Richard Raspa

Richard Raspa

Professor Emeritus

5057 Woodward Avenue, Room #9204.3, Detroit, Michigan 48202

Curriculum vitae

Richard Raspa

Department

English

Education

  • B.A. Saint Joseph’s College, Philadelphia, 1963
  • M.A. University of Notre Dame, 1965
  • Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 1971

Awards and grants

  • Invited Lecture: James L. Stambaugh, Jr. Lectureship in Humanities in Medicine. University of Louisville, College of Medicine, October 2, 2009.
  • Botkin Folklore Prize, an international award from the American Folklore Society for the best first book in the field of folklore, 1987
  • Fulbright, Italy, 1974-75
  • Ellsworth Visiting Fellow, Barney School of Business and Public Administration, 1985
  • President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2005 and 1986
  • Wayne State University Summer Institute Award: Computer Technology, 2002
  • Wayne State University Global Grant: The China Project, 2002
  • Wayne State University Global Grant: Medical Humanities, 2005
  • Wayne State University Freshman Seminar Award 2003
  • WSU Summer Grant, 1991
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Grant at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Summer, 1992

Selected publications

Books published

  • End-of-Life Stories: Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries, co-authored, New York: Springer, 2005
  • The Collaborative Imperative, co-authored. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2000
  • Italian Folktales in America: The Verbal Art of an Immigrant Woman, co-authored,
  • Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1985. Reprinted 1997
  • Keys to American English, co-authored. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1975
  • Discovery in Literature, co-authored. New York: Paulist Press, 1970

Chapters published

  • “Three Modern Entrepreneurs: Exploring the Limits of Carnival,” with Kenneth Khoury, MD, in Modern Organizations and Emerging Conundrums, ed. By Richard Goodman (London: Sage, 1999)
  • “The Broken Covenant: The Symbolic Impact of Organizational Transition,” an invited contribution to a festschrift in honor of Wolfram Burisch in Wider die Regel, ed. By Francesca Vidal (Tubingen: Talheimer Verlag, 1991
  • “Dominos, Pizza, and Entrepreneurial Success: Corporate Mythology in a Fast-Food Chain,” in Symbols and Artifacts: views of the Corporate Landscape, ed. By Pasquale Gagliardi (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 1990)
  • “Exotic Foods among Italian-Americans in Mormon, Utah: Food as Nostalgic Enactment of Identity,” in Ethnic and Regional Foodways in the United States: The Performance of Group Identity, edited by Linda Keller Brown and Kay Mussell (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1984). 

