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Patricia Hamill Resume

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Edited and Indexed Works:

While Mem'ry Brings Us Back Again, published by the Aisling Irish Community Center in Yonkers, New York is now available. The book was launched officially at the Consulate General of Ireland, New York, NY in November of 2006.

Over a number of months, Hamill worked editing the transcripts and drafts created and provided by Frances Browner. Browner conducted many interviews with a number of seniors at the Center who all have insightful stories to share regarding immigration to America and life in New York over the decades. For more information please go to www.aislingcenter.org/news

The Dall Sheep Dinner Guest: I˝upiaq Narratives of Northwest Alaska, edited by Wanni Wibulswasdi Anderson, published by University of Alaska Press, 2005. This text includes discussion of the culture and society of the I˝upiaq as well as providing narrative classification and categories before presenting individual stories or episodes from "The Qayaq Cycle." Hamill was contacted to be the indexer for this project as her background in folklore lends itself to an understanding of the format and content of the text beyond the indexer's keen eye for important terms and concepts.

Geology of Southeast Alaska: Rock and Ice in Motion, published by University of Alaska Press, 2006. Although this subject matter is not in the mainstream of her own scholarly focus, being a professionally trained indexer allows Hamill to understand how to identify metatopics and subsequent subheadings to be properly recorded if an index is to be useful and reliable.


"Identity and Ideals: Memory and Imagination as History" (in review, Foilsi˙, Grian's academic journal of Irish Studies, NYU) From the essay: "There has been much recent discussion regarding contemporary works whose creation is based in the desire to construct or reinterpret aspects of Irish and Irish American identity. These recollections consist of both memoirs of an Ireland left behind and a more comfortably re-envisioned history through fiction. This work ties in pointedly to current research regarding representations of women in modern Irish literature—modern authors and their subject matter actively at work on creating new literary legacies."

The Mouse Without a House, (in review, Whimsy). Inspired by childhood experiences and locations in the Catskill Mountains of New York state, this story tells the tale of a small mouse who tries to make his own comfy home within a cabin belonging to a small family. Parents and children alike will enjoy his adventures throughout the changing seasons as he and this family find ways to share this lovely little cabin.

"Illumination" is a personal essay included in the inspirational anthology entitled Sacred Fire, edited by Maril Crabtree, published by Adams Media (2005). The collection of personal essays included in this text is centered on both the inspirational and destructive powers of this element and its affect on the authors' lives. "Illumination" addresses the very comforting and inspiring connection Hamill has found between the quiet gathering of family around the fireplace, as well as the calming effect these inviting flames have on a busy and restless mind.

"The Week of Revelations," is a personal essay chosen from among many submissions as one of 40 most revelatory statements regarding the academic and personal importance of the Congress on Medieval Studies hosted yearly by Western Michigan University. The hosting publication, The Book of Forty, published by Medieval Institute Publications (2005), was created in honor of the Congress' 40th anniversary.

This particular essay emphasizes the importance of the Congress on aspiring scholars as well as established powers in Medieval studies. Hamill, as an aspiring Medievalist with warring interests in contemporary Irish literature, offers insight as to what the resources at this enormous gathering, both human and textual, offer one in need of community and inspiration.

"The Trickster in Literature: Knave and Hero," published in Transactions, Dyson Society of Fellows (September, 2002), is one of Hamill's earlier works of scholarly research. This endeavor offers insight into the nature and purpose of the Trickster in various tales from around the world. The Trickster is a character that not only brings chaos into ordered lives, but also shows us how experiencing chaos is often necessary in order to appreciate how order and trust are integral to successful human interaction. The bibliography offers excellent opportunities for further research into the Trickster and its incarnations.


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