Jane Missner Barstow



            1973     Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

                                    Thesis:   Childhood Revisited and Revised

                                    The First Person Narratives of Charles Dickens,

                                                Marcel Proust and Gunter Grass

                                    Honors:  Rackham Doctoral Prize, NDEA Fellowship


            1969     Certificat avec mention bien, troisieme cycle, University of Paris


            1967     B.A. cum laude, Smith College, Northampton, MA


Professional Employment

            2004 - present   College of Arts and Sciences, Univ. of Hartford 

            1979 - 2004       Hartford College for Women

               (as of July 1, 1991 HCW became part of the University of Hartford)

                1993 - 2003   Chair, Women's Studies Steering Committee      

                1998 - present           Full Professor of English

                1988 - 1992   Academic Dean (including a brief stint as acting president)

                1984 - 1987   Associate Professor English and

                                                Dean of Continuing Education

    1979 - 1984   Assistant Professor of English


                1995 - 2003   Humanities Faculty, Charter Oak College           


                1987 - 1988, and 1980 - 1981

                                                Fulbright Lecturer in American Literature

                                                The Aristotelian Univ. of Thessaloniki, Greece

                2003-2004                 Fulbright Senior Scholar

                                                University of Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria


            1972 - 1979       Assistant Professor of English,   University of Hartford

1971 - 1972       Instructor of English,      Middlesex Community College

1968 - 1969       Instructor of ESL,          Ecole Nickerson, Paris, France

1967 - 1968       Instructor of English, International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan


Professional Service to the University

            2004-2006                     P&T Committee, A&S

            2000-2003                     Faculty Representative, Provost’s Committee on P&T

1998-2001                     Chair, Sabbatical Committee

1990’s                          Member: Library, AUC, Sabbatical, Senate Curriculum Committees

            1996 - 1999                   Chair, Promotion and Tenure Committee, HCW

            1994 - 1995                   Faculty Senator



            Connecticut Now Prudence Crandall Award for Feminist Leadership       2000

            HCW Professor of the Year      2000

            AAUW Women’s Educational Equity Award      1994                

            University of Hartford “Above and Beyond Award” 1995           


New Program Development

                                                HCW BRIDGE to Career Development

                                                Associate & Bachelor Degrees in Legal Studies

                                                MSET -- Women in Math, Engineering, Technology and Science

                                                Major in Women's Studies

                                                Academic Express (with Alice Noyes original proposal)

                                                Co-chair committee to establish Connecticut Women's

                                                            Hall of Fame  (inauguration May 19, 1994)


Other Professional Service

            1994 -- present              Corporator, Vice-President, Director of Research, CWHF

Member Board of Visitors, Mortensen Library

                                                Reader, Title III (1992, 1993, 1994)

                                                Presiding CEO for merger HCW/UH

                                                Evaluator, Connecticut Humanities Council

                                                Accreditation Officer, Faculty Liaison, NEAS&C

                                                State BHE representative, accreditation visits

                                                Member Affirmative Action Committee, Hartford Bd. of Ed



Funded Grants

                                                From Idea to Artifact: Interpreting Women’s History

                                                Connecticut Humanities Council, 1998-1999


                                                Hartford College Program for Women Program in Math, Engineering, Technology and Science

Department of Education--Women's Education Equity Act 1993-95


                                                Teachers' Institute in Women's Studies

                                                Connecticut State Dept. of Education, 1986


                                                Teachers' Institute in Women's Studies

                                                Connecticut Humanities Council, 1984-85


                                                A Woman's Place

                                                Connecticut Humanities Council, 1983


                                                Project Crecer, for 7th&8th grade girls,

                                                Advanced Secretarial Skills Training Program

                                                AETNA Foundation, 1977




Courses Taught         

English Composition and Research, Introduction to Literature, History of European Literature, The Russian Novel, The Nineteenth Century Heroine, Contemporary Women Writers, African-America Surveys, Edith Wharton, Toni Morrison, Nobel Prize Laureates in Literature, American Poetry, Margaret Atwood, World Literature: Women Writers from Japan and Africa, Literature and Film of Other Cultures, Gender and Genre: Female Writers, Male Directors, Survey of Minority Literature




“At the Intersection: ‘Race, culture, identity and aesthetics’” in The Bluest Eye and other texts” in The Fiction of Toni Morrison: Teaching and Writing on Race, Culture, and Identity, ed. Jami L. Carlacio. Under contract with The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).


