Jeanette Shumaker

Jeanette Shumaker

English Department
West Faculty #15
(760) 768-5524
[email protected]

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1983-90 Claremont Graduate Schoool M.A., Ph.D. English
1982-83 Trinity College, Dublin Higher Diploma Anglo-Irish Literature
1981-82 U.C. Irvine (MFA program) none Poetry writing
1977-81 University of Redlands B.A. English
1979-80 University of Durham, England none Interdisciplinary

Professional Experience

SDSU, Imperial Valley Campus Asst./Assoc. Professor 1992-present English
Univ. of Texas, Permian Basin Assistant Professor 1991-92 English
Elizabethtown C., Etown. PA. Assistant Professor 1990-91 English
UCLA Writing Programs Lecturer (full-time) 1989-90 Writing
Cal-Poly University, Pomona Lecturer (part-time) 1987-89 Writing
Scripps College Fall Lecturer (part-time) 1986-88 English
University of Redlands Lecturer (part-time) Fall 1985-88 Writing
U. C. Riverside Fall Lecturer (part-time) 1985 Writing
Riverside City College Lecturer (part-time) Spring 1984 Writing
U.C. Irvine Teaching Assistant (part-time) 1981-82 Writing



Co-Authored, Peer-reviewed Books with William Baker as First Author:
  • 3. Bernard Kops. (Fairleigh Dickinson UP, forthcoming)
  • 2. The Literature of the Fox: A Guide to Anglo-Jewish Writers. AMS Press (forthcoming).
  • 1. Leonard Merrick: A Novelist’s Novelist, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2009.
Sole-Authored Essays in Peer-Reviewed Journals:
  • 29. “Questioning the Paddy Stereotype in Edna O’Brien’s ‘Shovel Kings.’”
    Journal of the Short Story in English (forthcoming).
  • 28. “Deathly Conformity of Irish Women: Novels by Mary O’Donnell and Susan Knight.”
    South Carolina Review 45.2 (2013): 16-24.
  • 27."Irish Sado-Masochism in Clare Boylan’s Home Rule and Holy Pictures"
    Estudios Irlandeses Vol. 6 (2011). (
  • 26. “Divided Allegiances and Female Friendships in Short Stories by Maeve Kelly and Rita Kelly.” Short Story 18.2 (2010) 80-88.
  • 25. “Edna O’Brien’s 1990s Trilogy” in North Dakota Quarterly 76.3 (2009): 14-38.
  • 24. “Degenerationism and Mesmerism in Wilkie Collins’s Heart and Science” in South Carolina Review 41.1 (Fall 2008): 102-109.
  • 23. “Trauma in Jennifer Johnston’s The Fool’s Sanctuary and Two Moons” in 9.4 (2008): 42-53 of Nassau Review.
  • 22. “Accepting the Grotesque Body: Bildungs by Clare Boylan and Eilis Ni Dhuibhne” in 1 (2006): 103-111 of Estudios Irlandeses.
  • 21. “Girardian Rivalry in Maeve Brennan’s ‘The Springs of Affection’” in 13.2 (2005): 95-104 of Short Story.
  • 20. “Uncanny Doubles: the Fiction of Anne Enright” in New Hibernia Review 9.3 (2005): 107-122.
  • 19. “Fallen Madonnas in Late-Victorian Fiction: Kate Chopin’s and Grant Allen’s Ambivalence About Sacrifice” in South Carolina Review 36.1 (2003): 40-50.
  • 18. “The White Devil in Orley Farm: Trollope, Webster, and Degeneracy” in Readerly/Writerly Texts 10.1-2 (2002-03): 79-88.
  • 17. “A Secret Garden of Repressed Desires: F.H. Burnett’s That Lass ‘O Lowries” in Dickens Studies Annual 32 (2002): 363-78.
  • 16. "Degeneracy in Henry James's The Princess Casamassima" in SUNO Review, from S. Univ. New Orleans, 1.2 (2001): 12-26.
  • 15. "Mother-Daughter Rivalries in Short Stories by Edna O'Brien, Helen Lucy Burke, Mary Beckett, and Elizabeth Bowen" in North Dakota Quarterly 68.1 (2001): 70-85.
  • 14. "Illness as a Crucible in Novels by George Meredith, Frances Trollope, and Charlotte Yonge" in Nassau Review 8.2 (2001): 16-26.
  • 13. "Borders, Binaries and Heritage in an Irish Short Story: Victoria White's 'Raving Autumn'" in 29 (2000): 519-38 of Women's Studies.
  • 12. "Becoming a Middle-Class Princess: F.H. Burnett's Through One Administration" in 8.1-8.2 (2000): 43-52 of Readerly/Writerly Texts.
  • 11. “Irish 'Fallen' Women in Stories by Mary Beckett, Lilian Roberts Finlay, and Emma Cooke” in NS 7.2 (1999): 91-98 of Short Story.
  • 10. “Gaskell’s Ruth and Hardy’s Tess as Novels of Free Union,” in 28 (1999): 151-72 of Dickens Studies Annual.
  • 9. "Domestic Gothics: Charlotte Yonge's Heir of Redclyffe and Edith Wharton's "The Old Maid" in 14.1 (1999): 43-54 of Middle-Atlantic Writers Association Review.
  • 8. “Abjection and Degeneration in Thomas Hardy’s ‘Barbara of the House of Grebe’” in 26.2 (1999): 1-17 of College Literature.
  • 7. “Bruised Boys and ‘Fallen’ Women in Short Stories by Elizabeth Bowen” in 32.1 (1999): 88-99 of the South Carolina Review.
  • 6. “Rivalry, Confession, and Healing in Bernard Mac Laverty’s Cal,” in 9 (1997): 9-15 of Notes on Modern Irish Literature.
  • 5. “Sacrificial Women in Short Stories by Edna O’Brien and Mary Lavin,” in 32.2 (1995): 185-97 of Studies in Short Fiction.
  • 4. “Breaking with the Conventions: Victorian Confession Novels and Tess of the D’Urbervilles,” in 37.4 (1994): 445-62 of English Literature in Transition.
  • 3. "Deathbed Confessions," in III (1994): 92-106 of Continuum, a journal of hermeneutics and social concern.
  • 2. “The Madonna Ideal in Mary Lavin’s Short Stories: A Kristevan Perspective,” in 20 (Sp. ‘93): 81-88 Journal of the Short Story in English.
  • 1. "Confessing Rebellion: Gwendolen Harleth and the Alcharisi," in 18-19 (9/91): 55-62 of The George Eliot and George Henry Lewes Newsletter.
Invited Chapter in a Peer-Reviewed Book

