CV

Amber Harding
Department of English, Cornell University
250 Goldwin Smith Hall | Ithaca NY 14850
aeh238@cornell.edu

Education
Ph.D. Candidate, May 2018 (expected).
Department of English, Cornell University. Ithaca, NY.

M.A. Cornell University. September 2015.

B.A. Colgate University. Hamilton, NY. May 2012.
English Literature, Music.
Magna Cum Laude, Departmental Honours in English.

Dissertation
“The Not-So-Great House: Domestic Space, Identity, and Homecomings in the English Modernist Novel.”

This project focuses on domestic space as a central figure, both structurally and as an agent of narrative action, in English Modernist literature. Drawing connections between the physical, architectural elements of the house and the subtler, but just as important, affective and subjective marks of the home in literature, I argue for a more nuanced reading of English country houses, wherein the “great house” is reconfigured as a series of four aspects—spaces of power, spaces of refuge, substitute spaces, and finally the elusive ideal spaces—while addressing questions of style, character, and form.

Honours and Awards
2016   Graduate Research Travel Grant, Cornell University.
2016   Einaudi International Research Travel Grant, Cornell University.
2016   Conference Travel Grant, Cornell University.
2015   Sage Fellowship for Dissertation Writing, Cornell University.
2012   Sage Fellowship for Graduate Studies, Cornell University.
2012   Phi Beta Kappa.

Conference Papers
2016   “ ‘Perhaps they became amphibians’: Progress & regression in Graham Swift’s Waterland.” Northeast Modern Language Association, Hartford, CT. March 17-20.

Teaching Experience

Instructor of Record:
“Imaginary Lands”—ENGL 1111, “Writing Across Cultures.”
Department of English, Cornell University. Fall 2016, Spring 2017.
First-year writing seminar that explores spatial theory and world-building through speculative fiction and travel writing.

“Rebels With a Cause” —ENGL 1111, “Writing Across Cultures.”
Department of English, Cornell University. Spring 2015.
First-year writing seminar on coming-of-age and identity formation through tragic narratives, poems, and films.

“Labyrinths” —ENGL 1111, “Writing Across Cultures.”
Department of English, Cornell University. Fall 2014.
First-year writing seminar covering the history and theory of labyrinths, with psychoanalytic and introspective narratives and films.

“Locked Rooms” —ENGL 1147, “The Mystery in the Story.”
Department of English, Cornell University. Fall 2013, Spring 2014.
First-year writing seminar on mystery and detective fiction through architecture and psychology.

Other:
“Ex Libris”—ARCH 4408, “Special Topics in Architecture, Culture, and Society.” Department of Architecture, Cornell University. Spring 2014.
Guest lecturer; led a class on crime fiction, detective stories, and architecture.

Tutor and Teaching Assistant.
Department of Music, Colgate University. 2011-2012.
Gave tutorial sessions for students taking music theory classes.

Instructor with Creative Writing Initiative.
Hamilton Central School & Colgate University. 2010-2012.
Led local middle and high-school students in creative writing exercises for an after-school program.

Academic Development
Peer Mentor, Graduate Student Mentor Program.
Department of English, Cornell University. Fall 2016, Spring 2017.

“Personal Essay”—ENGL 1132.
T.A. for Peter Fortunato, Cornell Summer College. Summer 2013.

“Teaching Writing”—WRIT 7100.
Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines, Cornell University. Summer 2013.

Affiliations
Modernist Reading Group, Cornell University. Fall 2012 – present.
Modern Language Association. Fall 2015 – present.
Northeast Modern Language Association. Fall 2015 – present.
Colgate Writers’ Conference, Colgate University. Conference coordinator. 2011 – present.
Ghost City Press. Fiction editor. Summer 2016 – present.

Languages
French (reading proficiency)
German (reading proficiency)
Old and Middle English (reading proficiency)
Spanish (conversational)
Japanese (conversational)

References
Ellis Hanson (Committee chair), Department of English, Cornell University, 294 Goldwin Smith Hall. E-mail: eh36@cornell.edu

Molly Hite, Department of English, Cornell University, 250 Goldwin Smith Hall. E-mail: mph7@cornell.edu

Mark Morris, Department of Architecture, Cornell University, 139 E. Sibley Hall. E-mail: mm789@cornell.edu

Kevin Attell, Department of English, Cornell University, 265 Goldwin Smith Hall. E-mail: kda24@cornell.edu

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