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Department ofEnglish

Robin Tremblay-McGaw

Robin Tremblay-McGaw


Robin Tremblay-McGaw's (M.L.I.S., University of California Berkeley; Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz) interests include: writing and rhetoric, film, poetics and poetry, multimodal projects, narrative and narrative theory; feminist and queer theory and she is interested in the way forms work across myriad cultural productions. Currently she is thinking about the intersections of ethics, privilege, race, gender, and sexuality in experimental writing. Robin teaches a variety of courses at SCU including: Cultures & Ideas: Literatures of the World; English 106: The Rhetoric of Forms; English 31: Adaptations, Interventions and Collaborations in Literature, Art, and Film; Critical Thinking and Writing: Art, Culture and Social Justice;  Honors Critical Thinking and Writing: Communities & Rhetorics; English 122 and WGST 34: Film, Gender & Sexuality: Spider Women, Butterflies & Renegades, and others. Along with two of her colleagues--Maria Judnick and Kristin Conard--she is the recipient of several Teaching with Technology Grants that work to support multimodal projects at Santa Clara and elsewhere.

Robin is the co-editor with Rob Halpern of From Our Hearts to Yours: New Narrative as Contemporary Practice (ON Contemporary Practice, 2017). Her book of poems, Dear Reader (Ithuriel's Spear) came out in August 2015. Some recent talks and articles include "The Magical Mystery Tour: From the Investigative Essay to the Multimodal Project" at the Young Rhetoricians Conference in June 2018; a collaborative panel for the PhiloSOPHIA: Poetry, Politics & Feminist Theory Conference 2016 with Andrea Quaid, Karen Lepri, Madhu Kaza, Sueyeun Juliette Lee, and Margaret Rhee. The text from this panel, entitled “Alarming Logics,” is available in Feminist Spaces 2.2. She was the co-organizer for the seminar "New Narrative/New Poetries" at the Poetics (the Next) 25 Years Conference at the University at Buffalo in April 2016;  her seminar paper for this conference is entitled “Not Resembling the Face in the Mirror: New Narrative, Race & Ethics.”  She co-authored "Variations on a Theme: Teaching Claudia Rankin'es Citizen: An American Lyric," with Emily Abendroth, Karen Lepri, and Andrea Quaid,which appears in Albeit, 4.2 Special Issue on Black Lives Matter, September 2017;  She has also published work on Harryette Mullen (MELUS Summer 2010 & Tripwire 2014),Joan Retallack (Aufgabe 2013), and others. Her writing has appeared in ElderlyLittle Red Leaves, On: Contemporary Practice, HOW2, Crayon, Mirage, Digital Artifact Magazine, POM2, Narrativity, Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative (Toronto: Coach House Books, 2004). An ardent fan of hot yoga and strong coffee, Robin also serves as an associate for the Institute for Writing and Thinking at Bard College through which she facilitates workshops for high school and college teachers on the essay, writing and thinking, writing to learn, and writing and thinking with technology.