I teach English as well as Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. My interests as researcher, writer, and teacher lie in Shakespeare, drama generally, GSWS (mainly queer theory), creative writing (especially poetry and creative nonfiction), and composition. I have just completed a term as the President of the Faculty Senate at Augsburg and am entering my 30th year at the college.
20th and 21st century Latin American (including Brazil) and Iberian literature and film. Catalan literature and film. Media and cultural studies. Modernism(s). Avant-garde and neo-avant-garde poetry. Electronic literature and new media arts (digital poetry, hypertext, blog-narratives, locative fiction, cyberculture). Documentary and experimental film. The intersection between technology and disability studies. Word and Image relations. Luso-Hispanic transatlantic connections. Intersections between engineering and culture (science and technology studies),
My teaching and research interests cover a broad range of language and linguistics-related topics. My research interests are all connected in some way with linguistic meaning (linguistic semantics and pragmatics), usually within the framework of relevance theory. I have a particular interest in how meanings are created and negotiated in specific contexts. I’m currently working on research in three areas: prosodic meaning, stylistics and the inferential processes involved in writing.
Broadly speaking, I’m interested in the Early Modern period in France. My scholarship has been focused on seventeenth-century writers such as Scudery and Boileau, as well as the eighteenth-century memorialist Saint-Simon. I’m currently pursuing a project on the notion of “enjouement” in the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century novel, with chapters on D’Urfe, Scudery, Villedieu, Marivaux, Laclos, and Stael. Since I regularly teach all levels of French language and literature at Grinnell College, I’m also interested in language pedagogy and the teaching of writing.
Sophie Christman Lavin recently earned her Ph.D. in English Literature from SUNY Stony Brook University in New York. Her research areas include: nineteenth and twentieth-century environmental literary criticism, ecocinema studies, and political and cultural ecologies. Her dissertation, “The Sustainable Victorians?” analyzes novels, poems, and prose to argue that a type of proto-sustainability emerged in the locus of the Victorian Anthropocene. Recent teaching experience includes: Introduction to Fiction, Nature in the Nineteenth Century, Ecopoetics, and The Modern Victorian Environment. Sophie has volunteered as an editor at the Cambridge journal Victorian Literature and Culture. She is also an Open SUNY fellow in the Center for Excellence in Online Teaching. Sophie’s recent research presentations include the keynote at Friends of Dickens NY, a session at the University of California at Santa Barbara’s 2016 online carbon-free conference The World in 2050: Imagining and Creating Just Climate Futures and the twenty-second annual Dickens Society Symposium. In 2017, Sophie was awarded the Society for Cinema and Media Studies second place student essay award. During the 2018/19 academic year, she will continue to be in research residence at the Wertheim Study Room of the New York Public Library Her scholarship has been published in Adaptation, The Journal of Ecocriticism, and Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. Sophie’s co-authored article “The Climate of Ecocinema,” appears in The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication. Her most recent publication is the “Foreword” for the Routledge text The Ecophobia Hypothesis.