer’s What Makes a Man? Sex Talk in Beirut and Berlin, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas Press, 198-213, 2015
  • Dyer, R. and Mulot, F., “Mahmoud Darwish in Film: Politics, Representation, and Translation in Jean-Luc Godard’s Ici et Ailleurs and Notre Musique,Cultural Politics, 10.1, 70-91, March 2014
  • “Politics Channeled through Religious Belief: Capital and Servitude in Leila Aboulela’s Minaret,” American Comparative Literature Association Conference, New York University, 2014
  • “Representations of the Migrant Domestic Worker in Hoda Barakat’s The Tiller of Waters and Danielle Arbid’s In the Battlefields,College Literature, 37.1, 11-37, Winter 2010        
  • “Stephanie Black as Silent Witness and Student of Global Trade in Life and Debt,” Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, Boston, 2013  
  • “The Limits of Transcultural Critique in Leila Aboulela’s Minaret,” Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Los Angeles, 2011  
  • “Mahmoud Darwish in Sarajevo: Jean-Luc Godard’s Representation of the Poet in Notre Musique,” Middle Eastern Studies Association Annual Conference, San Diego, 2010 
  •  “Poetry of Politics and Mourning: Mahmoud Darwish’s Genre-Transforming Tribute to Edward W. Said,” Remapping Genre (Special issue of PMLA), 122.5, 1447-1462, October 2007

Awards & Honors

  • Fulbright Traditional Scholars Award (teaching and conducting research) Lebanon, 2007-08
  • Scholar of the Year Award, Humanities and Social Sciences Department, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2007

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, University of Texas at Austin, English, 2002
  • MA, University of Tulsa, English, 1995
  • BS, Oklahoma State University, Journalism, 1989