Liliana Naydan, Ph.D.

Lila Naydan
Associate Professor, English
Associate Professor, American Studies
Writing Program Coordinator
Sutherland, 333
Penn State Abington
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001

Academic Interests

I publish on post-1945 American fiction and fiction about America by authors such as Don DeLillo, E.L. Doctorow, Jennifer Egan, Dave Eggers, Joshua Ferris, Jonathan Safran Foer, Laila Halaby, Mohsin Hamid, Barbara Kingsolver, Jhumpa Lahiri, Thomas Pynchon, Philip Roth, Kristen Roupenian, Gary Shteyngart, Zadie Smith, and John Updike. I’m especially interested in representations of terrorism, fundamentalism, fanaticism, globalization, and digitization in the aftermath of what Henry Luce called the American Century. In addition, I research social justice and writing center practice with a particular interest in writing center labor justice, activist rhetoric, and worker identity as it intersects with other social identities. 

Rhetoric

Monographs

Naydan, Liliana M. Flat-World Fiction: Digital Humanity in Early Twenty-First Century America. The University of Georgia Press, 2021.

Naydan, Liliana M. Rhetorics of Religion in American Fiction: Faith, Fundamentalism, and Fanaticism in the Age of Terror. Bucknell UP, 2016.

Edited Books 

Denny, Harry, Robert Mundy, Liliana M. Naydan, Anna Sicari, and Richard Séverè, editors. Out in the Center: Public Controversies and Private Struggles. Utah State UP, 2018. (Winner of the International Writing Centers Association 2019 Outstanding Book Award.) 

Fragopoulos, George, and Liliana M. Naydan, editors. Terror in Global Narrative: Representations of 9/11 in the Age of Late-Late Capitalism. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

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Courses Taught

English 005: The Writing Tutorial 
English 015: Rhetoric and Composition 
English 135 Honors: Alternative Voices in American Literature
English 140 Honors: Contemporary Literature 
English 202B: Effective Writing in the Humanities 
English 211: Introduction to Writing Studies 
English 232W Honors: American Literature Since 1865 
English 416: Science Writing 
English 417: Editorial Process 
English 420: Writing for the Web 
English 436: American Fiction Since 1945 
English 474: Writing Fellows Seminar 
English 495: Internship 
English 487W: Senior Seminar (Topic: American fiction since 1989) 
English 494H: Senior Thesis 

Select Awards, Grants, Fellowships, Other Honors

Schreyer Institute Communities of Practice Grant - Penn State University (2020) 

Faculty Development Grant - Penn State Abington (2020) 

Faculty Senate Scholar Award - Penn State Abington (2020) 

The International Writing Centers Association Outstanding Book Award (given for Out in the Center in 2019) 

George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching - Penn State University 
(2019) 

Faculty Senate Distinguished Faculty Service Award - Penn State Abington (2019) 

Outstanding Research Fellowship – Penn State Abington (2018) 

Summer Faculty Fellowship – Penn State Abington (2018) 

Chancellor’s Grant – Penn State Abington (2017-2018) 

Faculty Senate Outstanding Mentor/Advisor Award – Penn State Abington (2016) 

Summer Faculty Fellowship – Penn State Abington (2015 and 2016) 

International Writing Centers Association Research Grant – International Writing Centers Association (2015) 

LSA Institute on Diversity and Campus Climate Grant – The University of Michigan (2014) 

Michigan Lecturers’ Professional Development Grant – The University of Michigan (2014) 

Sweetland Center for Writing Senior Fellowship – The University of Michigan (2012) 

President’s Award to Distinguished Doctoral Students – Stony Brook University (2011) 

Meyer Graduate Award – English Department, Stony Brook University (2008 and 2011) 

Graduate News Fellowship – School of Journalism, Stony Brook University (2009-2010) 

Community Service Leadership Award – Student Life Awards, Stony Brook University (2009) 

Select Service to the Profession

Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction Consulting Editorial Board Member: 2022-Present

CCCC Labor Caucus Steering Committee Member: 2021-Present

Praxis: A Writing Center Journal Editorial Review Board Member: 2014-Present

American literature and writing studies.

Academic Publications

Monographs 

rhetorics of religion

Naydan, Liliana M. Flat-World Fiction: Digital Humanity in Early Twenty-First Century America. The University of Georgia Press, 2021.

Naydan, Liliana M. Rhetorics of Religion in American Fiction: Faith, Fundamentalism, and Fanaticism in the Age of Terror. Bucknell UP, 2016. 

Edited Books

Denny, Harry, Robert Mundy, Liliana M. Naydan, Anna Sicari, and Richard Séverè, editors. Out in the Center: Public Controversies and Private Struggles. Utah State UP, 2018. (Winner of the International Writing Centers Association 2019 Outstanding Book Award.)