Nikki Giovanni” in African American Women Writers:  An A-to-Z Guide. Greenwood Press. Forthcoming--2006.


“Edwidge Danticat” in ‘Cyclopedia of World Authors, eds. Frank Magill and.Tracy Irons-George.  Salem Press, 2004. ISBN: 1587651246


            Reading in Groups: Women’s Clubs and College Literature Classes”

                        Publishing Research Quarterly            Fall 2003


            One Hundred Years of American Women Writing: 1848-1948.                                    Scarecrow Press, 1997


            Op-Ed pieces:   “One Family Bids a Fond Farewell to Hartford Public Schools,”

                                                July 28, 1996

                                    "Why Women's Studies," Hartford Courant, May 31, 1994

                                     "The Year of the Woman," Hartford Courant, July 1991


            Other Salem Press Articles:

                        Marguerite Yourcenar in Great Women Writers: The Lives and Works of 135 of the World’s Most Important Women Writers   1995

                        Masterworks 1991: Andre Gide

                        Literary Annual 1990:

                                    Joyce Carol Oates' American Appetites

                        British and Commonwealth Fiction Series 1987:

                                    Margaret Atwood, Surfacing

                                    Doris Lessing, The Good Terrorist

                        Masterplots II 1987:

                                    Grace Paley, "An Interest in Life"

                                    Doris Lessing, "Mrs. Fortescue"

                                    Tillie Olsen, "Tell Me a Riddle"

                                    Joyce Carol Oates, "My Warszawa"

                                    Joyce Carol Oates, "Where are You Going, Where Have You Been"

                        Literary Annual 1986

                                    Joyce Carol Oates, Bellefleur


            Exhibit Pamphlet: "A Woman's Place/The first Fifty Years of Hartford College for Women"    1983


            "Originality and Conventionality in James' The Princess Casamassima." GENRE 11, 3 Fall 1979.


"Dickens, Proust and Grass on Childhood" in Children's Literature: An International Journal.  Summer 1979.


            "Dostoevsky Versus Chernyshevsky" in College Literature V, 1.  Winter 1978.  


Selected Public Presentations since 1990

            Women Reading in Groups: Issues for Cultural Critics and Feminist Scholars” for

The Culture of Reading: Past, Present, and Future at ACA Annual Meeting, Atlanta, April 12-15, 2006.


“Beauty as Beast: Gwendolyn Brooks’ “The Life of Lincoln West” and Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye” at an international conference,

Politics and/in Aesthetics, June 4-9, 2005 at the Universities of Thessaloniki, Greece and Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria


“North American Border Literature,” Graduate Seminar Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, May 2004


Chair of Panel--“Ethnic and Racial Stereotypes: Perspectives on their Persistence and Power,” MESEA (Society for Multi-Ethnic Studies: Europe and the Americas) Biennial Conference, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, May 2004


Women’s Studies: An Overview and History University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, May 2004


Women’s Issues in 21st Century America, University of Rousse, Bulgaria, March 2004


Affirmative Action: Ideologies and Realities, America in the 21st Century Bulgarian American Studies Association, November 2003


North American Border Literature, VIII International Conference of the Bulgarian Society for British Studies, October 2003


            A History of Women’s Colleges: Their Rise, Fall and Rebirth HCW Convocation, September 2000


            “An Affair to Remember: In Search of Edith Wharton’s Passions and Repressions.” Humanities Fellow, March 1999


            From Jane Eyre to Martha Quest:: Women's Literature The University of Hartford Today, April 20, 1998


"The Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame," General Federation of Women's Clubs of Connecticut, Inc. May 2, 1997


            "Lost Women in History," Stamford H.S., April 18, 1997


            "Toni Morrison,"  President's College, May 4, 1994


            "Edith Wharton: A Feminist Despite Herself?", Simsbury Public Library, March 1, 1994


            "Some Like Them Hot: The Maximalist Female Fictions of Oates, Atwood and Morrison,"  Adult Lecture Series, HCW,  March 1992