Journal articles published

  • 2018: Place in Shakespeare's Coriolanus: The Intersection of Geography, Culture, and Identity. Journal of Mediterranean Studies, ed. Geraldo da Sousa (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2018). Special Shakespeare edition:  213-228
  • 2016: Facing Death: Palliative Care, Erik Erikson, and the Final Stage of Life, Robert Joseph Zalenski, Richard Raspa, Journal of Palliative Medicine. Aug 2016: 804-805
  • 2016: “Facing Death: Palliative Care, Erik Erikson, and the Final Stage of Life,” co-authored with Robert Zalenski, MD., in The Journal of Palliative Medicine [Epub ahead of print]
  • 2012: "The Winter's Tale: The Function of Folklore in Shakespeare's Construction Central Europe and the Mediterranean," in Squardi sul Mediterraneo, ed. by Paola Valenti, 143-54. Genoa, Italy: University of Genoa Press). (Book was printed in Italy in October 2013 but bears the publication date of 2012.) [Year 3]
  • 2012: "Civilization and its Discontents in the 21st century: Freud, Shakespeare, and Romantic Love, " Psychoanalytic Inquiry vol.32. Issue 6, (2012): 596-606. DOI:10.1080/07351690.2012.703904
  • 2012: “Virtue Ethics and End-of-Life Care,” co-authored with Robert Zalenski, MD, in Proceedings of the British Pain Society Special Interest Group for Philosophy and Ethics. Eds. Peter Wemyss-Gorman, MD, and Ken Obbard, MD. Launde Abby, England: British Pain Society Special Interest Group for Philosophy and Ethics: 32-37
  • “The Athlete, the Doctor, and the Patient: Framing the Game against the Odds,” Western Folklore: Essays in Honor of Jay Mechling, ed. Simon Bronner, vol. 69, nos. 3 - 4 (fall 2010): 324-40. Print. Special edition, Festschrift in Honor of Jay Mechling
  • "Encouraging Whistle-berries: Paradoxical Intervention in The Taming of the Shrew," The Journal of Mediterranean Studies 19 (2010): 102-112
  • "Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries in End-of-Life Education" in the Journal of Professional Nursing with Stephanie Schim (2007), Volume 23, Issue 4, 201-207
  • “Root metaphors in Five Health Care Systems: US, Poland, Brazil, Scotland, and China,” co-authored with Ken Khoury, MD, at the World Psychiatric Congress, in Melbourne, Australia, November 28, 2007, in Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 2007, Vol. 41, Issue S2, 445
  • “Organization,” in the “Encyclopedia of American Folklife, “edited by Simon Broner. New York: ME Sharp, 924-27 (2006)
  • “Detroit,” in the “Encyclopedia of American Folklife,” co-authored and edited by Simon Broner New York: ME Sharp 297-304 (2006)
  • "A Framework for Achieving Human Potential in Hospice and Palliative Care: Applying Maslow's Theory of Hierarchy of Needs to End-of-Life Care,” co-authored with Rob Zalenski, MD, The Journal of Palliative Medicine, no.5 (2006) , 1120-27
  • “Carnivalized Bodies in Portugal: Laughing at Death in the House of God,” in The Journal of Mediterranean Studies, ed. Ben Taggie (Kirksville: Thomas Jefferson University, 2005)
  • “The Legend of St. James at Santiago de Campostela: Pilgrims and Tourists Crossing Boundaries into Liminal States,” in Midwestern Folklore. Vol.27. No.1 (Spring 2001)
  • “Organizational Storytelling,” entry in The Storytelling Encyclopedia, edited by Margaret Macdonald (Garland Press, 1999)
  • “The Psychology of Change,” with Kenneth Khoury, M.D., in Executive Excellence. Provo: Utah (August 1998)
  • “Information Literacy: The Collaborative Imperative,” co-authored, in Change (summer 1998)
  • “The Edge of Chaos: Sicily through the Writer’s Pen and the Cinematographer’s Lens,” in Italy and the Mediterranean, ed. Ben Taggie (Kirksville: Thomas Jefferson University, 1996)
  • “Italian-Americans,” encyclopedia entry in American Folklore: An Encyclopedia, edited by Jan Harold Brunvand (Garland Press, 1996)
  • “A Short History of Giglio’s: Occupational Roles as Play Frames,” in Western Folklore (April 1992)
  • “Sacred Space, Time, and the Invention of a Saint in a Venetian Mountain Community,” co-authored, in Spain and the Mediterranean, ed. Ben Taggie, Richard Clement, and James Caraway (Kirksville: Thomas Jefferson University Press, 1992)
  • “Decision-Making in an Ethnic Organization: The Role of Aesthetic and Old World Values in a New World Setting,” Ethnicity: Conflict and Cooperation: International Colloquium Reader (Detroit: Michigan Ethnic Heritage Studies Center, 1991), 430-38
  • Folkloric Expression in the Automobile Industry: QWL Stories at GM,” in Southern Folklore I, No.2 (December 1988), 83-87
  • “The Funeral Director as Cultural Engineer: Transforming Traditions in an American Institution,” Dragon, II. No.2 (1987)
  • “Creating Fictions in the Committee: the Emergence of the Saturn Corporation at General Motors,” Dragon. I. No.4 (1986)
  • “The Italian Community in Helper, Utah: Its Historic and Folkloric Past and Present,” co-authored, The Family and Community Life of Italian Americans (Italian American Historical Association, 1983), 22-33
  • “Thomas Dekker and Seventeenth Century Allegory,” English Studies, IV. No.1 (December 1974), 67-76
  • “The Wandering Rocks of Ulysses,” The Literary Half-Yearly, XVI., No.1 (January 1975), 131-52
  • “Proposal for an Experimental Freshman Reading and Writing Seminar,” co-authored, The Journal of English Studies, VI. Nos. 1&2 (April 1975), 375-82

Conference papers presented

Invite and/or refereed internationally or nationally.

