Steven J. Venturino
PhD. Loyola University Chicago, English, May 2000: Dissertation committee Harveen Mann, Pamela L. Caughie, J. Hillis Miller
MA. Loyola University Chicago, English, January 1995
BA. UCLA, English, March 1985
Newberry Library, Chicago
2015 – Present
Loyola University Chicago, Department of English
1994 – 2015
– Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year: Loyola chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, May 2011
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism. New York: Alpha Books/Penguin Group. 2013.
Editor. Contemporary Tibetan Literary Studies: Proceedings of the Tenth Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, 2003. Vol. 6. Leiden: Brill, 2007.
Review: Ballad of the Himalayas: Stories of Tibet, by Ma Yuan. Trans. Herbert J. Batt (Portland, MN: MerwinAsia, 2012). China Review International 18.4 (2011, publ. 2013): 535-41.
“The Notorious Jumping Reader of Calaveras County: Twain, Blanchot, and a Dialectic of Storytelling.” The Midwest Quarterly 49.4 (2008): 374-87.
“Placing Tibetan Fiction in a World of Literary Studies: Jamyang Norbu’s The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes.” Modern Tibetan Literature and Social Change. Eds. Lauran R. Hartley and Patricia Schiaffini-Vendani. Duke UP, 2008. 301-326.
“Signifying on China: African-American Literary Theory and Tibetan Discourse.” Sinographies: Writing China. Eds. Eric Hayot, Steve Yao, and Haun Saussy. Minneapolis: U Minnesota P, 2007. 271-99.
“Introduction: Approaching Contemporary Tibetan Literature.” Contemporary Tibetan Literary Studies: Proceedings of the Tenth Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, 2003. Vol. 6. Ed. Steven J. Venturino. Leiden: Brill, 2007. 1-6.
“Inquiring After Theory in China.” boundary 2 33.2 (2006): 91-113.
“Where is Tibet in World Literature?” World Literature Today 78.1 (2004): 51-56.
Dissertation (NOTE: Clicking the link will lead to an 8MB PDF). “Critical Baggage : Traveling Theory in China, Tibet, and the Transnational Academy.” Loyola University Chicago, 2000. Dir. Harveen S. Mann.
“Globalization, Cultural Critique, and China.” Social Semiotics 10.2 (2000): 211-20.
“Drowning Martin Eden’s Ideological Aesthetic.” Guowai Wenxue (Foreign Literatures, Beijing) 66 (1997): 19-27. English version.
“Reading Negotiations in the Tibetan Diaspora.” Constructing Tibetan Culture: Contemporary Perspectives. Ed. Frank J. Korom. Quebec: World Heritage Press. 1997. 98-121.
“Translating Tibet’s Cultural Dispersion: Solzhenitsyn, Paine, and Orwell in Dharamsala.” Diaspora 4.2 (1995): 153-80.
COURSES & LECTURES
Newberry Library Seminars
Essentials of Literary and Film Theory
The Art of Early Cinema
Appreciating Form in Books and Movies
Chaplin: Five Films
Lois Weber: Three Films (upcoming)
Individual Serial Readings of Novels by Charles Dickens:
– David Copperfield
– Bleak House
– Little Dorrit
– Our Mutual Friend
Individual Serial Readings of Novels by George Eliot:
– Adam Bede
– The Mill on the Floss
– Daniel Deronda
A Serial Reading of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
A Serial Reading of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Klara and the Sun
Edith Wharton: Two Novels
Exploring Tennyson’s In Memoriam
Loyola University Chicago
Postmodernism (Contemporary Literature)
Narrative Theory (Topics in Contemporary Theory)
Director, Independent Study in Narrative Theory
Doctoral Dissertation Committee Member for Elizabeth Hanson, 2011-2013: Hanson’s dissertation was chosen as Loyola University Chicago’s “Dissertation of the Year for the Humanities” in 2013.
Introduction to Fiction
Introduction to Film History
The Modern Novel
Cultural Studies: “Serial Fiction from Dickens to the Digital Age”
British Literature I
Society in Literature: “Postcolonial Revisions”
Chief American Writers I
Literary Criticism & Theory
Beijing University, Beijing, China, Fall semester 1996
Visiting lecturer: Intermediate English: Nonfiction Reading
Amnye Machen Institute, Center for Advanced Tibetan Studies, Dharamsala, India, Summer 1993
Lecturer and consultant to the editors of the Institute’s world literature publication series
Tibetan Resettlement Program, Chicago, 1992
Director of and instructor for EFL program
Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, 1986-1987
Substitute teacher for junior high and high school courses, generally English and history
Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, 1986-1987
Instructor for adult education EFL courses
Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China, 1985 – 1986
Lecturer: Modern British Literature, Western Literary Criticism, Writing about Literature
AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS
Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year, Loyola chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta National English Honor Society, May 2011
Arthur J. Schmitt Dissertation Fellowship, Loyola University Chicago, 1998-1999
Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Honor Society, inducted 1997
Loyola University Chicago Graduate Teaching Fellowship, 1995-1996
Loyola University Chicago Graduate Assistantship, 1993-1995, 1997-1998
SELECTED PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES
Associate Director, Midwest Modern Language Association (January-May 2009)
Managing Editor, The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association (January-May 2009)
NEH Faculty Development Seminar: “Supranationalism: The Ethics of Global Governance”: Columbia University School of International Policy and Affairs, directed by the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, New York, NY, July-August 2001
Reader for the following publishers and journals: Bedford-St. Martin’s, Broadview Press, Cultural Anthropology, Diaspora, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Oxford University Press, Western American Literature, World Literature Today
Scholars at Risk Network, supporter
PEN American Center, associate member
The Authors Guild, member
SELECTED CONFERENCE ACTIVITY
For the Modern Language Association
– Special Session organizer: “Serialization: Theory and Practice.” MLA Convention, Los Angeles, CA, Jan. 2011.
