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Erica D. Galioto

Office: DHC 105
(717) 477-1017


Ph.D. SUNY Buffalo (2005)

M.A. SUNY Buffalo   (2003)

B.A Boston College (2000)

Teaching Interests: 

  • American Literature since 1850
  • American and British Modernism
  • Contemporary Literature
  • Literature and Psychology
  • Literary Theory with an emphasis on Psychoanalysis
  • Education
  • Composition
  • Instruction

Undergraduate Courses Taught: 

EDU 422: Teaching English in Secondary Schools II
ENG 383: Studies in 20th Century American Literature 
ENG 373: Studies in Creative Nonfiction: Memoir 
ENG 363: Modernism: Psychoanalysis, Modernism, and the Mother 
ENG 336: Reading & Writing about Trauma in the English Classroom
ENG 304: Literary Criticism: Psychoanalysis, Desire, and Contemporary Literature
ENG 213: Writing and Research About Literature: Undressing Lolita

Bio in a Nutshell: 

Dr. Galioto teaches courses in American literature, psychoanalysis, and English education.  Her research focuses on a concept she calls “real-world therapy”: everyday experiences in fiction and life that occasion therapeutic effects outside a clinical setting.

Current Projects:

“'We’re near each other only if we stay far from each other': Teaching Psychoanalytic Desire in The Age of Innocence."  Teaching Edith Wharton’s Major Novels and Short FictionEd. Ferda Asya.  Palgrave Macmillan.  Forthcoming.

"From Symptom to Sinthome: Ridding the 'Body of Substance' in My Year of Rest and Relaxation."  Lacanian and Foucauldian Approaches to the Body.  Eds. Becky McLaughlin and Eric Daffron.  McFarland and Company.  Forthcoming. 

Featured Publications: 

“Maternal Ambivalence in the Novel and Film We Need to Talk About Kevin.” Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society 24.2 (June 2019): 132-50. Print.

“Teaching Fun Home as Narrative of Trauma in the English Classroom: Psychoanalysis in Fun Home and Are You My Mother?”  Approaches to Teaching Bechdel’s FUN HOME.  Ed. Judith Gardiner.  MLA Press, 2018.  146-50.  Print.  

‘“Carried Away by a Fantasy of Such Pure Ego’: ‘Cat Person’ and Consent.”  Clio’s Psyche 25: 1 (Fall 2018): 37-43.  (Special Issue: Sexual Violation).  Web.

The End of Alice, Not the End of the Oedipus Complex.”  We Need to Talk about Family: Essays on Neoliberalism, the Family, and Popular Culture.  Eds. Roberta Garrett, Tracey Jensen, and Angie Voela.  UK, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016.  314-32.  Print.  

“‘One Long Frightening Climax’: Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl and Lacan's The Other Side of Psychoanalysis.”  E-rea 2014 (Special Issue: “Reading English/Language Arts and Literature with the Later Lacan”). Web. 

“‘Shame, thas a shame’: The Anti-Sentiment of Sapphire’s Push and The Kid.”  The Sentimental Mode: Essays in Literature, Film, and Television.  Ed. Jennifer A. Williamson, Jennifer Larson and Ashley Reed.  New York: McFarland, 2014. 134-50. Print.

“‘Nothing Hangs Together,’ or Using American Pastoral to Teach Literary Theory.”  Cercles 33 (Spring 2014): 145-63.  (Special Issue: "Philip Roth, American Pastoral"). Web.

“Split Skin: Adolescent Cutters and the Other.” Skin, Culture, and Psychoanalysis. Eds. Sheila Cavanagh, Angela Failler, and Rachel Hurst. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. 188-214. Print. 

“‘A Transference of the Most Fortuitous Kind’: Fitzgerald’s Tender Is the Night and the Freudian Transference.”  Psychoanalysis in Context.  Ed. Alvin Henry.  Cambridge Scholars Press, 2013. 203-24. Print.

“‘Every Word She Spoke Was a Bomb’: Merry Levov’s Anamorphotic Stutter.”  New Readings of Philip Roth’s American Pastoral.  Ed. Velichka Ivanova.  Toulouse, France: Presses Universitaires du Mirail (PUM), 2011. 127-36.Print. 

Nip/Tuck and the Literal Unconscious.” Nip/Tuck: Television that Gets Under Your Skin.  Eds. Roz Kaveney and Jennifer Stoy.  New York and London: IB Tauris Books, 2011. 37-65. Print. 

“Fate, Commodification, and Identity in Louise Erdrich’s The Bingo Palace.” General Themes in  Literature.  Ed. Jennifer McClinton-Temple.  Vol. 1.  New York: Facts on File, Inc., 2011. 408-11. Print.

 “Illness, Love, and Alienation in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender Is the Night.” General Themes in Literature.  Ed. Jennifer McClinton-Temple.  Vol. 2.  New York: Facts on File, Inc., 2011. 442-5. Print.  

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