  • "The Gap at the Intersection of Medicine and Humanities: From “Silent Wrestler in Scalding Darkness” to 'Standing together in the Glare of Death'" at the national meeting of the Associatio0n for Integrativem Studies, Detroit, Michigan, 13 April 2018
  • Shakespeare’s Cymbeline:  Romance as Secular Scripture and Folklore,”at the Mediterranean Studies Conference, Santa Anna Institute, Sorrento Italy,May 28-June 1, 2018. 
  • ““The Tempest  of Shakespeare: Intersecting Worlds of Magic and Revenge,” at the Mediterranean Studies Conference, University of Malta, May 26-31, 2017
  • “Language and Leadership: Names, Nicknames, Name-Calling, and other speech acts in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus,” at the Mediterranean Studies Conference, University of Palermo, Italy, May 25-29, 2016. 
  • “Inside the Hermeneutic Circle: Brutus and Cassius in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar,” at the Folger Shakespeare Library First Folio Conference: Shakespeare and His Culture on Stage and on the Page, Wayne State University, March 11, 2016
  • “Taste in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra,” at the Mediterranean Studies Conference, University of Athens, Greece,” May 27 -31, 2015
  • “Inside the Hermeneutic Circle: Brutus and Cassius in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar,” at the Mediterranean Studies Conference, University of Malaga, Spain,” 28 May-1 June, 2014
  • “Misreading the Text: The Limits of Honor and Service in Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus,” at the Mediterranean Studies Conference, University of Azores, May 28-June 2, 2013
  • “The Politics of Memory in Shakespeare’s Richard III,” at the Mediterranean Studies Association, University of Pula, Croatia, May 30-June 3, 2012
  • “Romantic Love in Romeo and Juliet: Reviewing Shakespeare through Freud,” at the Mediterranean Studies Conference, University of Corfu, Greece, May 25-29, 2011
  • “Restoration Narratives and Pain Medicine ,” with Robert Zaleneski, MD, at the British Pain Society International Meeting, Launde Abbey, England, May 16-19, 2011
  • “Encouraging Whistle-berries: Paradoxical Intervention in The Taming of the Shrew,” at the Mediterranean Studies Conference, University of Salamanca, Spain, May 28-30, 2010
  • “Narrative Therapy in Hospice,” co-authored with Robert Zalenski, MD, ,” at the 16th Annual Hong Kong International Cancer Congress, Hong Kong, October 5, 2009
  • ”The Final Stage of Living: Negotiating Erikson’s Crisis of Death,” co-authored with Robert Zalenski, MD, at the 16th Annual Hong Kong International Cancer Congress, Hong Kong, October 4, 2009
  • “Falstaff and the Anthropology of Comedy: Bateson’s Framing in Shakespeare’s 1 Henry IV,” at the International Mediterranean Studies Conference, University of Cagliari, Italy, May 27-31, 2009
  • “Addictive Gambling: Cultural and Psychiatric Dimensions,” co-authored with Kenneth Khoury, MD, at the 13 th Pacific Rim Psychiatric Conference, Tokyo, Japan, October 27-31, 2008
  • “The Embodied Self in Shakespeare’s Othello,” at the Mediterranean Studies Conference, Luneburg, Germany, 28 May-1 June, 2008
  • “Root Metaphors and Cultural Constructions of Health-Care Systems: USA, China, Poland, Scotland, Brazil,” co-authored with Ken Khoury, MD, at the World Psychiatric Conference Annual Meeting, Melbourne, Australia, 30 November 2007
  • “Visible Whispering, Audible Noise, Enacted Signs: The Making of Meaning in Macbeth,” at the University of Evora, Portugal, 29 May 2007
  • “The Constructions of Madness in Euripides’ Medea and in Shakespeare’s Hamlet: Dissolving States of Mind and Identity,” co-authored with Ken Khoury, MD., at the Mediterranean Studies Conference, Genoa, Italy, May 28, 2006
  • “Derrida’s Hospitality and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, “at the Mediterranean Studies Conference, Messina, Italy, May 29, 2005
  • “The Power of Narrative: The Construction of Death in Shakespeare’s King Lear,” at the Mediterranean Studies Conference, Barcelona, Spain, May 28, 2004
  • “A Colloquy among the Faculty of the Master of Interdisciplinary Studies Program,” at the Association for Integrative Studies, Detroit, October 9-12, 2003
  • “Construction of the Self and Other in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice,” at the Association for Integrative Studies, Detroit, October 9-12, 2003
  • “Redux: A Master’s Program 10 Years Later,” at the Association for Integrative Studies, Detroit, October 9-12, 2003
  • “The Winter’s Tale: Shakespeare and the Uses of Folklore,” at the Mediterranean Studies Conference, Budapest, Hungary, May 25-29, 2003
  • “The Stones that Speak: Frescoes as Visual Narratives,” co-authored, at the Mediterranean Studies Conference, Granada, Spain, May 24-28, 2002
  • “And then Dante Swooned: Paolo and Francesca in the Inferno,” at the international Mediterranean Studies Conference, Aix-en-provenance, France, May 23-27,2001
