Feb. 21, 2011
Dr. Jen Peterson, assistant professor of English at Morningside College, recently had a chapter published in the book “Approaches to Teaching the Works of Tim O’Brien,” which was edited by Alex Vernon and Catherine Calloway.
The Modern Language Association published the book in December as a resource for teachers and students. It offers a number of different approaches to teaching the works of this contemporary American author.
Peterson’s chapter, “Identity in 10,000 Miles of Nameless, Faceless Space: A Postmodern Approach to ‘In the Lake of the Woods,’” applies two prevalent postmodern theories to the text. She details specific ways in which an instructor can draw students into analysis of the novel’s form as well as into the narrative itself.
Peterson came to Morningside College in the fall of 2008 after eight years at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, where she was a teaching assistant and later adjunct faculty member and advisor. She has a doctorate from the University of South Dakota.