Lecturer of English
M.A., English literature, Villanova University
B.A., English, Albright College
Areas of Expertise
Dawn Gieringer’s scholarship is focused on two periods, the Modernist period of 1880 – 1945 and the Postcolonial/Global period of post-Second World War to the end of the twentieth century. In the first period, Ms. Gieringer is mainly concerned with Irish literature and modernist aesthetic, on how the flow of tradition in Irish literature stems from mythical, heroic and legendary roots to the oral, storytelling, folkloric stage to the modernist, nation-building stage: the national tale and nationalistic, revivalist literature and plays of Lady Gregory, Yeats and Synge. The continuum lingers and is reinforced with the high modern English novel of empire and the “writing back” of the empire later in the twentieth century, with which Ms. Gieringer deploys postcolonial theory to consider how imperialistic writers made sense of their country’s colonizing practices and the satiric response of the empire after decolonization.
Ms. Gieringer’s pedagogical style and strategies are informed by her scholarly pursuits in that she believes it is imperative to expose students to Western epistemology—the source of knowledge and ideology and how it has been handed down to most of them through culture, not the least of which is the literature they have read as students. She invites students to explore non-canonical literature by actively teaching alternative literature and celebrating it as relevant and vital.
Ms. Gieringer’s goal as a writing instructor is to help students learn to voice their opinions in writing and to make the classroom a place where students know their voices are important. She agrees with educator David Bleich’s opinion that “if we acquire the courage to eschew our patronizing task of introducing’ students to ‘our’ style of study, and instead ask all our students, younger or older, to introduce their own ways and thoughts for mutual sharing, we will have begun a productive response to the many voices now seeking to educate for an authentically just society.”