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Lynda A. Szabo

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Lynda SzaboOffice Phone: 724-847-6624

Disciplines/Field of Instruction

  • American Literature
  • Women′s Literature
  • Christianity and Literature

Degrees Received

  • M.A., Ph.D. in English, December 1998, Duquesne University
  • Instructional I Certification, 1986, Geneva College
  • B.A. in English, 1985, Geneva College

Courses Taught

  • American Literature I, II, and III
  • Critical Approaches to Literature
  • Senior Seminar: Emily Dickinson
  • Masterpieces of World Literature
  • Nineteenth Century Literature
  • Contemporary Literature
  • American Women Writers of Color
  • Homer and Kin
  • Women′s Literature
  • College Composition
  • Honors English Composition
  • Contemporary Writing: Creative Nonfiction
  • Twentieth-Century African-American Art and Literature
  • Women in the Arts: Interdisciplinary Course on Women Artists and Writers
  • Soul of Africa: Interdisciplinary Course on West African Arts
  • Humanities 103: Invitation to the Humanities
  • Humanities 110: Ancient to Medieval Cultures
  • Humanities 203: Ancient through Enlightenment Cultures
  • Humanities Travel Course: London, Paris, Florence, & Rome
  • Puerto Rico 2000 and 2002: Interdisciplinary Humanities Travel Course
  • Humanities 304: Italian Culture (Travel Course, Spring 2006)


  • Reviews of Experience and Faith: The Late-Romantic Imagination of Emily Dickinson by Richard E. Brantley and Nimble Believing: Dickinson and the Unknown by James McIntosh. Christianity and Literature 56 (2007) 354-357.
  • "Dishwashing, Laundry, and Enlightenment: The Spirituality of Women′s Work in Maxine Hong Kingston′s Hawai′i One Summer and Kathleen Norris′s The Quotidian Mysteries." Pennsylvania College English Association. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. April 2005.
  • "Amidst These Indirections: Levertov′s Poetry of Faith and Doubt." Midwest Conference on Christianity and Literature. Indiana Wesleyan University. Marion, IN. March 2004.
  • "Experiencing the Soul of Africa: Pedagogies." The 2000 Association for Integrative Studies Conference. Portland State University. Portland, OR. October 2000.
  • " ‘It takes more than one voice to tell a story′: Language, Spirituality, and Community in Diane Glancy′s Pushing the Bear." American Women Writers of Color Conference. Salisbury State University. Ocean City, MD. October 1999.
  • "History Re-Made: Gertrude Stein′s The Making of Americans." Twentieth-Century Literature Conference. University of Louisville. Louisville, KY. February 1999.
  • "Women Faculty, Feminism, and Teaching at a Christian College." Women in Higher Education Conference. Charleston, SC. January 1999.
  • "Long Steam Women: The Urge to Tell in Nellie Wong and Lucille Clifton." American Women Writers of Color Conference. Salisbury State University. Ocean City, MD. October 1996.
  • " ‘The Muses are little female fellows′: Adrienne Rich, Lyn Hejinian, and Hannah Weiner." National Poetry Foundation: American Poetry of the 1950s. University of Maine. Orono, Maine. June 1996.
  • " ‘this / is a fiction, pay attention]′: The Poetics of William Carlos Williams′s Paterson." MLA. Chicago, Illinois. December 1995.

Current Research

  • My current interests in literature have continued to build on the foundation established in the dissertation regarding experimental texts and forms of identity. Currently, my growing interest and expertise in Christianity and Literature has resulted in studying and theorizing a connection between the experimental and the spiritual. Recent work has centered on issues of faith, beauty, and literary form in the poetry of Emily Dickinson, Anne Sexton, and Denise Levertov and in the fiction of Flannery O′Connor. I am writing a series of papers on these writers and, eventually, intend to write or edit a book on faith and form in American women′s writing.

Awards & Distinctions Received

  • Excellence in Teaching Award. Geneva College. Beaver Falls, PA. 1999-2000.
  • Awarded Monies from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. November 1998.

Affiliations, e.g., membership in professional organizations, etc.

  • Emily Dickinson Society
  • National Museum for Women in the Arts
  • Association for Integrative Studies
  • Modern Language Association
  • Christianity and Literature

Miscellaneous, e.g., hobbies, sports, personal info, etc.

  • Literary Theory
  • World Literature
  • Interdisciplinary Humanities
  • College Composition