– “Deducing Colonial Crimes: Holmes in Tibet.” MLA Convention, Philadelphia, PA, Dec. 2004.
– “Critical Inquiry’s Report on Theory in China.” MLA Convention, Philadelphia, PA, Dec. 2004.
– “Discussing China in a “Post–East-West” World.” MLA Convention, San Diego, CA, Dec. 2003.
– “Serializing Cultural Studies with Our Mutual Friend(s).” MLA Convention, New York, NY, Dec. 2002.
– “Kim’s Geopolitical ‘Empire of Belief.’” MLA Convention, Washington, D.C., Dec. 2000.
– Session Respondent, “South Asian Languages and Literatures in the Era of Postcolonial Studies.” MLA Convention, Washington, D.C., Dec. 2000.
– “Language Change and Traveling Theory in China and Tibet.” MLA Convention, Chicago, IL, Dec. 1995.
Other Selected Conference Presentations and Invited Lectures
– “George Eliot’s Narration and Serial Reading.” George Eliot 2019: An International Bi-Centenary Conference. Leicester, July 2019.
– “Dickens, Film Narrative, and the Moving Text.” North American Victorian Studies Association Annual Conference (NAVSA), Honolulu, July 2015.
– “Poetry, Portrait, and Cinematic Point of View (The Mediated Self).” American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), New York, March 2014.
– “Ma Yuan’s Tibetan Stories: Apostrophizing the Catastrophe.” American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), Providence, RI, March 2012.
– “Seeing Otherwise: Free Indirect Discourse and the Framed Image.” Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA), Genoa, Italy, July 2010.
– “Serial Realism 2: The Formal Significance of Installments.” International Conference on Narrative, Birmingham, England, June 2009.
– “Serial Realism: Ian Watt, David Copperfield, and Installments in the Classroom.” Centre for the Novel, University of Aberdeen, “The Novel and Its Borders,” Aberdeen, Scotland, July 2008.
– Presenter and panel chair: “China’s Dialogue with Minority Criticism: African-American Literary Theory and Tibetan Discourse,” for the panel, “Self, Other, and the Limitations of Humanity.” 17th Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA), Hong Kong, Aug. 2004.
– Session Organizer and Chair: “Approaches to Tibetan Literature.” 10th Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies (IATS), Oxford, England, Sept. 2003.
– “Tibet’s Challenging Place in Contemporary Literary Studies.” 10th Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies (IATS), Oxford, England, Sept. 2003.
– Guest Lecturer for graduate course in Tibetan literature, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. Columbia University, New York, NY, April 2003.
– “Kipling, Doyle, and Jamyang Norbu’s The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes.” Brown Bag Lecture Series, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University, New York, NY, Apr. 2003.
– “Everybody’s a Critic: Global Civil Society and the Humanities.” National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Development Seminar, “Supranationalism: The Ethics of Global Governance,” directed by the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, New York, NY, July 2001.
– “Mr. Science, Mr. Democracy, and Mrs. Theory.” International Conference on the Future of Literary Theory: China and the World, Beijing, China, July 2000.
– “The Business of Theory: Transnational Exchange, Cultural Critique, and China.” First Annual Graduate Student Globalization Conference, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, May 1999.
– “Globalizing ‘China Studies’ in a Postdisciplinary Academy.” Globalization and the Future of the Humanities Conference, Beijing, China, Aug. 1998.
– “Tibetan Studies and Contemporary Cultural Theory.” 8th Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies (IATS), Bloomington, IN, July 1998.
– Presenter and panel chair: “National Identity & The Uses of Western Literary Theory in China and Tibet,” for the panel, “National Identities/Foreign Authors.” 15th Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA), Leiden, Netherlands, Aug. 1997.
– “Postmodernism and Postcolonialism: China, Tibet, the West.” Critical Theories: China and the West Conference, Changsha, China, June 1997.
– “Comparative Literary Theory in China and Tibet: Multiculturalism vs. (Multi)Nationalism.” American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Apr. 1997.