Jennifer Ladino’s teaching and research focuses on representations of nature—understood as landscape, symbol, everyday environment or simply “space.” She has published articles on Marianne Moore’s poem “An Octopus,” Zitkala-Ša’s American Indian Stories, Ruth Ozeki’s My Year of Meats, Sherman Alexie’s Ten Little Indians, Wallace Stegner’s Angle of Repose and the documentaries Grizzly Man and March of the Penguins. She is close to completing a draft of a book tentatively titled Back to Nature: American Nostalgia from the Closed Frontier to the End of Nature, which traces a genealogy of nostalgia for nature in American literature and culture since 1890. She spent 13 summers working as a park ranger in Grand Teton National Park, and spent the last six of those working in the Office of Public Affairs, writing press releases and other materials.
Articles and Essays
“‘Local Yearnings’: Re-Placing Nostalgia in Don DeLillo’s Underworld
.” The Journal of Ecocriticism
2.1 (January 2010): 1-18.
“‘A Home for Civilization’: Nostalgia, Innocence and the Frontier in Wallace Stegner’s Angle of Repose
.” “Don DeLillo’s Underworld
”Western American Literature
44.3 (Fall 2009): 225-249.
“‘A Limited Range of Motion?’: Multiculturalism, ‘Human Questions,’ and Urban Indian Identity in Sherman Alexie’s Ten Little Indians
.” Studies in American Indian Literatures
21.3 (Fall 2009): 36-57.
“For the Love of Nature: Documenting Life, Death and Animality in Grizzly Man
and March of the Penguins
.” Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment
16.2 (Spring 2009): 53-90.
“New Frontiers for Ecofeminism: Women, Nature, and Globalization in Ruth L. Ozeki’s My Year of Meats
.” New Directions in Ecofeminist Literary Criticism
. Ed. Andrea Campbell. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Ltd., 2008. 124-147.
“Unlikely Alliances: Notes on a Green Culture of Life.” Journal of Religion & Society Supplement Series 3
. Ronald A. Simkins, Ed. Omaha: Kripke Center, 2008. http://moses.creighton.edu/jrs/toc/SS03.html
“Rewriting Nature Tourism in ‘an age of violence’: Tactical Collage in Marianne Moore’s ‘An Octopus.’” Twentieth-Century Literature
51.3 (Fall 2005): 285-315.
“Longing for Wonderland: Nostalgia for Nature in Post-Frontier America.” Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies
5 (Fall 2004): 88-109.
“London’s Frontier: Nature and Imperialism in The Sea-Wolf
.” Conference proceedings: Southwest Texas Popular Culture Association / American Cultural Association Conference
. February 13-17, 2002. Ed. Leslie Fife. CD-ROM. (2000-2003): 1488-1503.
She is doing final revisions on her book manuscript: Re-placing Nostalgia: Longing for Nature in American Literature (1890-2003)
, which traces a genealogy of nostalgia for nature in American literature and culture since the closing of the frontier.
The Rhizomatic West: Representing the American West in a Transnational, Global, Media Age
. By Neil Campbell. Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment
16.4 (Fall 2009).
. By Sherman Alexie. Western American Literature
44.3 (Fall 2009).
J. William Fulbright Scholar Award – University of Bergen, Norway, 2009-10
John Topham and Susan Redd Butler Faculty Research Award – Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, 2008
Creighton University Summer Faculty Research Fellowship, 2007 and 2010
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend (nominee) – Creighton University, 2006-7
Society of Scholars Research Fellowship – Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities, 2005-6
Elizabeth Kerr McFarlane Scholarship in the Humanities, 2004-5
Susannah J. McMurphy Dissertation Fellowship, 2004-5
Alvord Fellowship in the Humanities (alternate), 2004-5
Modern Language Quarterly Travel Grant, 2004
Joan Webber Outstanding Teaching Award (200-level courses), 2003-4