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Mary Ellen Bertolini

Senior Lecturer, Tutor in Writing; Director, Writing Center

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Phone: work802.443.3182
Fax: fax802-443-2418
Office Hours: T 1:30-2:30, F 10:15-11:00, other times by appointment
Alma Mater: B. A. College of New Rochelle, M.A. T. (English) Wesleyan University, M.A. Bread Loaf School of English
Years at Midd: I've worked at Middlebury College since 1994.
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Since 1994, Mary Ellen Bertolini has worked at Middlebury College in the Writing Program. She has published on Frank McCourt and Sandra Cisneros and has spoken about Jane Austen at Middlebury College and to the Jane Austen Society of North America in Vermont.  In 2000, she began the 4 Divas Writing Project (published 2001), and gave a talk about this project and its publication at the AEPEL conference on “Writing and Healing” in Estes Park, CO in 2002. She has held positions as Director of Academic Support, Acting Director of the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research, Acting Director of the Writing Program and First-Year Seminar Program and as Faculty Co-Head of Wonnacott Commons. Her special interests include: Jane Austen, Writing & Healing, Digital Media, Blogging, Social Software, and Peer Writing Tutors. Currently Associate Director of the Writing Program, she runs the Peer Writing Tutor Program and First-year Seminar Mentor Program, and continues to teach and tutor in the Writing Program at Middlebury College.

 

 

Courses

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CRWR 0560 - Special Project: Writing      

Special Project: Creative Writing
Approval Required.

Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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CRWR 0701 - Senior Thesis:Creative Writing      

Senior Thesis: Creative Writing
Discussions, workshops, tutorials for those undertaking one-term projects in the writing of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. (Formerly ENAM 0701)

Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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CRWR 0711 - Senior Thesis: Creative Writ.      

Senior Thesis: Creative Writing
Discussions, workshops, tutorials for those undertaking two-term projects in the writing of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. (Formerly ENAM 0711)

Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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ENAM 0500 - Special Project: Lit      

Special Project: Literature
Approval Required.

Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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ENAM 0560 - Special Project: Writing      

Special Project: Creative Writing
(Approval Required)

Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012

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ENAM 0700 - Senior Essay: Critical Writing      

Senior Thesis: Critical Writing
Individual guidance and seminar (discussions, workshops, tutorials) for those undertaking one-term projects in literary criticism or analysis. All critical thesis writers also take the essay workshop (ENAM 700Z) in either Fall or Spring Term.

Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2013, Fall 2014

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ENAM 0701 - Senior Essay: Creative Writing      

Senior Essay: Creative Writing
Discussions, workshops, tutorials for those undertaking one-term projects in the writing of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction.

Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012

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ENAM 0710 - Senior Thesis: Critical Writ.      

Senior Thesis: Critical Writing
Individual guidance and seminar (discussions, workshops, tutorials) for those undertaking two-term projects in literary criticism or analysis. All critical thesis writers also take the thesis workshop (ENAM 710z) in both Fall and Spring terms.

Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014

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ENAM 0711 - Senior Thesis: Creative Writ.      

Senior Thesis: Creative Writing
Discussions, workshops, tutorials for those undertaking two-term projects in the writing of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction.

Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012

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FYSE 1144 - Jane Austen and Film      

Jane Austen & Film
Why did a writer born over 200 years ago become a hot property in Hollywood? The explosion of film adaptations of Austen's novels has sent readers scurrying to Austen's six major works: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion. We will study these novels and their film and video adaptations, while examining the differences between the language of film and the language of fiction, and while considering Austen's appeal to 21st century men and women. 3 hrs. sem.

CW EUR LIT

Fall 2011, Fall 2013

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WRPR 0100 - The Writing Workshop I      

This course is for students who would like extra work on critical thinking and analytical writing. All sections of this course will address a variety of writing strategies and technologies, from free writing to online writing. Each section will focus on a particular theme to be determined by the instructor. This course does not fulfill the college writing requirement. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

Fall 2010, Fall 2012, Fall 2014

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WRPR 0202 - Writing To Heal      

This writing-intensive course examines writing as a catalyst for healing after loss or grief. In a workshop focused on student writing, we will analyze the fiction, drama, poetry and creative nonfiction of Arthur Miller, Jane Austen, Frank McCourt, C.S. Lewis, Sharon Olds, William Wordsworth, Christopher Noel, Madeleine Blais, Susan Minot. Reading James W. Pennebaker's Opening Up and Louise DeSalvo's Writing As A Way of Healing will create a theoretical underpinning for our discussions. Assignments for this course will include formal analytical essays, creative work (published online), as well as electronic journals and oral presentations.

CW LIT

Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014

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WRPR 0500 - Special Project: Lit      

Special Project: Literature
(Approval Required)

Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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WRPR 1813 - Mystique of Pride & Prejudice      

Mystique of Pride and Prejudice
Almost 200 years after its publication, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice continues not only to be read, but its iconic characters have been reproduced on film in settings as diverse as Salt Lake City and Punjab. Professional and amateur authors in print and on internet sites continue to rewrite this novel in both modern and regency setting. Why? In this course we will analyze the reasons for the continued popularity of Pride and Prejudice by an intensive reading of the novel, viewing at least five adaptations of the novel, reading recent adaptations, and by recreating the characters ourselves.

ART CW EUR LIT WTR

Winter 2012

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Recent Conferences and Presentations

23rd International Conference on The First-Year Experience (Maui, Hawaii), June 10, 2010. "Faculty Buy-In: Engaging and Retaining Faculty Instructors."

International Conference on the First-Year Experience in Montreal, July 23, 2009, “Growing Faculty and Students in FYS Learning Communities.”

The Grace to Deserve: Weighing Merit in Jane Austen’s Persuasion,” March 1, 2009, JASNA-VT, Champlain College Burlington, Vermont.

International Conference on The First-Year Experience, Dublin, Ireland, June 23-26, 2008, “FYS As Locus for Faculty Development: Creating Mini Learning Communities.”

College Conference for Composition & Communication Convention, New Orleans, LA, April 2-5, 2008, “Workshopping Lives: Writing Workshop in a Writing to Heal Class.”

Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience, San Francisco, California, February 15-19, 2008, “FYS As Locus for Faculty Development: Creating Mini Learning Communities.”

First-Year Programs and Liberal Arts: Best Practices and New Thinking, St. Lawrence University, June 6-8, 2007. “Keeping the Fires Burning: Ongoing Innovation in a Nineteen-Year-Old Program.”

College Conference for Composition & Communication Convention, New York, NY, March 21-24, 2007. “Writing and Healing: the Self and Others.”

Supporting the New Curriculum Conference, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, May 19, 2006, participated in panel, gave keynote address.

Social Software in the Academy Workshop, USC, Annenberg Center, May 2005, “Exploring the Use of Weblogs in the Classroom.”

AEPEL Conference on Writing and Healing, Colorado, June 2002: “The Double Healing Power of Paper Memorials Great and Small.”

Publications

Bertolini, Mary Ellen. "Frank McCourt." In American Writers (Supplement 12).  Ed.  Jay Parini.  New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2002.

Bertolini, Mary Ellen. "Sandra Cisneros."  In American Writers (Supplement 8). Ed.  Jay Parini.  New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2001.

Bertolini, Mary Ellen. "Workshopping Lives." In Does the Writing Workshop Still Work? (New Writing Viewpoints) Ed. Dianne Donnelly. Clevedon, U.K.:  Multilingual Matters, May 2010.