Carol DeBoer-Langworthy

Carol DeBoer-Langworthy
Lecturer in English
Office: 70 Brown St., Rm. 311
Phone: (401) 863-9454
Email: Carol_DeBoer-Langworthy@brown.edu

Degrees
Ph.D. Union Institute, 1996
M.A. University of Denver, 1980
B.A. Macalester College, 1964

Research Interests
Biography, autobiography, epistolary narratives and diaries; personal narrative; documentary editing. At work on literary biography of the American writer Neith Boyce (1872-1951)

Education

1996 Ph.D. in American Studies, The Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, Ohio
dissertation: "The Modern World of Neith Boyce: A Documentary Edition of Her Autobiographical Writings"

1980 M.A. in U.S. history, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado
thesis: "In Her Own Way: A Biography of Neith Boyce"

1964 B.A. in English, journalism, Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota
cum laude and with departmental honors in English

Publications

Book

The Modern World of Neith Boyce: Autobiography and Diaries. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2003.

Chapters in Book

"The Great Berrier" in Chapbook. Providence: Syncopated Press, 2009.

"Cranes on the Mantel" in Laura Rothenberg, Breathing for a Living: A Memoir. New York: Hyperion Press, 2003.

"The Diary of Neith Boyce: A Consideration," in Women's Diaries Miscellany. Weston: Magic Circle Press, 1990.

Encyclopedia Entries

"Neith Boyce," in American National Biography Online, project of the American Council of Learned Societies, October 2004; also in Mark Carnes, gen. ed., American National Biography, Supplement 2. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

"Neith Boyce," in Encyclopedia of American Women's Autobiography. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2005.

Articles

  • "‘Not a Bourgeois Project’: Neith Boyce's The Story of an American Family," Resources for American Literary Study 32 (2009):49-83.
  • "How Does Teaching Improve your Research?" -- Faculty Forum response in The Teaching Exchange (15:1,2-3). Newsletter of Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching & Learning, Brown University, Fall 2009.
  • "Tales from the Spanish-Flu Epidemic, from the Western Front to Out West," Editorial section of Providence Journal, 15 December 2004.
  • Introduction to Volume 2 (31 October 1907 to 25 April 1908) for the electronic version of The New Age: 15 October 2000.
  • Scholarly essay on the Chesterbelloc.
  • Scholarly essay on Distributism.
  • Scholarly essay on the Second South African War.
  • "'Not Continued to Be Friends': Stein-Dodge Letters" (a review), in Documentary Editing 19:4 (December 1997) 100-102.
  • "Victoriana Victorious: Thoroughly Modern Obfuscation in the Autobiographical Writings of Neith Boyce," Documentary Editing 17:2 (June 1995) 40-44.
  • "A woman's journey: Neith Boyce discovered," Re-vision 1 (Spring 1989): 1-3, 6.
  • "The Modern World of Neith Boyce," Documentary Editing 7:2 (June 1985): 1-7.
  • "The Diary of Neith Boyce: A Consideration," Women's Diaries: A Quarterly Newsletter 2 (Winter 1984): 1-4.
  • "Tracking a Literary Heroine: Her Works and Her Life," Travel section, Minneapolis Tribune, 27 December 1981.

