Dr. Patricia F. Tarantello
Lecturer of English and Director First Year Seminar
Dr. Tarantello’s very positive experience as an English major at Marist College encouraged her to pursue her MA and PhD in English at Fordham University. Delighted to be teaching full-time at Marist, she hopes to inspire students in her First Year Seminar, Core Literature, and Writing for College classes, as her professors once inspired her. She fosters a friendly dynamic in the classroom, encourages active learning experiences in her courses, helps students develop necessary critical thinking and writing skills, and exposes them to interesting and thought-provoking texts. Dr. Tarantello is enthusiastic about literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, but always considers issues such as race, class, and gender, which are topics that are still relevant today. She hopes that students who take her classes leave with a better appreciation for the topic, but, more importantly, that they learn the value of hard work, persistence, and revision. In addition to teaching, Dr. Tarantello advises the English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta, and is a member of the Marist Ally Network.
Dr. Tarantello currently serves as the director of the First Year Seminar program.
PhD, Fordham University, Department of English, 2013
MA, Fordham University, Department of English, 2006
BA, Marist College, Summa cum laude with major in English, 2004
"Joel Barlow." Oxford Bibliographies Online in American Literature. February 2022.
"Insisting on Femininity: Mercy Otis Warren, Susanna Rowson, and Literary Self-Promotion." Women’s Studies, vol.46, no. 3, April 2017, 181-199. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00497878.2017.1287077
"Persona-lly Appealing: Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard and Authorial Self-Representation." Authorship 5, no. 1, July 2016. http://www.authorship.ugent.be/article/view/2353
“Invisible Networks: Women, Community, and the Supernatural in Edith Wharton’s Ghost Stories.” Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference, Baltimore, Maryland. November 2021.
“The Specter of Fame: Teaching Edgar Allan Poe’s Obsession with Celebrity.” Supernatural Studies Conference, New Rochelle, New York. March 2020. Conference Cancelled.
“Restricted Access: Nellie Bly’s Manipulation of Gender Norms in Ten Days in a Madhouse.” Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, Boston, Massachusetts. March 2020.
“Taking on a Life of its Own: 200 Years of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.” Mahopac Library. October 2018.
"Sucking the Life Out of Society: Mary Wilkins Freeman’s Critique of Gender Conventions.” The Supernatural Studies Association Conference, Bronx, New York. March 2017
"Joel Barlow: Patriotism, Patronage, and Publicity.” Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, Hartford, Connecticut. March 2015
"The Domestic Perspective: Mercy Otis Warren’s Promotion of Herself as a Female Historian.” Women and Society Conference, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York. October 2014
"Advertising Image: Samuel Keimer’s Unsuccessful Public Persona.” Advertising in Early America Conference at the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts. Nov 2011
"Publicizing Particularities: Susanna Rowson’s Strategies of Self-Promotion.” Gender, the Body, and Technology Conference, Roanoke, Virginia. April 2010