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Lisa Oliverio

Associate Professor/ Co-Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Office: Ryan 425


  • Ph.D. in English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011

Minor in Gender and Women’s Studies

  • M.A.  English Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005
  • B.A. with Distinction, in cursu honorum, English and Philosophy, Fordham University, 2003



  • “Disability in Flannery O’Connor’s Fiction.” Interdisciplinary Journal of the Dedicated  Semester 2 (2011). Web.


In Progress 

  • Remaking American Catholic Fiction, 1845-1965


Selected Presentations

  • “Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace and Postmodern Agency,” Saint Louis University Library Associates, May 2017.
  • “Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale as Slave Narrative,” Saint Louis University Library Associates, July 2017.
  • “Harry Sylvester and the Radical Catholic Novel,” Midwest Modern Language Association Convention, Kansas City, MO, November 2018
  • “Kathleen Norris and the Sexual Politics of Catholic Popular Modernism,” Midwest Modern Language Association Convention, St. Louis, MO, November 2016.
  • Panel Organizer and Chair, “Religion and Secular Culture in American Literature.” Midwest
  • Modern Language Association Convention, St. Louis, MO, November 2016.
  • “Maurice Egan’s The Disappearance of John Longworthy and the Rise of Catholic Realism,”
  • American Literature Association Symposium: The City and American Literature, New Orleans, LA, 2015.
  • Symposium organizer and moderator.  “Obligations of Justice and Love: A Symposium on the 50th Anniversary of Gaudium et Spes.”  Fontbonne University, 2014.
  • “Tales of the Cloister, Tales of the City: Elizabeth Jordan’s Catholic Realism,” Society for the Study of American Women Writers, Denver, CO, 2012.
  • “‘A Woman’s Book’: Dorothy Day’s On Pilgrimage and the Politics of Catholic Domesticity at Mid-Century.” The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900,     Louisville, KY, 2012.
  • Panel Organizer. “Sacred Journeys, Imagined Places: Pilgrimage and American Literature.” The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, Louisville, KY, 2012.
  • “‘Vain Reading’: Mary Anne Sadlier’s Bessy Conway and the Development of Catholic Sentimentality,” Society for the Study of American Women Writers, Philadelphia, PA, 2009.
  • “The Body of Christ: Flannery O’Connor’s Theology of the Body and the Politics of Catholic Authorship,” The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900,  Louisville, KY, 2009.
  • Panel Organizer and Chair “Politicizing Religion: A New Politics for the Twentieth Century,” The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, Louisville, KY, 2009.


Courses Taught

ENG101: Composition I

  • ENG102: Composition II
  • ENG120: Introduction to Literature
  • INT 105: Culture and the Common Good: First-Year Seminar
  • ENG220: Introduction to Women’s Literature
  • ENG200: Introduction to Literary Studies
  • ENG260: The American Literary Tradition to 1865
  • ENG261:The American Literary Tradition Since 1865
  • ENG 381: The Age of Jackson
  • ENG 363: Religion and Literature: Catholic Literature
  • ENG337: The American Literary Renaissance
  • ENG370: Literary Theory
  • ENG381: American Science Fiction
  • ENG383: The Short Story
  • ENG496: Senior Thesis
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