Professor of English and Department Chair
Office: WC 252
Phone: (405) 208-5707
American Literature, Topics in Ethnic Literature, Critical Reading and Writing, Composition, and Senior Seminar
Teaching and Research Interests:
Dr. Floreani considers herself a student of American culture and is fascinated by all its paradoxes. She finds a literature classroom that is open to interdisciplinary exploration to be the best place for examining the culture’s complexities. In both the classroom and in her research, she is particularly interested in how notions of national identity evolve over time, how race and ethnicity fit within larger national narratives at various historical moments, and how artists engage in larger discussions of what it means to be American.
Author of Fifties Ethnicities: The Ethnic Novel and Mass Culture at Midcentury ; Chair of the Ralph Ellison Centennial steering committee