American Literature

My course offerings in American literature are attentive to the laboring of American culture, wherein students explore the pressures involved with the formation of identity and the articulation of that identity. Though best represented by the long twentieth century, my interdisciplinary approach of American Studies and Working Class Studies allows students to examine the way certain narrative styles and rhetorical strategies (re)produce identity–whether race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity or class–in a manner that often becomes commodified in the cultural marketplace. This relationship between American literary texts, from their earliest colonial existence to their contemporary expression, helps to facilitate deep critical conversations to meet both general education and upper-division American literature course objectives.