Talks and Presentations

  • "Thirty Years and Counting: Towards a Literary Biography of Neith Boyce," presented at the Fourteenth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women: Continuities and Change, at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 15 June 2008.
  • "'The Sins of the Parents': Reverberations of Anarchism in the Life and Literature of Neith Boyce," presented at "Dissent in America" Conference at American University in Cairo, Egypt, 8 November 2006.
  • Panelist, "The Impact Editions Have on Scholarship," at the Association for Documentary Editing national meeting, Quincy, Massachusetts, 21 October 2006.
  • "Gene and Neith: Something Happened -- But What?" presented at American Literature Association meeting, San Francisco, California, 25 May 2006.
  • "Neith Who? The Forgotten Woman of the Provincetown Players," presented at Eugene O'Neill Society international conference, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 15 June 2005.
  • "Neith Boyce, Reformer," slide talk for Adult Forum of First Congregational Church, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 1 May 2005.
  • Book talk and signing at South Dakota Authors Exposition, Barnes & Noble, Sioux Falls, 30 April 2005.
  • "Beyond the Marriage Plot: Neith Boyce and Hutchins Hapgood," presented at the Northeast Modern Language Association meeting, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2 April 2005.
  • "Neith Who? Recovering a Literary Heroine," reading/slide presentation sponsored by the women's caucus of the Northeast Modern Language Association meeting, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1 April 2005.
  • "The Modern World of Neith Boyce," slide show presented to Macalester College Alumni Book Club, Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts, 29 March 2005.
  • "Neith Who? Recovering a Literary Heroine," presented at Brown University as part of women's history month, sponsored by the Sarah Doyle Women's Center, 18 March 2005.
  • "Keeping a Really Great Diary," workshop presented at Norwich Public Library in conjunction with Norwich Historical Society, Norwich, Vermont, 12 February 2005.
  • "Saving Neith for History," slide lecture presented at Pilgrim Monument, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 9 October 2004.
  • "Modernism and Localism," presented at Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, 27 September 2004.
  • "A Life in American Studies," keynote address for seminar, "Resources in American Studies," at Atatürk University, Erzurum, Turkey, 15 April 2004.
  • "My Long Affair with a Disreputable Genre," presented at Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey, 23 March 2004.
  • "A New Woman for a New Century," presented at Başkent University, Ankara, Turkey, 17 March 2004.
  • "Not a Bourgeois Project: Neith Boyce's Story of an American Family," presented at the Association for Documentary Editing's session, "The Various Lives of Letters," at the Modern Language Association meeting, San Diego, California, 29 December 2003.
  • "When Biography Builds on Autobiography," presented at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers' session on "The Role, Relevance and Challenge of Women's Biographies in Literary History," Forth Worth, Texas, 26 September 2003.
  • "A View of Norwich in 1917-1918 from Neith Boyce's Harry," presented to the Norwich Historical Society and Norwich Public Library, Norwich, Vermont, 18 June 2003.
  • "Anarchism, Motherhood, and Vermont Syrup: Reprinting Harry," presented in the American Seminar, John Nicholas Brown Center for the Study of American Civilization, Brown University, 11 December 2002.
  • "Reprinting Harry: Added Value in an Editing Project," presented at Association for Documentary Editing national meeting, Washington, D.C., 2 November 2002.
  • "Letters as Sources, Letters as Form: Neith Boyce's Story of an American Family: Letters and Commentary on the Hapgood Family, 1648-1917 (1953)," at Northeast Modern Language Association meeting, University of Toronto, 13 April 2002.
  • Commentator for workshop, "Diaries as a Teaching Resource," at "'Dear Diary': New Approaches to an Established Genre" colloquium, University of Sussex, England, 23 November 2001.
  • Moderator for sessions, "New Media Today" and "Digitization Projects," at Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publication (SHARP) conference at University of Mainz, Germany, 4 and 8 July 2000.
  • "Dimensions of 'Smartness'," presented at Association for Documentary Editing's session at the Modern Language Association meeting, San Francisco, California, 28 December 1998.
  • "Foregrounding the Woman: Digital Projects and Their Implications," presented at Joint International Conference of Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing/Association for Computers and the Humanities, Lajos Kossuth University, Debrecen, Hungary, 8 July 1998.
  • Commentator for session, "Editors on the Web," at Association for Documentary Editing national meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, 17 October 1997.
  • "'A Sort of Autobiography': Isolation in the Life Writing of Neith Boyce," presented at "All By Myself: The Representation of Individual Identity in Autobiographical Writings" conference, Groningen University, Groningen, The Netherlands, 15 November 1996.
  • "An Overview of the Brown University Women Writers Project," co-presented with Paul Caton at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey 6 November 1996.
  • "Where Have All the Futurist Ladies Gone? -- Back to America," presented at Second Annual North American Studies Conference, Tartu University, Tartu, Estonia, 27 April 1995.
  • "Victoriana Victorious: Thoroughly Modern Obfuscation in the Autobiographical Literature of Neith Boyce," presented at Association for Documentary Editing national meeting, Tucson, Arizona, 29 October 1994.
  • "Mary Boyce, Foremother of the Festival of Roses," presented to Ruskin Art Club, Los Angeles, California, 17 July 1991.
  • "Autobiography as Mystery: The Modern World of Neith Boyce," presented in Humanities Lecture Series, College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, Minnesota, 7 February 1990.
  • Two public readings from Neith Boyce's "Autobiography," at 1989 Minnesota Festival of The Book, Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, 30 September and 3 October 1989.

Grants and Awards

  • Discretionary Grant from Dean of the College, 2007.
  • Everett Helm Visiting Fellowships to the Lilly Library, Indiana University, July 2005, 2007.
  • H.D. Fellowship in American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, 2005.
  • Senior Fulbright Fellowship to Başkent University, Ankara, Turkey, 2003-2004.
  • Fellowship, John Nicholas Brown Center for the Study of American Civilization, Brown University, 2002.
  • Salomon Grants for Curricular Improvement: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003.
  • Author of and Project Director, "In Her Own Words: Elizabeth I Onstage and Online," funded by Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities. February 1997 - August 1998.
  • Abigail Award from Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women's Research, Resources and Scholarship, the College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1994.
  • Travel to Collections grant for research in California, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1990.
  • Title subsidy grant for Boyce volume, Minnesota Humanities Commission 1986.
  • Travel to Collections grant for research in Italy, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1984.
  • Tuition and travel grant from the National Historic Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to attend Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents, 1980.
  • Grant from Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Denver, for M.A. research at The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University, 1977.

Teaching Experience

Brown University: "Autobiography" (EL 123), "Writing as Persuasion" (EL13), "Introduction to Creative Nonfiction" (EL 18), "Lifewriting" (EL 05, EL 18), "Advanced Lifewriting" (EL 118), "Letters and Diaries" (EL 118), Creative Nonfiction: "Research Essay" (ENGL0130), "Science Research Essay" (ENGL0130) 1997-2010. Supervised independent studies in personal journalism, diaries, autobiography, historical narrative, and epistolary literature. "Lifewriting" for Brown Writers' Symposium. "Writing with Food" for Summer & Continuing Studies.

Başkent University: "Twentieth Century Novel," "Modern Short Story," "Literature and Medicine," "Special Delivery: Letters and Diaries," 2003-2004.

American University in Cairo: English as Foreign Language to graduate students, 1969-70.

Professional Associations

  • American Historical Association
  • American Studies Association
  • American Research Institute of Turkey
  • Association for Documentary Editing
  • Autobiography Society
  • Authors Guild
  • Biographers International Organization
  • Eugene O'Neill Society
  • Institute for Current World Affairs
  • Modern Language Association of America
  • New England American Studies Association
  • Northeast Modern Language Association
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing
  • Society for the Study of American Women Writers
  • Susan Glaspell Society