Kam, Tanya

At UW-Whitewater

University - Faculty/Staff
Literature, Writing, & Film
Office Phone
(262) 472-4976
Office Location
MC 04

Tanya Y. Kam earned her PhD in English from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2003. Her research interests include life writing, multicultural literature, gender studies, and the social construction of madness. She is currently the book editor for a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, and she enjoys teaching a variety of upper and lower-division courses at UWW.

PhD in English, University of California, Santa Cruz (2003)
     Notation in American Studies

BA, University of California, Berkeley (1994)  
Double major: English & Interdisciplinary Field Studies
     (focus: sociolinguistics)
      summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa


Courses Taught
Multicultural Literature of the United States, Advanced Composition, American Minority Women Writers, Freshmen English, World of Ideas

Select Publications
"Forests of the Self: Life Writing and 'Wild' Wanderings." Life Writing. Published online Oct. 16, 2015. Journal version forthcoming in 2016. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14484528.2016.1086290.

“Velvet Coats and Manicured Nails:  the Body Speaks Resistance in Zora Neale Hurston’s Dust Tracks on the Road.”  The Southern Literary Journal 42.1 (Fall 2009): 73-87.  

“Traveling Identities:  Between Worlds in Karen Tei Yamashita’s Circle K Cycles.” ellipsis:  Journal of the American Portuguese Studies Association 6  (December 2008): 9-32. 


"Lifewriting Annual: Biographical and Autobiographical Studies: Volume 2,
" ed. Thomas Smith, Auto/Biography
Summer 2009

“G. Thomas Couser’s Vulnerable Subjects,” Auto/Biography Studies, Summer 2006

“Paul John Eakin’s The Ethics of Life Writing,” Auto/Biography Studies, Summer 2004

Select Presentations
“Graphic Gerontology: Eldercare, Ethics, and Comic Structure in Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” International Auto/Biography Association Conference (IABA). Nicosia, Cyprus; May 26-19 2016

“Forests of the Self: Life Writing and Wild Wanderings,” International Auto/Biography Association Conference (IABA). Banff, Canada; Summer 2014

“Family Portraits: Trauma and Mental Illness in Linked Memoirs,” International Auto/Biography Association Conference (IABA). Canberra, Australia; July 17-20, 2012

“The Ghost of Bobby Dunbar,” International Auto/Biography Association Conference. Mainz, Germany; June 2010

“The Virginia Tech Story: Translating Tragedy”; International Auto/Biography Association Conference. Honolulu, HI; June 2008

“Passion, Pedophiles and Brats: Desire and Ethics in Todd Field’s Little Children”; International Conference on Narrative. Austin, Texas; May 2008

“Velvet Coats and Manicured Nails: Zora Neale Huston (Re)Classifies the Body in Dust Tracks on the Road”; International Conference on Narrative. Washington, D.C.;  March 2007






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