Joy A. J. Howard, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor
Discipline Taught: English
Office: Merion Hall 136
Phone: (610) 660-3129
Email: Joy.Howard@SJU.edu


Education

  • B.A., Michigan State University, 2001
  • M.A., University of New Hampshire, 2004
  • Ph.D., Purdue University, 2011

Professional Experience

Member of:  MLA, the Society of Early Americanists, & American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Liaison for The Society of Early Americanists to The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2012-Present 

Courses Taught

  • English 101 (The Craft of Language)
  • English 102 (Texts and Contexts)
  • English 482 (Echoes of Salem in American Literature, 1692 to the present)
  • English 480 (Captivity Narratives in Early American Literature to 1860)

Publications

“Profile: Julia A. J. Foote (1823-1901)” Legacy: American Women Writers 21.3 (2006): 86-91.

“Women of Faith and the Pen: Anna Maria van Schurman, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and Anne Bradstreet” Journal of Prose Studies 29.3 (2007): 394-404.

Review of Kathleen Kent, The Heretic’s Daughter: Little, Brown & Company, 2008 Sycamore Review 21.1 (Winter/Spring 2009): 139-141

“Jonathan Edwards’s Metaphors of Sin in Indian Country” Religion in the Age of Enlightenment 2.0 (2010): 153-176.

“Becoming the Other: Reading Shaker Gift Songs from Indian and Negro Spirits” Commissioned by Common-place: The Interactive Journal of Early American Life 13.2 (forthcoming January 2013)

“Shaping Narrative: Julia A. J. Foote’s Theology of Holiness” in Lived Theologies and Literature: Women Writing Religion in the Nineteenth Century, edited by Mary Wearn, under contract with Ashgate Press (forthcoming 2013)

“Rebecca Kellogg Ashley: Negotiating Identity on the Early American Borderlands, 1704-1757” in Women in Early America, edited by Tom Foster, under contract with New York University Press (under revision)

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

“Making Sense of the Pieces: Identity after the 1704 Deerfield Raid and Mohawk Captivity” Captivity Writing Unbound Conference, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL, 2012

“Becoming the Other: Reading Shaker Gift Songs from Indian and Negro Spirits” “Triumph in my Song”: 18th & 19th Century African Atlantic Culture, History, & Performance Conference, the University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 2012

“Delaying the Salem Story with Slavery and Spirit Possession” The Society of Early Americanists’ Seventh Biennial Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 2011

“Reimagining the Translator, Reimagining the Redeemed Captive” Early American Borderlands, the Third Early Ibero/Anglo Americanist Summit, St. Augustine, FL, 2010

“Indian Language and Quaker Authority in anti-Puritan Texts” Society of Early Americanists’ Conference, Hamilton, Bermuda, 2009

“Tainted Bodies and Island Plantations: Interpreting Spirit Possession during the Quaker Missionary Invasion of Boston” American Literature Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, 2008

Research

Early American Literature to 1860, Lived Religion, Wonder narratives, Witchcraft & Spirit Possession Discourse, Early American Conversion, Captivity Narratives, Puritan Sermons, early Quaker Writings

 

Recent Service to the Field

Session Organizer, “The Rural Believer in the 18th Century,” Conference of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Cleveland, OH, 2013

Session Chair, “Imagined constructions of community”: Continuing Scholarship on Jonathan Edwards, The Society of Early Americanists’ Eighth Biennial Conference, Savannah, GA, 2013

Session Organizer, “Ecstatic Performance at the Borders of Faith and Race,” “Triumph in my Song”: 18th & 19th Century African Atlantic Culture, History, & Performance, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 2012


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