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Contemporary American Literature & Film; Creative Nonfiction
Phone: (239) 590-7418
E-Mail: email@example.comOffice: RH 134
Ph.D., Brandeis University, 2000M.A., Brandeis University, 1998B.A., Bryn Mawr College, 1992
Primary areas of teaching and scholarship: Contemporary Literature & Film and Creative Nonfiction
Other areas of teaching and scholarship: Film Adaptation, Creative Nonfiction, the Contemporary Short Story, and the Bildungsroman
Professor Tolchin recently put out a new book titled Stop Parenting: One Helicopter Mom’s Life-Changing Transformation (BookBaby 2017). A hybrid memoir/parenting guide written in conversation with corporate mentor Kyle Mercer, Stop Parenting… is dedicated to parents who want more clarity, peace, effectiveness, energy, and authenticity in their relationships with their children. The book outlines an alternative practice for everyone who craves peace in a multitude of relationships, beginning with this most fundamental of connections: the one between parent and child.
Professor Tolchin’s book, Part Blood, Part Ketchup: Coming of Age in American Literature and Film (Lexington 2007) was cited in William Safire’s On Language column. Her analysis of 20th century coming-of-age literature and film focuses on novels by Edith Wharton, J. D. Salinger, Philip Roth, John Irving, and Jamaica Kincaid. Part Blood… situates a century of narratives produced by Americans within national, historical, and global contexts. It traces 19th century allegations about a troubling narrowness in the American character to contemporary insights about the global superpower. Ultimately, the book argues that the American Bildungsroman has performed significant cultural work in the construction of our national mythology. It has transformed maturation into jeremiad.
When Professor Tolchin isn’t traversing genres, continents, and centuries in her scholarship, she is attempting to do just that in her teaching by embracing a generalist persona. She was recently named a trustee of Seacrest Country Day School in Naples, Florida; she has served as a board member for the Southern Humanities Council. As a civilian, she enjoys travel, boating, and spending time with her young son Charlie.
Selected Scholarly Presentations and Performances