Umland, Rebecca A. 1954–

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Umland, Rebecca A. 1954–

PERSONAL: Born September 11, 1954, in Iowa City, IA; daughter of John M. (in insurance business) and Leona (Schropp) Cochran; married Samuel J. Umland (an educator and writer), August 15, 1992; children: John. Ethnicity: "White." Education: University of Iowa, B.A., 1976, M.A., 1982, Ph.D., 1985. Religion: Roman Catholic. Hobbies and other interests: Music, film, "Arthuriana."

ADDRESSES: Home—511 W. 35th St., Kearney, NE 68845. Office—Department of English, Thomas Hall, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kearney, NE 68849; fax: 308-865-8806. E-mail[email protected].

CAREER: University of Iowa, Iowa City, adjunct assistant professor, 1985; Iowa State University, Ames, adjunct assistant professor, 1986–89; University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kearney, assistant professor, 1989–92, associate professor, 1992–98, professor of English, 1998–, graduate faculty fellow, 1994. Speaker at colleges and universities, including Western Michigan University, Ball State University, Boston University, University of Notre Dame, Northeastern Illinois University, and Creighton University.

MEMBER: International Arthurian Society, Association of Literary Scholars and Critics, Midwest Victorian Society, Phi Eta Sigma.

AWARDS, HONORS: Outstanding paper award, Novus Competition, Ball State University, 1984, for "Swinburne's Fated Hero in 'The Tale of Balen'"; travel grant, American Council of Learned Societies, 1990.


(Editor, with Janet Goebel, and contributor) Selected Papers on Medievalism, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Press (Indiana, PA), 1988.

(With husband Samuel J. Umland) The Use of Arthurian Legend in Hollywood Film: From Connecticut Yankees to Fisher Kings, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 1998.

Donald Cammell: A Life on the Wild Side, FAB Press (Godalming, Surrey, England), 2005.

Contributor to books, including King Arthur through the Ages, Volume 2, edited by Valerie M. Lagorio and Mildred Leake Day, Garland Publishing (New York, NY), 1990; The Arthurian Revival: Essays on Form, Tradition, and Transformation, edited by Debra N. Mancoff, Garland Publishing (New York, NY), 1992; History and Community: Essays in Victorian Medievalism, edited by Florence S. Boos, Garland Publishing (New York, NY), 1992; Culture and the King: The Social Implications of the Arthurian Legend, edited by Martin B. Schichtman and James P. Carley, State University of New York Press (Albany, NY), 1994; and Philip K. Dick: Contemporary Critical Interpretations, edited by Samuel J. Umland, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 1995. Contributor of articles and reviews to journals, including Wrapped in Plastic, Platte Valley Review, Quondam et Futurus: Journal of Arthurian Interpretations, and Victorian Newsletter.