“Blind Faith and Class Distinctions in Mary Lavin’s ‘The Small Bequest’ and ‘The Mock Auction.’” D’hoker, Elke. ed. Mary Lavin. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2013, 118-38.

Jointly Authored Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals:

Amtower, L. Kehler, D., Emory, L., Little, S., Moore, J., and Shumaker, J. "A Marriage of True Minds: a Fifteen-Year-Old Writing Group" in Issues in Writing 11.2(2001):168-90.

Invited, Sole-Authored Book and Videotape Reviews in Peer-Reviewed Journals:
  • Of Valerie Coghlan and Keigh O’Sullivan’s Irish Children’s Literature and Culture in Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 36.4 (2011): 484-87.
  • Of Barry Tharaud’s (ed.) Emerson for the Twenty-first Century in Style 45.3 (2011): 567-70.
  • Of Nancy Watson’s The Politics and Poetics of Irish Children’s Literature in Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 34.4 (2009): 405-407.
  • Of Jarlath Killeen’s The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde in Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 34.1 (2009): 82-84.
  • Of Velma B. Richmond’s Shakespeare as Children’s Literature in Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 34.1 (2009): 84-86.
  • Of Editors Patricia Haberstroh and Christine St. Peter’s Irish Women Writers: Opening the Field in Style 42.1 (Spring 2008): 94-96.
  • Of Anna K. Nardo’s George Eliot’s Dialogue with John Milton in George Eliot- George Henry Lewes Studies 52-53 (2007): 131-33.
  • Of all the articles about prose works that appeared in George Eliot-George Henry Lewes Studies between 2000 and 2005, in Nineteenth-Century Prose, 34 (Spring/Fall 2007): 381-385.
  • Of Maud Ellmann’s Elizabeth Bowen in Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, Fall 2004: 382-84.
  • Of Masako Hirai’s Sisters in Literature in George Eliot-George Henry Lewis Studies 38-39 (2000): 101-103.
  • Of Diane Long Hoeveler’s Gothic Feminism in Rocky Mountain Review 53.1 (1999): 112-13.
  • Of the BBC video of George Eliot’s Middlemarch in George Eliot-George Henry Lewes Studies 24-25 (9/94).
  • Of Michelle Masse’s In The Name of Love: Women, Masochism, and the Gothic in Studies in the Novel 25.2 (l993): 241-3.
  • Of Karen Chase’s Middlemarch in George Eliot-George Henry Lewes Studies 20-21 (9/92): 78-80.
  • Of Nancy Paxton's George Eliot and  Herbert Spencer in The George Eliot and George Henry Lewes Newsletter 18-19 (9/91): 104-7.
  • Of Janet Todd's British Women Writers in Annotated and Ennumerative Bibliography, 4.4 (1990): 184-5.
Invited Sole-Authored Chapter in a Non-peer-reviewed Book:

“Othello.” The Facts on File Companion to Shakespeare. 5 vols. Ed. William Baker and Kenneth Womack. New York: Facts on File, 2012, 1508-52.