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Bethany's research transforms ecocritical theory into environmental practice, engaging the body as contact zone and testing ground. Combining somatic work and dance, agroecology and gardening, critical theory and close reading, Bethany's projects employ a transdisciplinary approach to unsettling distinctions between theory and practice, mind and body, environment and individual, reader and text. This practice-as-research methodology is entrained introspectively and self-reflexively; the processes are worthy of inquiry as much as—and perhaps even more than—the products. Opting always for complexity, Bethany's work understands every encounter as a dance of improvisational co-creation. In her spare time, Bethany edits 'Disparate Housewives,' renovates 1960's Airstreams, and plays with her pitbull Hamlet.
PhD English Literature, UC Davis
BA English Literature, Willamette University 2012
English Department: ENL3A - Writer's Workshop (Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021)
English Department: ENL3 - Literature and the Environment (Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021)
University Writing Program 1Y (Hybrid) - Academic Literacies (Spring 2019, Winter 2019)
University Writing Program 1 - Academic Literacies (Fall 2018)
University Writing Program 1 - Expository Writing (Summer Session II 2018)
University Writing Program 1 - Expository Writing (Spring 2018)
University Writing Program 1 - Expository Writing (Winter 2018)
University Writing Program 1 - Expository Writing (Fall 2017)
TA - English 122 - Milton (Margaret Ferguson) (Spring 2017)
TA - English 186 - Literature, Sexuality, and Gender (Elizabeth Freeman) (Winter 2016)
ENL186 - Guest lecture: 'Narration and gender in Absalom, Absalom!' (2016)
TA - English 110A - Introduction to Literary Criticism (Matthew Stratton) (Fall 2016)
CONFERENCES AND PUBLICATIONS
2021 - NeMLA - "Critic as Contact Zone: From Ecocritical Theory to Embodied, Environmental Practice"
2020 - UC Davis Feminist Research Institute - Asking Different Questions Scholar (Fall Quarter)
2020 - Humanities on the Brink: Energy, Environment, Emergency (ASLE) - "Embodied Ecocriticism: Action and Agriculture as Environmental Texts"
2019 - Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) - "Those Who Can’t Do, Teach? Reuniting Material and Semiotic By Way of FSTS"
2019 - Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) - “It Matters in the Field: Grounding Speculative Agricultures in New Materialist Theory”
2017 - UC Davis Feminist Theory and Research Symposium - "Are We There Yet? Cruising Regiontology in a 1978 Airstream Ambassador Land Yacht"