Michelle Balaev teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in twentieth-century American literature, ecocriticism, and literary theory. Educated at the University of California, Santa Cruz (B.A. 1997), the University of Nevada, Reno (M.A. 2000), and the University of Oregon (Ph.D. 2006), her research interests include the tragic in late-modern novels, imperialism, Pacific Rim literature, and nature writing. She is currently completing a book entitled Tragic Renewal in American Literature. Michelle was a radio guest on NPR last summer based on her op-ed article that appeared in The Guardian.
Selected Works: Contemporary Approaches in Literary Trauma Theory (Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2014, Forthcoming); The Nature of Trauma in American Novels (Northwestern University Press, 2012); “The Formation of a Field: Ecocriticism in America.” PMLA: Publications of the Modern Language Association of America 127.3 (2012). Interview; “Trends in Literary Trauma Theory.” Mosaic: Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 41.2 (2008); “Landscape Imagery and Memory in the Narrative of Trauma: Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony.” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 13.2 (2006).
- WSU Tri-Cities
- CIC 201AE