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Geneva Gano

Assistant Professor of Literature

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229 McGregor Hall

937-319-6139 ext. 3229



Geneva Gano joined the Antioch College faculty in 2011 as one of the first professors hired to help reconstitute Antioch College. She received her B.A. in English from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in English from UCLA, with a Ph.D. concentration in Women’s Studies—large research-oriented universities—but she has always had a deep passion for the liberal arts. She has taught in the humanities in public and private schools, to elementary and adult students, abroad and across the United States. An alumnus of Americorps, a former 4-H club president, and a D.J on the radio in her college years, Geneva has many diverse passions that contribute to her belief that great teaching engages the whole person, whether that person is a student or a teacher, and that studying the humanities helps each of us to become our better selves.

Geneva’s research and teaching interests focus on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature with a focus on multi-ethnic and women’s literature. At Antioch, Geneva teaches a range of courses in these areas, including the American Literature survey, which is required of all Humanities majors. Geographies of American Modernism draws from cultural geography and critical race studies to explore how place and race are frequently conflated in American Literature. The Personal is Political examines the ways that the autobiographical voice is deployed in writings from the Women’s Liberation Movement and its aftermath. Community and Self in Chicana/o Literature and The Literary Legacy of Slavery take historical approaches to their topics, exploring the relationship between particular, ethnic histories and specific literary forms.

Geneva’s current book-in-progress, U.S. Modernism at Continent’s End: Carmel, Provincetown, Taos, considers the role of the little arts colony in the development of modernism in the U.S., examining literature within its local context to show how aesthetic forms arise out of the particular social and cultural conditions of place. Focusing on literary works by Langston Hughes, Eugene O’Neill, Robinson Jeffers, Willa Cather, D.H. Lawrence, and others, this interdisciplinary study also considers visual art and dance. Continent’s End the works produced in these minor sites of U.S. modernism respond aesthetically to the modern world and its most pressing material and philosophical concerns. Geneva received support for this project the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, Stanford University, UCLA, the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and the Antioch College Faculty Fund. She has also presented her work at many national conferences including the Modern Language Association, the American Literature Association, and the Tepoztlán Institute for the Transnational History of the Americas.

M.A., Ph.D., English, Cert. in Women’s Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
B.A., English, Stanford University
Selected Publications: 

Charles C. Eldredge and Geneva M. Gano, The Legend of Rex Slinkard (Stanford, Cal.: Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, 2011)

“California Modernism in the Early Twentieth Century” in Cambridge Companion to California Literature, ed. Blake Allmendinger (New York: Cambridge University Press, [forthcoming] 2015)

“Reckoning with the Spirits of Place: Violence on the Home Front in Robinson Jeffers’ Tamar,” in Phantom Pasts, Indigenous Presence: Native Ghosts in North American Culture and History, ed. Coll Peter Thrush and Colleen Boyd (University of Nebraska Press, 2011)

“Nationalist Ideologies and New Deal Regionalism in The Day of the Locust,” Modern Fiction Studies 55.1 (Spring 2009): 42-67

“Outland Over There: Cather’s Cosmopolitan West,” in Cather, Violence, and the Arts, eds. Joseph Urgo and Merrill Skaggs (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2007)