Mary Libertin

Professor of English

Office: Wright 225
Phone:  477.1197
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 The University of Tulsa 

                Ph.D. in Modern Letters 1983 

                Thesis: The Play of Musement in James Joyce’s Ulysses 

                Youngstown State University 

                M.A. in English 1976 

                Youngstown State University 

                B.A. in English, Secondary Education 1972 


Research/Teaching Interests: 
critical theory, modernsim, composition, feminist studies


 “Two Planes Joined”: The Turn of the Screw of Synecdoche in James Joyce and Roman Jakobson. XXIInd Prague James Joyce Symposium Proceedings, eds. Michael Groden, David Vichnar, and David Spurr. Litteraria Pragensia Books. Forthcoming 2012. 


“Part to Hole Duty” (FW 18.31): Synecdoche in Roman Jakobson and James Joyce.” Hypermedia Joyce Studies. Special Prague Symposium Issue (2010-2011). Web. 


“Alterity.” The Encyclopedia of Literature and Science. Ed.Pamela Gossin. Westport CT: Greenwood Press, 2002.10. Print. 


“Chaucer.” The Encyclopedia of Literature and Science. Ed. Pamela Gossin. Westport CT: Greenwood Press, 2002. 76. Print. 


“Gynecology.” The Encyclopedia of Literature and Science. Ed. Pamela Gossin. Westport CT: Greenwood Press, 2002. 77-78. Print. 


“Thomas Mann.” The Encyclopedia of Literature and Science. Ed. Pamela Gossin. Westport CT: Greenwood Press, 2002. 268. Print. 


“Möbius Bodies.” The Encyclopedia of Literature and Science. Ed. Pamela Gossin. Westport CT: Greenwood Press, 2002. 287. Print. 


“Vladimir Nabokov.” The Encyclopedia of Literature and Science. Ed. Pamela Gossin, 75. 

Gloria Naylor. The Encyclopedia of Literature and Science. Ed. Pamela Gossin, 307. Print. 


 “’Pirce, Perce’—A Wakean Password between Joyce and Peirce,” [award winner] Abiko Quarterly with James Joyce Finnegans Wake Studies, 9, xvii (Fall 1997/Winter 1998): 59-70. Print. 


             “Peirce's Musement in Joyce's Ulysses.” American Journal of Semiotics, 11 (1994): 61-85. Print. 


"Deely's Semiotic as Doctrina and Joyce's 'Process of Mind' in Ulysses." Semiotics 1988 (Proceedings of the Semiotic Society of America, Thirteenth Annual Meeting). New York: Plenum, 1989: 1-4.  Print. 


"The Politics of Men's Studies and Women's Studies." Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 2, 2 (Summer 1987): 143-53. Print. 


"Challenging the Language." Belles Lettres 2.6 (July/August 1987): 11, 14. Print. 


"Introduction: Women, Politics, and Government." Proteus (Fall 1986): viii-ix. Print. 


"Speech Acts in To the Lighthouse." Virginia Woolf: Centennial Essays. Elaine Ginsburg and Laura Gottleib, eds.  Troy, NY: Whitston, 1983: 163-186. Print. 


"Female Friendship in Women's Verse: Toward a New Theory of Female Poetics."  Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 9, 3 (1982): 291-308. Print. 




Writing Beyond the Ending: Narrative Strategies of Twentieth-Century Women Writers by Rachel Blau DuPlessis. Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women 12, 2 (Winter 1989/90): 82-83. 


Historical, Literary, and Erotic Aspects of Lesbianism, ed. by Monika Kehoe. Gay Studies Newsletter 15, 2 (1988): 12-13. 


Black Holes/Black Stockings by Olga Broumas and Jane Miller. Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women 19 (Winter 1988). 


Daddy Was a Numbers Runner by Louise Meriwether. Belles Lettres 2, 3 (January/February 1987): 4. 


Work in Progress: Joyce Centenary Essays, eds. Richard F. Peterson, Alan M. Cohn, and Edmund L. Epstein. James Joyce Quarterly 21 (Summer 1984): 382-87. 


A College Rhetoric, by Adirenne Robin, reviewer/reader for Collegiate Press. 

Contexts for Criticism, 3e. by Donald Keesey, 1998. 


Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum, Behrens and Rosen. Reviewer/reader for Scott, Foresman. Composition text, 1989. 


     A Writer’s Agenda, Hans Guth, reviewer/reader for Wadsworth Publishing Company.  


