University of Minnesota
Department of English
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Department of English

Faculty Interests

Creative Writing

Charles Baxter: writing fiction; modernism; contemporary fiction; American literature
Peter Campion: writing poetry; poetry and the visual arts; prosody; narrative lyric and lyric narrative
Maria Damon: writing poetry; contemporary poetry and poetics; experimental writing; cultural poetics
M. J. Fitzgerald: writing fiction; modern and contemporary British and European writing; world literatures
Ray Gonzalez: writing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction; contemporary American poetry; U.S. Latino literature; prose poetry; flash fiction and nonfiction
Patricia Hampl: writing creative nonfiction and poetry; personal essay; memoir and autobiography; contemporary American poetry and fiction
Julie Schumacher: writing fiction; contemporary fiction; children's literature; Latin American literature
Madelon Sprengnether: writing creative nonfiction and poetry; contemporary poetry and fiction

Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Early Modern Faculty Research Group
Center for Medieval Studies
Mediterranean Exchange Collaborative
Tony C. Brown: long 18th century; colonial and postcolonial; literary and aesthetic theory; philosophy
Tom Clayton: 17th century; Shakespeare; drama; classical civilization; classical studies
Lianna Farber: Medieval literature and thought
M. J. Fitzgerald: Dante Alighieri
Shirley Garner: Renaissance literature; Shakespeare; feminist studies in literature; feminist psychoanalytic literary theory and criticism
Brian Goldberg: Restoration literature; poetry and poetic form
David Haley: history; literature and politics; drama; Spenser; Sidney; Shakespeare; Restoration; Milton; Marvell; Machiavelli; Dryden; England's Civil Wars; the Bible as literature
Rebecca Krug: late Medieval literature; religion; culture; literacy; nature; women's studies
Nabil Matar: 17th-century English religious literature; Arabic and European travel in the Mediterranean; captivity literature; early modern Euro-Islamic contact; Arab-Islamic civilization
Andrew Scheil: Old English language and literature; literatures and cultures of late antiquity and the early Middle Ages; Medieval Latin literature; Middle English literature; traditions of exegesis, historiography and geography in the Middle Ages; literary theory
Katherine Scheil: early modern literature; theatre history and performance studies; history of reading; women's studies/feminist criticism/history of women; Shakespeare
Madelon Sprengnether
: Shakespeare; women writers; feminist psychoanalytic criticism
John Watkins: historiography; sovereignty and queenship; Medieval and early modern diplomacy; premodern political culture; classical and medieval origins of the Renaissance

18th- and 19th-Century Studies

19th Century Subfield
Timothy Brennan: 19th-century comparative literature; continental literary and cultural theory; postcolonial theory; intellectuals and the media
Tony C. Brown: long 18th century; colonial and postcolonial; literary and aesthetic theory; philosophy
Lois Cucullu: Victorian literature and culture; narrative and novel studies; gender studies and theory; history and production of knowledge; popular culture and media
Andrew Elfenbein: British literature, history, and culture (1700-1900); cognition and reading; queer theory; history of English; influence study; empirical psychology and literary study; study of authorship, literature and linguistics
Brian Goldberg: British Romantic literature; 18th- and 19th-century British literature; poetry and poetic form
David Haley: Hegel and philosophy of history; drama; history; literature and politics
Michael Hancher
: Victorian studies; book history; lexicography; pragmatics, literature, and the law; digital humanities
Gordon Hirsch: Victorian literature; the novel; psychological approaches to literature; literature and economic history
Qadri Ismail: postcoloniality; literary theory; modernity; gender/sexuality; historiography; democracy; disciplinarity; the humanities; cricket
Josephine Lee: dramatic literature, theater history, and performance studies; Asian American studies
Katherine Scheil: 18th-century literature; theatre history and performance studies; history of reading; women's studies/feminist criticism/history of women

20th- and 21st-Century Studies

Theory Reading Group
20/21 Century Subfield
Digital Humanities 2.0 Collaborative
Institute for Global Studies
Moving Image Studies
Timothy Brennan: 20th-century comparative literature; continental literary and cultural theory; postcolonial theory; music of the African diaspora; problems of world literature and globalization; intellectuals and the media; translation
Siobhan Craig: Fascist-era cinema in Italy and Germany; Italian Neorealism; new German cinema; monsters and hybrids; the cinematic body; literary and cultural theory after 1968: psychoanalysis, queer and feminist theories, post-modern theories of language and meaning, film theory
Lois Cucullu: modern British and American literature; modernism and modernity; narrative and novel studies; Victorian literature and culture; gender studies and theory; history and production of knowledge; popular culture and media
Maria Damon: contemporary poetry and poetics; cultural studies; diaspora studies; cultural poetics; ethnicity and ethnography; experimental writing; literature of trauma; marginalized literatures; mass/popular culture; modern poetry
Geneviève Escure: sociolinguistics; pidgins; creoles and other contact languages; Belizean creole (Central America); endangered languages; Garifuna (Belize and Honduras); African-American English; Chinese-English Pidgin English; Chinese language variation; language, gender and identity
M. J. Fitzgerald: British literature; world literatures; Italian literature; modern and contemporary European writing; fiction
Shirley Garner: feminist studies in literature; feminist psychoanalytic literary theory and criticism; autobiography
Michael Hancher: book history; lexicography; pragmatics, literature, and the law; digital humanities
Qadri Ismail: postcoloniality; literary theory; modernity; gender/sexuality; historiography; democracy; disciplinarity; the humanities; cricket
Josephine Lee: dramatic literature, theater history, and performance studies; Asian American studies
Ellen Messer-Davidow: literary, cultural, and social theory; new knowledge studies; modern/contemporary American social movements (Civil Rights, New Left, Feminist, and Conservative); certain areas of contemporary American public policy and law
Dan Philippon: environmental literature, history, and ethics; ideas of nature, culture, and place; human dimensions of conservation biology
Paula Rabinowitz
: American women, minority, and working class writers; U.S. literary radicalism; Marxist and feminist theories; film, photography, and media; cultural studies; modernisms; visual culture; American studies
Jani Scandura: cultural studies and critical theory, especially theories of modernity, materiality, and subjectivity; 20th-century North American literatures, film, visual and mass culture; European, American, and Japanese modernisms; theories of space and place; sound and acoustic culture; memory; history of science; medicine and its intersections with philosophy; writing in cultures impacted by U.S. imperialisms (especially Cuba)
Andrew Scheil
: literary theory; science-fiction, fantasy, and horror literature
Geoffrey Sirc: composition theory and pedagogy; technology/writing; visual arts and art theory; hip hop; the modernist era; rhetoric and composition, writing instruction and trends in writing instruction since the 1960s; textual forms of blogging
Madelon Sprengnether: Freud, feminist psychoanalytic criticism, women writers
Charles Sugnet: postcolonial literature; fiction and film of the African diaspora; creative nonfiction writing; the contemporary novel; multi-cultural instruction in the high schools
Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley: African Diaspora literature and theory; Caribbean literature and theory; postcolonial literature and culture; transnational feminist literature and theory; poetry and poetics; comparative queer literature and theory; métissage and comparative studies of race
John Wright: American and Afro-American literature; intellectual history and popular culture; folklore and oral tradition; sociology of literature; feminist criticism; Harlem Renaissance; Black Arts Movement; Langston Hughes