Name: Dr. Angela Marie Laflen
Title: Associate Professor of English
Office Location: Fontaine 313
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 2217
Degrees Held:

Ph.D., English, Purdue University
M.A., English, Purdue University
B.A., English, Northern Kentucky University

Awards & Honors:

Faculty Recognition Award for Distinguished Scholarship, Marist College, 2012


Confronting Visuality in Multi-Ethnic Women’s Writing. Palgrave MacMillan. In Press.

“Composing the Self: Prezi Literacy Narratives.” Computers and Composition Online (Spring 2014)/

“Putting Wikis to Work in the Literature Classroom.” Modern Language Studies 43.1 (Summer 2013): 54-73.

“Making Learning Work: Three Strategies for Introducing Composition Theory to Undergraduates.” With Joseph Zeppetello and Joshua Kotzin. Kansas English 95.1 (2012): 108-28.

“‘Okay, My Rant is Over’: The Language of Emotion in Online Discourse.” With Brittany Fiorenza. Computers and Composition 29 (2012): 296-308.

Gender Scripts in Medicine and Narrative. With Marcelline Block. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2010.

"Unmaking the Self-Made Man: Louise Erdrich's Fictional Exploration of Masculinity." Women Constructing Men: Female Novelists and Their Male Characters, 1750-2000. Ed. Sarah S. G. Franzen and Katharina Rennhak. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press, 2010, 207-26.

'"There's a Shock in This Seeing': The Problem of the Image in The Handmaid's Tale and Oryx and Crake." American Studies/Amerika studien. 54.1 (2009): 99-120.

"(Re)presenting the Fetus: The Limits of Objective Vision in 'Birthmates' and 'The Ultrasound.'" Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature. 41.4 (Dec. 2008)111-27.

"'From a Distance it Looks Like Peace': 'Reading Beneath' the Fascist Style of Gilead in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale." Studies in Canadian Literature. 32.1 (2007).


Research Interests:

Twentieth-century American literature, Visual Rhetoric, Rhetoric and Composition, Professional Writing, Theory and Cultural Studies, Women's literature, Multi-ethnic literature


The National Council of Teachers of English
Conference on College Composition and Communication
Modern Language Association
Northeastern Modern Language Association
American Comparative Literature Association


“Charting the New World between Whiteboards and Slides: Composing Online with Prezi.” 2013 Conference on College Composition and Communication, Las Vegas, March 13, 2013.

“‘We’re All a Little Traumatized’: Mediating Trauma in Mass Media and Literature.” American Comparative Literature 201 Annual Meeting, Brown University, April 1, 2012.

“The Politics of Visual Representation in Louise Erdrich’s Shadow Tag.” Louisville Conference on Language and Culture since 1900, University of Louisville, February 25, 2012.

“‘Okay, My Rant is Over’: The Language of Emotion in Online Discourse.” With Brittany Fiorenza. Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Los Angeles, Jan. 6, 2011.

"Rethinking Emotion in Online Discussion Forums." With Brittany Fiorenza. 2010 Conference on College Composition and Community, Louisville, March 19, 2010.

"Pop Medicine: Media and the New Medical Consumer in DeLillo's White Noise" American Comparative Literature Association 2009 Annual Meeting, Harvard University, March 26-29, 2009.

"Transparent Bodies and Invisible Ideology: Women Writers on Medical Imaging Technologies" Modern Language Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, Dec. 27-31, 2008.

"Not Fatal, but Freakish: Male Body Image and the Clinical Gaze in 'My Mammogram'." Northeastern Modern Language Association, Buffalo, April 11, 2008.

"Keeping it Reel: Using Film to Teach Theory to Undergraduates." 2008 Conference on College Composition and Communication, New Orleans, April 3, 2008.

"Seeing Patients: Gender Politics and Medical Imaging in 'Third Monday' and 'Bluebeard's Egg.'" The Patient: A Symposium, Bucknell University, Oct. 21-22, 2006.

"The Womb with a View: Fetal Images in 'Birthmates' and 'The Ultrasound.'" American Comparative Literature Association 2006 Annual Meeting, March 22-24, 2006.