  • “On Collaboration in the Information Age,” co-authored, at the national meeting of the Association of College and Research Libraries, Denver, March 15,18, 2001
  • “Representations of Death in Fourteenth-Century Italy,” at the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, October 26-30, 2000
  • “Pilgrims and Tourists Crossing Boundaries: Santiago di Campostela,” at the Mediterranean Studies Conference, University of Bahia, Brazil, May 23-27, 2000
  • “The Black Death: Boccaccio and Literary Constructions of Health and Illness,” at the University of Messina, Italy, March 16-20, 2000,
  • “Liminality and Sacred Space,” at the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, Memphis, October 20-24, 1999
  • “Giving Voice to Narratives of Violence,” at the national meeting of the Oral History Association, Anchorage, Alaska, October 6-10, 1999
  • “Empurrar com a barriga: [Push with the Belly] Taking Liberties with Brazilian Health Care,” co-athored with Ken Khoury, M.D. at the International Conference on Corporate Symbolism, Edinburgh, Scotland, July 7-10, 1999
  • “The Gaze of Death: the Folklore of Ossuary Representations,” at the Mediterranean Studies Conference, Coimbra, Portugal, May 27-31, 1999
  • “Eroticized Space and the Image from the Runway,” at the International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, Williamsburg, Virginia, July 30, 1998
  • “Doctor, Priest, Jester: Poland Emerging Health-Care System,” co-authored with Kenneth Khoury, MD, at SCOS International Conference, Garuja, Brazil, 5 July 1998
  • “Taking Learning Seriously,” at the American Association of Higher Education national meeting, co-authored, Atlanta, March 21, 1998
  • “The Eye Made Desperate by the Gaze: The Evil Eye in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice,” at the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, Pittsburgh, October 1997
  • “The Business of Media: Organizing Carnival by the New Entrepreneurs,” co-authored with Ken Khoury, MD, at the International Conference on Symbolism, Anderson School of Business, UCLA, June 30-July 5, 1996
  • “The Miller’s Inquisition: Creolization in Sixteenth-Century Italy,” at the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, Lafayette, Louisiana, October 12-15, 1995
  • “The Organizational Self: Negotiating the Boundary of Continuity and Change,” co-authored, with Ken Khoury, MD, at the International Conference on Organizational Symbolism, Turku School of Economics, Turku, Finland, June 29-July 2, 1995
  • “Shakespeare and France: Rhetorical Drama and the French Troubadour Tradition in Shakespeare’s Henry V, at the international Mediterranean XVI Conference, Pau, France, July 6 –10, 1994
  • “Folkloric Elements in the Fiction of Luigi Pirandello,” at the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, Eugene, Oregon, October 27-30, 1993
  • “The Vision: an Organizational Process,” an invited presentation at the second DSE Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 11-13, 1993
  • “Institutionalization of Managerial Knowledge,” at the 11th International EGOS Colloquium on the Production and Diffusion of Managerial and Organizational Knowledge, Paris, France, July 6-8, 1993
  • “Vital Attraction: Work in a Boundary-less Age,” co-authored with Ken Khoury, MD, at the SCOS International Conference on Organizations and Symbols, Barcelona, Spain, June 27-30, 1993
  • “Ethnographic Listening: Making a Difference with Gangs,” as the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, Jacksonville, Florida, October 12-15, 1992
  • “War and other Sports in the Play and in the Theater Company: Metaphors of Organization as Theater and in Theater Productions,” at SCOS international conference on Organizations and Symbols and Theater, University of Lancaster, England, July 2, 1992
  • “Decision-Making in an Ethnic Organization: The Role of Aesthetics and Old World Values in a New World setting,” at the international meeting on Ethnicity: Conflict and Cooperation, Detroit, 24 October 1991
  • “The Discourse of Change in a California organization,” at the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, St. John, Newfoundland, 19 October 1991
  • “The Ocean World Paradox: Managing Nature as Carnival or the Symbiosis of Works,” at The Valhalla, an international Conference on Organizational Culture, Copenhagen, Denmark, 24 June 1991
  • “Computers as Symbols of Corporate Structure,” at the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, San Francisco, 18 October 1990
  • “Sacred Space, Time, and the Invention of a Saint in a Venetian Mountain Community,” co-authored, at the Mediterranean XIII Conference Studies, Murcia, Spain, July 9, 1990
  • “The Allegory of Size, the Culture of Space,” at the international conference on the Symbolics of Technological Innovation, Saarbruchen, Germany, 24, June 1990
  • “Hear with your Eyes and See with Your Ears: Folkloric Performance at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra,” at the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, Philadelphia, October 20, 1989