Fragopoulos, George, and Liliana M. Naydan, editors.. Terror in Global Narrative: Representations of 9/11 in the Age of Late-Late Capitalism. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 

Peer-Reviewed Articles in Journals 

Naydan, Liliana M. "The Politics of Genre Migration in Gary Shteyngart's Our Country Friends." Forthcoming in Studies in the Novel, vol. 55, no. 3, 2023

Naydan, Liliana M. “Hawthorne and the Problem of Immigrant Fiction in Jhumpa Lahiri’s Hema and Kaushik.” Forthcoming in College Literature.

Efthymiou, Andrea, Liliana M. Naydan, and Anna Sicari. “Faith, Secularism, and the Need for Interfaith Dialogue in Writing Center Work.” The Writing Center Journal, vol. 39, no. 1-2, 2021, pp. 191-209.

Fels, Dawn, Clint Gardner, Maggie Herb, and Liliana M. Naydan. “Contingent Writing Center Work: Benefits, Risks, and the Need for Equity and Institutional Change.” The Writing Center Journal, vol. 39, no. 1-2, 2021, pp. 351-380.

Naydan, Liliana M. “The Politics of Alienation in Gary Shteyngart’s Lake Success.” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, vol 62, no. 3, 2021, pp. 361-371. 

Corey, Logan, Lauren Fitzgerald, Zeinab Khalil, and Zoe Kumagai, and Liliana M. Naydan. “Challenges of Professional Dress for Women Writing Center Workers.” The Peer Review, vol. 4, no. 1, 2020.

Naydan, Liliana M. “Digital Screens and National Divides in Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West.” Studies in the Novel, vol. 51, no. 3, 2019, pp. 433-451.

Efthymiou, Andrea, Liliana M. Naydan, and Anna Sicari. “Possibilities for Interfaith Dialogue in Writing Centers and Programs.” Praxis: A Writing Center Journal, vol. 16, no. 3, 2019, pp. 6-15. 

Naydan, Liliana M. “Beyond Economic Globalization in Mohsin Hamid’s How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia: The False Promise of Self-Help and Possibilities through Reading with a Creative Mind.” The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, vol. 53, no. 1, 2018, pp. 92-108. 

Naydan, Liliana M. “E.L. Doctorow and 9/11: Negotiating Personal and National Narratives in ‘Child, Dead, in the Rose Garden’ and Andrew’s Brain.” Studies in American Fiction, vol. 44, no. 2, 2017, pp. 281-297. 

Naydan, Liliana M. “Toward a Rhetoric of Labor Activism in College and University Writing Centers.”Praxis: A Writing Center Journal, vol. 14, no. 2, 2017, pp. 29-36.  

Fels, Dawn, Clint Gardner, Maggie Herb, and Liliana M. Naydan. “Toward ‘An Investigation Into the Working Conditions of Non-tenure Line, Contingent Writing Center Workers.’” Forum: Issues about Part-Time and Contingent Faculty, vol. 20, no. 1, 2016, pp. A10-A16. (In College Composition and Communication, vol. 68, no. 1, 2016.) 

Naydan, Liliana M. “Philip Roth’s Postmodern Judaism: Religion, Retelling, and Suffering in American Pastoral.” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, vol. 57, no. 3, 2016, pp. 335-47. 

Naydan, Liliana M. “Generation 1.5 Writing Center Practice: Problems with Multilingualism and Possibilities via Hybridity.” Praxis: A Writing Center Journal, vol. 13, no. 2, 2016, pp. 28-35. 

Naydan, Liliana M. “Just Multiliteracy for Basic Writers: Teaching and Tutoring Genre, Audience, and Agency Using E-Portfolios.” Southern Discourse in the Center: A Journal of Multiliteracy and Innovation, vol. 19, no. 2, 2015, pp. 65-82. 

Naydan, Liliana M. “Media Violence, Catholic Mystery, and Counter-fundamentalism: A Post-9/11 Rhetoric of Flexibility in Don DeLillo’s Point Omega.” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, vol. 56, no. 1, 2015, pp. 94-107. 

Naydan, Liliana M., Joshua Kim, and Drake Misek. “The Problem of Simulation in Synchronous Online Video-Chat Tutoring.” Academic Exchange Quarterly, vol. 18, no. 4, 2014, pp. 119-24. (Reprinted in Sound Instruction Series: Writing Center Theory and Practice, edited by Kellie A. Charron, Rapid Intellect Group, 2015, pp. 139-43.) 

Naydan, Liliana M. “Leadership as Organizing in the Writing Center.” Academic Exchange Quarterly,  vol. 17, no. 4, 2013, pp. 105-10. (Reprinted in Sound Instruction Series: Writing Center Theory and Practice, edited by Kellie A. Charron, Rapid Intellect Group, 2015, pp. 29-33.) 

