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Stephen J. Adams, Professor Emeritus
(Ph.D., University of Minnesota)
19th-century American literature; Transcendentalism, American landscape, Minnesota in literature.
Recent publications:

• The Best and Worst Country in the World: Perspectives on the Early Virginia Landscape. University Press of Virginia, 2001.
• Revising Mythologies: The Composition of Thoreau's Major Works (with Donald Ross, Jr.). Charlottesville: U P of Virginia, 1988.
• "Thoreau's Diet at Walden." Studies in the American Renaissance 1990. Ed. Joel Myerson. Charlottesville: U P of Virginia, 1990. 247-64.
• "The Genres of A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers." Approaches to Teaching Thoreau. Ed. Richard Schneider. New York: MLA, 1995. 243-52.
• "Meter," in Shared Visions, ed. Cecilia Lieder (Duluth: Lake Superior Writers/Northern Printmakers Alliance, 2004)

Katherine L. Basham, Associate Professor
(M.F.A., University of Iowa)
Poetry writing; free verse, 20th-century poetry, literary narcissism.
Recent publications:

• "Reaches," in Fall/Winter 99 (vol 2, #5) issue of River Images, page 23.
• "Whereabouts," in Dust and Fire's year 2000 anthology #14.
• "After The Fire," in North Coast Review in Winter 1998, pp 7-8.
• "The Ungrateful King" and "This Harvest." Poets Who Haven't Moved to St. Paul Anthology, Poetry Harbor, 1991.
• "Figure/Ground," "Stepped Leader." (the) Evergreen Chronicles, Summer/Fall 1993: 27-29.
• "At Bluebird Landing." North Coast Review, May 1994: 27.
• "Ghostsinging" North Coast Review, November 1993: 23.
• "Release of Saying II," "The New Silence." Wolf Head Quarterly, Spring 1995: 6-7.

Carol A. Bock, Associate Professor
(Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison)
19th-century British literature; the Brontës, history of authorship.
Recent publications:

• "Authorship, the Brontes, and Fraser's Magazine: 'Coming Forward' as an Author in Early Victorian England." Victorian Literature and Culture.
• " 'Our Plays': The Juvenile Writings of Brontes." The Cambridge Companion to the Brontes.
• Charlotte Brontë and the Storyteller's Audience. Iowa City: U of Iowa P, 1992.
• "Charlotte Brontë and the History of Authorship, 1830-1847." The Brontës: An International Conference. Armstrong Browning Library, Baylor University. Waco, Texas. November 3-5, 1994.
• "Anne Brontë and Authorship." 5th Annual Conference on 18th & 19th Century British Women Authors. University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C. March 21-23, 1996.

Martin F. Bock, Professor
(Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Modern English, Irish and American literature; Joseph Conrad, Malcolm Lowry, Irish literary revival.
Recent publications:
• "Disease and Medicine," Joseph Conrad in Context, ed. Allan Simmons. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (October, 2009), 124-131.
• "James Joyce and Germ Theory: The Skeleton at the Feast." The James Joyce Quarterly. 45:1 (Fall 2007), 23-46.
• Joseph Conrad and Psychological Medicine. (Texas Tech University Press, 2002)

Evan Brier, Assistant Professor
(Ph.D., The Graduate Center, CUNY)
20th-century American literature; contemporary fiction; the book trade
Recent publications:

• A Novel Marketplace: Mass Culture, the Book Trade, and Postwar American Fiction. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010 (forthcoming).
• “Reading in the 1980s: In Country, Minimalism, and the Age of Niches.” Lit: Literature Interpretation Theory 19 (2008): 231-247.
• “Constructing the Postwar Art Novel: Paul Bowles, James Laughlin, and the Making of The Sheltering Sky.” PMLA (January 2006): 186-199.
• “The Accidental Blockbuster: Peyton Place in Literary and Institutional Context.” Women's Studies Quarterly (Fall/Winter 2005): 48-65.

Paul D. Cannan, Associate Professor, McKnight Land-Grant Professor
(Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University)
17th- and 18th-century English literature (particularly drama); the history of dramatic criticism; Shakespeare
Recent publications:
• The Emergence of Dramatic Criticism: From Jonson to Pope. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
• “Early Shakespeare Criticism, Charles Gildon, and the Making of Shakespeare the Poet-Playwright,” Modern Philology 102 (2004): 35-55.
• “Ben Jonson, Authorship, and the Rhetoric of English Dramatic Prefatory Criticism,” Studies in Philology 99 (2002): 178-201.
• “A Short View of Tragedy and Rymer’s Proposal for Regulating the English Stage,” The Review of English Studies, ns 52 (2001): 207-226.

