Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

James VanOosting

Ph.D., Northwestern University

Faculty Memorial Hall 431

Theories of Media, Society, and Culture
Versions of Censorship & Freedom of Expression
Media and Popular Culture
Telling America’s Story: Media Literacy and Moral Citizenship
Narrative Thinking

Research Interests:
I’m interested especially in interactions among media, language, and story. This interest extends from my work as novelist and essayist to theoretical issues implicating narrative as a way of knowing. Specifically, I’m intrigued by four questions: How do we acquire knowledge through stories and storying? How do we store and access knowledge through stories and storying? How do we disseminate knowledge through stories and storying? How do we validate or invalidate knowledge through stories and storying? I’m in process of founding an Institute for Narrative Studies at Fordham that reaches out to narrative scholars in the Humanities & Arts, Behavioral Scientists (e.g., cognitive psychologists), and Neuroscientists (i.e., those studying the narrative structure of memory, as well as neuroscientists examining narrative dysfunction associated with various diseases).

Selected Publications:

Performance in Life and Literature, with Paul Gray (Allyn & Bacon, 1996)
Practicing Business: Communication in the Workplace (Houghton Mifflin, 1992)
The Business Speech: Speaker, Audience, and Text (Prentice-Hall, 1985)
The Business Report: Writer, Reader, and Text (Prentice-Hall, 1983)
Business Correspondence: Writer, Reader, and Text (Prentice-Hall, 1983)

Walking Mary (HarperCollins, 2005)
The Last Payback (HarperCollins, 1998)
Electing J.J. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1990)
Maxie’s Ghost (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1987)

And the Flesh Became Word: Reflections Theological and Aesthetic (Crossroad, 2005) 

Articles Sampler
“Narrative Power and Media Influence” in Battleground: The Media (Greenwood, 2008)
“Jubilee for Artists,” Commonweal, November 8, 2002
“Vocation Education,” America, July 1, 2002
“A Paradigm for Performance Studies” (with Ronald Pelias), The Quarterly Journal of Speech, May, 1987
“Writing as Performance,” Communication Education, October, 1986
“The Use of Imaginative Literature for Communication Theory Construction,” The Quarterly Journal of Speech, May, 1985

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