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Evelyn Jaffe Schreiber Faculty Member

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Evelyn Jaffe Schreiber, Ph.D. is a Professor of English at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Her first book, "Subversive Voices: Eroticizing the Other in William Faulkner and Toni Morrison," examines identity and race via the theory of Jacques Lacan and cultural studies and was awarded the Toni Morrison Society book prize, 2003. It was a finalist for the Modern Language Association award for best first book, 2003. Her second book, "Race, Trauma, and Home in the Novels of Toni Morrison," is an interdisciplinary study of trauma in Morrison’s fiction and was published in 2010. It was awarded the Toni Morrison Society Book Prize in 2012 and was nominated for the MLA William Sanders Scarborough Prize for an outstanding scholarly study of black American literature or culture, 2011. Her latest book, "Healing Trauma: The Power of Listening," is an edited collection of essays on the neuroscience and clinical treatment of trauma, and was nominated for the Gradiva Award for best edited book, 2018 for the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. Her research applies Lacanian and other psychoanalytic principles of identity/subjectivity/agency, trauma theory, cultural studies, and neuroscience to literary texts, with articles on Faulkner, Morrison, Pinter, trauma, stream-of-consciousness, psychoanalytic theory, cultural studies, collaborative learning, and multicultural issues. Her articles appear in Mississippi Quarterly; The Faulkner Journal; Modern Fiction Studies; Literature & Psychology; Style; and Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, and she has contributed chapters to Blackwell’s Companion to Faulkner; Teaching Faulkner: Approaches and Methods; A Gathering of Evidence: Essays on William Faulkner's Intruder in the Dust; Memory and Meaning: Essays in Honour of Toni Morrison; Toni Morrison: "Paradise," "Love," and "A Mercy"; New Essays on Toni Morrison's "God Help the Child": Race, Culture, and History; and Toni Morrison: Memory and Meaning. (This collection received the Toni Morrison Society Book Prize for Best Edited Book on Morrison, 2012-2015.) She teaches a Dean’s Seminar for first-year students, “What’s New About New Plays?” introducing students to the innovative theater scene in Washington, DC. In addition, she teaches an upper-level class on race and identity in the works of William Faulkner and Toni Morrison, “Introduction to American Literature from 1865-Present” as well as graduate courses involving race and identity. As the Immediate past President and Board Member of the Toni Morrison Society, she attends Board Meetings and works on the Bench by the Road Committee. She serves on the Board of the Forum on Psychiatry and the Humanities and recently served on the Board of the Flying V Theater. Trained as an educator for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, she works with groups from the FBI, ICE, State Department, state law enforcement, and schools in addition to taking the general public on tours through special exhibits.

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