JHN 220/BAC 302C
Helane Adams Androne
- Associate Professor of English
- Affiliate for Black World Studies
- Affiliate for Latin American Studies
- Interim Director, The Ohio Writing Project
- Ph.D., English, University of Washington, 2002
- M.A.T., English, University of Washington
- B.A., Literature/Writing, University of California San Diego
- African American literature
- Latino literature
- Ritual pedagogy
- African American and Chicana fiction
- "Birth, Death and Transformation: Ritual as Inquiry in the Classroom". Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture 14 (2013).
- “The ‘Invisible Layers of Labor’: Ritualizing a Black-woman Experience of Service” in Integrated But Unequal: Black Faculty in Predominately White Space. Mark Christian, Ed. New Jersey: Africa World Press (2012): 39 – 66.
- Anita Gonzalez and Afro-Mexico: Dancing Between Myth and Reality (review). Journal of African American Studies; Springer Online First: 31 May 2011.
- “Revised Memories and Colliding Identities: Absence and Presence in Morrison’s ‘Recitatif’ and Viramontes’s ‘Tears on My Pillow.’” MELUS: The Journal of the Society for the Study of the Multi–Ethnic Literature of the United States 32.4 (Summer 2007).
- “Critical Reading Outcomes and Literary Study in a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Literature Course.” Jeff Sommers, Helane Adams Androne, Ellenmarie Wahlrab, and Angela Sneider. MountainRise 3.1 (2006). http://mountainrise.wcu.edu/archive/vol3no1/html/sommers.htm
- “Untamed Tongues: Reading Intersections Between Fiction by African American and Chicana Women.” Phoebe: An Interdisciplinary Journal 17.1 (2005): 35–57.
- “Costa Rican Americans,” “Cuban Studies,” “Ohio,” “Inter–latino Relations,” “Guadalupanismo,” “Proposition 187,” “Panamanian Americans,” and “Spiritual Plan of Aztlan” in Encyclopedia Latina: History, Culture, Society in the United States. Stavans, Ilan, Editor. Amherst: Grolier Publishers, 2004. (four volume set)
- “Powers From the Deep: Ethnic Cultural Memory and Wholeness Theory in Fiction by African American and Chicana Women.” Diss. University of Washington, 2002.
- “Reflections on Beauty.” (poetry) Ujamaa Magazine Fall 1994–Winter 1995: 38.
Grants and Awards
- 2007 Miami University Middletown Excellence in Teaching Award Nominee
- 2007 Miami University Outstanding Professor Award from Oxford student government
- CELT Grant for Alumni Teaching Scholars Project Grant
- CELT mini-grant for Assessment Project Grant
- Communicating Across the Curriculum Grant
- Faculty Development Program Learning Enrichment Fund Grant
- New Faculty Research Grant
- Ethnicity Conference Grant
- Presidential Recognition of Service, Preparing Future Faculty Program, 2004
- Presidential Recognition of Service, Faculty Learning Community on Assessment, 2003
Work in Progress
Androne’s current manuscript, Ritual Performance in Chicana Fiction: Story, Service and Spirit asks the question: How does ritual reveal and shape the performance of culture, gender, and language in texts by Chicana women? In it, she advocates for the analysis and importance of ritual within Chicana literature, a literature characterized by storytelling, spiritual iconography, and reflections on service. She argues that an examination of ritual in texts such as Ana Castillo’s So Far From God (1993), Sandra Cisneros’ Caramelo (2002), Denise Chavez’s Face of an Angel (1994), and Helena Maria Viramontes’, Their Dogs Came With Them (2007), reveal how Chicana women’s fictions construct ritual as a performative method of coping and healing. More specifically, an examination of ritual form and function leads to the naming and analysis of resistance inherent in the storytelling, spiritual iconography, and the idea of service within Chicana fiction.