Naydan, Liliana M. “Just Writing Center Work in the Digital Age: De Facto Multiliteracy Centers in Dialogue with Questions of Social Justice.” Praxis: A Writing Center Journal, vol. 11, no. 1, 2013, pp. 1-7. 

Naydan, Liliana M. “Apocalyptic Cycles in Don DeLillo’s Underworld.” LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, vol. 23, no. 2, 2012, pp. 179-201.  

Naydan, Liliana M. “Justification by Temperate Faith Alone: Fundamentalism, Fanaticism, and Modernity in John Updike’s In the Beauty of the Lilies.” The John Updike Review, vol. 1, no. 1, 2011, pp. 89-106. 

Essays in Books 

Naydan, Liliana M. “Screening Fundamentalism, Fanaticism, and Terrorism in Don DeLillo’s Post-9/11 Fiction.” The Edinburgh Companion to Don DeLillo and the Arts, edited by Catherine Gander, Edinburgh UP, 2022. (Forthcoming) 

Naydan, Liliana M. “What are You?: Rethinking Frames for Contingent Writing Center Work.” Speaking Up, Speaking Out: Lived Experiences of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty in Writing Studies, edited by Jessica Edwards, Rachel Sanchez, and Meghan McGuire, Utah State UP, 2021, pp. 59-69. 

Naydan, Liliana M. “Transitioning from Contingent to Tenure-Track Faculty Status As a WPA: Working Toward Solidarity and Academic-Labor Justice through Hybridity.” WPAs in Transition, edited by Courtney Adams Wooten, Jacob Babb, and Brian Ray, Utah State UP, 2018, pp. 284-296. 

Naydan, Liliana M. “Imaging Atrocity: The Function of Pictures in Narratives about 9/11.” Recovering 9/11 in New York, edited by Robert Fanuzzi and Michael Wolfe, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014, pp. 263-280.  

Creative Nonfiction

Naydan, Liliana M. "Between Ukraine and America in a Time of War." World Literature Today (in WLT Weekly), 10 May 2022.

Translations 

Rubchak, Bohdan. “The Angel’s Betrayal.” Translated by Liliana Naydan, A Hundred Years of Youth: Bilingual Anthology of 20th Century Ukrainian Poetry, edited by Olha Luchuk and Michael M. Naydan, Litopys, 2000, p. 379.  

Zerov, Mykola. “For an Album.” Translated by Liliana Naydan, A Hundred Years of Youth: A Bilingual Anthology of 20th Century Ukrainian Poetry, edited by Olha Luchuk and Michael M. Naydan, Litopys, 2000, p 157. 

Book Reviews 

Naydan, Liliana M. “Abusing Religion: Literary Persecution, Sex Scandals, and American Minority Religions by Megan Goodwin (Rutgers, 2020).” American Literary History Online. (Forthcoming) 

Naydan, Liliana M. “Christina Bieber Lake. Beyond the Story: American Literary Fiction and the Limits of Materialism. University of Notre Dame Press, 2019.” Modern Fiction Studies, vol. 66, no. 4, 2020, pp. 795-798. 

Public Humanities Scholarship 

Naydan, Liliana M. "Texturizing 9/11 in the Flat World: Screen Culture, Endless War, and the Literature of Terror." Post45 Contemporaries, 11 September 2021.

Dawn Fels, Clint Gardner, Maggie Herb, and Liliana M. Naydan. “On Retaining Highly Qualified Directors in College and University Writing Centers.” Praxis: A Writing Center Journal as part of Axis: The Blog, 4 May 2016. 

Dawn Fels, Clint Gardner, Maggie Herb, and Liliana M. Naydan. “What Can We Do.” The Writing Center Journal Blog, 22 Feb. 2016

Dawn Fels, Clint Gardner, Maggie Herb, and Liliana M. Naydan. “Why We Need to Talk to Tutors.” The Writing Center Journal Blog, 16 Feb. 2016.  

Dawn Fels, Clint Gardner, Maggie Herb, and Liliana M. Naydan. “The Research Process.” The Writing Center Journal Blog, 8 Feb. 2016. 

Dawn Fels, Clint Gardner, Maggie Herb, and Liliana M. Naydan. “An Investigation Into the Working Conditions of Non-tenure Line, Contingent Writing Center Workers: Why did we want to do this study?” The Writing Center Journal Blog, 1 Feb. 2016. 

Naydan, Liliana M. “A Reflection on Praxis 2.2 (2005): Why Wire the Writing Center.Praxis: A Writing Center Journal as part of Axis: The Blog, 1 June 2015.

 

Ph D, English, Stony Brook University

MA, English, The University of Delaware

BA, English, Penn State University