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O'Brien, Sharon
James Hope Caldwell Professor of American Cultures and Professor of English & American Studies

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Curriculum Vita

Ph.D. Harvard University in English and American Literature, 1975
B.A. Radcliffe College, 1967, maga cum laude in English

Director of American Studies, Dickinson College, 2001-2004
James Hope Caldwell Professor of American Cultures, Dickinson College, 1992-present

Honors and Fellowships
MacDowell Colony Residency, Summer 1995
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 1992
Fulbright Lectureship in American Studies, Trinity College, Dublin, 1987-88
Lindbach Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1986
NEH Fellowship for College Teachers, 1980-81

Books (authored)
The Family Silver: A Memoir of Depression and Inheritance (University of Chicago Press, 2004)
Willa Cather: The Emerging Voice (Oxford University Press, 1987; rpt. Harvard University Press (1997) with a new preface
Willa Cather (Chelsea House, 1995)

Books (edited)
The Library of America Willa Cather, Volumes I-III (Literary Classics of the United States, 1987, 1990 and 1992)
New Essays on My Antonia (Cambridge University Press, 1998)

Write Now, Special Issue of American Literature (edited, with an introduction) (March 1996)

Recent Essays and Articles
“ Willa Cather in the Country of the Ill,” forthcoming in Marilee Lindemann, ed., New Essays on Willa Cather (New York: Cambridge University Press [2004])
“’ We Want a Pennant, Not a White Team’: How Boston’s Racial History Shaped the Red Sox,” John Bloom and Michael Nevin Willard, eds., Sports Matters: Race, Recreation, and Culture (New York: NYU Press, 2002)
“ The Country of the Ill,” review essay of David B. Morris, Illness and Culture in the Postmodern Age, American Quarterly Vol. 52, No. 4 (December 2000), 765-774
“ Willa Cather,” Major American Writers, ed. J. Walton Litz (NY: Scribners, 1999)
“ On ‘Literature and the Historian,’ ” American Quarterly (1999)
"Becoming Noncanonical: The Case Against Willa Cather," American Quarterly 40, no. 1 (March 1988), pp. 110-126

Other Professional Roles
Women's Committee, American Studies Association, 2005
Constance Rourke Prize Committee, American Studies Association, 2003
Co-Chair, Program Committee, American Studies Association Annual
Conference, 2000
Editorial Board, American Quarterly, 1994-2000
Editorial Board, American Literature, 1993-1996
Nominating Committee, American Studies Association, 1994-97


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