                 Reviews of literature in Faculty Online (2000-2002)  

The Handmaid’s Tale, Atwood 

The New Bloomsday Book: A Guide Through Ulysses, 3e, Blamires 

Reading Lessons: An Introduction to Theory, Carpenter 

James Joyce, New Rev, Ellmann 

James Joyce’s Ulysses: A Study, Gilbert 

Handbook to Literature, 8e, Harmon 

Contexts for Criticism, Keesey 

Looking at Gay and L Penguin Book of Gay Short Stories, Leavitt 

     Lesbian Life (Upd and Exp), Blumenfeld 

The Bluest Eye, Morrison 

     The Women of Brewster Place, Gloria Naylor 

     Excellent Women, Pym 

Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen, Weldon 

The Color Purple, 10e, Walker 

Ulysses: The Corrected Text, Joyce 

Ulysses, Joyce 

Ulysses Annotated, Gifford 

Vindication of the Rights of Women, 2e, Mary Wollstonecraft 

Women and Fiction, Virginia Woolf 


     Also 32 reviews of books on composition, critical theory, and pedagogy 



                 Liquid Light. Carlisle: Ellipses Press, 1992. 

                     "Grandma's Beating Now.” Streamlines: An Anthology of Women's Poetry. 1988. 

                     "Thirsty Shores." Sou'wester (Fall/Winter 1987): 23. 

                     "Waiting." Sou'wester (Fall/Winter 1987): 24.  

                     "Read till the end has carried me away." Sou'wester (Fall/Winter 1987): 25. 

                     "Untitled." Anima 13.2 (Spring 1987): 134. 

                     "Penelope." Anima 13.2 (Spring 1987): 135. 

                     "Divorce." Anima 13.2 (Spring 1987): 135. 

                     "To Nike's Missing Arm." Anima 13.2 (Spring 1987): 135. 

                     "To You." Common Lives: Lesbian Lives 19 (Spring 1986): 33-35. 

          "To My Mother's Reds and Greens." Streamlines: Anthology of Women's Poetry 1986. 

.      Presentations 


 “Designing a Seminar Course in ‘Madness and Literature’ Using a Feminist-Disabilities Studies Approach.” 70th Anniversary Conference College English Association. Pittsburgh, PA. March 28, 2009 


                The Graphist's Hand in the System: Underwriting the Cognitive Process of Ulysses.” 

Session: Literature and Literary Texts as Complex Systems. Sign Processes in Complex Systems: 7th Congress of the International Association for Semiotic Studies, Technische Universität, Dresden, 1999. 


"Gertrude Stein's 'Subject Cases: The Background of a Detective Story'." Modern Language Association, Washington, D.C.; December 1984. 


"Speech Acts in To the Lighthouse." Virginia Woolf Centennial Conference. West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, 1982. 


"When It Finds Speech Again: Writing with Gender and Identity." Panel on Calling the Question: The Composition Classroom and Social Responsibility. Conference on College Composition and Communication National Conference. Cincinnati, Ohio, March 19-21, 1992. 


"Crossing the Double-Cross of Co-dependency: Breaking the Psychological Double Binds." National Women's Studies Association Mid-East Region Conference.  Montgomery College, Maryland, October 19-21, 1990. 


"Connecting to the Real World: Writing Assignments for Women," Women's Teaching and Learning Styles, Tri-State Women's Studies Conference. Duquesne University; Pittsburgh, PA; April 7, 1990. 


"Deely's Semiotic as Doctrina and Joyce's 'Process of Mind' in James Joyce's Ulysses." Semiotic Society of America National Conference. University of Cincinnati; Cincinnati, Ohio, October 1, 1988. 


"Speaking As a Woman: The 'Shapeliness' of Dorothy Richardson's Pilgrimage." Mid-Atlantic Region, National Women's Studies Association Conference, Drew University, Madison, N.J.; October 14-16, 1988. 


"A Feminist Interrogation of Derrida's Joyce's Textual System." Joyce in Milwaukee: A National Conference, University of Milwaukee, June 14, 1987. 


"Bakhtin's Speech Tact and the Event of Cyclops in Ulysses." Midwest Modern Language Association, Columbus Ohio; November 1987. 


"James Joyce's Aesthetics." Special Session on Neglected Figures in the History of Semiotic Inquiry.  Semiotic Society of America National Convention, San Francisco, California; October 1986. 


"Politics of Men's Studies and Women's Studies." Midwest Modern Language Association Conference. St. Louis, Missouri; November 1985. 


"Narrative Semiosis in James Joyce's Ulysses." Joyce at 101 National Conference. The University of Tulsa, Tulsa Oklahoma; February 1983. 


"Establishing Writing Centers." College Composition and Communication National Convention. Dallas, Texas; March 1981.  

Current Happenings 

February 18, 2016:  Dr. Santalucia will be reading poetry from her dynamic debut Because I Did Not Die at the Grove Spiritual Center, 6:30 p.m.   

All events are free and open to the public!