  • “Foodways in an Immigrant Community: Paradox and Pleasures,” at the Fleisher Museum section of the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, Philadelphia, October 19, 1989
  • “The Broken Covenant: Loyalty at General Motors,” at E.G.O.S. World Conference, Berlin, Germany, July 11, 1989
  • “Inventing the Organization of the 21st Century,” at the International Conference, SCOS, Paris, France, June 25, 1989
  • “The Authoritative Text: Fieldwork inside the Organization,” presentation at international research initiative on organizational life, sponsored by the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 24 May 1989
  • “The Manager as Storyteller: Implementing a new Style of Leadership in the Telecommunication Industry” at the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, Cambridge, Massachusetts, October 25, 1988
  • “Bureaucratic Identity at the Title Insurance Company,” at the SCOS International Conference on Corporate Culture, Istanbul, Turkey, July 5, 1988
  • “The Custody Industry: The Sanctions of Legal and Family Folklore,” at the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 22, 1987
  • “Folk Narratives from West Virginia: Immigration and Acculturation in a Mining Community,” at the International Conference, Immigrazione e il Sud, Campobasso, Italy June 28, 1987
  • “A Study of the Play Element at Work,” at the SCOS Conference on the Symbolics of Skill, Milan, Italy, June 27, 1987
  • “Rituals of Separation and Transition in a Manufacturing Context: the Folklore of Change,” at the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, October 23, 1986, Baltimore
  • “The Funeral Director as Cultural Engineer: Transforming Traditions in an American Institution, “at the international SCOS World Conference on Organizational Symbolism, Universite du Quebec, Montreal, July 25, 1986
  • “Rhetorical Models Implicit in Management Consultant Books: Communication for Success,” at the national meeting of the Conference on Composition and Communication, New Orleans, March 15, 1986
  • “Creativity in the Board Room: Language and Action in an Organizational Environment,” at the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, Cincinnati, October 18, 1985
  • “Creating Fictions in the Committee: the Emergence of the Saturn Corporation at General Motors,” at the SCOS World Conference on Symbolism, Antibes, France, June 27, 1985
  • “Decision-making Rituals in an Ethnic Organization: Managing the Culture of Paradox,” at the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, San Diego, October 11, 1984
  • “Quality of Work-life Stories in an Automobile Plant,” at the international Conference on Organizational Symbolism and Corporate Culture, Lund, Sweden, June 27, 1984
  • “Writing in the Corporate Context: the Demands of World-of-Work Writing,” at the national Conference on College Composition and Communication, Detroit, March 19, 1983
  • “Discovering and Folk and the Japanese among the Managers at General Motors,” at the international Conference on Myth, Symbol, and Folklore, University of California, Los Angeles, March 11, 1983
  • “Studying Up the Organization: the Convergence of Folklore and Occupation,” at the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, Minneapolis, October 15, 1982
  • “The Immigrant Experience in the Intermountain West,” co-authored at the national meeting of the American Italian Historical Association, Chicago, October 24, 1980
  • “Vernacular Architecture and the Ethnic Landscape,” at the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, Pittsburgh, October 19, 1980
  • “Familial and Analytic Determinants of Folk Behavior in Fictional and Institutional Contexts,” at the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, Los Angeles, October 27, 1979
  • “Paulo Freire, Conscientizacao, and the Teaching of Composition,” at the national meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Minneapolis, April 6, 1979
  • “Exotic Foods and Their Perceptions among Utah Italians,” at the national meeting of the American Folklore, Salt Lake City, October 12, 1978
  • “A Model of Invention for Teaching Business English,” at the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, Detroit, November 4, 1977
  • “Italian Folk Cookery in the Festive Context,” at the national meeting of the American Folklore Society, Detroit, November 4, 1977
  • “The Limits of Contractual Pedagogy: Teaching Composition at a U.A.W. Local in Detroit,” at the national meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Denver, March 30, 1978
  • “Venetian Story Telling Tradition,” co-authored at the national meeting of American Folklore Society, Philadelphia, November 11, 1976
  • “Thomas Dekker and the Ulenspiegel Cycle of the 16th Century,” at the national meeting of the Medieval Institute, Western Michigan University, May 1, 1972

Courses taught

  • Sabbatical, winter 2016
  • ENG 2200 Shakespeare: Making Sense of the Text, 3 credits, fall 2015
  • HON 4200 Art of Medicine, 3 credits, fall 2015