Faculty Profile for Dr. Geneva Marie Gano

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Dr. Geneva Marie Gano
Associate Professor — English
FH 23

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Geneva M. Gano grew up on a farm in Central Washington State. She attended Stanford University (B.A. English, 1995), served in AmeriCorps, and has worked in both public and private schools teaching in the humanities and in ESL. She attended graduate school at UCLA (Ph.D. English, 2007), where she received a Ph.D. minor in Women's Studies. In 2007-2008, she was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University. She has also taught at Indiana University and Antioch College in American Studies, Latino Studies, and Literature.

Teaching Interests

In addition to teaching a range of courses on American literature and culture, Dr. Gano regularly teaches an archivally-based course focused on the Sandra Cisneros Papers at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University.

Research Interests

Geneva Gano's first book, The Little Art Colony and US Modernism: Carmel, Provincetown, Taos, will be published in August, 2020 by Edinburgh University Press as a part of their series on Modern American Literature and the New Twentieth Century. This comparative study investigates the relationship between modernist aesthetics, social networks, and emergent tourism and real estate industries. Through a consideration of the literary writings and art works of major modernist figures including Robinson Jeffers, Eugene O'Neill, D. H. Lawrence, Marsden Hartley, and Susan Glaspell, this book resituates modernist activity as emphatically localized work that responds particularly to the pressures of the modern world-system from its far-flung peripheries to its metropolitan centers.

Dr. Gano's second book project, The Mexican Vogue and U.S. Modernism: Revolutionary Literature and Art across Borders, extends the concerns of her first book into a transnational context.

Dr. Gano is also co-editor, with Dr. Sonia Saldívar-Hull (UTSA), of the first major collection of scholarly essays on Sandra Cisneros, ‘Ay Tú!’: Critical Essays on the Work and Career of Sandra Cisneros. This volume, which is still in progress, will take a comprehensive look at Cisneros' work and career.

Dr. Gano's research has been supported by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University, the Huntington Library, the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, UCLA's Young Research Library, The Center for the Study of the American West at Texas State University, and Texas State University's Research Enhancement Program.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Gano, G. M. (2020). “Robinson Jeffers, Camille T. Dungy, and the Poetry of Ecological Witness.” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1093/isle/isaa088
  • Gano, G. M. (2020). U.S. Modernism at Continent’s End: Carmel, Provincetown, Taos. Edinburgh,  Scotland/ New York, NY, U.K./ U.S: Edinburgh University Press.
  • Gano, G. M. (2022). “Modernist Activities and Native Acts in and around Northern New Mexico.” In The Routledge Handbook to North American Indigenous Modernisms. Routledge.
  • Gano, G. M. (2022, August). Review of Catherine Prendergast, The Gilded Edge: Two Audacious Women and the Cyanide Love Triangle that Shook America; Sherry L. Smith, Bohemians West: Free Love, Family, and Radicals in Twentieth Century America. Jeffers Studies.
  • Gano, G. M. (2021, April). Writing Willa Cather: Review of “The Only Wonderful Things” and “Becoming Willa Cather.” Cleveland Review of Books. Cleveland, OH.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Awards for Faculty, National Endowment for the Humanities. June 2023 - Present

Selected Service Activities

San Marcos Public LIbrary Board
June 2022-Present
Faculty Senate Performing Arts Commitee
September 2021-Present
Hays County Food Bank
March 2020-Present
Center for Diversity and Gender Studies
January 2020-Present
What's NEXT: Charting Your Path
December 2021-May 2022