Hilary Chala Kowino, Assistant Professor
(Ph.D., Michigan State University)
African and African diaspora literatures, post-colonial literatures and theories
Recent publications:

• “Cosmopolitanism in Ahmadou Kourouma’s Suns of Independence,” Cosmopolitanism in African Literature panel, African Literature Association Conference, Burlington, Vermont, April 15-19, 2009.
• “Slums and Dumpsites in Africa: The Making of a Wasteland,” Growing Slums and Improper Sanitation panel, Africa Conference, University of Texas Austin, TX, March 27-29, 2009.
• “The Development of Slums Versus Human Rights,” Exploring New Directions in the Environment – Human Rights Nexus panel, African Studies Association Conference, New York, NY, October 18-21, 2007.
• “The Politics of Belonging in the Global Village,” Identity and Politics of Belonging panel, African Literature Association Conference, Morgantown, WV, March 14-18, 2007.
• “Coming to Terms with African Urban Spaces,” Urban Political Economy in Africa panel, African Studies Association Conference, San Francisco, CA, November 16-19, 2006
• “Female/ Male Bodies and the Politics of Space in African Literature,” Literature, the Arts, and Performance panel, African Studies Association Conference, Washington DC, November 17-20, 2005.

Roger C. Lips, Associate Professor Emeritus
(Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison)
American literature colonial to present, esp. 20th century; world literature, Japanese history, Zen Buddhism.
Recent publications:

• "Orestes A. Brownson." American Literary Critics and Scholars,1800-1850. Detroit: Gale, 1987.
• "Francis Fisher Browne." American Magazine Journalists, 1850-1900. Gale 1989.

Joseph C. Maiolo, Professor
(M.F.A., University of North Carolina-Greensboro)
Fiction writing and the modern short story; writing short stories, novels and screenplays.
Recent publications:

• "The Pilgrim Virgin." Shenandoah, 42.3 (1992):88-105.
• "An Arch of Birches." Shenandoah, 39.4 (1989):30-20.
• "A Wry Sleep of Boys." The Sewanee Review, 96.4 (1988): 566-583.

Linda Miller-Cleary, Professor
(D.Ed., University of Massachusetts)
English education; interaction of affect cognition during writing, literacy of minorities, literacy of indigenous people.
Recent publications:

• The Seventh Generation: Native Students Speak About Finding the Good Path. With Thomas Peacock and Amy Bergstrom. ERIC, 2002. Awarded the 2002 Multicultural Book Award.
• "An Interviewing Project for Writing Teachers: Preparation: Reflection, Research, Action," In Teaching Writing Teachers. Robert Tremmel and William Broz, Eds. Heinemann Ed Press, 2002.
• "Disseminating American Indian Educational Research through Stories: A Case Against Academic Discourse, with Thomas Peacock. The Journal of American Indian Education, Vol. 37.l, January 1999.

John D. Schwetman, Assistant Professor
(Ph.D., University of California, Irvine) cultural studies; twentieth-century American Literature; postmodernism and multiculturalism; critical theory
Recent publications:

Carolyn Sigler, Associate Professor and Head
(Ph.D., Florida State University)
Victorian literature and culture; children's literature and culture; graphic fiction; film
Recent publications:

• “‘Wonders Wild and New’: Lewis Carroll’s 'Alice' Books and Postmodern Women Writers.” Twice-Told Children’s Tales: The Influence of Childhood Reading on Writers for Adults. Ed. Betty Greenway. New York: Routledge, 2005. 133-145.
• “‘I’ll be Home for Christmas’: Misrule and the Paradox of Gender in World War II-Era Christmas Films.” Journal of American Culture 28.4 (December 2005): 345-56.
• “Lewis Carroll Studies, 1983-2003.” Dickens Studies Annual 34 (2004): 375-413.
• Alternative Alices: Visions and Revisions of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice” Books. Lexington: UP of Kentucky, 1997.

Krista Sue-Lo Twu, Associate Professor
(Ph.D. University of California, Irvine)
Medieval Literature, Old and Middle English, Latin, Chaucer, Boethius, Raymund of Penyaforte
Representative publications:

Rochelle Raineri Zuck, Assistant Professor
(Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University)
Research and Teaching interests:
Early American literature; African-American literature; American Indian literatures; political theory; constructions of citizenship and national identity; periodical literatures; transatlantic print culture; and law and literature
Recent Publications:
• “Cultivation, Commerce, and Cupidity: Late-Jacksonian Virtue in James Fenimore Cooper’s The Crater,” Literature in the Early American Republic 1 (2009): 57-88.
• “Martin Delany and Rhetorics of Divided Sovereignty,” In African American Culture and Legal Discourse, Edited by Lovalerie King and Richard Schur (forthcoming from Palgrave 2009).

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