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Rosemarie McGerrVivian Halloran

Associate Professor of Comparative Literature

(812) 856-0500

Ballantine Hall 904


PhD in Comparative Literature, UCLA, 2002
BA in Spanish and English, University of Colorado—Boulder, 1994

Interdisciplinary Connections

I am Associate Director of American Studies for 2009-2010 and since 2005, I have been a faculty fellow in the Program in Human Biology.  Other programs or centers with which I am affiliated at IU include the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Latino Studies, Cultural Studies, African Studies and the Anthropology of Food concentration.

My Work

My research and teaching interests are profoundly interdisciplinary.  I am interested in the interconnections between art, history and literature; autobiography, poetry and the novel; scientific discourse, medicine and popular literature.

My current research focuses on non-fiction literature about food. I am at work on a book-length manuscript about culinary memoirs written by immigrants to the United States and/or their descendents.  In my food-themed classes, I explore the connections between literature that mentions food, the literary merits of food criticism and culinary memoirs, how scientific research and concerns about sustainability have produced a new type of food journalism with a social conscience, and the importance of food-entertainment in global popular culture.

Other areas of research I am currently working on include memory studies, the literature of mourning, and the role of history in African American and Latino/a children's literature. 

Sample Publications

My book, Exhibiting Slavery: The Caribbean Postmodern Novel as Museum demonstrates one aspect of my interdisciplinary research methodology. It blends literary criticism and museum studies to argue that postmodern fiction and postmodern museum both deploy similar multi-media narrative strategies as they depict the history of transatlantic slavery.


“Race, Creole and National Identities in Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea and Phillips’ Cambridge.”  Small Axe 21 (2006): 87-94.
“Performative Mourning: Remembering Derrida Through (Re)Reading.”  PMC: Post Modern Culture 15.3 (2005).

Current Projects
Blackness, Diaspora and Global Culture.  Eds. Matthew Pratt Guterl and Vivian Nun Halloran.
The Immigrant Kitchen: Family Recipes and the Culinary Memoir.
“Travel and Family in Julia Alvarez’s Canon.”  Literature of Migration from the Islands to the Diaspora: Voces Caribeñas.   Eds. Vanessa Perez and Kelly Comfort. New Directions in Latino American Cultures.   New York:  Palgrave Macmillan.  Forthcoming in January 2010.
“Gender and the Doctor Persona in Popular MD-Authored Weight Loss Literature.”  Prescribing Gender in Medicine and Narrative.  Eds.  Angela Laflen andMarcelline Block. Newcastle upon Tyne:  Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Forthcoming.

Recent Courses
CMLT C 200  Honors Seminar: Food and Literature
CMLT C 694  Literary Studies and the Natural Sciences: Kitchen Science to Molecular Gastronomy
CMLT C 340  Women in World Literature: Women and/in Medicine
CMLT C 364  The Caribbean: Literature and Theory
CMLT C 538  The Twentieth Century II:  History and/in the Postmodern Novel