Dr. Catherine Waitinas




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Ph.D. English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.A.  English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.A./M.A. (dual degree) English, St. Bonaventure University

Teaching and Research Interests

Walt Whitman
Literary Mesmerism
Literary Pedagogy
Digital Humanities
Open Educational Resources (OER)

Selected Publications

"Putting Students 'In Whitman's Hand.'" Teaching with Digital Humanities: Tools and Methods for Nineteenth-Century American Literature. Topics in the Digital Humanities Series. Ed. Jennifer Travis and Jessica DeSpain. University of Illinois Press, 2018. 153-66. 

"'Animal Magnetism': The 'Cotemporary' Roots of Whitman's 'Is Mesmerism True?'" Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 34 (2016), 55-68.

“What Does It Mean to Open Education? Perspectives on Using Open Educational Resources at a US Public University.” With L. Vanasupa, A. Wiley, L. Schlemer, D. Ospina, P. Schwartz, D. Wilhelm, and K. Hall. Open Education: International Perspectives in Higher Education, ed. Patrick Blessinger and T.J. Bliss. Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers, 2016. 199-221.

"Gay and Godly: Coming to Jesus in James Baldwin's Go Tell It on the Mountain." The James Dickey Review 29:1 (Fall/Winter 2012), 22-34. Special issue on American Masculinities.

"Tarot as 'Secret Tradition' in T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land: 'These fragments I have shored against my ruins.'" Tarot in Culture, ed. Emily E. Auger. Victoria, Australia: Association for Tarot Studies, 369-409.

"'A Noiseless Patient Spider': Whitman, Wikis, and the Web." Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice 2:4 (Spring 2009): 47-74.

"The Search for Identity, 1970-Present." American Passages: A Literary Survey, ed. Laura K. Arnold et al. New York: W.W. Norton & Co. in association with Oregon Public Broadcasting and Annenberg/CPB, 2003. 758-808.

Courses Taught

511: Early American Poetry
511: The Early American Novel
511: Early through Revolutionary American Literature
502: Contemporary Critical Theory
461: Senior Project
459: Literary Mesmerism
449: Walt Whitman:  Literature and the Digital Archive
449: Early American Women Writers
449: The Early American Novel
400: Literature of the Lake District (Extended Field Trip)
400: Nathaniel Hawthorne
380: Self-Reliance in American Film and Fiction
346: Ethnic American Writers
345: Women Writers of the Twentieth Century
333: London in the Romantic Imagination (London Study)
331: Early Modern English Literature
303: Core IV -- Transatlantic Romanticism
240: The American Tradition in Literature
204: Core II -- English and American Literature in the Age of Discovery

Awards and Honors

Open Educational Resources Grant, AB798 (American literary OER), 2017-18 
CLA Circle of Giving Grant (Whitman videos), 2017-18
Learn By Doing Scholar Award (Whitman pedagogy), 2017
CLA Early Career Award for Achievement in Teaching, 2015 
CLA Circle of Giving Grant (Whitman digital pedagogy), 2014-15 
CTLT Technology & Pedagogy Grants (3), 2007-8 and 2008-9  
University of Illinois: All-Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
University of Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Humanities Teaching Excellence Award
University of Illinois English Department: Award for Outstanding Teaching

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