Lisa Orr, Ph.D.

Contact

Lisa Orr, Ph.D.
Professor of English
131 Library Concourse

(315) 792-3058

Professor Lisa Orr, Ph.D.


Publications



Books:



Lisa Orr’s historical novel, The Adventuress, is represented by Joyce Holland of the D4EO Literary Agency.


Advance praise for Lisa Orr’s The Adventuress:

The Adventuress is smart, entertaining, well-researched and addictive
— everything I want from historical fiction. Verena Green is a brilliant protagonist, and Lisa Orr masterfully steers her through the vividly recreated ethnic complexities of mid-19th century America.” 

— David Liss, author of New York Times Notable Book A Conspiracy of Paper and The Twelfth Enchantment

“Lisa Orr’s Adventuress is a bold and willful 19th century heroine every 21st century reader will love. Verena Green is scarred by fear and loss, but knows no bounds to her ambition. Orr has conjured the world of Civil War New York City, the Draft Riots, the Tenderloin, the railroad barons, labor unrest, racism, bigotry and chicanery—and Verena traipses nimbly through this dramatic world, from stage actress to spiritualist, from white Irish to newly-freed African Americans. Orr has captured the tumult and contradictions of the period with accuracy, depth, and sensitivity. If you love historical fiction, you will love The Adventuress.”

— Taylor M. Polites, author of The Rebel Wife


Transforming American Realism: Working-Class Women Writers of the Twentieth Century is available at University Press of America or Amazon.


Transforming American RealismLisa Orr's Transforming American Realism forcefully demonstrates how working women have bent the narrative strategies of realistic literature for the sake of telling true tales about the conditions under which they live. Orr's smart, sharp, provocative assessments trace one hundred years of efforts by working-class women writers to counter the narrow narratives used by other to sentimentalize, to sensationalize, and to reject the realities of class, race and ethnicity, sex and gender that define their existence. Her conclusions restore vibrancy to the practice of realistic literature and authenticity to the lives that realistic narratives are capable of portraying once their strengths are unleashed.”

Martha Banta, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles; Author of Henry James and the Occult: The Great Extension


Essays:


Orr, Lisa. “New York’s Mixed-Race Riot.” The New York Times. Online. 15 July 2013. Available at http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/15/new-yorks-mixed-race-riot/.

Review of What America Read: Taste, Class, and the Novel 1920-1960, by Gordon Hutner. South Atlantic Review 76.3. (2011): 193-95.

“Theorizing the Earth: Feminist Approaches to Nature and Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony.” Reprinted in Gathering Native Scholars: UCLA's Forty Years of American Indian Culture and Research. Ed. Kenneth Lincoln. Los Angeles: UCLA American Indian Studies Center, 2009.

"'Difference that Is Actually Sameness Mass-Reproduced': Barbie Joins the Princess Convergence.” Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures 1.1 (2009): 9-30.

"'People Who Might Have Been You': Agency and the Damaged Self in Tillie Olsen's Yonnondio" and "Stories from a Working-Class Childhood.” Reprinted in What We Hold in Common: An Introduction to Working-Class Studies. New York: Feminist Press, 2001.

"'Cotton Patch Strumpets' and Masculine Women: Performing Classed Genders.” Race, Gender and Class 7.1 (2000): 23-42.

Introduction. Working-Class Lives and Cultures: Critical and Pedagogical Essays, Memoir, and Poetry. Special issue of Women’s Studies Quarterly 26.1-2 (1998): 4-12.

“In Memory of Constance Coiner: A ‘Foremother’ of Contemporary Working-Class Studies.” Working-Class Lives and Cultures: Critical and Pedagogical Essays, Memoir, and Poetry. Special issue of Women’s Studies Quarterly 26.1-2 (1998): 255-56.

Rev. of Questions of Cultural Identity, ed. Stuart Hall and Paul du Gay, and Doing Cultural Studies: The Story of the Sony Walkman, ed. Paul du Gay, et al. Electronic Book Review. Online. November 1997.

"'People Who Might Have Been You': Agency and the Damaged Self in Tillie Olsen's Yonnondio.” Spec. issue on Working-Class Studies of Women's Studies Quarterly 23.1-2 (1995): 219-228

"Theorizing the Earth: Feminist Approaches to Nature and Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony.” American Indian Culture and Research Journal 18.2 (1994): 145-157.

Memoir:



"Stories from a Working-Class Childhood." Spec. issue on Working-Class Studies of Women's Studies Quarterly 23.1-2 (1995): 16-18.

Edited Collections:



Christopher, Renny, Lisa Orr, and Linda Strom, eds. Working-Class Lives and Cultures: Critical and Pedagogical Essays, Memoir, and Poetry. Special issue of Women’s Studies Quarterly 26.1-2 (1998).

Editor, The Homeless: Opposing Viewpoints. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 1990.

Editor, Censorship: Opposing Viewpoints. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 1990.

Editor, Sexual Values: Opposing Viewpoints. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 1989.

Journalism:



Freelance Feature writer, Syracuse New Times, 1987-88

Special Correspondent, Auburn (NY) Citizen, 1988